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Kate P. (aka Sparkle Tart)
Australia
I am a collage - a collection and reflection of every idea I've ever found inspiring, every technique I've ever seen and all the beauty I see in the world. Within me and my work, these things are merged, reflected and somehow become the unique being that is me and the unique form that is my art! I see the world differently to many, I am constantly amazed by the beauty around me. I like to express myself through art - I stamp, I journal, I colour and I create. I love my life and the part that art plays in it. I enjoy learning new things and teaching others new things - I love sharing the WOW moment.
Interests: gardening, card making, cooking, copics, art journaling, mixed media and growing orchids all keep me busy.
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Today I'm testing Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays over a variety of Golden products. I'm often see comments on my projects saying 'ooh Love this will this technique work on (insert name of product)?' Now most of the time I've tried a similar idea but sometimes I haven't, so I thought that for today's post I would gather 7 common Golden products and see how the Lindy's Stamp Gang Starbursts react. I'm testing products commonly used by both artists and crafters over canvas, paper etc. I've cut up pieces of cardstock and used either a brush or spatula to apply each product as smoothly as possible. I left the whole lot to dry overnight and confirmed each product had completely set. Products Tested #1 - Plain white cardboard #2 - Golden Gesso (White) #3 - Golden Absorbent Ground #4 - Golden Acrylic Ground #5 - Golden Soft Gel (Semi Gloss)... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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Goodmorning, today I am looking at Copic Various Inks. Various Ink refills are part of what make the Copic system truly amazing. All 358 marker colors have a matching bottle of ink. Each bottle will fill a dry marker up to 15 times, depending on the style of marker. Each bottle of ink has a built in dropper tip for simple application. The airtight inner seal prevent sthe ink from drying out for many years. Now while it's true their intended purpose is to refill your markers, they are an amazing art supply all by themselves, incredibly versatile and perfect for creating alcohol ink based art projects. Today I am using Copic Various inks in 2 different ways, allowing you to incorporate more inky fun into your cards, pages, canvas or scrapbooking layouts. Materials Copic Various Inks: V15, BV04, RV19, V06, R35, RV32, Y38, YR04 & YG01 Copic Colorless Blender... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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There are a LOT of pens on the market today - I should know since I own half of them (ok well maybe not really half - but I'm working on it - big grin!) I am often asked to recommend something to use with Copic markers or doodling - let me tell you that hands down the BEST pens to use with your Copic markers or doodling are the Copic Multiliners. Let me tell you a bit about them .... grab a cup of coffee, tea or water - this is a bit of a longer post! There is a lot to love about Copic Multiliners! Copic Multiliners come in 2 body styles the Multiliner and the Multiliner SP Both styles have: Copic safe ink - so you can colour over images drawn in Multiliner without damaging your Copic Markers Wide array of colours and coordinating coloured packs available... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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Aug 19, 2015
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Just a little snapshot from my day http://ift.tt/1DX8Sh5 Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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Some days you need to make your own rainbows - this card is today's rainbow! Now I feel I should warn you the mix of the Lindy's Starburst sprays, glitter tape and contrasting black actually made me squeal with delight - so I feel there should be a sparkly squeal alert on this! You've been warned - try this at your own risk :) You Will Need: Lindys' Stamp Gang Products Starbursts: Rudolph's' Red Nose Red, Hottie Patottie Hot Pink, Marigold Yellow Orange, Wake Me Up Before You Go Gold, Delphinium Turquoise, Edelweiss Moss Green and French Lilac Violet. Embossing Powder: Obviously Black Other Products X-Press It Deco Glitter Tape Liquitex Carbon Black Ink X-Press It Stencil Sheets Versamark Watermark Ink Pad Black Card Today wooden embellishment from Flutterby Designs Arches smooth watercolor card Instructions Start by trimming your card into a square shape and ruling equal lines across your... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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Time to change up my photos with some props, angles and colours! I love looking at blogs, I love looking at photos and I'm slightly addicted to Pinterest and Instagram. BUT most of all I adore looking at beautiful photos, and by the numbers of people on these photo platforms I don't think I'm alone. So I'm going to have a look at a variety of props that are easily available and can make your photos just that bit more special, interesting and YOU (well in this case ME lol!!!). I'll talk about beautiful photos later - after I've had a chance to play with these new ideas first :) So I've been looking at photos I LOVE on Pinterest and the blogs of some artists I admire, looking for common elements that speak to me, things I'm drawn to and items where I feel a prop has enhanced the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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Help - this month's colours are all so summery I want to use them all - how to do this without turning into a horrible hot mess??? Thinking, thinking, thinking...... OK I'm going to try something I haven't played with for a while (or ever) pennants! This month's Lindy's Stamp Gang Colour Challenge palette is.. You Will Need: Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio Sprays from the Under the Boardwalk set: Tilt-a-wheel Teal, Raspberry Lemonade, Merry-go-round Green, Orange Creamsicle and Pop Rock Purple Other Products White ribbon Prima Whispered Words Flocked Alphabet - Black X-Press It Deco Glitter Tape Rubber Stamp from Paper Inklings Designer Rub-Ons - Birthday Delicata Golden Glitz Pigment Ink Pad Copic Multi Liner 0.05 Black and white card Gold string/twine This card was a joy to put together, quick, simple, bright and bubbly! I cut the cardstock to size and stamped over the background using gold ink.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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Just a little snapshot from my day http://ift.tt/1MMXPc4 Is there such a thing as too much glitter / Heidi Swapp? I sure hope not! Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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There are so many fabulous new products on the market these days that sometimes I just CAN NOT resist (pun intended!) grabbing one and having a play! Today I'm using my favourite Starburst colours to add colour to one of the new range of home decor resist products on the market from Cosmo Cricket. A crafty friend of mine (Natalie May aka Happy Daks!) recently used some completely drool-worthy resist paper (that I hadn't seen before) to create some really gorgeous cards. You all know how much I LOVE resist so I found out that the new resist paper was from Cosmo Cricket and that there was a whole range of resist products called Just Add Watercolor that they had released. I saw the beyoutiful Watercolor Canvas and had to get one! You Will Need: Lindy's Stamp Gang Products Starburst Sprays (or Color Shots): Tea Pot Purple, Frenchy's Pink Pouf,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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The colour palette for this month's Colour Challenge over at Lindy's Stamp Gang is fresh, pretty and feels like spring. I used a three colour combination from the suggested colours, but perhaps chose an interesting mix! Lindy's Stamp Gang Colours Starbursts: Blue Hawaiian Blue, Aloha Avocado, Cape Cod Coral and Peony Scarlett Red To complete the page I have also used: Wink of Stella: Gold Copic: Multi Liner 0.5 and Brush Marker - Black Pilot Choose 0.7 - White & Gold Kaisercraft Rub-ons Liquitex Super Heavy Gesso I started with this as my background. I think the Peony Scarlett Red may have been a touch too bold! I decided to create a piece of doodled art (more details in a future post), for now here is a peek. I made sure I drew a beautiful BOLD design to hold it's own against my colourful background. Remember to submit YOUR artwork... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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Today I'm creating a heavily textured, high-octane sparkle journal page! For me this one was about playing with layering and collage materials and using ideas I've seen on the internet from our own gorgeous Marta Lapkowska and Finnabair aka Anna Dabrowska (ie: gesso over collage) and layered journal pages and building on this, to create something with my own flavour - which as you know is sparkly! I think this page turned out with a total Christmas or Winter feel to it, and boy is it sparkly!!! What You Will Need: Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays: Down the Rabbit Hole, Delphinium Turquoise, Time Travel Teal, Gag Me With A Spoon Grey & Silent Night Silver and Midnight Rendezvous Raven. Other Products Matt Medium or Mixed Media Adhesive (Matt) Gelatos: Snow Cone, Aqua Dolce, Earl Grey & Squid Ink Texture Paste: Platinum Crackle Texture Paste (Matt White) Black Gesso Stencils or... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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Hello gorgeous sparkly readers, today I'm going to show you how to create a beautiful piece of mail art that's almost too pretty to send! This is a great way to create custom envelopes and really impress your postie, plus it's a simple way to reuse some of your own art to make something new. The really nice thing is that this basic technique could be used for cards, pages, envelopes anything flat. If you don't want to make your own, there are an amazing array of beautiful stencils and masks on the market these days and this technique is versatile enough to look amazing with most of them. If you're a regular reader of my blog then this image may look familiar, it's from a journal spread I created last year. You Will Need Copic markers: Y06, BV11, B02, BG05 & RV06 Copic Various Ink: Colorless Blender Copic Multi... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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It's time for another Lindy's Stamp Gang Color Challenge and this month the palette is bright beachy colours! For a change I used all of the colours picked for this month: Delphinium Turquoise, (you could substitute Hydrangea Blue) Frenchy's Pink Pouf, Ocean Breeze Blue, Clam Bake Beige and Steel Shimmer (as I didn't have Silent Night Silver!) The colour combination made for a bright and happy result. What I did: Begin by drawing a doodle using waterproof markers, I used Copic Multi Liner 0.3, Kai Outline Brush pen and a Sharpie Fine Liner. I find that by using pens in varying widths and nibs the end result is more interesting. This was the black and white doodle before I added colour. Then I added my Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals - some I added in concentrated doses (eg the Turquoise - for mega bling) and in other areas I used a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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Hi, today I thought I'd try something fun, funky and surprisingly fast - colouring feathers with my Copic Markers to create a clean and simple thank you card! As it turns out the most difficult thing about this, was finding the white feathers. Apparently the regional area I live in has a feather shortage, I searched every $2 store in the town and no white feathers to be found anywhere. Every other colour under the sun was available - but no white... Finally, I had to buy a feather necklace from Lovisa to get them - as for the colouring the feathers, it was so much easier than I thought it would be and rather a lot of fun. I'm thinking of adding mini rhinestones next time I do this - what do you think? You Will Need: Copic Markers: RV17, V09, B16, V17, BG13, BG57 & BG75 Kirarina Wink... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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Today I'm going to show you a simple but stunning technique using Magicals from Lindy's Stamp Gang. This process proved so simple, stress-free and downright gorgeous that I'm thinking of using this technique for my Christmas cards - though it could be adapted for any occasion. You won't need many supplies to make this, but is is important to use a smooth watercolour card, a good self-adhesive stencil and a highly pigmented watercolour (you know Magicals are my favourite variety!). Apart from that it may take a little trial and error to perfect your colour combinations, but the process itself is very simple - I'll show you :) You Will Need: Lindy's Stamp Gang Products Magicals: Black Orchid Silver or Screamin' Banshee Black, Tiffany Lou Blue and French Lilac (or Tea Pot Purple) Other Products Arches 180 GSM Smooth Watercolour paper X-Press It Stencil Sheets White Gel Pen Water Brush... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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This week I'm trying my hand at a one layer card - I almost made it too, but couldn't resist adding a touch of black to make the colours pop. I decided to use Magicals from Lindy's Stamp Gang, but this would look just as gorgeous with watercolours or even Distress Stains! The key to this is the watercolour paper, without The key to this technique is the watercolour paper, without it the colours won't be as nicely blended and you may end up with 'pills' on your paper - so make sure to start with a nice smooth watercolour card stock. For me I couldn't live without a little 'sparkle' so Magicals it must be! The Lindy's Color Challenge for April had several combination possibilities, but I chose to use purple. blue and pink. I Used: Lindy's Stamp Gang Products Magicals: Witch's Potion Purple, Wisteria Purple (you could use... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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Today I was inspired to play with matching envelopes and cards and thought I'd try something simple with my Magicals from Lindy's Stamp Gang. I have to admit that I don't send as many cards or decorated envelopes as I used to - so when I do send something I like to try and make it look a little special and let the recipient know I'm thinking of them - my version of sending a big hug through the mail. You Will Need Lindy's Stamp Gang Products Magicals: Green With Envy Green or My Mojito Green, Autumn Maple Crimson, Poinsettia Red & Midnight Rendezvous Raven Other Products Stamps: Donna Downey Poppies from Unity Stamp Company and Childhood Garden from Inkadinkado Versamark Watermark Ink Pad & Onyx Black Ink Pad Delicata Gold Ink Pad Liquitex Acrylic Ink - Carbon Black Pan Pastel: Bright Yellow Green, Hansa Yellow Extra Dark & Diarylide... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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Today I'm going to step away from my usual page style for a change and create something simple. There are days when I just want to put a thought on paper and add a simple illustration, so that's what I'm doing today. Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays are perfect for creating layered and super sparkly pages, but are equally wonderful for paler and simpler artworks. They are also a dream to journal over and worked beautifully with my Copic Multi Liners. You Will Need: Lindy's Stamp Gang Products Starburst Sprays: Tiffany Lou Blue, Blue Hawaiian Blue, Salt Water Taffy & French Lilac Violet Other Products X-Press It Mixed Media Journal Crafters Workshop Stencil - Mini Flying Geese Molotow Masking Pen or frisket Flat paintbrush Copic Multi Liners: 0.05, 0.3, 0.5 Steps Step 1: Use masking pen or frisket to create a waterproof barrier around your page. Step 2: Wet your page,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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Not sure how many of you follow the Bloom Girl's Blog by the fabulous Jamie Dougherty - if you haven't had a look then pop over she creates amazing art. Well anyhow she posted this very cool competition on Instagram to celebrate the 2015 Design Team - full of more fabby artists! I don't usually enter competitions as I figure there are people out there who need free stuff more than I do - but this time I couldn't help it - I've been coveting Jamie's new Bloom Girl 2015 releases and living in Australia I sometimes can't get everything I want locally (or quickly). So I thought I'd enter and guess what.... I was drawn as the WINNER! No really - This was posted on Instagram by Jamie.... So currently having a VERY good day and feeling extremely lucky :) Sending sparkly, happy rainbow hugs to all, a massive... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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Today I'm going to use my Copic products to create a monotone journal page. Working with a limited colour palette was a new thing for me and monotones even more difficult - you know how I love my colour! I used blue so much last year I thought I'd try a different palette and settled on a grungy, vintage colour scheme. After giving the page a bit of thought, I decided to go completely Copic - ALL the colour on this page is from Copic markers or Various Inks. I used my Copics to add custom colour to my embellishments and create a custom background for my page. Now I haven't previously coloured something on this scale with Copics before and was a bit worried how much product I'd use, but thought I'd give it a try and see how it went - will let you know at the end!... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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OK first let me get this out of the way so I can concentrate...... squeeeee so pretty and sparkly - must touch.... The colours for February's Lindy's Stamp Gang Color Challenge are some of my FAVOURITES magenta/pink and teal blue. I couldn't wait to play with this combination. You Will Need: Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals: Hottie Patottie Hot Pink or Cheshire Cat Cherry & Tiffany Lou Blue Golden Fluid Acrylics: Quinacridone Magenta & Cobalt Teal Acrylic Glazing Liquid: Satin Gesso: White Light Molding Paste Other Art Extravagance - Texture Paste in Platinum Crackle Pilot Choose 0.7 Pen - Gold & White I wish you could all see this in person, it's sparkly, metallic and pearlescent I'm practically in Sparkle Tart heaven! Now I didn't record this, as the base technique is based on one of the Inspiration Wednesday classes from Donna Downey, and you all know I'm a stickler for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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Today I have two simple techniques to share, use them together or apart to create stunning embellishments for any project. So go and grab your Lindy's embossing power and Magicals and join me in creating something gorgeous! To Recreate This Card You Will Need: Lindy's Stamp Gang Products: Embossing Powder - Candy Cane Red Gold and Razzleberry Plum Magicals - Poinsettia Red Starbursts - Rudolphs' Red Nose & Bougainvillea Fuchsia Flat Fabio - Pink Ladies Pink Other Products: Art Extravagance - Texture Paste Studio Calico - Wooden Hearts Chipboard or wooden word Micro Beads - Gold I Am Roses - paper flowers Stamp Versafine Onxy Black Stamp Pad Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad Eclipse 100 Card - White Ombre Embossing Technique Begin by choosing two colours of Lindy's embossing powder, I chose Candy Cane Red Gold and Razzleberry Plum. The colours should be similar in strength to achieve the ombre look,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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Today I will be using a few supplies from my X-Press It and Copic hoard to create a bright and happy journal page, using my 'word' for the new year! I've chosen the word 'Bloom' for this year as to me it seems hopeful and that's what I currently am. Hopeful that 2015 will be happy and healthy, hopeful that my art will move forward, hopeful that all the uncertainty and trials in my life will settle and that things will BLOOM! What I Used: Copic Markers: N9, N7, N5, N3, RV06, RV09, RV69 & Blender '0' Copic Airbrush System Copic Opaque White Paint AtYou Spica Pens: Turquoise & Lavender Molotow Paint Marker: Signal White EF, Shock Blue, Currant & Skin Pastel X-Press It Mask It FabScraps Stencil - DS003 Bruynzeel Aquarel Pencils (watercolour pencils) Unity Stamps: She Leaped and Wildflowers and Wings How I Made It: Gather a bold... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer