52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge

Sunday 14 July 2024

52 Week Mini Art Card - Tag Challenge 2024 - Week 29



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 29 is "Modes of transport"

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This is the tag that I have made for the Week 29, it's a clean and simple design after the rather busy tag from Week 28.

Using Versafine Clair "Twilight" dark blue ink, I stamped the boat/liner off the edge of the tag.  The stamp was part of a set that came free with Issue 54 of "Creative Stamping Magazine". I then stamped it again on a post-it note, fussy cut it and used it as a mask.

With the mask in place and another post-it note across the tag to create a horizon line, I coloured the sea are around the boat, using "Forget Me Knot" blue Ranger Archival Ink.

I used three shades of Distress Oxide Ink, applied with a paint brush to create the mottled sky, uisng Tumbled Glass, Speckled Egg and Weathered Wood colours.

Using Versafine Clair "Twilight" dark blue ink again, I stamped the "Bon Voyage" sentiment and also the compass.  Finally I added some touches of white gel pen to the water around the boat and then mounted the tag on a teal coloured card.

Funky Fossil "Fern" Celebrate Card



A very quick card to make.  I used a stitched edge rectangle die to cut a piece of patterned paper from the Funky Fossil Designs "Patina" paper pad.  I stuck it to the middle of a white card blank.

Then using an off cut of white card, I used one of the dies from the Funky Fossil Designs "Fern Die Set" and cut the fern using the Sizzix Big Shot.  I used a wet glue to secure the die over the patterned paper rectangle.

I used a gold coloured Signo Unibal pen to add dots on the patterned paper and I also drew around the edge of the rectangle.

Finally, I use Versafine Clair "Twilight" dark blue ink to stamp the "Celebrate" sentiment, which is part of the Funky Fossil Designs "Small Print" stamp set.

Saturday 13 July 2024

Lavinia Stamps "Hummingbird" and "Shadow Blooms" tag

 


More Lavinia Stamps play, making this tag, featuring one of the new "Hummingbird" stamps.

I used a cream coloured tag as the base. Stamping the new "Small Hummingbird" stamp in Versafine Clair "Blue Belle" ink.  I then stamped it again on a post-it note and fussy cut the shape, so that I could use it as a mask later.

I stamped the new "Shadow Bloom" floral stamp in Versafine Clair "Very Peri" ink.

Using A Lavinia Stamps 'Moon Mask" I created the spot light circle behind the hummingbird using "Violet Chalk" Element inks. With the Hummingbird mask in position, I used the same ink to colour the edges of the tag, with the colour getting lighter in the middle. I then lay the Lavinia Stamps "Elegance" stencil over the tag and added colour to the central area, using "Confetti" pink Elements ink and for the outer area added some "Violet Chalk" Element ink.

Next, using Versafine Clair "Very Peri" ink I multi stamped the Lavinia "Forbidden Secrets" verse down the left hand side of the tag.  I then inked the edges of the tag using Versafine clair "Blue Belle" ink.

I mounted the tag on to dark blue card and then coloured the flowers and bird using blue and green shades of Derwent Inktense pencils, applied with a paint brush. I used a yellow Posca Pen for the centres of the flowers.

I used a white gel pen for highlights and a white Posca Pen for little dots around the bird.



Friday 12 July 2024

Lavinia Stamps "Flower Divine" butterfly card



While I was away this past week, my order of the new stamps from Lavinia arrived.  They're lovely and I of course had to have an immediate play.

For this card, I used Versafine Clair "Medieval Blue" to stamp the "Flower Divine 1 & 2", as if they were hanging from the top righ of the page.  I then covered the stamped image with "Pebeo Masking Fluid" and set aside to dry.

I then used the butterfly from the Lavinia "Sticker Stencil 4 set" with a stripe stencil by Clarity stamps and added some stripes around the butterflies using two shades of Ranger Archival Ink (Garden Patina and Prickly Pear) colours.

I then used the other piece of the sticker stencil and filled in the butterfly shape using a very fine covering of "Shadow Grey" Archival ink.  I then added more colour to the edges using "Aquamarine" Archival Ink before returning to the "Shadow Grey" ink which I used through the Lavinia "Feather Leaf Stencil".

