Sunday, 27 March 2016

Distress Crayon Resist Tutorial

 Hello friends
Hope you are all good...

Today I'm really excited to share with you my latest project, along with a step by step tutorial using the Tim Holtz Distress Crayons to create a Distress crayon resist technique....

This post is photo heavy
So grab yourself a cuppa and pull up a chair

You will need:
Ranger glossy card stock ( I've used their ATC cards)
Wendy Vecchi Archival ink (Watering can)
Stamp and grid block
Ranger heat it tool/heat mat
Blending tool
Tim Holtz distress crayons
Tim Holtz distress markers
Wet wipes

It is important to use Glossy card stock as this gives the best results for this technique!

Step 1:Take your stamp of choice and mount it onto your grid block.
Using a distress crayon, colour over the image you wish to use quite generously
Step 2:
Instead of stamping down onto the card like you might normally do, take your glossy card to the stamp (glossy side down, so the glossy part makes contact with your stamp) This makes it easier to apply enough pressure to the card stock so that you get a better imprint of the image.
Step 3:
Using your fingers carefully burnish the back of the card.
Step 4:
Peel off the card and turn over so you have your image on the glossy card.
(you may have an image that is uneven  and bobbly due to how the distress crayons have stamped.....don't be tempted to touch it as it may smudge at this point and ruin all your hard work.....)
Step 5:
Take your Ranger heat it  tool and dry off the distress crayons

Step 6: The fun part!
Take some Wendy Vecchi Archival ink (I've used Watering can) and a blending tool.
Blend over the whole image, until your card is completely covered in Archival ink.

Step 7:
Again using your Ranger Heat it tool dry off the ink
Step 7:
This is the really cool part! Take a wet wipe and swipe it over the image, this will remove the distress crayon and leave you with a bleached out image
If you have removed too much of the archival you can go back in around the edges with your blending tool.
Step 8:
If you want to add some colour to your image then take a distress marker and apply to your image

Step 9:
to blend the colours together go back in with your wet wipe
(for this you have to work quite quick)
Stand back and admire your work!!
(Don't forget to clean your stamp with a wet wipe...the crayon is easy to wipe off)
I started to experiment and
I was curious to see if this technique would work with Distress ink
I repeated all the steps
but because the ink is water reactive it still worked
but you get a completely different look.....
you are left with a  really bleached out image and little colour...
but this still could be added in the same way as before by using the distress markers
(although I've not had chance to try that yet!)

So I hope this tutorial has inspired you to have a go......
its such a cool technique which gives you a different look each time!

The Distress Crayons are definitely my new favourite medium to work with
to find out more about them check out Tim using them here.....
You can buy them from Art form the Heart UK here or from Ranger here

Many thanks for popping by,
please feel free to leave a comment, I appreciate each  and every one!

Have yourselves a great week

Bye for now


Thursday, 24 March 2016

Number 5

 Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
Wow! Its nearly at the end of March.....How did that happen?
This year is just flying by!

Today I'm would like to share with you my latest vintage project...
I really wanted to try out the new Tim Holtz Distress crayons
I've used set #3
(I'm a bit late to the distress crayon to the party and yes.... I've so missed out!)
I used the crayons on the mini canvas and they worked a treat!
I like how they have blended together and have given the canvas a really cool worn/distressed look.
(To find out more about the distress crayons and how they work, check out all about them here)
(They are available to buy here)

I used Wendy Vecchi potting shed Archival ink on the back of an Idea-ology cabinet card, added some rub-ons and stamped using Mixed media set (Tim Holtz). 
As I created the piece I kept finding things with the number 5, this number has a personal meaning to me so I went with it.... The playing card is one from my own vintage collection and I decided to highlight it with a very old curtain ring..the other 5`s are from idea-ology

The vintage French bank credit is an original from 1922......I adore the writing...its so neat!
To finish I used a Stampers Anonymous stencil and added the word "respond"
using Archival ink in potting shed.

As always feel free to leave a comment....I really appreciate each and everyone!

