Wednesday 28 October 2015

Using Foam Board - Inspiration Post At Stamps & Stencils

Morning all. Just a quick post to let you know I have an Inspiration Post over at Stamps & Stencils. I've chosen to show you a few things that I do with foam board substrate. I do hope you'll pop over and let me know what you think. Here's a something to wet your appetite:

Thursday 1 October 2015

Whatever It Is - Make It 3D. . . . . For Stamps & Stencils And A Blog Hop Too!

Good morning everyone, I'm back with a second post and there will be one further post later to watch out for! Today sees the start of a new challenge at Stamps & Stencils which is hosted by the hugely talented Sue. We have been up and running for six months now so we thought it would be fun to add in a blog hop this month too!

The theme for this month is to make anything you like BUT it must be 3D and you need to add in some stamping and/or stencilling.

Here's the piece I designed and if you scroll down further in the post, you will find all the details about the hop:

I decided to alter a box in a gentle steampunk style. 
The box in the original condition - thanks to my lovely niece Louise!

First coat of gesso - a very stubborn print to cover! I watered down the gesso and that was my mistake!

After covering the box with some Tinting Base and a little colour, I added some Crackle Paste through a stencil.

Media Fluid Acrylic from DecoArt in gold was used all over the top of the box. When dry, a good coat of Carbon Black Antiquing Cream was added. Once dry, this was swiped away with a baby wipe and left in areas around the stencilling to give an aged effect.

A large TH tattered bloom was die cut in two layers. One layer is folder embossed and dry brushed on the raised areas with the gold fluid acrylic. This layer is then antiqued with crackle glaze and antiquing cream. The second layer is painted with black gesso and antiqued as before.

The flower centre is created from an old metal embellishment and some die cut cogs. The cogs have been layered together then finished with the same fluid acrylic, crackle glaze and antiquing cream as before.

The base of the box has been left black (with gesso) to give a backdrop for the embellished top and sides.

The sides have been embellished with die cut cogs, punched circles of card and some metal embellishments. All of this is then finished with the same paint and mediums as described previously.

Rusty wire curls finish the look.

Die cut flower detail shot.

Detail shot to show crackle paste stencilled cog. The centre of the cog is the waste material after die cutting the cog. I always keep these little pieces because they make very useful rivets and with a little carving, nail heads too!

Now for the blog hop details:

  • You need to visit each blog on the following list. 
  • Below is the prize which can be won by collecting a secret letter from each post. 
  • Read through the post and leave a comment.  
  • Collect the secret letter from each post and rearrange to make a word.
  • Leave the word in a comment on the challenge blog. Nobody else will see your comment as we have set it to comment verification so only we can see your words!!
Below is the prize which is a few goodies from the fabulous PaperArtsy. There will also be the usual DT chosen winner who will be invited to join us as Guest Designer. We will also feature our usual Top 3 too.

Blog hop order:
If you've got this far, you only need to do two more things: collect my secret letter which is K and hop to Sharon's blog for your next letter! Thanks so much for your visit and comment!

I would like to join in with a challenge this time too. I never seem to get time to do this so I'd like to enter this piece in the following challenges:

That Craft Place - Anything Goes Mixed Media - I've used paint, crackle glaze, crackle paste, embossing folder, antiquing cream, metal embellishments and a stencil.

Country View Crafts - Add Some Texture - I've used folder embossing, layers, 3d flower, embellishments and crackle paste to add texture.

Halloween Horror At Our Creative Corner. . . .

Morning everyone. Today sees the start of a new challenge at Our Creative Corner, hosted by the lovely Laura. Here's what she has to say:

Forget cute cats and smiling pumpkins....
we want....
For this Halloween share with us some horror inspired creations that 
are sure to send shivers down our spines. 

Bring out your most grotesque stamps and embellishments.... 
....or perhaps take on the challenge of finding a way to transform pretty stamps into something macabre.

Reach for the grungiest colours and textures....
Come over to the dark side of Halloween 
Can you scare us?

I needed no further encouragement to go all out scary for this wonderful challenge from Laura! Here's the project I came up:

I've made a wall hanging from foam board using image transfer, stamping, stencilling and fluid acrylics.

This image originated on Flickr and I found it on Pinterest. It shows the face of a stone statue and I thought it was very scary! The image was cropped and laser printed onto white paper.

These are the stamped and stencilled images which I used on the foam board base and forgot to photograph! Products used are as shown. For the image transfer method I used DecoArt Matte Medium. The foam board was cut to size with a craft knife and the edges aged by roughly cutting into foam board. The foam board is prepared using gesso and media fluid acrylic mixed with tinting base.

The web is stencilled first then stamped over with the skull. Some script is randomly stamped onto the background and Media fluid acrylic in Quinacridone Gold is applied as required.

The same skull is stamped again over a smaller section of stencilled web. Different sections of the stamping are visible through this skull. 

The skull is positioned near the mouth of the stone statue image.

Some rusty wire which is curled round a paintbrush handle makes a little hanger at the top.

The placement of the stamped drips and splatter over the eyes gives a super scary effect!

Another red splatter carefully positioned over the mouth!

Please do pop over to Our Creative Corner and view the inspiration provided by the rest of the DT. Our generous sponsor this month is NiceCrane Designs so why not pop in an entry to have a chance at winning their voucher?

I don't make a habit of producing scary stuff but once a year around the Halloween time, you just have to do it, don't you? Hope you enjoyed reading about this piece and the methods used to achieve it. I also hope you found it just a little bit scary but not offensive!

I'd also like to enter my piece in the following challenge:

That Craft Place - Mixed Media Anything Goes - I've used paint, transfer image technique, stamping and stencilling.