Sunday, 14 January 2018

Daisy Chain Design Challenge Team

 I am really looking forward to being part of the Daisy Chain Design Challenge Team.
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Happy Crafting

Friday, 12 January 2018

Postcard made using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide and Visible Image - Live in the moment stamp set

Happy post came in the form of my Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks after Christmas.  Collection 2 comprising of 12 lush summer colours. This postcard was made for a craft group swap.
 cut a piece of Hunkydory colour me professional stamping card (300gsm) to 6 x 4. This card is sturdy and has a lovely smooth texture.

Colours used for this project -

abandoned coral
lucky clover
antique linen

These inks have a lovely chalky finish to them and when spritzed with water the colour intensifies.

I swiped the card across the ink and then dried that layer with my heat gun. I repeated this action a few times, making sure that I did not actually merge the two colours on my bending mat and drying each layer so that the colours layered up.  If you want the ink to move more on the card, just spritz a little more, dab off any excess with a paper towel and dry with a heat gun.  I added patches of the antique linen which gave a little creamy colour to areas of the card.

Now it really doesn't look much at this point I admit, but the texture is chalky looking and does not rub off on your hands as you would expect chalk to do.

I also used this fabulous Mandala stencil free from a craft magazine with a set of stamps to achieve the background look I was after.

To get the shimmery background I used versafine clear embossing ink pad over the stencil and then dusted the card with the metallic iridescent mica powder using a soft brush. I really like vintage look this postcard has now taken on.

Next, I heat embossed the Visible Image Live in the moment stamp set using versafine clear embossing ink and silver metallic super fine Wow embossing powder onto my postcard.

When the mica powder from the stencil and the silver embossed stamps catch the light, it really transforms what started out as a grungy background.

As this has to go through the post and face the elements of weather via Royal Mail, I have given it a coat of water resistant modge podge.

Happy Crafting

Thursday, 11 January 2018

A Tag made using Tim Holtz Distress Oxides & Inkylicious - Hope with a Heart Balloon stamp

For this tag I used Tim Holtz distress oxides and the Inkylicious Bankys Hope with a Heart Balloon stamp.

colours used:-

pickled raspberry
twisted citron
peacock feathers
seedless preserves

When these inks are spritzed with a fine mist of water on your blending mat, the colour really intensifies. 

Using the Inkylicious art tags, I swiped the tags individually across the colours, ensuring that I dried each layer of colour with my heat gun before adding more. I went for three different arrays of colour.  These inks have a lovely chalky texture that do not rub off when dry. If you want to add a little extra colour in s specific place you can just re-spritz with water and add the colour where you want it, dabbing off any excess. These colours are a lot bolder. The first two tags I am using for a later project and the third tag is the one I am focussing on today.

I stamped the Inkylicious Hope with a Balloon stamp with Versafine black soot ink and while the ink was wet I quickly sprinkled clear embossing powder over the top, then heat embossed it. For the balloon, I used a juicy red Dreamees dinky inky and followed the same process. Heat embossing this delightful stamp added a little more texture to the tag.

I decided to add another stamped layer but this time used a range of water based inks onto watercolour card. I used a  blue and red Dreamees dinky inky, Tim Holtz distress ink in evergreen borough and a white pigment inky by Artiste.

To get the distressed circles I used the white ink through a circle stencil and then whilst the ink on the card was wet, I added some clear embossing powder and embossed it. I like the rather distressed look as a result.

I layered up the bookmark with the the background I had made and some pink satin board to finish of the tag. This tag was made for a craft group swap.

Happy Crafting

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Teenage Birthday Card using Visible Image - Jazz it Up stamp set.

This set of stamps by Visible Image were perfect to use for my musically minded son.

I used the Visible Image Jazz It Up stamp set, watercolour card, a circle mask and 3 inks ( evergreen borough by Tim Holtz and a red & blue waterbased dinky inkies by The Dreamees).

After creating my background I heat embossed the saxophonist stamp onto my cardstock

I wanted two saxophonists facing each other so thought I would have a play with my new mirror mat I purchased from The Dreamees.

This Magic Mirror Background Creator by The Dreamees is a clear solid polymer panel which allows you to stamp an image onto the panel using a juicy ink pad and them transfer that image back onto the cardstock so that it is mirrored.

Using my stamping platform I decided to have a practice before actually stamping onto the card topper that I had just made.

The Dreamees recommend using a juicy ink pad for this technique and I think a stamping platform gives you a much better chance of re-inking on the same spot if you need more ink.

