Feel Better Soon Card

feel better soon card

Another card made using vintage music paper, Brushos, Inkadinkado 99119 Fluid Motion collection of stamps and Stempendous Fran-tage Embossing Enamels (aged black and shabby pink).

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get well soon close up

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Brusho – Oh!

So after reading an article in Simply Cards and Papercraft Magazine (Issue 153), I decided to buy a set of Brushos. I wanted to try using them with stencils.

I had a few issues with the first attempt as the card I was using was poor quality. I ended up using some of my Poundland sketchbook paper, which took the water better. You spray (quite a lot) of water through the stencil, then remove it and sprinkle with the Brushos.

brusho chevrons

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I decided to try to make the background a bit more interesting but using vintage music sheets.

chevrons on music

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For this one I then (once the stencilled layer was dry) sprinkled Brushos on a glass matt and sprayed with water before dipping bits of the paper in it.

Carpet Disaster

So I had a bit of an issue. I live in a flat, which is mostly carpeted. My kitchen is tiny, so there isn’t room to craft in there. I am trying to improve my posture, so I’ve been crafting standing up using my ironing board. I found that a lot of the crystals stay on the paper and fall off onto the carpet when you pick the paper up. I didn’t know this (because you can’t see them) until I dripped a tiny bit of wet stuff on the carpet. I went to wipe it up and found all the crystals on the floor. As I wiped with the cloth and carpet cleaner I found more and more and the coloured patches got bigger and bigger and bigger!

I’m not sure how to avoid this happening! I’ve since brushed off the excess and used it to create some watercolour type images.

watercolour background photo

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I think I’m going to have to vacuum at the end, every time I use the Brushos. I’ve decided to buy a big kids’ plastic table cloth for the floor before I use them again.

Has anyone else had this problem?

Crafting Cheaply – More Bargains

Stay tuned for the post on craft websites. I’m still working on that.

After my first post I was thinking about what other things I’ve got that were a good price.

I’ve recently bought some craft sheets. I didn’t go for the branded ones, but picked up a pack of 4 PFTE sheets for £8.99 from Amazon. Some of them have minor blemishes on them, but so far I have glued and painted on them and it’s easy to wipe off (I did it fairly soon after painting so I don’t know what it would be like after days). I’ll let you know how I get on if I use it with my heat tool or any other materials.

Blulu 4 Pieces PTFE Sheet Non Stick Craft Mat Heat Press Transfer Sheet, 16 by 20 Inch

I tend to use white emulsion (a small pot for painting the house) rather than gesso as I find it’s less gritty in texture. You can get that from any DIY store. I like Wilkos for that and for the little tester pots, great for upcycling one small item such as here.

I used baby talc mixed with mod podge rather than buying texture paste to go through stencils for the background here. I don’t know what quantities I used, maybe try 50/50 of a small amount and see what it’s like.

I have more cheap crafting ideas too so keep your eyes pealed for future posts!

 

Crafting Cheaply – Bag A Bargain

I thought I might do a few more ‘useful’ posts that other crafters might be interested in.

I’ve found a few craft things recently that have been surprisingly cheap. So…I thought….are they any good?

Cheap cutting dies:

Now, I’m not an expert in dies. But they are EXPENSIVE! I can’t afford to be spending £15 on a set of dies I might only use occasionally. So I did a bit of hunting around. I found a couple of places where you can get them MUCH cheaper. I don’t want to spend more than £6 on a die set.

These are the ones I found.

The Works‘ (a shop in the UK) have brought in a load of new die sets. I bought NEARLY ALL of them. You can sign up to the email newsletter and get 10-20% off online. Individually the sets are all £6 or less. The bundle set (link below) is out of stock at the moment, hopefully they will all come back in. I am very glad I bought them when I did. To find the M & C ones you have to search for ‘metal dies’. If not, a lot of them seem to also be on ebay.

M and C Boutique Metal Craft Dies Set

I’ve also bought dies from Amazon (UK). I wondered if they would be naff as they were so cheap, but so far they have worked fine. They seem to have the same die under all sorts of different Company names. I’ve checked the US Amazon and they do seem to have a lot of the same ones available.

tag dies

Metal tag dies

Cheap stamps:

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So I also bought some stamps while I was doing my Amazon order.

A variety of stamp options

The only stamp set I wasn’t so keen on was the Alice in Wonderland stamps. Only because they were much smaller than I expected and it’s hard to make out the design on most of them. There are still one or two I’d use, and they are so cheap I’m not too worried.

Click here to see the first tag I made with some of the stamps and dies I bought.

In the next Crafting Cheaply post I’m going to share some research I’ve done about different websites to buy branded craft products from to get a good price without paying a fortune for delivery.

You can also view my post on a cheaper alternative to Chameleon pens (if you already have alcohol markers in your stash) here.

I attempted to make my own DIY gelli plate, which I blogged about, but I gave up and bought a real one! Sometimes you have to spend the money on a tool which will last you a long time.

 

 

Preparing for the exhibition

Ahhh so I have 2 weeks and 2 days until our group printmaking exhibition goes up.

Firstly….I need to actually finish the pieces. Secondly….I need to get mounts cut. Thirdly…..I need to screw all the d rings onto the frames. I sense I’m going to have a busy weekend!

I’m excited though. I’ll add photos when everything is ready!

🙂