Saturday, 9 December 2017

The Craft Barn Song Challenge - Paint It Black

This month's song in the Craft Barn Song Challenge is "Paint It Black" and there is only one group you associate with this song - The Rolling Stones.

I've taken the line "I see a red door and I want it painted black" as the starting point for my quick and simple postcard. It probably took longer to make the mask than to stamp and complete the piece!

I started at the bottom edge of the card and stamped a row of  houses, then masked them before stamping the next row, continuing in the same way up the postcard. The front door was coloured with a Copic marker and the computer generated song title and artist's name added.

It may have been a quick offering this month but a welcome distraction from Christmas card making.


 Postcard Recipe
Card
White card 280mic
Inks
Versafine Onyx Black
Distress Ink - Hickory Smoke
Copic marker
Stamp
Crafty Individuals CI-467
Other
Song title - Computer generated “Please write me a song” font






Friday, 24 November 2017

The Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge - November

Here we are at the penultimate month of the Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge. How can it be November already? It certainly doesn't look like a November day here in Bedfordshire today. It is a bit chilly but there is a beautiful blue sky. The garden seems to very confused with the seasons. I have an azalea that has just started to bloom, a clematis that is flowering for the second time this year and roses which refuse to believe it's winter.

This month's verse from the poem "The Months" by Sara Coleridge is -

Dull November brings the blast
Then the leaves go whirling past

I started my page (measures 5.75ins square) by brushing Hickory Smoke Distress Ink over the card. I coloured some homemade texture paste with a little Black Marble Dylusions Ink. (I would have used acrylic black paint but it seems to have disappeared into the black hole that exists in my craft room. When I came to finish this piece my little glue applicator had joined it!) I spread the texture paste thinly through a stencil and set it aside to dry. 

On another piece of card which was also brushed with the Distress Ink I stamped the tree image. With several cotton buds taped together as a "brush" and using autumnal colours of PaperArtsy Fresco paints I dabbed on the leaves. I then added some Distress Ink stencilling before distressing the edges. The tree image was attached to a piece of corrugated card and then a leaf brad added.  I finished the page by adding the computer generated verse. 

 

Page Recipe
Card
White card 280mic
Xerox Colortech+ 200gsm
Corrugated card
Inks/Paints
Distress Ink - Hickory Smoke
Versafine Onyx Black
PaperArtsy Fresco paints - Chartreuse, Yellow Submarine, Tango, Toad Hall
Stamp/Stencil
Tree - Crafty Individuals CI-209
Swirls - Andy Skinner stencil "Whirlpool"
Other 
Homemade texture paste coloured with Black Marble Dylusions Ink
Leaf brad
Verse - computer generated with "Papyrus" font 
 


Sunday, 5 November 2017

The Craft Barn Song Challenge - Autumn Leaves

A seasonal song this month for the Craft Barn Song Challenge - Autumn Leaves. This song has been sung by a plethora of artists and I have chosen the Eva Cassidy version. No fancy production just a beautiful voice and a guitar.

I took the line "When autumn leaves start to fall" as my starting point and gathered together autumnal colours of Distress Ink and created a wrinkle free technique background. Once I was happy with it I stamped it with the Hero Arts "Pod Branch" in Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

It's such a long time since I used my alcohol inks I decided to make use of them to colour the leaves. I dabbed suitable seasonal colours onto a piece of glossy card and then stamped the leaves and cut them out and glued to my postcard. I finished the piece off with the computer generated song title and artist's name.

The scan of the postcard doesn't capture the shininess of the alcohol ink on the leaves.


Postcard Recipe
Card
White card 280mic
Glossy card - Craft Creations Chromolux card
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 250gsm
Inks 

Distress Inks - Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed
Ranger Alcohol Inks
Brilliance Graphite Black
Stamps
Hero Arts Pod Branch E3651
Leaf - Inkadinkado
Other
Song title - Computer generated “Please write me a song” font

 

Sunday, 22 October 2017

The Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge - October

Another month, another verse in the Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge and October's verse from the poem "The Months" by Sara Coleridge is

Fresh October brings the pheasant
Then to gather nuts is pleasant.


My Brusho colours have been little used since I bought them a few years ago so it was time to unleash them to make a bright autumnal background on some watercolour card. As I don't have a pheasant stamp I had to resort again to the web to find an image - I seem to have done that a lot for this challenge through the year. I coloured the images with Coloursoft pencils. Then I had a marathon die cutting session to cut the leaves and acorns which were all edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink before arranging on the page. The piece was completed by adding the computer generated verse.

Page Recipe
Card
Watercolour card
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 250gsm 
Scraps of card
Inks
Brusho - Orange, Leaf Green, Lt. Brown, Brilliant Red, Yellow
Coloursoft Pencils
Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Other
Die - Tim Holtz Sizzlits Decorative Strip "Autumn Gatherings" 657454
Verse - computer generated with "Papyrus" font 
 

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

The Craft Barn Song Challenge - Parisienne Walkways

The current song in the Craft Barn Song Challenge is Parisenne Walkways. It's not a song that I am familiar with. In fact most music between 1978 when my eldest son was born until the late 80's when his interest in music began just seemed to pass me by.

I started my postcard by brushing a selection of beigey coloured Distress Inks over the card. I then stamped the image of the couple with Versafine. The number was stencilled with Distress Ink and then the stamped words added. The die cut heart was coated with several layers of ultra thick embossing powder and then a couple layers of sparkly red embossing powder. The postcard was finished with the computer generated song title and artist's name.


Postcard Recipe
Card 
White card 280mic
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 250gsm
Inks
Distress Inks -  Old Paper, Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
Versafine - Sepia
Versamark
Embossing Powders
Ranger Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel
Impressions Embossing Powder - Ruby Red Sparkle
Stamps
Main image - maker unknown
Quote - maker unknown
Paris - Tim Holtz Papillon set CMS106
Stencil/Die
Number - student alphabet/ letter stencil
Heart - Sizzix Tim Holtz "Heart Felt" 660233
Other
Song title - Computer generated “Please write me a song” font

Sunday, 24 September 2017

The Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge - September

Just scraping into the Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge yet again. I had no idea where I was going with September's verse from the poem "The Months" and it probably shows! The verse reads "Warm September brings the fruit. Sportsmen then begin to shoot."

I didn't have a choice of fruit stamps so it had to be the only one I possess - a pear. I rather ignored the second line and just added some small ducks in flight hoping they escaped the gun. Slightly hypocritical on my part as I do eat game.

I started by brushing Dried Marigold Distress Ink (DI) over my page (measures 5.75ins square) and then added Spiced Marmalade DI around the edge. The pear and ducks were stamped on this background using Dried Marigold and the leaves around the edge with Spiced Marmalade.

The pear was also stamped on a piece of card, cut out and coloured with watercolour pencils, blending the colours with water and then a little bit of blush added using Barn Door DI. It looked a little dull against the background so I painted it over with several layers of PaperArtsy Gloss Glaze. I finished the page by adding the computer generated verse.


Page Recipe
Card
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 250gsm
White 280mic
Inks
Distress Inks - Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Vintage Photo
Versafine - Smokey Gray
Water colour pencils
PaperArtsy Gloss Glaze
Stamps

Pear - maker unknown
Ducks - Stampscapes 023A
Leaves - Crafty Individuals CI-234 
Other 

Verse - computer generated with "Papyrus" font 

Sunday, 10 September 2017

The Craft Barn Song Challenge - Summer in the City

For this month's Craft Barn Song Challenge I've taken two lines from the given song "Summer in the City" as my inspiration -

Go out and find a girl
Come-on come-on and dance all night

I wanted to create the effect of psychedelic strobe lighting for my background - did we have that sort of lighting back in 1966, I can't remember! So I had some messy fun creating a bleeding tissue background on a piece of watercolour card and then added the swirls with homemade texture paste coloured with a drop of Dylusions ink spray. I drew around the Andy Skinner girl mask onto black card, cut out it out and added a little pencil shading to ground her once she was glued to the background. I punched a few stars and finished my postcard by adding the song title and the name of the band.



Postcard Recipe
Card/Paper
Watercolour card
Black card
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 250gsm
Tissue paper
Inks
Distress Ink - Hickory Smoke
Dylusions Ink Spray - Fresh Lime
Stencils
Andy Skinner - Hippy Chick and Whirlpool
Other
Homemade texture paste