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Distress Resist Spray Part 4 - Faux Metal Effects

Posted on June 16, 2020 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)



This was going to be the final part of the mini-series on using Distress Resist Spray. But since playing around with lots of other mediums and papers I have discovered some more ways to use this spray, so the mini-series...

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Distress Resist Spray Part 3 - Basic Sprayed Backgrounds and Embellishments

Posted on June 14, 2020 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)


Continuing our mini-series on using Distress Resist Spray, here are a couple more techniques for you. I purposefully shied away from just doing the basic background first, as it seems so obvious but I had better cover it, as it is probably the mos...

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Distress Resist Spray Part 2 - Embossing

Posted on June 13, 2020 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The tiny butterfly will feature in the next post!


Today is part 2 of this mini-series on using Distress Resist Spray. There are many different ways to use this product but I am just cov...

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Distress Resist Spray Part 1 - Stencils

Posted on June 12, 2020 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)


Today I am taking a break from the '52 Cards' series as we are now almost half way through and instead, I am posting the first part of a mini-series that I have wanted to do for some time. I love the Tim Holtz/Ranger products and they fea...

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52 Shades of Anything But Grey - Beauty

Posted on June 9, 2020 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)


Today's card features the Crumpled Tissue Distress background featured on the blog a few years ago. You can read up on it on the link below but I have summarised the main steps with photos again below.This was a technique I stumbled upon and was so happy with the results that I wrote a blog about it. Any...

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52 Shades of Anything But Grey - Gratitude

Posted on June 5, 2020 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)


A very simple but really pretty card with a lot of texture today. A simple stamped and embossed background provides the backdrop for a single bloom. The wording is embossed with Hero Arts 'Old French Writing' and embossed in silver embossing powder. The flower stamp is from Stampin Up and was stamped ...

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52 Shades of Anything But Grey - Mosaic

Posted on June 2, 2020 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Today's card is a bit more complicated than usual but I think the four step process of distress oxide background, stencilling, inking and stamping on microscope slides, is worth it to get this interesting, textured and 3D effect. The topic is 'Mosaic' and the techniques are:

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Free Digital Wording - 'BELIEVE','IMAGINE','WISH'

Posted on June 2, 2020 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Just posted three more digital wording stamps in the Member's section of the site. They are in both JPEG and PNG format and you can resize as you wish!

52 Shades of Anything But Grey - Daydreaming

Posted on June 2, 2020 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (0)


Today's card features a couple of different techniques. There is also a small story behind how this one came to be about. I have been clearning out my parent's old house and unearthed all kinds of things, one of which was some lovely old music books.

 

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52 Shades of Anything But Grey - Projects so far

Posted on May 31, 2020 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)


Here is a round up of the projects we have covered so far! We have been using lots of different techniques and materials. If you have been making your own please do consider sharing by uploading to the Photo Gallery, adding a link underneath this or any of the blog posts or on Facebook. Thanks for...

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52 Shades of Anything But Grey - Fall

Posted on May 31, 2020 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)


I just love the technique used with today's card. As always, the background inspired the topic, with warm reds and browns with some orange and yellow too. This time I used my Distress Stains instead of the Oxides and as always with these products there is rarely a result that you can't ...

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Free Template - 52 Shades of Anything But Grey Base Card

Posted on May 29, 2020 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

If you wanted to join in with the series, ' 52 Cards of Anything But Grey' but don't have a spare pack of playing cards around., I have uploaded a template with a page of cards of the exact same size for you to use. These make perfect sized mini art pieces which you can just mat and layer up and then afix to a greetings card, a tag, or just put them in a display case or album as I have done. Check the member's pages for the template.


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52 Shades of Anything But Grey - Pastels

Posted on May 28, 2020 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)


Today's project is focussing on the technique rather than the topic and this is a well known one which is great fun.  If you have some ink and some embossing powder that is pretty much all you need here. The topic is 'Pastels' and the techniques and ...

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Free Digital Wording - 'DREAM'

Posted on May 28, 2020 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Just to say I will be uploading some digital word images as we go through the '52 Cards of Anything But Grey' series. You might find them useful if you are following along and even if you are not!. The first word freebie is a JPG and PNG file for the word 'DREAM'  which you can resize as you wish. I'll upload more of these, all in the Veteran Typewriter Font from time to time, so if you want it, just join up to the site and visit the 'FREE STUFF' pages.

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52 Shades of Anything But Grey - Butterfly

Posted on May 27, 2020 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)


I am really enjoying producing this series of individual mini art projects. Each piece can be completely different and yet use the same types of materials and techniques.Today's topic in the '52 Cards of Anything But Grey' series

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52 Shades of Anything But Grey - Sunset

Posted on May 27, 2020 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)


Today's topic 'Sunset' was again inspired by the background created with Distress Oxides. The dusty worn effect you get from these inks creates just the most perfect backgrounds to w...

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52 Shades of Anything But Grey - Fairies

Posted on May 25, 2020 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)


Another beautiful background for you today. This is a tried and tested technique that can be used to create a lovely palette on which to mount anything. I have loved the magic having the stamped image being revealed for as long as I have been crafting.The topic is 'Fairies' and the techniques and s...

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52 Shades of Anything But Grey - Canvas

Posted on May 24, 2020 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)



Today's card in the '52 Cards of Anything But Grey' series is a bit more of an arty affair. The image of the face is widely available on the web as public domain and in fact Hampton Arts made a stamp out of it. I really like it because it seems to convey so many different emotions ...

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52 Shades of Anything But Grey - Reading

Posted on May 23, 2020 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)


After a break the series is back! With a break for various life crisis, including thinking I must be dying with coronavirus, with all the classic symptoms, I have managed to drag myself back into the craft den to do what I love to do the most. I won't bore with the details but I a...

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52 Shades of Anything But Grey - Mum

Posted on April 24, 2020 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)


Today's card in our '52 Cards of Anything But Grey' series is a simple flower design based on a texture paste stamped background. As you can see the decorated playing card has been mounted onto a card base, so if you have been making these mini art pieces along with me, don't think that they don't have a u...

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