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I Have Loved The Stars Too Fondly (again)

I hope you all had a fantastic Easter weekend. We had a busy one visiting Paul’s family for his Mum’s birthday (I’ll be sharing the card I made for her later this week). We’re home now though, and I’m getting ready to finish off some colouring I started before we went away!

Today I’d like to share an art journal spread I created. This one features a quote I used on one of my other recent art journal pages which can be seen > HERE <.

This page uses some Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations die cuts, alphabet stamps and some gorgeous Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals. It’s a pretty simple one but I do love the effect of the Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals on the background.

I Have Loved The Stars | Marker Geek

I used Fantasy Film behind the Townscape die-cuts to create windows.

Supplies:
Moleskine Sketchbook, Ranger Glossy Cardstock, Luminarte Silks paints (Ice used as a resist through stencil), Memory Box Starry Night stencil, Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals “Screaming Banshee Black”, Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Townscape On The Edge die, Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Movers & Shapers Mini Branch die, Grunge Paper, Distress Paint “Black Soot”. Memento Luxe white ink pad, Fantasy Film, Lawn Fawn Milo’s ABCs stamp set.

I Have Loved The Stars…

So far, I have shown you two of the SCACD Stamps “Elements Collection” stamps.  If you missed them, you can find the “Fire” post HERE and the Water post HERE.

Today I am sharing some makes featuring “Wind”.

First, here is a journal page I created. You can find a list of supplies at the end of my post, along with the supplies info for the two cards. This page was created in the same 8.5″ x 11″ journal as the previous two Elements pages.

SCACD Stamps - Elements Collection - Wind |Marker Geek

Here’s a closer look at “Wind”, who I coloured with Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils on a layer of Gesso:

SCACD Stamps - Elements Collection - Wind |Marker Geek

Just love her…

I of course, also coloured Wind with markers and popped her on a simple card! With an image this beautiful and detailed you can get away with doing very little to the card (or if you’re so inclined, you can go over the top with it too).

SCACD Stamps - Elements Collection - Wind |Marker Geek

Finally, I created a quick card using the feather accessory stamp that accompanies Wind, along with a quote stamp from my stash (I believe this one is from a Flourishes LLC set).

SCACD Stamps - Elements Collection - Wind |Marker Geek

When stamping, the quote stamp came out a little blurred, but I found that I actually quite liked the effect, so I went with it. It seemed to suit the background.

SUPPLIES LISTS:

US Readers: find the Elements Collection over at Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design International Readers: find the Elements Collection over at Quixotic Paperie (my online store)

Supplies for art journal page: Elements Collection Wind stamp from SCACD Stamps, Canson Mixed Media XL pad, 8.5″ x 11″ journal. Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black and Cobalt. Computer printed words, Grunge Paper. Gesso. Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. Matt Gel Medium.  Faber-Castell PITT artist pens. Impression Obsession Cover a Card – Script stamp. Luminarte Silks – Moonbeams. Prima Marketing Inc Stencil. Luminarte Silks Wine & Roses. Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals – Screaming Banshee Black. Embossing paste & T.H. Distress Paint.  Memory Box Starry Nights stencil.

Supplies for Water Card: Elements Collection Wind stamp from SCACD Stamps, Copic markers, Make it Colour Blending Card, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Lindy’s Stamp Gang Embossing Powder – Silver Moon Turquoise.

Supplies for Feather Accessory Card: Elements Collection Wind feather accessory stamp from SCACD Stamps, Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black, Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals. Tim Holtz Distress Watercolour cardstock. Distress Ink – Peacock Feathers. Ranger Blending Tool.

WOYWW #253 & The SCACD Elements Collection

Wednesday again! For the second week in a row I’ve got a quick snap of my desk to share for WOYWW #253 over at Julia’s Stamping Ground.  Not bad! For the uninitiated, visit > this page < for an explanation of WOYWW and how to join in.

Here’s a snap of my desk from Tuesday evening. I tidied up after finishing a pile of cards, so a photo taken this morning would be rather dull!

WOYWW 253 |Marker Geek

As you can see, I’ve been doing some die-cutting and card assembling. It was time to turn some coloured images into cards before the pile took on a life of its own.

Now, please do stick with me, I’ve got a journal page and two cards to show you!

If you dropped by earlier in the week you may have seen my post on Monday, featuring one of the new stamp releases from SCACD Stamps. The journal page shown on Monday could actually be glimpsed in my WOYWW #252 pic last week. Today’s page is from the same book and is actually the very first page in the journal.

Full supplies lists can be found at the bottom of this post, for those interested!

