Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Patina Look Notebook Cover

Hello, Antony here! Well I've been busy once more. This post is all
about using Viva Decor's Inka Gold/Pinflair Buff-it craft polishes to give a
patina style finish to your projects! The polishes will work on any porous
surfaces such as paper, cardboard or even wood, so they can easily be
used for your home decor projects as well as your papercrafting ones.
I've also done a video on how to create the patina effect look, so if you
want to view that skip to the bottom of the page where
you will see the video I posted to Youtube.

For this project I've used Viva Decor Inka-Gold in various colours, but
you could also be using Pinflair Buff-it craft or Tonic Studios Nuvo
Embellishment Mousse. Dies from Crafters companion, Sheena
Creative Expressions, Ranger Glossy Accents and a clear water based
sealer and an A5 size wire bound notebook with hardback front
and back covers.

Step 1 I started by buying an A5 wire bound hardback notebook. The reason
I chose a wire bound notebook was because it would be easy to remove both
covers for decorating. Also look for a cover that doesn't have a shiny finish
because you'll find that the decorating pastes won't stick to it.

Step 2 Using loads of different dies, I used them to cut myself the shapes
using 1mm cardboard. Most standard die will cut 1mm cardboard, but you
may need to tease the cut shapes out of the more detailed dies.

Step 3 Carefully pull apart the wire from the notebook so that the front
and back covers as well as the paper can be removed.
Put the back cover and paper to one side.

Step 4 I had no real plan on laying the die cuts out, but simply played
round until I was happy with how things looked, then I stuck them
down using Pinflair Glue-it Bookbinding Glue. If any of the die cuts
covered any of the holes for the wire binding, I made sure to re-cut
them within the die cuts.

Step 5 For the key and padlock I cut them out about 5 times each
using the 1mm cardboard and glued them together to add some real
dimension to my project.

Step 6 Using Rangers Glossy Accents, I added rivet style elements to the
project and let them dry before painting.

Step 7 I painted over the entire surface of the notebook using Viva Decor
Inka-Gold (copper) As the paste is water based, simply take some out of
the tub and put it onto a non-stick craft sheets or a small palette. Add some
water to the paste and then start painting. Ensure you get into all the
detailed areas. The paint is very forgiving, so you don't need to be 
good painter. I found a soft wide brush is best to use.

Step 8 Once I had painted all of the front cover, I let it dry for about
15 minutes. Don't try and force dry it, as it may warp the hardback cover.

Step 9 I applied a gold colour Inka-Gold to a sponge brush and lightly
brushed it over the surface of the die cuts. The higher areas of the design
 just picked up the colour. Don't over do it with the gold... lightly does it!

Step 10 Another colour of Inka-Gold this time... turquoise. Again I just a
sponge brush, but this time I added a splash of water to it after I
had loaded it with the paste. I pounced the brush on lightly to selected
areas of the design. This sort of gives the effect of verdigris.

Step 11 I continued to pounce with sponge brushes over some
of the areas that I had already painted with all the colours, until no
one real colour stood out the most. I finally went over with copper
colour Inka-Gold using a wet sponge to give a sort of oxide look to the
finish. I then let the everything dry for about half an hour and then using
a soft kitchen cloth I polished over the surface to the paint a shiny finish.
Finally I then sealed the surface with a water based sealer.
I applied two coats, letting it dry in between.

Step 12 I used the same paint techniques for the back cover and then
sealed that with a water based sealer.

Step 13 Once both the front and back covers were dry it was time to add
the paper back in and redo the wire binding.... job done!

Hope you enjoyed this post. Please take a look at the video. In it I use
Pinflair Buff-it craft polish to achieve the same patina effect. You can
start with your base colour using either copper or gold, it just depends
on the sort of look you are after.
The main thing is, just experiment and have fun!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Samantha and Antony

Monday, 5 June 2017

Guest Blog Post, Laura's Canvas

Hello to all our crafting friends, Antony here! Samantha and myself are
handing this post over to our Guest Blogger Laura Herbert.
Laura has been admiring Samantha's work and her willingness to help her
and others in the inkettes for nearly two years now!
Laura has also followed my own personal crafting journey from Dufex to Pinflair.
She even came to the NEC where I gave her a masterclass in
Pinflair's blending paints... although I later discovered she opted for
Tim Holtz's Distress Inks... can't win them all!
Recently Laura finally plucked up enough courage to
dip her toe into the wonderful world of canvases and mixed media!
As you will soon see Laura is Tim Holtz crazy.... so over to you Laura. 


Hi I’m Laura Jane, I’m mainly a card maker and have been for the last
15 years, I also like Cross Stitch, Dress Making, and Jewellery Making.
I have always admired mixed media, and with some helpful advice
and encouragement from fellow crafter’s Patricia, Antony and Claire.
I took the plunge and this is my first ever mixed media project. I knew
that I wanted to use my favourite stamp set which is the Umbrella Man
by Tim Holtz. I can now say that I love mixed media and can't wait
to get started on my next project.

