Monday, 17 October 2016


I love Halloween and I am especially fond this chap from Stampendous! The stamp has so many layers that it's great to take apart and layer - I've just used the one stamp for this whole creation. The clock is part of the image.

Here's how I created it:

1 Die cut several pocket watches and cut the centres from all but one. Paint them with bronze coloured paint (you are going to layer them so you can just paint the edges on all but the top and bottom pieces).

2 Cover the top part of the frame with Versamark. Emboss the frame with Aged Copper embossing enamel. While the powder is still molten add a little Seasonings powder here and there and heat again to melt the seasonings into the powder.

3 Add some Spoonful of Rust here and there and heat to set the elements.

4 Sponge the frame lightly with black StazOn to ‘age’ it.

5 Stamp the pumpkin onto copper and silver metal sheet. Cut the large clock out in a circle the same size as the frame from the copper sheet.

6 Colour the stamped image with pencils. Cut some of the elements of the silver metal sheet and add the details to the stamped image.

7 Add some metal embellishments and stickers saying ‘13’.

8 Glue the copper metal piece to the back piece of the frame. Trim off the excess stamped image so it will fit into the chipboard frame – you want to position him so his hat will protrude beyond the edges of the watch frame. Stick just the very bottom most edge of the stamped image to the background but don’t glue his torso or head yet.

9 Layer up the frame pieces and glue them together with the embossed one on top. Add over the pumpkin collage. Add some 3D foam under the pumpkin’s head to lift it and adhere the feathers on his hat to the outside of the frame.

Products used:
Stampendous products:
CRR269 Steam Pumpkin Stampendous Cling Stamp
EJS05 Spoonful Rust
FREG025 Frantage Embossing Enamel – Aged Copper
FREG044 Frantage Chunky Embossing Enamel – Seasonings
MPW811 Mixed Media Paper
WA101 Versamark Watermark Ink Pad

Sizzix Die – Pocket Watch Frame
Copper paint
StazOn Ink – Jet Black
Copper and silver coloured metal sheet
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Metal embellishments
Number stickers
3D foam tape

Friday, 14 October 2016

Stampendous October Catalogue Sneak Peek!

All this week the Stampendous DT are sharing a little preview of the new releases coming in the new catalogue. Lots of lovely new stamps and stencils are coming your way!

I'm sharing a quick journal page today created with the Pizzazz Flower stamp.

I used a messy 'wet on wet' watercolour technique to colour the flower stamp - I wet the stamped area with water first then dropped wet watercolour paints into the water with a brush (I used Prima Confections watercolours). The paint spreads, flows and mixes - it's very unpredictable but gives a lovely loose look I think.

I added flicks of watercolour paint all over and a wash of paint over the stamped wording before finishing with a doodled border.

I love the fresh look of this technique and hope you do too!

Katy x

Stampendous products used:
Stampendous Cling Stamp Flower Pizazz CRR286
Stampenous Cling Stamp Follow Your Art CRH289

Friday, 7 October 2016

Haunted Halloween Card for Stampendous

We have a Halloween theme this week at Stampendous so I am sharing a quick card I made with some of this year's new release stamps. This creepy little fellow (called Who Am I?) is one of faves, he's so funny looking, love him!

I stamped Haunted Mansion and placed a circle mask before sponging the whole background with ink. After removing the mask I added yellow ink to the 'moon'.

The castle and Who Am I were stamped again and coloured with markers before being added with 3D foam.

Finally, I sponged black ink through the Bats stencil and cut out two bats to add in front of the inked moon.

Stampendous products used:
Who Am I? Cling Stamp (CRQ226)
Haunted Mansion Cling Stamp (CRR267)
Dreamweaver Stencil: Bats (DWLL525)

Happy Halloween!
Katy x

Friday, 30 September 2016

Tree Tag for Stampendous

This week at Stampendous we are playing with the Stack stamp sets - these are really cute sets where the heads and bodies mix and match so you can create different characters. The set I used is called Winter Stack and features lots of cute snowmen.

I chose to make an MDF tag to hang from the Christmas tree using Fran-tage to create a lovely textured background.

Here's how:
1) Undercoat the tag with gesso then cover generously with Versamark. Cover with Spoonful of Snow and gently heat set (hold the heat tool at a distance to begin with to prevent the powders blowing away).

