Sunday, 27 November 2016

Gift Box

      Gift Box

This is a book box that I thought would serve well as a gift box and a nice decorative piece to be kept by the recipient after opening as a trinket / keepsake box or whatever else they may decide. 

It is painted firstly with gesso then decorated with the lace and texture paste through stencils, I added the flowers and other embellishments after it had been painted. The roses were shop bought but sprayed with Deco Art Media misters the trinkets were all tinted with gilding wax and the buttons were upturned and a small pearl put in to cover the button holes.

All embellishments were fixed in place with Pinflair glue gel. The sentiment is a stamp from a Chocolate Baroque Rose set. Then finally the roses and leaves were brushed with Glue Gloss and sprinkled with glitter and the lace was highlighted with stickles.

Thank you for looking


Doreen xx

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Blue canvas

Blue Canvas

Inspired by Kay Halliwell - Sutton owner of Indigo Blue.

I had a canvas board that was covered in blue brusho but not happy with it so using a technique that Kay showed on tv went about transforming it. All stamps used are by Indigo Blu.

Thanks for looking 

Love Doreen

Sunday, 17 January 2016

The Versatile Clematis

The Versatile Clematis

And now for something a little different ....

This project was inspired by a post from Bernie Simmons, I have had the ' face ' stamp by Stampendous for some time now but when Bernie posted a pic on facebook recently I wondered if the Oak House Studio Clematis Tower stamp could be used in conjuction with the ' face '. 

Well I for one was pleased with the result. 

Using the Clematis Tower- here is the link  I stamped the tower on a post it and cut it out for use as a mask this takes a little careful cutting. Then using the Oak House Studio stamping card I stamped the face into place and then used the Clematis tower to stamp the for the first image, take the mask and cover this up then ink up the area you want to use to complete your hair/hat and stamp into place.

Using the Oak House Studio Pure Colour inks I then painted the Clematis in colours of my choice.

These Inks blend well and can also be used to tint the clear sparkle brush pen that I used to colour the face and then the Clematis to add a bit of bling to the image.

I then cut out the image and mounted it onto some backing card from my stash and added some stickles to the neckline of the image.

Thank you for looking 

Love Doreen 

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Ink Blending ~ Winter Season

To make this card I used the products listed below

The Winter Trees stamp set
Colour Chemistry Ink Pads
I used Triple Autumn Leaves and Triple Fruity Reds 
Colour Chemistry Black pigment ink pad

Black permanent ink pad
Fusible fibres and Fantasy film
White paint pen
Glitter brush pen

This is the end result 

It starts like this ... looks a bit of a mess at this stage  ... agreed ?

Use the Black and cover the top an bottom and a little down the sides

Looks a bit better once the trees are stamped in place, using the Black Permanent Ink Pad.

 Add some highlights with the glitter brush pen. Add the random snow effect using the white paint pen.

Take some Fusible fibre and Fantasy film and make a sandwich, ink up the word stamps from the set masking off the last 's' from seasons. place sandwich over the inked up stamps and then cover with some greaseproof paper. Using a hot iron fuse the sandwich. I then cut off the excess close to the words but if you prefer to leave more of the film that is ok too. 

As with all things like this you must stay with it to the end to get a better feel of the technique although I must confess, I didn't think much of it myself to start with but it comes good in the end.

Thank you for looking

love  Doreen

Monday, 23 November 2015

Stamp of the Week samples

I have used the Double Dragon stamp set to make these samples along with other Oriental stamps available on the site 

Thank you for looking

love Doreen

Sunday, 15 November 2015

The Little Experiment

The Little Experiment

Well folks this is quite an easy thing to do if a little time consuming.
It was suggested to me by Lynnda Worsnop of Oak House Studio.

Firstly I used Oak House Studio stamps to experiment with and would suggest that if you want to try any others try ones you won't be to upset to loose but it should be fine. 

I used the Dog Rose Corner Stamp ( link below ) 

Cover the stamp in pva glue and leave to dry, not to thickly as it will take an age to dry out and be very thick when it eventually does ! Just thick enough that you can't see the stamp beneath.

When dry peel it off the stamp very carefully ( where there are areas of more depth you will find that it will not go see through ) leave to dry for about another hour and then trim the edges off  the pva. It is quite delicate but take things carefully and all will be fine. I coloured the back of the pva leaving the smooth side for the upper most side. 

I then stamped a sentiment onto a black piece of card and cut to size required. When inks are dry use pinflair to attatch to prepared card and mount onto a card base.

I hope you have fun with this technique and will try colouring the pva before use as I intend to do ..... nothing ventured, nothing gained as they say. 

Thank You for Looking 

Love Doreen

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Oriental Dragons

Oriental Dragons

Products needed to make this card include :

Versamark Ink Pad
Black Card 
Red Vellum 
1 DL Blank Card
Red Alcohol Marker 
Gold Embossing Powder
Gilding Flakes
A Small Piece of Cut and Dry
PVA Glue

Cut Vellum, Black Card and White Card to fit for matting and layering.
Take Black card and using either talc or an anti static bag dust the card.
Stamp the Serenity Prayer from the Oriental companion set and stamp using versamark, cover with embossing powder and tap off in usual way and heat set.
Whilst you have the versamark and embossing powder out you can do the 3 coins on some of the remainder of the black card.

Next I used the piece of cut and dry and pva to make a glue pad ... just add a teaspoon of the glue and work it into the cut and dry. Dust another piece of the black card ready for use, ink up the dragon stamps with the ' Glue pad '  in the same way you would use an ink pad. Put the stamps straight into water to soak the remainder of the glue off. These will clean off very well with no effort.

Using the gilding flakes of choice cover the Stamped Dragons and buff to a shine. Then put to one side to cut out. This will take a while.

Take the bamboo stamp from the oriental companions set and stamp round the edge of the card using the Colour Chemistry Sepia ink pad. Then take your red alcohol marker and edge the card with it. You can also do this with an ink pad if you prefer.

Finally after cutting out your Dragons and discs matt and layer the card and mount the onto it.

Thanks for Looking 

Love Doreen