Products used to make this project:- A4 white canvas from Poundland,
Bronze and Yellow Acrylic paint from Poundland
Poly-filler from Poundland,
Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Vintage Photo
Walnut Stain by Tim Holtz, Distress Stain in Tarnished Bronze by Tim Holtz,
Umbrella Man stamp set by Tim Holtz,
Mini Harlequin stencil by Creative Expressions,
Flourish stencil by Tim Holtz, Spotty stencil by That Special Touch,
Heat Embossing powder in copper by Whisper, 
Heat Tool by Wilkinson, Perfect Medium ink pad by ranger,
Flake and Glitter glue by Creative Expressions,
Copper Gilding Flakes by Creative Expressions, 3/8” Letter Dies by Tim Holtz

Step 1 Cover the canvas in Gesso but if you don't have any it's not a
problem I used White Acrylic Paint. I’ve since discovered that Gesso is
not essential as most canvas are all ready to go. Bonus!

Step 2 I used a bronze and a yellow acrylic paint.
(Yes I'm a messy crafter!) I placed a piece of scrap paper
in the middle of the canvas and I smudged the bronze and then the
yellow with my finger to look like sun rays.
I repeated this method until I got the look I wanted.

Step 3 After the paints dried from step 2 I made a mask (using a post-it note)
of the Umbrella Man stamp, and positioned him where I wanted him to go
later on. Once I did that I used my spotty stencil (by That Special Touch)
and poly-filler as texture paste along the top of the canvas. Major tip!
Soak the stencil straight the way otherwise it sets like concrete!! Oops.

Step 4 I had a few things going on, I didn't like the starkness of the
texture paste so I blended some Mustard Seed distress ink over the top of it.
Then with Vintage Photo Distress ink I stamped the clock
(from the Umbrella Man stamp set) randomly over the canvas, Then
using the Tim Holtz flourish stencil I used Tarnished Bronze Distress Stain
for a slightly different look.

Step 5 I went around the edges using Mustard Seed,
Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain distress inks. This helps
make the canvas appear smaller to fit the size of the stamp.

Step 6 Using a clean paint brush I flicked water around the edges
to make splatter marks. I then lifted the excess water off using paper
a towel to give it a more distressed look.

Step 7 To add more detail into the background I used the same
three distress inks as in step 6 through my harlequin stencil,
then moved the stencil over to a darker area of the canvas, and
spritzed using a water bottle through the harlequin stencil, leave the
water on for a few seconds before blotting it off with a paper
towel to lift of the water. This will cause a faux bleaching effect.

Step 8 Using a flourish stamp from my crafty stash I added gilding
flakes by stamping Gilding flake glue instead of ink onto the canvas.
I also added more gilding flakes (remembering to add the glue
through the stencil first) using my harlequin and spotty stencils
randomly over the canvas to balance everything out.

Step 9 First I stamped the Umbrella Man using Perfect Medium
(sticky ink) and added my embossing powder to the sticky ink and using
the heat tool I melted the powder, once all melted and still warm
add another layer of Embossing powder and heat with the heat tool again,
this is Double Embossing. I then cut him out by hand with the card
stock that was left over, I double heat embossed it.

Step 10 With the remaining heat embossed card stock, I die cut out
3/8” letters for my quote as said by Winnie the Pooh
“When life throws you a rainy day play in the puddles”.
I then die cut another set of letters in a lighter colour to give them
a drop shadow and glued them all down with my tacky glue.

WOW!! Thank you so much Laura, for that our first Guest Blog.
I'm sure you'll agree that Laura did an amazing job and even more
so when you consider that was also her first canvas project ever!
Both Samantha and myself hope that Laura's post has inspired you
to have a go at creating a canvas!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Samantha, Antony
and our Guest Blogger Laura

Monday, 22 May 2017


Hello to all our crafting friends, Antony here!
Samantha has been very busy... but has had time to do a fabby post.
This one was really worth the wait... it's full of interesting techniques!
So if you're a Sheena fan, you'll love it!
...and even if you're not I'm pretty sure you still will... over to you Samantha!

The materials used in this post are:-
Alchemy Perfect Partners stamps and dies by Sheens, 2 pieces of
A4 Matt black card, Sheena stamping card, Versafine onyx black ink pad
Brusho powders, Spectrum noir sparkle pens Autumn/winter
White gesso, 3D collall glue gel, Tacky glue
Pebeo drawing gum, Red liner tape

Step 1 Firstly, using 2 pieces of Black A4 Matt card score on the
short sides at 3/4 inch and 1 1/2 inches on both ends of each card.
Then on one piece only use a large rectangle DIE(or just cut an
aperture with a craft knife and ruler) within the centre two score lines
leaving an even boarder

Step 2 Next using a dry flat wide brush and white gesso, take off the
excess paint with some paper towel and lightly brush the gesso over the
whole of the outside of both pieces of black card in a horizontal direction
giving it a chalkboard effect.

