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Butterfly Card created for Be Creative Design Team

Hi everybody and welcome back to my blog.  This is my second blog post for the Be Creative design team and for this project and I have chosen to share a relatively simple card project with you today.   This piece as featured on the Be Creative show on Tuesday on Hochanda.


Step 1

There is a lot of card that needs to be cut for this one!!  I used a 6 x 6inch white card base.  I also cut 6 square panels of white card measuring 14.4cm, 14.0cm, 12.0cm, 11.6cm, 9.6cm and 9.2cm.


Step 2

I took the panels that measured 14.4cm, 12.0cm and 9.6cm and added a wash of the Ocean and Jade Luster paints, using a water brush to blend the colours together in places.


Step 3

Next, I stamped and emboss 2 butterflies using Versamark ink pad and the Be Creative Silver embossing powder.  The larger of the two was stamped directly onto the smallest panel of card and the smaller one onto a scrap piece of card.  These were then coloured using the Ocean and Jade Luster paints with water brush.  I cut out the smaller butterfly and set this aside for the end of the project (these butterflies were from the Dare to Fly stamp set by Prima)


Step 4

Next, I used the Crackle stamp from Be Creative and with Garden Patina Archival Ink, I stamped this randomly around the edges of the remaining 2 panels and the smaller one with the butterfly on.


Step 5

I stamped and embossed the sentiment (from the same Dare to Fly Stamp Set by Prima) using Versamark and silver embossing powder.


Step 6

To put the card together, I attached the 9.2cm crackle background panel to the 9.6cm painted panel with double sided tape; I then repeated the process with the 11.6cm and 12.0cm panels and then finally with the 14.0cm and 14.4cm panels.


I attached the largest panel to the card blank using double sided tape; before attaching the other 2 panels centrally on top of this, using foam tape for a little more dimension.


Step 7

I finished the card by attaching the smaller cut out butterfly to the top corner of the card and a few Liquid Pearl dots in Robin’s Egg.


I hope you enjoyed this short tutorial.  If you did, please like this post and also follow my blog for more ideas and inspiration along the way.


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For further details of the crackle stamp, embossing powder, Luster paint and water brush used, please visit the Be Creative website, where you will also find their full range of stamps, paper pads and accessories.  With more new products being added every month, there is lots more to look forward to.


Happy crafting folks and see you soon, Gem x

Seashell Mixed Media Tag – DT Project for Be Creative

Did any of you catch Gordon and Justin, from Be Creative, on Hochanda over the bank holiday weekend?


As I have mentioned in an earlier post, I am lucky enough to be a member of their 2018 Design Team and if you did see any of their shows, you might have seen this little project of mine shown in amongst the samples; so, I thought that I would kick this week’s blog posts off with a quick how to guide on how I made it.


Supplies list:

Be Creative Luster paints in Bronze, Gold, Silver, Raspberry, Ocean, Jade, Pearl, Viola and Lemon

Texture paste

White gesso

Organic Matter stencil from TCW

Silicone moulds

Air dry clay

Mini spritzer bottles

Glossy Accents

Beads from my stash


Check out the Be-Creative website for full product details and prices.


How I made the tag:


Step 1 – Prepping the embellishments

Make the seashells and seahorse by pressing air-dry clay into the silicone moulds.  Remove the elements and leave them to dry overnight.


Step 2 – Adding texture

Apply texture paste through the stencil.  Mix some mini art stones with some texture paste and apply this to the base of the tag, to create the sea bed.


Nestle the seashells into the paste and fill in any gaps with a bit more texture paste.  Once this has dried, it will hold the seashells nicely in place.

Attach the seahorse to the tag, I used texture paste for that as well.


Step 3 – Prime the tag


Once all the texture paste has dried (I allowed 2 hours), I gave everything 2 coats of white gesso to prime everything for paint being added.


