Crafty Jo's blog of craft techniques http://www.craftyjo.org.uk Tutorials on Altered Art, Calligraphy, Cardmaking, Embroidery, Encaustic art, Rubberstamping, Scrapbooking, Sewing and other craft techniques Sun, 05 Feb 2017 12:34:56 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Millie’s Mirror http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/altered-art/millies-mirror/ http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/altered-art/millies-mirror/#comments Mon, 27 Jun 2016 22:39:44 +0000 http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/?p=10541

Spyder

It’s been months since I blogged anything – so sorry. I have been crafting constantly though…well, except for when I’m out playing with my new toy which is taking up lots and lots of my ‘spare‘ time now. Nigel bought me a Can-Am Spyder for my birthday and I’m loving having my own wheels, I take every opportunity to go out on it and and find excuses to run errands constantly πŸ™‚

Anyway, back to crafting – I recently ‘altered’ a plain, pine-framed mirror in a very grungy style and enjoyed doing it so much I decided to do it again for Millie. I hope she will like it enough to want to hang it in her new bedroom, it’s black and pink in there so it will fit in colour-wise at least.

Click on the thumbnails for details of what was in my head!

Mirror

Mirror

The mirror I worked on was like this but a cream colour - this one will be next!

Starting point

I decided that, as it was for Millie, it should be pink - big mistake! Turned out rather too salmon-like.

Strange colour

I scrunched pink tissue under the pink paint to give some texture.

Tissue

Used plasterer's joint tape and buttons for texture.

More texture

...on the other edge.

Same stuff

Funky Foam shapes of hands and feet in various sizes.

Hands and Feet

More Funky Foam but this time the alphabet - I put one of each on it.

ABC’s

Another view of the Foam shapes.

Close up

An old lamp shade was made of strings of clear beads - couldn't bring myself to throw it away so I cut some off and hot-glued them to the frame.

Beads

No pattern in mind, just randomly placed everything.

More beads

I then decided I really, really didn't like the pink so painted it all over with black. Sadly, you can't see any details now.

Change of colour

It's awfully hard to shoot a mirror but here it is laid on my desk completely blackened now.

All black

With a quick rub-over with Inka Gold you can magically see all the details again.

Inka Gold

I used 4 different colours of Inka Gold, this is before I removed the masking tape and cleaned it up.

All coloured

A close up of some of finished article.

One part

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Other side

Showing more of the rim.

Top edge

More close-ups

The lower rim

It's all finished and looking much better than I can photograph!

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Xmas Rays http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/cardmaking/xmas-rays/ http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/cardmaking/xmas-rays/#comments Thu, 05 Nov 2015 20:19:20 +0000 http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/?p=10430 Finished Card

Finished Card

I demonstrated this card at our local Stamp Club a couple of times last month and have since been asked for a reminder. I decided the easiest way was to do this step-by-step and I do hope it all makes sense.
Credit for this goes to a lady named Diana who posted this almost exactly one year ago, I’m sure she’ll be delighted that many people are sharing her ideas. You can see some more samples here which I made last year – Ink Blending.

You’ll need to click on each thumbnail to see any instructions, have fun. πŸ™‚

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Northern Lights http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/cardmaking/northern-lights/ Fri, 04 Sep 2015 20:30:55 +0000 http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/?p=10289 Anniversary Card

Anniversary Card

I mentioned having seen this technique to Gloria at Stamp Club and she asked me if I could demonstrate it – I had to go practise quick!

I’m going to add photos here showing the different attempts I made, if you click on the photo to enlarge you’ll be able to read the descriptions. πŸ™‚

There are many wonderful tutorials out there on the WWW so I wont go into the nitty-gritty – others have explained it far better than I ever could.

Pearlescent Card:
Plain Card

Plain Card

Inked

Inked

Stampscapes

Stampscapes

Same sample

Same sample

Canoe

Canoe

More random

More random

After stamping

After stamping

Next I tried some plain white card:

This uncoated card gave very different results – it didn’t take as much ink to get colour onto the card and the black-ink-stamping was much more pronounced.

