Thursday, 17 May 2018

Inspirational Post ~ Make Your Own Rust Paint.

Hi everybody! It's Toni here and I'm going to show you how to make yourself some cheap as chips rust paint. So if you're thinking of entering our Let's Fake it Challenge, this could be just what you need to get started. I don't know about everyone out there, but I love shopping for new crafty goods. My budget, however, does not always stretch as far as I would like! This means that I am sometimes too precious with my goodies, tending to 'hoard', rather than 'use' them. This hit home when I found that some rather delicious paints I had hoarded, had in fact dried up when I came to use them. Not good, but entirely my own fault. So without further ado, here goes.......

I've read various recipes on the internet but this one works for me. It's not an exact science, so there is a certain amount of mixing and adding ingredients, to suit your own style or type of project you're working on. These are the ingredients I've used....
 Silver Sand
 PVA Glue
 All purpose Filler, cheapest you can get, for those in the UK, try Poundland
 Acrylic Paints in
 Yellow Ochre
 Raw Umber
 Red Oxide
 Raw Sienna
Once again, cheap paints work fine!

You will also need a palette knife for mixing  and some airtight containers for storing the rust paint.

I started by adding a good squeeze of PVA to a small container, followed by another good squeeze of filler compound.....
I mixed this up with my palette knife and then started adding sand, spoonful by spoonful, mixing each one in thoroughly. After mixing in about 5 spoonfuls of sand, I then added a generous squeeze of Raw Sienna paint. This thinned the mixture down, so I added more sand, spoon by spoon, until I had a nice grainy but spreadable texture.I was surprised by the amount of sand the mixture was able to absorb, so to ensure that it would actually stick to a surface, I added another dollop of PVA.  This little pot full, then became the base for all the other colours.
I got together a few small lidded containers and scooped out some of the base mixture into each pot I then added a squirt of a different colour, to each one. This is how they looked....
From the middle left, clockwise, Raw Sienna base colour,  Raw Umber added to base, Yellow Ochre added to base, Red Oxide added to base and finally a touch of black added to base. Use black sparingly, as it can completely overwhelm the base colour. I'm still amazed at how much rust paint I managed to get out of the original base pot. In order to see what the paint was like when it was dry, I painted some pieces of card with each colour. I was very pleased with the texture and also that it bonded really well to the surface without any grains of sand falling away. I also ran the cards through my embossing machine, and labelled them for future reference.
As I was very satisfied with the rust paints I'd created, I decided to use them to decorate a note book. This gave me the opportunity to try them out on a variety of different surfaces. The decorative elements I've used on the book include, fabric, card, chipboard, and metal. I applied the paint in a dabbing motion with a well used bristle brush. Here are some close ups ....

This is from the back cover.......

This is how it looks on metal....... 
and card........
This is the front cover with fabric collaged, then stencilled with modelling paste before applying the various colours of rust paint.
I hope you've enjoyed today's Inspiration Post. I would love it if you decided to give DIY rust paint a whirl and if you do, please feel free to share your results with us for our Let's Fake It Challenge, as I'd  love to see the results! Until next time, 'Happy Crafting' x

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Another Brick in the Wall

Hi guys! Lula with you today to share another variation of our current challenge theme
Let's fake it.                 .
This time I was trying to build the wall on my birthday card.
The bricks stencil is one of my favourite item and creating a faux brick wall is easy!

I started with stenciling heavy coarse structure paste  onto gessoed piece of cardstock.

Loving my Gelatos it was sure I would use them to colour the bricks.

I  coloured  the rest of my background with Ecolines.

I added more gesso to the joints  between the bricks and started to put the canvas petals together.

The leaves were die cut and stamped with my favourite texture stamp.

Still not very happy with the wall I outlined the bricks with black Derwent Inktense pencil.

Finally I was pleased with the result!
To finish off this project I added a button to the flower, some moss to the leaves and a few touches of gesso to the leaves. The sentiment was stamped too.

I hope I've inspired you a bit today. We can't wait to see your  gorgeous projects.
Remember to use stamps or stencils or both!

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Winners - In the Meadow

We're back today to announce the winner and top 3 of the In the Meadow challenge. Lots of fabulous entries but as usual there can be only one winner. So, congratulations go to ....

Congratulations Alison ! We loved the gentle colour combination and the natural feel to your page. Please contact for your winners badge and also the details of your guest post.

Now on to the top 3:

Congratulations everyone ! Please email for your top 3 badge. 

There's still plenty of time to join in with the current challenge Let's Fake It.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

'Let's Fake It !'

 Hi everybody! It's Toni here and I have the pleasure of setting the new challenge for this merry month of May. I love faux finishes of all descriptions whether it be rust, stone, leather or time worn vintage. You  name it we have the power to fake it! I'd like to see your projects that include at least one faux finish of your choice. Produce anything you like but please include some stamping or stencilling or both if your heart desires! I can't wait to see what you come up with........x

(Faux stone using Texture Paste, Art Stones and paint)

(Faux rust and patina using inks and baked textures).

