Index card art using POP Paint.

On the Chiswick blog I am sharing all about Index card sized art daily and how I created this little art work using POP Paint. detail2

Hop on over to see how I created this work of art using paint and a few stamped butterflies. Simple, elegant and so much fun for a quick art and creative session.
detail3I love how these colours of paint just work together for a fresh and inspiring piece – with a powerful message simply cut from an old dictionary.

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Products used:
POP Paint 500ml-Macaroon pp0504
POP Paint 500ml-Buttery pp0514
POP Paint 500ml-Blush pp0503
POP Paint 500ml-Minted pp0506

Minted Copper wooden Heart

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I have been inspired by a lot of trends lately, but one trend that has stood out is colour – and specifically green and mint. Not strange at all as that is the
Pantone colour of the year and all shades of green is popping up everywhere. So instead of kicking against it (lets face it green is not my favourite colour)
I am embracing the beauty of it and making it work for me.
This week I played with some gorgeous wooden cut out shapes and also working no a little decorating project – so the 2 tied in perfectly.

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Wanted to give the wood a distressed look on some way and opted for a variety of failed attempt until i got to the one look that I truly loved.
I say failed attempt as nothing is ever wr9ong or right – it’s just not quite what I liked. So after a few hits and misses here is what I truly love.

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step 1 – Paint your wooden product is 2 layers of Minted Pop Paint.
TIP: Since the paint is a really nice creamy thickness one layer is really enough, but for a nice solid colour I added 2 layers
and leaving the paint to dry between layers.

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step 2 – Once the paint is dry, lightly sand the heart with 60grit sanding paper. I just sanded it by hand until i was happy with the look
and with how smooth the surface felt.

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step 3 – Add a small amount of copper paint and brayer the paint onto the heart.
I ended up brayering in different directions to give me a nice random effect.
TIP: Because of the uneven surface the paint onto took in certain areas which I loved.

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step 4 – Using white texture paste through a stencil add wording or images to your heart.
Carefully remove the stencil and let the paste dry completely.

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I love the crispness of the white paste against the copper and mint.

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The perfect accessory for your home or office and even a gallery wall in shades of copper and mint.

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The warmth of the copper really compliments the mint paint in the background.
TIP: You can also add some wax to the heart one you have stenciled it for protection against dirt and grime.
Until next time – happy painting and decorating.

Products used:
POP Paint 500ml-Minted pp0506
Other: Wooden heart (Short Cuts Craft), copper ink (Delicata), roller, stencil (Kaisercraft), texture paste.

Love cards | Stamped and cut for Chiswick

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By now we hope you have settled into the routine for the new year.
Here at Chiswick it is back to normal with loads of creative projects happening.
I am in full Valentine’s day mode – simply because we know how time flies and we want you to be super prepared to celebrate the month of love.6

I created 2 cards using some off-cut backgrounds I had lying around, but it is my Chiswick stamps that added that special touch.

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step 1 – I always have scrap pieces of cardstock in my stash. Some are left overs, some are experiments and some are just random drippings.
For these cards I pulled out some of those scraps and used them as backgrounds.

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step 2 – Stamp a love sentiment from your Chiswick stamp set onto patterned paper.

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step 3 – For my second card I stamped the entire Alphabet stamp onto patterned paper.
I kept the stamp set on the backing as is and stamped it twice overlapping each other slightly for an interesting effect.
I used Versafine ink to stamp all my images.
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step 4 – Die-cut some heart and word elements out of Chiswick cardstock using a die-cutting machine.
I used Grey and Lipstick cardstock from the Chiswick range for my cuts.
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step 5 – Put your die-cut elements through the Xyron machine to add permanent adhesive to the back of the die-cuts.
This adds an adhesive to the back of your fine and detailed die-cuts so you can adhere them in a few seconds without the mess and fuss of liquid adhesives.
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step 6 – Punch the stamped wording into a circle and matt it onto a larger pink cardstock circle.
Adhere the circle to your card background, then add a small die-cut heart and your thin die-cut word.
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step 7 – Trim the strip of stamped alphabet down to 3cm wide and matt it onto the pink cardstock.
Adhere the strip running across your second card, add your die-cut pink heart and grey die-cut word.
Finish off your cards with a single diamante and some machine sewing.
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And in a few minutes I made some stunning love themed cards using some of my favourite stamps and coloured cardstock from Chiswick.
Products used:

