Monthly Archives: January 2016

Vintage Heart

Hi all,

It feels like ages since I’ve done a little tutorial/project.

Monthly Special JAN 2016

I absolutely love the Vintage Flowers and have been waiting months and months for this to be released. When I got in from work the other night I really had a ‘bee in my bonnet’ and knew I wanted to do something creative. This is what I came up with …

Heart Finished

I was amazed how quick and easy this was to make. I got in the zone straight away and the thing that took the longest was the paint drying between layers.

Here’s the Breakdown…


1. Paint the heart with White Gesso. I’m constantly trying to find quicker and easier ways to do things so I actually used my Distress Tool and a clean Sponge circle and dabbed the gesso on. Gives a quicker application and a slight texture. As long as you don’t mind your tool possibly getting grubby! Wait to dry and do both sides.

Distress Paint

2. Once the white Gesso is dry apply Tim Holtz Distress Paint (Pumice Stone) I dab at the top just once so hardly any comes out and then drag the dauber down to get a streaky effect. This helps give a grain effect. Repeat until the whole heart is covered and you are happy with the result. Leave to dry and then paint the other side.

Dry Brush White

3. Now this is where you want to dry brush some white gesso, sparingly, over the pumice stone paint. Use a dry brush and minimal amount of gesso and I do mean minimal!

eg: Put gesso on your paintbrush and then wipe most of it off on a scrap piece of paper then starting at the top just brush up and down lightly. This just makes it look like grey ash wood (or that’s what I tell Myself)

Painted Heart

This will dry in no time at all, as you have applied very little paint!


4. Stamp Your wording on one side with Vintage Sepia. Put the heart to one side while you work on the flower. 


5. Stamp Flower onto cardstock using Desert Sand memento. This is a perfect shade for the no lines technique!

(if you don’t want to use alcohol markers use the inkpad that applies to your medium of choice)

Now using the wooden heart draw around where you want the flower on your heart (that’s why mines at a funny angle) This way you only colour the part you want to use.

Colours Used

These are the colours I used from my copics BG45 Nile Blue, BG57 Jasper and BG09 Blue Green. If you have other brands ( Promarkers, Kurecolor etc..) Look at your hand coloured, colouring chart for reference to choose similar tones.


6. I used the lightest shade first BG45. Colour a petal at a time until you get used to the technique. When you are braver then you can take on a larger area if you want to!


7. Medium Shade next BG57. Using the brush end lightly flick/sweep up the flower so the pressure on the brush is going from heavy to light.


8. Finally the darker shade BG09 around the outline/edges and the line detail on the petals. Repeat this until all petals are coloured within the heart pencil line.

Finished Colouring

9. Cut out the flower within the heart and adhere to wooden heart. I used Pinflair glue and curled the cardstock lightly to add a little bit of shape. Thread some twine.

Heart Finished

Job Done!

Items I used are listed below.


White Gesso

TDD38573 (1)

Pumice Stone Distress Paint


8cm Wooden Hearts


Desert Sand Memento

I hope you enjoyed this little project

Happy stamping!

x Becki x 


some more vintage flowers

Hi everyone it’s Laura here today, hope you are all keeping well. I couldn’t resist another play with the monthly special set Vintage Flowers, Its just sooo pretty.


For this card I started with a 6×6 card blank and cut a sheet of white stamping card down to fit onto the card leaving a thin black border around edge.

I’ve then continually stamped the flower stamp all over the piece of stamping card using black versa fine ink pad.

Then stamp your distress ink pad on to your glass mat and add a little water to them, so they can be used to water colour. The colours I’ve used are barn door, spiced marmalade and mustard seed.

Once all the flowers are coloured I then coloured the petals and stems in the same way using bundled sage.

I then distressed and edges with a distressing tool and added some spiced marmalade and barn door to the edges to add some colour to the edges.

Then I cut a thin strip of stamping card and stamped the sentiment onto it, then I’ve distressed the edges and added colour in the same way, then matted that to some black card stock and placed it down with two brads.

