Thursday, 26 April 2012

Faux Patina Technique

Well you could say we have had a drop of rain and I don't think it is just Wales, But we need it, so what better to do than stay inside and get inky.
I have finished my entry for the CCC2 Challenge, I meant to start it earlier but the week has just flown by.

The technique is on page 58 of Tim's book, and there will be a different one each week.
So keep having a look there may be one you fancy doing.

I wanted to make something that I could use and I found a wooden pot which was completely blank. I have had it for a few years, never knowing what to do with it.

I painted it with Pearl dabber first so that the alcohol ink doesn't just soak in.The Faux Patina scroll is on metal foil, put through the Big shot machine using the Scrollworks on the edge die.
Foliage is from idea-olgy, the Mother of pearl heart is an old watch face.

Sorry I can not tell you too much about the technique, but it is good fun..

Thank you for looking in and I hope to show you something else I have been working on soon.

Hope you have a great weekend and get lot's of crafting done..


Tuesday, 17 April 2012

A Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge

Hello everybody hope all is well with you and yours.

I've been having great fun doing the 1st challenge with Studio L3.
Anybody can join in, but you must have your very own Compendium of Curiosities II book.
It is a great book to invest in the techniques are fab and when you need a bit of inspiration it's there for you.
Though I cannot tell you how to do the projects we can show the idea I have come up with, and it is great to look at the other fantastic examples, on the Studio L3 website.
This weeks challenge is from page 66. So if you want more information you will have to buy the book.

Thankyou for stopping by, please leave a comment and I hope to be back soon


Friday, 13 April 2012

Preparing for Holidays

Hope everybody had a happy Easter holiday, sadly no easter eggs at ATP HQ had to make do with a Boost, I must say I really enjoyed it.

Because it was holiday time it made me think about photo's and what to do with them, so wanting to be prepared and needing a good excuse for a New Paper Stack, I have started a holiday album using a Seawhites 6 x 6 journal.

It needs to be pretty much ready to go. So it was just a case of adding the photo's and ephemera brought back from our outings.

It will also be used for family event's and in our case, photo's of our collie dogs.

I used the new Destination's paper from Idea-ology which works really well with the Kraft resist pad, the idea was to have little pockets to stick the tags in and left plain on the back to mount a photo.

The Route 52 charms have been stuck on using Multi Medium, something I learnt from Leandra at Paper Artsy is if you are a messy glue-er, multi medium can be painted over.

The new Chit Chat stickers are just the right size for small quote's they also sit nicely in the Tiny Tabs from the Sizzix die (Tiny Tabs & Tags).

Because I like to cut my own Tags but the paper I have is not as good for stamping on. We have just taken stock of the New Manila card from Ranger so I can cut out all the sizes I need.

The only problem I have now is convincing Jamie that I need the New Graphic 45 Paper stack, the Olde Curiosity Shoppe it looks fantastic.

Id like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Jack and Brusier our little helpers, Jack loves coming to the shop to pick the orders, and Bruiser always has a football or two waiting on the chair when I come back from the shop..

Monday, 9 April 2012

Chemistry 101

Hello I'm Sharon from ATP

This is Artist Trading Post's very 1st post on our blog. It's taken us a long time to get started but I hope i will be worth the wait.

So on this very wet Bank Holiday Monday I would like to tell you about a great project I have been doing for 10 days. I signed up for Creative Chemistry 101 with Tim Holtz.

You can start the online course at anytime, I joined on the last day,day 10. It is well worth the time and effort, you may know a lot of the techniques, you may have forgot a lot as well, I know I had.

The other great thing is it make's you use that stash that you buy and can't remember what to do with it. But beware it also makes you want to buy more (don't tell Jamie how many times I have nipped to the shop).

Here are all 25 tags

This tag was done using a technique called brushless watercolour.

Archival resist 

Rusted Enamel 

Blending with Distress Markers (very kindly given to us by Tim Holtz at the Ranger workshop)

Watercolour with Distress markers

Distress Stain over Kraft Resist

Water colouring with re-inkers

I will be using some of these and other techniques in future projects, thank you for stopping by see you soon.