In the top and bottom corner, using second generation stamping, I stamped the Lavinia "Words of spring" in Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink.

Then using a white Posca pen and the Lavinia "White Orbs" stencil, I added some white dots.  They seemed to disappear in the background, so I decided to go round each one with a fine liner pen.

After removing the masking fluid, I used a couple of Derwent Inktense coloured pencils to add colour to the flowers and added touches of "A wink of stella", white gel pen, a 2b pencil and a gold shimmer pen.

Sunday 7 July 2024

A Crafting Niche 52 Week Mini Art Card / Tag Challenge 2024 - Week 28



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 28 is "Insects"

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This is the tag that I have made for the Week 28.  There were lots of stages making this tag and several times it was going in the bin, but I kept going with it and the end result isn't too bad.

I used two Distress Oxide Ink sprays:  Scorched Timber and Mowed Lawn.  I then gave the surface some water splatters.

Down the vertical central area of the tag I used "Scorched Timber" Distress Oxide ink pad with the Tim Holtz "Strings - THS004 stencil".

Next I used "Night Sky" Ranger Archival Ink throught the Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous "Shifter Layering Stencil - THS127".  I used the same "Night Sky" ink through the Tim Holtz "THM101 dots" stencil.

I then used "Jet Black" Ranger Archival Ink through the Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous "Grime Stencil - THs130".

Next I stamped the script from the Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous stamp set called "Entomology - CMS328" over the surface of the tag.  I then stamped the insects down the middle of the tag.  The insects are also from the "Entomology" stamp set, stamped in "Night Sky" Ranger Archival Ink. I stamped the insects again on white card in the same ink and again in Versafine Clair "Golden Meadow" ink.  I die cut the insects using the matching Sizzix/ Tim Holtz Framelits die set - 663068.

Around the edge of the tag, I used Tim Holtz "Matte Texture Paste" through the Tim Holtz "String Stencil - THS103", creating the horizontal lines.  Once dry, I used the paste again through the "Dots - THMM101 stencil.

Once the paste was dry, I mounted the tag on to some co-ordinating card.

I added the die cut insects to the middle of the tag, mounted on foam pads.  On the wings, I added a few brush strokes of "A Wink Of Stella" to give a shimmery look to the wings.  I then coated the bodies of the insects with Ranger "Glossy Accents".

Finally, I added a small word sticker saying "Stay Curious", which is part of the Tim Holtz / Idea-ology "Small Talk" sticker set.  I added colour using Versafine Clair "Golden Meadow" ink, I decided I wanted to break up the dark colours a bit, so added some dots of white Ranger "Enamel Accents" to some of the dotted paste areas.


Wednesday 3 July 2024

Lavinia Stamps "Goddess Luna" on Scene Scapes



While tidying my patterned papers, I came across a Lavinia Stamps "Scenescape" paper, which I think is called "Live the dream". So made this the base for my next project.  I used Versafine Clair "Twilight" dark blue ink to stamp the Lavinia "Wild Life Corner" stamp four times.

I then stamped "Goddess Luna" in Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink.  I needed to extend the tree branch she sat on as it was a little too short. I then added a couple of extra branches and the dangling foliage, both are part of the Lavinia "Foliage" stamp set..  

I used Derwent Inktense pencils to add more depth of colour to the landscape.  I used a gold gel pen and a lilac Posca Pen for extra detail on the corners and a white gel pen for hightlights, finally adding some shimmer to the wings of Luna by adding "A wink of stella".

Another stash busting collage card


 

I have continued my stash busting from last night, by making this collage today.

I've used off-cuts of a Funky Fossil Designs paper pack for the background.  I've then used a couple of their A7 stamps (Vintage Script and Face the music", stamped in Versafine Clair "Twilight" dark blue ink and "Verdant" a lime green ink.

I've added a strip of Washi tape and some dashes of white Posca Pen.

Using Versafine Clair "Twilight" dark blue ink, I stamped the flowers and the bird on to white card and the little sentiment over the lime green script, on the card itself.  If I remember correctly, the stamps came free with a magazine and were designed by Paper Artsy.  I've had them for years. I used

I fussy cut the bird and flowers and stuck them on to the card, adding some yellow and orange Posca Pen to the bird.