Sunday, 30 July 2017

Patina Effect Rectangular Tin

Hi All,
I wanted to share this Rectangular Biscuit Tin that I have given a makeover using inspiration & products from Finnabair, Tim Holtz & Prima Marketing.

I love the intricate details of the Iron Orchid Designs 'Keyholes' moulds.
I filled them with melted hot glue rather than paper clay.  
I found this process much quicker & easier to do.
The glue cools & sets very quickly.  It is easy to remove from the moulds & is flexible.
A few air bubbles form in the pour but they can be reduced, & the back flattened 
by warming with a heat gun.

I applied texture paste through the Tim Holtz intricate stencil shown below.
The keyholes, art stones & die cuts were attached with 3D matte medium.
The whole piece was then brushed with white gesso.

Once this was all dry I used a stiff brush to apply layers of the 3 colours of Patina Effect Paste 
over the surface.

I absolutely adore the way this turned out.

It is hard to photograph as it combines the shine of the Copper Effect Paste with 
the Matte effect of the Blue & Green Pastes.

The copper looks pink in the photos, but more metallic in real life.

Took photos from all angles! 
To finish the Base I covered the bottom of the tin 
with various Tim Holtz new Washi/Tissue Tapes 
before swiping with some of the colours used above.

It has now become much prettier storage for my stash of 'Bling' 

I recommend trying this.  It really is very easy & so effective..

Sunday, 23 July 2017


Tim Holtz Sizzix Die Cuts have been used in abundance 
to create this specially ordered  card to Welcome a new Grand Child.

The Grey base card was embossed with the Starry Night Texture Fade 
from Distress Co ordinations cardstock.  Lightly sanded to highlight the stars.

The central window was die cut using the Big Ticket Bigz Die and lined with a piece of acetate
& layer of navy card.
The Crescent Moon & Stars Bigz Die was used to cut out the focal point moon & the various stars 
that have been scattered around the card & envelope.
The moon was cut from silver cardstock then heat embossed 
with clear UTEE to give a subtle pitted texture.
Another moon was applied to the inside of the acetate & card to give a neat finish.

The Mini Tickets Dies & the Pennants Die were also used for the babies name 
& for the layered sentiments inside the card & label for the envelope.
Small ribbon tabs were added for extra detail.

Here the shine from the photo shows the acetate layer.

I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Blog

This card was a bit fiddly to design from scratch but looks very effective & the Grandma loved it.
Happy Creating
Deb Adams


 This Altered Bottle was embellished with Shells, Pearls, Gauze, twine, netting & lace 
over a Black Gesso Base.
SeaHorse & Starfish Sizzix Die cuts (previously coloured & crackled), 
a Fractured Doll, & jewellery pieces from my own stash 
add to the overall effect on all sides of the jar.

All the pieces are adhered with Prima 3D Matte Gel Medium. 
      Graphite Texture Paste, Art Stones & Mini Art Stones were applied for extra Texture. 

A Dry Brush Technique was used with Prima Art Alchemy Paints in Ancient Coin, Rich Turquoise, Light Patina, Emerald Green & then finally White Gesso. 
Some of the original colours of the beads and jewels were left peeking through. 

I have included some close ups to show more of the Texture.

I am entering this project in the Simon Says Stamp Blog

This is a really fun technique to try.
Cheers   Deb Adams

Thursday, 11 May 2017

mINi CrAzy DoG MoTherS dAy CaRdS

Hi,  I wanted to share today some 'Crazy different' Mother's Day Cards
I have made using the cute Mini Crazy Dog Stamps & Dies from Tim Holtz,
Sizzix & Stamper's Anonymous.

All the dogs & accessories were stamped on Ranger Watercolour Card stock.
Coloured using Distress Markers & a fine tip water brush then
Die cut using the corresponding Thinlits dies.

Lots of other die cuts were also used on every card.  They all make me smile!
This one uses the 'Mini trophy & prize ribbon' steel rule die & the 'Friendship word block' thinlit dies from Sizzix.

Splatters of Brushed Pewter and Antique Bronze Distress Stain on black card stock
make this simple background.  Stars die cut from cork sheet.  
The sentiment was die cut from white card stock
 using the Concord & 9th 'Happy Card Frame' die.
This pup is a real cutie!

I love the font of the 'Perfectly Penned' stamp set from Concord & 9th.

This card is my favourite!  
Really love this one with the Distress Oxide Background 
using Wilted Violet, Broken China and Worn Lipstick. 
The hearts were stamped with Versamark Ink & clear heat embossed 
using the Tim Holtz 'Watercolor' stamp set.   
This bulldog has so much personality I had to give him a tattoo!

What does this pup love more: his Bone, his Ball or Mum!
The Poppycrafts 'Stitched Lattice Rectangle' die is effective contrasted with a background of Tattered Angels 'Candy Apple Red' misted card stock.
Tim Holtz 'Mini hearts steel rule die' cut the heart from similar coloured card.
The sentiment is cut twice to give a shadow using the 'Love Always' frame die.

Hope these guys inspire you to create some Crazy Mother's Day Cards too.
I still have another couple of characters to add to more cards
& I haven't even started on the Crazy Cats yet....  
Cheers   Deb Adams

Distress Oxide Concord & 9th Mother's Day Cards

I love how the Distress Oxide Inks can produce a very vibrant effect or a very subtle effect depending on the colours & techniques chosen.

Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint & Broken China Distress Oxides
were used for this card's background.
The ink pads were pressed onto a small acrylic block two colours at a time
sprayed with water & then swiped across the water colour paper
 already die cut with a stitched edge.

