52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge

Saturday 22 June 2024

Lavinia Stamps "Swing Bed" and the hares



I seem to be on a roll, my third card for the day.  I'm amazed considering how I was feeling about crafting earlier on this morning.This card is made using a selection of inks and Lavinia stamps.

Starting with the Lavinia "Swing Bed" stamped in Versafine Clair "Spruce" green ink, I then added colour within the swing bed area using the remains of "Paradise Teal" Ranger Archival Ink on my blending brush.  I then created the green landscape using "Leaf Green" Archival Ink with a Lavinia Stamps "Hill Mask".

Around the "Swing Bed" I used "Majestic Violet" and Cobalt" Ranger Archival Ink, using the darker shade around the edges of the card.  I then inked the edges with Versafine Clair "Twilight" dark blue ink.  I used the Lavinia Stamps "Background Script" stamp with Versafine Clair "Monarch" purple ink to get the slight impression of text, filling the blank areas.

I then used Versafine Clair "Nocturne" ink to stamp the black flowers and leaves, which are Lavinia Stamps "Vine Set" and "Mini Lucky Clover" stamps.  I then stamped the two hares in the same ink, which are part of the "Wild Hare Set" of stamps.

Finally, I used a white gel pen for highlights and various coloured Posca pens to add flowers.


Baby Girl Card



Trying to find my crafting mojo by making very simple cards.

For this card, I found a little dress card topper in my stash, so decided to use it for this card, mounting the white card on to pink and then on to a white card blank.

I used a stamp from a Personal Impressions stamp set (sorry no idea what the name or reference of the stamp set it) for the "A little bundle of joy" sentiment, stamped in Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink. 

Lace "Thank You" Card



Well my crafting mojo is missing at the moment, hence there being so few crafting posts.

A friend recently gifted mea box of crafting goodies, including fabrics, ribbons, laces and various trims.  This is the card I have made using some of the lace and a lace butterfly from the box of crafting items I received.

I used Kraft card and a Lawn Fawn stamp from their "Simply Sentiments" stamp set for the "Thank You" which I heat embossed using Wow! Opaque Vanilla White embossing powder, which I heat set.

Sunday 16 June 2024

52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge 2024 - Week 25



The Crafting Niche 52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge 2024:

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.

The prompt for Week 25 is "Mosaic"

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This is the tag that I have made for the Week 25, starting with a plain white tag, I used two Ranger Archival Inks (Buttercup and Sunflower) through the Funky Fossil Designs stencil called "Broken Mosaic".

Using Versafine Clair "Warm Breeze" and a stamp from the Funky Fossil "Musings" stamp set, I stamped some text in second generation stamping.

I then used Versafine Clair "Blue Belle" mid blue ink to ink the edges of the tag using a finger dabber.

I splattered a white and a dark blue Posca Pen over the surface of the tag to create more backround detail.

On a white piece of card, I stamped the floral image, which is part of the Funky Fossil stamp set called "Funky Florals", again using Versafine Clair "Blue Belle Ink".

I coloured the stamped floral image using Derwent inktense Pencils (applied with a paint brush) and Posca Pens.  I then fussy cut the image and stuck on to the tag using wet glue.

Finally, I mounted the tag on to a piece of navy blue card and cut it to size. Then added a few dots of white Ranger Enamel Accents.

Saturday 15 June 2024

Happy Birthday Card (Stencilled background) Card



This background has been in my "Ditch or Do" box for at least a year, as I was trying out a texture pastes.  Today I decided to use it for a birthday card.

Sadly, I didn't write on the back of it what I used, so this is a bit of guess work regarding the inks.  For the colour, I used "Twisted Citron" and "Mowed Lawn" Distress Oxide Inks through the Funky Fossil Designs "Micro Dots" stencil.  I then used a metallic silver texture paste through the Funky Fossil Designs "Between the cracks stencil".  This ended up quite raised, maybe I should have used a little less, but it's called "texture paste" for a reason !

