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Donnerstag, 23. September 2021

Capture Life´s Moments

 Hello all!

This is my second project for the September challenge at Country View Challenges, "The Leaves begin to fall". I created a canvas in mixed media style.


For my focal point I used the wonderful die with fitting embossing folder from Tim Holtz, called Layered Leaf.
I made a video, you can watch my creative process here:



Here are some more pictures:





I hope you like my autumnal canvas, I had much fun creating it!

Now it´s your turn to make something for the challenge. There is left time enough!

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

Thank you for your visit.

Mittwoch, 1. September 2021

Autumn - Art Journal Page

 Hello and happy September!

Unbelievable - it´s the first of September, where has the summer gone?

As always at the first of a month, it is time for a new challenge over at Country View Challenges. This month the theme is: Leaves begin to fall, hosted by the lovely Jane. She says:  Use leaves as background or the main focal of your project.

 Leaves must be the main feature, no "token" leaf added!!

So I made an art journal page.


This is what I did:

First I sprayed a watercolor paper with various mists in autumnal colors. 

I used Glimmer Mists and Glimmer Mists from Lindy´s Stamp Gang.



My background I prepared with Gesso and then I used a stencil and heavy Gesso to create some texture. When dry, I colored it with grey Ecoline liquid watercolor and added a hint of turquoise blue and light green Ecoline liquid watercolor. For some shine I dabbed some Extreme Sheen metalic paint 24K Gold from DecoArt.
For more interest I did some stamping. I used an old BoBunny stamp called It´s Written with Versa Fine Clair Morning Mist and some subtile stamping with an old border stamp, I guess it´s from Kaiserkraft, with DI speckled egg here and there.

Next I did some die cutting with the beautiful sizzix thinlits called fall foliage by Tim Holtz. I used the colored watercolor paper. I used some squeezed lemonade DO on some of the leaves and distressed the edges with DI walnut stain. Then I glued them all down, some with foam squares for some hight.

...oh, and did you discover the little elves? They were a freebe from Astrid McLean in 2020. They are absolutely lovely. 

Here are some more pictures:




I wrote the word "Herbst" (autumn) into one of the bigger leaves.

Here the first elve.

....and here the second one, hidden between the leaves.




Now it´s your turn to make something beautiful with falling leaves! You can win a 20 £ voucher for the shop!

Thank you for your visit today.

Montag, 9. August 2021

Monochromatic Cards - Three Of A Kind

 Hello and welcome to my second inspiration for the August Challenge "monochromatic" over at Country View Challenges!

This time I made not only one card - I made three, three of a kind. Well, to be honest - there will be much more, I´m doing the birthday cards for my collegues for the next school year, and they will be all of a kind, only the colors will be different.

Well, I decided to show you the red ones.


I have made a process video, so if you want to watch you can watch it here:


Here are some more pictures:




And here you can see some more cards, these are the ones I made so far...


Now it´s your turn to make some monochromatic art for our challenge, I am looking forward to seeing your projects!

Thank you for your visit today and have a great week!

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!