Silent Night, Holy Men

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November 13, 2015

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silent night, wise men 017A nice religious card for the Christmas season.

STAMPS: Wisemen 2984E, Silent Night 2103G, Star 5003C  INKS: After Midnight, London Blue & Calypso Teal Dylusion Sprays; Brushed Pewter Distress Stain  PAPERS: White Matt Card, Iris Suede Paper, Silver Shimmer Paper, Royal Blue Mi-teintes Card ACCESSORIES: Star Dust Stickles

1. Spritz your white matt card with a light mist of water. Spray your 3 blue Dylusion inks over until card completely covered. DRY with heatgun.

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2. Give your bottle of Brushed Pewter Distress Stain a good shake. You should hear the ball bearing inside rattling around. Apply directly to rubber of “Silent Night” wording stamp. There is a valve in the dabber top that will release the ink when pushed against. Be aware of how much ink you are applying. The more ink, the smushier (I don’t think that’s a real word, but you know what I mean) the stamped image will be.  Stamp onto left side of blue card you’ve just dried. I stamped my wording twice as the card was deeper than the image. You may want the aid of a t-grid for this to ensure you line them up properly.

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3. The “Wisemen” stamp has been ironed onto blue suede paper. To do this heat your iron to a low/cool setting. Place your stamp onto the table with rubber side facing up. Place suede paper over stamp image, fluffy side down (against the rubber). Spritz a fine mist of water onto back of suede. Place iron over suede backing and press lightly (count to about 10). I like to use the base/heel of the iron for this as it is wider so covers more area. You can move the iron around slightly to ensure the whole image has been completely pressed, but be careful not to move your paper or you’ll get a blurry result. Ironing will not hurt your stamps as long as they are made of red rubber (NEVER attempt this technique with clear/transparent stamps!!) as the red rubber stamps are cooked in an oven/press during their production process so can take a bit of heat. If you are doing multiple ironings at a time though, the rubber will get hot and may puff up a bit, so leave it aside to cool down before attempting more. This is a very easy and effective technique to do, but it’s also easy to stuff up. Designs with solid rubber areas work best. (NOTE: be delicate handling your suede paper as fingerprints show up easily. Try to hold paper at the edges where possible).

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4. Tear across bottom of suede paper and matt onto silver shimmer paper (which has also been torn across bottom). Magic mount onto coloured blue card. Assemble layers of silver & blue Mi-teintes backing cards. Stamp star in top right hand corner with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain. Put a splodge of Star Dust Stickles into center of star. Set aside to dry.

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Holly Wreaths

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November 11, 2015

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To anyone who has just hopped onto my blog to check it out, welcome! I apologise for my lack in social graces at times. I’m usually working on it late at night, trying to get things up as quickly as I can. It ALWAYS takes me much longer than anticipated anyway, tackling the computers genius with my ambivalent brain, trying to move my pictures into place again, and then again!!

Sometimes, as in this case, I have a series of cards along the same theme, but there are too many to put in the same post, so I split them up. They are just a continuation of the past few posts though, so I haven’t given them each an individual introduction.

Without further ado, here are my last two wreath cards using the same stamp “Holly Wreath” 2393E

Christmas Wreath - suedeFor this card, I ironed the stamp pattern onto some green suede paper. I will explain in detail how to do this in my next post. The red bow was cut out of red suede and glued onto the wreath. After assembling my layers (red corrugated card, gold mesh, Gecko Bazzill Card), I added dots of Christmas Red Stickles for the berries.

 

 

 

golden wreathThe wreath and Christmas wording were both stamped with a clear embossing pad, had fine gold embossing powder added, then were heat set with a heatgun. The bow I coloured in with pink/red texters, then added Star Dust Stickles over the top. The berries were coloured with Christmas Red & Magenta Stickles.

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Seahorse Friends

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October 13, 2015

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In the watery depths beneath the waves, where the mermaids swim and the dolphins play, live the seahorses. They are so tiny they’re hard to see, but if you look carefully you will find them floating with the currents, wrapped around strips of sea grass, hiding amongst the coral…

This set of seahorse cards was inspired by my favourite children’s book by Graeme Base,  “The Sign of the Seahorse”. I hope they inspire YOU!

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1. Apply white gesso to white cardstock with palette knife. (It doesn’t matter if the whole card is not covered as the gesso is purely to provide texture). Place another piece of white card on top, squish slightly to spread, twist, then lift off. Set aside to dry.

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2. Once gesso is completly dry, colour with paints. I have used Distress Paints “Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss” and Adirondack Paint Dabber “Stream” for this sample. For my original seahorse card (which I made previously but didn’t photograph the steps) I used Sunshine Yellow, Aqua, Lettuce and Stream Adirondack Dabber Paints. I dabbed them directly from the bottle onto card, then used a paintbrush to blend them together. Dry with heatgun.

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3.  Add white paint with aid of brayer so that only the ridges are coloured. Add more white paint where wanted with fingertips or paintbrush. If you add too much you can dilute with wet paintbrush or remove entirely. While wet, the paint is still water soluble. The under colours have been heat set so will not move.

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4. Cut 2 seahorses (mini sand & sea Sizzix die 659582) out of grungeboard. Colour them using Distress Stains. Dry with heatgun. Cover with crackle accent. Set aside to dry. When dry, sponge around edges with brown ink and highlight eye with black accent.

