Saturday, 23 June 2018

"Love you", using a Michelle Grant Stencil - by Amanda H.

Hello all,

During the recent Brisbane Papercraft Expo, I had the chance to teach alongside the talented Michelle Grant. She has designed some new stencils. I was lucky enough to get some and the bird stencil from her Flights of Fantasy range features on my page today. These stencils are great for off the page canvases or art journals, but I am a scrapbooker, so I used the stencil for this scrapbook page today.

Here is a sneak peak of the page - look at that beautiful bird!

First, let's look at how I created the page.

I used a pencil to trace the bird stencil onto a sheet of white cardstock.

Next, I used some Fineline masking fluid over the pencil lines.

Using Colour Artist Inks, in Marine, Oasis and Mermaid, I washed my page in colour.
The masking fluid resists the ink, leaving the outline of the bird.
Once it was dry, I pulled off the masking fluid lines to reveal the white outline of the bird.
Next, I added some stamping on the page.
Finally, to colour the bird, I mixed some White Heavy Gesso with Colour Artist Inks in Citrus. The mix produced a lovely medium to paint the bird.
Next, I added some Colour Artist Ink in Slipper, to make a soft pink, which I painted on the breast of the bird.
Once my bird was dry, I added some Colour Paste in Snow White to the page through a stencil.
The last step for the beautiful bird was some shimmer. I added this using the Shimmer Brush Markers to the breast of the bird.
Despite using bright blues and turquoises on the background, the soft pink on the bird, gave me good reason to add embellishments in all these colours to finish the page.
And here is the final page.

You can see my finishing embellishments, as well as the black outline I doodled around the outside of the page to frame it.

And clusters of blue and pink flowers!
And this sweet little bird!
I love the glittery translucent effect of the Snow white paste over the bright background.

 Thank you little birdie for being the heart and soul of this layout... and thank you to Michelle Grant for her amazing designs. You can find Michelle's stencils in the Colour Blast store now!

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Choose Happiness by Suzy Loudon

Hello everyone. Today I'm sharing a layout I did for my daughter. As she grows up into a lovely young lady it is getting so hard to take photos of her. Luckily I managed to get some lovely snaps this day.

The weekend before I did my layout or had even thought of what I was going to do I made some flowers. To do this I cit out some flowers with a die cut. Each flower was made up of 4 different sizes. I then gave them a really good spray with Violet Colour Spray. I then held them together with a large split pin. I then scrunched together each individual petal starting from the centre working outwards. I then left them to dry naturally. When I came back to them many days later I carefully opened the flowers up from the outside shaping the petals. (I forgot to take a photo but you can see them in the close-ups at the end).

Using a sponge I dipped it into some Heavy White Gesso that I had smeared onto my craft mat, building up the layers until I was happy.

Then using a nice big paintbrush I dipped it into my Indigo Colour Spray & painted over my Gessoed area. Then using my heat gun I dried it allowing areas to pool to give character.

Using Dusty Charcoal Colour Paste I spread it through a stencil.

Once dry I added Lovely Lilac  Colour Paste through a different stencil.

I grabbed some cling wrap & dabbed it into some Soot  Artist Ink that I had put on my craft mat & given a spray of water, then dabbed it around my purple area.

Once the Soot Artist Ink dried it went more translucent.

I mixed some Wisteria  Colour Mica Powder with Mod Podge then painted a lace flower. 

I embossed some chipboard with Rose Petal  Colour Embossing Powder. I embossed straight onto the chipboard without using a coloured ink or white gesso so it gave it a darker shade...a pinky purple.

Using my finger I edged my photos with Heavy White Gesso before backing onto black card then cardboard.

I embossed some more chipboard with Royalty Colour  Embossing Powder

My chipboard flourishes I embossed with Dusty Charcoal Embossing Powder.

For my chipboard title I first gave it a good coat with a purple ink pad. While it was still wet I coated it with Lovely Lilac Embossing Powder.

Using my Lovely Lilac Shimmer Spray I sprayed some white flowers & left to dry.

After putting all my elements together I covered my photo before giving my page a splash with watered down Heavy White Gesso.

I added 2 different shades of purple micro breads, some glass glitter and some Wisteria Mica Powder in a small container. The Mica Powder coloured the glitter giving me a very pretty mix.

You can see where I've sprinkled my mix around my layout in these close ups.

Thanks for taking the time to look. Hope I've inspired you to create a layout of your own.
Till next time,

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

"Love You" by Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!
Sue Plumb here today with my latest design team project for you. Today I have a mixed media scrapbook page to share that features my favourite Colour Artist Inks; Colour Paste; and a photo of my daughter and I that was taken recently when we were out celebrating her 10th birthday.

I started my page with a sheet of heavy weight cardstock, which I spritzed with water from a spray bottle, and then left it for a minute or two to soak in, before adding another little spritz to moisten the surface again.

I then took my Colour Artist Inks and began by applying some 'Sunburnt' ink, by using a brush to add drops around the page. As soon as the ink hit the wet surface, you can see how the colour began to fan out and soak in where the water had been applied. (Allowing some of the water to actually soak in and penetrate the cardstock before applying the ink is what gives the "feathered" effect you can see.)

I then repeated the process with both the 'Barley' and 'Cranberry' Colour Artist Inks, ensuring the colours were dispersed in different areas of the page. In some places the colours naturally began to run together; whilst in other areas it either required a slight tilt of the page, or an additional little spritz of water.

Once I was happy with how the inks looked I set it aside to soak in and dry for a while before finishing it off with a heat gun. (I didn't use the heat gun right away as I didn't want too many "hard" water lines in my background - instead I wanted a "softer" look.)

Once the background was dry, it was time to add some texture and contrast. I chose 'Dusty Charcoal' Colour Paste, as I thought it would provide a good dark contrast against the inks. I used a small floral stencil and applied the paste using  palette knife; moving the stencil around to get the flowers placed where I wanted them. (I dried each area with the heat gun before re-applying the stencil to ensure the paste did not get smudged.)

Once the background was complete, it was simply a matter of adding some layers before adding my photo on top. I used a coloured paper doily; punchinella; dyed muslin; and a few pieces of coloured wire (all from D-lish Scraps). I secured everything in place with staples before adding my photo on top.

After the photo was in place, I added some simple embellishments - handmade heart from Charms Creations and some small acrylic hearts from Corbett Creations.

I also added some matching acrylic chevron arrows; and small phrase stickers from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

I used Heidi Swapp printed acrylic words for my page title, and added a Cocoa Vanilla Studio chipboard sticker onto the corner of my photo.

To finish my page, I added a few splatters of 'Soot' Colour Artist Ink and I was done.

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I hope I have inspired you to get your Colour Blast products out and get messy too.
Until next time, happy scrapping!