Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Butterfly Canvas for Lindy's Gang

Hello Lindy's Gang! Happy New Year to you all! Today I am sharing a Butterfly canvas using Lindy's fabulous Magical Shakers to create my background and some gorgeous embossing powder to give my chipboard a lovely textured shimmery finish. Lets get started!

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To start, apply some texture paste horizontally and vertically to the canvas, I have left the upper left space empty as this is where my focal point will be and then added the paste more sparingly toward the edges.
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Before allowing the paste to dry,  add some chipboard to the canvas using a matte gel medium and then leave to dry.

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Using archival ink and stamps,  add some more interest to the background....

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...and then give everything a good coat of white gesso and dry throughly.

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Now grab some magical shakers, I wasnt sure which colors I would use, so I grabbed a few...LOL

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To begin, mix some Guten Tag Teal and Bavarian Blue with some water in a palette and using a brush add the color to the canvas. I also added some Autumn Maple Crimson which gave me a lovely purple. Allow this to dry completely.

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Add some metallic gilding paste to the chipboard in copper and blue....

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...I felt my background was a little light, so I added some Time travel Teal for added depth.

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Once this is dry,  splash some black ink onto the canvas.

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To give the focal point some texture, paint the chipboard with black paint, whilst the paint is still wet, add some Morning Glory Azure embossing powder, when drying with the heat tool, the paint will bubble and give additional texture whilst melting the embossing powder


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To finish off, layer with flowers, gems and a few old rusted items. I have used a gorgeous chipboard butterfly pin from my stash as the focal point and a smattering of microbeads for extra detail.


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Lindys Products: Guten Tag Teal shalker  Bavarian Blueshaker  Autumn Maple Crimson shaker Morning Glory Azure embossing powder
Other Products: Canvas, Whichcraft Chipboard, Gel medium, texture paste, gesso, flowers, gems, stamps, archival ink
Thanks for dropping by and have a magical day
Lindys Blog Designer badge 2019 Kerry

Monday, 7 January 2019

Batik Inspired Napkins featuring Lindy's

Hello Lindy's Tribe.  A Happy New Year to you all!! And a happy new obsession for me... Batik! I love it, the patterns, the colors, designs, I just cant get enough. The fabric that comes from Indonesia is AMAZING and has totally inspired today's project. I have to send a big shout out to my Mum, Anne, who showed me this fabulous technique, and I am sure you will love it just as much as me. For this project you will need 3 of your favorite sprays, I have chosen Urban Amethyst, Hydrangea Blue, Drop Dead Gorgeous Green and some purely white embossing powder.

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To begin, take your sprays and some plain white single ply napkins.

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Leave the napkin folded into quarters and spritz moderately with water on both sides, you may see the napkin warp with the water.

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Next, add your sprays to the napkin, if you choose colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, they will blend nicely to give you additional colors. Blue will work with purple or green so iI have no problems there, however I have been more careful with the green and purple, as these will make brown if they mix.

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Spritz the now colored napkin with more water, you can be quite liberal. Place a new napkin ontop of the colored napkin.

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Use your hand to help the color seep into the top napkin

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Keep gently pressing with your fingers until all of the top napkin is colored too.

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After you have absorbed the color into the additional napkins you should now have napkins that look something like this. Take your heat gun and gently dry the napkins, turning the napkin will help dry all the layers.

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Once your napkin is reasonably dry... flick large droplets of water back onto the napkin, I know, I know, you just dried it, but this will give some awesome effects, and then dry off again.

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Now that our napkin is all dry we can open it up to see the difference in the layers, the bottom left corner in the image below was our top layer that had the sprays directly sprayed onto them, you can see the shimmer sitting on the surface. The bottom right image was the back of the napkin, that had some water drips directly to it. The two top sections of the napkin in the picture have a more ethereal look as these were in the middle of our folded napkin.

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Much like tissue paper, the napkin is very thin and fragile. To make it more durable, use a glue stick and apply the glue directly to a piece of cardstock, then lay the napkin over the top to adhere it to the card. You can now use it as a card base or die cut it for example.

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These beautiful backgrounds are perfect as they are, but here is a couple of examples of what you can do with them. Take an Art Foamie stamp and add some white paint to the stamp.

