Happy New year everyone!
Apologies to all my regular viewers for the lack of postings of late, I have been enjoying some family time. Behind the scenes I have been working on my next class – “Africa”, starting in March. As usual I have made more samples than needed, so I may even hold 2 classes, one focusing on animals (specifically giraffes, zebras, rhinoceros and elephants) and the other ‘pots and people’. I have been refamiliarising myself with some old favourites – shrink plastic and clay for the ‘pots’ class and experimenting with encaustics. The ‘animals” class includes alcohol inks and texture paste. Should have class dates and photos up next week when I return from overseas.
Hope you are all enjoying this lovely warm weather and managing to put aside some creative time for yourselves each week!
stamps: Winter Trees SKU 3×505521 by Deep Red; Joy Trio 3063B by Stamp-it
inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Midnight & London Blue Dylusions Sprays; Silver Alcohol Ink
papers: Watercolour Paper; Mediterranean & Teal Bazzill Cards
accessories: Silver Cord
adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount
tools: Notched Corner Punch; Water Spritzer; Clear Film stencil frame; Scalpel;(clean) pizza box; Heatgun; Acrylic block
- Cut a rectangular hole in piece of clear film to fit over watercolour paper. This is to provide a stencil for when you spray the inks onto the watercolour paper, so that the colour stays within that rough area and don’t cover the whole paper. I wanted the edges to remain white.
- Spraying inks can be a bit messy, so I use an old pizza box (clean of course). Line with newspaper to soak up the excess ink (change the paper regularly). Then I put some white paper over newspaper in case the ink from the newspaper should transfer onto my work.
- Lay watercolour paper in box, cover with clear stencil, making sure it is lined up so there is equal amount of border coverage on all sides. Spritz watercolour paper with water, then blue inks. I didn’t want the ink edges to be straight, but try to ensure the inks don’t bleed under the frame too much. (Have a wet paint brush and some paper towel on hand to mop up and dilute stains if this happens). When happy with coverage – dry with heatgun or set aside to dry naturally.
- Stamp trees onto card with black ink.
- Squirt some Silver Alcohol ink onto acrylic block and pick up with old toothbrush. Hold over card and run your thumb along toothbrush bristles to create splatter effect across card. Hopefully this will resemble stars in the night sky:)
- Stamp peace wording only (from trio of options) onto scrap of card in black ink. Cut to desired size and edge with black ink. Magic Mount onto card.
- Using Punch, cut notches out of the corners of the card. Secure a piece of silver cord to the back of card and wind the cord through and around each notch to form frame.
- Using two-sided tape, adhere card front to teal matting, then darker blue folded card.
A simple card with an Aussie feel, in a calming blue and white colour palette. My original intention was to form the stars into the shape of the Southern Cross, but my stars were too large:(
stamps: Grass Tree Christmas 4909E and Christmas Mini 3044B both by Stamp-it
inks: Clear Versamark Pad; Prussian Blue and Peacock Color Box Pads
papers: White Matt Card; Lakeshore Bazzill Card
accessories: White Embossing Powder ; Ribbon; Silver Stickles
adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Tombo Liquid Glue
tools: Star Punch; Scissors; Heatgun; Sponging Block
- Stamp grass trees with clear pad and emboss in white. Sponge over image with blue inks, blending from dark to light with the aid of a sponging block. Rub a clean tissue over when done to ensure there is no ink sitting on top of the embossing that may smudge later.
- Cut out 5 stars in white using small punch. Glue into place. Smear with silver Stickles and set aside to dry.
- Tear edge of piece of white card to roughly fit the ground shape under grass trees. Wrap thin blue ribbon around twice and secure at back with tape. Fix this card into place at bottom of sponged card. Silver emboss tiny Christmas wording onto scrap of white card. Cut into tag shape and glue into place where ribbon intersects with itself. Tie tiny bow with leftover ribbon and glue at apex of tag.
