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I am still experimenting with my journal, rather nervously.
The lovely old film star images are from the Tin Teddy Stars of the Silver Screen Collage Sheet, mounted on simple black die cuts with white gel pen dots.
The background is printed tissue paper, covered in gesso, then gold Faber Castell gelatto around the edge.
Then I stamped some big decorating swirl stamps with Versa-mark ink, and embossed them in gold.  A few smaller unembossed ones were added (not very successfully I might add).
Finally I stamped the letter outlines (an old set of rubber stamps from the 1990s, I don’t know the brand anymore) and coloured them in with a metallic purple gel pen and a similar coloured Spectrum Noir in the middle.  Tiny highlights were added with a Uni Posco white paint pen.
The stars were stamped and coloured with Spectrum Noir pens, then cut out, glued on with matte medium and a spot of glitter glue added for some bling.
And finally I added a bit of orangey shading/emphasis to the stars with a Faber Castell Pitt brush marker.
I am now considering that perhaps it needs a border of some sort.  Or perhaps it is just too messy to be worth trying to improve?

I am still experimenting with my journal, rather nervously.

The lovely old film star images are from the Tin Teddy Stars of the Silver Screen Collage Sheet, mounted on simple black die cuts with white gel pen dots.

The background is printed tissue paper, covered in gesso, then gold Faber Castell gelatto around the edge.

Then I stamped some big decorating swirl stamps with Versa-mark ink, and embossed them in gold.  A few smaller unembossed ones were added (not very successfully I might add).

Finally I stamped the letter outlines (an old set of rubber stamps from the 1990s, I don’t know the brand anymore) and coloured them in with a metallic purple gel pen and a similar coloured Spectrum Noir in the middle.  Tiny highlights were added with a Uni Posco white paint pen.

The stars were stamped and coloured with Spectrum Noir pens, then cut out, glued on with matte medium and a spot of glitter glue added for some bling.

And finally I added a bit of orangey shading/emphasis to the stars with a Faber Castell Pitt brush marker.

I am now considering that perhaps it needs a border of some sort.  Or perhaps it is just too messy to be worth trying to improve?

theslumberingherd:

4 Cats in Fancy Clothes, Art Cards with Copic Markers.
See my whole Fancy Clothes set so far!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/69583446@N04/sets/72157643723410304/

What beautiful cards!

theslumberingherd:

4 Cats in Fancy Clothes, Art Cards with Copic Markers.

See my whole Fancy Clothes set so far!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/69583446@N04/sets/72157643723410304/

What beautiful cards!

Apr 5
Birthday card for my mum - just finished.
The 3d decoupaged girl image is from Tin Teddy China Girls Digital Clip Art set.The backgrounds are from a pack of oriental themed card that I bought in Lidl supermarket.Gold embellishments cut from Tattered Lace diesStamped “Happy Birthday” from “Get Stamping” magazine stampsCentral die cut hole uses XCut scalloped oval dies

Birthday card for my mum - just finished.

The 3d decoupaged girl image is from Tin Teddy China Girls Digital Clip Art set.
The backgrounds are from a pack of oriental themed card that I bought in Lidl supermarket.
Gold embellishments cut from Tattered Lace dies
Stamped “Happy Birthday” from “Get Stamping” magazine stamps
Central die cut hole uses XCut scalloped oval dies

Apr 3
A simple page in my journal.
The background is a Crown tester pot of household emulsion, with three shades of blue Ranger Distress Ink for the dots.
The butterfly stamps and quote are from Sheena Douglass - A Little Bit Sketchy, Butterfly Effect.  Stamped on to Neenah card and coloured with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and a bit of pencil.
The flowers are paper pieced from oddments of scrapbook papers and use the Maggie’s Daisy set by Stampendous. The border and the dots on the background also use the same set.
Finished with Faber Castell Pitt Brush markers for shading and details.

A simple page in my journal.

The background is a Crown tester pot of household emulsion, with three shades of blue Ranger Distress Ink for the dots.

