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The Virtual Crafting Challenge theme for May 2011 is:

Die Cuts & Embossing

Great I hear you say, but now what? Well for those of you who would like a few ideas to get you started, here are some  colours, products and techniques to help you choose, where you could go with this month’s theme. Feel free to use your own ideas for the Challenge too.

Products

  • Brass Stencils
  • Embossing Folders
  • Die cutting machines; Cuttlebug/ Wizard etc
  • Electronic Die cutting machines; Slice/ Cricut/Vagabond etc

Surfaces

  • Card
  • Paper
  • Metal
  • Fabric
  • Acetate

Techniques

  • Embossing different surfaces
  • Colouring your embossing (Video tutorial coming soon)
  • Using dimension with your die-cuts (Video Tutorial coming soon)
  • Use your die cuts on Cards/ATCs/ Art Journals/Books etc

 

The most important thing about this challenge is that you have fun and explore. Don’t feel pressured to have a finished item at the end of the month. Explore different styles and techniques either in person, if you have the supplies, or through research, looking online.

You learn so much more when you take away the rules and just PLAY. Adapt this challenge to a creative style that interests you. Enjoy :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’d like to share a project I created over the weekend.

Paint Fusion techniques meet Ceramic painting

Paint Fusion techniques meet Ceramic painting

After emailing Create and craft and the wonderful Sheena Douglass advising me what ink would work on the ceramic tile. I stamped the tile using Ranger Archival ink, the tile is pre glazed so it’s a slippery surface. I didn’t over ink the stamp and stamped gently as I would if I were stamping on to acetate.

The I went over the stamped image with a heat gun to set the Archival ink. I had to hold the tile up, so it didn’t get too hot, and let it rest a while and then heated again, so the tile didn’t store the heat. Once cooled I used Sheena’s Paint Fusion techniques with Pebeo Porcelaine 150 paint. I’d love some of the proper acrylic paints Sheena uses but just haven’t had the budget yet. The Pebeo paint I have is YEARS old, and I mean  years I bought it from Create and Craft back in Alan & Barry’s time!!!

The Porcelaine paint is a lot more transparent than the acrylic paint usually used for Paint Fusion on card etc. To build up darker or thicker more opaque colours in the Porcelaine paint, you have to build up the design in layers. Since my tile was white and I didn’t have white paint, I went for an orange one and I’m calling my daisy’s marigolds ;)

Bring a kid up on Blue Peter and this is what happens, never mind you haven’t got quite the right thing, just go with what you have and see what you can create ;) I really love Paint Fusion and as soon as I saw the first series of stamps I bought them all and the DVD. Being a visual learner the DVD is essential for me and makes learning the techniques so much easier. The stamps also come with a laminated sheet for you to practice your brush strokes. This is so worth doing, even though its tempting to dive right in.

Sheena has just brought out a new series of three stamps to the Paint Fusion range, Pansies (my favorite!), Tulips and Sunflowers. The range is due to expand over the coming years and I’d love to see; holly, Daffodils and snowdrops too. The great thing about the stamp range is that rather than being a pre formed image, the stamps are individual elements. This makes them so versatile, you can put the flower heads, and leaves where ever you like. Which is great as you can alter the composition on the pieces you create.

Just had a mad thought, bet it would work as a mat for my desk if I put felt on the back so it didn’t scratch and painted over the baked surface with an acrylic glaze to prevent mugs base scratching the tile ;) Looks like the ‘What if’ mode, is on full tilt at the mo.

Links

For more information about the Paint Fusion range, check out my earlier reviews and Sheena Douglass website.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post a few pictures of my first attempts with Sheena’s Paint Fusion technique.

Lavendar; Paint Fusion style

Lavender; Paint Fusion style

This is the card I made for my MIL for Mother’s Day

Mother's Day Card for MIL

Mother's Day Card for MIL featuring Paint Fusion

 

It features lavender, I used the Golden Fluid Acrylic paint, I was a bit disappointed that the paint still feels tacky after over a week. Not sure if that’s because its layered on thick, or that it was painted directly to the mat board.

Does anyone else have issues with the Fluid Acrylic paints staying tacky to the touch? When  I painted it over polymer clay beads it never did dry.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Zig Art & Graphic Pens

Zig Art & Graphic pens

Zig Art & Graphic pens

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Kuretake/ Zig Art & Graphic
  • Item number TUT-80/12V Muted
  • RRP at time of writing: £23

Reason For Buying

I had tried the Brushables and really enjoyed using them, however there is a much larger colour pallet available in the Art & Graphic range and wanting to paint flora and fauna these looked a good idea.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Twin tipped.
  • Water based dye ink
  • Xylene free & no smell
  • Rubber brush tip, HIGHLY flexible
  • Fine nib fiber tip at the other end.
  • Really juicy
  • You can scribble on to acrylic block and pick up the colour with damp brush to water-colour larger areas
  • Colour direct to rubber stamps for multi coloured images
  • Even though it is a large brush you can still get to fine point for fine detail

Cons

I haven’t got any, I love them. Perhaps a finer version of the rubber brush nib at the other end would have been good but the bullet nib is great for fine detail.

Build Quality

Superb, the lids are well-fitting but not too hard to remove. The pen colour number is printed on the pen barrel so if you need to replace a colour later on you will still have its details. The rubber nib is amazing, really flexible and the ink flow is perfect.

Value for Money

Fair for the quality. They may not be the cheapest pens around but they sure do earn their keep.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes, after ten minutes with this set, I ordered the brights and I’m looking out for the pastels set too. (All in sets of 12). For the rest, well I’ve a big birthday this year so guess whats going on my wish list.

