Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Puzzle Pieces and Bright Wishes

A bit of fun today creating a jigsaw puzzle for the front of a card, using the Puzzle Pieces Thinlits dies from Stampin' Up! 
I chose to combine them with the Bright Wishes stamp set from the Annual Catalogue.

I stamped the image using Memento ink onto Thick whisper White card and coloured with my Stampin' Blends. These alcohol based markers are divine to use. The card base is also Thick Whisper White.

Then it was a simple matter of running the image through the Big Shot, using the Puzzle Pieces Thinlit dies. To add some more fun to the card I adhered each piece with 2 way glue so that they could be removed and replaced. 

You could make a feature of each of these individual pieces, or even leave one of them out and attach to the inside of the card. There are lots of ideas that spring to mind and there are lots of different stamp sets that combine well with these Thinlits, including the stamp set that you can bundle with the dies - Love You To Pieces.

I taught a class on this card and instead of Blends, we used water colour pencils. The results were awesome! Why don't you give it a try?

Until Next Time
Happy Crafting

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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Stamping Techniques To Try - Blackboard Technique

Hello Technique friends! It's all about trying new techniques in this Blog hop and this month I too am trying a new technique - the Blackboard Technique. This can also be known as the Chalkboard Technique.

You'll find lots of creative ideas in the blog hop and I hope my version stimulates your creativity to try all different types of stamps.

I used a beautiful stamp set named Peaceful Place. You can find that on page 59 of the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue.

The idea behind this technique is for the image to look as if it has been drawn on a blackboard.  
I used Basic Black card stock and stamped in Versa Mark them embossed with white embossing powder. I wanted the details of this lovely image to show clearly.
Next I used a Dauber and Whisper White ink to create the moon image and to gently smudge some ink across select areas of the embossed image. This creates the effect of a misty river scene, but also the effect of a blackboard where previous markings have been erased.

I combined this simple to create image with the gorgeous new Foil Edged Cards & Envelopes - these will be available to customers from September 5 when the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue goes on  sale. They are available in both Gold and Silver Foil and they are stunning. I cut my black base down to fit inside the perimeters of the front of the card, showing some white and silver and voila! instant matting. 

I love colour so thought I'd add a little colour to another image I stamped. You can see it creates a very different card.

This time I kept the black card as a base and picked up a little colour in the mat. 
I used my Stampin Blends - Mango Melody (dark) Daffodil Delight (dark) Cherry Cobbler (light) to colour in the moon and highlight a few areas of the scene. The smudging effect does not show up as well when colour is added to the mix, but I still like it. As you can see, adding a little colour makes a very different card.

So, now it is time to hop along to the next Blog for more inspiration. Follow the list of clever demonstrators below and then try one yourself. It is a quick technique  that gives awesome results, and I think there are lots of stamps that are suitable to use. 

Until Next time,
Stay Crafty

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Monday, 27 August 2018

Last Chance To Buy Blended Seasons by Stampin' Up!

If you don't already have the Blended Seasons Stamp set and Framelits  - a limited time offer from Stampin' Up!, then you are missing out on one of the best colouring sets on the market. 
But you only have 4 more days to order this set.
You'll save 10% by purchasing the bundle of the stamp sets and  framelit dies.

You can make cards for all the seasons - the graphic above shows Christmas and a lovely Thank You card, but I think this set shows itself most beautifully using the floral images with the coordinating NEW WATER COLOUR PENCIL SET. 

 As many of you know I love to water colour, and the additional 10 water colour pencils in Stampin' Up! colours are a perfect addition to the current w/c pencils available in the Annual Catalogue.

Here is one sample of many that I've made using this set and the framelits.

 The detail photo shows how you are able to create a lovely water colour effect simply by stamping the outline with Stazon ink, then using an Aqua Painter to apply ink from the top of the ink pad container.

This photo shows how you can use the framelits - that have a lovely double stitched edge to create partial background cut outs.

 And the final photo shows the completed card. I love to take my stamped images outside the frame, and find that matting in a coordinating colour is a great way to both frame and finish the card.

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Until Next time,

Happy Stamping

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