Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Hanging Around

Hi everyone,

Here's a lovely little project for you ... a door hanger decorated JOFY style!   We have the wooden door hangers in our shop here ... they are only £1.25 each!

1. Paint the door hanger with Fresco Finish Stone, Taupe and French Roast.   I used a piece of Cut'n'Dry Foam to apply the paint.  The first coat will soak in, but I applied only a light second coat as I liked the fact you could see the wood grain through it.

2. Stamp the words (JOFY31) using Fresco Finish Snowflake.   Remember to not apply too much paint each time ... and make sure you clean your stamp straight after.

3. Paint an A5 size piece of Smoothy card with Candy Floss, Orchid, Spanish Mulberry and Mermaid.   I let the pink colours blend together to create a graduated effect.

4. Stamp your grasses and flowers (JOFY09, JOFY22, JOFY33) onto your door hanger using a Coffee Archival Ink Pad.   You will need to know what ribbons you are going to use later to work out where to position the stamping.  It's nice to have some of the flowers etc going off the edges/slightly over the hole.

5. Paint over your grasses/stems using Fresco Finish Hey Pesto (a translucent paint so it won't cover up the stamping).   Add highlights/shadows with Fresco Finish Green Olives and Old Gold (these are more semi-opaque, so you'll need to be more careful with them).  Paint in the dots using the Mermaid paint (again, this is an opaque paint, so be careful).  When everything is dry, use a brown pen to go back over any detail you've lost.

6. Stamp the flowers you need onto your painted cardstock.  Highlight areas with a gold paint pen.  Then cut them out and stick them onto your door hanger using 3D Foam Pads.

7. Glue your ribbons into place.

8. To finish add some dots with a White Sharpie Extra Fine Pen, and go around the door hanger with Brass Treasure Gold.


Friday, 19 June 2015

Fathers Day

Hi everyone,

Sorry it's been a bit quiet on here this month ... I went for a long weekend away in Amsterdam at the beginning of it, and the rest of the time I've been a busy bee working on top secret PaperArtsy stuff.   Put the 5th July in your diaries if you want to see what me, Jo, Lin and Mark have in store for you!

Anyway, tomorrow is Father's Day ... and as usual I've left making a card right until the last minute (but we won't tell him that!).  This is it ... and the how-to is below.

1. I brayered a background on a piece of Smoothy cardstock (you can find how to do this in Leandra's fab video below).

I used Fresco Finish paints in French Roast, Taupe, Space Cadet, Stone and Lake Wanaka (and I applied them in that order).

2. When the background was dry I added some Fresco Finish Pewter.   I didn't have the energy to shake the bottle, so I took the top off and dipped the non-brush end of a paintbrush in it to mix it up.   When I pulled the brush out there was a lot of paint on the end so I rolled and splodged it onto the page.   I also stamped PaperArtsy Mini 18, with the same paint, randomly all over the page.

3. I cut a card blank from metallic grey card (4.75"x9.5") and folded it in half.  I then cut a piece of Vanilla Bazzill (4.25"x4.25"), and a piece from my background (4"x4").   I stuck them all together.

4. I added a strip of corrugated metallic grey card across the bottom. (I've had this in my stash for ages - no idea where I got it from, sorry.   But it should be quite easy to replicate in a "ribbler" or you could paint some corrugated card with Fresco Finish Little Black Dress/Pewter).

5. Finally, I die-cut my word from the Vanilla card, and the stars from the metallic grey - and stuck them on with PVA glue and 3D Foam Pads.