Thursday, 4 February 2016

Journal Page for ColourArte


My turn again to do a tutorial for ColourArte today, and you'll find a full step-by-step over on their blog.

I also have a how-to video for you. It's just over three mins so nice and concise! Getting quite into this video malarkey now!


See you soon I hope.

Katy xxx

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Shabby Journal Page


Feeling a bit of a vintage vibe this week so I've created a shabby looking journal page today  - for once for no other reason than I felt like it! The background is Distress Sprays in Tattered Rose and Antique Linen - spritzed at the top then allowed to drip down the page. I love this soft colour combo and loving the drips - will do this technique again I am sure.


Other than that it's just a bit of layering and stamping. My stamps are Lost Coast (lady), Visible Image (phrase) and Tim Holtz (damask shape and Paris postmark).

Thanks for popping over!
Katy x


Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Giveaway winner!

Sew Sweet stamps from Rubber Dance

And the winner of my stamps is.......................

Beautiful stamps Katy - and love how you've used them! Thnks for the chance to win them! Hugs Rachel x

Congrats Rachel - please email me (link in the sidebar) or FB message me with your postal address.

Another giveaway coming soon on my Facebook page.

Thanks to everyone who entered :)

Katy xxx

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Sunday Freebie


It's Sunday again so I am back with another freebie for you to download (for personal use please). Today I have a vintage cabinet card for you; a photo of a rather dapper looking vintage gent. Just check out that impressive tash!

Click on the image to be taken to Google Drive to download in high res.

Have fun!
Katy x


Friday, 29 January 2016

Gonna be a BADASS!


I am soooooooooooooooo excited that I am going to be taking part in the One Badass Art Journal programme, starting 1st February. For a while I've been wanting to explore journaling in a bit more detail and this should be the perfect opportunity. There will be 16 art lessons with stepped out mixed media tutorials and videos to follow. I am determined to put time aside to do at least some of them in 'real time' so I can join in with the rest of the project community.

Should also be a good way to use up lots of my extraneous stash and have a play with some of the products that have barely seen the light of day since I bought them!

One of the tutors is my Visible Image and Rubber Dance DT teammate Susanne Rose who is uber talented (no pressure Susanne!). UK designer Tracy Scott is also making an appearance - there's a sneak peek on her blog and this one is definitely going to push me firmly out of my comfort zone!!!

If it sounds like your cuppa you can sign up here! Starts Monday! Might see you in the Facebook group :).

Katy x

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Heart with DecoArt


Don't you love it when you accidentally invent a technique you love??? That's what happened with this piece - mostly down to the fact I am totally impatient! The effect you see on the heart is created with DecoArt Media Crackle Paste, Fluid Acrylic and Antiquing Cream - I love how aged and weathered it looks!

I'm calling it 'shabby crackle' and I've stepped out the process in this video. I am trying to appeal to people like me with an attention span of zero with my vids, so it's short and quite fast paced! I'd love to know your thoughts on it.



Here's a little more on how I made the background, which isn't covered in the video.

This is what the canvas looked like right at the start - I just layered some random bits and bobs - mostly what was lying about on my desk - with some gel medium.

I added black and white gesso and mixed them to create various tones of grey.

Paint splatters were added with watered down gesso - again black and white. I did some big fat splats and some micro spray using a toothbrush (an old one - gesso doesn't taste nice!). Some bits of cheesecloth and micro beads give extra texture.

I embellished the heart with a Tim Holtz keyhole embellishment and word stickers.

Hope you have enjoyed my tutorial today. You can find my YouTube channel here - there's not much on it yet but there hopefully will be soon!

Entering this for some challenges too:

- Simon Says Stamp Love is in the Air & use Red

- Emerald Creek Valentines is Not in the Air (cos my piece is about loving and caring for yourself)

Katy x

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Create your Future for Visible Image


Today's make for Visible Image is a clean and simple tag card. I'm often asked what I do with the tags I create and they make great cards - simply cut another tag, fold a small flap at the top and adhere the flap to the back of the decorated tag to allow it to stand.


I stamped the overlapping circles in black Archival then coloured each one with Distress Ink - I used Twisted Citron, Abandoned Coral and Cracked Pistachio. I stamped a splat in black inside each circle to add detail. I stamped the words and cut them out individually before mounting to the card on 3D foam pads. I matted the tag onto black card and created a back as described above to allow it to stand.

This card really highlights how brilliantly words can work as a focal point when combined with abstract or background images. Hope you like it!

Warm wishes,
Katy x

I used these stamps on my card:

Create Your Future

Orbital

Ink Splats