Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Accordion Flip Die Card & JOFY Stamps, Stencils and Paint

Hi everyone, it's Joan here with another project for Crafters Cupboard.

This time I have used the Sizzix accordion flip die with the lovely new JOFY stamps ,  and the JOFY stencils and the JOFY limited edition paint set . I think this flip accordion "card" is so much fun and it folds right up to fit a standard envelope (depending on the bulk added).  I have not given much detail here for putting this together, however please check out Teresa's blog entry for 25th January 2014.


Firstly, I cut 6 pieces for the accordion card. You can make 2 flips, 4 flips or as many as you like.  I then cut 6 inserts to go onto the flips from a Spellbinders Label 1 Die from watercolour card stock and canvas from a cheap pad.

Using the JOFY paints I created a wash and then used the JOFY stencils to make pale  backgrounds and then stamped with some of the new JOFY stamps (same as for tag). For the last panel I used Grunge Paste through the stencil and highlighted the flower.  For the first panel I added the teal paint to the Grunge Paste to make teal lettering through the stencil.  It is easier to fix the panels onto each piece before putting the tabs together,  although this is not what I did . 

This  the finished card, however, I wanted to add something else.........

......SO, I added some bunting from co-ordinating papers.            Joan

Monday, 28 April 2014

Hello Everyone - Jennifer here with some exciting news !

For the last week, we have had boxes of new supplies arriving on an almost daily basis which has certainly kept Olivia's nose glued to her computer screen loading all the wonderful new items onto the website.

I thought I'd take a few moments to bring our blog readers up to date with what's happening ......

We now stock the wonderful DERWENT Inktense pencils and Colour blocks including the grater to use with the blocks

We have some fabulous new stencils and stamps in store from Dina Wakley and Dylusions - recent releases at CHA.

We have Catalyst tools and TAP (Transfer Art Paper) and new embellishments from Prima !!

We have the Craft Stamper May Issues  and Scrap 365 April/May Issue Magazines, and we will be stocking these on a monthly basis. They have some great projects and ideas in them - well worth a read !

We have the Primary Elements powders and the Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste

And I can not wait to try out the NEW Prima Color Bloom Sprays which have just arrived in today. These fantastic new sprays are a new product which spray colour onto metal, wood, plastic, glass, paper, card, canvas - just about anything. I'm really excited about the ability to spray them on to metal.
and along with the Color Sprays, we have the Luminarte Silks Paints -  gorgeous, gorgeous colours in all of it !!

So - this gives a little taste of what has just arrived in store so go check out our website here

These new goodies will be very popular !

Paper Artsy restocks arrive in this week, including more of the new Lilac Treasure Gold as well as another new Treasure Gold colour - I'll keep you posted !!

Happy days !!

Until next time,

Boys look good in pink !

Hi all,

I'm sharing with you today a layout using the new Paper Artsy Eclectica stamps by Darcy.. 
My father in law managed to take a photo of my little man mid footy kick!
This was the perfect excuse for me to use bright colour papers and my new stamps!

Products used:
Kaisercraft Tea Part Collection papers Peppermint & Afternoon Tea
Distress paint 
Mowed Lawn
Paper Artsy Eclectica Stamps by Darcy. EM04, EDY05, EDY06
Scrap FX Word " Cheeky Monkey"

Firsty I cut the afternoon tea paper to 11" x 11" and then used distress paint to paint the back and cut a star in the middle using a craft knife.

I then used double sided tape to stick each part down 

I used various stamps and stamped onto white card and then using my Derwent Inktense pencils I coloured the images and cut them out and placed them on my layout. 

I used my distress paint to colour my chipboard title from scrap FX and fixed this to the side. I love the fact I have used bright pink papers for a boy page! 

Happy scrapping everyone from Holly

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Decor for a small boy using Eclectica Stamps

Hello from Holly

I'd like to share with you this little printer tray i made for my little boy, he loves flowers and wildlife!
I was so excited to start playing with the new paper artsy Eclectica stamps by Darcy!

I used the following products:
Printer tray from a second hand shop
Limited edition paper artsyf fresco paints in tikka, chartreuse, chutney & seaweed..
Paper artsy fresco paint in smoked paprika
Paper artsy Eclectica by Darcy stamps : EDY06, EDY05, EM04, EM07
Stampedous fragments in amethyst, hot lime, hot blue, hot yellow, hot pink.

I started by painting the whole printer tray in chartreuse fesco paint then usin the other colours in mini misters mixed with water I spritzed the tray until I got this effect

I stamped using all the images onto white card and using my Derwent Inktense pencils coloured the images in and them cut them out.. using magics mount doubled or triple layered to stick the images into my tray

I then got hold of my fragments in various colours and used then to create grass, snail trail and sun rays.. I finally stamped using black ink around the edges of the tray to complete the tray.
I am completely in love with the stamp collections and cannot wait to play further with them.

