Gold Leaf Light-Up Frame

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to be an X-Press It Creator and I may have squeeled a little (or a lot). I use X-Press It products on an everyday basis already, whether it be the Double Sided Tape Runner or Foam Squares in card making or the X-Press It Blending Card for Copic colouring, so to be a creator for a brand I love is an absolute honour. 

Today I am sharing a little frame I made using the X-Press It Gold and Silver Metal Leaf. 

I grabbed a white frame I had sitting around and bought a wire with little LED lights from Kmart. 

The Metal Leaf comes in Gold, Silver and Copper but today I focussed mainly on the Gold, with a little bit of Silver.

I painted the frame with the X-Press It Gold Size using an old paintbrush and let it sit for about 10 minutes. When nice and tacky I added the gold leaf. 

I wanted a distressed look so I very lightly roughed up the gold metal leaf and pressed it onto the frame. 

I then added some silver metal leaf to fill in the spaces. 

I brushed off the loose leaf with a dry paintbrush and then repeated the above steps again to fill in the frame. 

I love that X-Press It has so many different tapes for so many different applications.

For adhering paper to paper like above I alway go for the Blue Double Sided Tape, and because it comes in so many widths it makes it so versatile also. 

I die cut a heap of little fir trees from the same white cardstock and adhered the top back trees using the X-Press It Clear Gel Glue. 

The trees in the foreground were adhered using the X-Press It Foam Mounting Tape to give some added dimension. 

I filled the bottom part of the frame with the little lights and adhered the back using the X-Press It High Tack Double Sided Tape as this needed to stay firmly adhered. 

You can now either leave the frame nice and simple and sit it on the mantle or add some baubles to the side to make it more Christmassy.

Hope you give Gold Metal Leafing a go.. its so much fun with such a beautiful unique finish. 


Watercolour Geodes with Colour Blast Artist Inks

Hello Lovelies.. last week I was super excited to play with the all new Colour Artist Inks. I literally could not put down my paintbrush and stop. These babies are so incredibly vibrant and delicious I cannot even put into words how much I love them.

One of the projects I created were these Geode paintings and I wanted to share the process with you.

Firstly loosely draw a rough oval shape with a pencil on a piece of watercolour paper, mine were about 5 x 7 inches in size. 

Load a round brush (a size 6 works well) with clean water and paint along the pencil line to wet your paper. Pick up a tiny bit of the Colour Artist Ink on the tip of your brush and drop the colour into the wet area, right on the outer edge, so that it works its way naturally into the centre. 

I used all four blues: MermaidOasisCalypso & Marine, as well as Walnut and a tiny bit of Soot & Berry Colour Artist Ink. Allow this layer to dry completely before moving onto the next geode ring. 

I'm not all that very patient so decided to start on another geode while waiting for this guy to dry. The step by step images for this one are below. 

Continue creating new rings moving in towards the centre one by one. Start with a ring of clean water and drop in the colour just like you did for the first ring. I decided to add a natural ring to the outside (while waiting for the centre to dry.. so you could work both inwards and outwards at the same time if you like. The colours used for the outside ring were: Walnut & Soot Colour Artist Inks.

I then moved into some greens: Grass & Lime with a touch of Mermaid Colour Artist Ink.

Lastly I created the crack in the centre of the geode by painting a skinny oval in the very centre with clean water and dropped the colour into the centre rather than to the outside of the oval. This made the colour move outwards rather inwards. You can help it along with your brush a little if need be.

And here is the finished geode.. love how it turned out and I love how insanely vibrant the colours are. 

The second geode was created with exactly the same steps as above, but this time focussing more on the purples & pinks. I used the BerryCranberrySlipper and Marine Colour Artist Inks for the first two outer rings. 

In the next couple of rings I dropped back on the Berry & Marine and focussed on the CranberryBordeauxSunburnt & Spice Colour Artist Ink.

And finally the centre of the geode was a combination of Marine & Berry Colour Artist Ink.

Hope I have inspired you to have a play with the new Colour Artist Inks. I cannot recommend these guys highly enough.. and what more.. these geodes were painted using only 1 drop of each colour. Oh yea! 

p.s. don't forget to have fun!

Summer Splash - Uniquely Creative DT Share

Hello lovelies.. popping in quickly today to share my DT layouts for the November Creative Kit Club, using the Summer Splash collection.

In my first layout I used the large beach ball overlay included in the kit, as well as the Sunshine die.. which is also included in the kit. Loved the grounding that the overlay gave the layout.

In this layout of our little 'beach babe' Charlie, I used the Sand Texture stencil and the navy ink to create some texture in the background as well as the Scribble Interlocking Circles die to add a lot of texture around the main cluster.

I couldn't bare to put away all those little shells and fish that I didn't use, so I popped together this layout with my leftovers. I added a bit of stitching to the little triangles and roughed up the edges for added texture.

The 3 dies used in this kit are these guys.. and the little scribbly circles and waves are some of my doodles which is extra cool. The kit & dies are available over on the Uniquely Creative website so why not pop past and check it out. 

