Gumnut Flower

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February 6, 2016

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One of the talented Helen Williams very popular Stamp-It designs –  “Gumnut Brush”  3745E, stamped with Adirondack “Pesto” ink pad and decorated with “Poppy Red” Flowersoft and “Gold” Liquid Pearls. The background stamp is “Handwriting” 3546H.

bottlebrush blueA blue version of the same stamp, stamped with Ultramarine StazOn pad, using “Gold” Flowersoft with “Baby Blue” Liquid Pearls. The background pattern stamp is from Stamp-It set092, also used “Limited Cog” stamp 4906C. Card has been spritzed with “Sunflower Sparkle” Perfect Pearl Mists. Sizzix shape is bigz die “Ornate Frame #3” siz656578.

 

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For this card, I have stamped the image with a “Sepia” Archival pad, then while still wet, immediately brushed some “Sunflower Sparkle” Perfect Pearl Powder over the top of the flower part only, with a dry paint brush. The leaves I have gone over the light brown inked image, with various green shades of normal coloured pencils.

 

 

 

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Because this design is a solid image (rather than an outline one), it works well with the “direct to rubber” technique – whereas the name suggests, you use your texters directly on the rubber to colour. This means you can get multiple colours on your image, rather than stamping with an ink pad which would just give you one colour. (Note: only suitable for water-based inks. Do not try this with Spectrum Noir or Copic pens).

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Tree Trimmings

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November 22, 2015

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This simple design by Yvette (4910E Tree Trimmings) is one of my favourite Christmas stamps. I get bored easily making multiples of the same card, so I usually stamp the same image with the same black Archival ink pad onto multiple pieces of different coloured cardstock. That way they’re kind of same, same – but different! It makes the repetitive process more fun. Here are a few of my finished cards.

baubles - neutral closeFor this card I have stamped the image onto kraft card in black, coloured the baubles in with White Opal Liquid Pearls, coloured the branches in with ordinary white pencil. I then added some thick glue over the branches (just a line to highlight, don’t completely cover the branches with glue). While glue still wet, I pushed some Polar White Flowersoft into it. Set aside to dry. Add a line of Silver Stickles to hang baubles from and a clear rhinestone to crown each bauble. Layer kraft card onto Opal shimmer card. Magic Mount onto a piece of white card that has had ribbon adhered to it with 2-sided tape to create a frame (see below). Attach this card onto backing card of Quicksand Bazzill card.

ribbon frame

 

baubles - green stripe close For this card I stamped the image onto Nautical Light Blue Prismatic Bazzill card in black. I coloured the baubles in with Baby Blue Stickles, then went over them with Ice Blue Stickles in a “C” shape only. I applied Star Dust Stickles to the hanging thread and a clear rhinestone to top each bauble. I squished some ink from a Bundled Sage Distress Pad onto an acrylic block, which I picked up with my water brush and coloured in the branches with. I then applied some thick glue over branches and pushed some Pale Green Flowersoft into it.  Set aside to dry. This card was then Magic mounted over a piece of white card that had had striped green ribbon attached by means of some strips of 2-sided tape to it’s perimeter (see above). It was then secured to backing card of Aloe Vera Bazzill card.

 

baubles - blue sparkle close For this card I stamped image onto same light blue card as above. I coloured in the baubles and branches with blue and green pencils respectively.  I then went over the baubles with Crystal Ice Stickles, used Star Dust Stickles for the hanging thread again and placed a dark blue rhinestone atop each bauble. After applying some thick glue to the branches, I pushed some Christmas Green Flowersoft into it. I Magic Mounted this over a piece of white card that had had some gorgeous blue/green shot ribbon attached to the perimeter to create a frame. This was then layered onto a backing card of Jade Bazzill card.

The ribbons really are the hero pieces of these cards. The photos don’t really do justice to the shimmer and texture of them. Why don’t you try this technique with any lovely ribbon you may have lying around. I used less than 1/2 m for each card. Don’t choose a stamp image too large or complex.

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Cats

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September 14, 2015

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moon catbutterfly cat For all you cat lovers out there, a couple of cards using Stamp-it’s “Cats Meow”  2272E stamp.

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Oak Tree

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August 30, 2015

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foliage tree oak tree

Here are 3 cards using the same 2 stamps in virtually the same layouts, just with different colours. In the first 2, I’ve coloured a piece of white matt cardstock with Distress Stains for the backgrounds, in the last one I have stamped onto kraft card and only coloured the leaves. The trees have also been inked with Distress Stains and stamped out. I used chalks directly over the wet ink to colour the tree canopies.

Stamps by Stamp-it Australia: 4457E Tree, siset080 Leaf wording

the leaf tree

 

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Owl Trio

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June 23, 2015

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owl trio - raw

Sometimes I set myself little challenges to use a particular stamp, product or paper that I’ve had a while. I always keep the front cover page from Basic Grey packs I buy as they’re lovely and matt and of course co-ordinate beautifully. The squares are quite tiny though – which is the challenging part. I decided to use the paper pieces with Stamp-it’s “What a Hoot” si2733D stamp, which is not what I would classify a flexible image, but by changing colour schemes and layout, you can achieve quite different looking end results.

owl trio - pinkowl trio - orange, turquoiseowl trio - brown foiledowl trio - red, blue

 

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