Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Halloween card for Imagination Crafts

Hi Everyone

I hope you are all ready for Halloween?  Iv'e made a spooky card for the mid month Inspiration Post on the Imagination-craftschallenges blog.

To make this card I cut out a circle to use as a stencil for the moon then I stippled white acrylic paint through the stencil onto a black card which I had coloured with  blue chalk to colour the background sky.  I then added white chalk all around the edge of the moon and faded it with a blender. I added random lines drawn across the moon made with a water pen and brushed Irridescent Mica Powder over the marks to give a cloudy misty moonlight effect. I used blue and white powders. I then put some silver sparkle Medium onto my finger and gently and thinly spread it over the whole sky to create the look of stars.

I added green mica powder to sparkle gel and spread this onto the bottom of the card to create the grass. I then mixed orange mica powder to sparkle gel and stenciled the plain pumpkin from the Pumpkin stencil. I made a few marks to give the pumpkin a round look and when dry added the pumpkin face using Black Stars Sparkle Medium.

The grass was made using a palette knife which I scratched into the wet Sparkle Gel for effect. To finish I added a black cat using Black Stars Sparkle Medium and gave him two blue adhesive gem eyes .

You can mix mica powders with Sparkle Medium to give colour or even change the colour. Experiment and have fun.

Products used -                  (visit the Imagination Crafts shop here to browse for more products )
Black Stars Sparkle Medium
Silver Sparkle Medium
Irridescent Mica Powders
Water brush
Pumpkin Stencil

Here's a little bonus for you .........

- a Tag also made with the same powders, stencil and methods as above.

Happy crafting...

Monday, 7 October 2013

Cake Decorating at Otter Nurseries


Hi Everyone,
Thought I would show you this cake that I decorated when I did my Cake Decorating Demo at Otter Nurseries last week.  Lots of interest in the decorating techniques and the cakes which ranged from small cup cakes to a fairly large wedding cake.  Some ladies had a go themselves and went home with their own little piece of heaven. 

I had so much fun decorating cakes that I now have a brand new hobby and something else to add to my Demonstration profile. I'm looking forward to decorating many more cakes in future - and eating them of course. Yummy.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Sparkle Medium with Glass Paints

Hi again,

Being on the Imagination Crafts Design Team means I can play with all different mediums alongside all the lovely products that Imagination Crafts sell on their website. Click here to go to the website.

It's great fun to create ideas for my two monthly posts so for my first October Inspiration Project I created a "Suncatcher" for Halloween made with Glass Paints and Sparkle Medium.  This could be put in your window on October 31st to shine through your window to outside or hung on your door for those Trick or Treaters.

Firstly I found an old piece of Acetate which used to be part of a plastic window. I cut it to size with a fret saw then painted on the back with yellow (for the sky), orange, green and brown glass paints and covered this with white tissue paper whilst still wet. This gives a crumpled look on the correct side of the piece.

I then used Black Stars Sparkle Medium and the Halloween Stencil - Pumpkin for the images on the front and also went around the edge with the Halloween spider's web stencil to give it a frame. I also added another frame with black card to finish.

Products used

Black Sparkle Medium
Halloween Stencil - Pumpkin