Meet “Water”.  She is one of the new Elements Collection stamps, and she is a beauty.

SCACD Stamps Elements Collection - Water |Marker Geek

This page is in a hardback 8.5″x11″ mixed media journal, although I created the main part of the page on a piece of paper from a Canson XL mixed media pad.  I coloured “Water” using Faber Castell Polychromos pencils on top of a thin layer of gesso.

Here’s a closer look:

SCACD Stamps Elements Collection - Water |Marker Geek

I also coloured “Water” with my trusty markers (Copics this time) on Make it Colour Blending Card. Here’s the resulting card:

SCACD Stamps Elements Collection - Water |Marker GeekWater comes with a fun scales accessory stamp which I used to create a quick and simple card together with a fun die-cutting technique I picked up from Jennifer McGuire.

SCACD Stamps Elements Collection - Water |Marker Geek

Thank you for joining me today!  I hope you’ve enjoyed my post.  If so, please do leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you. 🙂

SUPPLIES LISTS:

US Readers: find the Elements Collection over at Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design
International Readers: find the Elements Collection over at Quixotic Paperie (my online store)

Supplies for art journal page: Elements Collection Water stamp from SCACD Stamps, Canson Mixed Media XL pad, 8.5″ x 11″ journal. Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black. Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Word Play die, Grunge Paper. Gesso. Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. Matt Gel Medium.  Faber-Castell PITT artist pens. Luminarte Silks – Ice (used as a resist through stencil). Prima Marketing Inc Stencil. Luminarte Silks Wine & Roses. Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals – Time Travel Teal. Ranger Glossy Accents. Stampendous clear alphabet stamp set. Sharpie White Paint Pen. Kaisercraft crackle background stamp. Ranger Archival Ink – Forget Me Not Blue.

Supplies for Water Card: Elements Collection Water stamp from SCACD Stamps, Copic markers, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Stampendous Frantage Embossing Enamel – Shabby White. Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads and blending tool. Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals. Ranger Glossy Accents. Prima Marketing Inc Resin Shell. Luminarte Silks. Memory Box Exquisite Coral die.

Supplies for Scales Accessory Card: Elements Collection Water scales accessory stamp from SCACD Stamps, Ranger Archival Ink – Manganese Blue, Stampendous Clear Sparkle embossing powder. Paper Smooches Hello words die set. Sequins.

SCACD Stamps – Exciting New Release – Elements Collection

I’m not sure I can adequately express how excited I am to finally be able to share the new release from SCACD Stamps and the things I’ve been working on using the new stamps. I know, I’m always falling in love with a stamp (or ten), but this new release makes me extremely happy. It’s a lengthy post today so bear with me, but I am including lots of inspiration for you!

There is of course a fun release hop going on today to show off the new release and to share some inspiration from the SCACD DT and friends. If you’re just joining us, pop on over to the SCACD Store Blog and find out all the info on how to get started. If you hopped over here from my lovely friend Kim Dellow’s blog then you’re on the right track!

I have projects completed with all four of the new Elements Collection stamps, and will be sharing them over the next couple of weeks.  For today’s hop I’m sharing Fire, and I hope you love her as much as I do. Before I share my projects for today, here’s a quick look at the collection:

SCACD Stamps - Elements Collection | Marker Geek

Four beautiful, powerful images created for SCACD Stamps by artist Carmen Medlin.

US Readers: find the Elements Collection over at Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design
International Readers: find the Elements Collection over at Quixotic Paperie (my online store)

My main project is a journal page.  This year I’m making an effort to take time to play and create just for me, both to test out the various crafty mediums I’ve collected and also to work through things that are going on in life, in my head etc. The pages I’ve created with these new stamps were a lot of fun to work on – pure play! For a full list of supplies used on the projects in this post, please scroll right to the end.

This page is in a hardback 8.5″x11″ mixed media journal, although I created the main part of the page on a piece of paper from a Canson XL mixed media pad.
SCACD Fire Girl | Marker Geek
I stamped “Fire” with Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black before creating the background using Derwent Inktense pencils, followed by some Pan Pastel shading around the image. The image was coloured using Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. After colouring the image, I sealed the page with Matt Gel Medium.  Extra colouring was added with Faber-Castell PITT Artist pens for additional contrast. I also stamped the Tim Holtz quote stamp on a piece of torn vellum which I added to the page and framed using the flame accessory stamp and some additional doodling.

Here’s a closer look at the gorgeous “Fire” image.
SCACD Fire Girl | Marker Geek

I’ve definitely been having fun getting to know my Polychromos pencils.  Lots of room for improvement, but that’s a big part of the fun.

