At the Market

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March 29, 2017

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20170107_144241stamps: Zulu Lady 400E by My Stamps; Clay Pots 1972E by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black Staz-On Pad; Wild Honey, Aged Mahogany & Walnut Stain Distress Pads

papers: White & Ivory Matt Cards; Honeycomb & Pinecone Bazzill Cards

accessories: Frosted Shrink Plastic; Gold Beads; Gold Fab Foil; Colour Pencils; Clear Embossing Powder; Gold Thread; Metallic Chalks; dried grass

adhesives: Glossy Accents; Sailor Glue Pen; Two-sided Tape; magic Mount

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tools: Heatgun; Tiny Hole Punch; Sponge Blocks; Sander

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Silence of the Stars

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December 12, 2016

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20161013_160905A 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

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. 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.
  2. Cut out 5 stars in white using small punch. Glue into place. Smear with silver Stickles and set aside to dry.20161013_150644
  3. 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.
  4. With two-sided tape, attach finished card front onto matting of Lakeshore card, then folded white backing card. 20161013_15303620161013_160844
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Frosted Bunnies

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December 7, 2016

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20161019_193453stamps: 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

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. 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.
  2. Stamp rabbits onto scrap of white card, colour in as desired, then cut out. Magic Mount these onto piece of white card.
  3. 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.

 

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Christmas Cat

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November 30, 2016

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20161031_165047stamps: 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

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. 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.20161030_165213
  2. 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.
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  4. 20161031_160631Punch out 5-6 fern leaves in blue card.
  5. 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.
  6. 20161031_160742Smudge 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. 20161031_162621Position baubles hanging down from them. Dot white Opal Liquid Pearls randomly over leaves.
  7. 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.20161031_163912
  8. Matt card onto layer of silver foil board, then light blue card20161031_165012, then folded blue backing card.
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Peaceful Fairy

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November 26, 2016

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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

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. 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.20161010_143146
  2. 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.20161010_144158
  3. 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.20161010_150303
  4. 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.20161010_151052
  5. 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.
  6. Dot Ruby Liquid Pearls as berries around holly garland in fairy’s hair and Opal Liquid Pearls along base of dress.
  7. 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.
  8. When everything is completely dry, stamp “Peaceful” wording in clear Versamark pad and emboss with silver embossing powder into bottom left corner.20161013_121117

 

 

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Baby Boy

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November 18, 2016

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20161114_142524As 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. 20161128_103846

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Postal Poinsettia

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November 10, 2016

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20161003_115224stamps: 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

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. 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. 20161002_124644
  2. 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.
  3. Affix poinsettia ‘stamp’ over main poinsettia image with two-sided tape. Stamp ‘Santa post’ stamp along bottom edge in black ink.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.20161009_170000

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ALTERNATIVE COMPOSITION:

20161002_1456291. same as (step 1) above.

2. Using Sizzix Square Framlits, cut out center of main poinsettia flower. 20161002_124750

 

20161002_1249153. Attach matting of slightly larger size red card behind white with Magic Mount. Trim the opening with gold border sticker.20161002_144456

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Attach to folded white backing card. Position cut-out flower back into place. 20161002_145703

5. Position Merry Christmas sticker wording towards bottom right of design. Dot Buttercup Liquid Pearls into center of flowers. Set aside to dry. 20161002_145629

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some other variations using the same stamp and direct to rubber technique:

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Postal Mannequin

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October 7, 2016

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postal mannequin 023stamps: Postal Mannequin 8339P by Inkadinkado; Paris/New York J11671 and Suitcases from Time Travelers set CMS157 both by Stampers Anonymous; She DD1205A by Unity Stamp Co

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Scattered Straw, Victorian Velvet & Weathered Wood Distress Pads; Tumbled Glass, Weathered Wood & Bundled Sage Distress Stains Sprays

papers: Specialty White Card; Savannah & Blossom Bazzill Cards

accessories: Simple Banner die #836 By Poppy Stamps; Small Dress Forms Embossing Folder 1219-110 by Darice; Glitter Pen

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

Tools: Big Shot Machine; Heatgun, Scissors

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Spritz white card with Weathered Wood, Tumbled Glass & Bundled Sage Distress Stain Sprays until covered to your satisfaction. The Specialty card tends to be a bit more water repellent than normal matt card, so you may want to spread the inks with your fingers or another piece of card to help cover the white areas. Dry with heatgun.
  2. Emboss with Dress Forms embossing folder through Big Shot machine. Go over pattern with sponging block dipped in Weathered Wood Distress pad to highlight raised mannequins images. Sponge edges of card with sepia ink, then attach to blossom (pink) matting, then Savannah (cream) backing card with two-sided tape.
  3. Stamp postal mannequin onto right side of card in black ink, then again onto scrap of white card. Cut out body of mannequin on scrap. Sponge Scattered Straw & Victorian Velvet Distress ink over mannequin body. postal mannequin 025Magic Mount this over mannequin image on main card.
  4. Stamp suitcases from Time Traveler set onto white scrap card with black ink. Cut out top 4 suitcases only and colour as you did the mannequin body. Stamp “She” wording across suitcases in black and then again onto main card beneath where the suitcases will be fixed. Stamp “She” wording once more onto more white scrap card.  Cut out strips of tiny typewriter script from wording, sponge with matching inks and adhere into place across suitcases. (This is to make the wording more legible, otherwise it’s too hard to read). Attach suitcases into place with two-sided tape. Outline the script words “she” and “dreams” with the glitter pen.
  5. Punch out the banner die twice in Big Shot machine from white scrap card. Colour with Scattered Straw & Victorian Velvet inks. Attach to top left of card front. (I glued the bottom banner & Magic mounted the top one).
  6. Stamp Paris/New York wording in black ink onto scrap from embossed mannequin background card. Cut out individual cities and fix to card front as desired.
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Blue Rain

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July 27, 2016

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I like cards that are quick and easy, simple yet effective. I think this card falls into that category. mermaid belief 002

Stamps:  Quite Dandy (flower) 3623K by Penny Black; Sympathy CS924 by Kaisercraft

Inks: Jet Black StazOn & Archival Pads; Weathered Wood & Stormy Sky Distress Stain Sprays

Papers: Watercolour Paper; Blue & Raven Bazzill Cards

Accessories: Frosted Lace Stickles; Water Spritzer

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Tools: Tiny Butterfly Punch

  1. Spritz watercolour paper with water, then Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky Distress Stain sprays. Don’t be too enthusiastic or you’ll colour the entire card and that is not the effect we’re going for.
  2. When dry, stamp flower image to right-hand side in black Archival pad.
  3. The Sympathy set by Kaisercraft has 4 wording options. Stamp your chosen wording out in black ink onto white card. Matt with black card and adhere to bottom left of card front.
  4. Punch out 3 little butterflies in black card and glue onto card.
  5. Decorate flower heads with Frosted Lace Stickles.

 

Below is a slight variation of same card, just using another wording, dark blue stickles instead of white, and a less absorbent paper resulting in a different blending of the inks in the background. I also drew a white line down the center of the butterflies for their bodies and added antennae to each with a black pen.

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One Wedding Dress – Spring Bride

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July 20, 2016

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The following two cards using Stamp-it’s Elegant Bride 3207F were not in last months class. I only designed them after the class had finished upon gaining inspiration from the scrap paper left behind on the desktop. That’s often the case with me. Look at a few ink splotches and see all sorts of things, ha, ha. I hope they provide you with some inspiration too! They are the only cards with multiple stampings of the bride.

 

 

  1. Photocopy dictionary page (with appropriate wording) onto white reflex paper. Stamp bride in black Archival ink into centre, then again randomly around.
  2. Stamp bride again onto scrap of white card in black Archival ink. Cut her out. Colour in her bodice and bouquet with pencil colour of choice. Using a paintbrush, smear Glossy Accents over skirt and sprinkle crystal glitter over whilst wet. I concentrated the glitter more at the top of her skirt, petering out towards the skirt hem. Set aside to dry.  extra brides 016
  3. Stamp flourish (from Stampin’ Up) in black Archival where desired onto dictionary paper. Sponge Distress pads Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry and Evergreen Bough over paper with a sponging block until roughly covered. (*optional – tear along edge. I did this as I wanted to get rid of words at the bottom which I felt detracted from the ambiance of the card).
  4. Attach dictionary paper onto layer of aqua, then yellow cards and finally onto pink backing card.
  5. Glue now dry bride into place over image on main card. Attach diamantes to centre of flourishes.
  6. Cut out sizzix label shape in white card and stamp Penny Black Wedding Day 2002D wording into centre in black Archival ink. Sponge with complimentary Distress inks. Attach diamantes to decorate and magic mount into place on card.
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