One Wedding Dress – Bride Pattern

July 20, 2016


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  1. Stamp bride (Elegant Bride 3207F by Stamp-it) in black Archival ink onto ivory card towards right of middle. This will be your main image which you will later mount. Stamp bride again randomly around card.
  2. Stamp bride again onto scrap of ivory card and cut out. Smear Versamark clear pad over skirt area. Using a dry paintbrush, brush Pearl and Bronze Perfect Pearls over skirt to colour. Do the same with her veil, using only Pearl Perfect Pearl to colour. Spritz lightly with water mister to set powders. Decorate bodice with Copper Stickles, then set aside to dry.
  3. Stamp tape measure from Stamp-it’s unmounted set079 in Sepia ink along right edge of ivory card. Ink up “Fashion Statement” 3304E selectively with Sepia ink and stamp at bottom left corner. Without re-inking, stamp it again above itself. Stamp Stamper’s Anonymous Spool G1-1667 in top left corner also in Sepia ink. Sponge around card edges with Sepia ink.
  4. Stamp “Wedding Wishes” 4633D with black Archival pad onto scrap of ivory card. Using a T-grid, line up spool stamp on card with ivory scrap and stamp out. With a scalpel blade, cut curved edge along right of scrap freehand. Sponge around scrap with Sepia ink. Attach to main card flush with left side, lining up spool image. Punch 3 small holes evenly along left edge of wording scrap and push brown brads through. Secure finished card front to rust layer, then onto wheat backing card.
  5. Magic mount now dry bride into place over image on main card. Squeeze gold Liquid Pearls into bouquet area and arrange tiny buttons over while still wet. Tie tiny ribbon and glue over button bouquet.extra brides 022

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Punched Florals

April 23, 2016


Made flower cards 002 With Mother’s day not far away, it’s time to start thinking “flowers”. Here are a selection of cards decorated with some flower punches by EK Success. They come in 3 sizes. I punched them out in matt white card, coloured them with Distress Stains and whilst wet, shaped the petals. When dry, punch a hole in center of each petal and assembly as desired using a brad to secure and also as a decorative feature.


using Perfect Pearl for background


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using ironing on suede technique for background


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Gumnut Flower

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).