I used "Monarch Orange" Ranger Archival ink through areas of the Funky Fossil Designs "Brick Wall 2" stencil.  Then I used wet glue to add the die cut "Happy Birthday" sentiment.  After mounting the piece on black card and then on to a white card blank, I added some dots of black "Ranger Enamel Accents", to add a bit more texture to the card.

Floral Card



Continuing my stash busting efforts, I found a small off cut of a gel plate background in my box of "ditch or do" goodies.  It only measured 11 x 7 cm, but I had fortunately had the foresight to jot down on the back what I had used to create the background.  I'd used "Mulberry" Element Ink, brayered on then splattered with white, lemon and purple Brusho paints.

I decided to break up the colour a little more by adding splatters of purple, black, lemon and white Posca Pens.

Using a wet glue, I added some white die cuts which I had never got round to colouring, if I remember correctly they're from a Sizzix/Tim Holtz thinlits die set called "Wildflowers" or something similar. Finally, I added a few dots of white Ranger "Enamael Accents".


Tuesday 11 June 2024

Another Stash Busting collage



I've made a dent in my box of odds and ends which I call my "Ditch of Do" box.  Making this card.  



I've used off cuts of patterned paper, cardstock die cuts, Posca Pens and Liquid Pearls too.

This is a very busy collage.  My eye doesn't know where to settle so maybe less is more!

Sunday 9 June 2024

52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge 2024 - Week 24



The Crafting Niche 52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge 2024:

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.

The prompt for Week 24 is "Die Cuts"

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This is the tag that I have made for the Week 24, I started with a cream coloured tag, covering it with scraps and off-cuts of gel plate printing and inked book page projects that I had kept - just in case I could use them!

I used Range Archival Ink in the "Red Geranium" shade of ink to stamp the Funky Fossil Designs "Bubble Wrap stamp" in the bottom left and top right of the tag.  I then went around some of the circles using a black fine liner pen.

I used white Gesso through the Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous "Horizontal String Layering Stencil - THS103" in various areas of the tag, then set aside to dry.

While the Gesso was drying, I cracked on with die cutting, using three Memory Box dies:

  • "Honeycomb Background 99434" with dark blue card
  • "Leafy Border 98628" with white card
  • "Chloe Stem 98321" with white card
I then stuck the die cuts in to position using wet glue.

Finally, I mounted the tag on to a piece of dark red card and added some touches of gold glitter gel pen to areas of the white die cuts.

Saturday 8 June 2024

Visible Image "Calm Over Chaos" Card



This morning I've made a quick card using three shades of Distress Oxide Inks to create the coloured background.  The colours I have used are Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon and Picked Raspberry.  

Once the background was fully dry, I used Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink to stamp the figure and blossom.  Both are from the new Visible Image stamp set called "Calm Over Chaos".  

I stamped the lower part of the figure again on a piece of white card, then fussy vut it and stuck it on over the coloured area of clothing.

Finally, I used a white and orange Posca Pen to colour the blossom.

Friday 7 June 2024

Stashbusting Collage



Another stashbusting collage, using bits and bobs lurking in my "ditch or do" box of goodies.

I've used a piece of a torn book page, patterned paper, die cuts, a gel plate background and a piece of cardboard and  Posca Pen splatters

Wednesday 5 June 2024

Visible Image Hope Card



Today, I have been playing with Visible Image products to make this card.

I started with a piece of white card measuring 4" x 5.5".  I used the Visible Image stencil set called "Art spheres #2" with three shades of blue Ranger Archival Inks, using Sky Blue, Paradise Teal and Cobalt colours.  I went round the lower edge with a 2b pencil to darken it a little and added some dots of white Posca Pen to areas above the wave to replicate water spray.

I used Versafine Clair "Blue Belle" ink to stamp the wording which is part of the Visible Image stamp set called "Equality, Hope & Love".  Finally, adding a few Nuvo "Aqua Aurora" sequins across the surface of the card.

