Thursday, 23 February 2017

Wild and Free

Yep I'm back again (as promised!!!) with another stepped out sample for you to see how I go about building my layers. This time I have used my brand new stamp set EKC07.

This particular set contains a lot of smaller style of flowers but it is such a useful set to have as not only does this slot in really well with all my other flower based stamp sets it also makes some fabulous wildflower compositions all on it's own. This set is fast becoming a real favourite of mine! Once again you can see there are a lot of straight stems but as you now know (see my previous post) I do this for a reason! Think about grouping the smaller flowers together to form a cluster plus try stamping the flowers so that they join together on one stem to create taller multi headed flowers. As for that little swirl component (bottom right) - it has been designed that so that you can stamp it onto the stems of the smaller dotty type flowers and have it sitting under the flower heads or it can be used just as swirly tendrils.

 Step One (Above): Using a sponge wedge, sponge a 12 x 21cm Smoothy Card panel all over with Chalk Fresco Finish paint then streakily apply Pixie Dust and Tinned Peas Fresco Finish paint with the sponge wedge. Blend where the two colours meet each other.

 Step Two (Above): Stamp some background imagery using Leaf Green Archival. Paint the 'green parts' with Tinned Peas and Inky Pool Fresco Finish paints.

 Step Three (Above): Add dots to the dotty flower heads with Haystack and Chalk Fresco Finish paints using a fine head of an embossing tool.

 Step Four (Above): Stamp the foreground imagery in Jet Black Archival sometimes arranging the stems a little differently on the acrylic block before stamping out so that the flowers aren't all straight! Then stamp some green swirly bits using Leaf Green Archival.

 Step Five (Above): Paint over the dotty flower heads first with watered down Pixie Dust Fresco Finish paint then begin adding dots of unadulterated Pixie Dust to the flower heads with a medium sized embossing tool head.

 A closer look (above) at step five.

 Step Six (Above): Continue adding dots to the flower heads in this way (using the Fresco Finish paints) swapping to Lavender, then Sugar Plum, Chalk and finally back to Sugar Plum to build up layered multi toned heads. Add dots of these colours to the dots on the stems. Heat set the entire panel before stamping and embossing some 'ghost imagery' using VersaMark and Clear Detail embossing powder.

 A closer look at step six so you can see both the dimension achieved on the flower heads and that clear embossed imagery which adds subtle interest.

 Step Seven (Above): Paint the ghost like bells with Gloss Glaze Fresco paint. Now paint a strip using Chalk Fresco Finish, heat set, stamp the wording onto the strip with Jet Black Archival and paint over the letters with watered down paint - choosing colours already used on the panel.

 A closer look at the painted wording for you.

 Step Eight (Above): Adhere to a bigger card blank and edge with a black multi-liner. Apply some Crystal glitter glue accents to parts of the imagery.

 A closer look showing those multi-toned flower heads as well as the 'ghost imagery'.

 This shows how the 'ghost imagery' suddenly appears when the light catches the card as does the Gloss Glaze painted into the bell flowers.

Obviously you could take this card a step further if you so wish by stamping and painting extra flowers onto spare pieces of card, cutting them out and mounting them onto the panel which as you saw from my previous post really adds to the finished result but I wanted to show with this card that a more simplistic approach looks good too. Instead of stamping and embossing those bell flowers with VersaMark and Clear Detail embossing powder you could swap to stamping them with black Versafine and emboss with the Clear Detail and them paint them to add another coloured layer to the panel. There are just so many choices open to you when creating your wildflower art with this set.

I shall be back again on Saturday at midday sharing a more detailed step out of the buddleia card that I made for launch night so please do pop back then!!

Love Kay xx


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Summer Skies

As promised I am back to share how I created another of my launch night samples! This particular card has been created using stamps from my brand new stamp set EKC06.

The tall flowers in this set have been based on delphinium flowers although they can be anything you want them to be - I hardly ever draw my flowers 'true to form' so that they can be interpreted however you want!!! The little swirly bits on this sheet have been added so that you can stamp swirly tendrils onto any of the stems if you so wish. You may notice that nearly all the components have been drawn with straight stems and this is because I believe this provides greater versatility to a stamp as when placing the stamp onto your block you can either keep the stamp just as it is with a straight stem or you can bend or curl that stem either to the left or the right thus changing the look of the image - you'll see exactly what I mean in just a minute. I like to do this a lot when stamping out my compositions and sometimes (being that my stamp sets all come pre-trimmed on an EZ mount backing) the stems will want to 'ping' back into the correct shape on my block. So to prevent this from happening I tend to use a Tombow repositionable glue on the back of all of my stamps which makes the EZ mount even tackier and provides greater repositionable adhesion when manipulating the stamps on an acrylic block.

