Friday, 18 May 2018

Beautiful Blooms

Welcome to another of my AALLandCreate blog posts showcasing my recently released sets of stamps.
I really enjoyed creating this piece, something a little different, using one of Tim Holtz Framed Panels. I only added a touch of colour to the frame, dry brushing white acrylic paint over the detail to soften the frame a little to blend with my artwork.
 I used my Quirky Blossoms for this piece, which I adore. I stamped the Blossom onto Parchment Paper and then embossed on the back of the Parchment with an embossing tool to give me the white areas.
I stamped onto the parchment paper with VersaMark Ink and then embossed with Nuvo Glitter Embossing Powder to add a little sparkle to my design. I added a second layer to the flower to give dimension, adding dimension to the flower head only.
I added some delicate splatters of white paint and added some stitching to the stems. You do have to be careful when sewing into parchment so that the parchment does not tear.
I also included a vintage pen nib, painted silver for further dimension and interest along with the sentiment Simply Beautiful, also stamped onto parchment paper.
I stamped numbers with Distress Oxide Ink using my Date It stamp along with the month of May also stamped onto white card with Distress Oxide Ink.
All the new releases are available from our stockists using the link HERE.
I loved working with parchment this time around and it really does give an alternative look to my stamp designs.
All the AALLandCreate stamp sets are available from the Boutique.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Trust Your Wings

Hi and welcome, today I have a post showcasing my butterfly stamps from AALLandCreate.
A simple design this time around but still packed with lots of layers and interest.

  1. Mask the top and bottom areas of your card (my piece measures 4.5" x 6.5") with low tack tape so that just the centre panel is visible.
  2. Blend Distress Oxide Vintage Photo Ink across the centre panel, applying the ink with an Ink Blending Tool or a piece of Cut 'n' Dry Foam.
  3. Ink your background stamp, in this case I used Kassa Hayselden's stamp which you can find HERE with Black Archival Ink and stamped into the central aperture area.
  4. Using a wet paintbrush start to paint some of the open areas in the background stamp with the water, allow the water to sit for a few seconds and then dab with a piece of kitchen towel. This gives bleached out areas to the background. Repeat this process across the background stamped area. Dry with a heat tool.
  5. Remove the low tack tape.

I then adhered a piece of vintage music paper to a piece of white card and then stamped my butterflies onto the music paper. You can find my butterfly stamp HERE. I then cut out each of the butterflies and then coloured each one with Distress Oxide Ink.
For added dimension and interest I also included two vintage pen nibs to their bodies.
I stamped the sentiment Trust Your Wings, twice onto white card and then added to the decorative panel. I also included a few delicate splatters of white paint for a further layer of interest and then dried with a heat tool.
Even with a simple card you can add lots of interest to draw the eye in to the focal imagery and design elements.
I also included some rusty tin wire, which I stapled into place and added some delicate splatters of black paint.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy  x x

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Follow Your Dreams

Hi and welcome, today I have a blog post showcasing my wonderful A4 stamp set from AALLandCreate.
I opted to create one of the Large Tim Holtz Etcetera Tags this time around.  I began by adding a coat of Gesso to my tag and then applying a random layer of Texture Paste to the background which I then dried with a heat tool.

I then applied a layer of Antique Linen Distress Paint to the tag and then dried this layer with a heat tool. My second layer was a coat of Vintage Photo Distress Paint which I dried very lightly and then wiped back with a baby wipe. The darker tones rest in the crevices of the Texture Paste which I love.
I then stamped my A4 stamp set with Black Archival Ink onto the background of the tag and I then used a baby wipe to tone down the black a little. My next layer was a touch of Tumbled Glass Distress Paint dry brushed over the top of the stamping.
You can find my A4 stamp set from our list of stockists which you can find HERE.
I added some rusty wire around my focal DREAM text along with some micro beads for added texture. I also incorporated my Date It stamp set for a further layer of interest.
Again this stamp set is available from our stockists which you can find HERE.
I incorporated some cheesecloth for more texture along with some vintage music paper and added my flowers from my Natures Garden set for further interest and dimension. I also added more micro beads to each of the flowers along with some rusty wire wrapped around the tag.
I used the flower image at the bottom for this project.
I added some natural jute at the top of my tag and stamped some numbers randomly onto the background, again using my Date It stamp set.
The texture and dimension on this tag worked out really well, shame you can not feel all the texture through the screen!
Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

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Friday, 11 May 2018

Dream Art

Hi and welcome, today I have a blog post showcasing my stamps from AALLandCreate.
I created an accordion using my A4 stamp set from AALLandCreate.
The detail on this stamp is amazing and so versatile for backgrounds or as focal imagery.
Each accordion panel has been painted with Dina Wakley Acrylic Paints Tangerine and Magenta, applying the paint with a piece of Cut 'n' Dry Foam. I then dried the paint with a heat tool and then inked my A4 stamp with Black Archival Ink and then pressed each panel onto an area of the A4 stamp. I adore the detail.

You can find your local stockist using the link HERE.

Once I had my backgrounds stamped I then used Kassa's stencil and added white acrylic paint over the stencil which adds fabulous highlights to my background. I repeated this stencilling for all four panels.
I also added my butterfly from my previous release, again stamped onto a painted backdrop and cut out and then sewn into place using some black twine. You can find my butterfly stamp HERE.
I love how all the layers are clearly visible in the design and the hand sewing adds wonderful texture. The detail in the background from my A4 stamp is amazing.
I also added some delicate white splatters for a further layer of interest, along with some Dina Wakley Media tape stamped with a sentiment from my butterfly stamp set.
I repeated the splatters for all four panels and again added more Media Tape stamped with one of my sentiments.
I love how the stamp detail is still visible below the layer of stencilling.