Hope you’ve all enjoyed todays post, see you soon

Laura x x

Hello Lovely Peeps.



Hi Everyone only me xx

Are you all back down to earth with a bump after Christmas….Can’t believe how cold it is today. However smile, 🙂  cause Spring really is just around the corner we have Daffodils in the park and Grape Hyacinths in the front garden despite the wintery blast we are having today.

So for this card I thought I would use the BLOSSOM stencil from Tim Holtz 

I started by placing the stencil randomly and colouring with distress inks on the main card blank using ink brushes.  Starting with Scattered Straw. Peeled Paint and Iced Spruce.  Coloured with the lightest colour (Scattered Straw) then moving the stencil and going with the mid colour ( Peeled Paint) then lastly the darkest colour (Iced Spruce) the lighter colours I dabbed all over, the Iced Spruce because it is darker I used sparingly . I then took two pieces of card and stamped the Bird on a branch onto one and the Birthday sentiment onto the other in versafine and heat embossed them to raise and set.

Back with the stencil and add the leaves being careful not to add any inside the bird …you can cover him while you do this but I was lazy and just avoided getting the ink inside the image as I was stenciling.  Add the stencil to the card with the sentiment on and colour all over this using the same colours  I painted the bird in Twinkling H2Os matted both images on black cardstock and then trimmed to size, but….the photo does not do it justice IF we get a nice sunny day I will take another and share with you either here or on FB …..the mica does shine in the sunlight however with the bad weather we have had here this week a decent photo was not very easy to take . But I hope you like it .

Crafty hugs to all xx

Bernie x

Vintage flower love!

Hello craft buddies! Waw can you believe we are nearly half way through January already, where are the weeks going? Any way I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and a very happy new year, hopefully Santa left you some new crafty goodies to play with!

I’ve been playing with the vintage flowers monthly special stamp and I must say I love this set its really a set that id use over and over for lots of different occasions.


To start with I’ve cut a sheet of black card stock to 5 inches wide and scored in half to make my base card.

Then I’ve cut a sheet of stamping card to fit on my base leaving a thin black boarder around the edges.

Stamp the flower in the middle of the card using versa mark ink pad and heat emboss with white embossing powder.

Stamp the distress ink picked raspberry and dust concord on to a glass mat, add a little water and paint the flower with a water brush, it’s easy to keep in the stamp cause of the embossing.

Distress the edges with an old pair of scissors or a distressing tool and then rub over with distress ink vintage photo.

 To finish stamp the sentiment from the set under the flower using a black ink pad

Thanks for stopping for a nose

Laura Williams


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Wildflower COPYRIGHT

Vintage Flowers – so pretty!

Hello everyone, Alexandra here.

When I received Januarys monthly special stamp set “Vintage Flowers in the post I nearly squealed like a piggy in the mud with joy as it is just so beautiful. It seems so perfect for colouring in and as that is one of my passions I couldn’t wait to play with it!

When I finally had the time to do it I looked at the images and wondered what colours I wanted to use to colour in the flowers. And because I couldn’t decide I started playing with a layout without colouring it yet. I used bright pink card, black felt trim, a tiny bit of black card and of course my white panel stamped with the large flower in Versafine Black, all on a plain white A5 card base.

When I was done I loved it so much the way it was I just couldn’t add any colour to it. To me it was just perfect without and I hope you feel the same. I am totally in love with this set and I think will use this loads of times from now on. Maybe I will even colour it some day… hehe! But for now it stays clean and simple, which kind of is my style anyway!

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Hope you like my offering today and have a lovely rest of January – don’t forget you can get this stamp set as the monthly special now, don’t miss it!

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy

Evening Everyone,
Not much happening on the crafting front here again I’m afraid, so I thought that I would share a couple of cards that I made for the Hobby Art DT retreat way back in November.
Wow that seems such a long time ago now.
We spent a fabulous weekend sharing ideas with one another and doing far too much eating lol.