Anyway let's get cracking with how I created the above card -

 Step One (Above): Using a sponge wedge, sponge Chalk Fresco Finish paint over an A5 Smoothy Card panel. Then still using the sponge wedge apply Tinned Peas Fresco Finish paint and Lavender Fresco Finish paint in a purposely streaky fashion. Blend where the two colours meet each other and add some faint cloud shapes into the Lavender area using Chalk Fresco Finish.

 Step Two (Above): Stamp some background imagery using Leaf Green Archival bending the flower first one way and then the other between each inking and stamping. It was at this stage I changed my mind about the shape of the card and decided to trim the panel to 14.5 x 14.5cm.

 Step Three (Above): Paint the stems with heavily watered down Tinned Peas Fresco Finish paint and add Chalk Fresco Finish paint to the dots on the flower heads using a smallish head from an embossing tool!

 Step Four (Above): Stamp some more background imagery using Leaf Green Archival then add some foreground imagery by stamping the tall flowers in Jet Black Archival adding some stamped swirly tendrils to the stems.

Step Five (Above): Stamp some extra tall flowers and some dragonflies on pieces of Smoothy Card using Jet Black Archival.

 Step Six (Above): Paint the imagery on the panel using Lavender, South Pacific, Haystack, Inky Pool, Tinned Peas and Sugar Plum Fresco Finish paints. Add Chalk Fresco Finish to the dots on the imagery using that same embossing tool head.

 A closer look above at how I painted the tall flowers.

 Step Seven (Above): Paint the extra flowers and dragonflies using the same paint colours as mentioned in step six. Cut out.

Step Eight (Above): Stamp and emboss extra imagery across the base of the panel using VersaMark and Crystal embossing powder. This provides a subtle layer which every so often you catch a glimpse of when it catches the light!

 A couple of closer looks at step eight. (Above)

 Step Nine (Above): Paint some strips with watered down Chalk Fresco Finish so that you can still see the layer beneath rather than blocking it out. Heat set then stamp the words over the strips and paint the letters with watered down colours of Fresco Finish paint - choosing colours already used on the panel.
 A closer look at painting the letters with the paints. (Above)

 Step Ten (Above): Adhere the panel to a slightly longer card blank and edge where the panel meets the card with a black multi-liner. Mount just one large tall flower and two little dragonflies to the panel. (I kept all the other extra cut out imagery and used them for another card so they weren't wasted! - I always tend to do more than I might need in order to give myself options when creating my compositions.) Lastly add accents with the black multi-liner and add some extra sparkle to the imagery with Crystal glitter glue.

A couple of close ups for you of the flowers and dragonflies.

I hope that these step outs have given you an insight into how I go about creating my samples!

I'll be back on Thursday at midday to show you another stepped out card :).

Love Kay xx


Monday, 20 February 2017

Feb 2017 Stamp Release

Helloooooo!! I know, I know...............I haven't been a 'good blogger' recently but this time with good reason!! I have been super busy behind the scenes designing some brand new stamp sets that will sit very nicely with my existing flower stamps. I really am super excited about these latest sets and I am keeping everything crossed that you like them too!

Below is a fabulous video that Leandra has made showing my latest releases.

Below is a just a little peek using a mixture from two of the sets!!

And here's one more peek at another stamp set.

I haven't been busy on my own though.............I've had my two old Craft Barn buddies helping me out - Christine Dark and Helen Chilton. Both of them are super talented, amazing artists in their own right so I felt very honoured when they agreed to help out with my February 2017 stamp launch. (Love you guys!!!)

Below are just a couple of peeks of some of the amazing samples that Helen Chilton designed. Helen never fails to amaze me at her diversity and ability to see things in a different light - she is such an incredibly talented person. Please do head on over to Helen's blog to find out more information on how she achieved all of her beautiful, detailed samples.

Next I thought I'd tease you some more with a couple of peeks of Chris Dark's fantastic samples. Chris is my friend whom I 'love to hate' as she never fails to amaze me with what she can create with paint, inks and stamps - I am always left in awe and wishing that I could do that.................hence the love/hate thing!! Again please do head on over to Chris's blog to see her amazing samples in their entirety and to hear from Chris how she went about creating them.

