Friday, 15 November 2013

Christmas Card with Imagination Craft Mica Powders

Mid Month imagination Craft Project - "Night Sky at Christmas"

Hi again

For the mid month project for Imagination Crafts I have made a Christmas Card using Imagination Craft Mica Powders and Sparkle Medium.  The Mica  Powders when mixed with water shine and create lovely backgrounds which twinkle and glow.

I painted the sky onto black mount board using Blue and Irridescent Silver powders creating the look of clouds. I added some purple,  gold and yellow mixed with blue for the land. A little white was added to create depth too.

I spread Silver Sparkle Medium over a chipboard Star and "Noel" embellishment.  I Die-cut some swirls and as these were quite delicate I put some Sparkle Medium onto a brayer and used this to colour the swirls laying them flat on a glass mat and brayering the medium over each one.

The chipboard  frame was made by spreading Black Stars Sparkle Medium and Silver onto random areas the frame and left to dry.

The trees were some metallic embellishments I had left over last year. I really enjoyed painting with these mica's and it's given me ideas on how to use them in future for my paintings and cards etc.,

Product used

Silver Sparkle Medium
Black Stars Sparkle Medium
Mica Powders

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Cake Decorating Demo - Love this new hobby.

Hi all

Iv'e been busy Demonstrating again - this time it was cakes again.

This cake was made using a very cheap pre-made cake that I bought and then covered with icing. I then decorated the cake with hand-made roses and punched out flowers and leaves.

You can buy all sorts of designs to punch out and emboss your icing from Snowflakes to ivy leaves. I have found a new hobby now - even more crafty stash to find a home for.

My Demo at Otter Nurseries was mega busy and I sold out of lots of the punches and silicone moulds especially the Christmas designs. Empty shelves and happy customers.

Take a look at these little cakes and you can see there are silicone moulds with all sorts of themes, prams, baby feet, holly leaves, flowers and bells etc  You can even multi-colour the images using different colours of icing too.

The silicone moulds are great and can be used with clay and embossing powders as well.

I don't recommend you use the same moulds for baking as you do for the other crafts. Purchase a different set for baking for hygiene purposes.

Every cake, tart or pie I see now I wonder how I can decorate it.....

Friday, 1 November 2013

Imagination Crafts "Glitter and Sparkle" project

Hi all

For the Imagination Crafts Challenge for November 1st Iv'e made a Glitter and Sparkle project using Sparkle Medium.

Firstly I painted this canvas with blue Acrylic paint at the top and white at the bottom. I then mixed some Diamond Sparkle Medium with Iridescent Green Mica Powders and spread this onto the bottom of the canvas to form the grass. I also mixed the Green Mica Powder with Gunmetal Sparkle Medium for a different tone and also added this onto the bottom of the canvas. I scratched some lines into the Medium at the bottom to make it look like grasses.

For the tree, I spread dome Diamond and Silver Sparkle Medium onto white cardstock, let it dry, then used a Star Punch to punch out the shapes. I arranged the stars into a tree shape. I also added small Christmas Trees to the canvas which I punched out as well.

I made small holes in the canvas on each end of the branches of the tree and pushed through some battery operated Christmas Lights through from the back to the front.. I also taped the other lights on the string to the back of the canvas so that they would shine through the canvas like stars in the sky.

You could use this technique with lots of different images to add some bling to your Christmas creations.

Products used:
Sparkle Medium - Diamond
Sparkle Medium - Gunmetal
Irridescent Mica Powders - Green
Detail Sparkle - White Shimmer
Spatula Knife 
Star and Tree punches.