Category Archives: Randoms And Misfit Art

Scratch Art Post Card

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Ive had this set of scratch art postcards in for a while just waiting for me to use them, I finally dusted one off and had a go with it using the scratchy tools.

Scratch Art boards has a thin black coating on them which you scratch off to reveal a brightly coloured background underneath, they are pretty inexpensive and usually found in the childrens craft section in toy and hobby shops.

Heres what I did with mine; its a little rough as I was trying to get used to the tool you use which didnt seem to like me much because I am left handed and they are obviously designed for right handed peeps!

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Letterpress Stamping Experiments

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Yesterday I had a play with the letterpress kit with my Vagabond machine, I bought it cheap in the new year sales for only £9.99 and thought at that price it was worth a punt.

The stamps you get with the Letterpress are like solid plastic so they are not the same as rubber stamps, when you use them with your die cutting/embossing machine not only does the printing plate stamp, it also creates a slight debossed impression of the stamp too. Pretty cool effect I thought.

I didnt use the special ink and brayer to ink the stamps up that came with the letterpress kit, instead I inked the stamp with my inkpads by pressing them direct to the image and then stamped with the ink – it worked fantastically I must add!

Another thing I didnt do what I was supposed to do, was put the self adhesive sheets on the back of the stamps, instead I use a strip of double sided tape which I temporarily affixed to the rear of the stamp while using it and removed it easily after use – a lot cheaper as I buy my double sided tape in sets of 3 rolls for a pound in poundland.

Below are a couple of images I did using the Letterpress Kit and my Sizzix Vagabond Machine using Brilliance Inkpads:

Stamped on Matt Card:


Stamped On Gloss Card:

I tried the letterpress kit with my normal rubber unmounteds just to see if they would work or not, they do work but the impression isnt as clear as I hoped, but it would work for a grungey collage look where perfection isnt necessary. If you look at the photos below you will see the images I got from using unmounted rubber stamps:

This rubber stamped image below had a lot of open areas in it, as you can see the pressure from the Vagabond made the areas of the rubber stamp which arent normally stamped stamp, thus making a messier image transfer. I suppose you could still use it for collage work especially if you used another colour ink to stamp it with as it kinda looks as if its been coloured in.

The stamped image below didnt have much open areas in it as you can see, its completely made up of words which stamped in a kind of double ghosted effect when used with the Letterpress, again it could be used in collage style cards etc. I will probably use this image below even though it isnt perfect because I like the effect it gives.

I am wondering though if clear polymer unmounted stamps might work better with the letterpress? I didnt get a chance to try it out because I got too tired and had to put everything away, but next time I have the stuff out I will give it a whirl.

In conclusion, the Letterpress is quite a good tool to have, its not something I will use every single day, but then I dont use the Zutter or the Vagabond every day either!

I do consider it a good purchase especially as I dont have to use the special printing inks with it, but I dont think the kit is worth the full rrp of £40 odd quid, my advice is if you see it cheap for around £10-£20 mark then Id say go for it.

I wonder whether the new Sizzix Letterpress plates will work with it or not? Note to self – try it!

So there you have it, my thoughts on the letterpress Printing Kit for what its worth…

Mixed Media Love Canvas

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I finished off a canvas I started a while ago last night, it had been sitting there waiting for the finishing touches, well at least I think its finished!

I created the actual heart shapes on the canvas using Golden Molding Paste applied with a knife and 2 different sizes of  heart shaped cookie cutters, first I splodged the paste inside a smaller heart cookie cutter, and then placed a larger heart onto the canvas and added paste around the outside edges of that.

The molding paste is pretty thick and retains its shape well so it doesnt flop after you remove the cookie cutters. the paste took a couple of days to dry properly so I just left it to air dry in the kitchen and forgot all about it.

Once it was dried I painted a coat of Burgandy acrylic paint ( I seem to be addicted to the colour Burgundy lately) and let that dry.

Next I painted on various colours of metallic paints to create a mish mash of shimmery rainbow colours.

I also added cut up cd pieces which I glued into the heart frame to create a kind of mosaic.

Finally I painted the edges of the canvas in more burgundy to give it a finished edge.

Heres what it more or less looks like:

Friendly Plastic Mosaic Frame

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This is the back of a deep square art canvas I had in my stash, I liked the back side of it because it had different tiers which I could decorate.

I painted the frame in metallic purple and glued on various mini mosaic tiles to form a frame around the edges.

For the inside I glued in cut of pieces of cds to make little glass shards.

The motif in the center of the frame is a friendly plastic embellishment I made from a hand made push mould of an old brooch I had. I had been saving it for a special project.

Once all the pieces where in place I spread glue between the cd pieces and around the friendly plastic embellishment so that I could sprinkle on itty bitty gold beads to finish it off.

This is the end result, waiting for a spot on the wall as I type.