I hope this has whet your appetite to go and find out more! So for the full reveal please do head on over to PaperArtsy's blog where you will find some step outs showing how I achieved a couple of my projects as well as showing the full release of my latest stamps and what my super talented buddies created with them. These are all available now from the stockists listed at the end of the post over on PaperArtsy's blog. Ssshhhhhhhhh..............don't tell anyone that I told you but there will also be some stencils to go with these stamps very soon!!!!

I'll be back tomorrow at midday with some detailed step out pictures showing how I achieved another of my makes.

Love Kay xx


Saturday, 24 December 2016

Layered background!

Helloooooo I feel so privileged to be part of the Stencil Girl's Christmas Blog Hop!! You will find all the details you need below to enter the 'giveaway' :).

One lucky winner will receive a $75 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a £50 Gift Certificate for PaperArtsy!!

Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your chance to win!
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Friday, December 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced onStencilGirl's Facebook page and PaperArtsy's blog on Sunday, January 1.

Without further ado below is my contribution of using one of my own PaperArty's stamp sheets with some of the fabulous Stencil Girl's stencils :).

One of the things that I really got into a few years ago after being a bit dubious of them was stencils and since then I tend to use them with most of my creations. I love how they can add texture and interest in an entirely different way to when we use stamps for this same purpose.

For this card I chose to incorporate four different stencils by Stencil Girl Products to create all my background interest and kept the stamps purely to add all my foreground imagery. (Often I will use stamps to add further background interest but due to all the layering with the stencils I felt it wasn't required here.)

I chose to combine my EKC03 stamp set along with the fabulous stencils by Stencil Girl Products.'s how I went about creating the card!

 Step One: Paint a 10.5x21cm white panel with Fresco Finish Dusty Teal paint. Ensure the panel is dry then mask off sections of the top and base with sticky notes. (I masked off approx 2cm at the top and 3.5cm at the base.

 Step Two: Take the large L169 Crackle stencil, place over the panel and sponge through Snowflake Fresco Finish paint. Heat set.

 Step Three: Place the top edge of the S142 Bubbles stencil with the edge of the top sticky note and tape into position with low tack tape. Add another sticky note at the base of the stencil then sponge through Hint of Mint Fresco Finish paint. Heat set.

 Step Four: Remove the stencil and extra sticky note and low tack tape and sponge a very light layer of Hint of Mint over the panel between the two original sticky notes.

 Step Five: Stencil in some foliage using S078 Swatton Flowers along with Dusty Teal Fresco Finish. (As you can see I used some low tack tape to mask off certain areas of the stencil.)

 Step Six: Here's what it now looks like. After evaluating it I decided that there wasn't enough contrast in colour between my first two stencils - the crackle one and the bubbles one.)

 Step Seven: So...........I popped the bubbles stencil back over my previous stencilled circles and once again held it in place with some low tack tape and added an extra sticky note to the base before sponging through Beach Hut Fresco Finish - directly on top of the circles I had previously stencilled with Hint of Mint.

 Step Eight: After heat setting I then began stamping my composition with Jet Black Archival onto the panel; still with the original two sticky notes in place. I also stamped two images of the daisy heads  and some butterflies onto a piece of Smoothy card.

 Step Nine: I painted the imagery on the panel and the extra stamped bits using Fresco Finish paints in Snowflake, Dolly Mix, Amethyst, South Pacific, Zesty Zing, Pumpkin Soup and Pearl Glaze (for the butterfly wings).

 Step Ten: Heat set the panel. Remove the sticky notes and this time use them to mask off the stamped part of the panel. Take the S279 Night Sky stencil and sponge through Dolly Mix Fresco Finish to decorate the top and base areas of the panel. Heat set.

 Step Eleven: Paint a strip of Snowflake Fresco Finish along the base of the panel, heat set and then stamp the wording with Jet Black Archival ink. Add some doodled lines using a 0.3mm black multi-liner where the different parts of the panel meet each other and under the wording and then paint between these lines with Snowflake Fresco Finish.

Step Twelve: Add some shadowing around the stamped imagery using a Black Soot Distress Marker and lightly add some colour to the wording using Mustard Seed and Seedless Preserves Distress Markers. Take an opaque white pen and colour in the middles of the Dolly Mix stars.

 Step Thirteen: Adhere the panel to a same size card blank. Cut out and mount the daisy heads and butterflies to the panel and add some Stardust glitter glue for sparkle!

Many thanks for visiting! I hope you like the finished item!

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