Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Glue Scribble Background

The technique for this fortnight and possible cover for book #12 is called Glue Scribble Background where we'll be using the Ranger Distress Paints, including the 3 metallic colours for that extra shimmer.  The girls have a choice of using either this background or the Credit Card Re-visited one from last fortnight to cover their Book Number 12 with.... depending on which background they are happier with.  I have done a couple of sample atc's using this background as well as having done one front cover which I haven't decorated further as I wanted to show the full effect of the paints without cluttering it up yet.  Will show the cover when it gets finished though..... samples first....
"Night Flight"... (no glue used on this background,
only the paints - barn door, white, black and

"Second Language"... (you can see the swirly scribble background
in this one, that's the glue.  The other colours I used
in the Distress Paints are Rusty Hinge, Dusty Concord and Bronze)
This is the cover with Weathered Wood, Peacock Feathers, Broken China, Stormy Sky,
Tumbled Glass, Bronze, Antique Brass and Silver.  No glue used on this one either.  This might
be the back page and I will probably use glue on the front cover with these same colours.
Below are the remaining Credit Card Re-visited atc samples from the class last fortnight.
"Portrait"... (this was a scrap of paper that I used to
"wipe-off" the credit card while changing
colours, even the rubbish is good!)
"Emotional Baggage"... (this one incorporates some Angelina Film
from the previous class to Credit Card, her glasses are covered
in Angelina Film, including the lens bit!)

Friday, July 4, 2014


Credit Card Technique is the class we're doing for this fortnight's ATC Technique lessons.  The last time I did this class was 3 years ago and some of the newer girls haven't done this amazingly easy, but beautiful background technique.  Because I have girls who have been with me from the very beginning (about 7 years now!!!), they will have done this technique before, so I like to play around with the technique so they will learn something new.  I am using both water and rubbing alcohol spritz this time and also doing the technique over printed book pages!  Amazing what a little difference a shake-up can make.  Hope the girls enjoy the changes.  At the bottom are the full size backgrounds so you can see what they look like before they are cut up into atc sized pieces.
"Fly Away"... (pale blue & silver from above)
 "Snow White"...

"Own Wings"...

All these sample pieces below are A5 in size so you can get about 3 or 4 atc's from each sheet.
Rubbing Alcohol & Water Spritz with a gold shimmer that you can't see.
Water spritz only on book paper background.  You need to click on this one to see the words that peek through the water spots.  Love how this turned out!
A very pale blue paint with silver metallic paint over the top and rubbing alcohol droplets.  Unfortunately metallic just doesn't show up well on the computer screen.  You'll just have to try it for yourself to see how wonderful it looks in real life.  Two of the atc's above have this as their background.

More samples to follow.  

Friday, June 20, 2014


I have previously done a class using Angelina Film (also called Fusible Film) but as I have quite a few newer girls who have never used it before and the previous class was several years ago, I thought I'd revisit it again.  Some of them already have the film but have never used it so I will be showing them several ways to use their Angelina.
The first atc is made by using the Angelina as the background on black cardstock and run through a machine with an embossing folder, then heated to create the various colours and burn marks.
For this next one I have attached the Angelina to a chipboard shape and then coated it several times with clear utee, making it look like a shiny dichroic glass embellishment.  It looks like opal!
If you can tear your eyes away from the vision through the window... the window is made by attaching Angelina to a frame, embossing it with an embossing folder through a machine and then applying heat to make the Angelina change colour but also burn away in sections on the window.
This embellishment piece with Angelina was made by covering a piece of black cardstock with Angelina (I use pva craft glue to attach the Angelina), allow to dry then run through a Cuttlebug
 die-cut to make the embellishment.
This is the same technique as above with a different shaped piece... it's actually the waste of the above piece!  Did you notice that?
"North South"...
These 3 atc's below are the remaining ones from the previous class, Glue Embossing.  All the girls who took this class did an amazing job of their pieces.  It's a really easy but very effective technique!
"Technicolour Season"...
"Truth or Conspiracy"...
Hope to have some more Angelina samples to show next time.