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5. Cut 3 pieces of coral (tattered pinecone Sizzix die 657492) out of Harvest Bazzill card. Sponge tips with brown ink pad and some Dried Marigold Distress pad, add touches of Buttercup and Cantaloupe Liquid Pearls to highlight. Set aside to dry.

6. Stamp out starfish (Stamp-It 701B Five Pointed Star) in Cobalt Archival Pad and decorate with dots of Ocean Liquid Pearls. Set aside to dry. When dry, cut it out.

7. Stamp out Friends wording (3128C) with Jet Black Archival Pad onto scrap of white card. Sponge white card with Distress inks to compliment backing card. Cut wording into rectangular shape. Matt with Blue Oasis Bazzill card, place some magic mount beneath and adhere to gessoed background. Colour tiny silver fish charm with Sailboat Blue Alcohol ink and adhere to bottom of friends wording.

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8. Mix together small amounts of Sandal Adirondack paint, matt glue, fine white sand and some crushed eggshells. The eggshells were previously washed, inner membrane removed and dried out in oven. This is not an exact science, so can’t give you measurements sorry, just make sure mix is wet enough to hold sand and shells in when dry. Create a small hump of this mix at base of card, then position coral pieces sticking out of it. Intertwine your seahorse tails around coral and fix to card. Position your starfish at base of hump.

9. Attach your finished card front to a slightly larger layer of Blue Oasis Bazzill card, then matt onto Parakeet Bazzill backing card.

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Mermaid school

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Shaving cream backgrounds have been around for a long time now, but I always found it a very messy technique and to be honest – it didn’t really inspire me. Then when I was playing with some ideas for watery background effects for my seahorse cards, I thought I’d give shaving cream another go, but do things a little differently. I had a fabulous time playing and am ecstatic with the results!! And hardly any mess. I’m sure you’ll love it too. I can hear you scrambling for the bathroom cupboard to steal away hubby’s shaving cream as we speak.

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Material List: Stamp-It 2286F Mystical Mermaid; Jet Black Archival Pad; Fresh Lime, London Blue, Calypso Teal & Vibrant Turquoise Dylusion Sprays, Evergreen Bough & Peacock feathers Distress Sprays; Crushed Olive, Scattered Straw & Tumbled Glass Distress Stains, various Alcohol Inks; white Matt & Kromekote Cards, Marigold & Great Lakes Bazzill Cards, Orange Magenta Mesh; Shaving Cream, Liquid Pearls, Stardust Stickles, Black Zig Pen, Waterbrush, Seahorse Punch

 

 

Note: the steps shown below were photographed after completion of the above card, so the finished result will look slightly different.
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1.  Squirt some shaving cream onto matt white cardstock. You don’t need too much. Spread with palette knife to nearly cover card, then place another piece of  white card over it. Squish slightly together, twist a little, then slowly peel apart. This will create mountains and valleys in your cream that would be hard to do with just the palette knife.

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2.  Spray your creamed card with inks. I have used Dylusions sprays Vibrant Turquoise, Calypso Teal, Fresh Lime, London Blue and After Midnight.

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3.  Now for the fun part – heat using a heat gun! This evaporates the shaving cream, leaving behind air bubbles and ridges of white. Very organic looking. I love it!! (Note: that’s why you don’t want too thick a layer of shaving cream on your card to start with as it will take too long to dry and may start to smoke.)

4.  Layer your finished card onto desired backing. I used some orange and blue Bazzill cardstock with some Magenta mesh placed diagonally across it.

5.  The mermaid stamp you will notice is actually only the top half, which is good because that’s the hard part done for you. Now all you need to do is extend the line of her body downwards to include her hips. Do this with a pencil first until you’re happy with how it looks (don’t forget to give her a belly button), then go over in permanent black felt tip pen. Colour her and her fish in. I used a combination of Distress Stains, Distress markers and Liquid Pearls. Cut her out, tearing across bottom below hips. Mount her onto shaving cream background card.

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6.  I punched out the little seahorses on white kromekote gloss card, then coloured them with alcohol inks. I positioned them randomly in front of the mermaid, then added a little Stardust Stickles to make them shimmer. See below for some more samples I did with this shaving cream technique.

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Salty Seahorse

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October 11, 2015

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I love playing with inks and adding rock salt to wet inky paper can give some lovely effects. Watercolour paper is best, but any matt white card will provide some reaction.

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1. Spritz your white card with water, then ink sprays of choice. I have used Dylusions sprays Vibrant Turquoise, Calypso Teal, London Blue and After Midnight. If your card is not very thick it may curl up in the middle causing the inks to run off. Just hold your finger on it when adding the salt or it will roll off too.

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2.  Add a small handful of rock salt. Table salt will not be very effective as the granules are too small to see much reaction. Set aside to dry.

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3.  When completely dry, remove salt. You should see small explosions where the salt has been. I used matt white card to demonstrate this technique as I forgot to take pictures when I made my original card below. For that card I used Bazzill Card Shoppe “Marshmallow”. It gave a better reaction.

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I think it looks a bit like coral polyps. Because I didn’t want to cover up any of the deliciousness, I stamped the seahorse with white StazOn pad onto clear transparent film and attached to card with dark blue brads.

 

 

 

Stamp used: Sketchy Seahorse 2722E by Stamp-It Australia

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