Thursday 9 April 2015

Playing with Grunge paste

As I shared in my last post I really enjoyed some crafting time over the Easter break. This year the daffodils everywhere have just been glorious. What is there not to love about this spring flower?

There are lots of lovely spring inspired challenge in blog land at the moment I wanted to join in with. Also the ladies over at A Vintage Journey's theme is Through the looking glass.  Lastly the topic over at Paperartsy until Sunday is to play with Grunge paste (or any other texture paste) so I decided to combine these great challenges and had a think about what I would make.
Inspired the the daffs I decided to make a floral get well card for a young lady we know who was involved in a recent car crash and I thought that something really bright and spring like would made her smile.
I spread some Grunge paste over some card and stamped into it with my favourite script stamp, Bronte script, by Visible Image.
Next I got out some of my chalks paints and started adding some yellow.
I also added some blue and of course I created green.
I wanted to make a floral focal so I used an off cut of an acrylic master board I made a while back and added some Grunge paste through a stencil. You may recognise the offcut from this card here Recently Tim Holtz has been exploring his floral side and made a great long flower stem stamped tag for April. I made his tag recently (as a card) so I decided to try using a stencil rather than a stamp for this project.

First I coloured the Grunge paste green and made the stalks and then I added some yellow for the flower heads.

I found some little beads in my jewellery stash to push into the paste

 I wanted to add some yellow pearls but I don't have any so I just coloured white ones with my alcohol inks, Tim Holtz gave this tip a while back and he also colours brads this way. These were to make the stamens.
I wanted the flowers to look as though they had been preserved under glass, similar to those in those found in Victorian glass domes so I added some Glossy Accents. I distressed the edges of the card.

here is the finished focal...really glassy and shiney.
I also altered a T Holtz metal flower with chalk paint and purposefully held the heat gun close to make the paint blister...I love this effect
Then it was time to assemble my it is
and a few close up.....lots of texture going on here

I would like to enter my card into the following great challenges;

PaperArtsy Grunge paste Topic #6. I was inspired by Kate's post of her textured bloom showing her colouring Grunge paste and also Leandra's introduction post sharing how you  can stamp into the paste and embed things into it.
A Vintage Journey Through the looking glass my flower heads with the added Glossy accents make them look as though they have been preserved forever in glass. It also gives a reflection so it is also a pun on "through the looking glass".
Art with heart spring break
Not just cards anything goes
That Craft Place easter/spring
Crafting from the heart anything goes
Creative Inspirations A trio of something I have a trio of glassy flower heads I also have a trio of colours; yellow, blue and green
Noor! anything goes
The Artistic stamper flora and fauna
Papertake weekly anything goes
Loves rubberstamps anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays anything goes
Simon says stamp Mondays A is for... altered, I have altered the metal flower and grunge paste by colouring it and stamping into it.
Stamp and Create anything goes
Simon says stamp Wednesday April showers and/or Spring flowers

Thanks for stopping by and I would also like to say hello to my latest followers, you are are most welcome here and I am so pleased you have joined my on my creative journey. Thanks to all my "regular" visitors as always for visiting and your kind comments you take the time to leave here. There's more glorious sunshine today and I am off to enjoy it. I have nearly finished spring cleaning my garden studio and plan to get back out there asap.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Well now that's all very clever and what an amazing result too! It's definitely a card to cheer anyone up! Just beautiful Jane!
    I agree the daffodils have been wonderful this year!
    Lots more gorgeous sunshine here this morning, this is the life! :)
    Happy Thursday my friend,
    V x

  2. It's hard not to be inspired when spring is blossoming all around you! It's still pretty brown and yucky where I am, sad face! Love your mixed media piece Jane, the beads are so pretty and I love how you altered the metal flower! Wonderful colours! hugs :)

  3. What a super mixed media piece Jane and your flowers look great with the glossy accents and beads.
    Julie x

  4. What a lovely creation with so many wonderful techniques and textures on it Jane! Your flowers are so pretty with the paste, beads and glossy accents and I love the text pressed into the background! thank you so much for joining us in the AVJ Through the Looking Glass challenge! I eny you your beautiful daffs - here in the US in Massachusetts - the stems are just poking up as the snow finally melts from this terrible winter we have had...!!

  5. Wow.. using beads on your card was genius! What a fun idea! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  6. Hi Jane - a host of golden daffodils indeed - beautiful pictures Jane and I love your make too xx

  7. Hi Jane! OMG! Your glazed flowers remind me of Venetian Glass!! Sooooo pretty!! And Oh soooo clever :) Yellow is my fav color and the way you're using it all over in the creation of this card--AWESOME :) I'm not partial :) :) Thank you so much for joining us with our Through the Looking Glass challenge at A Vintage Journey! And thanks for sharing the pictures of those brilliant daffodils! Talk about the happiest flowers of Spring :) XOXO-Shari

  8. Hi dear Jane, Absolutely love this cheerful card! All the techniques in the making of this card are so clever and cool. Love the glassy shine of the beaded flower heads. Great colors and design, it's a winner in my book.
    Snow here but warmer this weekend for Amy's bridal shower, I'm wearing a spring dress no matter what, hehehehe

  9. Wowzers! I am loving your mixed media projects! Great textures and colors! Thank you so much for playing along with us this week at Loves Rubberstamps! We hope you play along with us again soon!

  10. A beautiful creation! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations! I also love all the Garden snaps :) xxx

  11. Oh wow gorgeous card Jane! I absolutely love the textures and colours and your photos are beautiful.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  12. Love your style! Thanks for playing along at Loves Rubber Stamps this week!
    Hugs, Dangina

  13. Dear Jane,

    Your garden looks fantastic already - all that green and everything starting to blossom! I can see that it inspires you, and that card you created is stunning, those beads with that glazed-look are simply fantastic!

    Have a wonderful day, hope it shines at yours!


  14. Fabulous creation with lovely colors and design. Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Inspirations. Agnieszka DT

  15. Gorgeous sunny card, your dimensional flowers are lovely and I love he added beads adding more wonderful texture to your design. Lovely backdrop too. Thanks so much for joining in the Eileen Hull Art with Heart Challenge. Tracy x

  16. What wonderful use of grunge paste! Lovely effects and I love that you used beads too. I have so many that's a great idea on how to use them.

    I'd love to see your project on LiaStampz too. This time the theme is RIBBON. Here is the link if you want to come play with us:

  17. Really beautiful card!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. another amazing creation for Spring
    Thank you so much for entering the Spring/Easter challenge over at That Craft Place

    Hugs Kerrie x
    TCP DT

  19. Thank you so much for playing along over at Noor! Design UK!

    Just loved your creation, and hope to see you back here next time!

    DT - Keeley Ainsworth
    Noor! Design UK

  20. An amazing mixed media card Jane with so many wonderful textures and stunning colours. Thank you for travelling with us at A Vintage Journey for our Through The Looking Glass this month. Jennie

  21. Fabulous mixed media card, love the beading and metal flower you used. Wonderful layers and textures. Thanks for joining us on Art with Heart Challenge.


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