Saturday, 24 November 2018

Alcohol inks journal - "Just dance like no one's watching"

Hi and welcome :0). Today I would like to share my new DIY disc bound alcohol inks 8"x 8" (ca. 20x20 cm) journal. 

These DIY journals are highly popular these days and I saw some awesome ones on Youtube. It is a perfect option for my alcohol inks background on Yupo paper. I wanted to try the alcohol inks on this surface for such a long time and I finally found enough courage to do it and I'm very happy I did it :0)

I splashed an Alcohol inks blending solution from Ranger on the clean Yupo, than dropped in some colours of alcohol inks (blending solution makes them movable easily and longer), blow them around with a straw and let them dry after I was satisfied with the mix they've created. Because alcohol inks can be a bit sticky on the places with higher concentration of colours, I used this feature and rubbed metallic foil over these spots, so the foil become a part of the background. The dryer the inks are, the less of the foil will stick on the page.

I was so thrilled, that I've created 7 backgrounds at once, with different colours and foils :D I hope I will use them all for my new art journal.

First page is full of ballerinas from Hunkydory and Visible image dancing in the moonlight and I only regret that it is almost impossible to show, the silver foil on the page, it is really wonderful effect :0)

So that's it for today, thank you a lot for your visit and see you next time :0)

20.11.2018 Just dance like no one's watching

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Creative week 17 - "It doesn't have to be Halloween"

Hi and thank you for your visit again :0). As I promised last time, here is a new art journal page from my Seawhite hardbound 7.5"x7.5" (ca. 20x20 cm) journal. 

I think that Halloween is not the only day or night when witches make their magic. I had this idea in my head for some time , so I'm very happy with the final page :0). Especially because of the alcohol markers colouring I did this time - it is really not my cup of tea .0). I used ShinHan Touch Twin alcohol markers and Spectrum Noir alcohol markers together with white and black gel pens. 

I stamped all my images from an awesome "Witch way is the candy" stamp set from My Favorite Things (just the nice broom is from Chocolate baroque) with Memento Tuxedo black ink pad and enhanced the black lines after colouring with Memento Tuxedo black marker. 
Background is a combination of Distress sprays - Seedless preserves, Faded jeans and Chipped sapphire - and water. For white droplets I used white gesso mixed with water. The more is the gesso diluted, the more the droplets obtain the colour of the background from Distress sprays before they dry, so the white of the gesso is not so shiny at the end. It is also possible to use the same colours of Distress inks over the dried page and muted the white dots with them as I did. 

This page is also my entry to the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge.

Thank you for your visit and see you next time :0)

10.11.2018 It doesn't have to be Halloween

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Creative week 16 - "Awesome AUTUMN beauty"

Hi and thank you for your visit :0). I'm back again with an art journal page from my Seawhite hardbound 7.5"x7.5" (ca. 20x20 cm) journal. 

This time I was strongly inspired by the last beautiful. sunny, warm and colourful autumn days we had here in a past few weeks. It was just awesome go out, watch the leaves in their transformation and be surprised by the nature life everywhere around - birds, fish, insects (e.g. ladybug flying around me which found its place on the page) - although we could say that winter is almost here, just around the corner :0)

Background was created with a combination of blue Distress inks and Distress oxides which I like a lot  (Distress wet on dry layers basic background technique). In reality are the colours much darker, and deeper, with an awesome contrast and final effect. Die-cuted leaves, ladybug and pumpkin were also coloured with Distress inks. For a pumpkin which I drew myself I used also Distress markers to achieve darker shading. At the end I used Nuvo Crystal glaze on the ladybug and a peace of natural corrugated paper - stained with Distress inks and sprayed with water - as my ground (it is not much visible, but it really fits there) :0)

This page is also my entry to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge

And it is for today. I hope I will be back soon with another page. Thank you for your visit and if you would like to come again, see you next time :0)

04.11.2018 Awesome AUTUMN beauty

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Birthday box card two :0)

Second of two birthday box cards I made this year. I used what I learned during a creation of the first card in May, but still a lot of new things and techniques to learn....made with love and fun :0) Last photo was taken in the sunlight and shows a Wink of Stella shimmer shine on the water lilies and moon. Unfortunately other pictures did not take this nice detail at all...