Monday 3 June 2024

Zentangle Tag



This was one of those projects that started off as one thing, sat at the back of my desk for about a year, but then today I decided it was "do or ditch "day.  It turned out to be a "do" day, resulting in this finished tag.

My original idea was that it would go in my diet journal as a tracker tag, the whole diet thing is now a thing of the past, which was why the tag had been left unfinished.  If I remember correctly I used a coupld of shades of Distress Oxide Inks for the pink/coral colour and the green, I'd already drawn the pattern outline, so it was really just filling in the areas with various pens.  As I'm in Zentangle mode it seemed natural to use some of those designs to fill in the spaces.

Sunday 2 June 2024

52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge 2024 - Week 23



The Crafting Niche 52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge 2024:

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.


The prompt for Week 23 is "Weddings"

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This is the tag that I have made for the Week 23, I started with a piece of white card, cut into a tag shape.

Using "Finger Dabbers" and three shades of Distress Oxide Inks:  Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass and Shaded Lilac.  I added lots of dots across the surface of the white card.  Some over lapped, in places I left some white space.

I then cut a strip of Vellum, wider and longer than the tag by about an inch each way.  Along the bottom of the narrow edge, I used a punch to create a scalloped edge to the vellum.

Then, using a stamping platform, with Wow! Clear Embossing Ink, I stamped the image of the bride on to the vellum, using a Stampin' Up stamp set, called "Wonderful Moments".  I coated the stamped image with Wow! Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder and then heat set using a low heat setting in case the heat distorted the vellum.

I added a strip of double sided sticky tape to the top of the back of the tag and folded the top of the vellum from the front over to the back, so that the sticky tape held it into position.  I then mounted the tag on to a piece of lilac coloured card.

Next, I stamped the sentiment, using the same Wow! ink and embossing powder as I used earlier, with a Penny Black sentiment saying "Love is all around".  The sentiment is part of their set called "Only You 30-666", I then heat set the stamped sentiment.

Returning to the vellum, the decorative edge, kept lifting, so I added a touch of glue to keep it in place.  I then added a handful of sticky backed pearl gems across the surface of the tag.


Lavinia Stamps "Honeysuckle Cottage" Tag


 

Today, I've played with my Lavinia Stamps to create this tag.



I started by using "Sundance" and "Lime Punch" Elements inks randomly across the tag, I then used the same coloured inks through the Lavinia "Berry" Stencil to create the patterned background.


Next, I stamped the Lavinia "Vine Branch" as a tree using Versafine Clair "Portobello" ink for the trunk and "Verdant" and "Grass Green" for the leaves.


I then used Versafine Clair "Pinecone" dark brown ink to stamp the Lavinia "Moss Cap Cluster" stamp and the "Honeysuckle Cottage" stamp.

I moved on to colouring the image using Derwent Inktense pencils, a 2B pencil, a black fine liner pen and white and a gold Signo Uniball gel pens.




Saturday 1 June 2024

Clarity Stamps "Seedhead & Foliage Tiles" Stencil Card



Today, I've used Clarity stamps and stencils to make this clean and simple card.

Starting with a white 6x6" card blank.  I used the Clarity Stamps "Seedhead & Foliage Tile" stencil set. positioning the blank square in the middel of the card, securing with a piece of low tack tape.  I then used "Prickly Pear" Ranger Archival Ink to fill in the central square area.  

Over the top, I lay one of the other tile stencils form the same stencil set, again secured with a piece of low tack tape, applying "Leaf Green" Ranger Archival Ink through the stencil.

Lifting off the stencils, I then lay a square mask over the top of the stencilled area, then used "Forget me not" Ranger Archival Ink through the Clarity Stripes stencil in a vertical and a horizontal position to achieve the gingham look to the stencilling.

Next, I used Versafine Clair "Shady Lane" green ink to stamp the "Sending you love and hugs" sentiment, which is part of the Clarity "Happy Birthday Occasions Sentiment" stamp set.  Finally, I added touches of Signo Uniball gold gel pen around the stencilled area.