Friday, 8 March 2019

Find Beauty in Chaos.....

I am Super excited and Thrilled to be the guest designer at The Craft Stamper 
with The Take It Make it Challenge this month....
It is always anything goes, so long as there is some stamping....
The Design Team always provide amazing inspiration.

This is my Creation for the front of my A5 sketchbook......

I had so much fun with lots of stamping, alcohol inks, acetate, my newly found light box
and a mapping pen and white acrylic paint.....
I started by loosely stamping the flower onto scratch paper.
Popped acetate over it and applied around 8 shades of alcohol inks.
I turned over the acetate and then used my mapping pen 
and white calligraphy ink and white acrylic paint on the other side.
I used splat stamps, crackle stamps and text stamps on white card stock.
Using the acetate overlay helped with the placement of the stamping....
I did the same with the back of my A5 sketch book....
I could have always just stamped and heat embossed in white but.....
My acetate was not heat resistant and I wanted to try out the technique 
of using my mapping pen on the thinner lines and 
white acrylic paint in a bottle for the thicker lines.
I always enjoy trying out new techniques to me.
I had so much fun and using acetate and my newly found light box certainly helped.
There is always so much inspiration and creativity over at The Craft Stamper blog....
Thank you once again for the opportunity to guest with you this month x.
Challenges I would love to enter......
Watercooler Wednesday - Kath's Feminine Anything Goes Challenge
Thank you for the being your Rock Star this week
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything goes without the Option for me
I have used the Poppy Time Stamp from Penny Black on the front of my sketchbook

49 comments:

Linda said...

This looks fabulous Mac, what a great technique. I do love alcohol inks, I just don't use them enough.
It's lovely to have you as our Guest Designer this month xx

Sylvia said...

Gorgeous cards,Mac.Love this technique.Enjoy your weekend.

Gr,Sylvia.

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Both versions turned out quite beautiful. I need to go and google what a mapping pen is. It is a new product to me! Thanks for sharing!

Viv's Visuals said...

One word Mac -
Awesome.
These are two fabulous cards. And thanks for sharing how ypou made them - will have a go at some point I think!x

*Vicki* said...

What an impact you make on the crafty community my friend!! Congrats on your well deserved GDT spot!! Your design is nothing short of beautiful splendor and lovely details!! I have to look, read and go back and read again to find out exactly what you did!! Such a joy coming to your blog!! Thank you for sharing!! HUGS

*Vicki* said...

P.S. If you ever got into making videos, I would be a fan for sure!! :) Just sayin'!

Lucyna Marynowska said...

Congrats! the cards are just stunning!
Lula xxx

Diane said...

Wow stunning colors and design on your cards.

Hugs Diane

Mia said...

Both cards are stunning, Mac. And your photo tutorial is always a great inspiration. I love your technique with the mapping pen. Hugs, my dear friend.

Anita in France said...

First of all, Mac ... congratulations on Guest Designing with The Craft Stamper ... so well deserved! Your sketchbook is going to look stunning with these front and back panels ... so many beautiful details ... such striking images ... pieces of art indeed! Sorry I've not been around ... no internet for almost a week ... happy to be playing catch up now though! Hugs, Anita :)

Trina P. said...

Congratulations on a well deed guest designer spot Mac. Your sketchbook covers got the royal mixed media treatment. Such a cool technique. Love the vibrant AI colours. Fabulous post as always. xx

BożenA said...

I admire your "new" sketchbook, Mac. These flowers are beautiful and the colors are stunning. I do not see chaos there but beauty, Mac.
Hugs,BożenA

P.S. I would also be a subscriber to your films! I do not say anything, I just mentioned that ...

HilaryJane said...

Congrats on your guest designer spot. this card is simply amazing, I love the colours and the shine you get from the acetate xx

Daffodil Cards said...

WOW! always WOW! this is so different and so Beautiful, I am in awe at your creativity, these are amazing Mac. Oh! and Congratulations on your GDT.
Faith
x

pam said...

Two stunning wow cards Mac, congrats on your GDT...Fabulous technique and amazing colours.
Pam x

Maria said...

Congrats on you GD spot! Your cards are stunning, so pretty! Wonderful technique and fab colors...well done!!

Susan said...

Both are fabulous! Love the two different colour combinations! And such an interesting technique using your light box!

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Oh Wow Mac! You utterly clever lady, this is brilliant! Great technique, now what did I do with that light box Lol! Have a lovely creative weekend, Angela xXx

Donna Ellis said...

Wow, Mac! These are incredible! I love the colorful intrigue and amazing bursts of dancing color around the flowers - as though the air is alive with dancing hues! Beautifully done. Thanks so much for sharing your creative process! hugs, de

cuilliesocks said...

Congratulations Mac, well deserved Guest Designer post.
These are just stunning,what a marvellous technique, love the flower image and the colours are just beautiful, Kate x x

Bonnie said...

Woot! So glad to see you as Guest Designer at the Take It Make It Challenge! Congratulations on your well deserved win! And what an AWESOME project! Gorgeous flowers and a brilliant technique! Love, love, love this!

aussie aNNie said...

Wow Mac, inspiration plus here, your amazing work is just that AMAZING, love everything you have shown here with super skills and colours.xx

Christine Alexander said...

Mac congratulations, I can't think of anyone who deserves it more. I am always in awe of your designs :).
I wish I could be with you to try this out, look amazing with your calligraphy outline.
hugs Christine

Lieve said...

These covers are so beautiful; real eye-catchers !
The colour-combination, the design, the technique ... WOW !
Thank you for sharing your amazing creations !
(Like others said before, it would be great to see a "making-of-video".)