The butterfly stamps and quote are from Sheena Douglass - A Little Bit Sketchy, Butterfly Effect.  Stamped on to Neenah card and coloured with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and a bit of pencil.

The flowers are paper pieced from oddments of scrapbook papers and use the Maggie’s Daisy set by Stampendous. The border and the dots on the background also use the same set.

Finished with Faber Castell Pitt Brush markers for shading and details.

craftdiscoveries:

DIY Washi Tape (by Ellen Hutson LLC - Hello, Monday)

Make it to match a project perfectly!

When I went to stamp my beautiful new Gorjuss stamps.. I discovered that my acrylic stamping blocks are all too small!
Being impatient, there was no way I was going to wait until I could buy a bigger one, so I improvised.
I used my quilting ruler!  After all, it is also just an acrylic block.  And it is big enough for even the biggest of the stamps - as you can see here.
I guess I don’t need to buy a “proper” stamping block after all.

When I went to stamp my beautiful new Gorjuss stamps.. I discovered that my acrylic stamping blocks are all too small!

Being impatient, there was no way I was going to wait until I could buy a bigger one, so I improvised.

I used my quilting ruler!  After all, it is also just an acrylic block.  And it is big enough for even the biggest of the stamps - as you can see here.

I guess I don’t need to buy a “proper” stamping block after all.

This is a fascinating and useful video about colour, ideal for artists in all mediums.

Lots of clear examples make everything easy to take in.

And it is enjoyable too :-)

I had my first ever visit to “The Range” yesterday.
These Santoro Gorjuss stamps were 3 for £10, so I just had to have some.
Here are “The Fox” and “The White Rabbit” from the latest storybook range, and “New Heights” from one of the previous ranges.
The girls are so cute, and I am looking forward to colouring them, but I also loved all the extra stamps that came with them.  Photo corners, bows, lace, butterflies and grass.  All very useful indeed :-)

I had my first ever visit to “The Range” yesterday.

These Santoro Gorjuss stamps were 3 for £10, so I just had to have some.

Here are “The Fox” and “The White Rabbit” from the latest storybook range, and “New Heights” from one of the previous ranges.

The girls are so cute, and I am looking forward to colouring them, but I also loved all the extra stamps that came with them.  Photo corners, bows, lace, butterflies and grass.  All very useful indeed :-)

I have had these old Berol Aqua Sticks since I was a teenager, I assume a relative gave them to me.  I can’t imagine why I never used them! 
They appear to still be fully functional, I have been doing a bit of testing and the colours are beautiful and rich. You can draw directly with them, for a crayon like effect.  They blend with water, or you can use water to paint directly from the stick.
They were made at the Margros factory site in Woking.Therefore I know they must have been made between 1967 (when the Margros company was taken over by Berol) and 1973 (when the Woking site was sold).

I have had these old Berol Aqua Sticks since I was a teenager, I assume a relative gave them to me.  I can’t imagine why I never used them! 

They appear to still be fully functional, I have been doing a bit of testing and the colours are beautiful and rich. You can draw directly with them, for a crayon like effect.  They blend with water, or you can use water to paint directly from the stick.

They were made at the Margros factory site in Woking.Therefore I know they must have been made between 1967 (when the Margros company was taken over by Berol) and 1973 (when the Woking site was sold).

I used one of the new Tin Teddy Tween Girl Clip Art images to make a cute little ATC (artist trading card).
The background is from the Tin Teddy Magical Shimmer Digital Papers set.
I printed on to photographic paper to give a nice glossy look :-)
I am now thinking it might be fun to do a set of them, all with the theme of “Opportunities”.. time to hit the ‘net and look for suitable phrases…

I used one of the new Tin Teddy Tween Girl Clip Art images to make a cute little ATC (artist trading card).

The background is from the Tin Teddy Magical Shimmer Digital Papers set.

I printed on to photographic paper to give a nice glossy look :-)

I am now thinking it might be fun to do a set of them, all with the theme of “Opportunities”.. time to hit the ‘net and look for suitable phrases…