Wednesday, 20 May 2015

The perfect "Pear"!

Hi everyone. This week’s Creative Expressions Design Team post is another slightly different one! Again, just to give you an idea of how to get the most out of all of your goodies....

The concept for this unusual Wedding Card is quite quirky, but I hope you "get" the play on words!?

I started off with a shape I cut using the Cricut Machine,

taking one of the darker, more highly pigmented colours of Mica Powder (Chic Magenta)

and "stroked" colour in form one side using a sponge. As the colour dissipates in the centre of the image, it starts to create the shading..

turning the image and colouring from the other side will enhance the shading giving the image slightly more dimension.

Adding a little Decadent Bamboo Mica Powder for the leaf and Decadent Oak for the stem.

Spraying the Pears with generic hairspray to seal the Mica and then applying a couple of layers of Perfect Medium and Clear Embossing Powder to "glaze" the images.

These were then added to my prepared base card to which I had cut 4 images using the Sue Wilson Configuration Collection Die - CED6302 Lattice Arched Adornment, joining each of the sections with a Dazzler form the Silver Collection...

Finishing the project off with my own printed sentiment...

I think this project will certainly make your card stand out from all of the rest if you're off to a Wedding this summer.
Thanks for checking us out, see you soon.

Decadent Oak Mica Powder
Decadent Bamboo Mica Powder
Chic Magenta Mica Powder
Sue Wilson Configurations Collection Die - CED6302 Lattice Arched Adornment
Dazzlers - Silver Collection 8mm & 12mm

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Mica Powder Background...

Hi folks, today’s post for the Creative Expressions Design Team features yet again more Mica Powder, but this time in a slightly different way!!

As many of the darker colours are very highly pigmented, it allows you to create some wonderful background effects.

Masking off areas before applying the mica

will allow you to create light and dark areas,

or hills or mountains,

they erase out too allowing you to create shadow and highlights..

Something a little different to try with your Mica Powders!!
Thanks for checking us out.
See you soon.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Terrific Teal...

Hi folks.. Creative Expressions Design Team time again.

Today’s offering is using Decadent Teal Mica Powder...

The last time I used Teal was on White card stock, and you can really see the "Greenness" of the Mica show through on the White.

This time however I have used it on Black card stock, this tends to show up more of the "Blue" pigment in the Mica and makes for a total contrast.. 2 colours for the price of one? Well, depending on which colour of card stock you use it on, then maybe!!!
Thanks for checking us out.
See you soon.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

The hurrier I go....

... the behinder I get!!! Seems a pretty apt phrase at the moment!!

Well, they say there's no rest for the wicked!
Not had an enormous amount of time to get this week’s Creative Expressions Design Team project completed, thank goodness I had some samples left over from the weekends Creative Expression Demonstration day..

This is just a little play on a project and technique I have already shared with you. This time though using some of Phill Martin's Stamps and Decadent Oak Mica Powder... Yes, I know it looks Green (even though it is Oak (Brown)) and even to the naked eye it still appears Green, but as this has been done on Black card it has interfered with the pigment in the Mica, making it appear Green. "Double Whammy" I say, although if you were expecting Brown on Black card, you're kinda out of luck I'm afraid!
Thinking cap on for next week’s project!!
Thanks for checking us out.
See you soon.

Decadent Oak Mica Powder
SYDBIC - Damask Borders & Icons Collection
SYBS2c - Baroque Sentiments 2 Collection
Perfect Medium
Spray & Shine

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Sending you roses....

Hi folks... A little take on last week’s Creative Expressions Design Team project for this week’s post!! Still using the Damask Stencil, but this time with Texture Paste..

You'll hopefully have noticed the addition of some Roses? Which, you may be interested to know were also made from Texture Paste?!!
So, if you fancy giving it a go, here's a step by step to help you on your way!!

As I generally do these days when using Masks, I started off the project by embossing the image..

Place the Mask back over the area which has been embossed

and apply your Texture Paste (Decadent Denim)

Remove the Mask and put to one side to dry, this could be anything up to an hour depending on how heavy handed you have been with the Texture Paste.