Step 4 – First layer of colour

Using Be Creative’s new Luster range of paints and their mini spritzers, I created bronze, gold, blue and green acrylic spritzers, by mixing 1-part paint to 2-parts water and gave them a good shake.  With the Bronze and Gold sprays, I focused on the sandy areas at the bottom of the tag, and around the sea shells at the top of the tag.  With the Ocean and Jade, I spritzed the remainder of the tag to make it looks like an underwater scene.  I repeated this process twice to get a nice depth of colour.


I mixed some of the Pearl Luster with a little water and, using a small paintbrush, I added some splashes over the blue parts of the tag, to create more interest here.


Once all this was dry, I added some of the Pearl Lustre over the raised areas of the texture paste in the blue section of the tag, to create some highlights within the water.


Step 5 – The shells and seahorse


For these elements, I applied the Luster paints straight from the jar.


Step 6 – Finishing touches

The edges of the tag – using a mini blending tool, I blende some Vintage Photo Distress Oxide around the edges, to create a vignette; and then went in even darker, right on the edge, with some Black Soot Distress Oxide.


Quote – I chose a quote from Tim Holtz’ Small Talk sticker collection and edged this with some Vintage Photo ink.


Bubbles – I added some patches of Glossy Accents dots, to give the illusion of a few bubbles.


A bit of bling – these paints pack a lovely shimmer; however, I am a bit of a magpie at heart and cannot resist adding even more sparkle, and so I added a few fire polish beads from my stash and a pearl just to finish the look.


Ribbons – I reinforced the hole at the top of the tag, using an eyelet and my Crop-A-Dile, before threading through an assortment of twine and blue ribbons.


I really hope you enjoyed this project, as much as I loved making it.  If you did like this, please do like this post and follow my blog on here.  If you have any queries, you can drop me a message too.  I will do my best to help.


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Happy crafting folks and look forward to catching up with you soon, Gem x

“Travel” DL Birthday Card

Sometimes blokes are just so difficult to make cards for.  For this recipient I was quite lucky as he is an avid traveller.


I had bought a map background stamp on Amazon (no brand name with it) and thought that this would make the perfect backdrop to the card.


Step 1 – The background

On a craft sheet, I smooshed down some Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and Tumbled Glass, spritzed it with water and then pressed the card panel into the ink.  I did this twice, drying thoroughly in between.  I also repeated this process for a small rectangle of card, which I will later use for the sentiment.  I also added some Vintage Photo to the edges to darken these up.


Step 2 – Stamping and colouring

I stamped the map into the centre of the panel and coloured the sea portion in with a Kuretake Clear Colour pen in Light Blue.  I then used the Postmarks stamp by Kaisercraft, and stamped parts of this all around the panel using Garden Patina Archival Ink.


Taking the smaller piece of card, I stamped the sentiment in the Coffee Archival Ink.


Step 3 – Focal image

Using the Coffee Archival Ink, I stamped out the aeroplane (by Tim Holtz) before cutting around it, leaving a small white border.


Step 4 – Sticking it all together

I stuck the panel to the card front using PVA glue, and then attached the sentiment and the aeroplane using foam squares, to create some dimension.


Step 5 – Finishing touch

To finish, I added a few dots of Robin’s Egg Liquid Pearls, to tie in with the postmark stamped detail.


Just a quick tutorial for today; but I hope you liked it.  If you do, please like the post and you can also follow my blog for more ideas and inspiration in the future.


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Happy crafting and catch up with you soon, Gem x

Sea Swipe – Acrylic Paint Pouring

Hello crafters and welcome back to my blog!!


Today, I have decided to have another play around with acrylic paint pouring and do my first ever “swipe”.


What is a “Swipe”?

This technique involves laying down patches of colour (stripes seem to be quite popular) and leaving one end of the canvas colour-free, to add your swipe colour of choice.  Once the paint is all laid down on the canvas, you use a palette knife, plastic card or, in my case, a sheet of Yupo synthetic paper, to swipe the paint across the canvas – a very light touch is needed for this or else you will scrape all the paint off the canvas instead.


