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Friday, 23 March 2018

Crackle Week - Bee Kind Binder

Hi all, Hannah here with another book binder project!

As the days get longer, and the weather a little warmer - thoughts turn to Spring projects! Crackle week gave me the perfect inspiration to try out some more paper techniques.

The new Tando Creative binders with bendy spines make for the perfect journals. They are designed to fit Tandos 100mm x 100mm stencils too!

Here I have layered up DecoArt Chalky Finish paints in a grungy palette, introducing greens and golds to lift the colours.

I selected patterns papers depicting bees and added these in torn strips to the covers before adding a layer of DecoArt Crackle Glaze over the papers.

To draw the layers together I added honeycomb and more bee details, and added a gold boarder to the edges.

The crackle glaze adds a vintage, weather worn look to the papers, DecoArt Antiquing Cream highlights the crackled effect further.

If you don't what a high shine finish to your glaze, a layer of DecoArt Matte Medium gives a great even finish to the covers. A layer of DecoArt Interference Gold adds a shimmer and shine!

To finish I added coordinating papers to the inside.

I hope you enjoy this project and I look forward to sharing more with you.

Hannah x

List of Products Used

DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish Relic
DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish Enchanted
DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish Timeless
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Paynes Grey
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Gold
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Interference Gold
DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream Grey
DecoArt Decoupage Matte
DecoArt Media Matte Medium
DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Crackle Paste/Glaze week - with Nikki

Morning everyone,

I kind of mis-read the brief for this week, and thought it was texture, but that's next week.  So my make has a mix, but there is crackle glaze there :)

I started by using a small Gothic mdf arch from Tando, and put some black gesso through a brick stencil for a little texture.  Next was Texture Sand Paste all around the edge with a palette knife. 

Paint over the whole arch with white Gesso:

Make a very watery wash of Pthalo Turquoise and Pthalo Green blue, and add the turquoise at the top, merging into the green blue towards the bottom.  Try and keep inside the arch.  The paint will pool nicely in areas.

Take Medium Grey Value 6, and paint your edges, and the brickwork carefully.  Water some Paynes grey slightly and use to deepen the edges of the bricks and highlight the arch texture.

Add a wash of Quinacridone Gold, in areas, and splatter some over the blue area, not fully covering the whole arch.  Mix a little Pthalo Green Blue with Quin Gold, and repeat the wash just on the right hand side, this gives a bit of depth to the colours.  Stamp and cut out images from the Spook set (Illusionary Artists).  Colour the Gargoyle with some of the green-gold wash you have left to tie in the colours.

I also stamped in Versafine Toffee ink some text across the background of the tag.

Emboss the crosses with Stampendous Aged Green Embossing Powder, and then give a Payne's grey wash over the top, to age further. 

Stamp some words onto card, and emboss with clear embossing powder.  Make a wash of Quin Gold and Payne's Grey, and coat the card.  Edge with neat Paynes Grey. Heat dry.

Glue the stamped elements on the Arch, adding some more Paynes Grey around the Gargoyles feet on the brickwork to ground him, just a shadow.  Add Crackle Glaze on top of the Gargoyle and leave to crack. 

Here are some close-ups and the finished piece:

Hope you like him :)  Remember to catch up with the rest of the team's makes this week too,

Thanks for stopping by,

Best Wishes,

Nikki K.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Crackle Paste Butterfly Plaque


This week on the Tando Creative Blog the theme is crackle paste or glaze, so I decided to create a textured tag using one of the grey board tags by Kate Crane along with some other Tando grey board pieces and crackle paste...

After preparing all of the pieces with white gesso I stuck down the grid round background and some pieces of corrugated card and then added Decoart crackle paste to the background as well as on top of the butterfly and leaf...

Once the crackle had dried I used spray inks to colour the background, butterfly and leaf.  I sprayed so much liquid onto the leaf that it actually split into 3 separate layers, this worked out as a happy accident as I then decorated them all differently and used 3 leaves instead of 1...

Gold gilding wax was added to all the pieces and also the background where the texture and crackle was.  Stamping from the Andy Skinner set was added to the background and pieces as well as some white gesso using plastic lids and gift cards...

