2016/09/27

The Bride on Halloween

Halloween Atc and Card
Over at Viva Las Vegastamps blog they are getting us ready for Halloween with their september challenge. They have some awesome Halloween stamps and I recently got plate 1476 of which I used a few stamps for the ATC and card I made above. The Bride of Frankenstein is the focal point on both the ATC and note card.

Halloween Atc and Card
I also used the Skull and Bones stamps from this plate for the background with the "when witches go riding" text stamp. The background is made with paints, stencils, golden sheer modge podge and pearl lusters. I matted that onto black cardstock and then adhered to the red note card. 

Halloween Atc and Card
Shading around the Bride is made with a black distress crayon. Red spatter effect on the text was made with a stencil and acrylic paint. 

Halloween Atc and Card
For the ATC I used a mixed media background, made on kraft paper. I used stencils, modelling paste, brusho, CW gold gesso and red paint. I stamped over it using the same stamps for the background as with the card. Then I made a tape transfer from the stamp to get the reverse image.

Halloween Atc and Card
It's very easy to make a tape transfer! I used clear laminating foil which I cut in the right size and pressed it down on the stamp. First I have stamped the image with staz-on several times on a piece of paper so that the ink on the rubber is dry. Then used the back of my scissor handle to run the tape well over the image and pulled the print off.

Halloween Atc and Card
As you can see it's a light transfer, which means the image is transparent. That is what I was looking for so the multilayered background shows through this image.

Halloween Atc and Card
She is dark enough to stand out but light enough to have the background show through. I matted the ATC on black card stock and called it done. I really love this stamp and made more Halloween ATC's which I will share in another post. 

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

namasté

2016/09/26

Mailart Monday: Bowtie Butterfly

Winged Post ATC

In this mailart monday I wanted to share with you a couple of ATC's I made with some great stamps from Stampotique. The theme for this fortnight's challenge at the challenge blog was "put a bug on it" Since I have this "lovely Wings" stamps for a while, it seems like now is the good time to use it!

Winged Post ATC
I have used the torso of Bowtie combined with the stamped wings to make a butterfly. I stamped the wings on transparent vellum paper with forest green staz-on and rubbed some pearl rubs copper over it. Bowtie I stamped on sticker paper and colored with promarkers and cut out. The background is an old Magenta collage stamp which is mail art themed. I lightly stamped it with Hero neon ombre greens and used a blending tool to color it with distress inks mustard yellow and evergreen bough. Then I used green pearl rubs on the edges of the card and matted it on black card stock. I adhered my Bowtie Butterfly with a sticky tape roller to the card and doodled around the edges with a black micron pen. I also outlined the "winged post" with wings that was part of the magenta collage stamp. Then stamped the little envelopes from Elke from Crafts and Things in Antwerp and added red accents to it with a red promarker. 

It was super fun to make and thing outside of the ATC "measurement box" and have the wings create a 3D effect :) If you are interested in trading this ATC with me, let me know as it has no recipient yet. 
Winged Post ATC

And if you are interested in ATC trades in general and like using Stampotique stamps, join the facebook group page where ATC swaps are being hosted. I participated in the september ATC swap of which the theme was "stamped backgrounds" and the below ATC's are the ones I made and sent to my partners. 

These are going out to my swap partners for the september #stampotiqueoriginals ATC swap #aliceinwonderland #stampotique #ATC #rubberstamping #rubberstamp #artistsofinstagram #colorful #madhatter #thewhiterabbit #hareandhatter #leprechaungreen #greenhues
I used Janet Klein's Mad Hatter and Rabbit as focal point. The technique of the background is the same as the one from Bowtie Butterfly, but I used stamps from carabelle and Tim Holtz here. I am really happy how these turned out and I hope my partners will love them too. Can't wait to see the creations my partners sent to me. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. 

namasté

2016/09/24

Tilburg Penshow 2016

Out of all the prisma filters, this one might just be my favorite. Also this is a new bird that was added to my flock recently. #pelikantortoise #pelikan #beingpelikan @pelikan_international @appelboompennen #prisma #prismaart #mozaic #fpgeeks #fpn #fount

A bit late with the announcement, sorry! But if you are in the aria, you should definitely stop by! 
I'm pretty sure it's going to be a lot of fun, if it's anything like last year
And there are a number of special guests making an appearance :) 

We're on our way there now and I am pretty darn excited!
If you are going too, hope to see you there!