4.6.2018 "Waterlily pond scene" birthday box card

Birthday box card one :0)

First of two birthday box cards I made this year. It was quite an adventure again. As usually when I create something for the first time...a lot of fun and a lot of to learn :0)

 29.5.2018 "Garden" birthday box card

Monday, 16 April 2018

Birthday card

Ha, ha, it really seems, that these days I do only the birthday cards.... so unusual to me :0) Anyway, here is another one which gave me a lot of fun during its creation :0)

I used the Tim Holtz Distress oxide inks on the coloured cardstock as a background - mix of different greens with water droplets technique :0). I coloured all the images with Zig Clean Color real brush markers from Kuretake and I used clouds stencil with white Picket fence Distress ink pad for the inside background.

And the most important on this card? The pure happiness which it brought to the recipient :0))

13.4.2018 Birthday card

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Creative week 15 - " Time keepers" - with DIY resist spray background

Hi and thank you again for your visit :0). I finally finished another art journal page from my Seawhite hardbound 7.5"x7.5" (ca. 20x20 cm) journal. I played with a small 4"x6" stamp set full of cute little (too little for me) robots and here is the final page with my Time keepers :0)

I have a bunch of these small stamp sets, the stamps are mostly very cute characters, but also very small, great for card making, but unfortunately not so great for art journaling or scrapbooking. Therefore I had a bit hard time to find out how to create a scene with this robotic set, although I like it a lot. Maybe it could help to stamp them, scan them into a computer, re-size them and print again....hmm, that could be an option...
In any case I'm trying to find my way to use all my small stamps, not just to have them in my stash and admire them :0)

But for sure I wanted to use this background I made with my DIY resist spray. I saw the Creativation demos with Tim Holtz new Resist spray a month ago and I really love this idea, but I was a bit impatient to try it, although the spray was not in the stores yet. So I started to think about a DIY version. Do you remember Ranger's Glue n'seal - multipurpose glue and sealer which Wendy Vecchi love so much? I still had a two in my stash - matt and glossy. But they were a few years old and a partially dried out and were not useful as a brushable glue anymore. But I did not throw them away yet. So now I used one of them and mixed it with enough water (I used distilled one, but I think is not actually necessary) to create a liquid usable in a Ranger bigger mister bottle. It really looks similar to the Tim's spray, milky white, creating a super tiny and fine mist as you can see on the letters of my background. And it works as a great colour resist, although the sprayed layer can also keep a lighter version of the colour which you will apply on the top, if you will not wipe away throughly with a damp cloth. Here I used it in a combination with blue Distress ink pads.

This background is actually multi-layered. First I created a background with light blue Distress inks, blending tool and TH Argyle stencil. Than I took a Claritystamp  alphabet stencil and sprayed the DIY resist spray through it and dried it with my heat tool. After that I applied another layer of Distress inks - a bit darker than the first one, so the sprayed letters appeared. 
Next I took another Claritystamp stencil with gears and sprayed through it again with the DIY resist spray and dried it again and used a much much darker blue Distress inks over it. I revealed the final pattern - the combination of the two sprayed stencils and and also the first layer with he Argyle stencil is still a bit visible in the alphabet letters.
And - of course - I immediately washed my stencils after I sprayed through them, so there is no glue residue on them.

My DIY spray is probably a bit too thin - I mixed more water in it than I should (1 part of the glue and 3 parts of water should be good enough to prevent the clogging of the spray bottle), but it still sprays beautifully fine mist, although it does not leave the raised texture on the paper as Tim's one does. But I should probably leave my bottle opened over night, so the part of the water could evaporate and it should make the consistency of the spray a bit thicker. 

BTW now I also received the Tim's original Resist spray, so I will have a comparison soon :0).

OK, that was a background. My robots and signs I coloured with alcohol markers and silver paint pen and some highlights with a white gel pen. The "paths" are made from white Prima wire coloured with silver paint pen too. Few shadows with a black marker and that's all :0)

Thank you for stopping by - I apologize for such a looong article, have many nice creative days and see you next time :0)

12.3.2018 Time keepers

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Birthday card

I don't do much birthday cards, so this is one of the exceptions, but I really enjoyed this work for a very nice little lady and I'm really glad that she like it :0). I used for the first time Tim Holtz Distress oxide inks on my serious project - in this case it was Peacock feathers and a little bit of Spiced marmalade, and I admit, that I love, how this inks work on white and - surprise, surprise - also on coloured cardstock, especially when the water droplets technique is used :0). I coloured my images - also for the first time - with Zig Clean Color real brush markers from Kuretake and I'm happy with the intensity of the colours and effect I was able to achieved with them. I can only recommend them, as well as Distress oxides :0). All the used stamps are from Katzelkraft and Hero arts. 

So here is the card, really colourful, but lovely, I think :0))

31.1.2018 Birthday card

Monday, 29 January 2018

Creative week 14 - "Moon fish"

Hi and thank you for your visit :0). Today I have another small art journal page from my Seawhite hardbound 7.5"x7.5" (ca. 20x20 cm) journal.

I used just two Distress ink pad colours (Picked raspberry and Mermaid lagoon) and some TH layering stencils for the background - these two colours blend into a nice violet colour. Fish and coral stamps are from Design by Ryn, pearls from Sheena Douglass. I'm very happy with the moon and it's texture created with a small sponge dauber and white gesso. 

And that's it for today, a lot of fun, although it was a bit challenge to stick only with 2 colours and black and white...

Have a nice day and see you next time :0)

28.1.2018 Moon fish

Sunday, 14 January 2018

2017 Christmas gifts - part 2

This year I created one more DIY gift, this time for my husband and again I used the materials I've never used before - wood and wire :0) I hope, that this little Robot will make him a company in his work and bring him a smile whenever he will look at him (although he is just 14 cm / 5,5 inch tall) :0)

2017 Christmas gifts - part 1

Same as last year I wanted to make some DIY friendly gifts for this Christmas :0) For the first time I tried to create something from felt and I must say, these gifts were a big success :0D

So let me introduce them....Christmas Gnomes (I love the sound of their jingle bells) :0)

2017 Christmas cards

I would say, that the theme for the Christmas cards 2017 was "calm and peace" :0). I decided to create inner part of each card as a small gift for the recipients - a snowglobe Christmas tree decoration and I hope, that they brought a piece of joy into those festive days :0).

Cards are a mix of coloured and embossed patterns and I really like how they look. I created five different patterns for the fronts of the cards, the snowglobe motif is then identical for all of them. Stamped patterns are coloured with Tombow and Marvy Brush markers, for the decoration on the envelope I used Hero Arts Unicorn white pigment ink :0)

So here they are...enjoy them with me and have a great, joyful and peaceful year 2018 :0)


Sunday, 19 November 2017

Creative weekend 9 - "Spooky night"

Spooky night art journal page is a test of a new Dorée paper pad with slightly creamy 20x20 cm (ca 8"x8") papers. 
It is a drawing and sketching pad, but I wanted to try how this paper will work with some of the creative media I normally use in my art journals - Distress inks with water droplets, paint pens, coloured pencils, Pitt brush pens with India ink and even clear gesso and pastel ground medium.

The outcome is not bad, although it is necessary to be careful and don't rub the surface when it is wet, because it damages the paper. But otherwise I'm quite satisfied, the paper is only 170 gsm (115 lb), tu is sturdy enough to work with, although it would be probably not good to use a lot of spray inks or so. 

So as I said, I used Distress inks with water droplets technique for the background and white Distress ink with a spiderweb stencil over it. Then I used stone wall stencil for the foreground and Stampscapes trees, Inkadinkado owl, Penny Black pumpkins and Chocolate baroque cauldron stamps. Bat is a part of the another, Halloween, stencil from Tim Holtz. 

I played a lot with the pumpkins. I wanted to colour them directly over the background colours, so I used Luminance coloured pencils, but the final colours were not so bright I wanted, so I covered all the pumpkins with a beige pastel ground medium, which creates more tooth to hold the pencils better. It helped, but not so much I hoped, so I added another layer over them with a clear gesso and over this final, now non porous, surface I used Pitt brush pens which are filled with permanent India inks. Finally I rubbed some colours of with a cotton swab as my highlights. Owl is quite dark, so she was coloured directly with Pitt pens over the surface. As a final layer for her eyes I used glitter gel pen and the same pen I also used for some details on the page. Moon and a steam from the cauldron were coloured with white paint pen, bats with a black Pitt pen through the stencil. 

Thank you for stopping by again, have a nice Sunday evening and see you later :0)

18.11.2017 Spooky night

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Art journal page - Autumnal stories

Hi and welcome back :0)

It's been a long time when I created a large square 28 x 28 cm (cca 11" x 11") art journal page. But I had this awesome poster picture of a vintage typewriter and recently I received a real similar writing machine - so the inspiration for this page is quite obvious, I think :0) 

I used one of my heavy weight pattern papers for the background and then I played quite a while with the rowan berries. I found the way how to coloured them on the dark and a bit rough surface. First I stamped them with Versafine, then I coloured every berry with two layers of white Uni posca paint pen and then with alcohol markers till I was happy with the result. At the end I re-defined the berries with a black liner pen.
After that I stamped multiple layers of script stamps using the paper-masking technique and finished the page with typewriter and the typewriter alphabet stamps I like a lot :0) Aaaand that's it - easy page, but a lot of pleasure for me :0)

Thank you for stopping by, have a very nice day and enjoy your crafting moments :0)

15.11.2017 Autumnal stories

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Creative week 13 - Stampscape art journal - Dreaming about an adventure

Hi, welcome back today :0)

Dreaming about an adventure - is a partially stampscape art journal page from my Seawhite hardbound 7.5"x7.5" (ca. 20x20 cm) journal.

I started with a new Dylusions paints - Rose quartz, Peony blush, Laidback lilac and Periwinkle blue - on the background and then used black Dylusions paint with an older The Crafter's workshop stencil with a very nice pattern.

Then I created my black-and-white stampscape with a few of Stampscapes stamps and "hung" it on my background "wall" :0)

Finally I stamped the cactus stamp set from Carabelle studio and girl from Stampendous and coloured them with Dylusions sprays. She is my dreamer, she's sitting in the middle of her beloved cactuses and thinking about an adventure - how it would be to visit the land on the picture :0)

Funny is, that I prepared every part of this art journal sooo carefully and then I glued my stampscape on the background in a wrong direction than I wanted...ha ha for the next time: "Don't use a strong double sided tape, but always a liquid glue, so the mistake can be fixed!" :D

Anyway, I think that sometimes we all have dreams like let's make our dreams come through :0)

10.11.2017 Dreaming about an adventure

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Creative week 12 - "Just a dream"

Hi, how are you today? :0)

Today it is "Just a dream" - another art journal page from my Seawhite hardbound 7.5"x7.5" (ca. 20x20 cm) journal. 

This page is an experiment. I used this page as an underlay paper sheet when I framed the edges of my last journal with a brown Distress ink and a blending tool. I turned this page many times during this process, so I ended up with a quite interesting background patter of overlapping "squared or so" shapes.
I found out, that I see three Egyptian pyramids in the final pattern and that was a I just accentuated them a bit and added the Nile - as a brown patterned stripe - and other elements, the waterlilies and a quote from Art journey stamps and a older boat stamp from my stash, to create a dreamy atmosphere of this page. Milky Way and other stars were created with water-diluted gesso and a tooth brush. And at the end I highlighted a few bigger stars with white paint pen.

I used Vintage photo and Peacock feathers Distress inks for the background, Potting soil Ranger archival ink (stamped few times with my Misty tool) for the stamping, Ground espresso Distress markers for darker details and a border and a few (mostly in a range from creme to brown) Derwent Coloursoft pencils to colour the elements and the moon...

So that's it for today, thank you for stopping by and see you next time :0)

29.10.2017 Just a dream

Monday, 23 October 2017

Creative week 11 - "Hmmm COFFEE"

Hi, welcome back again :0)

"Hmmm COFFEE" is again an art journal page from my Seawhite hardbound 7.5"x7.5" (ca. 20x20 cm) journal. 