Paint recipe

As in my last acrylic pouring tutorial, I opted to add Flow Improver by Winsor and Newton, a little at a time using a plastic pipette, until my paint had the consistency of honey/single cream.  I added 3 drops of silicone to each of the colours (possibly too much silicone for such a small quantity of paint, you’ll read why later on), apart from the white, as this is going to be my swiping colour.


The paints I used today were: Daler and Rowney Titanium White, Pebeo Dyna Iridescent Blue Green and Docrafts Artiste in Metallic Emerald Green, Metallic Sapphire, Bahama Blue and Lagoon.


Step 1 – Preparing the canvas

For a swipe, I did not need to flood the canvas with white paint prior to pouring; so, I simply pushed some thumb tacks into the wood at the back of the canvas, to lift it up from the base of the drip tray.


Step 2 – Pouring

I poured stripes of each colour down the canvas and added a thick stripe of white on the left-hand side.


Step 3 – The Swipe

I laid the edge of the Yupo paper gently on the surface of the white paint and then slowly swiped it across the surface of the rest of the paint.


Step 4 – Swipe #2

I felt that the area of white was too stark a contrast and so decided the do a further swipe, this time in the opposite direction, just going back over the area of white, to bring some of the blue tones to the surface.


Step 5 – Creating cells

I then used a heat tool (you can use a blow torch if you have one to hand) to warm the paint and allow the silicone to break through onto the surface, thereby creating the cells.


Step 6 – Finishing touches

Once this was done, I titivated with a bamboo skewer pulling some threads of white out into the blue and some of the blue back into the white.


I think that I may have overmixed the silicone/put too much silicone into the paint, as the cells were not as clear defined as I would have liked but, hey, that is how we learn what techniques work best and where we need to refine certain things.


Step 7 – Sealing the painting

Once the paint has cured (I leave mine for about 1-2 weeks), I will get this one sprayed with a couple of coats of a gloss varnish/sealer and then it is heading for my Etsy store.  I will post details of my Etsy store once I get some time to actually put some stock in there 😊


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Happy painting folks, Gem x

Pastel Springtime Mixed Media Tag

Hello fellow crafters!!!  I hope you are all well today.


My calendar tells me that we are in the midst of springtime, the weather forecast, however, seems to be plunging us back into winter again!!


For today’s project, I have been working on a Prima chipboard tag and I wanted to create a 3D pastel coloured springtime piece.  I am not really a pink and purple fan; so, today was a bit of a challenge for me!


Step 1 – Making the flowers

In order to make the flowers and the leaves, I used some air-dry clay and a variety of silicone moulds that I have collected over the years.  I manipulated the petals and leaves to give them a bit more shape and then I left the clay to dry overnight.


Step 2 – Texture

Using a stencil by TCW called Mini Chickenwire Reversed, I applied some texture paste in random areas over the tag.  I used the same texture paste to stick my flowers and petals to the tag, as well as a metal clock hand, a butterfly and a dragonfly charm.  I left all the paste to dry thoroughly for about 2 hours and meandered off to have some lunch.


When the paste was all dry.  I applied a coat of white gesso over everything, to prime it for the paint.


Step 3 – Colour

I was aiming for a washed-out look in the background and created acrylic paint spritzers, using Docrafts Artiste Acrylic Paint in Linen, Sage, Lavender and Rose Pink.  I also added an occasional spritz of water, just to blend everything together more easily.  I used a heat tool to speed up the drying process; but, of course, this is not essential.


To make the spritzers, I used Ranger Mini Misters, and filled these with 1-part paint to 2-parts water.  Gave them a good shake and then they are good to go.


I added some water to a little white gesso and, using a small paintbrush, added some white splashes over the tag.


Step 4 – More texture

This time the texture was not 3D but stamped script detail running along the centre of the tag and using Watering Can (grey) Archival Ink.


Step 5 – Embellishments

As everything was now the same shades of colours, there was no distinction between the embellishments and the background.  I, therefore, gave all of the embellishments a coat of gesso, before applying more colour.


For the leaves, I used Mermaid Sparkle Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint by Prima.  For the flowers, I used a mixture of Pearl Blush and Pearl Wisteria (both by Docrafts).


To better define the leaves and the flowers, I used a small brush and added some “veins” in Lavender (flowers) and Metallic Emerald (leaves).


I liked the green of the leaves so much that I added a bit of water to the paint and created some splashes over the centre of the panel as well.


Step 6 – Finishing Touches


Reverse of the tag – I cut a piece of decorative paper from a paper pad by Ultimate Crafts called L’Aquarelle Designs and stuck this to the tag using Matt Medium (you can use PVA glue, I just had the matt medium on the desk at the time) and I edged the paper with some of the Watering Can Archival Ink.


Edges – I like having a darker border to my pieces and so I used some of the Watering Can Archival Ink again and a mini blending tool, to frame the piece; before adding some Silver Treasure Gilding Wax to the very edge.


Gilding wax – I used some of the Treasure Silver gilding wax over the dragonfly and butterfly metal embellishments and some Pearl Moon gilding wax from Cosmic Shimmer over the clock hand.  As I said at the beginning I am not a huge fan of pink and purple together; and, for me they were just a little too sugar almond sweet; so, I used some Pearl Moon gilding wax and went over the flowers and leaves as well, to tone down the colour slightly.


Flowers – To add an extra flourish to the flowers, I added a drop of Periwinkle Liquid Pearls into each centre and then added some smaller drops randomly over the tag, to tie it all in.


Ribbons – All that was left was to add an eyelet to the hole in the tag (which I did with my Crop-A-Dile) and added an assortment of colour coordinated ribbons.


I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and that I may have inspired you in some small way; if you did, then please do like this post and follow my blog for more ideas in the coming months.


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Happy crafting, Gem x

“Sunrise Meadow” Card Tutorial

Hi Folks!  Today, I am sharing a quick make card that I made using a stamp set from Docrafts and a few of the colours of Distress Oxides.  I have provided a list of the supplies at the end of the blog post.  I worked on a 6×6 inch card blank, with a decorative panel measuring 14.8cm x 14.8cm.  So, let’s get into it.


Step 1

Firstly, I blended the Distress Oxides horizontally up the card panel from yellow at the bottom to blue at the top.  I added some water sprinkles and blotted off the excess, to give the background more texture.


Step 2

I then stamped the meadow, flowers and dragonfly stamps, using Iced Spruce Distress Oxide.  Using a waterbrush pen and some of the same ink I filled in the flowers to make them look more solid.


Step 3

I stamped the grass image from the set over the top, using black Versafine, before adding some butterflies and dragonflies.  I then coloured the flowers using the gold Wink of Stella; for the butterflies and dragonflies, I used the silver Wink of Stella and added some highlights using the Gelly Roll pen.


Step 4

Finally, I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in gold, before edging the panel with VersaMark ink and heat embossing this with the gold powder as well; before sticking the panel to the card blank.



This card was actually quite a quick make and, by adding 2 layers to the grass area (and making one paler), it gives the illusion of more dimension.


If you liked this tutorial, please do like the post and follow my blog for more ideas and inspiration.


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Happy crafting, Gem x



Docrafts “Meadow” stamp set

“Wedding After Ever” stamp set; Docrafts

Butterfly stamps from my stash

Versafine ink in Onyx Black

VersaMark clear ink pad

Wink of Stella in Silver and Gold

Distress Oxides in Salty Ocean, Broken China, Worn Lipstick and Fossilized Amber, Black Soot and Iced Spruce

Gold embossing powder by Papermania

Clear Glitter Gelly Roll pen


Flip Cup Acrylic Pouring

acrylic pour blue

Hi Folks and welcome back to my blog.  Today, I am going to show you some of the results that I have had from the acrylic pouring craze that seems to be sweeping the world at the moment.  This post is aimed at those who, like me, are relatively new to acrylic pouring.  I will apologise in advance if my spellcheck refers to it as “pouting” at any point, hopefully I have picked up on all of those 😊


I, however, make no apologies for the fact that this is a long blog post today.  I thought about splitting it into 2 or even 3 posts, but it didn’t seem to work out properly.  So, before reading any further, I advocate a cup of tea/glass of chilled white, putting your feet up and having a read through.


Disclaimer:  I am an enthusiastic amateur when it comes to acrylic pouring and am still on a learning curve.  What I am sharing with you today are the results that I have had so far (including the not s successful) and any useful tips I have picked up along the way.


Why Acrylic Pouring?

I love the unpredictability of this type of painting and the uniqueness of each canvas – you can use the same colours and the same paint mix and you will not get the same results twice.


Like a lot of crafters, I have a stash of quite a few acrylic paints and I usually have a couple of blank canvases hidden away.  Given that all that I needed to buy was some silicone and some paint conditioner, I thought I would give it a whirl.



Supplies List

Canvas / Canvas board / MDF panel / Ceramic tile – basically something heavy duty that you can pour paint onto.  Cardstock doesn’t work, as the sheer volume of paint going onto it makes the card buckle and sag.  I would recommend coating MDF with some gesso +/- matt medium, in order to seal the wood and prevent the colour of wood showing through the paint, as well as a lot of the paint soaking into the MDF

Paints – somewhat critical for this type of project.  You can mix and match the paint brands, and adjust the amount of paint conditioner and water that you use accordingly

Paint Conditioner/Flow Improver/Floetrol – this will ‘stretch’ the paint to go a bit further and thins it without breaking up the paint molecules.  Throughout this post, I will refer to this as Flow Improver, as that is what I personally use.  If you go without this and just use water to thin your paint, you will notice a lot of deep cracks will form after the paint has dried.  A lot of the artists that you watch on YouTube use Floetrol to thin down the paint.  Where I live that is not available in my local arts and crafts store; but, I did get my hands on some Flow Improver by Winsor and Newton, which works really well for me

Silicone – not an essential bit of kit, unless you want to create the cellular effect that artists are getting.  By not using the silicone, you may still get a few cells popping up; but more usually just a more “wispy” or striated/linear effect.  I bought a treadmill silicone lubricant on eBay relatively cheaply and it seems to do the trick just fine for me

Gloves – Latex gloves are something I would recommend, as this technique can get a bit messy.

A covered surface or drip tray – I use a large plastic storage box as I do not have a lot of desk space at home

Cups/beakers – These are essential for mixing your paints in and also for pouring paint onto the canvas.  It might not sound eco-friendly using plastic cups; but, as acrylic paints are water-based, you can wash the cups after each pour and re-use them; so, not so bad as it sounds

Stirrers – I use lollipop sticks, I clean them off at the end of each session and they can be reused

Mark makers – I will have some bamboo skewers that I can move thin strands of the paint from certain areas.  I also have some straws that I use to blow the paint around the canvas as well

Heat gun/blow torch – something that will warm the paint to bring the silicone to the surface, causing the cell structures to appear, also to push the colour around the canvas.  I have tried this with a hairdryer – not recommended as the clean-up job afterwards took forever!

Patience – you can control what colour paint you use, how much paint you use, how much silicone you use, what size canvas you use; however, you cannot control what the paint will do once you have let it loose on the canvas.  It also takes a while for the paint to dry completely, so you might not see the full effects for 24-36 hours.