- With two-sided tape, attach finished card front onto matting of Lakeshore card, then folded white backing card.
stamps: Robin’s Kingdom 30-056 by Penny Black
inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Peacock & Prussian Blue Color Box Pads
papers: White Matt Card: Silver Foil Board
accessories: Branches & Snowflake Embossing Folder siz657251; Sketchbook Peace 99236 Memory Box die; Polysparkle Embossing Powder; Texters
adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Tombo Liquid Glue
tools: Heatgun; Big Shot Machine; Scissors
- Open up the embossing folder and run the blue ink pads over the flatter side, starting with the lighter colour and blending into the darker blue. Place your white card inside, close the folder and run through Big Shot as normal. When you pull the card out, the background should be blue and the foreground (snowflakes) should be raised and the original white card colour. Pour over the polysparkle embossing powder while inks are still wet, then heatset. (Note: Polysparkle is a clear embossing powder, with a subtle sparkle through it). Attach to white folded backing card with two-sided tape.
- Stamp rabbits onto scrap of white card, colour in as desired, then cut out. Magic Mount these onto piece of white card.
- Cut out “Peace” wording die in silver foil board. Use liquid Glue to affix to top of white card above rabbits. Position off center on main card and secure with two-sided tape.
stamps: Witches Cat by Lavinia Stamps; Bauble Brush 3876F by Stamp-it: Ornate Border by – unknown
inks: Jet Black & Cobalt Archival Pads; Silver Delicata Pad; Weathered Wood, Tumbled Glass & Stormy Sky Distress Stain/Sprays
papers: White Matt Card; Silver Foil Board; Jetstream & Typhoon Bazzill Cards; scraps of blue pattern paper
accessories: Precious Ornaments 98724 die by Memory Box; Silver Fab Foil; Opal Liquid Pearls
adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Tombo Liquid Glue: Sailor Glue Pen
tools: Big Shot machine; Fern Leaf Punch; Water Spritzer; Heatgun; Flat Paintbrush
- Spray white card lightly with water, then the Distress inks, using a flat paintbrush to spread the inks to completely cover the white card. I directed the darker blue ink towards the bottom 1/3 of the card. Dry with a heatgun or set aside to dry naturally.
- Stamp out the border image in black along the bottom part of card. Sit the cat on top of border at right. Stamp Bauble Brush image along top of card in blue ink.
- Punch out 5-6 fern leaves in blue card.
- Cut out smaller Bauble from Memory Box die set in silver foil board. Cut out 2 x bauble parts only in blue pattern paper.Glue patterned paper over silver baubles.
- Smudge some silver ink on tips of blue fern leaves. Arrange them across the top of the card over stamped blue image and glue into place. Position baubles hanging down from them. Dot white Opal Liquid Pearls randomly over leaves.
- With a Sailor Glue pen, highlight small areas of the black border pattern at bottom. When the glue has gone clear (it comes out blue) lay silver Fab Foil across glued areas, gently press with fingertips, then lift off.
- Matt card onto layer of silver foil board, then light blue card, then folded blue backing card.
Summer has arrived with a vengeance! What a day to pick to have my clearance sale – the garage was sweltering. Could have used a few sprinkles of snowflakes:) Thanks to all those who attended, it was a successful day. Off to the beach tomorrow, then will try to finish off my Christmas cards. December next week already!
stamps: Magic of Christmas 4363L by Penny Black; Peaceful Wishes 4579C by Stamp-it
inks: Jet Black Staz-On Pad; Clear Versamark Pad; Stormy Sky and Faded Jeans Distress Pads; Picket Fence Distress Stain; Brushed Corduroy Distress Re-inker
papers: White Matt Card; Silver Foil Board; Powder Blue Bazzill Card; Clear Film; Frosted Film TH93048
accessories: Silver Embossing Powder; Stardust Stickles; Crystal Glitter; White Sharpie Pen; Ruby & Opal Liquid Pearls, Green & Grey Texter; Pink Chalk
adhesives: Glossy Accents; Two-sided Tape
tools: Waterbrush; Paintbrush; Heatgun; Sponging Blocks; Scissors; Paper Towel
- Sponge white card with Stormy Sky and Faded Jeans Distress Pads using sponging blocks to blend colours, starting with the darkest at the top and fading out to white at the bottom of the card. Spritz some water into your hand, pick some up on fingers of your other hand and drop randomly over blue coloured card. Blot immediately with paper towel. The water will bleach the colour from the blue ink, leaving behind white blotches resembling snowflakes. Dry with heatgun.
