woensdag 14 februari 2018

Take Note


Today it's Valentines Day and I think this is a nice day to create something for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. This week the theme is: 'Take Note'

For me the first thought was a real note. As I like to alter everything I took a real post-it and started to paint white gesso on it. Just as long until the thin paper started to look a little bit crackled and worn. On top of the post-it I put transparant Hard Tex. To make it a little bit more firm.

The second thing I did was creating the background for the post-it. For this I used a stencil with hearts and modeling paste. I colorized the hearts and background with pearl pigment powder (pink, grey and bronze) and infusions (sunset beach). Spraying some water on it melted al the colours together. I filled the white spots with Distress Oxide (wilted violet)

The stamp I used is a lace stamp. I used white embossing powder to make it clearly visible.
At the edge of the card and hearts I put on soft crayon (purple and black).

I hope you enjoyed reading the way I created this card and hope to see you again!

vrijdag 2 februari 2018

Resist it

For this monday the challenge is 'Resist it'. There are several formes of technique to make something a resist and I choose for clear gesso. In combination with a leaves stencil. Also for the circles I used white Gesso, to give it some kind of resist. Surfing over the internet I came along a lot of posts with circles as a theme. It got me interested. It gives some kind of mystical touch. Something mysterious.

I first started with the clear gesso, the stencil and distress ink to create the background.
I used a lace background stamp at the edge. If you look closely you can see the lace at the edge of some circles.

The circles were put at random. First I filled them up with white gesso and then I coloured it up with soft crayons and watermarkers.

Later on I added infusions and sprayed water on it. At the edge of the card I also used a black soft crayon to give it that extra effect.
One of the last things I did was adding the stamp. It seemed to fit exactly in the open space in the middle.

See you next time!

dinsdag 30 januari 2018

SSSMondaychallengeTag it!

Another Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp. So let's tag it!
Normally I love to work on a large piece of paper. A tag is much smaller, but I gave it a try again. For this tag I used a cutting die from Tim Holtz. (Tim Holtz Sizzix Die TAG & BOOKPLATES Movers And Shapers 656938) It always comes in handy. Actually, a must have?

I crumbled the paper tag before putting the Distress Ink on the background. For this I put some Distress Ink and Oxide on my craftsheet, sprayed some water on it and then just dabbed the tag in it.

After creating the background colours I used an embossing folder with tiny dots in it.
I highlighted the dots with white gesso and with old silver cream

For the 'hair' I used a cutting die from Tim Holtz. I cut it into smaller pieces so I could use it for the hair.
 Tim Holtz Sizzix TWISTED EDGE Thinlits Die 661589

And then the face stamp, I think it's awesome. It looks so real! The colours I used on the face and hair, are Distress Ink carved pumpkin and Distress Oxide abandoned coral.

Hope you enjoyed this again, see you soon!


Birds of a feather

Another challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. This time not a card but a candle holder made from an empty wine bottle.
I went crazy with my mixed media project. The feathers in this project are so beautiful. I'm so glad it worked out so well. 

What's so nice about this kind of mixed media, is that everything is allowed to stick it on. Everything you that's left over from earlier projects, you can stick it on. But as you can see a little piece of thread or thin wire can also be used.

The fun part is when you just gesso it all over. It becomes this white art piece. And then later on when you put the colour on, it's just amazing!

For the colours I used color shine from Heidi Swapp, Dylusions ink spray black marble and crushed grape.
I finished it with white gesso and old silver cream.

Hope this gives you inspiration to make something like this yourself!

Winter Blues

In the middle of the winter here in the Netherlands, where it's dark all day long, it wasn't so hard to imagine a feeling of Winter Blues. It's so nice to be able to do something that makes you happy like designing a card for the Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp.
This time I was inspired at what we call 'A drizzling day'

I used a stencil that you can see in different ways. A bud of a flower or in my case some dots with the paint dripping down.

I made a reverse stencil of the stencil so I could fill the wholes inside the dots with stamps.
Later on I put the original stencil on it and used acryllic paste for the texture. I'll be sure to keep that reverse stencil well!

For the background I used infusions and sprayed water on it. And then just let it drip, spray some more water, let it drip, drip.
I also used a tiny piece of another stencil that had some little dots in it (like snow) Just to give it that little extra.

And I finished with an old silver cream.

If there is a Winter Blues, this is what it looks like 😊

donderdag 25 januari 2018


Icy Inspiration

This time I searched between my embossing folders for the one with the Christmas theme. As we were still heading towards Christmas.
I also wanted to use some bright colours and of course red and green.

After embossing I used a stencil with texture paste to create the circles.
This time again I used infusions in combination with Distress Ink.
The Distress ink was used to cover up the blank spots.

Also here I finished with the old silver cream as well as the green metallic cream on the circles. Some white gesso was put on the snowflakes and other embossed parts.

Star Light Star Bright

As everything around me already was in the Christmas spirit, I thought using stars in a Christmas card would be nice. I love stars (and feathers). When I create something I must beware that I don't always stick to stars and feathers. But ah, I think everybody has it own preferences.
With this card I used infusions. They give that old worn look. It gives it a little bit of deep feeling. You can make nice shadow with this.
Also one of my favorite products is the old silver cream. It gives every project such an old look.

 For the stars I used a stencil and some texture paste. I sprinkled the infusions on them, sprayed some water on it and then moved the card up and down to let the colour flow between the stars.
 For the word stamp I used VersaMark with clear embossing powder to create the resist. 

Take Note Hello!  Today it's Valentines Day and I think this is a nice day to create something for the Simon Says Stamp Monda...