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Welcome to the world of wonderful weird and wacky figures!

The idea behind this project is to make a strange looking person or animal using your rubber stamps….

You dont want to use the whole rubber stamped image for this project, instead only use the HEAD! If you dont have a head you can cut the head from another stamped image you have or use a face stamp to make a head…..

Example: Cut off the head of a stamped person and stick it onto the body of something else! – this could be the body of an animal or another person – something that doesnt look right and normal – something nice and weird!!

You can stick your head onto ANYTHING – another stamped image: body, animal, object or you could draw the body yourself using pens, or you could even cut the body out from magazine or scrapbook papers – whatever floats your boat! Once you have your body stick it all together and make it into a strange disjointed figure!

You can add further interest by adding hats or wings, hands, feet, legs, arms even accessories if you wish! Add a splash of colour and make it into an atc!

See my scans below for disjointed examples to get an idea of what is required

Disjointed Clothes and Hats Cut From Magazine Papers:

I drew these rough images onto magazine paper and cut them out to make clothes – you dont have to be an artist to do this (Im not) – so long as you get the general shape of clothes – if you dont want to cut your own clothes out you can use punches or cut the clothes from another stamped image or even print some out from dress up dolls.

Disjointed ATCs:


Disjointed ATCs Directions:

To make these atcs first of all I cut a sheet of book paper to atc size and attached to the front of an atc card. I then stamped the moon face stamp and cut it it out, then I cut out a silly dress shape from magazine paper – I chose pages which had fashion prints on them as they have some nice patterns on them. I also cut out a crown shape from magazine paper too and assembled my strange looking person together onto the book paper background.

My figure looked odd without legs and arms so I drew on matchstick style arms and legs using a drawing pen. The atc looked a bit bare so I scribbled on a simply looking house in the background with a door, window and chimney, completed the scene with a sun and drew an horizon line in the background. Not quite right yet, I decided to outline the clothes, hat and head using my pen to give it more definition.

It looked a little bare so I decided to add a splash of colour, I used watercolour crayons to colour in the lips and eyes of the person, I also coloured in her legs and arms and added green grass, yellow sun and red roof and blue door to the house.

It started to look complete and I was happy to leave it at that!

Its a really fun challenge – dont get hung up on how perfect your figure looks – its not supposed to and if you dont want to draw you dont have to as you can use images cut out or printed out instead – improvise!!

You are free to interpretate this them anyway you wish to using any style at all and any figures & heads imaginable!Its a really fun project as long as you dont get hung up on how perfect your figure looks – its not supposed to!


I was playing around with Cds recently and was wondering how best to display them on cards apart from the traditional method of layering them onto card.

A technique which Altered Book artists use to create triangular pages came to mind, as I thought it could easily be adapted for handmade cards too.

After a little practice and experimentation this is what I came up with!

Read on for details

Supplies Used

  • A4 Cream Card Stock
  • Plum Card Blank
  • Unwanted Cd
  • Cd Labels
  • Gloss Modge Podge (Plaid)
  • Gold Corner Stickers (Stampendous)
  • Memories Artprint Brown Permanent Inkpad (Stewart Superior)
  • Sponges for DTP
  • Dye Inkpads: Kaliedacolour Desert Heat and Autumn Leaves (Clearsnap)
  • Scissors
  • Bone Folding Tool
  • Double Sided Tape
  • All Rubber Stamps Used By
    Scottish Borders Stamping

Directions For Creating Triangle Pockets:

To make it easier I have compiled ‘visual directions’ to go with the written directions, so you can see exactly what I mean. Please refer to both the pictures and the text for instructions on how to create pocket cards below:

1. Take your sheet of A4 cream card stock and cut it in half to make 2 half A5 sheets. Set one aside for now, you only need 1 sheet for this stage in the technique.

2. Take your sheet of card stock, place it in front of you so that the longest edges are at the top and bottom. Gently fold the top right hand corner over the bottom right hand corner as if you were going to fold your card in two.

Instead of folding, make a tiny pinch where the centre of the card is. See below for details

3. Next fold the top right edge downwards, and the bottom right edge upwards; to create 2 semi triangles which meet in the centre of the card. See image below for details:

4. You now have 2 triangular flaps, you need to make these into a pocket. To do this, take the other sheet of card stock you set aside earlier, and affix it directly over the top of the triangular folds using double sided tape like so

You want the card to be flush with the straight edge, so that when you trim off the excess, the folded triangles will disappear, and in its place there is a triangular pocket like below:

That is how easy it is to make the triangle pockets for this card, now you can stamp them! See below for directions on how I made mine:

1. Once I created the pocket, I stamped Celtic images randomly all over the pocket and the pocket bordered using Memories Artprint Brown.