Jenny asked us all to share something with the rest of the Team, so I chose a quick and easy background technique, which is also a great way to use up ink that is left on your craft sheet after sponging.


Like all crafters I hate to waste anything so I keep a stash of card scraps on my desk ready to mop up any leftover ink.


I used some of these scraps to create these cards adding stamping, colouring and even a bit of stencilling before attaching them to plain white card stock.
Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy as the Grandkids would say.
Hugs Kimx

January’s Blog Challenge 2016

Hi All, 

Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope this year brings everything you wish for.

The theme this month is 

‘All Creatures Great and Small”  

we have plenty of critters in our stamp sets even in the scene-its so get your Hobby Art Stash out.

Here’s a bit of inspiration from the design team…





CS115D Ornate Owls - Laura


The prize this Month…

1st Prize –  3 stamp sets of choice

2nd Prize – 1 stamp set of choice

Prizes will vary Monthly.

All entries must be uploaded at the bottom of this post.

‘Leave a Reply’ Type your name, email address and leave a comment in the box. Upload your image via the‘choose file/browse’ button.  Then click post comment.

Please make sure all fields are filled in else it will fail.

 All entries will be in number order starting from the first entry. 

ANY PROBLEMS PLEASE CONTACT ME (Becki)  Tel:  01737 789977  

Rules for Entry

1. Please use only Hobby Art Stamps. You can use other products on your cards (e.g. dies, ribbons, papers)
2. All entries must be received before the closing date: 31st January 2016
3. Only entries made within the theme will be accepted
4. You may submit up to 3 entries per person
6. You can make any tag or project –  it doesn’t have to be a card.
7. All Projects and cards must be handmade.  No digital replication is allowed.

We look forward to receiving your entries!

If you have any questions please contact us:

December’s Blog Challenge Winner!

Hi All, 

The theme for December was ‘Winter’  

and we had so many stunning entries again this month. 

The lucky Winner for the 1st Prize chosen by the random number generator this month is…

December Winner

1st Prize £40 Gift Voucher – Congratulations! Jo-Heidi


Thank you to everyone who entered.

Here is our ‘Winter’ Top 3




Next Blog Challenge theme will be 

‘All creatures great and small’

I will post details tomorrow.

Becki ? 

Happy New Year!

Hi All,

So 2016 is here and we have a fab new Monthly Special by the one and only Sharon Bennett and some great offers for you too!

The January Sale has started here at Hobby Art so make sure you grab yourself a Bargain!

January Sale

with 30% off clear and rubber stamps

There is also a Special Offer section with 60%+ Off (selected products)

Offer ends 10/01/2016.

Introducing the January Monthly Special – CS119D Vintage Flowers

This is the gorgeous new ‘Vintage Flowers’ set designed by Sharon Bennett for Hobby Art. Clear set contains 4 stamps. Overall size of set – 100mm x 260mm approx. All our clear stamps are made with photopolymer resin. The Monthly Special includes a free A4 Project sheet with step by step instructions on how to make 2 cards by Becki Mayes of the Hobby Art Design Team.

Monthly Special JAN 2016

Vintage - Becki

This is literally our 12th Monthly Special and proving more and more popular each month.

Available for only £8.99 (Offer Month only) with free A4 Project sheet and free P&P! 

After the offer month the sets return to the RRP £10.99 and appear on the TV a month after release.
This is exclusive to Hobby Art Customers.

We have now added new subscriptions to the Monthly Specials…

6 Month Subscription

1 Year's Subscription

We are offering a further discount on the Monthly Specials on the Year’s Subscription.
You can either chose to pay 12 payments of £8.99 billed monthly through PayPal (£107.88 for the year)
or a one off charge of £95! 

Thank you to all our lovely customers for your continued support and great feedback in 2015.

We hope you have all had a great Christmas and New Year!

Here’s to a Creative 2016 😀