Monday, August 31, 2009
So the only piece of art I have to show you is one from Susan , another member of my great and innovative Creative Design Team. Do pop over and say hi to her.
Would you like to become a member of our Creative Design Team. Do you blog and have time to create for us? We are happy to see applications from all over the world, the more the merrier!
Have a great Monday wherever you are
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Have a great Sunday
Saturday, August 29, 2009
I am going to try to declutter my workshop today, and make some art! I feel Christmas coming on..lol
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Drop a couple or more drops of alcohol ink onto the glossy card, and immediately blow or spray the air can onto it. It spreads amazingly and dries almost immediately. We used several colours for the multi coloured one, and obviously different shades of blue for the other one. It is a messy but fun technique, and for best use , absolutely use a non stick craft mat underneath the card to catch the overspill.
We added some of the new Tim Holtz stamps to the backgrounds, and my samples are just simple cards. Check out what Hels has done too.. her's are much better than mine!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I have a little idea in my head for publication tomorrow.. so watch this space!
Monday, August 24, 2009
In the meantime, here are a couple of pics of where we went on our holiday in The Black Mountains in Monmouthshire. I loved the place, even though I do prefer to be nearer the sea, but it was quiet and hilly, and very very green! This was the view from my friend's cottage
I have so many pics, but this one tickled me as Mal managed to get a sheep hidden in greenery.... Finally today if you are still thinking of applying for our Creative Team, here is Susan's blog, another one of my Fab team! Go say hi to her...
Friday, August 21, 2009
In the meantime Lucy, one of our team, has started a blog here. Do go and say hello, she would love it!
I have just uploaded on the website some new stamps from Karantha these are fab , pods and flowers and seeds, very versatile, and a great price.
I have made a rainbow card from the seeds and flowers stamps. This is my entry for the Gingersnaps Rainbow Colour Challenge
I used inks that haven't seen the light of day for years and which worked perfectly- Colorbox. I brayered the background with Florist which is multicoloured, and then direct to the stampbord, I used Topaz, Sky Blue, and Old Rose. I had forgotten how wonderful these inks were, and I got an ENTIRE set years ago in 1992 when I co-wrote a book on rubber Stamping called Discover Rubber Stamping.
I put all the stampbord together and then stamped the flowers and Seeds with Archival black, dried off with a heat gun, and then spaced them out equally on the card. I did learn one thing while using these inks with Stampbord. Even though I heat dried them , and then stamped on top with Archival, I hadn't heat dried enough and I made a mistake, so I washed! the stampbord under water and the inks came off! Re-usable stampbord! I then more carefully heat dried them before stamping on top. I think if the piece was going to be handled, I would clear emboss or cover with Glossy Accents.
Hopefully it will fulfill the challenge :)
Thursday, August 20, 2009
May the sun shine wherever you are today :)
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I used Faded Jeans and Mustard Seed distress ink for the colour, and then stamped over with the Dots background. Glue all the pieces together and cut off all the bases of each flower element first before gluing, so they sit flat on the ringbase. Once it was glued together I stickled it all over , first with Crystal stickles, I then glued it solidly onto the ring base and then I thought it needed lifting a little so used Dark Blue to accent the edges. The dotty background is on both sides and shows very subtly through all the glitz. The pictures really don't do it justice.. need a professional photographer! I then finished it off with a smear of the dark blue round the glue at the base to cover up the glue that was showing.
I do hope you like....
Monday, August 17, 2009
I made a blue canvas while I was there, so thought that would be perfect for this challenge.
I covered the 8 x 8 canvas in a music sheet from a pack of Vintage paper Ephemera, and used Claudine's studio multi medium matte mixed with a little sky blue paint.
I also took Ten Seconds Studio Kabuka moulds with me plus my big shot to use with them. All went fine, until I realised I really didn't have the right bits to use them through the machine. But I persevered, and eventually I managed to make a few pieces. I cut the Dijon metal to size first and then ran it through the big shot, which by the way I am replacing with a cuttlebug, as soon as I have time to buy one!!! This picture was taken in my window with the sun streaming through the net curtain.. thought it looked quite good :)
I coloured all the pieces of metal with blue alcohol inks, using a variety of colours (I even took them with me too!) . I then added a smoosh of Smidge of Blue from Claudine's Studio paints to some of them (took them as well!!!) After this I lightly sanded them. Then I stuck them down with double sided tape.
I love the middle piece. It didn't photograph very well, but has a kind of shine that is ethereal to it. This piece is really a work in progress, as I have to admit I didn't finish the sides as the Big shot really wasn't playing the game! grrrr
Thank you Hels for the challenge.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I have spent some of the day making grungepaper roses or in my case flowers, as they look nothing like roses with our new stamps :). They are so messy and addictive to make. Hands now covered in inks and glue..mmmmm!
I do have a post from a few weeks ago showing you how to make them here.
I wanted to make several for a bunch, so used some of the new background stamps, and the Flower Power set. added leaves and thick wire for the stems, and lots of Glossy Accents as glue.
Here at The Artistic Stamper we are looking for new Creative Team members, and this is a call out to everyone who loves using stamps to create art. If you would like to be considered please email me, with a link to your blog or just attach jpegs of your current art. A little bio would be good too. We are not looking for any specifics, just enthusiastic, fun loving stampers! We are accepting applications from all over the world until Sunday 6th September. No experience is necessary, no past publication is necessary, just simple enthusiasm and of course a great love of stamping!
Looking forward to hearing from you, yes that is you reading this blog.. go on send me your art and become a Creative Team member!