2) Add more Versamark and some Chunky White powder to the bottom, while still hot sprinkle in some Ice Blue enamel and heat again. Again while hot, add some flakes of white mica for extra texture.

3) Emboss a snowflake (Tando Creative) with Ice Blue enamel and add a sprinkle of Crystal Mix Glitter while the enamel is still hot.

4) Finally colour the stamped image and use wet glue to add some Crystal Mix Glitter to his hat and the snow at his feet. Use hot glue to secure him to the lumpy bumpy background.

He would look cute on the Christmas tree wouldn't he? And with the mix and match elements of the Winter Stack you could make a whole set with a different snowman on each.

Warm wishes!
Katy x

Stampendous products used:
Winter Stack Clear Stamp Set (SSC1249)
Fran-tage Embossing Enamel - Ice Blue, Chunky White
Fran-tage Spoonful of Snow
Fran-tage Mica Fragments - White
Crystal Mix Glitter
Versamark Inkpad

Winter Stack set

Friday, 23 September 2016

Death Becomes Her for Paperbabe Stamps

Well how lucky am I getting to play with the brand new releases from Paperbabe stamps (click the link to go to the Paperbabe blog for more inspiration)! 

As soon as Kim showed me the Day of the Dead inspired face stamps I HAD to say yes to creating a piece for her. I am no artist so rather than try to create realistic hair and skin I decided to go a bit Gothic and make a piece of Halloween art. I've been very much inspired by Kim's work with her substrates and stamps for this piece so I can't really take much credit - but it does show how easy it is to learn from her and create your own artworks even if you can't draw for toffee!

I combined the Mini Female Face set and the new Sugar Skull set to construct the face. I stuck to a white, black and red palette, using shades of grey for the eyes.

Because I love a bit of the macabre I used the blood drips around her neck and painted a 'slash' line with red and grey paints above.

The layered flowers are painted in two tones of red and finished with gems.

I painted the large MDF panel silver then used the new Roses stencil with silver embossing paste (Dreamweaver) over the top. I aged the silver with black Archival Ink applied with a sponge. Scraps of grey netting add to the aged effect.

Her hair is simply painted black then stencilled with cobwebs in silver embossing paste.

Hope you like my spooky portrait. I had a ton of fun making it! Pop over to the Paperbabe blog for more inspiration with the new releases.

All Paperbabe goodies can be purchased here - the new releases are available from tomorrow, 24th September.

See you soon!
Katy x

Friday, 2 September 2016

That's Crafty All Square Challenge

Time for another That's Crafty! Challenge and the theme this time is All Square. I've made a quick square card with a square stencil and a twinchie embellishment.

1 On a 4" square card blank, stencil the squares with Mustard Seed Distress Ink. Add splatters of Bora Bora PaperArtsy paint with a splatter brush.

2 Run a painty finger around the edge to make a border. When dry add a doodled black border with pen.

3 Stamp the Dina Wakley stamp (All the Gals set) onto a scrap of monoprinted card. Edge with Bora Bora paint and add some details with white gel pen and a doodled border. Stamp and add the sentiment.

And that's it - quick and simple today. Have fun in the challenge and good luck!

Katy x

Thursday, 25 August 2016

A Cracking Tag!

We are using our crackle for the latest That's Crafty challenge and I’ve created a distressed tag using the fantastic crackle paint from DecoArt. This is a great crackle product, it’s really sturdy and cracks really well. The secret is to get a nice even coverage that isn’t too thin and to use a darker colour on your base layer which will show through the cracks.

This video shows you how to do create the distressed crackle background used on my tag – hope you enjoy it!

To finish I just added a circular wash of yellow paints, some stamped images, some background stamping and a computer-generated piece of text.

Look how fab that crackle is!!!

Materials used:
DecoArt Media Crackle Paint, Black Gesoo
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Yellow Iron Oxide, Primary Yellow
PaperArtsy Hot Picks stamps
Stampendous Andy Skinner stamps: Industrial
Archival Ink: Coffee, Jet Black
Embellishments: keychain, light bulb, mini brads, photo turn
Scrap of chipboard

Palette knife

Hope you like this piece, was a ton of fun to make,

Katy x