Friday, 16 August 2019

See what others don't ||| by Elisa Ablett

Hi everyone, 

Elisa here with my first project for August for Ink Art Designs, a spring inspired art journal page!

It features a very bright background along with colourful flowers which have been stamped from a gorgeous Stamp set from That's Crafty, so put on some sunglasses and let's pretend Spring has arrived early in Australia 😉😁 

The background and flowers were all created from Colour Blast water colour liquid inks on normal everyday 4 x 6 inch photo paper and then stamped and fussy cut out. Yes you heard right, photo paper and watercolours can produce the most spectacular results and each print is different!

I wanted to create a 3d garden in my Art Journal so I added some hand painted stems and buds to go on the background before the flowers and leaves were stuck down. 

Let's take a look at the products used to create this art journal page - 

Ink Art Designs Shop


and some close ups of the finer details!

You can see how vibrant the watercolours on photo paper can be and you can get some wonderful patterns and hues to stamp on and cut out. 

That's it from me today, I hope you head over to have a look at Ink Art Designs great range of stamps and products and make sure you stop by the facebook group to participate in the monthly challenge!



Thursday, 8 August 2019

Daydream by Elisa Ablett

Hi everyone,

How awesome is the latest challenge over at Scrap Matrix Shares ! 

Mandalas and Zentangling together look amazing and the entries so far into this month's challenge look fantastic so make sure you head over to check all the inspiration out. 

The challenge is pretty easy this month, just create something with both Mandalas and Zentangling and you can use the challenge graphic as inspiration as well.... easy peasy...

So, i was lucky enough to be on a craft retreat with Tanya Froud, my awesome buddy recently and we were bouncing ideas off each other all weekend. 

I decided to use my new Tracy Scott Mandala stamp set along with some fussy cut Art by Marlene Collage paper to create my Mandala background on my Scrapbooking page. 

Add some great Zentangling by Tanya Froud and a few wines and we had ourselves a craft collaboration! 

Tanya is a master tangler and has such a steady hand, so I threw my trusty white Posca Pen at her and she went to town on my layout with her freehand designs. 

Here are some of the products used from Scrap Matrix Store with the direct links below- 

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Let's take a closer look at the finer details!

I decided to keep my stamped Mandala's black and white and let the collage paper shine with colour. I had a cute little chipboard title which I embossed with Gold embossing powder and added splatters of Gold Mica Powder (watered down) onto my page. 

Layer your fussy cut elements under your photo, alternating the black and white stamped images and the fussy cut coloured collage pieces. Use a simple glue stick on collage paper for a smooth finish!

Add some freehand zentangling to match your other pieces, you can see that Tanya has incorporated dots, scallops, hearts, strings of circles and black and white elements to coordinate with my background.

I was so happy with how this turned out, very unique and different and also holds a small piece of my good friend's awesome 'tangling talent' on my page. 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, make sure you leave some love.


Elisa xx

Saturday, 27 July 2019

'Drinking wine just feels so much better' by Elisa Ablett

Hi Inky people!

Elisa here from the design team for Ink Art Designs with my latest project, another cheeky art journal page with a few eye catching techniques.

I loved the look of this 50's Girl stamp and thought of all the projects I could create with her and not just vintage creations lol.

Products used to complete this Art Journal Page - 

Ink Art Designs - lost coast designs - 50s-girl

Other products - 
Prima Odyssey - Water colour paints
Hand air pump
Flutterby Designs - Polaroid frame - cut apart
Scrap FX Australia - Wine Glass
Sigma Pen

Let's take a closer look at the art journal page....

I stamped and fussy cut my image out and used 3d foam mounting tape to make her the same height as the chipboard wineglass and lift her off the page a bit. I wanted to make it look like she is balanced on the glass. 

The background is a favourite technique of mine, using watercolour paints and an air pump (from Colour Blast Australia), add your liquid to the page and blow the air through the liquid to create the tendrils. I used the circle mask in the middle to keep the illusion of space behind her. Making the tendrils look like fireworks almost. 

If you haven't visited the online Ink Art Designs Shop as yet, here is the link to have a squiz!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today,



Friday, 12 July 2019

Oooops! Go Me || Elisa Ablett

Hi everyone,

Elisa here from the design team for Ink Art Designs with my first post!