If you would like to buy any of the AALLandCreate stamp sets you can find them in the Boutique.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Natures Garden

Hi and welcome to my weekly post for AALLandCreate.
This week I am showcasing my flowers from my Natures Garden Set which you can purchase from our stockist using the link HERE. All our other releases can be found in the AALLandCreate Boutique.

I began by creating my accordion cutting a piece of white 350gsm card stock 4 inches in width and 9" in length scoring at 3" and 6" to create the accordion.
To create the background I used Dina Wakley's Acrylic Paints beginning with a first layer of Olive, which I brayered lightly over the background. I then added light touches of Sedona and Peacock to give a couple more layers of interest and depth to my design.
I used Autour de Mwa' s stencil, number #21 to add detail in the background. I applied Black Soot Distress Paint to the stencil, applying the ink directly from the inkpad; simply swipe the inkpad across the stencil, avoiding the edges of the stencil. Spritz the ink with water and then place the stencil, ink side down onto the background and dab the back of the stencil with a piece of kitchen towel. Remove the stencil and this gives you a lovely print.
I stamped my blooms onto the background of the card with Black Archival Ink and then stamped the image a second time onto a piece of scrap white card. I coloured one of the flower heads with Sedona Acrylic Paint to pick up the touches I used in the background, cut out the flower head and then added to my stamped image to add further dimension.
I added the sentiments from the set to the accordion and added some doodling around the edges of the accordion pieces to draw the eye in towards the focal image.
I then added a touch more stamping using the background stamp from the Natures Garden set, stamping with Sedona Paint. I then added all the accordion pieces to the accordion card.
I also did a Facebook Live showcasing this card and how to make it from start to finish. You can find that video HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


Friday, 4 May 2018

Live In The Moment

Hi and welcome to today's blog post, where I am sharing a project using my stamp set from AALLandCreate.
I am using my butterfly stamp set which you can find HERE. I began by applying Low Tack Tape around the edges of my kraft card and I then blended Distress Oxide Ink to the aperture area still visible. I then placed Autour de Mwa stencil #12 which you can find HERE onto the inked background and applied texture paste and then dried with a heat tool.

I then added a light dusting of Infusions Crystals and then spritzed with water and then dried with a heat tool.
I then removed the Low Tack Tape to reveal the design in the central area.
I love the texture from the stencil. I then added some doodles around the edge of the design to add a further layer of interest.
I added a wooden circular piece and then stamped my butterfly onto vintage music paper, cut out and then adhered to the wooden piece, adding cotton threads behind for further texture.
I added a vintage rusty nail to the Butterfly body for added dimension and interest and also included a Quote Chip.
To complete, I added some black twine around the outside of my dimensional focal piece.

All the AALLandCreate products are available from the Boutique HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

May Flowers with Eileen Hull Dies

Hi everyone and welcome to my post as part of the Eileen Hull Design Team. This month we are showcasing May Flowers using Eileen's dies.
For this project I used one of my all time favourite dies of Eileen's, the Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Book, Passport, it is such a fantastic, versatile die that can cut so many materials. I have some step by steps for you below:
Die cut the Passport pieces from mountboard. We have a front and back cover and the spine.
Crumple a piece of white tissue paper to create creases and then adhere to each of the die cut pieces. I used Distress Collage Medium to adhere mine.
At this stage I was thinking about texture and decided that I now wanted to emboss my pieces and was still hoping that some of the creases in the tissue would still be visible after embossing. I was delighted that some still remained even after the embossing process. I used Eileen's Daisy Wreath Embossing Folder, which I thought fitted perfectly for the May Flowers Challenge.
I then painted all my pieces with black acrylic paint, making sure to cover all the white areas.
I then dry brushed with DecoArt Media Metallic Silver Paint which really highlights the texture beautifully.
From this picture you can see that some of the creases I created with the tissue paper are still visible, which I love.
Now time to add some flowers to my design. I opted for Eileen's Stitchy Flowers and Leaf Thinlits Die, again another fantastically versatile die. I die cut several pieces to create dimensional flowers.
I spritzed the die cut flowers with a light misting of water.
I then scrunched each of the die cut flowers to add texture to each die cut piece and I then layered three large flowers and two small flowers together.
I added a brad to the centre of my flowers to add another detail element to my design.
I also added some small beads to the centre, again adding further texture and added some highlights of silver acrylic paint to the petals.
I assembled the book and I am absolutely delighted with the finish, the texture and dimension is something I love.
I added the butterfly to the centre, my stamp from AALLandCreate which you can find HERE.
I added some touches of texture to my butterfly, adding small pieces of cheesecloth to the wings. I also included beads and a Story Stick from Tim Holtz. My butterfly sits on one of Tim Holtz frames.
I love the texture on the spine of my book and I also included a few more small beads for added interest.
I added one of Tim Holtz Mini Hardware Pulls for added dimension which sits perfectly against my dimensional flowrs.
I added black pages to my book and also included another one of my stamped butterflies, coloured with metallic markers.
I added black pages which enables the recipient to add white doodling or metallic sketches etc to the pages.
My fellow team members have created further designs to inspire you this month, please pop by Eileen's BLOG to see more details.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x