2. Next I applied colour using sponges from rainbow inkpads to add colour.

3. I trimmed off the excess part of the border on the pocket to fit card, then affixed it to the front of the card using double sided tape.

4. Highlights where added to the card using gold border and corner stickers.

5. Next I stamped a CD Label using Artprint Brown inkpad and applied inks with sponges to add colour.

6. Then I peeled the label from the sheet and affixed it to the printed side of the cd.

7. I like the look and texture of Gloss Modge Podge, so I applied a layer of this to the stamped cd to give it a shiny texture. And let it dry.

8. Once dry I placed the cd inside the pocket.

The card was complete.

Cd Pocket Cards With CD’s Removed

Collage on a Sheet was first featured in Somerset Studio Magazine, it is also known as the Serendipty Technique. It’s perfect if you have always wanted to try collage but never had the confidence.

You can use the Collage on a Sheet technique to create two very different styles of collages known as Serendipity and Paper Arts Collage.

For both collages, you will need plenty of torn scrap papers in all different colours. I have a box which I use to collect scraps of patterned papers and card in. Any scraps I have left over when I’m crafting I throw into the box to recycle the pieces for collaging with.

Serendipity Technique

What You Will Need

A5 Black Card
White PVA Glue
Assorted Scrap Collage Papers
Gold or Silver Brilliance Inkpads
(You may prefer to gold or silver emboss)

Ruler, Pencil & Scissors
Card & Papers for Layering

How To Create

1. Take the sheet of black card, and literally glue and stick scrap pieces of paper randomly all over the surface. Allow glue to dry, it doesn’t take long.

You want to create a slight border around the collage papers, so don’t overlap the scrap papers. Once the glue has dried you are ready for stamping! You need script stamps for this step, or you can use musical note backgrounds or oriental letterings etc.

2. Stamp the scripts randomly at different angles all over your collage sheet using either gold or silver Brilliance inkpad. You may prefer to emboss in gold or silver for a more luxurious effect.

3. Once the ink has dried, turn your collage over so that you have the plain side facing you. Use a ruler and pencil to measure grids across the back of the card sheet.

4. Use scissors to cut the squares you have just drawn to split your collage up into several small blocks.

5. Affix your Serendipity squares onto cardstock using either glue or double sided tape. I like to layer the squares onto cream card, as it adds a nice contrast to the black squares. You can usually make several cards

At this point onwards there are no rules in how many squares you use for your card. It’s a matter of preference; some cards have 4 blocks, some 6 or even 8! *You* are the artist so you decide?

Paper Arts Collage

What You Need

A5 White Card
White PVA Glue
Scrap Collage Papers
Postage Stamps, Doilies, Decoupage Scraps & Bellies
Pencil & Scissors
Assorted Shaped Templates (Hearts, Stars etc)
Gold Thread
Card for finishing

How To Create

1. Take a sheet of A5 white card and glue scrap papers randomly all over your sheet.

You want to leave no gaps at all between the papers you stick down, so overlap them as much as you can to create a multicolour patterned collaged background.

Your collage will look like this:

2. You can add extra interest to your paper arts collage; glue on torn pieces of doilies, decoupage scraps, postage stamps or embellishments. Once you are happy with how it looks, allow glue to dry.

3. Turn your collage round so that you have the plain side facing you. Using a pencil; draw round the templates of your choice. I position and draw round the templates so I can fit as many as I can onto one sheet.

4. Use scissors to cut out the templates from your collage sheet.

5. Take a length of gold thread, wrap and tie it around your collage shape several times at different angles to embellish it.

6. Using glue or double sided tape, affix your collage shape onto layers and card to finish. Your collage card is complete. Again you can create several cards from one collage sheet!

More Cards

duraglit.jpgIve just got hold of a tub of duraglit which is basically brasso soaked in wadding which you rip off and use to clean your brass ware.

You can also use it as an alternative for the Nevrdull Technique as featured in Somerset Studio Magazine and Bernie Berlins ATC Workshop Book, Claudine Helmuth also taught classes using this technique at Art&Soul too.

Ive been wanting to try this technique for a long time but forgot all about it till Adrienne reminded me having taken Claudines class!

So here goes my experiments….

First of all this stuff stinks! So work in a well ventilated area and be careful not to inhale too much – theres a warning on the side about this.

The Brasso is used to remove colour and ink from printed glossy magazine papers (Cosmo is perfect for this!). You only need a tiny weeny bit as it is quite strong. You can control how much of the print and colour you want to lift up by variating the pressure used. If you rub hard you remove most of the print, but gentle rubbing creates a subtle colour removal.