I started with a great Altenew Cube builder stencil, which I absolutely love and then I added a few stamped elements to the background...and suddenly the idea for this page came to me :0)

I used Impression obsession beautiful coffee cup, coffee beans and steam swirl, Tim Holtz's books and one of the Dyan's cute Dylusions dog stamps and for the coloring Distress inks and markers, Marvy Uchida's brown ink pad and white paint pen. I wanted to keep the colour scheme simple, because the background is quite busy....but why not :D

I love the smell of the coffee, although I don't drink it and this page is just about it :0)

Thank you for stopping by and see you next time :0)

23.10.2017 Hmmm...COFFEE...I love the smell

Friday, 6 October 2017

Creative week 10 - "Lady in Roses"

Hi, welcome back again :0)

Lady in Roses, today's art journal page is one layer stamped page from my Seawhite hardbound 7.5"x7.5" (ca. 20x20 cm) journal. I chose randomly a few stamps from my stash and combined them into the page. Because I mostly think a lot about my pages, most of them are "story telling" ones, this was a bit challenging, but mostly very freeing :0) The colour combination is also a bit unusual for me, but I like, but surprisingly for me, I like how they work together.

This page would be in my journal normally, but since last page - Golden Stars of California - I decided to enjoy more of the creative freedom and I unbounded my journal completely into a separate pages. It was sooooo relaxing... and this way I can use all the media I want without any boundaries :D Of course, I kept the cover of the journal and all the finished and unfinished pages are stored in it... so I think I can still call it " a journal book" .o)

So I used black Versamark and Ranger Dye ink, stamps from Paper Artsy and Chocolate baroque and Harlequin stencil from Tim Holtz as a background, together with Distress inks and markers, Caran D'Ache Neocolor II water soluble pastels  and Marvy Uchida markers for colouring. To enhance the look of the stained glass I also applied Distress micro glaze on the image of the lady, so the colours are brighter and "shine" a bit more from the rest of the page.

Enjoy the day and see you next time :0)

05.10.2017 Lady in Roses

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Creative week 9 - Stampscape art journal - Golden Stars of California

Hi, welcome back :0)

Today's art journal page - Golden Stars of California - is a scenic jump into my Seawhite hardbound 7.5"x7.5" (ca. 20x20 cm) journal.

Again it is a mixed scene with Stampscape stamps and other stamps from my stash. When I saw a cine camera stamp and a desert scene from Stampendous, it reminded me immediately California and its movie stars :0) 

So here it is, a simple journal page stamped in black and coloured with a few Distres ink pads and white paint pen...and of course with golden stars projected by the cine camera on the California's night sky. I embossed them with Ranger Gold tinsel embossing powder and then I cut out the letters from a gold washi tape (I stuck the tape on the stripes of a wax paper, so I can then remove my "letter stickers" from it easily). To unify the different golden shades of the powder and the tape I used an yellow ochre alcohol marker which can be used on the non-porous surfaces. As a finishing touch I added a film strip die cut as my thematic label. 

This journal page is my entry for Simon Say Stamp Monday challenge "It's written in the stars".

12.9.2017 Golden Stars of California

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Stampscape art journal - SPACE A-LIVE

I have one more post today, an Stampscape art journal page SPACE A-LIVE on Clairefontaine Paint On Multi-Techniques paper  (250 gsm / 115 lb and ca 21x30 cm / 8"x12"). 
For the elements on the page I used Canson Bristol smooth paper (260 gsm/ 100 lb and ca 23 x 30,5 cm / 9" x 12"). Surprisingly is this paper is very sturdy and it's easy to work with if you need to cut out something even quite small as my astronauts so I don't afraid to make my them dimensional. 

Actually I was experimented with sprayed colours and wrapped kitchen foil technique. I used Distress sprays colours let them mix on the paper and put the kitchen foil over the page, made a wrinkles and let it dry with foil on it over night. When I removed the foil I found a very nice texture effect. I made two backgrounds like this, lighter and darker and for this page I used the darker one, because it evoked me the space. 

