{Powertex} – Having Fun with Prima and Pencil Pots

I realised today, I hadn’t shared a project from a couple of weeks ago. A friend from work came round to play with Powertex and I used the opportunity to answer a question I have long wanted to answer – Could I powertex Prima Flowers easily?

I love these pencil pots, I got them from MDF Man at a Craft Show last year for a couple of pounds each. They are a perfect size for playing and experimenting with.

The main point of this experiment was could I use Prima Flowers with powertex. I have a lot of flowers which I don’t use on Scrapbook pages anymore and its a shame to see them gathering dust. Well the answer is – yes if you are gentle.

I used a single piece of cotton t-shirt material and wrapped it around the whole of the pencil pot. I was about 1 and half times as high and the same length as about 5 sides. The Fairy Door is from Powertex UK and the flowers are from Prima.

I used a mixture of brown, green and warn gold pigments, I love the details on the fairy doors and I do use a lot of them in projects.

The flowers add just the right effect I was looking for with this project and the large Prima flowers were just the right size.

I played with the flowers and put some of them the right way up and some of them the wrong way up, I prefer the right way up so will do that again!

The one at the top is not a Frankenstein Flower, it is actually two back to back, with the second one on the rim. I added hot-fix crystals once the project had dried. I think they are a little small so will try again next time with bigger crystals.

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Here’s One I’m Making – Mini Canvases to Give Away

Last year, a friend from work and a fellow mixed media fan, introduced me to the concept of Art Abandonment. The concept is quite simple. You make it and then you give it away, which I think is a very Bristolian. I had intended to spend May and June making some mini (3 inch) canvases to give away at this year’s Upfest Festival in July. However as a Cabinet Office Civil Servant, I am now going to spend May and a chunk of June preparing for and recovering from the General Election.

As I had a day off today, I decided to get out some Pebeo paints I treated myself to earlier in the year and make a start on some canvases.

I have a number of friends who love these paints and I have been moving the box every time I have tidied the craft room since January, so it was time to get them out and play. I started by drawing an edge with the relief paint and letting it dry.

I decided to go with a design where I could colour each segment separately. I know these paints can be mixed but I am learning. I have a mixture of the fantasy moon  and prisme as well as the glass-like Vitrail.

As you can see I over filled some of the sections, this is where I used a pipette and not a cocktail stick to drip the paint in. I decided to also add some gilding flakes because I have liked the effect when I been watching demonstrations.

I love the effect of the moon craters beginning to emerge in the paint. I think I need to invest in more colours and become a little braver in mixing the colours.

So lessons learnt, don’t over fill and be brave! But this the first of my “Art abandonments” complete and I have a couple more which I need to start. One of the rules of Art Abandonment, is that your work is always good enough! And I need to embrace my mistakes.

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Stash, Stocks and Supplies – Tonic and Tim Holtz Stamping Platform

The one thing I was really looking forward to about Tonic Studio launch event on Hochanda was the premier of the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform. A while ago, I realised that I was beginning to find it a challenge to stamp larger complex images, I knew my knees had a touch of arthritis so it wasn’t much of a shock that the same was happening in my wrists. But it has limited my stamping adventures, especially as I am a fan of clear stamps which take more effort that clear or wood mount stamps.

There have been a number of platforms which have come onto the market over the last couple of years and when Tim Holtz announced his platform in January, I thought I would wait to see this one before I made up my mind. Tim works with British company Tonic Studios (almost based in the West Country, they are Welsh) and I love their products as you can see they are designed by crafters with crafters in mind. The launch deal on Hochanda was just too good a deal to pass up.

The stamping platform has a 8.5 x 8.5 inch work space, it is light and can cope with a BMB cat sitting on it! I bought an option with a sleeve to keep it clean and this means I can keep it on my desk with no problems.

The stamp top surface is double-sided, each with a different sized lip. One side is for clear stamps and the other is for cushion-mounted rubber stamp. if you are just using unmounted rubber stamps (such as Sheena Douglas), you can use the clear stamp side. To change side, make sure the cover is held at right angles to base, and it just slips out of the hinges.