Hope you all have fun trying out this decor item for a child's bedroom wall - it would make a great gift as well


Thursday, 24 April 2014

Art Journal Houses

Hello again, Liz here bringing you a project using some of the new PaperArtsy stamps in stock at Crafters Cupboard. I thought I would do a journal page for you all today.  I really wanted to play with the Eclectica House plate EDY08:

I had to add in my current favourite Eclectica Mini 07 as well.
So, this is what we are making today - in typical Liz fashion there are a lot of layers and paint effects on this page.
 I started with a piece of 9"x12" 300gsm watercolour paper and coated it with a thick layer of liquitex gesso - making sure that i got some good ridges in the gesso for texture.  It is hard to see in the picture, but I was going for a swirly Van-Gogh Starry Night kind of feel.

Dry that thoroughly because we are going to start the page with a base of rust.  I use a 2-step product that you can get in the specialty paint section of the hardware store (well I do know that it is available in Masters. Bunnings used to stock something similar, but I am not sure if they still have it).

 Don't worry if you don't have this rust paint, you can use the current fresco limited edition paints in browns as a base, but it won't give you the same "greenie" effect in the sky later on.

Apply the first undercoat, and dry thoroughly. Apply a second coat and dry again.  This is what your page will look like at this point:

The paint is essentially iron particles suspended in goo (sorry - I'm not a chemist!!). Next step is to add the rusting fluid.  Please make sure that you do this in a ventilated area.  Put plenty of the liquid onto the page and leave it on its own to work its magic, while you get on with the other bits for the page.   This is what your page will look like after about 15 minutes:
(apologies for the shine in that photo - its the rusting liquid sitting on the page).  Keep adding more rusting liquid to get a super rusted effect.

Now we are going to start prepping the pieces for the foreground.  I'm using some sticky-backed foil tape by Ranger for this, but you can use any type of foil tape - again the hardware store sells this, just make sure it is wide enough to take the stamps (I regularly buy rolls of the widest they stock, and that will be fine for this project).

We are ranging back into the past here, but pull out those alcohol inks that have been getting dusty in your cupboard and get some colours onto your foil.  I used sunset orange, sunshine yellow, sailboat blue and citrus.

Dry thoroughly with a heat tool to set, then using a stazon ink pad (remember - only stazon works with alcohol inks) fill the foil with stamped house images.  Heat set the Stazon as well - just to be sure.
Next, stamp some more images onto an un-inked piece of foil.  We will add "pops" of colour to this later with copics.
 Stamp again but this time onto transparency. You don't need to have the same number of  house "types" on each substrate, were going to mix and match them all before adhering them to the page.
Now you can get ready to assemble!  Cut all of them out and lay them in front of you. Carefully cut elements from the inked and un-inked foil houses out and adhere to the transparent ones, and vice versa.  Use copics to add colour to house elements on the un-inked foil houses. This is what your house collection could look like at this point in the process:
Paint the back of elements of the transparencies with fresco paints (not pictured).  I used Zesty Zing and Baltic Blue, as these are the colours I am putting into the sky.  Put these aside to dry while you work on the background.

Get your background and dry it thoroughly with a heat gun.  This will finish off the rusting process that you have started naturally.  See how light the page is now?  It should feel rough to touch.
Mix baltic blue with some type of paint extender in a 2:1 ration of extender to paint. GAC500 is the best but if you don't have that, use matte medium.  Using a paper towel rub it onto the page.  I went through 2 paper towels to cover the entire page.  Be rough - you want this coat to be a bit patchy.  Dry this coat thoroughly. Here's a close-up of what you are looking for.
Next we are going to work with 2 colours simultaneously - mixing them as we go to get accentuated greenish & rusty patches. 

Prepare your zesty zing in the same way as you prepared your baltic blue. (and top up your baltic blue mixture again). Working in sections (paper) towel the colours on in exactly the same way as you did previously, but this time making sure that you work the colours together in places.  Make sure that you get the zesty zing over the areas where there is more rust showing through - the zesty zing is translucent, while the baltic blue is opaque, so the zesty zing allows you to see more of the rust effect.

Here's how my page looked at the end of this stage.  See the coverage is thicker, and there is less of the rust showing through on this coat than on the previous.
Dry this thoroughly, then lightly, lightly sand the page.  This will allow the rust to peek through the page again, and will accentuate the texture that we put on in the gesso.
Seal the page with Fresco Satin Glaze and dry thoroughly. This just gives the page a little bit of shine, like so:
Now its on to the composition!!   

Arrange your houses along the landscape bottom edge of the page.  You want the houses to be higher in some spots than others, it simulates a more urban landscape.

Once you're happy with the layout, adhere them all using glossy accents behind the transparencies.  Seal the entire page with matte medium.
Next, apply a layer of rusty hinge distress ink using your applicator to the whole page.  This will help to tone down the very silver foil houses.

Now, stamp the sentiment in black stazon on a piece of foil. Stamp the stars from the plate as well using mustard (or some other yellow) stazon. Heat set, and then overstamp the stars with black, making sure to offset slightly.
Trim and adhere to your page. Using a dark brown alcohol marker, outline the sentiment, the stars and around the uninked foil houses - making sure to smudge the ink with your finger as you go.

Using your white paint pen, highlight elements of the houses, particularly on the transparencies.  Splatter some of the ink onto the sky to accentuate your clumps of stars.

And there you have it - a very dimensional, shiny, page for your art journal.

Till next time!!