I fell in love with this stamp of the three wise monkeys from Lost Coast Stamps and I wanted to create a bright and funky (with a touch of humour) art journal page. 

 I love working with Distress Oxide Inks as well, so colourful and easy to create great backgrounds.

I stamped my image onto smooth cardstock using Versamark Black ink and then used a palette of watercolours and a small round paintbrush to colour the Monkeys.

Here are the links to the Ink Art Designs Shop - 

Here are some close ups of the finer details -

Here is the new design team for Ink Art Designs, make sure you follow along with our monthly challenges in the (Ink Art Designs Facebook Group) 

Hugs x


Wednesday, 10 July 2019

One of a Kind by Elisa Ablett || Flutterby Designs

Hi everyone,

Elisa here from the design team for Flutterby Designs with my latest creation for you along with a step by step on how I created my background and tips on using the Art Foamies stamps.

Before we start the tutorial, lets take a quick look at some of the products I used to create with from the Flutterby Shop, a few bits and pieces from past kits as well.

So lets take a look at how I created the background - 

Using a palette knife, spread black gesso or thick black paint over the left and right hand sides of your background paper. Let it dry or heat dry.

Use a brayer and a craft mat to 'load' up your art foamies stamp, i find the paint goes on smoother and you get a better print. This is also a great way to add more than one colour at once!

Dry each layer and each colour before you add your next lot of stamping. Add a lighter contrasting colour over the top and then bring that out onto your background paper as well. 

I only wanted to add a small amount of yellow to the page so I only added colour to a small portion of the stamp and also used my 'clean' palette knife to spread it along the edges of my paper a bit as well.

Add some cool white stripes to your page using the edge of your ruler. Add white paint to your craft messy mat, spread it out using a palette knife and then dip your ruler into the white and 'stamp' onto your page, keep stamping until you have the lines and effect you want.

Add smears or splatters of white paint to your page using your finger, and splatters with a fan brush.

Using the palette knife again, spread pink paint through the Little Big Love Flutterby Stencil as shown in the photo above. The let dry before you add anything else. Once dry, tear strips of gold washi tape from a past kit and add to your background then stick your desired strips and stickers over the top.

Layer Filler Cards under your chosen photo, I chose bright and funky filler cards to match my background.

Stick down your photo cluster and then add your title ! I outlined my photo in black pen to make it stand out a bit more. 

Here are some close ups :-) 

I hope to see your creations using my background technique.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, make sure you leave me some love!


Elisa x

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Adventure || by Elisa Ablett

Hi Flutterby Fans,

Elisa here from the design team with my latest layout, 
a bright and fun boy layout featuring the new Flutterby Designs Art Foamies stamps.

I absolutely love these big foam stamps, so easy to use with paint or inks and stamp wonderfully over the top of Flutter Colour Paint. 

Products used from the Shop: 

Let's check out the close ups!

Art foamies stamping in the background and circles punched from the Happily Ever After  Everyday Filler Cards lead your eye down the page to the photo.

Frame your photo with a small polaroid frame painted and stamped with the Art Foamies Stamps, the possibilities are endless.

I hand stamped the long title and adhered it down the page. 

Staples are a great way to add grunge to a boy page and also great for adhering strips of chipboard. 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, make sure you catch me next time for a feminine layout using layering !


Elisa xx

Thursday, 11 April 2019

One Cheeky Kid || Elisa Ablett

Hi everyone, 

Elisa here from the design team with my latest layout for Flutterby Designs.


I wanted to go with 'boy themed' mixed media layout using bits and pieces from the NEW Magical AF collection and adding them to Flutter Paint, Knucklehead Stencil and even some Xtreem Teen pieces I have left over.

Take your Magical AF paper and cut on a crazy angle, add a small amount of white paint or white gesso along the inner cut edge. Add small sprays of black and teal Dylusions Shimmer Spray and dry.

Smooth black ink through your stencil using a distress tool, keeping to the inner edges.

Layer Everyday Etc Filler Cards under your photo cluster and before gluing down your cluster, squeeze teal Flutter Paint in a squiggle along the inner edges.

 Don't forget to raid your stash to expand your new collection !

Thank you for stopping by the blog today.


Elisa x

See what others don't ||| by Elisa Ablett

Hi everyone,  Elisa here with my first project for August for Ink Art Designs, a spring inspired art journal page! It features ...