Finally paper flowers were added along with the butterfly and leaves.  To add extra definition I edged the main tag plus the other pieces with black ink and finished the whole project off with some sentiment stickers.

Here are the products that I used...

* Kate Crane Tags Kit
* Butterfly Grab Bag
* Leaves Pointed
* Grid Round
* Decoart Crackle Paste
* Andy Skinner - Steampunk Stamp Set

Thank you for looking and happy crafting with your crackle!

Jane xx

Monday, 19 March 2018

Crackle Tag

Hi everyone I hope you are well, I have tag for you for this weeks theme which is crackle paste or crackle glaze I have used both in my piece.
Firstly I used France's stencils rivets I used both the small and the large stencils.
First I put down a layer of ferro paste 
Followed by crackle glaze coloured with prussian blue hue.
I coloured the tag with deco art chalk paint then did washes
with quinacridone gold &  raw umber. 
I painted the heart with titan buff and added detail with stamps from Andy skinner
washes followed. I wrapped wire round the heart and added gems.
I highlighted the crackle paste with guiding wax and added gems below.
I hope you all enjoyed my piece andThank you for popping by.
Cheers Dee x

Andy skinners  INDUSTRIAL rubber stamp setRubber Stamp Set - Textures

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Anything Goes Week

Hi Brenda here. For this 'Anything Goes' post I decided to show you one of the mini books I made up for Di to use as a sample at Stitches last month.
This is a tiny but oh so cute book measuring about 6 cms square. It comes in three pieces - a front cover,  a back cover and a spine. I used canvas from a canvas pad cutting one piece to cover all three parts of this book and simply used a mounted vintage photo and number for the front.

White card was stamped with black archival and inked to make the cover inside panels and then black card was used stamped with white gesso to make the pages.

I found a tutorial on YouTube to help me make a hidden hinge on which I adhered my pages. It is explained here. They fitted in really neatly

The book is secured with a piece of elastic. I made a hole in the spine and tied the ends in a knot on the inside to prevent it completely pulling through when I pushed it through the hole. 

It is a very neat closure.

Do tell us if you make up any of these tiny minis, I'm sure you'll love them.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx

Friday, 16 March 2018

Anything Goes Week - Rustic Binder by Hannah Oxberry

Hi all, Hannah here with a grungy project especially for "Anything Goes" Week.

Featuring a brand new binders from Tando Creative, I wanted to try out blending paper techniques with my go to crackle layers. 

The binder itself has a bendy spine and a fold-over on the cover giving a great wrap around effect. 
I begun by painting the entire cover in DecoArt Chalky Finish Relic to give a deep base layer. On to this I added layers of Decoupage papers. A layer of Chalky Finish Treasure was added for a pop of colour, and rubbed back to give a grungy look, revealing the layers underneath.

Layers of Americana Decor Crackle Medium and Chalky Finish Everlasting give a weather worn effect, while washes further aged the cover. Again, these have been rubbed back in places to ensure the layers created show through.

Embellishments such as this heart have been added, along with 3mm pearls. 

To draw the layers together I have added Decoupage paper cut outs as a top layer, mirroring the base layers. This also adds a personalised dimension.

In keeping with the aged look of the cover, I wanted to replicate the same vibe inside the binder too. Using various old papers, ripped down to measure 14cm x 11.5cm, the selection of papers have been hole punched and added to the binder.

I hope you have enjoyed this project, until next time - happy crafting!

Hannah x

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Anything goes - Butterfly

Hellooooo!  My project for you this week is a large hanging *butterfly* from the Butterflies Mega Pack.  I have used the largest at 25 x 15cm.  You get 3 large butterflies and 54 (yes 54!) mini butterflies all in a plastic wallet!  So if you love butterflies this is a must have kit. 

I used some *modelling paste* through the *bubbles* stencil (love this one) before adding paint.  Then I added some *crackle glaze* to the bubbles and when dried added some *antiquing cream* into the cracks.

The small butterflies from the pack were painted and then over stamped with a butterfly image before glazing.  The words were stamped onto thin card, cut out and glued on.  Then I just added some wire to hang it by.

Thank you for popping by, take care, Karen xxx