' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: September 2012

Friday 21 September 2012

Natured Inspired

The Impression Obsession Challenge this week is "Nature Inspired". For my entry I have selected  again the Cover a Card  CC031, since this is the most appropriate for the theme. Though this time, I have chosen "natural" colors !

My regular readers will have a sense of déjà vu, as the design is fairly similar to my previous IO challenge entry, but I still could not bring myself to hide the image behind other elements, so I kept those to a minimum: a wooden button and twine, some kraft paper and a sliver of blue card stock.

Initially I was going to use sprays over my stamped image and selected a lightweight watercolor paper able to withstand the moisture. However, after several tries, I wasn't getting the effect I wanted and changed tactic. Using the reverse of the paper (I hate waste), I stamped again using my newest ink, i.e my wettest, Versamagic in Eggplant in order to get the best impression despite the texture of the paper. I then applied distress inks in Tumbled glass, Spun sugar and Forest Moss with Cut N Dry foam. I distressed the edges with scissors and matted on a piece of maroon card stock.

Hope you'll like this card,

Monday 10 September 2012

Art Journal Challenge

Well... not as such as I don't do journals but similar ! I am taking advantage of the Craft Barn latest challenge to beautify an on going project of mine. I am building up pages for a book to contain all my samples, test pieces etc.. Each page has pocket(s) at the back, leaving me free to decorate the front as I wish, although I am careful not to build thick layers.
There wasn't a master plan here but I intended to use some masks and sprays and selected stamps according to how much use I had from them, i.e cracked open those that hadn't been used for a while !

I have used stamps from Crafty Individuals and Katzelkraft, using my darkest ink (Ranger's Archival) for the main image. The border on the left is texture paste through a DIY stencil.
I thoroughly enjoyed the exercise as it didn't matter if the result was awful, since the book is for only for me.
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Sunday 9 September 2012

Favorite Quote

I am joining the Impression  Obsession's challenge, "Favorite Quote/ Saying". Now, I don't tend to use quotes on my cards, but I thought this one would always allow me to use pink inappropriately

The background stamp is CAC Branches (CC031) and the quote is Rose Colored Glasses (D8256)
I have been playing with dye inks and glossy card with the resist technique, and tried several inks (metallic pigment inks work well as a resist). Here I have used versamark.

I think I overinked the brayer here as the colors are... let's say vivid...   but decided to go with it anyway as I still love the image. I have kept layers to a minimum because I didn't want to hide the Branches image and used a Martha Stewart Corner punch on one side and rounded the corners on the other side of a rectangle piece of white card.
One more thing... the "sun" in the image is actually the flash reflecting from the glossy card, and I thought it looked great... wish I could replicate the effect with inks but...

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Last Days of Summer

I have been meaning to make a cover for my new phone, so when the Crafty Individuals challenge came along, I decided to see if I could fit my project with the theme.
And the stamps I chose tell the story of the last days of holidays for young girls (CI-284) about to return to their school with its ancient door (CI-249) !

I only used scraps to make the cover (my attempt at up-cycling), the material on the outside cover started as white and I used silk paint to color it and craft inks to stamps with (Versacraft), in a bid to make it washable. I then backed the stamped material with a scrap of an old ironing board cover, then machine stitched on the reverse. Not being the best at sewing, the stitching is not entirely straight but the cover offers a snug fit to my phone and does a good enough job of protecting it.

I have refrained from sewing on or attaching anything to the cover because I realised that in my handbag these things would just get snagged !

Not all the inks did well on that surface and overall the impression looks a bit faded (I got the best impressions  with the wetter pads).

All stamps, except for the flourish stamped in pink, are Crafty Individuals.

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