Step 3 Then measure a piece of Sheena stamping card
to fit the panel between the two score lines on the non cut back panel.
Stamp the image of the professor slightly to the left and multiple words
and phrases to the right in versafine onyx black ink. Use Pebeo drawing
gum to mask the image of the professor and leave to dry.

Step 4 Mean while, DIE cut several test tubes, herbs, the
Bunsen burner, magnifier, book stack, rack, and a few bottles
and light bulbs from Sheena card too. Once cut, stamp them the
Sheena way by anchoring your stamp to the glass mat and inking
up and placing your DIE cut one part at a time onto the stamp to
get a perfect impression. Using the sparkle pens colour up your DIE
cuts in colours to match your theme.

Step 5 Next choosing about 8 different colours of brushos, I just
sprinkled lightly over the whole professor image and spritzed with
water and dabbed excess runs away till I was happy with the results.
Once dry, I rubbed away the drawing gum and coloured the professor
in contrasting dull colours then just edged the whole piece in black
soot distress ink.

Step 6 Stick this piece to the back panel and crease the score
lines on both black card pieces. Use red liner tape and tacky glue on
the two outer tabs and stick together to form the diorama card.
All that's left to do is to arrange your DIE cuts on the front panel and
glue in place with collall 3D glue gel and allow to dry. 

Hope you've enjoyed this post, have fun trying all the ideas!
Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Samantha and Antony

Monday, 8 May 2017

Butterfly 3D Suncatcher

Hello to all our crafting friends, Antony here! Well where has time gone?
It has been an age since I last posted something, but I've been busy
with life! Anyhow for this project I wanted to share with you all, a sort of
suncatcher that i've made. The actual decorating is pretty quick
but like most, it's a waiting game for the glue to dry between
each step. Hope you enjoy this bright colourful project, as much as I
enjoyed making it!

For this project I've used a large acrylic bauble with a large hole in one side, peel
off sticker material in various colours, coloured cardstock, Pinflair Gellitex,
Buff-it craft polishes and Pearl Wands.
The large butterfly die is from Crafters Companion and the
leaves and flower dies are unbranded dies that I have in my collection!

Step 1 Firstly take the acrylic bauble and make sure it's clean
from dust and grease. Most acrylic baubles come in two halves,
glue these together using a small amount of Pinflair Gellitex.
Next using peel off sticker material, die cut some butterflies.
I've used various colours of material to make it look more interesting.
I then stuck the butterflies to the outside of the bauble.
If you haven't got peel off sticker material, use thin cardstock to cut out
your butterflies and use Gellitex to stick them into place on the bauble.
Don't worry if the Gellitex spills out, as you won't see it after you've
applied the Gellitex over it later.

Step 2 Once I had placed all the butterflies into position, I then used a sponge
and applied Gellitex gel in a dabbing action all over the outer surface
of the bauble. This creates the perfect frost finish on the acrylic.
Drying time for the Gellitex is about half an hour for a thin application. 

Step 3 Whilst the Gellitex was drying, I die cut myself all the flowers
and leaves using coloured cardstock (about 240gsm).

Step 4 After I had layered and glued the die cut flowers, I then applied a
very small amount of Pinflair Buff-it craft polish to just highlight
the outer edges of the petals using a sponge brush.
Then using a Pinflair Pearl Wand, I added detail to the centre of each flower.

Step 5 I applied the same treatment to the leaves as I did the flowers, as
you can see the Buff-it craft polish picks up the embossing on the leaves really nicely.

Step 6 As well as the flowers and leaves, I also cut some large butterflies
using a die from Crafters Companion.Once cut, I highlighted the edges
using a sponge brush and Buff-it craft polish.

Step 7 Using a Pinflair Pearl Wand, I added a little extra detail to the
body of the butterflies. The Pearl Wand decoration takes about half and hour to
dry for smallish size pearls. Once all the elements were dry I then started to
arrange them inside of the acrylic bauble. First I stuck the leaves in,
using silicone glue so that it would stick to the acrylic bauble really well. After the
leaves I started to arrange the flower heads. Tweezer came in really
handy here, otherwise it would have been impossible to work within
the bauble.

Step 8 Next I let the silicone glue dry totally before I then started to
place the 2 butterflies in position. Again I used silicone glue, not only
to hold them in place, but also to also help give them some dimension.

Step 9 Once again I allowed the silicone glue to completely dry and then started to
decorate the outside of the bauble. Starting with the leaves, I began arranging
them so that part of the leaf curled over the entrance to the opening in the
bauble. I curled the leaves slightly and then stuck it in place using
silicone glue. Once all the leaves were in position I added the flower heads.

Step 10 The very last thing to do was to add some ribbon to the hanger
of the bauble. I let all the glue dry completely before then hanging it in
a window. The Gellitex acts like a frosting effect on the bauble, but you
can still see the butterflies that have been cut out using the peel off sticker
material. When the light shines through the window, that's when you
this little creation really comes alive.

Hope you've enjoyed this post, hopefully I'll get time again to upload
another post soon!
Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Samantha and Antony