Friday, June 6, 2014


The technique this fortnight once again uses our trusty glue gun with clear glue only this time.  It's simply a matter of drawing your design onto watercolour paper with your glue gun, allowing it to dry, re-heating with a heat gun (taking care not to ruin your design!) and while still hot, dump your embossing powder on.  Tap off the excess embossing powder and heat again to melt the embossing powder.  Let it cool, spritz the card with water and apply Twinkling H2O's onto the wet card so the colours blend together and voila, a cool and dimensional background that you can add pictures to or if your design can stand alone, a little embellishment and some words and you can call it done!
Of course the computer screen doesn't show how dimensional this glue is nor how wonderfully shimmery the Twinkling H2O's are.... you'll just have to try this technique out for yourself and see.
"Royale"... (thanks for the crowns Amie!)
More to come....

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Making bubble backgrounds is another of those techniques that's been around for quite a while and is a favourite of art classes taught to children in schools.  What could be more fun than blowing bubbles and watching them pop and explode into colour onto paper!  It also makes a wonderful background for atc's and cards.  I read up on all the different ways this was done, experimented myself and found that dishwashing liquid in some water and Ranger Distress Re-inkers suited my purposes for this technique, along with a straw of course!   You can use a watered down thick paint and I had even tried using Glimmer Mists but found that the amount of colour you need to use was too much.... hence the re-inkers being the best for my taste.  I've only done one sample atc because I wanted to show how fantastic the background looks before you put the images etc all over it.  These pics are a bit brighter here than they are in real life, more subtle colouring is what you can expect.
Sample bubble backgrounds...

"A little bird"...
Sample bubble backgrounds...
Sample bubble backgrounds with two colours used...
More atc's will follow when I have made them on these backgrounds.

Monday, May 5, 2014


Crackle techniques are one of those techniques that you either love and have complete success with or absolutely hate, because you can't get anything to work.  I must admit it's easier now with the fool-proof Ranger Rock Candy Crackle but this technique is a totally different look to that.  Rather than me explain, just Google "glue crackle technique" and you'll see loads of examples and instructions how to do this easy but effective technique. 
Below I have used a range of different colour combinations with the cardstock either in black or white, or coloured cardstock (I simply inked mine up with Distress Ink Pads in my chosen colour).  The type of paint you use does seem to have a bearing on it.  I couldn't get the Jo Sonja to work for me but found the Ranger Distress Paints worked wonderfully well as did some of the other ordinary, cheap acrylic paints.  Not sure if it's because the Jo Sonja has that chalk in it to make it matte or if it's simply too thick but whatever, have a play and you could try watering down your acrylic paint if it seems too thick.  The one trick though that I must mention is to lay on your top layer of paint in long, even strokes, not going back over where you've already been and do this step while the glue is still tacky, not dry.  Otherwise it won't crack!
"A dirty book"...
"Kinky"... (this one also has a Washi Tape feather from the previous class)
"What you think"...
More samples to come......

Monday, April 21, 2014


Washi Tape is probably something that most people who have been doing any type of papercraft, would have come across over the last couple of years.  There are loads of "how-to's" on places like Pinterest and I have compiled a few ways to utilise this strong and versatile tape on my atc's.   I don't have that many purchased Washi Tapes, just the basics like gold, silver, some text ones and a few others.  However, that doesn't stop me from making my own!  I purchased some tape from the Pharmacy called Micro-pore Tape, it's used to tape down gauze bandages, has the same consistency as Washi Tape and comes in several thicknesses.  I colour mine with Distress Stains and Watercolour markers as I find the Distress Ink Pads don't really give enough colour to the tape.  The Micro-pore is also quite transparent when dry so you can still see some of the underneath card which is a similar effect of most of the purchased Washi Tapes.  I use Black Archival Ink (or Stazon) to stamp my designs.  Below are my samples for this class.
"Art is not a thing"... (Washi tape has
been made into a feather
using wire and beads)
"Focus"... Washi Tape is underneath the
word as well as the four
corners of the image.
"Besot"... (Washi Tape has been adhered
over a piece of string then
cut into a banner shape)
"Nature Concentrated"... (Washi Tape is
placed around all four
sides of the image)
"Once is enough"... (Washi Tape in silver is
placed underneath the wording)
"Side effects"... (Washi Tape has been
stamped with HOT and then
attached over 2 sides of image)
"Nothing in it"... (Washi Tape is used underneath
the wording as a contrast as well as the 3 fine
strips up the top and also covers the square
brad in the bottom left corner)
The above image "Nothing in it" is also from the previous class "Tissue Paper Stamping" and below are the last few samples from that particular class.
"Clue Deficit Disorder"...
"Cheap, Fast & Easy"...