Black Sparkle Embossing Powder from Ranger was applied to the front of the card
on the sentiment & side stripe using Versamark ink and the Concord & 9th 
Party Wishes and Stripe Builder Stamp sets .
The different photo angle shows how shiny this is.

The Sentiments are stamps from Concord & 9th.
Love to combine different fonts from various stamp sets.

This card was white heat embossed using the layered stamp from Concord & 9th, 
'Many Mandalas', using Versamark Ink on water colour paper. 
This formed a resist for a soft water colour effect.
Achieved by using a water colour brush & Distress Oxide Ink colours of 
Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, Broken China & Faded Jeans.
The butterfly was stamped with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink & fussy cut out. 
The sentiment is cut using the 'Love Always frame die' & Sizzix thinlit die.

This vibrant layered background was made with
Broken China, Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber & Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Inks.
I really love the Concord & 9th 'Hugs' Stamps.  
The bear was fussy cut after colouring with Distress Markers.
The stitched edge thinlit die cuts are from Sizzix & Tim Holtz.  
Can you see the soft impressions made using the 
'Many Mandalas' & the 'Barnwood Background' stamps with Distress Oxide Ink. 
Used on the top and black layers giving them a very subtle texture.

 Watercolour paper base cut with Rectangular Stitched edge die.
Wilted Violet, Broken China, Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade & Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide inks
swiped across card using acrylic block with two colours
applied at a time & spritzed with water.
Heidi Swapp & Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Dies cut from black cardstock
then clear heat embossed to give the shiny dimension.
Rest of the sentiment stamped in Black Archival ink & heat embossed
using Concord & 9th stamps.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my cards.
Hope they give you some inspiration to try combining different products.
Cheers for now,   Deb Adams

Friday, 5 May 2017

Tea Time Sizzix Mother's Day Cards

I have made some Mother's Day Cards that feature the Sizzix Alterations Tea Time Die Cuts.

I used my Sizzix Big Shot to die cut lots of various papers & cardboard with this steel rule die.
The backgrounds were formed with layers of Distress Paint, Distress Crayons 
& Distress Oxide ink through a Prima swirl stencil.  
Texture paste through a doily stencil forms a tablecloth for the cups to sit on.

All the elements are glued to the card using Prima Art Basics Soft Matte Gel Medium.
Shading with Faber Castell Big Brush Pens & Distress Crayons & highlights with White Gel Pen.

A little bling was added by using various glitter card stock & heat embossed sentiments.

Hope this inspires you to try lots of different papers with your die cuts.

Happy Creating,

Tuesday, 25 April 2017


I have enjoyed watercolouring & diecutting lots of the original 'Crazy Bird' characters
from Tim Holtz & Stampers Anonymous.
My recent purchase of the Sizzix Bigz Pipeline die was a perfect match for this
bewildered character.
The background card was coloured with a cog stencil from Crafters Workshop
& Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
The Pipes were cut from Kraft & highlighted with Metallic distress stain,
Alcohol Ink & Black Pitt Pen.
The black cardstock was splattered with the same distress stain colours.
Soft Matte Gel Medium used as a glue.
A little different I know. You can guess the sentiment inside. It is the Title!
Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Cheers Deb


I wanted to experiment with Distress Oxide Inks on Kraft Cardstock.

I firstly applied Broken China & Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Ink
through a Tim Holtz Flourish Stencil onto kraft cardstock.
It reminded me of an underwater scene, so I decided to make a card with that theme.

Hero Arts Stamps were used with Faded Jeans & Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Inks
for the Sea Horses, Starfish & Shells.  Some were clear heat embossed
before colouring with Distress Oxide Inks & the Water colour Brush.
The effect is quite subtle & soft.

I added interest by die cutting & layering the background with Sizzix Stitched Oval Thinlits,
& highlights & splatters of Antique Bronze Distress Stain.
The sentiment is a Sizzix Thinlit die cut from the Teal card stock
& given dimension with Glossy Accents.

The Stamped images were fussy cut & shaped slightly,
before grouping in a cluster & elevated with foam dots.
Hope you are inspired to play with these inks soon.

Cheers Deb

Monday, 24 April 2017

Distress Oxide cards with Concord & 9th Stamps/Dies & Gold Foil

I have combined some of my favourite products & techniques to create these cards below.

Wilted Violet, Faded Jeans, Broken China & Cracked Pistachio Distress oxide inks were 
swiped across water colour paper using a wet acrylic block to create the background.
Concord & 9th stamps were used throughout.

The Concord & 9th Leaf die cut was from white card stock 'pre splattered' 
with drops of Distress Oxide inks in multiple colours.
The Skeleton leaf stamp was applied & heat embossed with Ranger Sticky embossing powder.  Ranger gold foil sheet was quickly applied and burnished.
The same technique was used to stamp the hearts. 

A collage glue stick was randomly rubbed on the edge of card then gold foil rubbed over the top.
This gives a random gilded edge to the card.   Black Pitt pen doodling done to frame the page.
The sentiment was stamped with a Tim Holtz Custom Blend of Archival ink colours 
in Black Soot, Vintage Photo & Hickory Smoke, then clear heat embossed.
This has given a softer effect. Love how the foil has stuck to the page in random areas.

The card below's background is made from swiping Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade 
& Fossilized Amber Distress oxide inks across water colour paper.

Concord & 9th stamps & diecuts were used with Tree Branch Archival Ink.

Layering with Clear stamped acetate over Dark Brown kraft core cardstock
was used to finish the card.

Cheers  Deb Adams