- Stamp Fairy onto card in black ink. Squeeze some Picket Fence Distress Stain onto plastic palette, pick up with a dry paintbrush and colour in fairy’s dress. The effect will be subtle. Colour holly in her hair with green texter. Put drop of Brushed Corduroy re-inker onto palette and colour in fairy’s hair with it using a waterbrush.
- Affix small section of clear and frosted film together ensuring you push out any air bubbles. (I used scraps left over from another project as you don’t need much). Stamp wings only onto frosted side of film with black Staz-On pad. Cut out 2 top wings separately. Heat wings with Heatgun to curl them slightly. You can mold them into desired shape while still warm and they will set like that when cool.
- Smear Glossy Accents around edges of wings (of stamped image on main card) and sprinkle in crystal glitter whilst still wet. Place 2 frosted wings into position while Glossy Accents are still wet to set.
- Highlight decorative snowflakes with dots of Stardust Stickles and tiny snowflakes with white Sharpie pen. Use the pen also to emphasis lines of fairy’s dress and shoes.
- Dot Ruby Liquid Pearls as berries around holly garland in fairy’s hair and Opal Liquid Pearls along base of dress.
- Apply small smudge of pink chalk to fairy’s cheek. Scribble grey texter onto plastic palette, pick up with waterbrush and create shadow (puddle) at base of fairy.
- When everything is completely dry, stamp “Peaceful” wording in clear Versamark pad and emboss with silver embossing powder into bottom left corner.
As another year comes to an end, for others their year is just beginning. A card for my friend Shelley’s new grandson. Welcome to the world Hendrix!
stamps: Christening CRV246 by Stampendous; New Little One 1056E by Penny Black
dies: Elegant Frame SD050 by Wild Rose Studio.
A card for another baby boy – Xavier. I quite liked the layout (and saved me having to strain my brain coming up with another so soon), but didn’t want to do the same colours, so went with neutral tones.
stamps: Polka Run 3639H by Penny Black; Joyeux from ChristmasSTC-M01 by Delish Designs
inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Antique Linen & Pumice Stone Distress Pads; Red Pepper, Cranberry, Lettuce & Pesto Alcohol Inks
papers: Frosted Film TH93048; Clear Film (acetate); Ivory Matt Card; Raven, Pear & Leapfrog Bazzill Cards, scraps of dark green card
accessories: Cream Pearls; Tattered Poinsettia die siz658261; Spruce Stems die CC-182 by Cottage Cutz; Star Dust Stickles; Brad
adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Tombo Liquid Glue
tools: Harlequin stencil THS016; Circle Hole Punch; Sponging Block; Big Shot Machine, Tim Holtz Applicator Tool & squares
- Attach a sheet of clear film to some of Tim Holtz frosted film. Frosted Film is adhesive backed. Just make sure you push all the air bubbles out as you go. Now cut out the Tattered Poinsettia petals in it.
- Add a few drops of alcohol ink to the sponge on applicator tool and apply to the petals of the poinsettia. I coloured some of the larger petals green to make them into leaves.
- Punch a small hole in the center of each flower. Heat them with the heatgun. This will cause them to curl up. Shape as desired while still warm. They will set into the position when cool. If you’re not happy with how they’re sitting, re-heat and re-shape.
- Assemble your flower layers and join together with brad through the middle. Smear some Star Dust Stickles over and spread with a paintbrush. Set aside to dry.
- Lay the stencil over the ivory card and sponge the Antique Linen and Pumice Stone Distress inks through using a sponging block. Stamp the polka dots stamp down the left-hand side in black ink.
- Assemble your card layers with two-sided tape – ivory onto black matting, then onto light green, then darker green folded backing card.
- Fix your poinsettia into position. Place pearl over brad in center. Cut out some greenery from Spruce Stems die using Big Shot machine and attach some sprigs under poinsettia using liquid glue.