This scene is actually a broadcasting of the TV - a SPACE A-LIVE channel and the astronauts are the reporters recording the encounter with the giant space fish species :0)

Although I used just a few stamps from Stampscape Spacemen set  (asteroids belt and astronauts) I include this page into my stampscapes, because still, it is a scene right? :0) 

I used my Misti tool and Marvy and Tombow markers to colorfully stamp the shadow-stamp fish from Local King rubber stamps and Memento inks and Caran d'Ache Luminance coloured pencils for the bigger asteroids. Beside my main white stars I used also a silver glitter Gelly Roll pen from Sakura for a smaller star dots. They are very subtle, but they nicely complete the page. Unfortunately they are not much visible on the main picture so I enclose another one from the angle so you can see them better

This page is also my entry for both of the Simon Say Stamp Stamptember challenges - Monday challenge "Stamp It" and also the Wednesday challenge with the same name :0)

I hope you like this page as I do, thank you for stopping by and see you next time :0)

8.9.2017 Stampscape art journal - SPACE A-LIVE

Stampscape - sealing the scene

This post is just a short notice about the sealing of the scene stamped on the glossy cardstock. 

When I do a Stampscape scene on a regular glossy cardstock mostly I have the problem with final intensity of the colours. It does not matter what brand of the ink pad I use for the colouring of the scene (Distress, Memento, Hero arts inks etc.), at the end the cardstock changes them somehow and the colours become quite dull. Only exception seem to be thinner Marvy inks, I bought recently, but with those I did not experiment enough yet :0) 
Kevin Nakagawa of Stampscapes stamps recommend to put a good  layer of lightest thicker ink first, so every other layer of the thicker or thinner inks will slide more easily on the surface of the card and the application will be much smoother. He says that if your first layer is juicy enough, the other colours will stay much more vibrant at the end...

But sometimes the cardstock is pretty stubborn and nothing helps, so he also recommend to use spray sealers at the end to bring back the colours vibrancy. I don't like these sprays, the smell is not good and they are not very environmentally friendly, I think. 

Fortunatelly recently I found the great solution. I found somewhere that the sealers like micro glaze from Ranger or JudiKins should work. And it is totally true. They are basically the clear waxes, so I think that any other craft waxes like Shabby from ToDo could be used also. After you finish all your work, just apply the thin layer of these products on the card with a cotton cloth or your fingers and the colours are back and your black is dark again :D. And if you apply it gently and don't rub too hard, even the white gel pen highlights will stay untouched, but sealed on your art piece  :0)

Here is just one card I made as a test. And maybe this article could help you with the decision whether and how to seal your scenes on glossy cardstock if you are not totally satisfied with the outcome :0)

Have a nice day and see you next time :0)

30.8.2017 Stampscape Ranger Microglaze sealed landscape

Monday, 28 August 2017

Stampscape - 5 colourful brayered scenes and one bonus card again

Today's series is five colourful stampscape brayered background cards on ordinary inkjet glossy photo paper and one slightly different bonus card at the end. 

During last week I finished all the remaining cards I had with pre-brayered background. I used Tsukineko Kaleidacolor rainbow dye inkpads in different colour combinations. The colours are bright and bold, although it is not visible on the photos. All their shades are just beautiful, but I found out, that every device shows them differently, so I really hope, that you can see them in their richness as I do :0)

Anyway, these cards are again a combination of traditional Stamscapes stamps and other stamps from my stash and they are built around the quotes on them.

It was a bit tricky to integrate the characters into the scenes and use the only the colours of the backgrounds, just with the help of white gel pen and black liners (only for the snowman I used Posca brush paint pen to achieve really white colour), but I must say that the outcome is better than I hoped and I love how the cards look together :0)

I hope that they will bring at least a little smile to you, thank you for stopping by and here they are, at first together and then individual cards  with a bonus one below:

20.8.2017 Stampscape card - Oh my, it's high

24.8.2017 Stampscape card - Halloween and no moon? Really?

24.8.2017 Stampscape card - Wild ride!

25.8.2017 Stampscape card - Finally holiday!

27.8.2017 Stampscape card - Hide and seek

27.8.2017 Stampscape bonus card - I always dreamed I can walk on water

Friday, 18 August 2017

Stampscape - 4 brayered scenes and a bonus scene

Welcome to the jungle, Once upon a midnight dreary, Sea of wonders and Serenity - a moon series of four stampscape cards on ordinary inkjet glossy photo paper, this time with the brayered backgrounds. 

