Saturday, 22 April 2017

Gel press coaster set

Gel printing coasters was so much fun. I wanted a kind of animal/tribal type of look and this is how it went.
I took some card coasters that were old charity shop finds to alter, and used them as a base. Any thick card would also work.
This is my design team project for Altered Pages

I covered four of them in Gesso and left to dry and chose four paint color's , including black white, brown and metallic bronze. I covered the Gel press with black and brown and brayered on to a piece of white card. I drew swirls and patterns with the end of a paint brush and then printed. I dried the layer and added more paint and repeated the process.

On the final layer I added some black and white again and bronze and layed it down quite thickly in places. I pressed it lightly with my hands instead of the brayer and because the paint was still quite thick it created a textured look I used the end of the paint brush again and I then added some black paint circles using two size caps from bottles and dried the whole lot.

I drew around the coasters for the right size. covered the back of the gel print and the top of the charity coasters in mod podge (matt ) and adhered in place. Finally I sealed over the top with two more layers of Mod podge.

I was very pleased with the outcome as it achieved the tribal look but in an abstract kind of way.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Spring Hues canvas

I have so enjoyed using gel printing in this project, Altered Pages allowed us to play with gel press for this months projects and this canvas is the first of mine.

Items used were :

canvas board A6




Plain thin white card

Gel press

Acrylic paints

Fabric and paper flowers

Die cut butterflies and fancy borders.


marker pens

To begin I made the gel press using thin white card and acrylic pains the first layer was a fabulous yellow then I added turquoise and blue paints over two old masks I had in my stash plus various patterns using the wrong end of a thin paint brush to draw along the brayered layer of paint.

This was done in layers and then when dried. I tore the paper and adhered to the canvas board. The left side of the canvas is the gel pressed side.

The other side of the canvas I covered in various flowers and die cut borders the fancy kind which I tore up to use as texture. I stuck them all down to the canvas surface along the right side and waited for them to dry, Once dried I used Gesso over the whole right side and the same acrylic Colors over the gesso surface and left to dry again. When totally dried I added some mica paint to the textures surface for shimmer.

The butterflies are die cuts (two types of butterflies one on top of the other, Coloured with markers and stuck down last of all.

I hope you enjoyed this project and there are lots more to see at Altered Pages Blog. And check out the fab Gel press in the store now. Have a lovely week.


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Altered Pages and a little atc doublet

I have had a manic week but managed to get this little piece created with some of the gorgeous images from Altered Images  I used a few different techniques on this one.

I began by choosing three images from the  Celestial  Images collage printable
The two white card atc shapes were first stained with coffee and water and left to dry. I used washi tape to bind the two atc parts together.

I used text and steampunk background stamps and brown ink on top of the stain.
Once this dried I added watercolor patches on top of the stamped images for colour.
Once dried the images were fussy cut and collaged onto the background on both the back and the front (one image ) and the center three images.

After the images were stuck down well enough and dried. I added more color with the paint. some scribbled border with a black pen. and shading with the paints
 Also I added some white dots front back and center using white gel pen 

I then added some crackle accents and dried. Finally adding some metallic rub on in gold for high lights.  

I hope you enjoyed this, I had a ball creating this one and am already on to my next project.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Art Card

A little arting was done this last week but boy do i have a busy life for someone who is retired. Oh well as long as i get to do the thing i like best to do. Lots in the pipeline that i can't post yet but i thought i could at least share a little mixed media art card today.

List of products used.

Plain card
Coffee for staining
Image from Craft individuals
acrylic paints
Aquatone water colours
Sharpie white pen.
Heart die cut
ripped bits of Washi tape.
Black pen
labels printed
Crackle accents.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

boy tags

The news I promised to share with you that has me very excited is the news that I am now on the team of designers at  Altered Pages.  I am absolutely thrilled to have this opportunity with such a fabtastic crafting company. Also it will be such a great focus for me and such incredible products to work withi

I decided to use some of the gorgeous images from the digital download section at Altered Pages. I used the cutest ever boys collage sheet ' 3116 Young man'.  I chose two really gorgeous images and they printed out beautifully.

Other products:vintage book text paper
distress inks
blue markersatin ribbon from my stash
Small acrylic 
stamps from my stash
3d butterfly sticker

I created the tags, cute fish and netting background texture on my die cutting machine (Scan and cut ) using a good quality card.

After cutting the tag shapes I coloured them in distress inks using a sponge blender and then blended well I also added waves with a blue alcohol marker to the top tag. I coloured the fish shape the same way.  

The second tag background was made using text paper mod podged  onto the tag and then when dried I distressed in the same way.

The images I fussy cut out as I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to cutting out images. I also cut out the stamped images and glued to the tags. I finished off with the twisted twine and pale ribbon from my stash. 

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Mixed Media cards

Hello everyone, Well i managed to get some cards made last night, As usual i reverted to my favourite mixed media method and through in some recycling of a wallpaper sample(all three cards from the same piece )  recently grabbed some free wallpaper sample books from a local shop that were giving away free on Gumtree. So pleased i did they are great for all kinds of things.
In these  i used
Stampers anonymous stamps
and  Indigo blue stamp
cream lace scrap
gold paint acrylic,
Distress inks
wallpaper scraps
border was also a wallpaper scrap put through scan n cut

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Looking forward

Good morning my friends. Today i am looking forward. I have had a not so good winter and i am so longing for the spring. Time for brighter days and new beginnings.

 I have something so cool and wonderful in the pipeline but i am keeping it a secret for now but all will be revealed when i can reveal it.

 I have recently got my free craft classes for the elderly etc back running every thursday afternoon and its a lovely time for a chat with the ladies and crafts and tea. Also i have been busy creating Dezinaworld kits and freebies which can be viewed on my other blog and facebook group.

I have been making cards and altering coasters and am looking forward to a very creative year. These coasters are altered old coasters from 1980's. They are covered in wallpaper (from a book of samples ) and then stamped and embossed and sealed. My grandson wanted them so he and his dad now have them at their home. 

Thanks for reading. June x