Monday, November 10, 2014

Signature Stencil Sample cards

Here are some sample cards I made using the new Signature Stencil / Masks that I designed for  Joanna Sheen..

Embossed purple card panel - inked lightly over with Tim Holtz seedless preserves.

Embossed pearly card

Watercolour crayon technique.  I found this wonderful technique on the web here - the only difference I did was to run my mask through my cuttlebug to impress the colour onto card.. it works really well.

I embossed - inked with versamark and brushed mica powder over the panel. I used the new Signature Classic Lace background die for the panel on the right.

I appliled ink to the stencil and run it through the cuttlebug to get this look

Simple embossed and sanded back to get this look

Another Watercolour crayon tecnique - using golds, silver and white crayons with a touch of blue.. it gives a more soft look

Back panel was embossed and sanded back and the front panel is more watercolour crayons.

 Embossed parchment paper first - then coloured flowers on back with promarker pens, then I hand embossed each flower to get this effect.  The butterfly is from the I love knitting stamp set

Thank you for visiting today.  I hope I have inspired some of you to dig out your own stencils to play with or go along to the Joanna Sheen Website and treat yourself :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Vintage wedding frame

This is a sample using one of Joanna Sheens wonderful new MDF shapes - I added a vintage bride printout behind the Horseshoe MDF shape and threaded ribbon through the holes.

The frame is an Ikea Malma frame that I painted white first.  I used some lovely cream textured card to die cut the hexagon shapes using Joanna Sheens large Signature Patchwork dies.  As the card is textured on one side I decided to emboss some using 2 different embossing folders but leaving some shapes blank. The roses are from the Rose and heart frame Crafts too embossing folder, I then used a versamark pen to hightlight the roses and heat embossed with white powder.  I stuck the patchwork pieces onto the frame with Pva glue and then lightly inked the edges and the roses with distress ink to add a more vintage look.   I glued the cream ribbon around the inside frame and over the lace adding some buttons to finish.

I really enjoyed decorating this frame and can't wait to make another one... maybe with a patchwork baby theme.. :)
Thanks for visiting my blog today.
Sylvie x

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Signature Stencils by Joanna Sheen

There are some wonderful new 6" stencil / Masks available on Joanna Sheen website.  All of them are very versitile and useful and will look fabulous in so many ways.  I will be showing some sample cards soon.
Here are the stecils that I designed for her:

Thanks for visiting today :)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Klimt inspired art

I love all things Klimt. I was asked to do my version  of 'The Kiss'.  I have done several (using various mediums) over the last 10years because I love the feeling the painting evokes especially the original done by Gustav Klimt himself over 100 years ago. 
I took some pictures of some of the stages during my creation.  This time I used H2O watercolour paints, Primarker pens, Tim Holtz Distress Inks and of course lots of my gorgeous foils.
Here is the finished painting.. It is 15" x 20" I am very pleased with it.

I started by drawing the outlines of the people. I used promarkers to colour the skin tones and hair and because I wanted their clothes to shine like gold so I decided to use H2O's to colour his and her clothes.. these paints are loaded with mica and give such a beautiful sheen which is perfect for this painting.  You can see the glow of the paints in this picture.  .

 Then I painted the cloak that surrounds them both using a lovely rich yellow H2O paint.

 Then it was time to prepare my background.  I masked off the edges so they would be neat and used lots of Chipped Saphire, Aged Mahogany and Gathered Twigs Distress inks... then sprinkled water all over and lifted the ink with kitchen towel to make the dreamy looking background.  Later I flicked some Solar Gold H2O paint on aswell to add lovely golden sparkle around the couple.

 I cut a piece of card to shape of the ground they are kneeling on and used lots of ink and alcohol  pens in very bright colours Lol.. 


 I added foils lots of  the patches all over his coat using various shades of golds, silver and coppers. I used a glue pen to put the vines that fall down from them and then cut small triangles of dst to add more gold foil. I filled in the details on her face and added more coloured foils to her dress.
I am sure this won't be my last painting of the Kiss Lol... there are so many ways using so many different art materials that this picture can be created.  Thankyou for visiting my blog today and I hope you like my painting.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

LIM week 180 - One layer card with fingerprints!

LIM week 180
What a lot of fun the challenge is this week over at the Less is More Challenge blog... Adapt a fingerprint on a one layer card.  Well technically, I'm not sure this one will fit as I did use my Thumbprint for each balloon Lol..  I masked each thumbprint as I went with a balloon shape cut from paper - and then I used a white gel pen to draw around each of them to create balloons!  The Beautiful stamps are from the Little Suzys Zoo design  available from Joanna SheenI coloured the characters with pencils - plus I coloured around the edges of the balloons to try to make them pop a little..(not actually pop Lol..)

Thank you for visiting today :)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Sylvie Ashton Cardmaking Pad samples

Here are the samples I made using the New Sylvie Ashton Cardmaking Pad.  There are 12 different designed pages (2 of each) they all have a topper with either some decoupage or embellishments, they have borders and greetings on each sheet.





Thank you for visiting, comments are always welcome :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Embroidered Flowers stamps

I made quite a few samples with the new stamps I designed for Joanna Sheen...


 I stamped the pansy onto cotton fabric in a pale colour and then used it as a pattern to embroider the design using silk embroidery threads. Here is a closer look...

