Saturday, 14 April 2018

Flying Home and Brusho

I love experimenting with Brusho and today I have a card made from the "Flying Home" stamp set by Stampin' Up! that is adhered onto a Brusho background.
I stamped the images of the birdhouses onto Whisper White card, using Archival Black ink then set that aside while I created a background on Shimmery White card stock.

I envisaged a flat "Naive" style for the bird houses, so chose to colour them with Stampin' Write Markers resulting in flat areas of colour. I chose the colours to compliment the colours I'd used in the background.

The images were fussy cut and arranged on the background prior to adhering them flat. I then used the leaf punch to create some interest behind the greeting.

This is a simple card that gives multiple results as there is a certain amount of serendipity  in the creation of the background. I used Wink of Stella to highlight small areas on the bird houses. 

I hope I can encourage you to reference various art styles in your stamped creations - Art History is a wonderful source of inspiration.

Until Next Time
Stay Crafty!

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Thursday, 5 April 2018

Stamping Techniques To Try - 2 Step Stamping

Hello and welcome to another Stamping Techniques To Try blog hop featuring designers from around the globe, all of whom are Stampin' Up! Demonstrators.
This month we have the wonderful technique of 2 or 3 step stamping - now this might sound difficult and look a little complicated but it is quite easy and gives you a really professional finish to your cards. 
I have chosen to use a stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue - Watercolor Wings. This is a versatile set consisting of 15 photopolymer stamps, and the image I used coordinates with the Bold Butterfly Framelits.

 I used this image as a design element for the top of a Mini Pizza Box that will contain a variety of butterflies to use as embellishments on cards, scrap pages etc. 


Colours I used are Crushed Curry, Marina Mist and Memento Black. The Marina Mist turns to a lovely green when stamped over the top of the Crushed Curry.
 1. Stamp the base image of the butterfly using Stampin' Up! Crushed Curry Classic Ink.
2. Align the next stamp by placing it directly on top of the first stamped image, turn the Stamparatus perspex panel over and press gently to allow the stamp to adhere to the perspex. 
3. Ink the stamp using Mariner Mist Classic Ink and press down over the first image. Perfect alignment!
4. Place the most detailed image stamp (the black inked area) over the 2 steps already stamped, use the other perspex panel at the top of the Stamparatus, press the panel down onto the stamp, lift up, ink with Memento Black and press gently down again - your image is now complete except for the butterfly body. 
5. Turn the second panel over, and adhere the body stamp using the same method as mentioned above. 
6. Cut the butterfly image out using the Big Shot and the Bold Butterfly Framelits.

I am a lucky owner of the wonderful new Stampin' Up! placement tool - the Stamparatus and it is amazing how magical this tool is for aligning  2, 3 or even 4 step stamped images. 

The 2 clear plates enable you to align up to 4 images   by turning the plates around. This means you can stamp lots of butterflies in a variety of colours without moving your stamps. I have to say I am totally in love with this tool. 

I used the beautiful Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper to cover the top and 4 sides of the box. This was a free offering in the second release of SALE-A-BRATION items. I wasn't going to waste any on the base of the box as it is just too beautiful to be on the bottom of anything!  The page I chose has both gold and silver embossed images of leaves. 
My butterfly looked a little dull compared to this beautiful  paper, so I blinged it up a little with a Clear Wink of Stella, hints of gold embossing and some fine Gold Metallic thread under the butterfly.

I hope you will try some 2 or 3 step stamping. It is so much fun  and gives really professional results.

If you would like to order any of the products I used you can just click on the images in the product list below and you will be taken to my On-line Store.

Now you should hop along to the next blog to see some more awesome ideas for 2 or 3 step stamping. Just select the name after mine - Ann Craig - and let us know what you think about the designs. We love to hear your comments!

Until Next time
Stay Crafty! 

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Monday, 2 April 2018

Amazing You with Loads of Techniques

Hello to all my amazing followers.
This card is for you!

This Sale A Bration set was one of the first I chose, but I've been so slow in using it. I wanted to make something special and came up with this card that uses so many techniques:

I started  with this lovely embossing folder from the Petal Pair Textured embossing folders (OC p. 23) I have used the de-bossed side to make it easier to add some heat embossing on the background. 

You can see the gold embossed "spray". This is another stamp from the Amazing You set.
I stamped the flower 3 times using the "marker direct to rubber" method. That is where you colour the rubber image with Stampin' Write Markers. A great technique that allows you to print numerous colours at the one time. No need to rush with the colouring as a simple huff of your breath on the stamp will moisten the ink and you can stamp directly onto the card stock. It is best to use the brush end of the marker.

I coloured the flowers with an Aqua Painter and ink from the top of the ink pad, using the same Rose Red colour. I find the soft effect to my liking. I also added a little Fresh Fig to the centres of the flowers.

 You can see the layers of doily, a hollow circle cut with the Stitched Circle Framelits, the flowers that have been fussy cut with Stampin' Up! paper snips, and a die cut "amazing" from the Celebrate You Thinlits.  The good news is these Thinlits will be available in the 2018 -19 Annual Catalogue, so if you missed out on them you just need to be a little patient.

The small greeting "you" has been gold embossed then coloured with Clear Wink of Stella.  I also coloured the doily and the "Amazing" with the Wink of Stella.

I hope you like the card - it was lots of fun to make. If you would like to order any of the products I used, select the images below and it will take you directly to my on-line store.
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Until Next Time
Happy Crafting

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