On an ordinary photo paper is almost impossible to achieve the nice smooth layered background that Kevin Nakagawa shows in his lessons. But it is quite easy to us a brayer and ink pads to cover the entire background of the image with one or more colors. For these new 4 cards I finished this week I used Distress ink pads in a muted tones - Antique linen, Old paper, Ice spruce, Tea dye and Brushed corduroy and I tried to stay with these colors and their combinations till the end of work, just with the addition of black and white. 

These card should be also a mix of Stampscapes stamps and other stamps from my collection to find out how they work together :0)

Because I did not think about these scenes in advance, I let the  final colours of the backgrounds to inspire me, I did not masked my moons, although the moon and the architectural parts are at the end the connecting elements of this card set.
All the moons were stamped separately on the photo paper and collaged on the cards, after I decided about the composition of the images.

For the coloring were used the ink pads and inking tool, but also the Distress markers, although I struggled sometime with smudging, because these dye based markers were so wet that they smeared the images stamped with black Memento ink or black Tombow marker I applied directly to the stamps to achieve a deep black and crisp images on this photo paper (Tombow marker and black Sharpie paint pen were also use for overpainting where the black was not black enough and white gel pen, Sharpie paint pen and white pigment ink pad for the lights).

On the other hand due this smudging there are some interesting effects and I also discovered how interesting could be to use a clear Tombow marker on this paper  :0)

I like this cards, this kind of monochromatic stamping is a completely new animal to me and I enjoyed every moment and every challenge that has arisen before me during their creation. My favourite is a Sea of wonders, but for you it could be of course another one...if you want, let me know which one it would be :0)

And this set has also a bonus card - Around the world. This card started in a same way as others, but for the coloring I used also my alcohol markers. They don't smudge the stamped images at all so the final colors of this card are much brighter. Alcohol markers also glides a bit on the photo paper leaving an effect on the background again. Therefore this piece is a bit different and does not fit completely to this series.

Thank you for stopping by and hopefully see you next time again :0)

17.8.2017 Stampscape cards - Welcome to the jungle, Once upon a midnight dreary, Sea of wonders, Serenity...

17.8.2017 Stampscape bonus card - Around the world

Stampscape - how to save a scene

This stampscape on ordinary inkjet glossy photo paper is an example how can be saved a card which seemed to be a complete disaster :0)

After my first 4 stampscape scenes which started as a background and test of the paper options - I wanted to try a reverse technique. I started with a black ink stamping. Unfortunately I overstamped my card, so the foreground was too dark and there was no space for the lighter spots, whole card was tooo black and definitely was not a seamlessly stamped. Then I started with coloring - a day scene with blue sky and water, grey mountains and rocks and green woods etc. But the colors did not match together at all, overstamping was still visible and everything looked too flat :0(

In that moment I decided to change a day scene to a night scene. If the card is already so dark, it could be even darker and without green trees - I over-painted them in black - the blue tones united all the card. And there was a great space for darker tones and of course great white highlights - the light coming from the rising moon which I made with a gel pen, a Sharpie paint pen and white pigment ink and the cotton buds. 

Final result is not perfect at all, but believe me, it is much much better than at the beginning. So my conclusion is, that it is not necessary to throw away the scenes you don't like, but you can always try to continue to work on them and at the end, the result may even pleasantly surprise you :0)

11.8.2017 Stampscape scene - No such a disaster

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Stampscape cards - first 4 scenes

Four stampscape cards on ordinary inkjet glossy photo paper (tropical card and ducks card), Ranger specialty matt coated paper (bats card) and Ranger glossy paper (blue lake card).

Because I don't have the great paper Kevin Nakagawa use in his video lessons, these cards started as a paper test for different papers I have in my stash - how easily or hardly they take the dye inks. Then I decided to use them also for stamping. The scenes were stamped with Memento Tuxedo black ink and/or Ranger Black soot archival ink.