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter!
I will be back after the Easter break

bye for now

Friday, 18 March 2016

A Vintage collage

Hello friends

How are you all doing?/
Its favourite day!
(Gin and tonic day!)

As you know, I'm an big collector of vintage and I'm always on the look out for
vintage ephemera....
I recently came across some really cool "Sale  Price" tickets
at my local antiques centre....
(I almost broke my neck to get them to the till!)
I couldn't wait to get them home and to use them in some art work....
here's what I did....
I used lots of Tim Holtz ephemera ( expedition pack) some Tim holtz  idea-ology
and some of my own vintage finds....

I layered some of the ephemera on top of a burlap canvas
I also added lots of stitches

The focus is a photo from the "lost relatives" Idea-ology pack and that vintage "sale price"ticket
I added some old rusty wire around the boy and the dog

I LOVE keys and I cant help but add them to my art....
The bulldog clip is very old, I had to be careful with it as it was very rusty

The white background is from Tim's embossed Motif paper stash, painted with gesso,
then wiped off with a wet wipe.
I've also used bunting inked with pumice stone/vintage photo distress inks
I really enjoyed putting this canvas together.
I think I may need another visit to the antique store this weekend!

As always feel free to leave a comment
its great to know you popped by

Have a fabulous weekend!


Monday, 14 March 2016

scraps and leftovers...

 Hello friends

Hope you are good....
Many thanks for all the welcome back emails and comments,
its really great to be creating again and its been great to hear from you!

I think I said in my last post that I have moved indoors
to be nearer the radiator ( and the kettle!)
 I've meant to be sorting my desk, finding homes
for my supplies and connecting my computer but as usual
I've  been procrastinating with vintage ephemera and left overs from other makes.

I'm a natural hoarder and never throw anything away even if I've made a huge mistake I just file it into the bag of doom....
So I thought I would challenge myself to make something from that very bag...
The central piece was originally a journal page......I tore it by accident when drying it! doh

through a stencil, when it was dry I sprayed it using Lindys sprays (denim and jack frost)

 I added it to some black card and  added lots of stitches and more layers  
The words are from Tim Holtz Idea-ology words
The back ground is an original Railway receipt from the late 1800`s
I'm always on the look out for vintage ephemera and I love to use it in my makes
The ticket is stamped using this stamp set here

To finish I added some pins and Idea-ology book plate and some miniature bunting
Being a hoarder isn't so bad after all..... it means you can create something out of nothing,
I just need to find more space!
As always feel free to leave a comment.....
great to know you popped by

Now....I really need to finish off what I desk!
Have a lovely week


Friday, 11 March 2016

Vintage Ink and the dog...

Hello friends

Hope you are all good....
Hope you have had a good week...
My week has been really busy as in between work,
I decided ( on a whim)  to finally re-locate to the warmth of the house,
I love working in my shed but  have to say....the cold has beat me!

Anyway I thought I would share this make with you  
I really enjoyed creating this one.
I created the background using a brayer and lots Paperartsy fresco chalk paints

 The image is one of my favourites......
Its from Paperartsy Vintage Ink and the dog stamp sets here
I stamped used black Archival ink

I wasn't sure how the image would stamp out on top of the brayered layers of paint,
but I really like how it has given it a distressed/worn look....

I  added lots of stitching and layered it over another piece of painted card,
which I had also added some of Tim Holtz rub-ons to.
I decided to stamp out  another set of words and mount them onto 3d foam to give it some dimension.
Right I better clean up my desk as the big down side of being in the house is
I can`t shut the door on it and walk away (like I would of in my shed)
everyone who visits can now see how messy I am!

As always feel free to leave a comment,great to know you've popped by
Wishing you a fabulous weekend!
Bye for now


Saturday, 5 March 2016

Paperartsy Image Transfer

Hello friends
Hope you are all good!

Tonight I'm very excited to be a guest,
over at the PAPERARTSY blog.
I'm sharing how I created this make
using an image transfer technique
Find out how to and more photos here.....

Thanks so much for popping by...
Feel free to leave a comment