Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Mid Month Tutorial By Stefanie

                  You can find our current challenge here....
                                APRIL'S CHALLENGE

                     April's Mid Month Tutorial by Stefanie
                                  Starfire & Crystals
Today I am sharing this little wall hanging, created on two 5" x 7" canvas boards. These are quite easy to find in various shops and are fairly inexpensive , I think these came from The Works but I have also seen them in The Range.

It took me a while to work out just what I was going to make, and as usual the finished piece is totally different than what I started with in my minds eye!!

Once I'd decided what my theme was going to be I applied DecoArt Texture Sand paste through a star stencil to one of the canvas boards, and then allowed it to dry overnight.   You can use a heat-gun to dry texture pastes, but sometimes this will give you a different finish effect. They can puff up, go extra smooth or crack a little - this isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it is worth being aware of. I found an interesting blog post where the blogger had compared the different results, here:

Next, colour. As the boards are already primed with double gesso I decided to go straight in with ink sprays. I used London Blue and Black Marble  (Dylusions). I wet the boards first and then applied the inks, letting them merge into each other, I tried to keep the darker areas to the edges by spraying the black in this area, and the blue more to the middle, although on the 'star' board a little streak of the darker colours has run through the middle - I actually like this although I was trying to avoid it.

Once the inks had dried I applied some Rub'n'buff in Gold Leaf lightly to each of the textured stars.   This gave just a hint of a gleam and at first I was happy with this. As the rest of the piece evolved I decided to add a small amount of gold glitter glue on top. I crossed my fingers that I wouldn't have to start over, and when the glitter glue was dry in was relieved with the results - the two combined mediums gave a slightly muted appearance, with just a touch of glitter.

I typed out my chosen quote 'Until you are broken, you don't know what you are made of' in a Word document and played around with the size and font until I was happy, and then printed onto white card. I then stamped my image 'Survivor', one of Dyan Reaveley's newer stamps (and one I just had to have as soon as I saw it!!) using Archival Ink in black.

I coloured the stamped image with Dylusion's Cherry Pie in a water brush, this was on the body and parts of her hair, and when dry I used a couple of promarkers in oranges and yellows on the east. I fussy cut her, and cut the quote into individual words.  I used Tattered Rose Distress Ink to colour the words and then edged with Brushed Corduroy - this worked fine for me, but as they were printed not stamped they do bleed a little, this will either suit your project or ruin it completely, so do check you are happy, I know some people will seal printed pieces with hairspray, to stop this bleeding, but I haven't tried this - yet!!

I then tried to work out on my layout, so I placed 'Survivor' towards one edge on the lower board, and then played around with where the words of the quote would fit. Once I was happy with this I decided that it would use some tiny gemstone chips that I've had for ages, and arrange them in lines as if they were radiating from her. I used Finnabair's 3D gel to position them on the canvas boards. (In this picture the gel is showing up as white but it does dry clear and transparent)

Whilst the crystals were drying, I decided to use some sealer on the coloured image and the quote, but (stupidly!) placed them on some cardboard packable to do this. The sealant ran over the edges and, if I hadn't realised and moved them sooner it would have totally stuck the paper to the cardboard.   I usually do anything like that when the pieces being sealed are in their final position, or on some plastic or polythene that they won't stick to.  I hadn't done them in situ as I hadn't wanted to seal the whole board, just the stamped and printed bits.

I have used a Crop-a-dile to punch holes into the boards and then add eyelets, and then used some chain to fasten the two together, and to create a hanger.

The final touch was just to edge the boards with a little black Archival ink, and I also added some swirls of the glitter glue along the lines of crystals.

Thanks for reading,  I hope you like this as much as I do.

Steffi :o)

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

April's Challenge

 1st April...pinch, punch the the first of the month, as the saying goes, Aprils Fools day as it is commonly known, well there's no fooling any one here this month as our Teamies and Guest Designer Terry have made some amazing projects this month.
But as always we have to announce the Winner of our March Challenge...chosen by Rupa, who said it was a difficult task choosing a winner from so many gorgeous entries.


Congratulations Pamellia, such a stunning entry....We would love you to be our Guest Designer for the May Challenge.
Please contact Sandie here at if you would like to accept our offer.
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                      Our Guest Designer this month is Terry..

"Hey there my name is Terry, I am married and I am a Mom. I am living in the Netherlands and have been crafting for about 10 years. I started out with 3D, embroidery and then really found my style with vintage inspired crafting. When I am not crafting I am working as a secretary. What do I love to do? Spending time with my family and just sitting at my table and get all the crafty stuff out. While I 'm crafting the ideas pop into my head and then I just know what to make. I really love to blog, craft, playing with my stamps and inks and I LOVE everything Vintage.. What I love the most, the colour purple, Tim Holtz, and butterflies from Wendy Vecchi."

You can find Terry's Blog here....

Many Thanks Terry for being our Guest Designer.

Take a look at what our lovely Teamies have created for your inspiration this month...stunning work, why not pop over to their blogs and find out more on what they created....well worth visiting.

An altered book with home made gesso and found items.Details on my blog.

An Altered Spool...check my blog for all the details.

Altered Canvas...check my blog for more details

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Wedding Frame/Pinboard
Go check my blog for all the details.

From this......

To this...check out my blog for more details.

An Altered Book Cover....

in to a Junk Journal.....

more on my blog

Unfortunately several entries were deleted last month, so please check our very few rules before linking up your entry...Thanks