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Stamp the paint onto the Batik background and then sprinkle Purely White embossing powder onto the wet paint and heat set, this will make the white image nice and bright white and also add a little more texture.

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Cut out the stamped image and layer with a heart for a simple card.

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For the second card, simply cut a strip of the background and adhere it to one side of the card base, add some stamping, a few splashes and some coordinating flowers. Easy Peasy!

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Lindy's Products purely white Urban Amethyst, Hydrangea Blue, Drop Dead Gorgeous Green
Other Products: Art Foamie, acrylic paint, napkins, cardstock, flowers, glue stick
Thanks for dropping by and have a magical day xx
Lindys Blog Designer badge 2019 Kerry

Friday, 9 November 2018

Dream Mini Journal featuring Lindy's Sprays.

Hello Lindy's Tribe! As the end of the year rapidly approaches its time to think about the festive season. If you like to celebrate and share gifts at this time, this is a fabulous way to create some one of a kind inexpensive gifts to give to friends and loved ones. All you need are your favorite Lindy's Sprays or Magicals, some copy paper, some rings to bind your journal (or twine if you don't have rings), punches or dies and stamps (if you have them) and some glue!

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To begin, choose some color, any colors will work. Today I am using these fabulous colors: Poinciana Red Flame, Summer Lovin' Sun, Shabby Turbine Teal, Azure Sea Asters, Sweet Violet Purple Teal and Pretty In Pink Pink.

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For this project, I am using a cardboard box as a 'spray booth' I am spraying quite a bit and want to contain my overspray (also I am LAZY, and this way there is no clean up :p ). Pop a piece of copy paper in the box, add a good misting of water, then apply your chosen sprays. If you want to add 2 or more sprays to a page, make sure that they are colors that work well together, if you use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, you cant go wrong!

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Mist another piece of copy paper well with water and apply the 2 wet sides of paper together.

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Let them sit for a few seconds then gently peel the paper apart.

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The top layer will be a muted version of the bottom sheet and you get to use all the color you have sprayed.

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Repeat this process using different colors to build a stash of colored pages. Now is the perfect opportunity to experiment with colors to see what combinations you like.


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Decide what size you would like your pages to be and cut your papers accordingly, I have cut my A4 page in to 3 pieces. Each piece will need to be folded in half to create the front and back of your book pages,

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I have selected 2 pieces to be my front and back cover and I am adhering a piece of cardstock inside the folded page to make the covers a little more rigid. Also keep aside one of each page to use for embellishing the pages.

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Then you simply need to glue the inside of each folded page together.

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Knock all of the pages together and use a bulldog clip to hold them and trim off the uneven edges (you may prefer to keep them uneven for added interest). Keep these strips aside too.

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Punch some holes for your rings or twine.

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To embellish your pages you may want to use punches, stamps, dies, doodling, washi tape.... pretty much anything you like. I dragged out the punches and blew off the dust (they haven't been used in a while). I also added a few pages of black cardstock to my  page stash.

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Here is an example for a simple embellishment, punch the shape from one page, and adhere the punched shape to another page. The black page can bee seen through the punched shape, easy as!!

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Use the strips and some stamps to add more interest, add washi tape too for something different.

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Soon you will have a huge stash of pages. you can make smaller books with fewer pages, or chunky books with loads of pages!!

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To embellish the cover I have used some of the strips from our page edges and a 'punched' butterfly (he was not injured in the making of this book) ...hehe. Some fibres and paper beads added to one of the rings and some chipboard accents finished it all off!

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Here is a peek inside...

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The black pages really make the other pages POP.

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So easy. These little books are also a fab way to use up your 'mop up pages'.

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I hope you feel inspired to create a mini journal or two :)

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Lindy's Products: Poinciana Red Flame, Summer Lovin' Sun, Shabby Turbine Teal, Azure Sea Asters, Sweet Violet Purple Teal and Pretty In Pink Pink.
Other Products: Whichcraft Chipboard, stamps, Archival Ink, glue stick, copy paper, cardstock, rings, fibres.

Thanks for dropping by and have a Magical Day xx