To select the right side, make sure the red words “clear” or “rubber” at the top of the platform is the right way up to read. So in the case the platform is set up for Clear Stamps.

You can also see that the sides are marked with a ruler with both inches and centimetres and there is a grid on the cover. This makes repeat stamping so easy as you just keep aligning your pieces of card up in the same place.

This is how I find the platform works best. I lined the cardstock up first and then held it in place with the magnets which come with the platform (be warned, they are very strong and you don’t want to get flesh caught between them!)

Having positioned the stamp on the page, I brought the cover down to capture the stamp and then inked the stamp in position on the cover of the platform. I  repeated this a couple of time on different pieces of cardstock. You get a perfect image each time with just one press. Much easier on the wrists.

One on of the images I covered it with a post-it and then stamped to create a perfect positioned mask. (Well it was once I cut it out!) On this first image, I positioned the background stamps, In this case 5 in one go! I then added a couple of more hearts to go up to 7 stamps. I was falling in love with this platform.

Because of how the platform works, you can just press the cover down and it holds all the stamps in place. The ability to use more than one stamp at a time is an unexpected bonus which I was not expecting.

It doesn’t matter if you get a bit of ink on the platform as it wipes straight off and even if you don’t it doesn’t contaminate the paper as the lip round the edge prevents you pressing too hard, a problem that I have in the past with acrylic blocks.

In 1o minutes, I used 8 stamps  in two layers  five times, 2 in Coffee on Watercolour card and 3 in black on Neenah White cardstock with no pain. And that does not include making the mask! Each of the final set of stamps were perfectly formed and layered.

I am in Love

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Here’s One I’m Making – The Queen of Hearts

Many of my favourite challenge blogs are celebrating “International Women’s Day” and as this is the time of the year when I have a lot of celebrate a lot of female birthday I thought I would join in:

I am still enjoying using the polymer stamps from Visible Image and this week I am using the Queen of Hearts set. I spotted on Pinterest the image coloured in pastel colours which I fell in love with and decided to follow.

When thinking about Alice in Wonderland, I think about psychedelic and this had me reaching for Sheena Douglass’s 60’s themed stencils.

I also decided to stamp some of the smaller images from the stamp set on to both card and acetate to make the jars look more realistic.

Usually I would stamp on acetate with stazon but I hadn’t got one with any juice left, so I used Ranger Archival and as I was using heat-resistant acetate I gave it a quick blast with my heat gun.

I cut and coloured the content of the jars and stuck them on the front of the jar and then stuck them to the card with 3D gel.

I finished the card by matting it on ombre cardstock (yellow to pink) and then cold mirricard before adding an appropriate sentiment.

Stash Used

  • UKCraft – Card Blank
  • Crafters Companion – Neenah Cardstock and Heat Resistant Acetate
  • Hunkydory – Ombre Adorable Scorable and Gold MirriCard
  • Crafters Companion – Spectrum Noir Pens
  • Visible Image – Queen of Hearts Stamps
  • Dylusions for Stampers Anonymous – Sentiment Stamps
  • Sheena Douglass – 60s Stencil
  • Ranger – Black and Navy Archival Ink
  • Ranger – Distress Inks – pink, blue, green, lilac

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{Powertex} – When Powertex Met Inkylicious – Lets Get Rusty II

A couple of weeks ago I shared a the front over of my a stamp album I am making. I turned my attention this week to the inner covers of the album. I decided that I wanted to contrast the outside Steam Punk with a much more nature based inner cover, I started with plenty of bister.

pt_stampbook_02_09I had used bister on the front to add to the feeling of decay so I let it dry naturally to give me small cracks. Here I wanted big cracks for a bark effect so I dried it quickly with a heat gun.

pt_stampbook_02_08I have recently treated myself to Sheena Douglass’s create-a-flower stencils which have a selection of leaves on them. Some are quirky and were just the effect I wanted.

pt_stampbook_02_07I started with the dark moss-green with large leaves. I tried to avoid the patches with lots of cracking on them.