Have a great weekend.

namasté

2016/09/23

Stencil Me Gelli Prints

Recently I had the time to play with my 8 inch round gelli plate again. I used a lot of stencils I bought at the Art Specially event earlier this year and sharing a few prints I made here. The stencil I used below, I needed to have because I knew it would make an awesome print!

Gelli prints with Viva Decor Jaguar stencil. The right one has a laminated overlay using the tape transfer technique. @gelliarts #gelliplate #gelliprinting #monoprint #jaguar #cheetah #handpulledprint #handprinted #mixedmedia #mixedmediaartist
Gelli prints with black and yellow paints and Viva Decor Jaguar stencil. The right one has a laminated overlay using the Gelliplate tape transfer technique.

gelli plate printing session
A closer look on the one on the right. First I pulled a mototone yellow circle and then added black to the mix. Then pulled the print through the stencil you see on the left side of top picture. Then I took a large laminating sheet which I cut to fit the round gelli plate and pulled the tape transfer (slowly and rubbing the aria's with paint all the way). I overlayed it on the yellow base print and I am pleased with the first try of this technique! Next time I might add more black to the mix to see if I can get the transfer a bit darker.

gelli plate printing session
I made more prints with the tree and stars stencils I used in Nature's Beauty mail art piece from last monday. This time I pulled a mix  of purple and pinks on the background first. I also added a bit of iridescent medium to the mix to give it a bit of shimmer.

gelli plate printing session
I liked that mix so much I also used it for this print. Another stencil from Clarity, the Seed Heads, was used for this print.

gelli plate printing session
This is a "clean up" dirty print - I used this paper to take away excess paint from printing sessions and you can create some fun prints this way as well!

gelli plate printing session
I also printed on tracing paper and this definitely is one of my faves prints I pulled from that day. I'm going to add these prints to my art journal and mail art which I am setting some time aside to do this weekend :) Hope to show you those results soon.

Hope this inspired you to get your Gelli plate out and start printing with stencils as well. It's super fun to do! 
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

namasté

2016/09/21

The Pelikan Hub 2016 round up

This year the Pelikan hub was also hosted in Amsterdam :) It was this past Friday and definitely was a super fun gathering! With thanks to the hubmaster SBRE Brown (and his charming wife Gourmetpens!) the generous sponsoring of Appelboom Pennen, the goodies Pelikan International has provided and all Pelikan Pen Afficionado's attending the gathering, it was pretty successful first (of perhaps many?) hubs in Amsterdam!

Pictures say more than words, so below an impression of the night where birds of a feather, flocked (in pen-geekery) together :)

Pelikan hub Amsterdam 2016
Opening speech by hub-master SBRE Brown. I think a flock of 18 people attended and the venue was a church hall which Joost from Appelboom pennen has set up.

Pelikan hub Amsterdam 2016

All brought pens and ink and we chatted, tried pens and shared stories. It was great fun!
Pelikan hub Amsterdam 2016

Pelikan hub Amsterdam 2016
That is Joost from Appelboom pennen behind the bar being a gracious host as well. He brought a lot of inks for us to try and some new release pelikans (I might have got one...)
Mr Eric Orozco (top picture, busy at work ;) and Mike Ward also attended the hub all the way from the US! Mike was kind enough to do some calligraphy samples for us.

Very cool to have @mrmgward at the Amsterdam #pelikanhub and calligraphing my name :)
Pelikan hub Amsterdam 2016
He wrote my (and most of all the other attendees) name in beautiful Spencerian script. That really brought something very special to the event :)

pelikan collection case
And this is my special Pelikan collection box case with the pens I brought with me to the hub.

I didn't take a lot of pictures, was too busy having fun! See Gourmetpens's round up post of the hub HERE for more pictures of the day. We stayed pretty late and here is a picture of us taking the late train back to Leiden

Thanks to everyone who made this possible! Hopefully next year we'll have another one of these to look forward to :)

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

namasté
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