Saturday, 13 October 2018

'Happy Halloween' By Elisa Ablett - October Inspiration


Hi Crafters,

Elisa here from the design team for 2Crafty Chipboard with my latest mixed media layout with a Halloween twist!

With Halloween Night fast approaching I thought it would be fun to scrap one of the many photos I have of one of my boys in dressup, ready to go trick or treating with his scary mask and cape.

I have a few creepy ghoulish stamps from Stampotique and wanted to incorporate them as well.

Let's take a look at the 2Crafty products used in this layout πŸ‘»

Here are some close ups!

I also wanted to show you how I created the base of my background, here is a short step by step to show you how to incorporate your Gel Plate and paints into your layout - 

I used an 8 x 8 gel plate with some lovely good quality black paint from Decoart, using a brayer gently spread the paint onto the gel plate, I wanted to leave the lines and texture in the paint.

While the black paint was wet, I squeezed some grey paint onto the plate and spread with the brayer in patches only. Add a few splats of white paint here as well and brayer, you should have 3 different tones on your gel plate before you pull a print.

Once dry (here in this photo you can see the different tones and texture when it has dried) using a circle template, a dinner plate or a bowl etc, roughly trace around your print with a black permanent pen.

Grab some of your favourite grunge stamps and stamp around your circle.

Stamp onto white tissue paper or deli paper with your ghoul stamps from Stampotique, once the ink has dried fussy cut around the edges of your stamped images. 

I used a clear drying glue stick to glue my tissue paper down onto my page. Paint your chipboard. With the larger stamped images I stuck my 2Crafty chipboard circles around each stamped image and stapled them.

There are a few more finishing touches including paint splatters and stamping which can be seen in the main photo :-) 

That's it from me today, I hope you have been inspired to try a little Halloween for your next project featuring 2Crafty.


Elisa xx

Here are my social media links if you want to follow along with me :-) 

Saturday, 29 September 2018

'Together' by Elisa Ablett - September Inspiration

Hi Crafters,

Elisa here from the design team for 2Crafty Chipboard with my latest inspiration for September, 
a bright and colourful mixed media layout.


For this layout I used a gorgeous photo of my niece and great niece which I love.

I wanted to create a lovely watercolour background and try something new with my chippie.

I used the following 2Crafty chipboard - 

Sharon's Butterflies set
Corner Arches
Chipboard Tags
Together title - Loopy Font

Let's take a closer look at the chipboard pieces -

I love the set of Sharon's butterflies; they are so versatile and I have used them on many projects.

On this layout I heat embossed a heavy white embossing powder onto my chipboard butterfly 
and also onto the title - Together (in the below photo). 
It came out perfectly, they almost look like a raised enamel.

For the Corner Arch, I decided to give it a light coat with gesso first and then let dry.

Once it was dry, I lightly tapped and swiped my Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Inkpad 
over the top and spritzed it with water and let dry. The end result was a lovely mottled 
distressed look showing patches of white here and there.

The chipboard tag I absolutely love! I wanted to try a new technique on the tag
so I lightly glued some patterned tissue paper over the top of the tag,
then I watered down some gesso and added a white wash over the top, once
dry I sanded the edges and lightly over the top of the tag. It came out
perfect as a background feature which matches the tissue paper I glued to the background.

That's it from me today, I hope you have been inspired to try some of my techniques
on your Chipboard pieces. Make sure you leave me some love in the comments and if you 
want to follow my work - head to my blog or instagram to follow along ...


Elisa xx

Thursday, 13 September 2018

'#AWESOME" - By Elisa Ablett - September Inspiration

Hi 2Crafty fans πŸ™‹

My turn up on the blog today with my latest 2Crafty creation for September. 

I wanted to create a graffiti inspired mixed media layout to match this gorgeous 
photo of my son and my great nephew and a graffiti wall at the local skate park.

The background was created with Distress Oxide inkpads and circles punched 
from old book paper on a black background and features awesome chippy 
pieces coloured to match the background.

For this layout I used the following Chipboard Pieces- 

Mini Sampler Set 1
Brick Panel

Here are some close ups of the finer details -

For the title #AWESOME, I painted it with a white Posca Paint pen and then let it dry, 
once dry I swiped my blue inkpad across the bottom of the title.