Textured C/Stock 216g 12″ X 12″ Grey 10 Shts/Pck sb5110
Textured C/Stock 216g 12″ X 12″ Lipstick 10 Shts/Pck sb4990
Textured C/Stock 216g 12″ X 12″ White 10 Shts/Pck (2) sb4970
Textured C/Stock 216g 12″ X 12″ Bubblegum 10 Shts/Pck (99) sb4925
Clear Stamp – Alphabet 1 140 x 180mm rs3130
Clear Stamp – Sir Anthony 140 x 180mm (ER-A12) rs3166

Nothing says I love you like a thoughtful handmade card for your loved ones.
Happy crafting!

Stamped year end card

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Today on the Chiswick blog I am sharing a quick card using one of my favourite stamps from the Chiswick range.
It also happens to be the perfect stamp to say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017 ….tell me when you spot it….
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Upon closer inspection the stamp revealed that it does say 2017 but a bit scrambled up – 1720.
So for me personally it is quite significant – 2017 is going to be a good good year!stamped-card

This quick card is perfect for a someone special – wishing them a good end to 2016 but an even greater 2017.
step 1 – Tape a folded card to a piece of scrap paper using washi tape.
I added the tape just over halfway and made sure it was straight.
Ink the top half of your card using your Chiswick dye inks and a sponge applicator.

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step 2 – Add some water splatters to the dye inked portion and leave to dry. The water reacts with the ink and causes a beautiful effect.

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step 3 – Carefully peel off the washi tape from the inked card.

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step 4 – Stamp the Chiswick stamp onto the bottom portion of the card using a grey ink.

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Decorate the stamped card using a pre-printed acetate card sewn to the top half of your card and some cut flowers.

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And there you have a gorgeous end of the year card – celebrating the new year pretty in pink.
What are your hopes and dreams for the coming year?
Here’s wishing you many more stamped cards and stamped projects with lots of inking goodness.

Mixed Media Cards | Pop Paint backgrounds.

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Welcome to another blog post with the inspiring range of POP Paints from Chiswick.
This week I am in the mood for Mixed Media – which pretty much means I am in clean up mode and using everything on my desk
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Today I am sharing some cards I made using POP Paint for my backgrounds.
These cards have a fun and playful theme to them, pretty much anything goes.
The soft colours were totally inspired by the background – who says Flamingos have all the fun?
card1step 1 – Paint your white cardstock background using a single colour – I used Flamingo.
I left some open spaces and also added water to my brush to get a thinner coverage in certain places.
step1step 2 – Use a stencil and texture paste and add a pattern to the background.
step2step 3 – Add ink splats using water colours paint as well as enamel glaze. Leave the background to dry
or heat set with your heat gun.
step3step 4 – Cut circles freehand from coloured pieces of paper and patterned papers.
Add stamped images and words across the background in a random fashion.
Then use your sewing machine and sew randomly across the background in white thread.
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step 5 – Cut the background into smaller squares and adhere to the front of a folded card.
step 6 – Adhere flowers and decorative clips to the front of your card. Finish off with coloured diamante.

step 7 – Use Zest POP Paint and a wooden skewer to add small coloured paint dots on your card.
How perfectly does the colour match the insides of my flowers? And it is the perfect accent colour for my design.
Finish off your cards by sewing around the outside edge.
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For my second card I used another corner of my background I created and ended up with a strip of
white on the right hand side – which in its own way is perfect too.

card2Notice how the placement of the texture paste stenciled flowers at the top of the cards compliments the design perfectly.
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And there you have two quick Mixed Media background cards in a gorgeous array of pretty and feminine colours.

Products used
POP Paint 28ml – Zest pp0013
POP Paint 28ml – Flamingo pp0002
All your favourite colours of POP Paint is available from your local craft store in a perfect 28ml size just enough for
all those paper crafting and mixed media projects. I got mine from Short Cuts Craft in Sandton.
I hope you are inspired on how to create your create play projects into gorgeous mixed media cards.
Until next time – happy painting!