Saturday, 10 December 2016



Hi there!

How're you doing?
Good I hope.
It's all good here

Ae you enjoying the Collage
theme as much as I am?  Some
great ideas here for sure and to 
keep things going, here is a
collage from Jane Castle

When the topic of collage appeared on the DT’s list I
 had a vague idea as to what I wanted to make 
but decided to look up the definition in the dictionary;

Collage - a form of art in which 
various materials are arranged 
and glued down to a backing.

Hmmm, lets begin ---

For my base or backing I started with a small 
chunky hanging  board 
which was given a coat of white gesso.

The first layer was made up of a torn page 
from an old dictionary, 
some tissue tape and a pot of 
distress collage medium in matte finish

Once the medium was dry I sprayed parts 
with a mix of 50/50 Distress reinker and water. 
The next layer was then added 
and this time I used the vintage collage medium.

A strip of lace was added to the top.

The paper, tissue tape and lace was added to all 4 sides of the board.

I then tore some areas from a sheet of Imagination Crafts Rice paper 
and added these with the vintage medium. 
Paint was applied to the lace in Inky Pool 
and a dry brush with some Snowflake paint was added 
to the main area to tone the turquoise down slightly.

The side was stamped using a Lavinia trailing ivy stamp and peeled paint DI.

Treasure pewter was applied to the lace at the top.

Then using just the flower seeds of the Lavinia stamp 
I randomly stamped the top and the lefthand side
 using Archival watering can ink

Next using this gorgeous stamp set from Carabelle Studio 
I stamped the images onto waxed tissue paper in
archival inks and using clear embossing powder, 
heat embossed the images.

Parts of the images were also stamped onto coloured card 
ready to cut out and add to the whole images 
once they were stuck on the base.

The tissue paper stamped images were coloured
on the under side using Sakura Gelly Roll pens 
as I was not sure as to whether the inks would bleed 
once the distress medium was applied.

I found a couple of tiny wooden flowers 
which I gave a coat of embossing to
and added some Treasure gold to the edges 

The sentiment was stamped onto some shrink plastic
then once shrunk stuck onto some gold card and 
Treasure Gold added to the very edges to disguise the 2 layers.

I made a tassel and threaded a couple of wooden beads
 and a metal jewellery spacer together 
and added these to the top righthand edge

My only regret with this project is that 
depending on the light it’s not always clear 
that the top righthand piece of rice paper 
is a bird sitting in a nest ---- 
but then it does make you look more closely!!!

Material List

Lovely project Jane.  Liked the dictionary
definition too

That's all for today folks.........

See you all again tomorrow

Mickie xx

Friday, 9 December 2016


Hi folks

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Hallo Everyone

Here we are and it is Friday again!


Crafty Field is with us today
to share her lovely project
with us, so sit back, relax
and enjoy

 I like Collage, so very arty don't you think? 
But rather than spend lots of time gluing beautiful papers on top of each other, 
I selected one of the many Collage stamps available to do the work for me.

This is a quick and easy way to get the look of collage... 
Of course I couldn't leave it at that 
and introduced one variable that made the process more messy 
but SO rewarding!

I used a stiff brush (hog hair/oil brush) to apply the powder to the stamp. 
Since there is no water or ink to hold the Brushos I press hard with the brush.

Now I spray water on the stamp, the finer the mist the better. 
Also to minimise the powders being blown away I try to let the 
water fall on the stamp and not spray directly on it.

This is the stamp after the first impression.
 It looks like there isn't enough powder doesn't it?
 And yet...

... see how many prints I did!

I first used watercolour paper and the prints in the photo are numbered
 in order of stamping. 

I did add a bit of powder each time 
but only on the areas that were a bit faint.

This is cold press paper and the grain is slightly too pronounced 
to render the beautiful detail of the stamp. 

I had to try with standard cardstock...
I cleaned the stamp completely 
before applying the powders as before.

 Those are the result on the cardstock. 

Note that I have not added any powder at all between impressions, 
just water, and obtained 4 decent prints

 (the central motif on the fifth one below is hardly visible).

I am now considering packaging the prints into a cards & envelope gift. 
Same design and yet each individual!

I finished one card with twine and a simple die cut with a sentiment
also by Crafty Individuals.


And it would be a lot more difficult to create the vivid look of the inks with inkpads... Yes, I tried!

I hope you like this project and if so, have a go, it is great fun!

Materials used:

Thank you Crafty Field

A different take on Collage 
but one that works very well
as a card

Catch you all tomorrow

Mickie xx