pt_stampbook_02_06I then used some translucent bronze paint to add slightly smaller leaves, This gave me the effect of sheen and tint without obscuring the design.

pt_stampbook_02_04I then selected a third much smaller leaf shape with light green to add some complete contrast.

pt_stampbook_02_03I sealed the who design with clear gesso. I have also added a couple of large cogs to the back cover and I am in the process of repeating the rusty powder process to the back cover.

pt_stampbook_02_02Stash Used

  • Powertex UK – Ivory Powertex
  • Powertex UK – Brown Bister Powder
  • Heidi Swapp – Moss and Ice Green Acrylic Paint
  • Tonic – Nuvo Bronze Paint
  • Sheena Douglas – Create-a-Flower Stencils
  • Ranger – Clear Gesso

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Stash, Stock and Supplies – Tonic Table Tidy

If you have been following my blog for a while you will know I love my craft storage and I have two requirements:

  1. It needs to be flexible and maximises space.
  2. It needs to be cat proof… as my cats like to investigate anything that comes into their “home”

ttt_08So this is what my craft area looks like usually, a lot of stamping and mixed media stuff for the cats to knock off the table and lots of ink pads. This is the stuff I used most, and therefore I want to have to hand.

ttt_02The Table Tidy is a modular system which attached to the side of the table which you can separate pockets to.Currently it comes in three pocket, the main unit and then additional single or double pockets.

To be cat proof, it needed to be able to take the weight of a 4kg cat taking a short cut and these beauties means that once it is screwed onto the table it is not going anywhere.

ttt_07The metal framework gives the canvas pockets a degree of rigidity which means you can use them on their own or as park of the wider unit. There is no bend and the weight remains distributed as I added more units.

ttt_04One little touch I like is the check fronts are not just there for decoration. They are a mini pocket and perfect for a pen or a pair of scissors.

ttt_06So how much does it hold? A lot, a surprising amount. It is deeper than it looks and you can pack a lot in.

ttt_03It even takes the weight of my Crop-o-dile and the stick and spray is well supported. AND it copes with a cat launching themselves from it. So what impact has it had on my workspace?

ttt_01Much neater but filled with powertex stuff as that is what I am currently working on!

I like this unit, it extends my work desk without being intrusive and it means that everything is still to hand… and it frequently copes with the BMB Cats taking a short cut to their favourite seats.

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Here’s One I’m Making – Tick Tock Birthdays

From middle of February to the middle of March I have so many birthdays to celebrate. This week I am drawing on a number of challenges to celebrate my Brother-In-Law’s birthday:

I am still loving stamps by Visible Image and I am using the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland for this card. And there was only one thing I could do for a background and that was clocks.

bday_gj_03I used a circle clockwork stencil as I wanted to replicate the feeling of falling down the rabbit hole.

bday_gj_04I found the cogs around the edge got lost in the final design so just trimmed a circle from it. Another thing I struggled with was getting the tones right for a white rabbit. I swapped to Chameleon pens which allowed me a much more gradual lay down of the grey ink.

bday_gj_05I also added in some sparkle pens and glossy accents to add depth to design. The Chameleon pens work really well over such a small area and I was pleased with the subtle colour changes in the design. Most Visible Image sets come with matching sentiments, which make putting cards together so simple.

bday_gj_06I think the greatest irony with this card was that I delivered it late… Yes I missed a very important date (!)

bday_gj_01Stash Used

  • UKCraft – Card Blank
  • Crafters Companion – White and Dessert Storm Neenah Card
  • Hunkydory – Gold MirriCard
  • Visible Image – White Rabbit Stamps
  • Tattered Lace / Creative World – Clock Die Cut from Cinderella Collection
  • Clarity Stamps – Clockwork Stencils
  • Cameleon Pens – Alcohol Pens
  • Crafters Companion – Sparkle Pens
  • Ranger – Glossy Accents
  • Ranger – Archival Brown and Black Ink Pads
  • Ranger – Brown Distressed Ink Pads

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