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Sonntag, 1. August 2021

Monochromatic - A Fun Card

Hello and welcome to August!

For our new challenge "Monochromatic" over at Country View Challenges I made a fun card, using the palette of many brown tones.

For the background I went over a piece of Bristol paper with Distress Ink Antique Linen, spreat the ink with a foam pad and put a stencil from finnabair called "Mind Games" on top. Then I sprayed some water and let it sit for a while. I dabbed the excess with a cloth and dried everything. 

Now I took the same DI and a make up brush and accented the letters inside of the squares - unfortunately you can´t see too much of it, but it looked very cool!

To tone down the color, I used a brayer with white Gesso and rolled over the background.

The picture from the vocal point is a sticker from finnabair´s "Words you need" sticker set. I matted it on dark brown and beige cardstock, glued some cardboard underneath and glued some threat behind.

The frame I built with lace from my stash, then I glued everything onto the card.

Only some embellishing was left to do: I glued some metallic stickers from my stash around the vocal point and a redish-brown flower and my card was finished!

Here are some close ups:

I hope you like it and feel inspired to make some monochromatic art for our challenge! As you know, you can win a 20 £ voucher for the shop!

Montag, 19. Juli 2021

Birthday Card

 Hello all!

Here is my secind project for the "Use A Stencil (Or Two)"-challenge for July at Country View Challenges.

I made another card this time. 

This card is one of a series I made for my collegues at school. I decided, to make all of them the same way. I used a masterboard for the background I made. I photocopied it and cut it to size.
To tone down the background a little bit, I used a stencil from Tim Holtz and white acrylic paint.

For some color, fitting to my vocal point, I used a second stencil (TCW) and acrylic spray paint.

I prepared all of my vocal points the same way: I layered the picture on top of several papers and corrugated cardboard, which I cut or teared to size and distressed the edges with DI walnut stain. Then I stapeled them and glued the picture to the middle.

At last I added the stamped words and a little rose - that´s it!

Some close ups:

When I have all the cards ready, I will post a picture here - I have to make 23 more ;-).

Now it´s your turn to use your stencils and make something pretty for our challenge!

As always you can win a 20 £ voucher for the shop!

Thank you for your visit and have a wonderful week!

Donnerstag, 1. Juli 2021

Card for a Man

 Hello all, nice to have you here!

For the new month we have a new challenge over at Country View Challenges. This time the theme is "Use a stencil or two...".

I love to use stencils very much and I guess I use them in nearly all my artwork.

To add texture with a stencil changes the whole look of a piece and they are so very versatile in their use.

For my first piece I decided to make a card for a man.

This is what I did:
I took a piece of watercolor paper and sprayed it with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in a light grey.
I put the stencil Lattice Work form Tim on top of the wet paint, sprayed a little bit more and left it to dry.

When it was dry, I removed the stencil and it looked like this.

The stencil was still wet, so i placed it on another piece of paper. I will use it for a second card.

To get rid of the "frame" I spreat Distress Inks ground espresso and black soot around it with a distressing tool and a sponge.

Time for a second stencil. I used the Numeric stencil from Tim, also one of my favourites, with Distress Oxide mermaid lagoon.

To make the numbers stand out more, I surrounded some of them with a white posca pen.

For some more marks I used the third stencil, again a Tim one, called Stitched Layering, with Distress Oxide crackling campfire. It´s not visible very much, but it adds a subtile texture and a hint of color.

To finish the background, I sprinkled some white paint on top.

I stamped my image and the sign, colored all, layered them and glued them on top of my background. Last I glued everything on top of a card and embellished the card with some flowers and a bow.

Now it´s ypir turn to make something with a stencil! As always you can win a 20£ voucher for the shop.

Thank you for your visit today!

Donnerstag, 3. Juni 2021

Anniversary Artist Trading Coins

 Hello and hurray!

For our 100th challenge at Country View Challenges I made some Artist Trading Coins for your inspiration.

As it is a special challenge, you have this time two chances to win a voucher for the shop!
This is what you have to do:

Remember you must take inspiration from one of the DT makes, such as a colour scheme, technique, design idea, stamp or die motif for your make to be in with the chance to win and, of course,include "100" (or One hundred in any language) for a chance to win a £20 voucher to the Country View Crafts shop

"This month there is also a special prize for a commenter
on todays' CVC and DT blog posts. So Hop to it!"

 I used a lot of technics, supplies and mediums, so I guess you can find something that you want integrate into your work.
So here are the steps:

First I wanted to make a collage paper, I have seen that recently from Tiffany Solorio, you can watch her video here. So I gathered tissue paper, a whole bunch of stamps and black Archival ink and started to build my background.

I started with the 100 in different sizes and went on with a lot of different stamps.

This is the result I got - I really like it!

Next I punched my coins with a 21/2" circle punch. I needed three for the back, three from cardboard (if it is too thick, cut it with siccors) and three from cardstock.

To create the background color I used Distress Oxides and spreat the inks with a brayer.

Time to use my collage paper. I cut out pieces and glued it down with Matte Medium.

After drying I filed the edges with a nail file.

For more interest I added some crackle glaze here and there.

For some shimmer I painted parts with extreme sheen gold paint.

For my vocal point I stamped some words and the beautiful butterflies from rubber dance on white Bristol paper and heat embossed it with black nuvo fine detail embossingpowder.

I colored the butterflies with liquid watercolors. When dry, I cut them out and glued them onto my coins. The coins I framed with black acrylic paint and added some white splatters.

Here they are! Very hard to get good pictures, so sorry for the photo quality.

I hope you feel inspired and want to join in with our anniversery challenge.

Have a wonderful day and thank you for your visit!

Dienstag, 1. Juni 2021

Celebrate 100!

 Hello my crafty friends!

Today is a very special day at Country View Challenges - it´s the 100s challenge! Hooray, let´s celebrate!

For my first project I decided to create a page on my little sketch pad.

I am part of the amazing design team since April 2016 - can you believe it! - and I still enjoy it.

Here is my very first project I made for CVC, you can find the post here:

But back to the anniversary challenge.
Because it is a very special challeng, you have the chance to win twice! You can make what ever you want, it can be a card, an art journal page, off the page project, ....

You only have to follow some rules:
  • Make a project inspired by one of the makes from the DT members. May be you want to copy the whole make, may be you feel inspired by the chosen colors or technique, may be you will use the same stamp or stencil - it is your choice, BUT YOU HAVE TO TELL US WHO INSPIRED YOU AND WHAT INSPIRED YOU!
  • THERE MUST BE THE 100 SOMEWHERE ON YOUR PROJECT! .....and we should be able to find it 😉.
  • To get the chance to win a second time, you have to leave a comment on the CVC blogpost and all DT blogposts and find some kind words for their makes.
And this is what I did:

First I diecut some numbers with the very new numbers thinlits Countdown from Tim Holtz (you can find them here) and a old Tim Holtz Alterations die called Typeset. I glued them down with a 3in1 glue. I also glued down some wooden numbers.

After this I painted the whole page with ranger dylusions paint bubblgum pink and dried it completely.
Then I overpainted everything with brown antiquing paint and wiped off the most of it so that only shadows left in different places. To highlight the numbers I drybrushed the edges of the numbers with white Gesso and some silver wax.
After this I cut out a flower and a flower coin and also glued these down.

Now I only had to glue down the little paper doll girl and give her a bunch of flowers in her hands.

Here are some close ups:

Now I hope you want to play with us at the anniversery challenge!

Thank you for your visit!