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From masterboard to mini abstracts

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I think as time goes by, the way I work changes and evolves and the things I used to hold on to as my foundations have been overtaken by other ideas.

It took a visit to a very good friend to remind me of the love we both had for creating masterboards. We used to create these magical backgrounds regularly and I think I even gave a workshop based around one at some time in the past.

It was a visit to Lena’s last week when she produced a big sheet of 50 x 70cm white card and challenged me to make a masterboard from it. So challenge accepted, I took it home and took out the acrylic paints. I rolled, smeared and scraped three colours plus a white randomly over the surface, then used a stick to scribble black ink. Masterboards always get to a point when you think, what the heck am I doing? but you have to push on knowing that the end result will be all worth it.

Once dry, I cut the whole sheet into 10cm squares. Immediately you can see these mini abstract works start to look like masterpieces. I had some left over to cut a few ATC’s too.

I took the squares back to Lena’s this week and added the torn book page and copper paper strips. I mounted some of my favourite ones onto a strip of white accordion folded card and immediately they started to sing to me.

It’s such a satisfying process. It takes a leap of faith to firstly, stick with it and carry on regardless of what sort of a mess you think you’re making and secondly to cut up the finished artwork into smaller chunks.

Thank you Lena for the inspiration and card. Same time next week then?

Jaine x

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WOW! and coffee lovers

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Welcome to the Autumn Coffee Lovers Blog Hop hosted by Coffee Loving Cardmakers. WOW! Embossing are donating a $20 gift card to the event as one of the sponsors and I’m happy to be taking part in this fun event today.

As a member of the WOW! Embossing Powder team, I’m joining in by showing a fun card created by adding Provencal Embossing powder from the Riviera Trio over texture paste, spread through a stencil. It’s a fun technique which I enjoy using often.

Here’s a closer look at some of the details.

You can start your hop at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog which is here, and if you go to the WOW! blog there you’ll find the links to the WOW! team blogs. Don’t forget to leave a comment, they’re all so very welcome.

From WOW! I used Provencal from the Riviera Trio and Galaxy Glow which is most fun in the dark!

Have fun hopping

Jaine x

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Hand made journal cards

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Creating your own journal cards is very satisfying. You can create them in your own style or colour to match your planner or bullet journal and have fun on these small surfaces at the same time.

I made these two while testing out a new stencil for Paper Pen and Plan (which will be included in their Sweet Treat box for December).

I used a piece of smooth watercolour card so I could add a watercolour effect on top. Smearing Shaded Lilac Distress ink on a craft mat, I sprayed it with water to activate the ink and smooshed (very technical term there) the card through it to pick up the colour.

With the background dry, I stencilled first Salty Ocean then Dusty Concord through the stencil. My stencils for Paper Pen and Plan go almost to the edge so I masked the edges.

I gave these a spritz with water to give them a mottled look.

Once dry I could then add my details on top like the stickers from Simple Stories which I’ve been hanging on to for ever, some stamping with a Prima Travelers Journal stamp set and a Micron Pen to draw the lines.

If you’d like to get hold of the stencil it’s available as part of the December Sweet Treat box with Paper Pen and Plan which you can pre-order here.

The Distress inks can be found in my shop following this link as well as the Spray Mister bottles and Micron Pen.

Have a great weekend

Jaine

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new release from #wowembossingpowder

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Hello and welcome to the WOW! Embossing Powder New Release giveaway Hop!  We are so excited to show case to you our New Release collections. Bright, fun and seasonal, these powder collections have it all.

The new Catherine Pooler powder Cranberry Sparkle is a perfect go-to colour for Christmas crafting, but I thought I’d show how it could be used for any kind of project. Here I used it through one of my favourite stencils to create this stunning background and teamed it with Galaxy Glow, which is gorgeous as it is but really comes alive in the dark!

Cranberry Sparkle has so many different colours running through it.

Just look at how stunning this powder is in the dark!!

Using the same technique I couldn’t resist making a new monthly dashboard for my planner inspired by the colours I see around me at the moment.

Over an ink smooshed background, I stencilled the squares with texture paste and added Gilded powder from the Toteally Amazing trio, while it was still wet. I used my heat tool to set it and speed up the drying of the paste. The die cut shapes have been embossed with Iced Teal from the same set and Orangeade from Summer Scoops trio. I kept the letters of November plain and black so they would stand out on the colourful background.

The colours and feel on both of these projects are so very different but still created with the same mixed media which I love.

Materials used: Toteally Amazing Trio, Summer Scoops Trio and Galaxy Glow.

To begin your hop or to find out about the YouTube hop which is also taking place go to the WOW! blog.

WOW! Embossing Powders is giving away a $25 gift certificate to either their UK or USA store.
The Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on ALL OF THE BLOG POSTS.
To join this GIVEAWAY you must leave a comment on each blog post to have a chance at getting your hands on the prize. This hop is open internationally. This is the full line up below;

Karen J Reategui

Ericka Strange

Gemma Campbell

Daniel Diaz

Ashlee McGregor

Jaine Drake – That’s Me! so next up is…

Isha Gupta

Tenia Renee Nelson

I hope you’ve enjoyed the hop so far, thank you for visiting and I hope you continue to be inspired by the rest of my team mates.

Jaine x

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