Flip cup technique

This is where you need a steady pair of hands!!!  I am right handed and so I hold the cup in my right hand and place the canvas face down onto of the cup.  Holding the cup tightly to the surface of the canvas, you then “flip” the canvas (gently) the right way up, so the cup should look like this:


Paint Recipe

This is the bit that I found the trickiest when I started out.  A lot of tutorials will say mix one-part paint to two-parts of paint conditioner.   This is what I tried first and when it hit the canvas it was beautiful.  However, as the paint spread and then dried, I had stretched-out cells, the thinnest amount of paint on the canvas and a huge mess in the bottom of my drip tray.  My conclusion…the paint mix was way too thin for the cells to hold their shape and possibly not enough silicone in there either.


So, my belief is that, on the YouTube videos, the demonstrators may be using artist quality acrylic paints; I, however, have a large amount of Docrafts Artiste acrylic paints (which are aimed at crafters more than artists) and are a little thinner than your standard acrylic paints, so this was probably where my problem was.


Not to be deterred, I took another canvas and decided to make up my own paint recipe.  I have garnered from various artists that the ideal consistency for pouring paint is somewhere between single cream and honey.  Now, I had something to aim for.



The first real success

And at this point you are hooked on acrylic pouring – the moment where all the boxes get ticked and the painting looks good!  So, I thought I would use this one as my demo piece for this tutorial:


Step 1

Mix the paint with Flow Improver to get the idea consistency.  Add 2-3 drops of silicone into each of the colours. I used Sea Spray, Lagoon and Bahama Blue from Docrafts Artiste.


Step 2

Rest your canvas on top of 4 upturned plastic cups in your drop tray; or, alternatively, press some thumb tacks into the back, ensuring that the canvas is entirely level.


Step 3

Layer the paints into a 200ml (standard sized plastic cup). I add a little a time of each colour and build up from there until all the paint is used and the cup is near enough full.


Step 4

I apply a thin layer of white paint mixed with Flow Improver and spread this over the canvas to create a slick surface for the paint to move over – this is not essential.


Step 5

Put the canvas on top of the cup of paint and then gently flip it over and set the canvas back down.  Now, congratulate yourself on not covering yourself with paint and do the Dance of Joy for about 40-60 seconds, this allows time for the paint to roll down the inside of the cup.


Step 6

Once you have danced and pronounced yourself to be a genius, you can then pick the cup off and allow the paint to flow out.  It will look something like this and not particularly inspiring.  Do not fear though.


Step 7

Run your heat tool or blowtorch over the surface and you will start to see little cells appear.  Do not leave the heat source for too long over the same part of the paint, or you might over-cook it! (Forgot to take a photo of this bit – was just a little impressed that it looked good!!)


Step 8

Pick up the canvas (gloves on hands unless you like it messy) and slowly tilt the canvas to allow the paint to drip over the edges.  You can touch up any white areas on the sides of the canvas using the runoff that has collected on your work surface/drip tray.


Step 9

Leave the painting to dry.  This is where patience comes in as it can take up to 3 days to be completely dried, due to the thickness of the paint on the surface.  Once dry, if it didn’t work out as you had imagined, then it is a bummer; but, not a total loss.  You can always create another pour and cover the canvas again.

acrylic pour blue

It is recommended that you leave your painting to cure (completely dry) for about 2 weeks before wiping off the excess silicone oil and applying your sealer/resin coat.  As of now, I want to try a few techniques out and see which one I find works the best; so, as this blog post in rivalling War and Peace in the “number of words” stakes, I will end here for today and the touch on cleaning and varnishing the paintings in a separate blog post.


I hope to be posting more of these pieces further down the line, so if you liked this brief introduction to acrylic pouring, please do like this post and follow my blog for more ideas and inspiration.


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Happy crafting, Gem x

Industrial Grunge Art Journal Page

Hi Folks and welcome back to my blog.


Today’s post is a 6×6 inch art journal page, inspired by a stamp set by AALL & Create.  I chose to use just the circle image, as well as Dream and Imagine.  I wanted a grungy look to this piece and am really happy with the tarnished metal effect that I got using acrylic ink sprays that I made.



I am using Ranger watercolour cardstock as by base for this page.  I did not apply any gesso to the page first.


Ok, grab and cuppa and here we go:


Step 1

Texture – I chose a TCW stencil called “Riveted”, to give a bit of an industrial look to the page.


Step 2

Whilst the texture paste was drying I made up my acrylic paint spritzers.  To do this, I used 3 Mini Misters from Ranger.  The recipe for the spray is one third paint and two thirds water.   Then shake them well to mix the 2 together.  The paints I used were Metallic Bronze from Docrafts, Mermaid Sparkle from Prima’s Art Alchemy range and Teal Metallic by Pentart.  I the spritzed over the page, using a bit of water to help the colours blend more easily.  I applied the spritzes in 3 layers, drying thoroughly in between each layer.


At this point the page was uber shiny (temporary blindness when the sun hit it kind of shiny).  I wanted a more worn metallic look, so I used some Sea Spray (light aqua) paint by Docrafts and added touches around the page, smoothing it out with my finger to get a bit of a patina finish.


Step 3

Time for some stamping.  I used Jet Black StazOn for this, as sometimes I have found that the ink can smear when stamping on acrylic paint, especially when it has a sheen to it and StazOn does exactly what it says on the tin (also smells like Battenberg, not that I advocate going round sniffing ink pads!)


This is the first time I have tried AALL & Create and I can definitely say it will not be the last time that I use them.  Really good quality stamps, which stamp perfectly.  They are also just a little bit different from a lot of the stamps on the market, which I like; I think we are always on the lookout for something unusual.


Step 4

Using the Sea Spray paint, I added a dash of water and added some splashes over the whole page to add some highlights.


Step 5

Now to do something with the border of the page.  Using Distress Oxides in Vintage Photo and Black Soot, along with a mini blending tool, I inked around the edges and also a bit over the raised areas of the texture paste, to make these areas pop a bit more and become more pronounced.  The last bit was to add some Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Cosmic Brown to add a touch of shimmer to the borders.


Step 6

I added some more texture, through the use of a couple of decorative brads from Prima and, suing my Crop-A-Dile, I added 2 eyelets before putting it into my ring-bound art journal.


I really like how it turned out – grungy and a bit of an industrial feel to it.  Quite a simple unfussy page; but, that is what I was in the mood for today.  I hope you liked it too.  If you did, please like the post and follow my page, for further ideas and inspiration in the future.


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Happy crafting, Gem x

“Wildflowers Sent With Love” Card

Afternoon everyone.  I hope that you are well.  Today, I just wanted to share with you a quick card using the trusty Distress Oxides and some dies from Tim Holtz.


To make this card I have used:


Distress Oxides – Faded Jeans, Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick and Broken China

Mini Blending tool

“Wildflowers” dies; Tim Holtz

“Sentiments” stamp set; Hunkydory

Black card – 14 x 14cm panel

White linen card – 13.6 x 13.6cm panel

6 x 6 inch white card blank

“Star Night” embossing powder; Be-creative

Versamark ink pad

“Gold” Wink of Stella pen

“Robin’s Egg” Liquid Pearls; Ranger


Step 1

Mask off an area on the white linen cardstock, using some low-tack tape.  Apply the distress oxides using the blending tool, working from the darkest colour (Faded Jeans) down to the lightest “Broken China”.  Once applied, remove the tape.


Step 2

Die cut the 3 of the wildflowers from the Tim Holtz die set on black card.  Arrange so that they cover the inked panel and overhang the edges and glue down.


Step 3

Heat emboss the sentiment using Versamark and the Star Night embossing powder in the top right corner.


Step 4

Add some of the gold Wink of Stella pen over the die cut flowers and around the edges of the black card panel as well.


Step 5

Mat and layer the decorative panel onto the black panel and then onto the card front.  IF you want more dimension to your card, this can always be done using foam tape.


Step 6

Finishing touch with some of the Liquid Pearls in the top left and bottom right of the card.


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Happy crafting, Gem x