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Tuesday, 28 September 2010
NOTE: make sure you punch down the LEFT side of the paper, or your text will be upside down when you add it. Yes, that is the voice of experience,lol.
An offcut of linen card was again sponged with blue & purple ink, then the letters ART from Anna Griffin's Flourish Alphabet were stamped in black and cut out into tags. Eyelets were added and some fibre threaded through before mounting with silicone glue below the main image.
Monday, 27 September 2010
Caught in Crystal: This is messy, so cover your workspace with newspaper first! And wear gloves too! Take a sheet of acetate ( I use OHP transparencies, from Staples) and pour a couple of tablespoons of Johnsons KLEAR floor polish onto it. Add a few drops of re-inker colours, or alcohol inks and spread with your fingers or a spatula across the acetate.Don't mix too much or you will muddy the colours.If you wish you can sprinkle in some glitter, gold leaf, even seed beads, but remember the lumpier you make it, the harder it will be to get a good stamped image.You can of course stamp your images first, then flip it over and do the floor polish stuff, however this makes it harder to determine where your images colours will be.When you are happy, take a sheet of tissue paper( the sort used for gifts, not the paper hanky type) and either scrumple it up, open out and pat down onto your ink/floor polish mix, or just lay it on flat and pat down. I use any pale colour of tissue, it doesn't have to be white.Just pat down with your fingers- don't press or you will push the colours around. Now put aside to dry- this may take a day or so, depending on temperature.If you do find it difficult to get a good stamped image, you can clean Staz-on off acetate with Staz-on cleaner & try again, and you may find it helps to put a stamping mat, or mouse-pad, underneath.
By the way, if you stamp onto an oil pastel background, either use Staz-on ink, or spray with sealer (or hairspray) to prevent the image being smudged.
Sunday, 26 September 2010
A tip for using stencil paste with brass stencils: It is very easy to bend brass stencils while cleaning them, so try to work with your stencil flat on your work space to clean them, rather than dropping into a bowl to scrub. Have some baby wipes flat on your work surface, and each time you use the stencil, lay it on the baby wipe and fold the wipe over it. This stops the paste drying. Then use another wipe to rub over your stencil ( both sides) to remove any paste before stencilling again. This stencil has some very fine lines so you may want to have a toothbrush handy to make sure there is no paste left in them. Then lay on a towel and again rub over it flat on your table to dry.
Friday, 17 September 2010
Thursday, 16 September 2010
Also keep an eye open for stamp images that would be suitable- you want images that you can use in a very basic way- like this just on a pale brayered background for instance.Its very easy to buy stamps that have 'cute' appeal, but sometimes 'cute' just won't do it!
The thing I love about this stamp is its versatility- it fits this subject perfectly, it would also be really good for a mans card, and if you look further in the posts, you will find the image in reds and blues, where it seems to really come to life.
I kept to a muted palette and a simple style for this one. The Treeline stamp from Crafty Individuals is stamped in Adirondack Espresso onto a background of brayed card using Adirondack Sandal, Latte and Hazelnut inkpads.The image was cut out using Nestabilities Labels 8, and a dark brown mat cut with the next die size up. I used two shades of brown vellum, and a Woodware border punch to create the panel. The image was stuck down with DST, then a dark brown ribbon wrapped around the front & tied in a knot.The sentiment (Clevercut/Stampsaway ) is stamped in the same Espresso ink onto a scrap of the brayered background, matted onto dark brown card again, and two small brown brads added.This was mounted with silicone glue, just to give a little height to allow for the legs of the brads. You could also use little sticky fixer pads spaced between the brads for the same end.
Friday, 10 September 2010
The stamp is from Stamp Francisco, called The Night. Stamped in Timber Brown Stazon on marble effect card.Matted onto black then marble card. The diamond stamp is by Judikins, Harlequin Background(2671J) also stamped in Timber Brown Stazon over part of the base card, then added atorn piece of text paper from K & cos Lifes Journey pad. Small peeloffs for sentiment.
Used A4 cream linen card as the base. Stamped the main image ( Graphicus) using Sepia Versafine on a spare piece of linen card. Scored folded & trimmed the base card, then stamped with some flourish stamps in the lower left & upper right corner, again using sepia Versafine. Used mica powders to add some colour to the background of the main image, and also for the Rose & leaves. Added Sentiment in Pink Flamingo Ancient Page ink.Mounted image on pink then dark brown matt. Mounted inside the stamped corners. Added insert, then pink organza ribbon bow. Stuck down an acrylic heart with silicone glue to finish.
For the card on the left I took a strip of thick card and coloured it with red dye ink. This was then triple embossed.The Kanji letters were inked up with Gold Encore ink and pressed into the final embossing. When cold I gently bent the card to get the cracked effect.Edged with gold Krylon pen. I scored a box, slightly larger than my stamped panel, in the centre front of the base card. The panel was mounted with DST, and a gold & Red cord wrapped around the fold. The Kanji stamps are by Stamp & Go .com and come as a set of 13, plus a pair of koi carp. Item Number SIEWKFS01B.
The card on the right used black dye ink on the panel instead of red.
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Coloured with H2O's. For the base I used a copper card, and a bronze piece of cardstock was run through the Cuttlebug with the D'vine swirls folder. I cut this to an oblong, then rounded two opposite corners.The image was stamped on white cardstock with Gold Encore Inkpad then heat embossed with Gold embossing powder.I trimmed this panel down, then cut three similar sized panels from fancy handmade paper. I arranged all four panels in a cascade down the cuttlebug embossed card, held inplace with DST. Gold ribbon was then wrapped around and tied in a bow before the panel was attached to the front of the card with DST.