Friday 8 November 2013

Splatters - a Christmas Decoration for the Craft Stamper Blog

This month, Craft Stamper's blog challenge "Take it, Make it Challenge Five" is to create something with "splatters". You can use one of Paula Whittaker's fab techniques from the November issue, or anything that makes a splatter. I am very excited to be a guest designer for the blog today. My creation features a few different splatter techniques - I wonder how many you can spot before I point them out?


For the background, Dylusions inks are sprayed onto white card (splatter 1) and Festive Berries distress ink is sponged around the edges to tie all the colours together. Water is sprayed onto the project using a mini mister (splatter 2), and water droplets are dripped on from fingers to get larger effects (splatter 3).

Tim Holtz' kings on camels stamp is stamped over the background using jet black archival ink and heat-embossed in Stampendous holographic, then layers of clear embossing are added over the top creating a glass-like finish with holographic particles suspended within.

It was hard to get a good photo, but I love the finished result of this effect.

The frame itself is painted in a mixture of colours of acrylic paints with fingers, applying blobs and splatters of colour (splatter 4) and rubbing them into each other to get swirls and colour gradations. Then I squirted a pile of white acrylic paint onto my craft mat, and used Tim Holtz' snowflake stamp to pick up white paint and splatter it onto the frame (splatter 5), making sure to do all the edges as well as the front face. The paint is left to dry overnight, then the same technique is used a little more carefully(!) to stamp glue for gilding (splatter 6). I used IndigoBlu's "Morris Dance" gilding flakes, which have a lovely blue element in them.
I've seen Hels Sheridan on C&C saving the little pearls of UTEE from the melt pot - I thought I was the only one obsessive enough for that lol! Anyway, I sprinkled a few along the bottom edge of the frame after fixing the main panel in place, and heated them up gently so they slightly melted and stuck, making a fab metallic sandy / stony path for the camels.
This metal snowflake charm was gilded using the same flakes to match the frame and fixed in place onto the panel with Pinflair, together with a tiny gem (well it is for Christmas!). So there you have it, did you find all 6 splatter techniques?
Entered for the following challenge:
Heck of a Challenge - In The Frame


  1. Your splatters looks amazing! Thanks for pointing out all the splatter techniques. I noticed only water droplets at first. Stunning project, Maddy!
    Eret x

  2. Maddy fantastic card love all the bling on this simply gorgeous lot of hard work went into this. Love Alison xxx

  3. congrats Maddy, stunning card, fi x

  4. Congratulations and fantastic card love all the splatter techniques and colours
    carol x

  5. WOW! Big congratulations Maddy - this is stunning. All the techniques you have used look so effective and the colours are amazing.
    sue xx

  6. What a fabulous piece of work!!

  7. Maddy, that's just splatter-tastic! Many congratulations on your blog-spot, so very well deserved. I think this project is just up your street, you must have been so happy when you got the brief and the finished project is gorgeous!

  8. WOW I can see me using this technique and getting messy .The results are amazing on this fabulous project . Thanks for sharing on Heck of a Challenge

  9. Thanks for joining us at HOAC.
    Chris x


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