21 September 2012

Wonderwall?

Hello all and welcome back to my random world. Welcome to all the new followers recently - word of my madness appears to be spreading!! Hee hee! I have spent another part of this morning fighting with getting to grips with Blogger - thought it would be good to use the Dynamic view to allow Google translate to work but it just went wappy on me and the translate widget didn't work anyway (arrrhhh!!) so I went back to basics:) You wouldn't think I taught ITsoftware would you?!

Why the attempted change? Well the talented Alie (who's even designed her own stamps!!) left me a lovely comment on my last post which got me thinking. I am getting lots more visitors for who English is not their first language, and it must be hard to decifer what is being described when we talk (endlessly in my case) about the techniques used. As I said though, Blogger wasn't playing - if anyone knows of a great way to get it to work PLEASE let me know - so I have decided in future to do step by step photos as I'm guessing us crafters are visual beings anyway? And now I break that rule straight away by showing a before and after!!


Playing cards, white tissue paper, plain white card and white gesso over the top as a base.

What? Why? I saw a beautiful card on Pia's blog where she used some Wonderland paper from 7 Dots Studio (Finnabair et. al.) This paper is beautiful and one day I will spoil myself with some to stroke but in the meantime I made my own (see above and then see below)...


TOTALLY inspired by a Hels Sheridan project yesterday (she highlights the texture with her Stabilo All pencil). It was going to be a stab at blended stains for Linda Ledbetter's challenge, but after the last disaster I took Sunshine Girl's suggestion and started by covering the whole lot with Picket Fence stain. Then I followed Tim's instructions (in Compendium of Curiousities 2) using Dusty Concord, Stormy Sky and a mix of Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick distress inks.

However, probably due to the base combo it all went too pale and uninteresting so further blotting of ink was required on top with some Cut n Dry foam. This sort of discounted it from Linda's challenge, but with the addition of my new TH stamps, some extra coloured cardstock, UPVA pearl drops coloured with black Promarker and a UTEE embossed tag I ended up with a moody/stroppy teenager card to enter into the current Our Creative Corner - It's A Sketch challenge! Hurrah!

In future there will be more piccies and less waffling, promise, but this project was almost complete when I came to that momentous decision and lots of peeps like to know what I've done. So, now I must away and see whether some acrylic paint has dried / hoover up 3 tons of dog hair (Alaskan Malamutes kill hoovers, it's official!) / make spagetti to feed the locusts. What a fun life I lead! Here's hoping those going in and coming out of hospital the very best (including Anne R. and Sheena D.) those of you going to Ally Pally have the bestest time ever, and everyone else has a fab weekend. Hugs to you all, Buttons x

25 comments:

  1. Buttons, this is fab i love the moody colours and the Way you have combined all the elements ...a fab make,!!
    Hugs trace. X
    Oh and I meant to say love the before and after!!,

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  2. A gorgeous misty effect on your background and image panel Buttons and the stamping looks fabulous. Love the black pearl drops too as they look wonderful done in strips.
    I've been hoovering too clearing up a ton of sawdust and hay bits tramped in by my OH when he sorts out our 2 little bunnies - you wouldn't believe the mess it makes!
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  3. Again an amazing artwork Buttons, and owow,how thoughtful of you to think about all those foreign visitors. I can understand the language, but I don't know what you write about several places, names, materials...that's my prob:-))
    Just stay who you are and how you want to express yourself, Buttons...it's YOUR blog - and your creations explain a lot, with or without words :-)

    Have a nice weekend, Alie

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  4. Fab card, love the colours and how you've created the background.

    Have a fab weekend.

    Sam xxx

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  5. This is so interesting. I think I'm going to try something like this in my art journal.

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  6. Even looks cool in naked white.

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  7. I love your base Buttons (probably because I am working on something similar for UPA at the moment and have used a paper lace like you - I recognised it straight away). However the finished product is sumptuous, just beautifully put together and with gorgeous colours.
    Have a great weekend.
    hugs {brenda} xox

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  8. Oh, this is so pretty; the colours are just yummy! Nice work!

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  9. Wow, a wonderful artwork, love the colours.

    Have a great Weekend

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  10. Fabulous end result Buttons :)
    Von ♥

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  11. What a great idea, love that, off to find some playing car.... Oh heck wait! I think I may have tidied them into the bin! I KNEW this would happen lol.

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  12. What a fabulous idea Buttons.. adore those colours & design you have created the background is fantastic, Thanks so much for sharing will try this one out for sure... Hugs May x x x

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  13. This is fabulous Buttons, an amazing background, and I love seeing how you have put it together. This is definitely a technique to remember x

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  14. Gorgeous creation. I am a big fan of artist mediums like gesso and I just love what you have done here with your card. Thank you for joining in the fun this week at Our Creative Corner. Hope to see more of you.

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  15. You really have got some brilliant effects here Buttons. I always want to touch your work! Vicky x

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  16. Your background Buttons is very interesting. Just might have to try it! The gradation of colour yo achieved is beautiful. So glad to see I'm not the only one who gets to do and do all those jobs before you can play.

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  17. Gorgeous creation - sorry I can't help with the translation bit on Blogger which is still a mystery to me in many aspects.

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  18. Buttons, you do know this is sensational?
    It looks like purchased paper, you should be so proud of what you managed to achieve. That is the amazing thing when we try things ourselves, a sense of achievement that isn't possible when purchasing an item.
    Gorgeous blended colours.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  19. Oooh this is lovely - its amazing what that picket fence stain base can achieve isnt it! I notice you use the gesso from the works too - I have started using their modelling paste now too (£1.99 a tube) - its much thicker and is lasting for ages so far! Have a fab week.

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  20. Just trying to do a little catching up - this is stunning, you could produce your own range of papers at this rate.......Ax

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  21. Just wonderful, Buttons! Can't believe how far behind I am with visiting... only missed a couple of days... and to think I might have missed this altogether! Completely stunning work with the cards and the colours and the stamping - it's sublime!
    Alison x

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  22. Buttons, how fab is this?!?!? Love your stamping on the card and all the texture on the background panels. LOVE it.

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  23. Gorgeous card, love the added texture.

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  24. Oh my goodness...the way the gesso made the texture to mimic branches is brilliant! Love this piece and what a great size!!! Fabulous work...I love how you always make me see new ways to use my goods!

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  25. Hi Buttons, this looks wonderful, so much texture, who needs to spend money on buying papers when you've achieved such fabulous results.
    Avril xx

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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