Thursday, 10 August 2017

Stenciled Transparent Gel Tutorial - Inspirational Post

Boys and girls, please be seated and let's begin today's lesson.  Mrs. Clark of SewPaperPaint joining you with today's lecture.  Technique school is now in session.

The subject of today's discussion is transparent gels.  Transparent gels can be found in a number of forms.  For this lesson, I've used IndigoBlu Ultra Thick Slap-It-On.  There are many many other forms, such as gel medium, clear crackle paste, clear texture paste, and even clear embossing would work for this experiment.

I have chosen a number of substrates to test how each would show through the clear paste.  I applied the Slap-It-On gel with a palette knife through a variety of stencils.  The papers were coated with clear gesso before stenciling.
Substrate no. 1: Book Pages

Substrate no. 2: Small Repeating Pattern 

Substrate no. 3: Distress Ink Background with Stamping in Archival Ink (Darkroom Door Stamp)

Substrate no. 4: Distress Oxide Background

Substrate no. 5: Distress Ink Background with Distress Oxide Stamping (Darkroom Door Stamp)

Substrate no. 6: Busy Patterned Paper (Could substitute gelli printed paper here.)

Next, I experimented with a variety of tints to test their reaction to the gel and substrate.
Overlay no. 1: DecoArt Fluid Acrylic - (Stencil by Darkroom Door)
Observation:  The Blue Green Light acrylic was dried completely and adhered to the gel.  It could not be wiped with a wet cloth.  Sanding was required to regain transparency.  Raw Umber acrylic was applied and burnished while wet with a more satisfying result.

Overlay no. 2: Distress Oxides (Stencil by Balzer Designs)
Observation: The gel partially resisted the Oxides, but some of the cloudiness from the oxide dried on the gel, particularly with the lighter color.

Overlay no. 3: Distress Inks
Observation: The archival ink stamping remained vibrant.  A darker application of inks was required for contrast.  A complete resist formed.

Overlay no. 4: Infusions (Stencil by Tim Holtz)
Observation: The pigment granules rested on the gel beautifully.  The watered pigment dried in a very matte finish, creating a beautiful contrast.

Overlay no. 5: Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals (Stencil by Tim Holtz)
Observation: The Distress Oxide Stamping muddled beneath the gel, however it remained in tact beneath the Magicals and the oxidation showed through, with a complete color variation.

Overlay no. 6: Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays (Stencil by Joggles)
Observation: Green matte spray and blue pearlescent spray were used.  The matte finish sprays created a complete resist, but the pearlescent sprays tinted the gel.

Before and After Shots:

Your homework assignment is to participate in our Technique School challenge.  This month we want you to play teacher and share a favorite process or new experiment.  Document your findings with at least one process photo.  We can't wait to see your technique tutorials and new ideas!  Remember to use stamps or stencils or both!

I've created a pinnable image for you convenience.
Class is dismissed!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Winners - Colour, Texture, Shape

Hello and welcome back ! Today is the day the winner and top 3 are announced for the Colour, Texture, Shape challenge. We never cease to be amazed by the beautiful projects that we see, but as always there can only be one winner.

Congratulations Nate

Congratulations Nate ! We loved how the inspiration photo is reflected so clearly in your project. Please email to find out about your Guest post. 

Now onto the top 3:

Congratulations everyone ! Please email for your top 3 badge. 

You still have plenty of time to join in with the current challenge Technique School.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Technique School

Hello artsy gang!  Autumn with you to share our August challenge, Technique School.  This month we want you to play teacher and share a favorite process or new experiment.  Document your findings with at least one process photo.  We can't wait to see your technique tutorials and new ideas!  Remember to use stamps or stencils or both!   I'm thrilled to share our design team tutorials and inspirational projects, so without further ado...

Assembling an envelope journal  

Using fusible film and fibre


 Using Infusions with fabric.


Colouring with Crayons

Aging Embossing Powder


Watercoloured stamping

Now it's over to you !

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Inspirational Post - Sewing Collage

It is Cec here and today it is my turn to bring you an inspirational post.  I thought I might make a collage this time using the mood board Ruth created for the current challenge as my jumping off point.  You can see the challenge and mood board here.

When I saw the lace in the mood board, I immediately decided that my collage would have a sewing theme.

I started by taking a burlap canvas from Recollections and added some texture using Light Molding Paste (Golden) through a stencil called Tasty Textures (IndigoBlu).

Once the texture was dry I used a dry brush to paint Smoked Paprika Fresco Finish paint (Paper Artsy) on the canvas leaving a border unfinished.  Then I dry brushed some Medium Flesh Acrylic Paint (Accent) on randomly.

Next I used Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger) to stamp the vintage dress form and the tape measure from a set called Seamless Experience (Tim Holtz) on some scrap card stock.  Both images were fussy cut and the edges were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Tim Holtz for Ranger).

So far this has been easy and now comes the fun part, collecting the rest of the embellishments, which I will just list since I really didn't do anything special to them (the beauty of creating a collage - lots of techniques or little):

From my sewing cupboard:

Swatches of fabric
Pearl headed hat pin
Lingerie elastic
Safety pins
A piece of a sewing pattern
Embroidery floss
Tapestry needle

From my craft cupboard:

Zipper pull (Prima)
Wood thread spool top (The Paper Source)
Brass scissors (The Funkie Junkie Boutique)

From the internet:

Vintage Sewing Machine Ad (Boston Public Library)
Ribbon Spool (Astrid Maclean)

I added all the embellishments using Super Thick Slap it On (IndigoBlu), which is a gel medium and the heavier gel mediums make a great adhesive for using with heavy elements like buttons, metal, etc.

I hope my simple creation inspires you to choose a theme, collect some bits and pieces and make a collage.  They are great decor items and can be tailored (no pun intended) for whatever hobby or passion you or the recipient is involved in.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Welcome to today's Guest Designer, Lula !

Hello and welcome ! First of all a huge apologies as I'm late, lost track of everything and then technology let me down ! So, I won't waffle on but move straight on to hear from Lula, the winner of the Fabric and Fibres challenge.

My name is Lucyna Marynowska, aka Lula. I come from the north of Poland. Fifty-eight, retired widow, mum of two grown up boys and a happy grandma.
I started my crafting journey 5 years ago as a card maker and immediately became an addicted paper-lover.
I enjoy creating anything from cards to altered art. I'm very keen on experimenting with various types of mediums.
Recycling is also very close to my heart and I just love using ordinary items in my projects.
I love challenges to spark my creativity and making crafty friends all over the world makes me very happy.
You can find my creative project on my blog:

I am thrilled to have been invited to guest design for Stamps and Stencils. Thanks bunches Ladies for this wonderful opportunity! I was inspired by two things from the moodboard: lace and metal parts.

My starting point for this project was an oval passepartout which I filled with some lace.

Next some texture paste was stenciled on the surface.

When it was dry I covered all with white gesso.

I mounted some wire with beads on it, some chipboard elements, flowers and leaves.

Then I started to colour the piece with Gelatos and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists.
I also rubbed some Metallic Gilding Wax to the background, mounted a small button and a metal frame with a sentiment.

A playing angel's image completed my work.

To finish off I decided to give more interest to the background by strewing some microbeads and doing some stamping.

I needed another passepartout and some wire to complete my hanger.
Hope you like it!

Thank you so much Lula for your beautiful project !  If you would like to join us for the current challenge of Colour, Texture, Shape you have plenty of time !

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Inspirational Post ~ Let's Get Organised ! ~ Stamp Storage Binder

Hi everybody ! It's Toni here and I'm quite excited about the project I'd like to share with you today. I don't know about you but I am forever trying out new ways of storing my stamps. I've tried plastic boxes, draw trays, ring binders, the list goes on and on and so far I've never really found the perfect storage solution. After this project I think I may be getting a little closer. Pull up chair, make a cuppa and I'll show you what I've been up to.
I've been retired from my teaching job for almost a year and it's only now, that I finally believe, I'm not going to need the collection of ring binders I've been hanging on to, 'just in case' ha ha! So this is how I transformed one..........
After deciding on the size I wanted, I measured in from the top and bottom and drew a couple of cutting guidelines. I used a pair of strong scissors and cut away the excess. I also removed the vinyl cover.......
I then coated the with gesso, before stencilling the font cover with modelling paste. I have just bought a fabulous stencil by Stencil Girl, it's called Tropical Floral and I thought it would be ideal to use for the front cover. What do you think ? nice eh!.........
I left this to dry before stencilling the back. I used a different design, so that when I pick it up I know instantly which is the front. here is the back........
So far, so good! When the moulding paste was completely dry, I sprayed the surfaces with Imagination Crafts Media Ink Sprays. I have three colours, Magenta, Light Green, and Yellow. I also have one called Liquid Gilt which is just gorgeous!.......
and the back...........
I think the array of colours acheived by just using the three colour sprays is amazing. Whilst the inks were drying, I turned my attention to the 'pages'. Sometime ago, I bought some acrylic book covers in a craft sale. They're made by Zutter and are just the right thickness for this project. They were a little bigger than I needed so I cut them to size using a craft knife and a steel rule ......
I also punched two holes along the top edge, to correspond with the rings in the ring binder. I used six sheets altogether. I also cut twelve sheets of acetate to the same size and punched holes in them. I put all of these to one side, and returned to the ring binder. I wasn't too sure what to do with the inside. I wanted to keep it plain but the surface was a bit rough, so I knew I had to cover it with paper rather than just paint it. I decided to use some scrunched up black tissue paper. I think this is effective because, although plain in colour the 'wrinkles' provide an interesting textured surface. I applied a liberal coating of Mod Podge on the inside cover, layered the tissue onto the surface and then painted more Mod Podge over the tissue.

 After some more drying, it was time to add the finishing touches and to sort out some of my stamps. I decided not to use any dimensional embellishments, as the binder will be used frequently and there's always a risk of knocking off raised elements. I did however add a handle by plaiting together some lengths of sari silk ribbon. This is wonderful stuff, so colourful. I punched a couple of holes in the spine, added some rivets for strength, then threaded the ribbon through. I secured it with a knot at either end. It was then time to load up my stamps. I've just used clear stamps, as I find these more difficult to store. I get very irritated by the cellophane wrappers! Here's the inside.........
Well, that's it! I hope you've enjoyed this post. I must say I've loved  this creating this project and I'm very pleased with how my stamp storage, ring binder has turned out. Just as well, as I think I'll need to make a few more if I'm ever going to get my stamps organised! x