 This card was great fun to make, I used one of Sue Wilsons lovely dies as a frame adding stitching to match the Pansy.  I used the Maiden hair fern embroidery stamp for the corners and little flower stamp that is also on the same sheet.  The Best Wishes is from an embossing folder that I cut out and added stitched with pen.

I stamped and embossed the Poppy 2 times - in Red and Black and one in Gold, then layered the red and black over the gold one.  I stamped these onto some Buckrum (it's what I had to hand) but any material would give the same effect.  Again I used one of Sue Wilsons lovely dies to create the frame withe some added stitching in gold thread and faux stitches.  All of the background is embossed black card and I've used a white gell pen all over the raised pattern to give the effect of more stitching.

 This card took a bit longer because I needed to practice stamping the heart a few times before hand onto scrap paper so I could stamp the heart on one layer for the card.  I stamped and embossed  the heart (onto white card) using both the corner (top and bottom of heart) and the single maiden hair fern stamps (around the sides of heart), I stamped the corner stamp in each corner adding white powder  then I used my versamark embossing pen to lightly highlight the leaves and re-applied some sparkly clear powder and heated again to set it. I used distress inks to add the colour. I stamped the background using the full Embroidered Rose from the sheet in 2 different colour distress inks.. Bundled sage and Iced Spruce.



I masked the corners with post it notes and stamped the knitted border stamps from the Joanna Sheen I love kniting stamps  Then I stamped the Daffodil embroidered flower stamp creating the square in the middle with the straight stitched edge of the stamp.  I then stamped the Pansy in the centre and the embroidered Butterfly into each corner. Added lots of red gemstones around the outside edge and the greeting to finish the card.


For the topper I stamped the full embroidered Rose first, then I cut out a mask to cover it to add some stamped leaves with the Rose Leaves stamp, then I masked these as I went along adding some embroidered Rose Buds, again masking as I went.  Masking is a lovely technique that I love doing, it's a real thrill once you peel off all the layers of masks to reveal the one layer stamped image.  The butterfly border is the embroidered Butterfly stamped and embossed in whte powder with some pink distress ink rubbed over the top.


 I stamped the background using most of the Joanna Sheen Embroidered Flower stamps.  I stamped the embroidered Fuschia for the topper.  Instead of embossing each time I stamped I decided to stamp everything and then use my Sakura gelly roll clear stardust pen over each stamped image, it was quick and gives a lovely sparkle too. 


For this Pansy card I divided a piece of card into 9 squares adding the faux stitches to mark it out.  Then I stamped the embroidered Pansy into each of the outside squares tilting the angle each time to add the feel of movement. I went over each Pansy with the Sakura clear stardust pen for a bit of sparkle and added the Best Wishes in the middle.


I stamped the middle topper straight onto vellum embossing with white powder as I stamped. I also stamped 4 of the embroidered Poppy leaves on vellum with the same white powder..cutting these out. I coloured the embroidered Poppy and leaves using a promarker pen on the reverse side of the vellum. I stamped the background using the same Poppy leaf stamp onto some printed  paper with stripes and again embossing with the white powder as I stamped. I colour them using promarkers and inked the edges with distress inks.  I puched small holes in each corners of the card and around the topper and threaded some thick red cotton through them to create the frames.


This card was easier than it looks.  I stamped the embroidered full Rose onto black card for the bottom part, I stamped 3 of the same Rose with black momento ink but stamped each one seperately again without re inking to create a paler greyer outline, then finally I stamped 3 of the same Rose using Victorian velvet distress ink.  I layered the roses with the black on the bottom, then grey with the pink on the top layer, cutting part of the Rose away each time. The embroidered Rose leaves were stamped and coloured ready to put on the card under the Roses.  I used one of Sue Wilsons lovely dies add a bit of frillyness and I stamped one embroidered Rose Bud to stick next to the greeting.


Onto a cut out round piece of card, I stamped and embossed  the picture using the embroidered Maiden hair fern, Fuschias, Butterfly and tiny flower stamps. The green ribbon was stuck to the underneath pleating it as I went to create a frilly effect. I cut a petal shape from black card and stamped the Maiden hair fern stamp using some picket fence distress stain ink.  The background is stamped onto a piece of card with the Joanna Sheen everyday Patchwork stamps


 The topper for this card involved alot of masking. I stamped the embroidered full Rose first, masking that to stamp a second one just below to the right a bit and then masked that too. I stamped the leaves and added masks, stamped the swirly stamp and finally I stamped the corner Maiden hair fern top and bottom and stamped the single maidern hair stamp around the sides... all with Chipped Saphire distress ink. I used very pale promarkers to add some colour.  The beautiful William Morris backing paper is from the Joanna Sheens Age of Elegance CD Rom 


I stamped the embroidered Poppy and leaves onto vellum and each of the corners onto green vellum - embossing all with white embossing powder.  I cut each image out but left a bit of the green vellum showing around the corners. I coloured the embroidered Poppy and leaves on the reverse side of vellum with promarker pens. I used pinflair gell to glue each part to the black topper and each of the corners. 


I stampedand embossed the embroidered Pansy 10 times onto vellum, I coloured them with promarker pens on the reverse, cut them out and layered them up. I used threads and seed beads to create the landscape for the flowers.

Thank you for visiting today :)


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