Once dry, matt and layered with some complimentary card stock.
If like me you sometimes struggle to find the right colour of embellishment to go with your project then I guess the best thing you could try and use is the same product, but in a different way?!
This is how the Roses came into being...
Now, I grant you, Texture Paste is a gloopy "liquid", but not when it's dry!!

Spread some of the Paste onto a non stick mat and allow it to dry overnight...

Once dry, it will simply peel off of the non stick sheet, this is the back

once turned over you have a nice smooth surface to play with.

I know this material will die cut quite well but I decided to make my Roses free hand, so I cut a "rough" spiral circle

and "Quilled" it into a flower.

Applying a few to my project

before attaching my sentiment which was stamped in Perfect Medium and "dusted" with Decadent Denim Mica Powder to tie the project together.

finishing off the centre of the flowers with some Decadent Denim Twinkles...
I must admit I'm quite in awe as to how the Texture Paste has developed into a secondary material which can be used in a different way than it may have been intended.

I've got a couple of other colours and mixtures on the go at the moment.
Looking forward to seeing how they pan out!!!
Thanks for checking us out, see you soon.

Ingredients Used:
Creative Expressions Damask Mask
Decadent Denim Texture Paste
Decadent Denim Mica Powder
Decadent Denim Twinkles
Perfect Medium
CEC712 Scribble Rose Elements

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Demonstration Day....

Hi folks... Just a reminder from us that it is our Demonstration Day here at Pinnacles on Saturday (25th April)..

There's no need to book for this FREE Demo, just turn up any time between 10am - 3pm to see what we have planned for you.
We will be featuring products from Creative Expressions inc amongst others, Phill Martin's range of Mica Powders, Texture Paste, Sparkle Texture Paste, Gilding Wax & Stamps...
We'll be covering lot's of different techniques to help you put these products to good use.
DOUBLE DISCOUT to all Pinnacle Crafts Club Members on all purchases made in store on the day (usual exceptions apply)..
We look forward to seeing you there...

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Let it Bloom....

Hi folks.... more "playtime" today with this Month’s Creative Expressions Design Team goodies.

I've combined a couple of techniques on today’s project. So, if you fancy giving it or something similar a go, here's a step by step.

I started off by embossing the Creative Expressions Damask Mask onto some Black card stock. The reason I prefer to emboss the Mask rather than just Ink or colour through it will be explained shortly.

Next, I coloured in some areas of the card using Chic Pumpkin Gilding Wax,

followed by Chic Moss Gilding Wax,

a touch of Graceful Mustard Gilding Wax

and finishing off with Pearl Moon Gilding Wax.

I love the effect which has been created using these individual colours. They seem to intermingle yet still hold their own!
Before the next stage, if you remember, dust over the whole area with an Anti-Static Bag. We're going to be adding some Mica Powder and using the Anti-Static Bag helps prevent the Mica sticking to areas you don't really want it to...

Place the Mask back over the original embossing image. I said earlier why I prefer to emboss a Mask if I am going to colour, this is because embossing the card stock brings it up to the level of the Mask. So when you add you colour, either by spritzing, Mica, Embossing Powder etc it is less likely to seep under the Mask and therefore hopefully give you a better result!

So, whilst the Mask is in place, Ink through the open areas with Perfect Medium.

Remove the Mask and add your Mica Powder, I have gone with Chic Moss. Highlighting just the "Damask" images has really made them stand out!

You may then wish to seal the Mica with some Hairspray.

For the sentiment panel I covered the whole piece of card stock with Perfect Medium,

dusting the whole area with the Chic Moss Mica Powder.

Next, Ink up your stamp with Perfect Medium and stamp onto the Mica covered card stock..

As much as the Perfect Medium attracts the Mica Powder to the card stock, it also removes it when used on the stamp, revealing the Black card stock underneath..

Again, this will need to be sealed to prevent the Mica Powder rubbing off.

Then's all left to do is prepare your base card

and apply your sentiment!!
Makes for a pretty opulent card don't you think?
Thanks for checking us out.
See you soon.

Ingredients used:
Chic Pumpkin Gilding Wax
Chic Moss Gilding Wax
Graceful Mustard Gilding Wax
Pearl Moon Gilding Wax
Chic Moss Mica Powder
Creative Expressions Mask - Damask
Scribble Rose Elements Stamp Set - CEC712