Too blue

Too blue

Tomorrow

Tomorrow

Tomorrow again

Tomorrow again

Watercolour card:

This really didn’t work well, as you can see. πŸ™

Child-like

Child-like

Stamped

Stamped

Splashed

Splashed

More Stampscapes

More Stampscapes

Getting better!
Sent for approval

Sent for approval

Close-ups

Close-ups

Masking Fluid

Masking Fluid

Soft focus

Soft focus

If you’re interested in the Stampscapes then take a look at their site.

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Dressy Card http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/cardmaking/dressy-card/ Fri, 04 Sep 2015 19:18:56 +0000 http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/?p=10282 Dressy Card

Dressy Card

The background for this card was actually another card I’d been sent and it was just too beautiful to throw away. I die-cut the dresses using similar colours to the background image and hung them on a washing line.

Inside, on the left edge, I added more of that lovely card which I’d die-cut and layered-up on scalloped ovals.

Inside edge

Inside edge

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Misc ‘Strong’ Challenges http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/rubberstamping/misc-strong-challenges/ Mon, 06 Apr 2015 23:20:50 +0000 http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/?p=6313 Thankful

Thankful

One of the challenges Mike set last year (Thanksgiving) was to make something to depict what we feel Thankful for. I decided not to do a card for a change and instead made this page to go into Millie’s scrapbook. The 12×12 paper is perfect for this and having the seahorses on there made this eligible for this challenge.Β  Obviously it’s all photos of my son, Stuart, with Millie and it’s equally obvious how ‘thankful’ he is to have her in his life.

Jewel

Mike went on a cruise a while back, his ship was called Norwegian Jewel and our task was to include jewels with any stamps (or no stamps at all) using the ship as inspiration.

I made the background using the shaving foam technique (loads of instructions/videos out there to demonstrate this) and then die cut with the large Spellbinders Lattice die. The drop-out bits were so pretty I decided to use them as ‘waves’ in front of the ship which is embossed in silver and fussy-cut. The night sky is studded with ‘stars’ and I added a cloisonnΓ© circle stamped in yellow as a moon.

Background

Background

Waves

Waves

Jewel

Jewel

Sketch67

You can see here the sketch given to work from and my interpretation of it. The kraft card is stamped with the CloisonnΓ© circle using versamark ink and a brushing of gold mica powder. The three strips are some designer paper with the same stamp randomly scattered over it. Main panel – the Lily background coloured with the pointillism technique we’d just been shown at Stamp Club.

 

The Sketch

The Sketch

Finished Card

Finished Card

Close up

Close up

Blobs

Blobs

Another view

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Lounge Clock http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/random-stuff/lounge-clock/ Thu, 02 Apr 2015 20:41:07 +0000 http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/?p=6299 Lounge Clock

Lounge Clock

Many years ago I purchased a clock kit, basically a square of heavy card and ‘workings‘ – I had all sorts of wonderful ideas for it so I put it in a drawer and forgot about for a looooooong time. Now that Millie is learning to tell the time I thought I’d use it for her but I couldn’t manage to fit numbers big enough to read on the square so I put it back in the drawer.

After wallpapering the lounge I had some pieces of paper left over so I resolved to make a clock to go on the plain-papered wall in there. I started by painting the base with gesso and then adding various red inks on top of that. I adhered the cut-out flower (from the wallpaper) in the centre, some flourishes on the points and then sealed the whole lot with a wash of diluted PVA glue.

The numbers (oh how I wish I’d taken more photos) were from a box of yellow/orange/green striped ones which I inked and then triple-embossed. I cut out some tiny metallic cogs from a die set and punched holes at the appropriate spots using my trusty Crop-o-dile and fixed them with heart-shaped brads.

I was so thrilled, so pleased with myself. πŸ˜† I propped it on the fireplace while I was thinking about where to hang it in there only to find it had been evicted by my son who found it too noisy!

So, it’s now in the kitchen where it looks totally ….. wrong! The large clock we had with proper numbers on was similarly evicted from Millie’s bedroom for the same tick-tocky reason so we can’t tell her to stay in bed until 9 o’clock now!!! 😐

The kit

The kit

Look, no hands!

Look, no hands!

