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Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Ready to Fly

My big boy is about to become a teenager so I made this card for his birthday.  He's turning into a gorgeous young man but he is still as stubborn as a mule so this old background image had his name all over it!!  I think he will find this amusing and it brought a smile to my face when I put his wings on!

The background is misted with Dylusions inks in Amber, Vanilla Custard and Cyan.  I then embossed the harlequins and used acrylic paints on various items eg ruler edge, glue stick lid to create circles and lines.

The beach huts are by Crafty Individuals and are stamped onto acetate.  I downloaded the wings from Graphics Fairy and curled them a little.  Job done.  Just the cake to organise but that's tomorrow's task ...

Look East

This page is for the Red & Gold Challenge at Gingersnap Creations.

I wanted the gold to be really bold and so I used gold leaf and beadazzles around the edge of page.  I embossed the backing paper for the photograph with gold bamboo images.

The cherry blossom was created using a stencil by Crafters Workshop. 

The lanterns were folded from very thin gold paper which I splodged with alcohol inks.  They are hanging on gold crystal chains from the cherry blossom.

I used some oriental newspaper to back the photos which I had printed onto a transparency and for my embossed 'E'. 

If you would like to know more about how to create this kind of texture on a page, I will be posting a tutorial on Gingersnap Creations blog - why not hop by and take a peek!!

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Just to Say ...

Sorry for the lack of entries on my site everyone.  Easter holidays and an unexpected house move are taking up my time ... but I'm on the case!

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Fly Free

This little pocket is my submission for the Gingersnaps Creations challenge GC98 Mists.  The challenge is still focusing on the Far East and I just loved this fed-up looking Geisha girl.  Maybe I've mis-read her mood and she is just pensive but I think she wants to broaden her horizons and fly free. 

I used a combination of sprays and masks for the background and then stamped the birdcage and harlequin over the top.

The velvet butterfly behind by Geisha has been inked with alcohol inks, as has the transparency crown and the butterfly wings.

(Image courtesy of http://www.art-e-zine.co.uk/vie4jap.html)

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Faces of the Orient

This is a small canvas I have made for the Geishas Challenge at Gingersnap Creations.  

I started by painting the canvas with gesso (as it started life as a picture of a camper van!).  I used gel medium to apply oriental paper to the background and once this was dry, I used acrylic paint in layers to build up the colours to match my main photograph.

I printed the monochrome geisha image onto a transparency and painted the other image with Croco basecoat to seal it.   The temple was made using a stamped image onto Ten Second Studio metal.  I used other oriental stamps and completed the canvas with some K&Co lanterns.

(Images courtesy of http://www.art-e-zine.co.uk/vie4jap.html)