Hope I've inspired to get out your beach photos and create some layout. 

Colour Blast Shimmer Dusts & The Gel Press

Hello lovelies... I was inspired to get my Gel Press out after seeing Rachel Dutko's post on the Colour Blast Blog last week and have a play with my Colour Blast stash and share my process with you and hopefully inspire you to make some prints also. 

I love the Gel Press for so many different reasons, but most of all because no print is ever the same and the possibilities are literally endless... hence the name mono-printing. 

You can use a heap of art supplies you already probably have on hand for mark making but also tons of items lying around the house or on their way to the bin... and we all love recycling don't we?

I squeezed some white acrylic paint into my palette and added a little bit of the Colour Shimmer Dust in SunflowerAmberLush & Candy. Any acrylic paint will work, mine was just a cheap one I had lying around for ages. 

Mix the Colour Shimmer Dust into the paint really well until the colour is nice and even. You will end up with beautiful pastel tones and the more dust you add the more intense the colour will be. 

Now its time to get your Gel Press out... 
Add the paint to the Gel Press with a small popsicle stick, a palette knife or the end of a paint brush, just make sure you don't use anything sharp that could scratch the surface of the press. 

Using a brayer, roll out the paint and until you achieve a colour that you are happy with. You pull the print now on a piece of paper, cardstock, deli paper or tissue paper.  

This is the print I pulled from the above images. No mark making.. just the paint and brayer marks. Sometimes prints like these are just perfect if you want a matt for a photo on a layout or for a background for a card... or you can go to town and make some marks :)

Gather your texture stamps, foam stamps (if you don't have foam stamps you could die cut some fun foam using your dies), toilet paper rolls, register rolls, leaves, pencil with a rubber on the end, muslin, calico, stencils, string, ribbon, lace, doilies, scrunched up paper etc... literally anything with a cool texture that is not sharp is worth a try. 

Roll out some paint onto your Gel Press and start making marks. I love stamping off the stamps I press into the press onto a print to layer texture upon texture. Once you have some cool marks on your press, pull a print and repeat the process with another colour combo. 

Cleaning your brayer off onto paper creates a cool start to a print too so just have a stack of paper next to you and just keep playing. Above is a print with brayer marks & stamped off texture stamps. 

Here I have added a few prints after adding marks to the press with stencils. I also used muslin to add a bit more texture through the large opening of the gingko stencil. 

Side note: I have a number of Prima & Kaisercraft texture stamps that I don't mind if they get all messed up with paint and ink, but if you are worried about your stamps, wipe them off before the paint dries. 

I trimmed down my panel to fit into my small Dylusions Art Journal and inked up the edges with a Black Gelato and smudged it with my finger. 

I then gathered some of my favourite Dylusions & Darkroom Door stamps and had some fun. Lastly I got out the Colour Shimmer Cubes and added a little bit of shimmer to the leaves with the Dusty Charcoal

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my process and its sparked you to get out your Gel Press and the Colour Shimmer Dusts and have a play.

Ps.. Don't forget to have fun! xx Kasia

Penguin Pals Stamp & Colour Kit

Waaaaaaa!!!! Excitement plus right here with the second Stamp & Colour Kit release - Penguin Pals. This month the kit is focussed on these adorable little guys. Oh my!
Loved cracking out my Distress Oxides and Copics to create this fun card. The sentiment is from the All Occasions Stamp Set.. love love love that script!

The Penguin Pals kit from Uniquely Creative is packed full of goodies to complement these fun characters, including patterned paper, cardstock, cards & envelopes, bakers twine, the most adorable sequin mix ever which has tiny little snowflakes in it, iridescent pearls, glitter, acetate and of course the Penguin Pals Stamp Set, Fir Trees Die & an inspiration book chocked full of amazing ideas from the Stamp & Colour DT. 

This little card was coloured with Distress Inks & Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Cubes

I added the Stitched Nesting Rounded Rectangles die & the Banner Sentiment Builder Stamp set to create this little layered card. 

The First Christmas Stamp Set is just adorable, the little planks of wood can be used to build a stable and the little characters can be used together like in this card or by themselves.
The little Mary can be used as a little girl praying when used by herself. Joseph could be used as a shepherd coupled with the little sheep and the baby Jesus would look amazing with a beautiful gentle glow behind him. 

The kit also includes two super cool chipboard Snow Globe Bases, which work perfectly with the Cross Stitch Nesting Arches dies to create shaker cards as above. 

I couldn't resist using the little house from the Garden Guys Stamp Set from last kit's release together with the Woodland Creatures Stamp set to make this sweet little card. I cut apart the All Occasions Stamp Set to build the 'sending Christmas hugs' sentiment. 

This was such an insanely fun Kit to work with.. seriously I could have just kept on going and going.

Pop over to the Uniquely Creative website to check out the kit and add-on's, check out the list of Stockists or ask your favourite paper crafting store to get the stamps & dies in for you.