Wednesday, March 22, 2017

With Which Colours Do You Play? .... Amira's Favourite Crafting Colours

Hello Crafty Readers!

It's been dark and grey all day here in Sydney, and we have just had the BIGGEST BANG CRACK YEOW thunderstorm! I need a bit of colour after a day like that.

So let's get Amira singing..... and splashing her favourite colours around.......

Hello everyone,
Did someone say play?
Oh I love to play and with colors I especially love to play!

I love all colors - no discrimination of colors here!
My favourite tool is my handy color wheel.

I took a class on color and they had me making my own color wheel.

And mixing our own colors out of the 3 primary colors: red, yellow and blue.

But one of my most favourite things to do on a day when I don't really have much in mind is to make colourful backgrounds.

There are a few rules to this game:
Choose 3 colors,
Any application method,
stencils are allowed,
neutral colors like white or black are also allowed
and a 1 minute timer.


Oh the fun to be had!
But first!!!

Yes... use protection! That's all I have to say :)

Now on to play fun!

First background : yellow, orange and red 

This is my favourite part of the whole background :)

Here is another attempt ...

Love that dry scrubbing!!

I also love the black through the punchinello sequin waste trim.

Next colors : yellow, green and aqua

How beautiful is this :)

This part makes me SO happy

Negative space is very pleasing here.
The less brush strokes the better.

Next color combination: violet, burgundy and red


Next color combinations the mint, blue and green.

Just gorgeous!!

The next fun thing to do is to play with complimentary colors!!

First up : Orange and blue!!

I love this section right here ...

Next up: Red and green !!
(and the challenge is NOT to make is look like Christmas)

Just so inspirational!!!

Next up: yellow and purple :)

There was a slight contamination but happy mistakes are allowed :)

And one of my favourite combinations: hot pink and teal :)

How amazing did this turn out!

Love it SO MUCH!!

So as you can see, you can't just ask me what my favourite color is!!
I love them all!!

The link for this play of shenanigans is HERE
They are all truly beautiful!!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

All the leaves are brown - Amira's March Project #3: Making Leaves

Hello Crafty Readers!

What do you do when you live by the sea and Aunty Vera tells you that all the leaves are brown?
Well you make your own leaves of course!!

Join Amira today as she creates a glittery magical forest......

Hello everyone, 

I have been making leaves!
Yes- here by the ocean, we have no leaves!
But fear not!
With this Tim Holtz leaf stencil, I have been making leaves!

I needed texture paste one night for a crazy project I had thought of and because, well, no shop was open at 11pm when I usually craft, I made my own texture.

Here is the recipe in case you find your self in the same situation one day (wink)

Home made Texture Paste Recipe adapted from Gabrielle 

1/2 cup Baby Powder
2 Tablespoons white school glue
1-2 Tablespoons White Acrylic Paint
(some water may be necessary)

So I grabbed some wax paper I knew I had kept for some reason and applied the texture paste through the stencil on the waxy side and allowed it to dry.

I also did one sheet using the Nuvo glimmer paste (but that photo has mysteriously gone AWOL)

I allowed them to dry for at least 24 hours and was able to peel them fairly easily from off of the wax paper.

Here is what the glimmer paste leaves looked like.

Because of the texture and perhaps ingredients within the glimmer paste, these leaves held their shape well and felt somewhat pliable. They felt like real embellishments I could use that wouldn't fall apart on me.
The leaves made out of texture paste however were a bit delicate and I feared they would crumble once applied to a project.

Here is a leaf sprayed with Heidi Swaps gold shine.

Here is a texture leaf painted with gold acrylic paint.

I wondered what a gold heat embossed leaf would look like so I stamped VersaMark Ink on top of the leaf and dusted it with gold embossing powder and heated it through and it turned out pretty well.

This they gave me the idea of heat embossing all the leaves I had coloured with clear embossing powder.

Here is how they turned out...

These leaves were inked with the Tim Holtz Ink set from the March Kit, then clear heat embossed.

And because I was subconsciously singing  "All the leaves are brown ".... I even made a few brown leaves!!

Here is my new leaf family :) 

I added these leaves to a card front I made using the resist technique (stay tuned next week for that post!). They just go so well as a cluster here.

I hope you give making leaves a go!!

You can watch the whole process on my YT channel here :)
Happy crafting..

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