Wednesday, 12 December 2018

My favourite Art Sisters

I'm back today to share another take on the current 'Colour Wheel Challenge' for Scrap Matrix.
Last time I went with a rainbow effect on a white background, so this time I decided to go with a rainbow effect on a black background.

Love the vibrancy!!
You can see I've changed it up a little from last time.
I decided to have fun with one of my recent stencil purchases!!
plus I wanted to use Dylusions paints instead of the Ink Sprays.
A totally different finish, but still with the gorgeous bold, vibrant colours that I love so much about Dylusions.

So let's get started.......

I began with black cardstock....if you are an art journaller, you could just add black gesso to your background first.
Look at all those lovely colours!!

I began by just painting the colours directly onto the cardstock....the only real rule I followed was to follow the rainbow pattern. (ROYGBIV)
I used the following colours (in order)

 I then added a stencil by The Crafter's Workshop in a 12x12 size - there are so many that you could do this with....and they'd look amazing.
I then applied black gesso using a sponge.......

The effect is just awesome, and I love that by using black gesso onto black it gives the illusion that you have painted the detail in colour.
Very tricky and super easy.

Now it's time to work with my photo and layers.
I cut up some of this die cut paper which comes from a Heidi Swapp pack. It has some gorgeous designs in it.....
I used this as a base to my photo and the other elements.

As I was scrapping some of my fellow Design Team members, from the weekend we had at Victor Harbor for the fabulous Tracy Scott classes, I saw a couple of quotes from this 13Arts Sticker sheet and just knew they'd be perfect!

I grabbed a 7Dots Studio tag and cut it in half and added it behind my photos. To one side I added this gorgeous quote, which really sums up how I feel about the Scrap Matrix Design team...actually not just the team, but everyone who shares and inspires within the Scrap Matrix Shares group.
You all bring joy and light to my life.
I am blessed to be a part of the Scrap Matrix family.

I then added 'Art Sisters' sticker to the other side of the tag, and added a Heidi Swapp epoxy word above it to complete my title.

I wanted to add a bit more colour to the cluster, so I grabbed some white flowers and spritzed them with Dylusions Ink Spray in bubblegum pink.
I then poked these underneath the photos.

I stamped some of my new Carabelle stamps onto white cardstock.  Love these leaves - I then cut them out and poked them amongst the flowers.

You may be able to see in the cluster that I also added some Dina Wakley tissue paper.
I love adding this to my layouts, it provides another texture.

There you have it!!
When you have ALL that gorgeous colour going on, you can keep some of your layers a bit simpler. I really only used black, white, pink and a splash of turquoise in the cluster.....I wanted the rainbow background to be the hero.

Are you entering our challenge this month?
I sure hope's one of my favourite boards that we've had so far.
I'm really looking forward to what you create.
Remember it's very open to your interpretation. You could create a layout, some cards, a canvas, a gift for someone for Christmas, and of course an Art Journal page.
Just be inspired by this image and then load your entries into the corresponding album over at the Scrap Matrix Share Group.  No need to have a blog. So easy!
The only rule is you must use at least ONE Scrap Matrix product...or you can be like me and use LOTS!!!
You have until the end of December, and you could win a voucher to Scrap Matrix store (wouldn't that be the best Christmas present!), and you could nab yourself a Guest Design spot.
We'd love you to come play with us!

Thankyou so much for being here, and for cheering me on all year. You can always head to my BLOG if you'd like to see more.
I've loved inspiring you throughout 2018, it's one of the highlights of the year for me. I look forward to continuing that in 2019.
Wishing you all a magical and light filled Christmas!
Luv Tam

Scrap Matrix Products used:
Black Bazzill

Friday, 7 December 2018

Opening presents......for 2Crafty Chipboard

Hi there, I've popped in today to share a Christmas inspired layout for 2Crafty Chipboard.
It's titled:

'Opening Presents'


I had so much fun creating that Christmas wreath.
I used the following 2Crafty Chipboard pieces:
'Opening Presents Title'
'Corner Sweet Holly'
'Frame Viney Circles'
'Corner Holly Vines'
'Tiny Hearts and Stars'
I absolutely adore this time of the year.
Everything about it is magical!!

This month 2Crafty Chipboard is sponsoring the fabulous CSI Challenges.
I solved Case No 267......

I was inspired by the gorgeous colours of the Scene and also the whimsical feel.
I had so much fun solving the case and used lots of the clues - dots, Christmas/holiday, tags, stars, animals (birds and deer), garland, stamps and string.
You can head to their challenge site HERE to see the list of clues.
I began by applying white gesso to ALL of the chipboard.
I then added white acrylic paint to everything too.
I trimmed down the 'Frame Viney Circles', 'Corner Sweet Holly' and the 'Corner Holly Vines'. I needed them to fit into a circular shape as I wanted to create a Christmas wreath.
I then applied watercolour paint to various individual pieces, just to highlight some of the beautiful elements of the chippy - so fun!
Just look at those gorgeous 'Corner Sweet Holly' pieces, with the holly and the birds!
Super cute!
I added a few of the stars from the 'Tiny Hearts and Stars' Pack, to give a touch more of that gorgeous blue colour.
I just popped them in here and there.

For the 'Opening Presents title', I heat embossed it with white emboss powder, just to give a slightly different finish to the other pieces.

I added some pen marks to some of the holly, and also added a gorgeous new Clarabelle Stamp available from Scrap Matrix.

The perfect way to finish off the wreath and add to the whimsical feel of the layout.

That's it from me today, enjoy this magical time of the year, and I will see you a bit later on with another creation.



Monday, 3 December 2018

Tam loves ALL of the COLOURS!!....for Scrap Matrix

Hi there, I'm here to share my creation for the current 'Colour Wheel Challenge' over at Scrap Matrix.
What a challenge!!
As soon as I saw it, I did a major happy dance.....totally up my alley!


Of course, I just HAD to go with some sort of rainbow layout.

When I think of colour, and what Inspires me, I immediately think of my babies.

They bring ALL of the colours into my life. 

So I began by adding white gesso to white cardstock.

I then grabbed my favourite sprays....Dylusions Ink Sprays.  I just love their vibrancy.

So I began by adding some colour to the background.
Instead of spraying them on (too stressful - they go everywhere!), I opened them and applied with a paintbrush.

I added water and then let it run down the page a little.  This gives a gorgeous watercolour finish to the bold ink.

A couple of tips.....

WAIT for each colour to dry before adding the next colour - this will give you that distinct rainbow effect. Otherwise you run the risk of them blending and changing colour - I want colour, not mud!

My second tip is to copy the rainbow pattern ROYGBIV - it's fine to leave out a colour but going in that order is pleasant to the eye - that gorgeous natural wonder the rainbow does the work of contrasting/complementing the colours for you.  Don't mess with what is already perfect.

Once completely dry, I added a few flicks of the colour too.

I used the following colours:
Red - Dylusions Ink Spray - Postbox Red
Orange - can you believe I didn't have an orange Ink Spray, so I grabbed my Prima Watercolours in 'Tropical' and used the orange from that. You really can't tell the difference, so if  you don't have Dylusions Ink Sprays, using watercolour instead will totally work!
Yellow - Dylusions Ink Spray - Lemon Zest
Green - Dylusions Ink Spray - Vibrant Turquoise
Blue - Dylusions Ink Spray - Calypso Teal
Purple - Dylusions Ink Spray - Crushed Grape

That's the background done. So EASY!

Recently I had a bit of a spending spree on the new amazing Carabelle Stamps.

I couldn't go past this gorgeous flower stamp....

I stamped some onto white cardstock using an archival ink.

I wanted to add colour, so needed the ink to stay put and not run.

I then grabbed the Prima Watercolours in Tropical again and applied colour.

I focused the stronger colour on the centre of the flowers and let it fade off on the outer parts.

They look pretty average like this, but once cut out they are gorgeous!!


Anyway, back to the layout....

We took this photo recently.....yup a selfie, and I knew immediately I wanted to print it in both black and white and colour.  I just loved the contrast, and decided to print two more black and whites and create a multi photo layout.  Yes they are all the same photo - but you could easily use 4 photos in a series for this too.

As soon as I looked at the series, my title just came to colour my world!

I used the Tim Holtz Ideaology stamps to add the word 'colour'.

I then added in some Tim Holtz Ideaology small talk stickers.....

I added some of the paint splatters from the 7Dots Hazy Days Stamps in black ink.  LOVE this stamp so much.

I used both the large splatter and the fine splatter.

I ensured some were overlapping and some were hanging off the page.

I just love how those flowers look..... I made sure the colours matched the background.

I added in some 7Dots Word Stickers and also a few of the Mambi Chips - to the centre of the flowers.  They just completely finished it off!

The final step.....JOURNAL!!!

Doesn't have to be a lot, but ADD it!

I love how this turned out!!


I'd love you to give it a go!

Here's a look at the 'Colour Wheel Challenge'. How can you not be inspired by this?!?!

You can win a Scrap Matrix voucher - Vicki has the bestest stuff!!
You could also win a Guest DT spot! How cool to come and play with us!!!

Just head on over to our Facebook shares group, and add your entry into the challenge album.  Don't forget to let us know which Scrap Matrix product/s you used!
Yep it's that easy!

I can't wait to see what you do!!
Bonus points from me if you try this technique! LOL!

Scrap Matrix Products used:
White Bazzill
White gesso
Dylusions Ink Spray
Prima Watercolours - Tropical
Carabelle Stamp
7 Dots Hazy Days Stamp
7 Dots Word Stickers - Paint Chips
Tim Holtz Ideaology Alpha Stamps
Tim Holtz Ideaology Small Talk Stickers
Mambi Chips - hello friend chalk