I placed a piece of watercolour card over the inked image and pressed down on the stamp firmly and carefully as the last thing you want to do is make the paper slide and smudge your image. I also used the flat edge of one of ink pads to do this whilst practising this technique.

I achieved this after a little practise as you need to get used to how much ink you need to apply to your stamp and how much pressure to apply also. Different makes of stamps will vary when using this technique I think. For instance, Visible Image stamps are firm, deeply etched stamps packed with detail and my reversed image came out more solid with less detail but I was really happy with this result as on my card topper I used clear embossing powder on the wet ink to match the prevously embossed image on my card.

As you can see the left image is slightly distressed, which is how it is meant to look and the right image is more solid but it worked and achieved the result I wanted, which I was happy about.

I have to say.... with hindsight I would have stamped and embossed first and inked after, purely to ensure I got the position correct on my card as it was a case of luck of judgement to line it up after I had made the background and stamped the first image.

On some more watercolour card I had left over I heat embossed the piano keys with black embossing powder in one long strip to form the border on the card.  Using the rest of stamps with Versafine black ink around the saxophanists.  I also decoupaged the saxophones for a bit of dimension on the card.

For the inside of the card I used a selection of stamps from the Visible Image Jazz it Up & Music On, World Off set and a free sentiment stamp set from the November issue of the Papercraft Essentuals magazine.

One personalised verse for the card done.

Happy Crafting

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Inchies For January 2018 Group Swap - Using Stamping Up I Love lace background Stamp

For my January inchies  I decided to use the Stamping Up I Love Lace background stamp.  This is a big stamp and was very lucky to get hold of it before it was retired.

First I heat embossed onto Neenah stamping kraft card with bright white superfine Wow embossing powder. I then used the heart stamp from the  Stamping Up - You Brighten my Day stamp set and heat embossed it onto a piece of thick parchment paper I had..  I used the smallest square stitched die from the Crealies nesting die set

I piece of white organza ribbon and a heart metal gead was all it needed to keep this inchie pretty and simple.

Happy Crafting

Friday, 5 January 2018

ATCs For January 2018 Group Swap - Using Inkilicious & Dreamees Stamps

The theme for the January ATCs this months group swap is "The Elements" - rain/wind/fire/earth.
So I chose the first 3 as I had stamps for the theme.

I chose the Inkylicious Rain Drops stamp for my first ATC. I used T im Holtz broken china distress ink for the background.

I backed it onto cordinating card stock and Hunkydory rainbow mirri board,

I also added some glossy accent for texture.  The light just catches it at this angle.

For my second ATC I chose the little mouse from The Dreamees Autumn Days stamp set to represent wind. The mouse is holding onto the cocktail umbrella as its being swept away. T stamped the mouse with a memento dye baded ink pad in rich cocoa and coloured him in with the brown and pink dinky inkies. I used Tim Holtz broken china distress ink on the background to follow on from the first ATC and a green dinky inky for the grass. The grass stamp was a free stamp from a craft magazine.

I backed the ATC onto the same blue coordinating cardstock and ruffled the cocktail umbrella up to look windswept. I even broke some of the spokes as the always seems to happen to your brolly on a windy day!

My third ATC is fire and used The Dreamees By the Fire stamp set for this one. First I inked my cardstock with Tim Holtz spiced marmalade distress ink and a yellow dinky inky. I dried the ink off with a heat gun before stamping with the same memento rich cocoa ink pad. I used Tim Holtz spiced marmalade distress ink to bring out the orange in the flames and a brown dinky inky for the fireplace and logs.

I backed the card onto some cordinating brown cardstock and gold mirri board.

I added some glossy accent to the mantlepiece and a little shimmer to the flames with a spectrum noir sparkle clear overlay pen.

The wording was stamped with the Crafters Companion Classic alphabet stamp set;

Happy Crafting

Dreamees Gorgeous Giraffes stamp set

The following card was made using The Dreamees Gorgeous Giraffes stamp set and cd rom for the backing papers.

I used The Dreamees dinky inkies in blue, pink and light brown to stamp and colour the images, also thieir Dotty Alphabet stamp set which has been stamped onto card die cut with a Crealies square stitched die.

I decided the clouds needed to be fluffy, so added from stickles in frosted lace. My giraffe family just needed their names to finish the card topper off.

 For the inside I used The Dreamees Birthday Recipe stamp from their Recipe Bundle set and added the giraffes peaking out.

The Hunkydory rainbow mirri board is great to add as a layer to your card as you can really see the rainbow shimmer when the light hights it.

Such a cutle little stamp set.

Happy Crafting