I inked the chevron pieces and small circles from the  Mini Sampler Set 
 of chipboard with different Oxide inkpads to match the background, once dry 
I stamped over the top of the small inked circles.

I cut off two panels off the brick 6 x6 panel of chippie and coloured it with the
 distress oxide inkpads, layer the colour one by one to achieve a distress graffitti look!

Colour your chevrons and diecuts with splattered oxide ink by swiping your inkpad 
onto a craft mat and spritzing with water. Then using a paint brush gather some of
 the liquid and splatter it layer by layer onto your diecuts and desired chipboard pieces.

 Finishing touch is to add splashes of gold ink onto your page!

That's it from me today, thank you for stopping by the blog.

Make sure you leave me some love in the comments below and you can see 
more of my work here -

Elisa xx

Monday, 13 August 2018

Good for the Soul by Elisa Ablett

'Good for the Soul' 

By Elisa Ablett

Hi Everyone,

I am up on the 2Crafty Chipboard blog today with another mixed media layout, combining some gorgeous pieces of chipboard along with handpainted stamped images.

I wanted a fun layout and stuck to the colours that were in the photo, blues and browns. 

The 7 dots Studio paper with a painted background and the Aall and Create stamps combined with the awesome chipboard make for a unique and fun layout. 

2Crafty Chipboard products used:

1. Sabine Circle Frames
2. Hummingbird
3. Ada's Flourish - border pieces

Let's take a look at the finer details!

Firstly, the hummingbird piece, I inked carefully in black ink and then using my finger 
I smoothed Finnabair Art Alchemy Metallique Wax in Blue over the chipboard 
and then a top coat of Vintage Gold.

For the second piece of chipboard and the set of Sabine's frames, I inked them all in black,
then added layers of Aged Brass and Vintage Copper Metallique 
Wax over the pieces to give them a rusted look.

To create an interesting feature on the left side of my page, I cut one of the smaller Sabine Frames in half and tucked the cut edges underneath my fussy cut stamped images.

The larger frame I left a bit darker with just a small amount of Metallique wax smoothed over the top. I wanted to use the frame to draw attention to my fun photo.

I used the flourish border piece to create flow across my page, it has a rusted appearance to blend in with the colours of the background photo. Creating flow across your page draws the eye to your photo and main cluster of embellishments. 

To finish off the layout, I hand painted with a small paintbrush and watercolours to match the colours from the background and photo, plus I love Mandala's and any sort of Bohemian look and I think the colours and chipboard make the layout unique, different and interesting. 

Let me know what you think !

That's it from me today, thanks for stopping by the blog :-) 


Elisa xx

Sunday, 29 July 2018

"Love that Smile'' by Elisa Ablett for 2Crafty Chipboard

'Love that Smile' 

Hi Crafters,

Thanks for stopping by the Blog today.

Elisa here from the design team for 2crafty Chipboard with my latest inspiration for you; 
a colourful boho style mixed media layout featuring some lovely pieces 
of 2Crafty Chipboard and a half mandala background design featuring 
the new Nuvo Shimmer Powders and Finnabair Metallic Wax.

2Crafty Products used:

Amelia Flower Stem - Large
Polaroid Frames
Love that Smile Title

Firstly, for my title I inked the chipboard in a metallic matching ink 
and then roughly coloured over the top with a darker purple paint marker, 
it matches perfectly with the script/handwriting of the title.

Next, I coloured the Polaroid frame in with a black glitter marker to 
create a solid base for my photo cluster and to make the 
colours pop a little more on my next piece of chippie.

For next piece of chipboard 'Amelia Flower Stem', I decided to alter by
first painting it black, then while still wet dipping it in the liquid made
by adding water to my Nuvo shimmer powders. I used the same shimmer powders
on my background as well to add colour and dimension to my mandala.

You can see that shimmer and shine happening on the chippie!

Add a bit of metallic wax by smoothing over the black modelling paste and the black chipboard
with a make up sponge or a dauber. Last details ! add some hand cut butterflies from acetate and paper to add to the boho look of your layout. You could also add feathers or wire or beads as well.

That's it from me today! 

I hope you been inspired to try your very own Boho style layout complete with awesome Chipboard!

Hugs xx


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