Friday, 16 February 2018

Ammonit Box using the new Andy Skinner Fossil stamp set and Stampendous Enamels

Hi all

Another teaser for you; a project made using Andy's fantastic new stamp range. The good news is it is being released THIS WEEKEND and when they are finally available you can get them here!

 Here is the finished project and below is a brief outline of how I created it.
I painted the box lid and base. Triple embossed the lid using Stampendous Enamels, and stamped into the lid while the enamels were still molten.
Once cooled, I used DecoArt white antiquing cream, paints and metallic lustres to give depth to the ammonite. I love it - very touchable! Hope you like it too. For a detailed step by step, have a look at my blog.

Products used:
DecoArt: Paynes Grey and Titan Buff Media Fluid Acrylics
Extreme Sheen Antique Bronze Metallic
White Antiquing Cream
Metallic Lustres in Black Shimmer and Iced Espresso

Stampendous Products:
Andy Skinner Fossils Stamps (being released at the Stitches ICHA this weekend. Find them here after launch!
Frantage Embossing Enamels in Aged Copper, Aged Gold and Aged Scarlet

Other products used:

Archival and Versamark ink pads and a small cardboard box

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Secret Heart Tag by Hannah Oxberry

Hi all, Hannah here with another post for the Andy Skinner Creative Team - this time featuring a new greyboard kit designed by Andy and manufactured by Tando, which is being released soon!

The Tagtastic Kit 2 features three tag bases, along with a range of embellishments. For this particular project I have chosen the tag with the ragged bottom, a heart, washers and a book plate.

The background of the tag has been layered with DecoArt Chalky Finish paints and crackled to give an aged effect. Further weathering has been added by using washes of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics, Stampendous and Illusionary Artists stamps add further textures.

The sentiment for the tag, the word "Secret", is stamped from the Word Up & Numbers Stamp set from Illusionary Artists. This has been included within the book plate, given a rusty paint effect.

For the feature of the tag, I drilled holes though the heart - on to which I layered DecoArt Dimensional Effects Paste, before sinking two rust effect washers in to the paste to sit around the holes. 

The heart has been painted in DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics and dry brushed in Metallic Gold to highlight the textures. 

Finally I bound the heart in Rusty Wire, before mounting it on foam pads to raise it off the background.

I hope you have enjoyed this project, and look forward to the next!

List of products used:
Tagtastic Kit 2

Andy Skinner Textures Stamp Set

DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish - Relic
DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish - Refreshing
DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish - Everlasting
DecoArt Americana Decor - Crackle Medium
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Metallic Silver
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Paynes Grey
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Burnt Umber
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Yellow Oxide
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Gold 
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cadmium Red Hue
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cadmium Orange Hue
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Primary Magenta
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Metallic Gold

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Ancient Jungle Drawer with Andy Skinner kit manufactured by Tando Creative

Hello all, today is Phoebe here to show you an altered drawer using the new Andy Skinner kit manufactured by Tando Creative, Compendium.
This gorgeous and very versatile kit will soon be in store. Stay tuned at Tando !

I used the biggest gear from the kit to create the main focal point of this piece. One of the greatest things of Tando 's greyboard is that, they are thick enough but also very flexible. I only needed to spray a little bit water and then it bent easily to fit the shape of the drawer.

There are many different shapes of parts in different details of the kit. I kept most of them as they are. I enjoyed using the negative part of the kit (the left over after you cut the parts out from the kit) as the background, and also a few here and there adding to the whole build up.

After putting DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste on random areas of the whole piece, I coloured the piece using the colours listed below. Remember to use only small amount of paint when putting them on the surface. If you feel it is too heavy, spray with water or lightly pad with tissue and then add more layers until you are happy with it.

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Transparent Yellow iron Oxide
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Vermilion

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Viridian Green Hue 
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Green Gold

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black

I used Andy 's new Illusionary Artists stamp set for the name plate.
The crackle is made with DecoArt Weathered Wood.

 Since this is a square shaped box, so basically it can shrift to another direction depend on which way you want to see it.

Please go look up the new kits from Tando and also the new stamp sets !!
Until next time !

A5 Word Up & Numbers Stamp Set by Illusionary Artists

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Transparent Yellow iron Oxide
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Vermilion
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Green Gold
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Viridian Green Hue
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black
DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste 
DecoArt Media Gesso White

Tuesday, 6 February 2018


Hello again and welcome back! 

Today I am sharing with you a very sturdy tag I've created using elements from an all new Andy Skinner Manufactured by Tando Creative's Tagtastic Set coupled with Andy's new Fossil Stamp set from Stampendous

This Fossil Stamp set is all the rage!  There are shells, a fern leaf, a cute little froggie and the very detailed and delightful fish. This stamp has so many possibilities; from stamping with ink to stamping into modeling paste to create a real fossil look.

I smeared DecoArt Media Modeling Paste onto this smaller laser cut tag from Tando Creative.  I heat set the Modeling Paste to almost but not quite dry. Then I spritzed the frog stamp with water and pressed it into the almost dry modeling paste.  This created the fossilized look onto the tag.  Next I colorized the tag using various DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics paint colors.  I then stamped the frog image onto a piece of white tissue paper, tore around the edges and using DecoArt's Matte Medium, I glued and sealed the stamped frog image in place over the fossilized area on the tag. 

The smaller tag is attached to the larger tag with another of Tando Creative's wonderful pieces from this tag set; the cogs and wheels. Using a variation of Andy's rust techniques; this "metal" cog looks very old and rusty with a touch of patina.

Also, notice the beautiful crackling effect of the background.  This was done using DecoArt's Media Crackle Paint on the base and then colorized with various Media Fluid Acrylics colors.

This fish!  This fish!  I love this fish!  It' so detailed and a wonderful size for all sorts of mixed media projects! As a finishing touch, I added small bits of Stampendous Frantage Pealized Mica Fragments. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Here is a list of all the supplies used to create this tag:

  • DecoArt Media Modeling Paste
  • DecoArt Media Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Cobalt Teal Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Dark Grey Value 3
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Paynes Grey
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Blue Green Light
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Translucent White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Yellow Oxide
  • Andy Skinner Fossil Stamp Set

  • Andy Skinner Tagtastic Tag Set Manufactured by Tando Creative
Miscellaneous Supplies
  • Brushes
  • White Tissue Paper
  • Stampendous Frantage Pearlized Mica Fragments
  • Palette Knife

About the Artist: Candy Colwell

Sunday, 4 February 2018

King Spook - Brenda Brown

Hi Everyone, Brenda here.
I'm back today to share a little hanging with you .....

.....  made with the new Spook set of stamps Andy has designed for Illusionary Artists.

I love this set and found I used three out of the four stamps on this project - I was thinking at first I was only going to use King Spook himself but the text and skulls jumped straight in as I was developing all the elements.

I began by creating the background first, using the DecoArt media paints, DecoArt media gesso and some text from this set as well as the Tech Trauma set. on a media board from Tando Creative.

The frame went through several layers of embossing and painting, sanding and inking to get to this finish.

And King Spook was stamped and painted on a piece of media card with yet a different background which included Andy's Sunburst stencil.

I loved how this came together - I didn't have exactly this picture in my head to start with but I'm happy with how it finished up. 

If you are interested in seeing the process steps for each of the elements they are over on my blog and can be found here.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope your weekend is going well.

hugs Brenda xxx

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