Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Prepping for QVC

I've been working on a number of kits today ready for Saturday's show. I'll be doing two hours on Saturday (booked a hair cut tomorrow to celebrate!!). Thought I'd share a few bits and bobs with you that I've been working on:

I've been playing with pigment powders by Moonglow, lovely stuff. The first card has been done by using a plain die cut flower covered with versamark ink (stamped directly from the pad). Using a nice soft brush add the pigment powders to the flower, blending the colours. Moonglow require a fixative, so I gave them a blast of hairspray.

I found out (by accident - I went out of the lines when colouring in), that if you apply moonglow mixed with water to your stamped image, quite thickly - then using a water soluble pen (I was using Whispers, but Le Plumes will work as well), along the edge. Using a water brush add a little water to the ink and it blends wonderfully into the Moonglow. The ink changes colour, the pen I used was green, but went a lovely blue. This is a great technique for creating shading. You need to leave it to dry and give it a good spray after to fix.

I dug out my Fimo and made some beads, easily just rolling them and popping a hole through the centre. Add the pigment powder to the clay before baking. I've used a few different colours. Bake as per the instructions on the packet, then varnish to fix the powder. I made a little drying rack from cardboard so they didn't pick up any fluff whilst drying. I then made a necklace using ribbon and extra beads.

Pigment powders are fab to make backgrounds, I used clear drying glue and added powders to it, which I swirled around with my finger (you need to get abit messy). The glue fixes the powder, so you do not need to spray this one. I then overstamped using a lovely stamp from PaperArtsy (not available from QVC, but check out their web site and blog). I love the colours of these powders.

Finally for today, look at the difference of these two, same ATC but different camera angles. Need to learn how to use my camera. Luckily I'm starting a course in September doing all sorts - sculpture, photography, fine art, learning how to set up a web site! How exciting. I'm still going to be working and running my club, but I'll have even more stuff to share, and hopefully know how to use my computer better to get on with designing. I've now set dates for my workshop at Topaz, and also some book signings down South, so I'll pop some dates on my blog shortly. The cards below are definately on the list for my workshop, as I love this background technique. It's a little messy, and unpredictable, so completely up my street.

Don't forget the Fab Friday Challenge, dig out your memorabilia.


craftytrog said...

The moonglow powders look fab Leonie! Will have to record your show on saturday - I'm going to a craft show in Maidstone - typical!! Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog btw.
love Alison xx

daisy said...

Great necklace & your course sounds very exciting.

Looking forward to your show on Saturday :o)

sharon said...

Leonie where do you find the time for all this?!!! Your course sounds v.good. Can't wait to hear all about it when you start. Hope you will still have time to appear on QVC! I'll be watching on Saturday - looking to see if you are wearing your necklace!

Carolyn said...

Excellent cards and necklace. Will you be wearing your necklace on Saturday?
I must admit that I marked it in my diary as soon as Dawn mentioned it on Tuesday.
Your course sounds really cool, loads of everything, good luck with it and thank you for your comment on my blog.

Leonie said...

Thank you ladies, the moonglow is brilliant to play with and really versatile so I had a nice day! I won't be wearing my necklace, don't think it will go with my top. I never wear anything I make, silly isn't it!

I'm really looking forward to my course, but I'll definately still be able to do QVC, etc etc. It has so many things that I will be able to incorporate, plus with working from home I don't feel like I get to see or learn anything anymore, so it'll be great to get the grey matter going (hope there's some left!).

missy k said...

Looking forward to seeing you and your new haircut on Saturday - going to set it up to record right now!


devonmaid said...

I love what you have done with the Moonglow powders, simply stunning. I hope you get a chance to show us on Saturday, really looking forward to watching.
Pat from Crafting Corner x

EMMA said...

Hi Leonie,
As usual your cards are amazing, I LOVE that "Wizard" stamp, I've used it so many times since I bought it a couple of months ago, it's a little bit different and such fun!!!
Anyway, good luck with your course, I admire you so much....I don't know how you find the time to fit it all in! :)

Take care and look forward to seeing you on QVC tomorrow...
Emma x

All Pink girl said...

Wow what fabulous cards and affects with the moon glow .
you are so clever making the beads too mine always look more like stones then beads lolxx
hugs Dawnxx

Terrie B x said...

fab way to use the moonglow Leonie...mite have to try that one!!!!!