Friday, 31 August 2007

Scrapwest Blog Celebration

Over on the Scrap West Challenge Blog this week, our challenge was a Blog Celebration. For this we have to demonstrate a technique. I love image transfers and this is my demo of how I do it.
Equipment needed is a brayer (rolling pin or the back of a spoon will do). Gel medium of your choice, I have used Daler Rowney Matt Impasto Gel, a photocopy or printout of your chosen image and paper to transfer it onto – I have used a music sheet.

Step 1
Squeeze gel onto your finger tip and spread like butter completely over your image.

Step 2
Place image face down onto your paper and burnish with brayer for about 2-3 minutes, ensuring the paper is completely stuck down. Leave for 3-4 mins.

Step 3
Lift a corner of the paper up with your nail and check image is transferred. You should then be able to remove the backing paper off the image.

Step 4
You may have to dampen the image with a baby wipe and gently roll the remaining pulp off with your finger tips.

Step 5
When all the backing paper is removed I rub a second coat of gel very lightly over the image to seal it.
Eazy peazy!!!

If you wish to leave a comment on my blog I will raffle this piece off next Friday. Thanks for playing.

Thursday, 16 August 2007

A Gift for a Lady

I recently came across a lovely blog by a lady called Carol, her blog is on my fav links. She makes beautiful pieces with felt and clay and some other gorgeous pieces of work you should have a look at. I was inspired to try my hand at making some felt and this was my first effort. Ok, so I have a lot to learn, I have since made lots of scraps and have an idea where I'm going wrong but that I also need to buy lots more wool LOL. The wire and beaded heart is one of which I taught at a class at Crafteire this year, they are addictive.
I made this brooch for a lovely lady who came to my rescue last week in Dublin. The hotel I was booked into with my sister and some friends gave our room away and we were literally stranded. This is my gift for her and I hope she will like it =0)TFL.

Monday, 13 August 2007

DCM Photo

Photo Finish
This weeks Dare is set by Tracie (Bondgirl) and is titled Photo Finish....

This week I want you to make a card for any occasion but it must include a photograph somewhere! The photo subject can be people, items, locations, flowers, absolutely anything so get snapping. Dont forget to check copyright if you are using someone elses photographs in your art work.

This is a picture of my sister and I am going to give this to her as a birthday card next week. I dont think she has seen this photo of her in more than 20years.

Tuesday, 7 August 2007

TMTA - Tags

This week's challenge is to use a tag on your ATC - mine is titled 'Hope'

For Momiji
The background was made using a resist technique. The image was stamped with versamark and clear embossing powder was added. I then brayered the ATC with Bignjuicy ink. When this was dry I placed a piece of copier paper over the image and ironed off the embossing powder, you will see it lift off onto the copier paper. It gives a lovely resist effect.

Sunday, 5 August 2007

Birthday Card

This was Anjie's birthday card. I used a Paper Whimsy image and transferred onto linen. This was layered onto black card embossed with a cuttlebug plate and coloured with gold shimmering mist, then layered onto Basic Grey papers stamped with stampington swirls.

Hanghing swap

I made this as part of a 'Hanging Swap'. I love how it turned out and was delighted to send it to Debbie. The background is coloured with Shimmering mists and some stamping and collage added to it. I love the saying at the bottom and it always inspires me.
Use the talents that you possess, for the trees would be very silent if no birds sang except the best.