Summing up

You just have to try them, they are amazing. The rubber nib is unlike anything else, it makes for a true brush like experience, even to the fact that the ink colour varies depending on the amount of pressure you put on the nib. As you lift off the pressure the colour lightens.

Links

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing;

Sheena Douglass; Paint Fusion Stamps

Sheena Douglass; Paint Fusion Stamps

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Sheena by Sheena Douglass. Paint Fusion
  • Item number; Assorted
  • RRP at time of writing: Approx £7 each

Reason For Buying

I saw these stamps demonstrated on Create and Craft by Sheena, after two days of sitting on my hands I caved bought the DVD to learn the painting techniques and all 6 coordinating stamp sets too.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Unmounted stamps, these are really easy to store and more affordable than wood mounted stamps too.
  • The packaging includes tutorial sheet for how to paint the flowers on a wipe clean sheet, allowing you to practice brush strokes right on the sheet.
  • The A5 Packaging sheets that come in booklet form, are just the right size to slip into a clear plastic wallet. Really useful and stops you loosing the instruction sheets too.
Easy storage for Sheena's Paint Fusion stamps

Easy storage for Sheena's Paint Fusion stamps

  • Love the sketchy nature of the designs
  • Quality grey rubber
  • The images are of different component parts of the flowers, this allows you to construct your own composition.
  • The stamps are a good size and would work on many different surfaces to decorate.

Cons

Haven’t really got any.

Build Quality

Excellent, being unmounted means they take up minimal storage space and the rubber is a good quality. The stamps are deeply etched which produces an excellent clear image, even on the fine detailed areas of the stamps.

Value for Money

Excellent, if you are on a tight budget you can just buy a single set and collect the range a bit at a time. Each stamp sheet is self-contained and will give you many options for different compositions.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes! I like the versatility of this kind of stamp.

Summing up

If you have seen Sheena’s Paint Fusion DVD, you are going to want to get these stamps. If you haven’t seen the DVD the designs will work well as stand alone images, for all kinds of creative works.   I love the versatility of the designs and their sketchy nature. I like that they are realistic rather than cutsie images. There is also text on the stamp plates which will work well in a variety of projects and some gorgeous swirls that will become firm favorites.

I have stored my stamp sheets in plastic wallets so I don’t loose the instructions but have to admit I stamped out all the images and store the stamps themselves in a box, so I don’t loose any smaller stamps

More storage ideas for Sheena's Paint Fusion stamp sets

More storage ideas for Sheena's Paint Fusion stamp sets

I love this new concept that Sheena has come up with, by using the stamps as the basis of the design you can practice the paint fusion techniques without all the difficulties that painting from nowhere on a blank sheet would put you off. This gets you up and running right away.

If you want to try the Paint Fusion techniques but haven’t got the DVD the instrucion sheet will help you get started and is useful to have next to you as you start painting. To get the most from the Paint Fusion concept I would recommend you get the DVD too ;)

These stamps are perfect for altered art projects as well as art journals, card making and just about any creative project. You can still use them with your favorite mediums, even if the Paint Fusion painting style itself isn’t your thing. They will look very different on different backgrounds and coloured with different mediums. Their sketchy nature makes them look good with pencils and watercolour paint too.

Go on treat yourself ;)

Links

For more information about the products and to find Sheena on the web, please check out the links below.

  • This is Sheena’s website and blog. You can buy the DVD and related products from here too.
  • This is Sheena’s  You Tube channel
  • Sheena Douglass on Twitter

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’d just like to share some tips for storing Mini Misters by Ranger. I really enjoying making my own colour sparays using re-inkers and mini misters and have quite a collection of both now. Here is my solution for keeping your collection together and for keeping track of your favorite recipies for colour sprays.

Storage ideas for Mini Misters

Storage ideas for Mini Misters

I discovered that the Really Useful Box company’s 2.1 litre box, is the perfect height for Mini Misters. Now given how narrow the sprays are, they have a tendancy to fall over, so to keep them in place I cut some mountboard to create dividers in the box.

Storage Ideas for Ranger Mini Misters

Storage Ideas for Ranger Mini Misters

As for recipies, you may have noticed the numbers on the lids of the misters in the picture above? Well you need to write that number on the body of the mister too, otherwise you  may muddle up the lids in use. But I have a piece of paper in the box with details of what each mister has in it. For example Number 12 has Eggplant Colour Wash ink in it, I found that the full size colour wash bottle was a bit keen and you need to protect quite a large area from over sparay when you use it. The mini mister gives a finer spray and is a little more controllable.

Now I can see at a glance which bottle I am looking for, and if I want to repeat a colour combo that works for me, I’ll know how I made it. Particularly useful if you mix re inker with perfect pearls ;) for a pearl colour spray ;)

Links

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie

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A good friend of mine pointed me at some lovely budgie stamps on Joanna Sheen’s website. They were drawn by Jayne Netley Mayhew, I just couldn’t resist them. This pair are quite small and lent themselves well to the 2″ sized stampbord.

Budgie Necklace

Budgie Necklace

Stamps; Joanna Sheen; Jayne Netley Mayhew Collection; Budgerigar JNM514. Crafty Individuals; swirl

Inks; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Adirondack Dye ink, Tsukeniko Versafine

Look out for the other stamps in the Jayne Netley Mayhew range, there are birds and a selection of other animals too.

This is one without the glaze

Links

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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