(Faux rust finishes with paints, inks and even a mixture of gel medium and sand)

(Faux marble effect using tissue paper and a Gelli plate)

( faux rust and patina effect created with paints, coarse structure paste and metallic paste)

Now it's over to you !

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Using stamps and stencils in pottery painting.

Good Morning all! How are you today? I hope you are well. Today I want to bring you another way to use your rubber stamps and that is in pottery painting. Those of you that follow my blog will be aware that this has become a love of mine - but I have before this post - been stamping in distress inks onto pots and then painting over them. For this post I have tried actually stamping in glaze and also using glaze through stencils to make a vase look pretty!

I have used Kay Carley stamps and stencils from paperartsy throughout this process. I started with a square vase, my stencil, some dobbers and some glaze. I applied the glaze through the stencil to each surface of the pot.

This is one stencilled side. I used a different coloured glaze for the butterflies.

Next I brayered out some glaze onto a piece of acetate and then used a stamp to apply this to the pot.

I did some more stamping using some flower stamps and painted these in to complete the design.

After firing this is what my vase looks like ...

and here's another side too!

I hope you might think about using your stamps and stencils on pottery too - the stronger colours work best for the stamping and the stencilling works really well as you can easily add more than one coat!

Have a great day!


Rachel xx

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Welcome to today's Guest Designer, Ioulia !

Hello and welcome back ! Today we are welcoming Ioulia as our Guest Designer, Ioulia was the winner of the Off to Collage challenge and was therefore invited to join us for a day. Let's move on to hear from Ioulia:

Hi Stamps and Stencils lovers! I am Ioulia Deligiannidou (julD) from Greece. I live in Thessaloniki, it is a seaside city. I am so happy to be a Guest Designer at Stamps and Stencils. It is such an honour to be here today. Thank you so much.
I loved painting and crafting from my early years, but instead of becoming an artist I became an engineer who loves to create things in her free time. So, crafting is my hobby. I love to create with whatever I can get my hands on. Mixed media fascinated me because I can combine many techniques and materials. My favourites are clay and texture in paintings. 

My project is a mixed media painting on mdf.

At first, I applied modelling paste with stencils on an mdf  board..

Then, I used a coat of white gesso and when it was dry, I added two colours of acrylic paint. While the paints were still wet, I dropped drops of alcohol. The paint reacts and creates a circular effect.

I used oil paint and wiped it back with a cloth. I rub with sandpaper the flowers.

I stamped with circles, words and butterflies stamps.

 I stuck gold leaf to the petals of the big flower.

I applied gesso and acrylic paints with alcochol drops on a second mdf board to use it as a frame. I wiped back the alcohol with kitchen roll.

I stuck the two mdf boards together and I applied gold paste at the edges.

I hope you like it. 

You can find me

Wow Ioulia your project is gorgeous ! Thank you so much for joining us today and providing such fabulous inspiration for the current challenge, In the Meadow.  

There's still plenty of time to join us !

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Funky Foam Stamps and Gelli play

Hi, Ruth here with an inspiration post all about making your own foam stamps and using them with a Gelli or Gel Press plate. For those of you who might follow my instagram posts you'll be aware that I joined in with a daily challenge in March set by the very talented Birgit Koopsen. It was all about getting to know your Gelli plate following daily prompts.....I can highly recommend it, so many fab techniques and inspiring posts by other creatives. I definitely got hooked on using my Gelli plate and one of my favourite prompts was all about making your own foam stamps.

I used funky foam which had an adhesive backing and I got lots out of one sheet which cost about £1. I cut them freehand and found the organic nature of these very effective when using with a gelli plate, the 'rougher' the better. The first few I made I stuck to cardboard but then remembered I had some wooden blocks that I'd salvaged from old fashioned rubber stamps that I didn't use anymore so they got a new lease of life.

I also used some heat moldable foam which I've had for years.

I was so inspired I made a short video that I shared on's less than a minute long (it has to be for instagram) and I thought I'd share it here.

I now have lots and lots of background papers that will form the basis of my cards this year...and I can't stop making even more papers. Here are a selection of them.

I also used another fab prompt on this one - egg boxes!

A tag this time, I love the way the foam removes some of the paint

Lovely mix of green paints on the Gelli plate

Once dried I added a thin layer of pearlescent green

before pulling the print.

Such a variety of prints

Another version using the leaf and circles stamps

These last 2 cards used the moldable foam impressions I made. First I enhanced the buttons theme

lastly I added some splashes of gold to this pearlescent painted paper.

I hope I may have inspired you to have a go at making some foam stamps..... and getting to know your Gelli plate is highly recommended!! There is plenty of time to join in with our 'In the Meadow' challenge this month and as always thanks for stopping by. Ruth x