Wednesday, 13 December 2017

'Creative People colour outside the Lines' by Elisa Ablett

Hi everyone,

Elisa here again with my latest project for the Visible Image design team, a colourful and vibrant Art Journal spread featuring a background created with a Gel Press monoprinting plate and acrylic paint.

I used the fabulous Fibres stencil with the Gel Press plate to create a textured multi-coloured look. I placed it over my gelli plate and sponged a baby wipe over it to take some of the colour off and it produced this gorgeous patterns in my background.

I then stamped the Face -It stamp on the right hand side of my page and addes some white highlights using a white paint pen.

Add your title by stamping your Outside the lines stamp onto scrap paper ( I used a practise piece from my gelli plate adventures) to go with your page.

Cut out your title and mount onto your collaged pieces of paper on the left hand side. 

Add some highlights to make your stamps stand out from your background!

Here are the products I used from the Visible Image Store - 

That's it from me today, I hope you have enjoyed seeing how you can incorporate mixed media techniques such as monoprinting with your stamps!! make your stamp stash go further !


Elisa xx

Sunday, 3 December 2017

'Love the Glorious Mess You are' by Elisa Ablett

Hi Kraft lovers!

It's that time of the month again over on the Kraft Plus Challenge Blog where a new challenge has been revealed and our design team inspiration has been released!

The new challenge is fantastic, be inspired by the photo on the challenge board, take from the photo - colours, patterns, wood grain etc.

Here is the Challenge graphic -

and here is my layout based on the photo inspiration.

I was inspired by the frames on the wall, the colours, the stripey rug ( i used a ruler to press into different coloured paint and then use as a stamp to make stripey patterns on a piece of paper) and the Mandala cushions. 

I used a Mandala stamp designed by Memory Maze and then hand coloured it with markers.

I wanted a slightly boho/shabby chic look to my layout.

Here is the link to the challenge so you can see all the design team inspiration and the guidelines!

We hope you join in!

Hugs xx

Thursday, 30 November 2017

'Spread your Wings' by Elisa Ablett

Hi Crafters!

Elisa here with my latest project for Scrap Matrix, a mixed media canvas featuring all sorts of goodies including 7 Dots, 13 Arts and Scrap Matrix metal and embellishments.

Here is a peek at a few of the products 

Here is my project - 

Let me show you how I created this canvas!

Step 1 - Gesso your canvas and let dry, glue down your Paper Lace - German Scraps and lightly gesso over the top

Step 2 - Using a 13 Arts Stencil and white modelling paste and palette knife, add some texture to your canvas over the top of your lace.

Step 3 - Wait until the modelling paste has dried and then glue down your 7 Dots studio - Dreamscapes die cut elements and chipboard

Step 4 - Add your colour to your canvas, I used a combination of 13 Arts Rainbow Colour in Brown and Yellow Amber, Ayeeda Water Inks, Ayeeda Chalk Mists and Ayeeda Splash Inks in Gold. I started adding colour from the inside of the canvas along with sprays of water and then tipped the canvas to create the drips, I like to dry my layers of colour inbetween. I also splattered Gold Ink in places over the colour.

Step 5 - Add Ayeeda 13 Arts Light Gold Mica Flakes with gel medium that drys clear and some more splats of gold.

Step 6 - Gesso your Scrap Matrix Metal with 13 Arts Primer. Then once dry add colour to your metal using the 13 Arts Rainbow Colour, Inks and paint. Making sure it is distressed by dabbing away some of your colour with a baby wipe

Step 7 - Glue your metal embellishments on the canvas and tie down your twine in a cross pattern. I also used glass dots to add more texture and flicked white 13 Arts ink onto the canvas.

Finish off your canvas by gluing down the last of your embellishments and adding your title over the top of the twine.

Here are some close ups of the finer details - 

That's it from me today! I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial step by step and my project.


Elisa xx

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

'Dare to Swim' by Elisa Ablett - Visible Image

Hi everyone,

Elisa here from the design team for Visible Image with my next share for the month. 

I wanted to showcase just how versatile the awesome stamps at Visible Image are by creating a multi dimensional mixed media layout featuring 'Dare to Swim' and 'The Ripple Effect' stamp sets.

To start with I stamped on Acetate with black Staz On Ink and fussy cut the images out and set them aside while I created my background.

The background colours and texture is created with Distress Ink Oxides, Distress stains and ART -C water brush pen. 

I stamped 'The Ripple Effect' stamp on the background using the distress ink oxide ink pads masking half of the stamp off to create a half circle pattern. When you stamp them together they look like a wave!

Add some more stamping in black using the smaller bubble stamps from the Ripple Effect set across your page along with the fish from Dare to Swim.

Here are some close ups of the finer details!

Products featured from Visible Image

Dare to swim - Visible Image

 That's it from me today, don't forget to use your stamps on all sorts of different projects AND materials to get the most out of the stamps!

Don't forget to leave me some love in comments 💜

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

'Beach Babe' and 'Seaside Escape'

Hi Everyone,

Elisa here from the design team for Shop and Crop Scrapbooking with my latest layouts featuring the November Cropaholic Kit and bits and pieces from my stash.

This is the link to the kit in the shop. Make sure you use the code EA5 if you put in an order to Shop and Crop Scrapbooking.

designed by the lovely Belinda Lowe and featuring 

This months kit includes:
  • 1 49 & Market Sea Sand and Sun Collection 12 x 12 Paper Pad Collection
  • 1 49 & Market Sea , Sand and Sun Embellishment Sheet
  • 1 set of Scrapmatts Chipboard
  • 1 Colourblast Shimmer Spray
  • Specialty Mix Media Texture.
  • exclusive embellishment pack 
  • Cardstock
  • 1 Bubble stamp
  •  Subscribe today for this fantastic kit.

Here is one of Belinda's fantastic designs

I was lucky enough to be able to design a few different layouts with the kit as well and this is the first of my designs! If you are a subscriber, as a bonus you will have access to my step by step instructions for this layout 'Beach Babe'.

Here are some close ups!!

Just look at all those goodies that you get in the kit, I made two layouts and have plenty leftover for many more ...

and my second layout using this awesome kit....

Titled 'Seaside Escapes'

Here are some close ups of the finer details.

Well that's it from me today, I hope you have enjoyed seeing what you can create with your kits and a few extra pieces.

Hugs xx


Friday, 17 November 2017

Twinkle in your Eye by Elisa Ablett

Hi everyone, 

Elisa here from the design team for Scrap Matrix with my latest layout for Scrap Matrix featuring loads of products from the store including the 7 Dots Studio - Dreamscapes CollectionPrima Flowers and Colour Blast Bling Paste

Here is a little taster of the products used in my layout.

Here is my mixed media layout, I really love this paper collection, grungy yet dreamy at the same time and great paired with gold and bronze accents.

Here are some close ups!

One of my favourite techniques is to use gold foil flakes on my chipboard pieces.

Use your stencils in a different way, trace the inside of your stencil with a black pen to create patterns on your background.

Products used from Scrap Matrix!

Dreamscapes Twinkle

Dreamscapes Elements 6x12

Dreamscapes Word Stickers 6x12

6x6" Dreamscapes Triangles Stencil

Dreamscapes Clear Stamp Set


Image 1

That's it from me today, I hope you head over to the Scrap Matrix Shares facebook page and join in with this months challenge.


Elisa xx

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Hi stamp lovers! Elisa here again with my latest project for Ink Art Designs , a mixed media 'cheeky penguin' art journal p...