- Stamp your wording in black ink onto scrap of ivory card. Cut left side into flag shape. Sponge edges with sepia ink and attach to card with two-sided tape. Attach small pearl into swirl.
stamps: Silhouette Poinsettia 3039K by Penny Black; Santa Post 4142C by Stamp-it
inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Red & Green texters
papers: White Matt Card; Lily Pad & Gecko Bazzill Cards; Red Corrugated Card
accessories: Buttercup Liquid Pearls
adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount
tools: Stamp Decorative Edge Scissors; Sponge Block; Water Mister; Heatgun
- Turn stamp over and colour image with texters directly onto the rubber. Spritz rubber lightly with fine mist of water to re-moisten (as some of it may have dried by the time you finish colouring). Stamp out into center of white matt card.
- Re-colour main flower and place small rectangle of white card over image (ensuring your small piece of card is straight with the edges of larger white card). Press gently with fingertips then lift off. Dry with heatgun. Now lightly sponge edges with sepia ink. Attach this to slightly larger square of white card, who’s edges have been cut into decorative ‘stamp’ border with scissors. Sponge the edges of this with sepia also.
- Affix poinsettia ‘stamp’ over main poinsettia image with two-sided tape. Stamp ‘Santa post’ stamp along bottom edge in black ink.
- Adhere poinsettia card onto light green matting with two-sided tape. Position red corrugated strip at left-hand side of folded green backing card. Because of the thickness of the corrugation, when fixing the layered poinsettia card onto the backing card, I used two-sided tape where it sat above the corrugated card, but Magic Mount under the side that went straight onto the backing card.
- Place dots of Buttercup Liquid Pearls at the center of each poinsettia flower. Set aside for it to dry.
NOTE: If you do this same technique with kromekote (gloss card) instead of white matt, you will get a smoother, brighter finish. I quite like the slight grunginess of the matt finish myself, but you might prefer this alternative.
1. same as (step 1) above.
2. Using Sizzix Square Framlits, cut out center of main poinsettia flower.
3. Attach matting of slightly larger size red card behind white with Magic Mount. Trim the opening with gold border sticker.
4. Attach to folded white backing card. Position cut-out flower back into place.
5. Position Merry Christmas sticker wording towards bottom right of design. Dot Buttercup Liquid Pearls into center of flowers. Set aside to dry.
Here are some other variations using the same stamp and direct to rubber technique:
stamps: Christmas Star 4104K by Penny Black; Peace Joy Love 540D by Stamp-it
inks: Clear Versamark Pad; Jet Black Archival Pad; Picked Raspberry & Barn Door Distress Re-inkers; Picked Raspberry Distress Stain
papers: White Matt Card; Pink Pajamas Bazzill Smoothie Card
accessories: White Embossing Powder; Rouge Liquid Pearls; Clear Rhinestone; Tag & Bookplates siz656938
adhesives: Two-sided Tape
tools: Heatgun; Scissors; Waterbrush; Big Shot
- Stamp Poinsettia stamp onto white card with clear pigment pad, pour white embossing powder over and heat set with Heatgun. Repeat this process a 2nd time on some scrap of white card.
- Place separate drops of the two Distress re-inkers onto a palette (I often use my acrylic blocks as palettes). Pick up the colour with a waterbrush (or wet paintbrush) and colour in petals of the poinsettias. Dab with a dry tissue when finished to remove any ink that may be sitting on top of the embossed areas, otherwise you may inadvertently smear that onto your white backing card. Cut out the 2nd poinsettia from the scrap card.
- Ink up ‘Peace’ word & star only from wording stamp (masking off other words), and stamp onto scrap of white card in black ink. Cut out bookplate from Sizzix die in white card. Attach wording into center. Place clear rhinestone in center of star.
- I didn’t have any suitable pink ribbon for my card, so I coloured some yellow ribbon I had that was the correct width by simply running some Picked Raspberry Distress Stain over it.
- Thread short sections of ribbon through the holes on either side of bookplates. Stick the bookplate down onto your card, then wrap the ribbon over the edges of your card to secure at the back.
- Attach your card front onto pink matting, then folded white backing card with two-sided tape.
- Position your cut out 2nd poinsettia angled over poinsettia on main card and fix with tape in the center only. I like to curl the petals a bit to create dimension. Place a few drops of Rouge Liquid Pearls into the center of the flower and set aside to dry.