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Spring Blog Hop http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/cardmaking/spring-blog-hop/ http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/cardmaking/spring-blog-hop/#comments Sat, 21 Mar 2015 00:05:02 +0000 http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/?p=6225 The chosen tools

The chosen tools

Yikes! This is called the Spring Blog Hop and my card looks like Halloween! Don’t quite know what I was thinking when I made it. πŸ˜‰ …actually, I guess I was trying to do something a little different to my norm and to use these stamps which I have not used near enough.

So, please, scroll down and see a more Spring-like offering to go along with my mental aberration!

Halloween in March!

Here’s my (original) contribution to the ‘hop’,Β  you should have come here from Laura’s place but, if you get lost anytime then check the list at the end of the post. I decided to use the Michael Strong Houses set for this plus a Dreamweaver stencil which is my all-time favourite one and which I was lucky enough to have won as a prize from them πŸ™‚ .

I punched a ‘moon‘ from a Post-it (the fully-adhesive ones are really great for this sort of thing) and placed it on some creamy coloured pearlescent card. The stencil was then taped to my glass mat, over the card, using low-tack masking tape. I misted water over the stencil and sprinkled various colours of Ken Oliver Colour Burst (sorry, Color Burst!) over the top and misted again lightly. I then carefully removed the stencil to reveal a very blurred impression which I quite like, it’s kinda spooky. The stencil is not as big as the piece of card I was using so I dried everything with my heat-tool and then replaced the stencil to the side to repeat the process. I masked-off the part I’d already coloured with the tape I was using to hold the stencil in place – it’s not too obvious where the join is! πŸ˜‰

The houses were stamped with black ink and heat embossed with clear powder before colouring with the same Colour Bursts (diluted with a little water in a palette and brushed on). I found these a little too bright compared to the background so I toned them down with a grey glaze.

Everything is matted with black and the larger house is raised on foam to add dimension.Β  I haven’t put a sentiment on it yet, I shall wait until I choose to send it to someone and then pick a suitable one at that time.

Hope you like the finished result.

Colour Bursts

Colour Bursts

Coloured Houses

Coloured Houses

Finished Card

Finished Card

A Host of Golden Daffodils
Finished card

Finished card

Now, what’s more Spring-like than these? The photo of daffodils was adhered behind the oval die-cut after I’d decorated the card. I used the Picasso tool from Dreamweaver to make the clouds in the sky and then used a very old wooden-block stamp for the daffodil clusters. It was stamped a couple of times across the bottom and then the flowers coloured with ProMarkers.

I stitched the card to a blue mat to complement the blue of the sky and then moved onto the vase. This is Michaels CloisonnΓ© Vase which I stamped with Versamark and embossed with a metallic powder, Jasper – I think. I used a scrap of watercolour card I had lying around and painted it with Brusho powders before cutting out the parts I wanted. I tried adding the handles to the base of the vase but it just didn’t look quite right.

The vase is raised with silicone glue for a little dimension – I can’t wait for more of my daffys to bloom in the garden so I can bring a vase-full inside …… a hint of Spring! πŸ™‚

Daffodils

Daffodils

Picasso tool

Picasso tool

Stamped jug

Stamped jug

Coloured

Coloured

Brusho palette

Brusho palette

Β Blog-Hop List

Pop over to see the next eye-candy with Peg, happy hopping.

Michael Strong: http://www.blog.strongstamps.com/
Hetty Sanders: http://craftchaos.blogspot.nl/
Heidi Wegman: http://heidi-thereluctantblogger.blogspot.ca/
Laura Holm: http://holmadelaura.blogspot.com/
Joanna Mackintosh: http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/ (you’re here!)
Peg Klitch: http://stampinwiththescottishlass.blogspot.com/

 

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Michael Strong Card Captain Friday http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/cardmaking/michael-strong-card-captain-friday/ http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/cardmaking/michael-strong-card-captain-friday/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 00:10:45 +0000 http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/?p=6154 Friday

Friday

This is most certainly not a flat card! It started as a 5″ x 7″ card base with a layer of thick, green mulberry paper and then a thinner, brown layer. I have this lovely green ribbon in my stash with gold leaves on it which I laid on the diagonal and added four buttons in the corners.

I stamped the CloisonnΓ© Flower onto some patterned paper and then cut it with my new Sizzix die. I then used card from some packaging in a deep green and die-cut that as well. I swapped the squares from one into the other to give the two panels.

After die-cutting the flower I coloured it with a green die ink and triple embossed it with UTEE. I stamped the flower with gold but it didn’t look right so after heating it again it melted into the background and just left a nice gold layer onto which I stamped the flower in black. The green crystal flower was just a little bit of ‘bling’ I fancied. πŸ™‚

UTEE

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Gold Flower

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Michael Strong Card Captain Technique Thursday http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/cardmaking/michael-strong-card-captain-technique-thursday/ http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/cardmaking/michael-strong-card-captain-technique-thursday/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 00:06:17 +0000 http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/?p=6163 Thursday

Thursday

This card is my entry for the current challenge – an all white card! One of the biggest challenges was photographing it! πŸ˜‰

The base card is a piece of A4 folded into a gate-fold, there’s a lovely ‘crackled’ texture on this card to start with. I then got a piece of pearlescent white paper and adhered it to a piece of double-sided-sticky paper and chose the Owl stamp and a few dies to play with.

I stamped the owl with Versamark and heat embossed it with white powder then die-cut it with a decorative Spellbinder oval. I backed it with a plain oval for strength and glued half onto the left side of the card only. The damask border die by Sizzix was cut twice and then adhered to the top and bottom of the card – quite easily as I’d used the double-sided-sticky paper so no messing with glue. I slipped a narrow off-cut of a cutting mat inside the card and sliced down the centre of these borders with my craft knife so the card would open!

The flowers were made by stamping some white card with the Lily Background stamp; embossing with white powder and then die-cutting with a Crealies flower die. I layered them up and glued them in the bottom corner as you can see. I then decided I needed some ribbon so I cut ~3″ lengths of this lovely white ribbon, folded and gathered the bottoms and stitched them into shape before gluing behind the flowers. Then…..it needed some foliage so I die-cut the Spellbinder leaves 3 times and glued them behind the flowers too. Oh, a sentiment! That was stamped, embossed, fussy-cut, highlighted with my gelly roll pen and then glued behind the flowers.

One day I may learn to plan ahead!

I went a little crazy with the pearls but I do like the texture they add.

Now, the technique bit for Technique Thursday – keeping a gatefold card closed is quite tricky, can be done with a belly-band around it (not suitable for this card); ribbon and a bow, etc.. but I am loving this idea – not mine, I found it and, if I can remember where, I’ll link to it.

I die-cut another oval and embossed some texture onto it before gluing half of it onto the back of the front oval – it’s stuck to the back of the left side of the card, not the oval itself. This leaves a nice ‘pocket’ for the right side of the gatefold to slip into and the card stays closed! You can see now why I felt the need to strengthen the front oval.

This doesn’t qualify for an easy-to-mail card either I’m afraid but I have a special person in mind to receive this, I’ll hand-deliver it. πŸ™‚

Decisions

Decisions

Top Border

Top Border

Owl

Owl

Flowers

Flowers

Another view

Another view

Gatefold

Gatefold

Inside

Inside

Open slightly

Open slightly

Stays closed

Stays closed

 

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Michael Strong Card Captain Wednesday http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/cardmaking/michael-strong-card-captain-wednesday/ http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/cardmaking/michael-strong-card-captain-wednesday/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 00:10:30 +0000 http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/?p=6144 Wednesday

Wednesday

This started out as another easy-to-post card but I got a little carried away with gems!

It’s another 4″ x 6″ card and the first step was to cut a circle from some scrap card – I used a Spellbinder die. I laid this over the card and then dampened the circle with a sponge brush before sprinkling Brusho powders in blues and green onto the wet area. I sprayed more warm water on this to make the powder dissolve and the colours run into each other. Once I’d got my ‘ocean’ to my liking I blotted it with a paper towel and let it dry thoroughly.

I stamped the large SeaHorse in black but, and I didn’t notice at first, I smudged the tail! Hence the plethora of crystals!!!

Using my trusty Gelly Roll pen – again! – I went over the outlines of the seahorse so it has a lovely shimmer to it. It would be a simple, cheap-to-mail card if I hadn’t slipped when stamping, I meant well! πŸ˜‰

Circle Mask

Circle Mask

Brushos

Brushos

Wet the powder

Wet the powder

Drying

Drying

Seahorse

Seahorse

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