Saturday, 19 August 2017

Concertina greetings card with little bees by Rebecca Yoxall

Hello again,

I love to make hand painted cards for birthdays and greetings (when I have the time of course)
and I think these concertina cards are really great to give to someone special. They are free standing and show off all of your design/painting when placed on a windowsill or mantle piece rather than a traditional flat card.



I generally start by cutting an A3 piece of watercolour paper in half length ways, you can of course buy panoramic paper. I then make sure to measure out equal sections and mark lightly with a pencil. I do not fold until after I have painted it as this enables a smoother painting. I tend to mark out 3 or 4 folds but it depends on how big your paper is.



 My design is fairly simple and based on a method I talked about in a previous blog post. I try to place my flowers in an interesting and balanced composition, leaving plenty of space in between for me to fit in the buzzy bees :-)



Hopefully the next images will show you in a little more detail how I create my little bees.
I have provided a few of my bee photographs at the bottom of the page for you to use as reference, but there are lots of royalty free images online.



I usually begin with a drawing using an HB pencil. I try and keep the line as light and free as possible. I hope the image is clear enough for you to see, as the pencil line is so light the camera doesn't always pick it up well.

I've placed Mr buzzy bee so that he is heading straight for the flower. 


Using the Yellow Brusho mixed up on a palette I painted the yellow areas with a small brush.


Whilst the yellow is still a little bit damp (this helps create the fuzzy look) I painted in the dark areas of the body and head using Black and Dark brown Brusho mixed together on the palette.


With just a few grains of Ultramarine Blue Brusho mixed with water I applied a soft coat of colour to the wings and finished the legs with the Black brown mix.


Additional details can be added with a pen.

I continued to paint in 2 more bees and decided to add a few leaves and bee trail to show them buzzing on a little journey along the paper :-)


After allowing to dry I began to score gently along my fold lines. I use a bone folder, but any hard/sharp implement will help to achieve a clean straight fold.

Concertina it up and it's done!!! 
Maybe you could add a some poetry or even put a backing on to make it into a book. 

I loved creating these cards and if you have a go I would love to see what you create too.

                                                                       Bee Happy
                                                                           Bec x









Friday, 18 August 2017

StencilGirl & ColourCraft Blog Hop Day 3


All great things must come to an end........... We are very sad here at Colourcraft to be at the end of this wonderful blog hop, but on the plus side we have another 4 talented ladies sharing projects with you today! So onto today's participants!



Day 3 - August 18th 2017
 


We would like to thank all of the participants and extend our heartfelt thanks to StencilGirl for this wonderful opportunity. We hope to continue with our new found friendship and hope to do a blog hop again next year.

Don't forget to go back to the previous 2 posts and enter the giveaway, you still have time!



GIVEAWAY
One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to Colourcraft!
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 Sunday, August 20th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page and Colourcraft’s Facebook page
on Monday, August 21st.


Thursday, 17 August 2017

StencilGirl & ColourCraft Blog Hop Day 2


Wow are we on day 2 already? So far this has been an amazing hop and we have more amazing things to come! Don't forget to follow the instructions for the giveaway and go back to day 1 and enter them too!



Day 2 - August 17th 2017


GIVEAWAY
One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to Colourcraft!
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 Sunday, August 20th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page and Colourcraft’s Facebook page
on Monday, August 21st.







Wednesday, 16 August 2017

StencilGirl & ColourCraft Blog Hop Day 1



It's finally here!!! We are so excited to be creating with the most amazing products from StencilGirl.We have 3 days and 12 talented artists sharing beautiful products with you and an amazing giveaway to boot! How good is that! You will find below all the details of day one's hop participants and what to do to enter the giveaway, so grab yourself a cuppa and prepare to be inspired!



Day 1 - August 16th 2017






GIVEAWAY
One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to Colourcraft!
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 Sunday, August 20th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page and Colourcraft’s Facebook page
on Monday, August 21st.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Upcycling fabric storage boxes by Ewelina Gryglak

Hello! Ewelina here again.
Couple of weeks ago I have redecorated my craft room and one of the new additions/things helping me to at least try and stay organised is a bookshelf with some fabric containers in which store my finished scrapbooking pages.



While most of the boxes are pretty in teal matching the overall colour theme of the room, one of them was sitting there black and lonely so I decided to treat it to a quick, autumnal makeover using Metallics Fabric Paint and Lutradur 70.



I used the Metallic Fabric Paints and a distressed diamond stencil to create the background. I dipped the sponge in paint and dabbed it through the stencil. Dried the paint with a heat gun and then repeated the process with the second shade.






I then sprinkled some White fabric paint all over to add some contrasting lighter colour.



I cut the Lutradur 70 fabric into rectangles and painted them using the same Metallic paints I used for the background.



Cut the rectangles into leaves and then dry using a heat gun - the heat will cause the fabric to crinkle and contract giving it dimension and texture. Play with the process and use as much or as little heat as you wish - it's your decision when the leaves look the way you want them to.



Once your leaves are ready, you can start the assembly. Glue the leaves first and then add fabric flowers and glass cabochons.




That's it! Your new container is ready!



Now my Colourcraft bookshelf looks even more crafty than before!



Thanks for stopping by!

Ewelina

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Autumn is a Second Spring Card by Sarah

Hi everyone!

I have a lovely Autumn card to share with you all today, a great project for using up your scraps.



I always like to create a lot of backgrounds with my Brushos, this helps me to plan out future projects and I often look at them for inspiration.

I create my backgrounds using watercolour paper and Brusho crystal colours, which I always allow to dry naturally.



Another thing I like to do is save and collect all the offcuts from previous projects in a small box set to the side of my workspace, again providing inspiration, and like my project today i tucked into the box to provide me with small enough pieces to die cut the leaves for my card.



I love how the card turned out, and by just die cutting a bunch of leaves from all my offcuts enabled me to make a nice card.



The card base is 6" x 6" square with a dark brown layer and a top layer which is 5 3/4" x 5 3/4"

The sentiment stamp is stamped with black archival ink in the centre of the white card top layer



I hope you enjoyed todays card and thank you so much for visiting the blog today

Sarah.


Friday, 11 August 2017

Greeting Card with Embossing Resist and Brushos

Hi there!

Susanne here today! I have a step by step tutorial to share with you for this greeting card with the embossing resist technique.


All you need is embossing powder, a stamp of your choice and, of course, Brushos! Brushos are watercolours, so the embossing will act as a resist.

Start by stamping your image and emboss it with gold powder. To colour the flowers add water with a brush, first and sprinkle some Brusho powders into it.


Colour every area separately and let it dry before you colour the one next to it.
I used these Brusho colours: Moos Green, Yellow, Gamboge, Allazarin Crimson, Purple


Before I mount the my creation to the card base I add some gold splatters with a mix of Aztec Metallic Light Gold and water. I adhered it with 3d foam tape at an angle, and added the "prosit", which was cut from foiled cardstock.



Thank you for stopping by today!
xx Susanne.

Supplies:
ColourCraft:


 
Others:
Rubber Dance Stamps: Blossoming Rose
WOW! Embossing Powder Gold Metallic
VersaMark Ink


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