Sunday, 13 August 2017

Creative Expressions Blog

Pretty Paint Palette.

Today I am going to share my latest project for Creative Expressions , a decorated MDF paint palette. I've used a limited palette of colours because I think it would be very easy to use lots of colours, after all that's what a palette is for , and I wanted to see what would happen if I limited my choice of colours . Here's the result .
I base coated the palette with a a mix of Flushed Cheeks and Perfect White to create a warm but fairly neutral base colour . I mixed this colour with clear texture paste and used this through  the Chicken Wire mask . When this was dry I rubbed copper Gilding Polish over the raised areas .
The ' paint blobs ' come with the palette and are also MDF . I used the above paint colours and also Samba Pink and Red Apple to mix lots of different shades of pink to colour the blobs . If you put a little of the Flushed Cheeks into all the mixes all the colours will tone together . ( this is an old painters technique to create a harmonious group of colours ) . Paint any excess paint onto a piece of white card . When this is dry it can be die cut using Dandelion Posies  . The blobs can either be attached now or after stamping the roses .
The roses and dots are from Silhouette Garden and were stamped using Archival Potting Shed ink. 

To create the other embellishments  I took three old paintbrushes and used cosmic Shimmer glue to hold the bristles together  . I painted them with any colour from my palette and then rubbed the copper Gilding Polish over the brushes . I added some of the gold Treasure Polish here and there .
I also used this colour onto some MDF Flourishes. Finally I stamped the words from Creative Art in potting shed ink onto some ribbon . 

The rosette is made using lace and a strip of hessian and a CE button in the centre . All the embellishments were attached as shown  to complete the palette.

Here's the finished project which I hope might inspire you to try a limited colour palette.
Items I used to make this :-
MDF Paint Palette and Flourish Accessory Pack .
Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Paint - Flushed Cheeks, Perfect White , Samba Pink and Red Apple .
Stamp sets -- Silhouette Garden and Creative Art .
Dies by Sue Wilson, Finishing Touches - Dandelion Posies .
Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Polish - Copper Shine and Gold Treasure.
That Special Touch Mask - Chicken Wire.

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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Creative Expressions Blog

Hello , I'm back again with today's Creative Expressions project .
I got a little carried away with this , because I love flowers and pretty things .
The base of the project is a Media Board which I painted with Flushed Cheeks . I then cut a piece of card to fit onto the board , which I painted with a mixture of Flushed Cheeks and Perfect White  to make a pale shade of the base colour . I painted another piece of card with the light paint mix , so that I could die cut the flowers ( Perfect Peony Complete Petals ).
I painted the back of the card and the base and edges of the board with a mixture of  Black Fig and Raspberry Riot which makes a lovely dark plum colour .
I used the same paint mix to add colour around the edge of the paper . I also stamped ' crackles ' from Crackled Sentimentality using the paint mix  .
I then stamped the flowers and dots from Silhouette Garden using  Archival Blue Violet ink randomly onto the paper . The leaves , stamped in Jet Black ink , are from the same set of stamps . 

I attached a piece of lace from my stash across the top of the media board . The painted and stamped card was torn down the centre and curled before I stuck it onto the board. .
I stamped and embossed in black  the butterfly from the Beautiful Wings set three times and coloured the image with various acrylic paints . I that cut out the images and decoupaged them to create a three dimensional butterfly. 
The leaves were die cut and some of them rubbed with Gilding Polish ( sadly I can't remember the colour so pick your own !) .

Finally I created the roses from the die cut flowers . I then attached some lace across the base of the board , and attached the roses , leaves and butterfly as shown .
I hope this gives you some inspiration for using these products.
Items from Creative Expressions used in this project -- 
Media Board , set of two .
Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Paints-- Flushed Cheeks , Perfect White , Black Fig and Raspberry Riot .
Stamps -- Silhouette Garden , Beautiful Wings  and Cracked Sentimentally .
Dies by Sue Wilson -- Perfect Peony Complete Petals  and  Laurel Leaves.
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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Creative Expressions Blog


Morning to all . Today's project for Creative Expressions is a large tag which I cut out of  Foundations Card . After I had finished decorating it I mounted it on black card to create a border .
The background is a random mix of Chalk Colour inks , Blue Lagoon , Toasted Rose and Misty Grey blended into each other .The next step was to stencil the Peacock Feather mask using a mixture of Decadent Oak and Silver Pearl Texture Pastes .
I completed the background by stamping leaves from Silhouette Garden .

The card on top of the tag was coloured with the same inks . I added a bit of interest by stencilling the Chicken Wire mask with grey ink . The dots were stamped in a grey ink using one of the Inspiring Edges set of stamps . The flowers from the Silhouette Garden set were stamped in black ink . 
I used the same dotty stamp which says memories to stamp and emboss the word onto black card .
The flowers were cut from black card using Perfect Peony complete Petal Die . Once cut I used the same mixture of Texture Paste thinly to colour the card . 

I added a bit of lace from my stash as shown before attaching the smaller piece of card to the tag . I cut a few leaves using the Olive Branch die to add to the design .
The pearl embellishments were from my CE stash .

A little ribbon adds some glamour !
Items used for this project include :--
Chalk Cloud Blending Inks , Blue Lagoon, Toasted Rose and Misty Grey .
That Special Touch Masks , Chicken Wire and Peacock Feathers.
Stamp Sets , Silhouette Garden and Inspiring Edges .
Texture Paste, Decadent Oak and Silver Pearl .
Dies by Sue Wilson, Olive Branch and Perfect Peony Complete Petals .
Foundation Card Black and White.
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Sunday, 2 July 2017

Creative Expressions Blog

Fly Free

Hi there , today I am going to share this card with you . I don't have step by step photos because everything can be seen on the photo .
I started with a piece of coconut white card . I didn't cut it to size until after I had added the coloured background so that I could choose where I placed the sun .
Using Chalk Cloud Blending Inks I created the background. I started with Vanilla Twist rubbing it in a circle extending out beyond where the sun would be . I then cut a circle of paper to mask the sun and rubbed Terracotta round the mask . I continued to add Colour spreading out from the sun adding Enchanted Blossom and then Misty Grey  . Drag a little Misty Grey across the sun to suggest clouds . At this point I trimmed the card to the size I wanted  and then added some Chic Aubergine Colour Cloud ink to the edges .

I stamped the foliage from Silhouette Garden,  in Watering Can to create shadow like images . The flowers are from the same stamp set , but stamped in Jet Black . The butterflies are from Beautiful Wings stamp set  .

I stamped ' fly Free '  onto a small piece of card coloured with the inks already used and mounted it onto black card .

I used black card to create the card and mounted the picture onto the card . The caption was added using foam pads to raise it a little .

Using the Chalk Cloud Blending Inks creates a lovely soft , matte background for the stamped images  .

I hope this inspires you to try the inks and lovely silhouette stamps .

Materials used in this project:--
Chalk Cloud Blending Inks-- Vanilla , Terracotta, Enchanted Blossom and Misty Grey .
Colour Cloud Blending Inks-- Chic Aubergine.
Creative Expressions Clear Stamp Sets-- Silhouette Garden , Beautiful Wings and Frame It .
Foundations Card -- Coconut White and Black .

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Sunday, 18 June 2017

Creative Expressions

Hi there , finally after a long break I'm  back with my first Creative Expressions Blog of the year !!
I've been very busy in the meantime because my daughter has just got married and l helped her by making her the wedding dress ( and matching jacket and bag ) !
Right now I'm very excited to share this project with you .
The base for this project is an A5 media board which I painted with whit Gesso . I then rubbed Blending inks over the Gesso to get a soft variegated background. This will need drying.

The stamp is from the Creative Expressions stamp set - Watch the Birdie . 
I rubbed Powder Blue Gilding Polish around the edges .

Using a piece of corrugated card , I peeled some of the paper off to reveal the corrugations and 
painted into them with the Chic Aubergine ink . I then painted the card with a pale yellow ( a mix of white Gesso and a touch of Cosmic Shimmer acrylic mixed media paint , Clotted cream ) . The 
stamped image  ( Rubber stamp set   - Portraits  ) was embossed with gol powder  .

The stamped image of the lady is also from the Portraits set . 
Flowers were die cut using the Orange Blossom complete petals set and coloured with blending inks .
To add some texture I cut and frayed a piece of hessian and coloured it with Gilding polish..
The leaves are die cut from two other Sue Wilson dies .

Finally I put everything together as shown , adding a little lace from my stash .
These media boards are perfect for making a small project and I'll probably return with another one in another post . 
Creative Expressions items used in this project :-
A5 Media Boards 
Creative Expressions Rubber Stamps -- Portraits and Watch the Birdie .
Cosmic Shimmer Gesso Primer .
Chalk Cloud Blending inks -- Blue Lagoon and Sweet Violet .
Colour Cloud Blending Inks-- Chic Aubergine .
Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson , Finishing Touches --
Orange Blossom, complete petals ,
Olive Branch and Laurel Leaves.
Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Polish- Powder Blue .
Cosmic Shimmer Detail Embossing Powder , Bright Gold .
Foundations Card .

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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Creative Expressions Tuesday

Christmas Wreath .

 Hi there everyone , today I am going to share a Christmas Wreath that I made using stamps from Creative Expressions. This is a project using alcohol inks onto heat resistant acetate and then stamping and embossing the designs onto the reverse side of the acetate .
The Wreath base is the MDF Star Wreath also from Creative Expressions which comes with various MDF stars . I only used some of the stars so there are plenty left for other projects .

On a sheet of heat resistant acetate stamp the baubles and emboss with gold powder . On plain white card stamp and emboss the same baubles and rub metallic gilding Polish onto the back of the baubles . I used Chocolate Bronze because I also used the same colour to colour the MDF ring which forms the base of the Wreath .

On the other side of the acetate dab various colours of alcohol inks to create random coloured baubles . Cut out the baubles on both the acetate and card .

Take five stars and apply texture paste through a stencil  to create some texture ( for swirls try using the mini stencil Splash . However any stencil wil work . It depends on your choice ) . When the paste is dry paint the stars with Cosmic Shimmer black Gesso .

Once the Gesso is dry rub your choice of Gilding waxes over the raised design on the stars .
To give the baubles some shape and dimensions stick the acetate onto the white card using dimensional glue . The white card behind the acetate allows the colours on the acetate to show up clearly .

Take some cinnamon sticks and ribbon and tie the sticks into little bundles . Take a few pine cones and paint them with gilding Polish  to make them shiny . Once all the pieces are ready sick them onto the wreath using dimensional glue . Use more ribbonto create a loop to hang the wreath and also to allow one of the stars to hang from the bottom of the wreath .

Here is a closer view of the base of the wreath .

The combination of the gold embossing powder , shiny acetate and Gilding Polishes creates a nice festive project . I hope this has given you some inspiration for making seasonal projects for home decor .
Creative Expressions items used in this project include :--
Stamps to Die For -- Mini Ornate and Beaded Bauble , Mini Christmas Scene andLeafy Bauble .
MDF Star Wreath .
Gilding Polishes - Chocolate Bronze and various others .
Cosmic Shimmer Black Gesso .
Texture Paste .

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Monday, 7 November 2016

Creative Expressions Tuesday

Hi there , today I have a Christmassy project to share with you . I know , it's not Christmas yet but it's fun to start making bits and pieces to decorate the house . So I thought I would start with a pretty
Christmas Snow Globe. .

First I painted everything ( Snow Globe , Reindeer , trees and snowflake ) with white  gesso. You will probably need two coats .

Sprinkle Pixie Powders over the back of the Globe . Pixie Powders don't react quite the same way on paint as on paper , I think the water is not absorbed into the paint as fast . However that means you can get a lovely background effect on paint . I sprayed lots of water onto the globe and added more powder .
You can see the Powders spreading in the water . By wobbling the globe a little the colours can be encouraged to spread and mix . If there are any little bits that don't mix you can ' help ' them with a small paintbrush.

I did dry this with a heat gun but keep it further away from the globe than usual because the water is blown around if the airflow gets too near .

Once dry the shimmer is lovely . Colours used - Midnight Sky , Midnight Blue and Emerald Green .

I coloured the trees and Reindeer in the same way . Colours used - Emerald Green and Golden Mint for the trees and Bronze Blush with White Pearl for the reindeer.

When I put the globe together I decided that the colours on the reindeer were too pale and I coloured them with Graphite Gilding Polish to make them stand out . I thought you would like to see the original colour in case you prefer it .

I stamped the spots from Inky Christmas onto the trees and embossed with Snowcap powder.

I stamped the foliage from Inky Christmas around the edges of the Snow glob frame and embossed with a mixture of Blue Zircon  and White Fire  powder . The two colours mix beautifully to create a paler blue that tones well with the background.

I then stamped the stars from Midnight Waltz onto the background and used Snowcap  embossing  powder .

Finally I stuck all the pieces together to create the winter scene.
I rubbed Graphite Gilding Polish around the edges of the globe and over the snowflake. I then stamped the largest bauble from Inky Christmas onto the snowflake and used Snowcap  powder again .
I think the Pixie Powders really add a lovely shimmery effect and by using gilding polish and glitter embossing Powders the whole project looks really sparkley and festive .

Creative Expressions items used for this project:
MDF--- Snow Globe, Reindeer Accessory pack , Tree Accesory pack , Snowflake Accessory pack .
Stamps --- Inky Christmas and Midnight Waltz.
Pixie Powders ---  Golden Mint, Emerald Green, Midnight Blue and Midnight Sky .
Embossing Powders--- Brilliant Sparkle , Snowcap, White Gold and Blue Zircon.
Gilding Polish---Graphite.
White Gesso .

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