Sunday, 15 May 2016

Another lazy and craft-y Sunday ...

Morning peeps,

How's your weekend coming along? Well, I hope

Caught myself in my craft room again, playing with new stash ... I recently snagged myself some Crayola Slick Stix which I wanted to compare with Ranger's Distress Crayons, which I LOVE btw. Distress Crayons are, however, around double the price of the Crayola's so you may want to check out the Crayola option if you are on the undecided bench regarding YET another colouring medium!

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in white, mulberry and black
  • White gesso applied to the white snippet using a nearly dry baby wipe
  • Crayola Slix Stix: light blue, dark blue, purple and silver - scribbled on the gesso'd snippet and blended with the nearly dry baby wipe
  • Using stencils from Tim Holtz and TCW I knocked back the colour with a nearly dry baby wipe
  • Using a white gel pen I traced over the stencilled word "LIFE" to make it pop
  • Paper Smooches sentiment and Dylusions border stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink

I'll be entering this ATC for the following challenges:
  1. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 229 - SNIPPETS CHALLENGE
  2. Stamplorations - May Mixed Media challenge - MUST USE STENCILLING anything BUT a card

Whilst comparing the Slick Stix to the Ranger Distress Crayons I have noticed two things .... 1) knocking back colour with a baby wipe doesn't remove colour using Slick Stix quite as cleanly as with Distress Crayons and 2) the Slick Stix take longer to dry too .... so be more patient before inking over the top ..... as you can see with the allium below - this is a shame as I LOVE the panel but (because of the mis-stamping) it will probably never find its way on to a card.

You can see where the ink didn't QUITE take to the wet slick stix as well, where the image was just the outline
I am, however, loving the chance to both be a grown up and still getting to play with crayons!!! and really like BOTH brands although the Crayola's are only available in more primary/bright colours and the Distress Crayons currently match with 18 of the Distress colour range for co-ordination. Decisions Decisions! I suppose it remains to be seen whether Ranger will issue more crayons, giving more choices .... or not!

Now, a card made without the help of Distress Crayons OR Crayola Slick Stix!!!, just to prove I still can!
My card
The front, back and inside of my card plus the front and back of the envelope

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • White card panel cut to 3¾ x 5"
  • Two pieces of deep blue metallic card cut to 4 x 5¼" 
  • Bright blue card snippet for matting image panel + leftover used for matting sentiment
  • Snippets of white card for image panel, matting layer (once coloured with alcohol markers and stamped with the Dylusions border) and sentiment
  • Peerless water colours in sky and deep blue, used to apply colour wash to image panel
  • Dylusions image stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink and then, once dry, the edge of the image panel was torn roughly .. the offcut retained
  • Dina Wakely sentiment stamped on to the ripped offcut using Ranger Archival jet black ink and then cut to shape before matting on a snippet
  • My Sentiments Exactly sentiment used to stamp the reverse of the card and a Pitt pen used to add my name

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:
  1. CASology - challenge No. 197 - TEAR
  2. Sisterhood of crafters - May 11th challenge - NO DESIGNER PAPERS
  3. Coffee, chocolate and cards - challenge No. 109 - JUST US GIRLS


Cara said...

Fab card and ATC. Can you touch up the allium with a fine liner pen to rescue it? Cara x

Lauren Hatwell said...

Super cool selection of cards and ATC's Mrs. Lx

Diane said...

Very pretty card...enjoyed reading your takes on the crayons, too (and the mishap of the one card, actually I think it looks fabulous)!! Thank you for joining us for our challenge at Chocolate, Coffee and Cards!
Diane CC&C DT

SARN said...

Love ALL these projects Kathy. I reckon you can save the misstamping via the fine pen as suggested by Cara. That panel is just too pretty to discard without a fight!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Debs M said...

great makes and thanks for the tips x

kim TangledBlueRose said...

The blue canvas is beautiful, love the color and lovely stencil effect. The Crayola tips are really helpful, have been wondering about them! Thanks so much for sharing all of this with us at STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge!~kim

Darlene said...

WOW! Very cool creations! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘NO DESIGNER PAPER’ challenge and please come back again soon!
one of the 'Sistahs'
The Sisterhood of Crafters

Jacquie Southas said...

Love your torn panel - thanks for joining us at the CASology challenge this week!

Di said...

Gorgeous work Kathy - I do love that vivid blue you used! And, as others have said, rescue that stamped image :)

Thank you for coming to play in the Snippets Playground.


Di xx

Loll said...

Fantastic cards Kathy. Love the bright colours from the Stix ... and half the price of the distress crayons is a good reason to put up with a little longer dry time.

How about taking a fine black marker and drawing in the missing part of your flower?? Bet you can save this gorgeous card. xx

Asmah Zainal Abidin said...

Amazing ATC of yours Kathy, I find the color combination is superb and interesting. Thanks for sharing the tips on the slix stix. Thank you for playing along at STAMPlorations May Mixed Media Challenge. Come and join us again in the next challenge. Happy creating and have great days always!
STAMPlorations Mixed Media DT
Qinaahana Arts and Crafts {My Blog}

Anonymous said...

Love that 'rock chick', grunge feel created by that torn background and well chosen stamp! Very cool! Thanks for sharing with us at CASology this week!

LesleyG said...

Wow, fabulous makes, so inspiring I want to get inky and waxy! Xxx

Lisa B said...

They are all fabulous!! But now I am wishing I didn't see them, lol, I never heard about those Crayola Crayons. Boy they look like fun!

Thanks for playing along with our "no designer paper" challenge.

Have a great day,