Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Paper Artsy

I'm so excited to be doing a guest designer stint at PaperArtsy.

 If you don't already know PaperArtsy I do yourself a favour go take a look at their site. PaperArtsy is a manufacturer of cool arty products like stamps, and Fresco Acrylic paints. I've tried a lot of acrylic paints over the years, and these paints are the best-they are really chalky, rather than plasticky like some acrylic paints, and the range of colours is lovely! Because of the chalkiness of the paint it isn't necessary to use gesso. They go on like a dream! PaperArtsy also sell some really cool mixed media supplies-stencils, mediums, inks etc, and their blog is full of inspiration and a weekly challenge with the chance to win some stash!!

So the first project I have on the PaperArtsy blog is this one:

There are step by step photos over on the PaperArtsy blog, if you want to see what I used to make this layout- and why not join in with the weekly challenge while you're at it?

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Looking Glass 2

Today's layout is another using The Looking Glass Collection from Kaisercrafts, from Merly Impressions. 

This is such a great collection-very versatile. I had fun putting this layout together-stencilling, stamping, fussy cutting, arranging, rearranging, outlining... 
That little crown was quite appropriate as the photo was taken when I was staying with my sister in Australia. I was very spoiled there-fine wine, great food and sunshine in winter-I really did feel like a queen!!

The layout isn't really squint in real life-must take more care with my framing and cropping!!
Here's a photo of a work in progress so you can see how I build this layout up.

And you still have time to join in with Merly Impressions's monthly challenge-a £25 voucher could be yours!

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Looking Glass

I have been a rather poor blogger lately-I blame Christmas, New now I'm playing catch up!

The looking Glass is a fabulous collection by Kaisercrafts from Merly Impressions. This is such a fun collection, whether or not you are a fan of all things Alice in Wonderland. In this layout I wanted to showcase the great 12x12 sheet of transparencies that form part of the collection. The transparencies include frames, sentiments, and images as you can see on my layout.

I started this layout with a bit of stencilling, then layered up some patterned paper, photos, then acetate frames and images. I used paint to colour the balloon...

...and alcohol ink to colour the card men image and flamingo image!

And a close up:

Hopefully this will give you some ideas for using transparencies on your layoust!