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    Today I’ve been having fun trying out some new techniques and ideas.

    I found this first technique in the latest copy of Craft Stamper magazine.

    Foil Embossing

    Foil Embossing Detail

    As usual I didn’t have all the suggested ingredients, so I improvised! I started by gluing a piece of baking foil to a piece of recycled packaging card, then coloured the foil white using a Uni Paint Marker. When the white marker was dry I dripped spots of different colours of alcohol ink onto the white then added white marker spots on top of the colours. As you can see – some of my spots spread a little! When all of that was dry, I embossed it using an embossing folder then sanded the edges of the embossed edges to allow the foil to shine through. Mine’s not quite as dramatic looking as the example in the magazine, but I’m still impressed with the result.

    The inspiration for my second piece came from these two posts (Dimensional Paper Cut Cards and Watercolored Dimensional Paper Cut Cards) from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. I have always loved creating pop-ups but have normally made them as add-ons to the page. The idea of cutting them directly from the page seemed too intimidating. Seeing Julie’s beautiful work inspired me to have a go.

    Love Heart Pop-Up

    After a few rather disastrous efforts where the middles fell out altogether or the design folded into strange places, I finally got it worked out! I drew the design using pencil, then cut it out very carefully using a pair of tiny, very sharp pointed scissors. I chose a red card to back it and stuck them together using low tac double-sided tape. I didn’t erase the pencil lines as I couldn’t decide whether or not to outline the shapes. What do you think? I’m really pleased with how this first one turned out and am itching to try another one. As Julie says on her blog – they are very addictive!

    eunice signature

    By on Wednesday May 22nd, 2013 at 15:46 in Artistic Ramblings, CED - No Replies - Leave a Reply

    All This Book Altering and Journal Wrecking …

    All this book altering and Journal wrecking is having a profound and very freeing effect on my artistic endeavours. I’ve started this experimental journal …. and the first thing I did was cut a hole in the cover!!

    Journal Cover

    Journal Cover


    The title I made from recycled magazine images and the flower from an old newspaper. The inside of the cover I created from an old book page crumpled and inked with alcohol inks.
    My Journal Title Page

    My Journal Title Page


    The next page, Learning Curves, I cut the title from a magazine article. The facing page has a torn magazine image and some crumpled inked paper together with an aperture cut to accomodate the butterfly image which I stamped on the waste I cut from the cover of the Journal. [this is recessed within 4 pages]
    Learning Curves Page

    Learning Curves Page


    On the next page I have used a complete newspaper page cut down to fit, then I coloured it with water colour pencils. I gave it a wash with water and shut the book to transfer some of the colour to the facing page.
    Recycling Page

    Recycling Page


    Although it wasn’t planned, I seem to be documenting my work in this journal … it will be interesting to see how it develops!

    By on Sunday August 9th, 2009 at 01:42 in altered book, Artistic Ramblings, collage, recycling - No Replies - Leave a Reply

    Take one wooden picture …

    Take one wooden picture, some magazine illustrations, a celtic knot frame (yes it is the same one you’ve seen before!), a mixture of alcohol inks, some lumiere paint, a few grains of perfect pearls powder, an enormous quantity of mod podge, and a graphite pencil – mix well making sure to get your hands covered in all of the above ….

    Artimessy Hand!

    Artimessy Hand!


    … get a massive dose of inspiration from one of your favourite artists [I just started reading Taking Flight by Kelly Rae Roberts … and this is what I got!
    Thy Kingdom Come

    Thy Kingdom Come


    I’ve been meaning to try my hand a some mixed media collage work for ages. I’m quite pleased with the result of my first attempt. I hope you like it!

    Embossed Celtic Knots …

    I haven’t got around to creating any new knots yet, instead I used the pattern I created to make an embossed frame from aluminium sheet. I thought it looked a bit bland when it was finished so I coloured it with a mixture of alcohol inks and staz-on ink pads 🙂

    Embossed Celtic Knot

    Embossed Celtic Knot


    Then I got the embossing bug and started playing with some words!!
    Framing Words

    Framing Words

    By on Thursday June 25th, 2009 at 01:53 in Artistic Ramblings, Celtic Knots - No Replies - Leave a Reply

    Celtic Knots from ‘Thursdays with Earl’!

    I have been following ‘Thurdays with Earl’ on the Jessica Sprague website for quite a few weeks now and have really enjoyed the different lessons he has taught. Last week Earl taught us how to make Celtic Knot Designs, something I have wanted to have a go at doing for ages!
    So I drew my grid, then carefully followed the instructions (except I changed the shape!) with this result ….

    Celtic Knot Frame

    Celtic Knot Frame


    But when I looked at it … it was just crying out to be blended in with something else. So I tried it with this …
    Celtic Knot Frame Blend - 1

    Celtic Knot Frame Blend - 1


    Then I just had to do something messy after all that concentration. I used a pop-up butterfly template from RobertSabuda.com then got out some newspaper, clingfilm, alcohol ink and blending fluid. If you haven’t tried squirting alcohol ink onto cling film… you really should!! It’s very messy – hence the newspaper, but if you lay your paper on top you get some fabulous results! This is mine … framed of course by my Celtic Knot Frame!!
    Butterfly pop-up card framed by Celtic Knot Frame

    Butterfly pop-up card framed by Celtic Knot Frame


    I have great plans to try out some more complex knot designs … so watch this space 🙂

    By on Tuesday June 23rd, 2009 at 00:53 in Artistic Ramblings, Blending Images, Celtic Knots - No Replies - Leave a Reply

    A mess, a scan and some blending …

    It started with an A4 sheet of acetate. I added a generous covering of pva glue followed by a dash of alcohol ink, some lumiere paint, a few sprinkles of glitter and some torn pieces of newspaper. I covered this with three layers of tissue paper (and some more pva glue) then left it to dry overnight!! This morning I assembled my own collage stamp using a selection of unmounted stamps stuck on a large piece of perspex and stamped the front of the acetate using a staz-on ink pad. Result …..

    Acetate Experiment

    Acetate Experiment


    Most people would stop there …. but me …. I had to scan it into the computer …. and then I had to try blending it with something else!! I think it looks quite good blended with last nights Sail Collage. There were two that I really liked …
    Acetate Background blended with Sail Collage - 1

    Acetate Background blended with Sail Collage - 1


    Acetate Background blended with Sail Collage - 2

    Acetate Background blended with Sail Collage - 2


    What do you think?

    By on Friday June 19th, 2009 at 12:26 in Artistic Ramblings, Blending Images, collage - No Replies - Leave a Reply

    Just thought I’d try adding some images ….

    I just thought I’d try adding some images …

    I love recycling things … this is my version of a baked bean tin inspired by a combination of two articles in the SSP Guild online magazine.


    Pen Pot (made from baked bean tin!)

    Pen Pot (made from baked bean tin!)

    It was made using a combination of acetate, alcohol inks, tissue paper glitter and lots of glue … very messy!! … but great fun! The inside is lined with felt … just to protect any rough edges and to make it look finished.

    Oh … and this is the business card I was messing about with yesterday!


    Business Card Image

    Business Card Image

    By on Thursday April 9th, 2009 at 16:51 in Artistic Ramblings, recycling - No Replies - Leave a Reply