When you rub the Brasso you can create some gorgeous looking backgrounds by lifting the magazine print off and moving it all around. I love doing this with pages printed with a lot of purple or autumnal colours especially.

Another thing I discovered is that if you use a babywipe after you have rubbed over with the brasso you can lift even more colour from the page and clean it up a bit too and control how little or much colour you want to remove.

A cool thing you can do is rub away all the background until you are left with just a face or one single image on the page, I like doing this! It makes the figure or face look almost ghostly and I think by doing this you could probably incorporate it into a collage by adding layers and a colour medium over the top.

Another thing you can do is crumple the magazine paper up and then rub over with the brasso to get a kinda faux leather effect as the brasso will only remove the coating off the raised crumpled parts.

Heres some magazine papers I lifted the colours with using the gesso – I did loads of these and I cant possibly scan them all as theres too many! But heres a selection, I will update this blog entry when Ive done something with these:






This is another favourite of mine – come to think of it, all background techniques are my favourites as Im such a junkie! Ive never come across a background technique I didnt like 🙂

This background is perfect for using up those tiny weeny itty bitty scraps of paper you’ve been saving for ‘one day’ – that ‘one day’ has finally arrived!

I have a box where I collect all my paper bits in and whenever Im doing one of these backgrounds I dig deep and create!

Before you begin with this technique you need to collect yourself a stash of papers to use!

You will be using lots of different types of papers for this – scrapbook papers are ideal! Go for printed papers, vintage papers, gift wrap, catalogues, metallic papers, handmade papers, textured papers – even papers out of newspapers and magazines will do! Variety is the spice of life!

Supplies Needed:

  • Paper scraps – in all sizes, colours & types!
  • Paper Glue – I use Pva
  • Large Sheet White Card Stock
  • White Gesso
  • Water & plastic cup
  • Sponge or paint brush
  • Scissors or paper trimmer
  • Colour Wash Sprays -or- inkpads in various bright colours (dye or pigment)
  • Baby Wipes

How To Create:

To make these backgrounds I always work with a huge sheet of A3 sized card stock – this approx the same size of 2 computer paper sheets when put together – the bigger the card sheet you use for making the scraps backgrounds the better! You will be cutting up the sheet up after you’ve done the basic scraps background and will be able to create LOTS of mulitcolour backgrounds from one large sheet.

1. Using the paper glue, arrange and glue assorted paper scraps all over the surface of your card stock. Dont completely cover the surface of the card – leave some gaps. Dont be afraid to overlap the paper scraps either. Use an assortment of bright colours next to each other to make an interesting scraps background.

To give you an idea, heres what mine looked like at this stage:


2. Now for the next stage! Take the plastic cup, and into it pour a dollop of white gesso, add water to the gesso and mix it to water it down. You want the consistency of milk.

3. Use either a sponge or a paint brush and lightly brush the watered down gesso over the surface of your background – leave some areas blank for resist type effects later on.

Allow gesso to dry completely before progressing to step 3 You can use a heat gun to speed this process if your impatient!

Heres a scan of what my background looks like at this point:


Close Up:


4. Once the gesso has dried, you will need to cut up the large scraps background into smaller sheets so that you can now make lots of different coloured backgrounds.

Before you begin to add your colour, take a look at the scraps on the backgrounds and assess how the gesso has dried on the surface. In some areas you may find that the gesso has dried a bit too white and it has completely covered up parts of the printed papers. You can use a moist baby wipe to actually lift and remove the gesso if you wish to.

Adding Colour:

There are 2 ways you can add colour to your backgrounds – you can use colour wash sprays directly onto the background. Or you can use dye or pigment inkpads in bright colours and rub them directly onto the surface of your background. Its up to YOU! Just go forth and have fun adding colour to your distressed scraps backgrounds!

Once the inks or wash on your backgrounds are dry, you can leave the backgrounds as is, or you can enhance them even further by using a moist baby wipe to remove some of the background colours to create a subtle gesso resist on the surface – experiment and see what you think!

These backgrounds are perfect for cutting up into little squares and using them serendipty style – or you can cut them into paper strips and weave with them or stamp on them for true grungy distressed collage style art! Have fun and see what you can make with them!

Heres some more scans of my coloured backgrounds along with details on what I used to make the colour:

I sponged this background using a bright green pigment inkpad :


This background was sponged with bright blue pigment inkpad:


This background was sprayed using magenta colour mist spray from Outside The Margins:


This background was sprayed using walnut inks: