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Monthly Archives: August 2010

  • Glass Painted Toppers

    New Toppers

    I have recently made some new glass painted toppers for use in my card-making/crafting. The following designs below have been taken from using templates however, the heart design I have designed the swirls in the centre for interest and to be able to use various shades of 1 colour mixed with white opaque (126).



    Glass Painted Toppers Glass Painted Toppers

    Here I made a Butterfly taken from the template in a craft magazine called Cardmaking & Papercraft. The heart was taken from another template but, then I added in swirls to add various shades like I said before and mainly to give interest too. The flower was taken from another template and again with this and the butterfly used various shades of the one colour when mixed with white and not mixed with white to get darker tones.  Below, are close ups of each one:


    Butterfly Glass Topper Butterfly Glass Topper
    Flower & Heart Topper Flower & Heart Topper

    The Butterfly topper I have left areas blank as my plan to allow patterned paper to be seen through those areas creating another dimension and interest too.

    You could however, be more inventive with your artistic talents and actually use acrylic paints with mediums to create something quite similar and still make a topper in the way. This is just an idea to explain that you can use any mediums or methods in your crafting and, allowing you to realise that you can go out of your craft box and bring in the use of art materials within your crafting.

  • Birthday Boy - Watercolours

    "Birthday Boy Watercolour Card"

    Using Watercolour paints

    Another weekend is over and I am back to blog Land.

    My nephew and niece celebrated their birthdays in the middle of August and for my Nephew I made this card using my Rembrandt Watercolour paints 5ml. Watercolour paints are not only for general painting to paint a whole image, it is also a use of craft supplies. I used Sepia (416) for the hair, Bluish Green(640) for the present, Cerulean Blue Phthalo (535) for the boys top, Yellow Ochre  (227) for the shorts, Quinacridone Rose (366) for the ribbon and tag around the present & used the Naples Yellow Deep (223) for the skin. These colours from the Rembrandt Range certainly work really well with the papers i have used and give a masculine feel as a whole. The Bluish Green (640) is a beautiful hue to work with and makes me think of the sea. Skin colours are hard to get but, the Naples Yellow Deep mixed with a tiny dot of pink just gives that perfect skin colour.

    Other examples of art materials that you could use instead of using Watercolour paints are: Drawing inks (these come in 2 sizes: 11ml of 18 colours & 490ml of 12 colours), Ecoline  Inks  Continue reading

  • Getting Creative with Glass Paints

    "Winging My Way In"

     Time really does pass so quickly......! It was only Friday yesterday it seems like  and, now it is already the beginning of another week. I truly wish we had MORE time in the day, we would get more crafting and painting done.

    Anyway, I shall not babble on! I made up a few butterflies last week and got them painted in with my Decorfin Glass paints allowing to dry for 24hours so, I was able to use on Friday. Well I did not get round to making lots of creations but, got this card made using a couple of my butterfly toppers. I used Olive Green (620) and White Opaque (126) with Bronze Relief Paint. I then put it together with a lovely little Girl image with dog from a company called Lily of the Valley. I am in love with the die cut images there. This image I just felt worked particulary well with the butterflies I have used here and gives it a rather nostalgic and vintage feeling. I framed with lots of pretty paper roses - something I can not do without in my crafting - and used a few ribbons also just to give it that little extra touch. Then used some little silver gems on the butterfly to decorate. I finished with decorating the inside and kept simple.

    The Olive Green (620)Butterfly was done by mixing the white opaque (126) with the Olive green to give it a more softer feel and blend in with the use of papers I chose. Mixing the glass paints is one aspect I am really enjoying at the minute rather than straight from the jar as I get to play around a lot more and you get some really pretty colours when mixed - I for one love my pastel colours - and you see the true colour once mixed up with the white opaque. When mixing you can use any brush ie: decorfin brushes, acrylic brushes & watercolour brushes but, you MUST clean with  with either warm soapy water or turpentine. It is also more fun to experiment with the colours rather than paint from the jar immediately. The colours come out really rich and pure painted straight from the jar. Because I paint thickly and not as they should be used - transparently - I find the darker colours (blues, greens, purples) you can not tell what each colour is so, mixing when painting thickly is a recommendation. There is more beauty and joy to the paints like I say previously when blending with the white.

  • Birthday Cardmaking

    "Birthday Celebrations"

    Experimenting with the Decorfin Glass paints is something that I really enjoy doing just now and trying new surfaces is quite daunting to begin with. however, you really do amaze yourself with spectacular results. I am not one to show off my work but, this handcrafted creation of mine  I really enjoyed producing with the craft materials we sell on our website.

    Having been using acetate all the time with Glass paints I have applied to card instead. Using glass paints on card is actually not so time consuming as it dries up a lot quicker, almost instantly to be honest. as the card absorbs the colour immediately (leaving a mark on the underside).

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  • Cardmaking with Flowers

    "Simple Flower"

     It amazes me how different you can make a card when using the same topper. I really enjoy using this flower design, which you will have seen appearing many times in my cardmaking. Here I have used Silver Relief paint with White opaque (126 ), Light Blue ( 501), and Olive Green (620) glass paints - the two colours have been mixed with white opaque to create soft pastel colours in keeping with the fresh patterned papers. You do not have to use the Decorfin brushes with the glass paints you can  use acrylic brushes however, you just need to remember that you must clean with warm soapy water or turpentine keeping it clean, otherwise the hairs will harden and you will end up chucking out.

    Within the flower topper I made I drew small circles with the silver relief paint then painted in with the pastel blue (a mix of light blue & white opaque) which created a nice balance of colour and, gave more of a dimension to the flower itself.

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  • Pretty Flower

    "Painting a Pretty Flower"

     The joy of Glass Paints and Relief paints are that there are many beautiful colours to play with. Here I have made this card keeping it fresh and zingy by the use of colour in the actual flower topper and use of patterned papers too. I have used the White Relief paint (100) - this could actually be white acrylic paint used with acrylic brushes, instead of the relief paint - on top of acetate &, drawn the flower using the white with two lines, leaving the gap between both lines blank - gives it a bit more interest & depth. I added in white spots of relief paint - again you can use white acrylic paint with acrylic brushes instead -within the flower creating dimension and a pattern. I then mixed the Fuschia (350) with the White (119) creating a lovely soft pastel pink.

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  • Cardmaking with Glass painted Toppers

    Blue, Green & White

     I made this Blue, Green and White Flower card just last week using a design that I have used before. I glass painted the flower and used the paint thickly. As I was drawing the flower topper out with the relief paint I drew small circles within the middle of the Flower Topper. I feel after adhering to the card that these little circles add dimension, depth and a great interest to the card. I used the White (100) & Silver (800) Relief paint and, used glass paints: Turquoise Blue (522) and Olive Green and White Opaque (126). These two first colours I mixed with the White Opaque to make fresh soft pastel colours to fit in with papers chosen. I have created layers with the papers and used card also to frame Finished off with a paper rose in the centre of the Glass Painted topper and decorated the inside too.

     Looking at this finished card you can see that this Glass paint could  be Acryilc Paints mixed with acrylic mediums, say the  Acrylic medium Glossy. So you could physically create the same topper with acrylic paints using acrylic brushes.  This just goes to show that you can actually use artists materials within cardmaking making it unique and very personal, something the receiver would definitely appreciate.

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  • Cardmaking with Glass painted Celtic Designs

    "Celtic Sympathy Card"

     Recently, my MIL friends husband passed away, and being as he was so close Paul and I made a joint card to send on our thoughts and prayers and condolences.

    The design for his sympathy card was designed with relief paint - the outline of the Celtic cross - and painted with the Decorfin Glass paints. My husband painted onto card and then I cut the cross out and adhered with foam squares to give dimension then adhered to some background paper to lift out the Fuchsia Glass Paint. The other colour used was Violet.

    You could use drawing inks to create something like this topper as an alternative and create something softer & more of wash effect. You do not have to limit yourself to using craft materials, you can use artists materials ie. drawing inks as within the range are 18 colours in 11ml and 12 colours in the 490ml.

    This was a very simple card to make and worked out to be very effective and was Loved by many, it got the receivers friend's talking, even MIL!

    Thanks for looking!


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