The second project I have to share today is a card I created using my marker coloured image.

SCACD Stamps - Elements Collection - Fire | Marker Geek

For even more fun, I also created a quick card using the flame accessory stamp which comes with “Fire”.

SCACD Stamps - Elements Collection - Fire | Marker Geek

Phew!  If you made it this far, well done and thanks for sticking with me. 😉 You may want to grab a refill for your coffee/tea/whatever then hop on over to the next stop which is our guest Penny Mull’s blog. Enjoy!

SUPPLIES LISTS:

Supplies for art journal page:
Elements Collection Fire stamp from SCACD Stamps, Tim Holtz quote stamp from Stampers Anonymous Urban Tapestry CMS061 set. Stampendous Alphabet stamps.
Canson Mixed Media XL pad, 8.5″ x 11″ journal. Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black.
Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Word Play die, Grunge Paper.
Derwent Inktense pencils 0230 Golden Yellow, 0400 Poppy Red, 0700 Fuchsia, 0720 Thistle. Pan Pastel Violet.
Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.
Matt Gel Medium.  Faber-Castell PITT artist pens. White paint marker.
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals: Magnolia Magenta Gold, Canna Lilly Burnt Orange, Red Hot Poker Orange.
Vellum.

Supplies for Fire Card:
Elements Collection Fire stamp from SCACD Stamps, Copic markers, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Stampendous Frantage Embossing Enamel – Aged Gold. Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads and blending tool.

Supplies for Flame Accessory Card:
Elements Collection Fire flame accessory stamp from SCACD Stamps, Ranger Archival Ink – Red
Lawn Fawn – Milo’s ABCs clear stamp set, Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Stampendous Clear Detail Embossing Powder. Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads and blending tool.

WOYWW #252 & That Journal Spread

Today I’ve got a quick snap of my desk to share for WOYWW #252 over at Julia’s Stamping Ground.  For the uninitiated, visit > this page < for an explanation of WOYWW and how to join in.  It’s pretty simple really – it’s Wednesday, post a pic of your workspace link it up, grab a coffee and have a good nose around some others. 😉

My desk isn’t that interesting today, but it is a fairly typical view: markers (today they are Copics), and something I’m colouring, and my Gorjuss mug filled with Green Tea.  I’ve had to be sneaky though and turn over my colouring and cover up part of the journal you can see at the edge of the picture – I can’t show you what I’m working on until next week, although I am absolutely dying to. Really excited.

WOYWW 252 | Marker Geek

Anyway, those of you that have checked in before and seen previous WOYWW posts may be interested to see that I have finally finished “that journal spread”, which first made an appearance in February.

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You can see the two previous spreads in this journal HERE.

Supplies used:
Moleskine Sketchbook, Gel Medium (matt), Tissue Paper, Distress Inks, Ranger Blending Tool, Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine Paper, Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix Butterfly Frenzy die, Memory Box Butterfly Delights die, Impression Obsession Leaves die set, Ranger Alcohol Inks, Ranger Glossy Cardstock, Luminarte Silks paints, Faber-Castell PITT artist markers.

Thanks for dropping in! I would love to hear from you, so please do leave a comment to say hi. 🙂

You’ll Float Too

As you may have seen recently in my “Something Different – Angels” post, I have started working in a Moleskine sketchbook as a way to take some creative “me time” and play with the supplies I have collected. Today I’d like to share another spread from my journal, although I should warn you first, I’m letting my “weird” show! If you’re looking for cute or pretty, run away now and come back another day. 😉

Normally, I avoid clowns like the plague, probably because from a young age, I have been a fan of horror.  That or clowns are just creepy. Either way, normally I would tiptoe quietly away from a clown stamp.  Then I saw the Tim Holtz “The Big Top” stamp set from Stampers Anonymous.  I’m not sure how I missed it before, but it is deliciously hideous. To me, at least. I instantly knew what I wanted to do with it.

You might guess from this that I’m a fan of Stephen King’s work. I read “It” when I was eleven or twelve years old.  I was hooked. So, there’s a lot going on with this spread for me personally. I like to explore the dark even if that sometimes means running in to clowns.

You'll Float Too - www.quixoticcards.com

Supplies used:

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous – The Big Top stamp set – stamped on Bristol Board and coloured with Copic Markers.
Gel medium (matt) – used to glue a layer of tissue paper to the pages, and then to layer and seal, and adhere the image and die-cut letters. Also used to create texture at the bottom of the page.
Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Vintage Photo – used over the tissue paper to lay down a base colour, also used during layering to build colour.
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil “Harlequin” – added some background layering with Archival Ink – Cornflower Blue.
Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations “Word Play” die – die cut letters for the word “float” from grunge board.
Tim Holtz Distress Paint “Aged Mahogany” – used to create the blood effects, on top of the gel medium at the bottom of the page, splattered with a brush over the page and also with water to drip down the page from the top.
Luminarte Silks “African Jade”, “Forest Moss”, “Wine & Roses”, “Fire Opal” – used to add colour to hand cut balloons, die-cut letters and on certain details of the image.
Faber-Castell PITT pens and Big Brush pens – used to add shading.

Something Different: Angels

I’ve been feeling more creative again lately, with lots of tedious paperwork behind me (mostly) and the bulk of our big clear-out completed. So, I finally cracked open a Moleskine journal to enjoy some “just for me” time and find a way to express some of the ideas that have been rattling around in my brain for a while.

This is what happened when I sat down at my desk on Sunday afternoon with a vague idea and lots of supplies. 😉

The journal is a Moleskine Sketchbook (130mm x 210mm). I glued the pages together before working so they are sturdier. On this spread I covered the pages with Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap, which I then inked with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. Over the top of this I painted layers of Luminarte Silks (African Jade and Wine & Roses) and Matte Gel Medium, which resulted in a really nice aged look, with a subtle hint of iridescence. I stamped in random places using Impression Obsession Cover a Card – Script and Ranger Archival Ink without a block, just to add some subtle texture.

Even Angels...

The word “angels” was die cut from sticky back canvas with the Tim Holtz Alterations “Word Play” die from Sizzix.  Before die cutting, I covered the canvas with same Distress Ink and Silks I used on the pages.

The wings from the Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy – Divine Inspiration stamp set were stamped on hot press watercolour paper and coloured with Copic markers (info below), then cut out and adhered to the page with gel medium.  I then sealed them and the die cut letters to the pages using gel medium before going over them with Silks to increase the intensity of the colours and add some beautiful shimmer.

The rest of the wording was created using Stampendous alpha stamps and Ranger Archival Ink. Then I added some interest to the edges of the pages using Frantage embossing powder from Stampendous.

Copics: E40, E42, E44, B52, RV63, Y26

Phew! I thoroughly enjoyed creating this spread, and the process was definitely therapeutic. I’m looking forward to some more “me time” very soon.

Something Different…

You may be aware that I recently added The Octopode Factory to the range of stamps on offer at Quixotic Paperie.  I love Lily’s artistic style, and being slightly dark and twisty myself, I just couldn’t resist.

This week I’m joining in as a guest for The Octopode Factory challenge blog, where anything goes – you don’t have to use an Octopode Factory image, but if you do you will be entered into the monthly prize draw!  This week the theme is “Stripes”.

I was going to do my usual and create a card, but I’ve been feeling an ever increasing urge to climb out of my box and explore a little.  I love making cards, but that’s not all I want to do.  So, I grabbed a little Moleskine notebook and a pot of gesso.  Since I keep putting off starting an art journal, I decided that the best way to approach it would be to start small.  A little 9x14cm page isn’t as intimidating as the large blank journal I’ve been staring at for months.  Then, I felt that starting at the beginning seemed to be the hardest thing, so I didn’t, I started with the letter “S” somewhere in the middle of the book.  So there!

The Octopode Factory - Dormouse - available at www.quixoticpaperie.co.uk

It’s not perfect, but then, part of this process is to embrace the imperfections and learn from them.  For me, that’s tricky indeed, so I’m a teeny bit surprised to be sharing the pics here!

The Octopode Factory - Dormouse - available at www.quixoticpaperie.co.uk

There’s another experimental element to this, and that’s in the colouring.  I’ve been playing with Shinhan Touch Markers recently, so the Octopode Factory Dormouse has been coloured with a combination of Shinhan Touch Twin markers and Copics.  I was pleasantly surprised by how well the Touch Twin R11 marker shade blended with Copic R22.

Markers Used:
Shinhan Touch Twin – R11 (hat and top) R140 (tail) WG3 (top)
Copic – E50, E53, E34, R21, R22, E19

You may not get to see all the pages in my little book, but I’ll share a few here and there so you can see the journey.  The most important thing is that I’ve begun, and that big blank journal might not be so scary after all.

I’m still taking my break, so Quixotic Paperie is still closed to orders.  You can browse and decide what you’d like to order, but I won’t be open for business until 8th September, when I’ll be back with lots of new stash!