It was not too easy I need to say, because on all of them the ink dries pretty quickly, so it is not easy to achieve nice blends of colors as Kevin does. I found out, that Versamark ink is a very helpful, especially for inkjet photo paper, because as a first  clear layer it fill the paper a bit and helps to other inks to stay longer on the surface of the paper so they can be moved and mixed better.

When the ink layers were dry (I used a heat tool) I stamped the scenes in black colors. Unfortunately even if I tried, none of the images was stamped perfectly solid and opaque and drying with my heat tool also did not helped - somehow it caused that black become a quite dull. So I used black Pigma Micron pens and Memento marker to fill the gaps and make black more black again :0).  For white details I used a white Sakura gelly roll pen. It works perfectly. And the clouds on the green card were just painted with a white Pitt artist pen (India ink) and just smudged with fingers before they dry completely (also this ink dries fast).

Next time I will definitely try a reverse order - first stamping and then coloring. But I thing that these cards was an experiment and I learned a lot, so the goal was achieved :0)

And here they are, 4 cards, 4 scenes and 4 moods... Thank you for stopping by, have a nice day and I'll be glad when you let me know which card do you like the most :0)...

6.8.2017 Stampscape cards - Tropical sunset, Blue lake, Duck rest and Night of bats...

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Stampscape art journal page - Starlight

Starlight- art journal page in Canson Mix Media middle art book - 17 x 25 cm (cca 6.5" x 10")

A long time ago I discovered the art of scenic stamping, when I found the youtube educational videos of I believe that a scenic stamping is not anything new in the creative world, but Kevin Nakagawa's style is beautiful and inspiring, based on his own line of detailed stamps which can be use for "seamless" stamped scenes and I really recommend to visit his page. 

Recently I decided to buy some of his stamps and here is my first attempt with this technique :0) I used Distress and Memento inks,  Distress markers, white gel pen and black liner pens. 

1.8.2017 Stampscape 1 - Starlight

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Scrap art journal 4 - Dragonflies

"Dragonflies" - 4th page in my Scrap art journal series (square 28 x 28 cm /cca 11" x 11").

The journey out of my comfort zone continues :0)...
This time I wanted to transform the scrap papers in a new way. The original paper was brown with colored dots. I embossed it with an embossing folder and carefully used a darker brown Distress ink over the page. The ink hit the embossed parts mostly, so the new leaves design has nicely appeared. I used the same technique with the green scrap paper, which I cut in squares then and framed with brown Distress ink.
Newly I also used a cotton rag paper, which is a rough hand made paper from India and it's very firm and beautifully textured. I used it for the moon (together with a silver foil leafing technique) and the maple leaves. Although I used a lot of liquids on those elements, the texture of the paper is still there and I love it a lot.

The dragonflies were stamped on a transparency with Staz-On ink and colored from the reverse side with a green alcohol marker. For the silver shine on the wings I used a silver Krylon pen - again from the reverse side, so the black stamping is still visible. I tried to use just a thin layer of the silver pen, so the wing are a bit transparent at the end.
Leaves were stamped on the colored cotton rag paper with silver pigment ink and embossed with Ranger detail silver embossing powder. And the white-silver string was over-painted with silver Distress paint.
As I final touch I used the silver and gold mirrored stars all over the background - after all, it is a night scene still, right? :0)

Thank you again for stopping by, have a great days and "see" you next time :0)

15.7.2017 Scrap art journal 4 - Dragonflies

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Scrap art journal 3 - Bubbles

"Bubbles" - third page in my Scrap art journal series (square 28 x 28 cm /cca 11" x 11").

For this page I've chosen the same pattern paper with stripes and the same Bloom girl from Prima Marketing as for my previous "Tell him..." scrap journal page.
I tried to transform this paper a bit differently with help of Tim Holtz Harlequin stencil, Peeled paint, Ground espresso and Black soot Distress inks. Then I created the bubbles with white gesso and white Caran d'Ache Neocolor 11 water soluble wax crayon. The rest is just stamping with black archival ink and coloring with white acrylic paint marker and black india ink marker. For the girl I used my alcohol markers again.
This page could be the sister of the previous one, but I'm very happy, how different they are :0)

Thank you again for stopping by, enjoy your crafty days and "see" you next time :0)

11.7.2017 Scrap art journal 3 - Bubbles