52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge

Wednesday 22 May 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 94

Yesterday, was Day 94 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge.  We decided to stay an extra couple of nights at the caravan, so this piece is a day late.  The challenge for this week is all abouts "Dots and Circles".

For this card, I used three colours of Ranger Archival Inks, uisng Sunflower, Tea Rose and Poppy shades through the Clarity Stamps "Orbit Stencil" for the background design.

I used Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" to stamp the word "Congratulations", which is part of the Clarity "Entwined Sentiments" stamp set.

I then used three shades of Versafine Clair Inks (Tulip Red, Morning Mist and Strawberry) with the Clarity "Doodle Disc Framers" stamp set.

Monday 20 May 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 93

Today, is Day 93 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge.  The prompt for this week is "Circles and Dots".  Just one more week of the challenge left, where have these weeks gone?

A clean and simple design today, using the Clarity Stamps "Circle Nested Embedder Stencils" with three shades of Ranger Archival Inks.  I've used "Shadow Grey" for the outer colour, "Garden Patina" for the middle colour and "Cobalt" for the central colour.

Using Versafine Clair "Blue Belle" ink, I stamped the flying person, the branches and the word "dream", which are all part of the Clarity A6 stamp called "Fly Away".

Sunday 19 May 2024

52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge 2024 - Week 21

This is a weekly challenge. I provide you with a prompt/theme each Sunday morning through out the year.  The challenge is very relaxed.  You can do as much or as little as you like.  You can create cards, tags, Artist Trading Cards (ATC's) or index cards, the choice is yours. You just go with what ever is in your head at the time.  You can stamp, get inky, use patterned papers, texture, embellish it is all down to you.

There is a dedicated private Facebook Group, with a lovely bunch of people who are already sharing their makes from previous challenges.  You can find the group by clicking this link.  I'd love you to join in.

Week 21 prompt for The Crafting Niche "52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge 2024" is "TEXTURE".


This is the tag that I made for Week 21 with a prompt of "Texture".

I coated a plain tag with three shades of metalic sticky backed foil tape.  I used a mat copper, a shiny copper tape and a shiny silver tape.  You can buy these tapes from hardware stores, I believe plumbers and heating engineers use it.  I was fortunate that my Hubby had some from a previous job, so I nabbed the rest of it.  He won't see it again!

Anyway, once you have covered your tag, smooth the surface.  An old credit card or similar works well.  I then put the whole tag in an embossing folder.  I don't recall, who made it but it had lovely wavy lines on it.  I then ran it through the Big Shot.  I realised I had put the tag in the wrong way round, with the wavy lines being concaved, rather than sitting high/embossed, so I worked with what I had - a happy accident.

I then covered the whole tag with a black sharpie.  Once the tag was covered, I rubbed the surface of the tag with a piece of kitchen roll, to reveal the original colours of the tape, but with the wavy lines being black.  Then with scissors, I cut along one of the wavy lines, so I then had two pieces, one for future use (see below).  

Setting the two pieces to one side, I moved on to work on the dark side of the tag.  I covered a plain tag with black card, then put it through a Crafters Companion/Gemini Embossing Folder and popped it through the Big Shot.

This embossing folder has quite a deep design, so I decided to apply some Cosmic Shimmer "Platinum Gilding Wax" over the top, applied with my finger, which highlighted the design.  I then glued the left hand side of the metalic tape tag on to the tag.

Because the tag was quite thick, I went around the edges with a black Sharpie Pen.  I then mounted the tag on to a piece of black card, trimming to tag shape.

Finally, I raided my crafting embellishments.  I found a Tim Holtz / Idea-ology word sticker, with the word "Feel" which I thought was appropriate.  I popped it on to the tag, then outlined the word with a white gel pen.

I then added some small circular embellishments, following the wavy line.

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 92

Today is Day 92 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge.  This is the first day of a new prompt of "Dots and Circles".

For this card, I used a stencil called "Dotty Circles" by Funky Fossil Designs with "Leaf Green" Archival Ink for the background pattern.

Over the top of the dotty circles, I stamped a stamp by Crafty Individuals, (sorry I have no idea what the name of the stamp is), stamped in Versafine Clair "Summertime" orange ink.

Finally, I added a Tim Holtz Idea-ology "Big Chat" word sticker, then mounted the card on to green and then white card.

Saturday 18 May 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 91

Today is Day 91 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge, this is the last day with the prompt of "inks".

This was a quick make card.  I found a small piece of kraft card, only 4"x4" - it was one of those situations - do or ditch.  I decided to use it.

Going through my stamps, I came across a set from my scrapbooking days, I think it was by 7gypsies and has not seen the light of days for around fifteen or more years!  I decided to address this by using a couple of the stamps from the set.

I rubbed an anti-static bag over the surface of the kraft card, popped it in my stamping platform then using a Wow! Clear Embossing Pad, coated the stamp and stamped.  I did this a couple of times as the Kraft card tends to absorb the ink quicker than normal card.  I then covered the inked area with Wow! Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder and heat set. Finally mounting the kraft card on to a white card blank.

Friday 17 May 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 90

Today is Day 90 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge.  This week I am working with inks.

On this tag, I have stamped using a stencil.  I used the Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous "Bouquet Layering Stencil THS143", dabbing four colours of Elements Inks direct on to the stencil.  The colours I used are:  Russet Orange, Lime Punch, Confetti and Violet Chalk.  I spritzed the inked stencil with water, then turned it on top of a cream coloured tag, smoothing the surface to ensure a reasonable coverage of ink.  

My stencil print actually turned out a bit patchy, so to fill the gaps, I used the same colours of inks with the Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous "String Layering Stencil THS103".  This added an extra layer of colour.

I used a sentiment from the Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous "Phrases 2" red rubber cling stamp set, stamping in Versafine Clair "Monarch" purple ink.  I used the same ink to edge the tag too.

Finally, after mounting the tag on to a piece of card, I added a trail of white Range Enamel Accent dots across the surface of the tag.

Thursday 16 May 2024

Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay Challenge - Day 89

Today is Day 89 of the Tiffany Johnson Creative #100daysartplay challenge.  This week is about "inks".

For this card, I started by using low tack tape to position the large Lavinia Stamps acetate circle/masks.

Within the circle, I used six colours of Ranger Archival Inks through the star section of the Lavinia Stamps "Words 2 Stencil".  The colours I used are:  Sky Blue, Pink Peony, Tiger Lily, Chrome Yellow, Prickly Pear and Vivid Chartreuse.

Around the edge of the circle I used "Shadow Grey" Ranger Archival ink, to accentuate the edge of the circle a little more.

I then used Versafine Clair "Twilight" dark blue ink to stamp the Lavinia Stamps "Large Key" and the Simon Says Stamp "Congratulations" sentiment, which is part of their "Tiny Words" stamp set.

Finally, I used a white gel pen on the stamped key area and round the edge of the circle.  I then edged some of the stars using a gold sparkly gel pen.