About Me

I'm a freelance artist, designer and demonstrator and have been involved in arts and craft my whole life in one way or another. I design stamps for top British company Personal Impressions, under the "Lindsay Mason Designs" brand, as well as papers, templates and other crafting products. I'm a certified Ranger Educator and my first book,"Stamping", was published in 2009. I also design regular projects for Crafts Beautiful magazine and have made guest appearances from time to time on QVC. I've recently joined You Tube under the name of LindsayMason1000 where I'm posting short technique videos and you can buy my paintings and hand crafted pieces from my Etsy shop. My work takes me all around the country demonstrating stamping, papercrafts and general inkiness! When I'm not working, I love gardening, church & community activities, nature watching, journalling, music and theatre and just relaxing at home. Email me at: ljm.design1@virginmedia.com

Monday, 26 October 2009

Halloween ATC's and inky backgrounds

Yes, I managed to take a few photos yesterday...at last... so here are some of the Halloween ATC's that I made for yesterday's demonstration. They all feature Alcohol inked backgrounds, some on gloss card and some on Personal Impressions metallic film which makes the transparent inks really zing. I also used my new Martha Stewart Scary Fence border punch on a couple of them as well as some stickers from ATD and K&Co. They were terrific fun to make I have to say - the pouncing cat one is a little different in that, looking at the inky background that I had made, I could sort of see a cat shape suggesting itself. I simply exaggerated what I could see and used a fine black pen to draw the shape in and accented it with white. It was a bit like looking at a cloud and seeing a particular image, so I must try this idea again. You will spot a few Christmassy ones in there too - really simply made by stamping Tim Holtz's wonderful ATC sized stamps over the background and highlighting with white. There is also one featuring the smaller version of my Scribble Snowman from the clear set. Nobody swapped with me yesterday, so these cards will all still be available at next weekend's demonstrations at Dawn's Studios.

Above is a box which I made from K&Co Christmas Cheer papers using a very straightforward origami fold. I used a square of my Alcohol inked gloss card to decorate thetop with the addition of a beautiful K&Co snowflake. A simple way to make an inexpensive Christmas gift look quite special methinks!
The card above was made using Distress inks to create the snowy background. I then stamped the trees onto alcohol inked metallic film and cut them out, adding tiny green gems at their points. The snowflakes are glitter peel offs which I've used alcohol inks on. This card started out as a bit of a mish mash, but I ended up really liking the end result!
Next is a simple, and, actually, unfinished (!) card that I made yesterday. I used three shades of Alcohol inks (Purple Twilight, Stream and Sailboat Blue) with the direct to paper technique onto gloss white card. The snowman was one of my designs last year and still one of my favourites as he is so easy to use. I added some white glitter paper across the bottom for him to stand on and I drew some naive snowflakes with the Inkssentials white pen. Maybe I'll get him finished next weekend!

Well, these are some of the things that I was up to yesterday. I now know that this coming wekend I will be doing Ranger based demonstrations at Dawn's weekend - both saturday and Sunday. So, there will be inks, paints, grungepaper, stamps (both mine and Tim Holtz designs) and some ATC's to swap too of course! I'll also be signing copies of my book and, hopefully, Heather's Beading book will be available too, as I know that some people have had difficulty in getting a copy. I'm really looking forward to a "grungy" weekend (!) and hope to see some of you there. I'll be in the Studio this time, as the Mill could not accomodate the extra demonstration tables as they normally do. So, it may get a little crowded, but it is really going to be fun! Please remember that, if you do come along, please do introduce yourself as, especially if you have blog photos that are not of yourself, I don't always know who you are, and I do like to say a proper hello! Lindsay


She said...

Hi Lindsay! Didn't know about the Demo weekend - I'll hopefully see you on Saturday, with some ATCs! Love yours and the box and the card. I love the way you say easy folding - HA!! You've not seen how I work. Love S xxx

Joanne said...

I love everything Lindsay. That little cat is amazing and just shows that each 'inky' background creates magic. Rang yesterday re. the demo 'cos nothing was advertised and I was sure you said you were there along with others. So, see you then. Better get busy with some swaps 'cos I want, want something from your new stash. PS. I'll bring my book for your signature - please. Luv Joanne & T. xxxxx

Avril Ann said...

Hi Lindsay, Fab ATC's love them, I love your creations and your stamps are to die for...I always know when I am in a Craft Shop which stamps are yours.....Hugs Avril xxx

Gez said...

Hi Lindsay I'm so excited to find you in Blogland! I saw your fantastic work a couple of months ago at Ossy Mills & was blown away with your fantastic designs... unfortunately, you has gone to lunch! When I asked in the studio a couple of weeks later when you would be next in no one was quite sure & then yesterday I heard about the demonstration weekend coming up...woohoo! I am looking forward to seeing more of your fantastic work. Happy crafting. Gez.xx

angie's blogspot said...

hi lindsay, just found out about the demo weekend so I shall come over on sunday, look forward to seeing you. x

Lindsay Mason said...

Thanks everyone - yes girls, please do bring ATC's to swap with me! Don't forget to say a proper hello so I know who you are in relation to blogland LOL! Think everyone should have a badge with their blog name on...there's a idea! Lindsay x

She said...

Hi Lindsay - looking forward to Saturday. I'm sure I'll find something to buy! Definately want your book, so I hope there will be some there. There's a little something on my blog for you. See you Saturday. Love S xxx