Pat said...

Many many congratulations on winning over at Craft Stamper and being GD this time...so well deserved! I absolutely adore these poppies on the front and the back of your sketchbook, and the white outlines with the alcohol inks behind is a great idea. It looks as though you have used some gilding flakes around the edge of the front piece too which looks so pretty. I have seen this sort of technique on pinterest and have recently bought a white Posca pen so will try some doodling over a random AI background but I'm sure it will not turn out to be as beautiful as your wonderfully creative piece. x

Susan said...

Huge congratulations, Mac, on winning the TIMI challenge - so well deserved as I love that card! It will be wonderful to see you Guest Designing for Craft Stamper!

Loll said...

I wish I could be there in person to see you make this Mac. STUNNING is not a strong enough word to describe your font and back panels for your sketch book. Gorgeous, gorgeous designs. And so cool to have the light box and be able to sketch your outlines yourself. The AI colours are so bold and beautiful. Congrats on being Guest Designer at Craft Stamper Magazine ... your work is inspired! xx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Huge congrats you clever clever lady, these are amazing and I love how you have shared two with colour comparison. The mapping pen is a fabulous tool and light boxes are so much better than they used to be, I remember always having to change the bulb in mine as it would pop each time I turned it on.
A fabulous tutorial full of tips and technique. Amazing as ever.
Sunday Hugs Tracey xx
P.S Sorry if I have skipped or missed any previous creations, i'm yet again chasing my tail but so glad I stopped for a moment to catch my breath here today xx

Karen Brown said...

You've created two stunning cards! Love your colors, layout and design. Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday!

Viv said...

More magic on your cards here Mac!beautiful cards and such a clever technique too.Well done on your GD spot too ;) Viv xx

Marina said...

How gorgeous!i love how you've shown the process. You're so skilled.

wannabcre8tive said...

Your cards are just beautiful. I love both colors. This is the first I have heard of a mapping pen, I will have to find out what it is to see if I need one. I am sure I do. :) Have a great day.

Papercraft Boutique said...

Many many congrats on the Guest Designer spot at The Craft Stamper, Mac!
Both the front and the back of your sketch book are gorgeous! I love the vibrant AI flowers with the white outlines. Your mapping pen and white acrylic paint worked so well. It's always fun to try a new technique, isn't it? The stamping in the background is effective too.
Hideko xx

Izzy Scrap said...

First of all, Congratulations for being Guest Designer at The Craft Stamper ! They really are lucky to have such a talented guest and you really deserve it. For the occasion you've made two master pieces with these two panels. They are just stunning and so artsy ! Your sketchbook will have a striking look and so personal. Wonderful ! Thanks so much for sharing and for the gorgeous inspiration. Hugs x

Ros Crawford said...

OMG! Fabulous!! I am blown away by your talent and whatever you try works brilliantly... These are wonderful Mac!

Lori said...

Wow, beautiful! Your flowers are gorgeous. What a fabulous technique!

Dortesjs said...

waueee, I adore your cards they are gorgeous and congrat with your guest designer job ;O))

Kath Ricks said...

You have created a stunning piece of art! Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges!

Greta said...

Absolutely fabulous, Mac--so beautifully done! Your techniques always amaze me!

Julia Aston said...

Wow Mac! How stunning these are! So pretty in both the reds and blues - I've not heard of a mapping pen before - love all the stampings around the red blooms!

butterfly said...

Many congratulations on a superb guest spot for Craft Stamper. The technique with the different applications of white line work sounds intricate, but is so effective. The vivid alcohol ink colours are fabulous in both variations- beautiful work.
Alison xi, we've now switched to Monday as our day off, so any day other than that would be fine for bedding change. But from Tuesday the working day changes to 12 noon - 9.30pm (and 11.30pm some days, and always around 11pm from the week after when previews start), so preferably not the mornings! But other than that, whenever works for you. Many thanks, and hope you have a great weekend.

The spring thing can also refer to the early part of the year, when it seems that winter will never leave - so it can also have that quality of longing and yearning in it... that might be the Scottish version!
Alison x

Marianne said...

Congratulations on your GD spot and for winning the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge with your amazing project. Sounds like a fun techique, and I love the bold and vibrant colours of your project, especially the red version. Getting out your light box was a great idea. I still have one, too, and even know where it is LOL.
Marianne x

Robyn Oliver said...

WOW WOW WOW Mac yours cards a amazing, just love the technique and your colours are stunning with the white outline.

Brenda in IN said...

Wow, these cards are amazing. I love how you did them too. I don't know what a mapping pen is but if I could make something like these, I would have to have one. The design is so pretty and the colors are stunning.

Ina G said...

Swooning here with the sheer beauty you have created within these two cards M. Stunning results - brilliant and bright.

Jo Manna said...

Masterpieces. So much detail and finesse in both cards. They definitely need to be framed.
A big CONGRATS, so well deserved on Guesting.
I have a question: do you fix the acrylic mapping on the acetate?
Two unique beauties. "Félicitations" xxx

Darnell said...

I don't know how I missed this incredible post, Mac! I just saw you were the well-deserved winner at Watercooler Wednesday and I had to come for a closer look! (Congratulations!!) What a treat to find TWO extraordinary designs! I read how you did it and it all just sounds like wizardry to me! You, my dear, are an Artist with a capital A-W-E!! Hugs, Darnell

Karen Dunbrook said...

gorgeous, wonderful love them cards!! Great job and what a great way to add interest and definition.
xx Karen

maria f. said...

Just beautiful! You are so talented. Congrats on your GD spot at Craft Stamper.