Thursday, 30 August 2012

Dreamer: Card by Deborah


I made the background a while ago and if I remember correctly, I dry brushed white gesso onto black card, adding Eco Green Acrylic Paints and Distress Stains, some of it through sequin waste. As an easy alternative, try Crafter's Workshop Mini Punchinella, Crafter's Workshop Mini Chicken Wire, or That Special Touch Large Polka Dot Mask instead.
Using Cobalt Archival ink, I stamped images from PaperArtsy Vintage Ink & The Dog 02 and IndigoBlu Grand Tour III. I wiped them lightly with a damp baby wipe so they merged into the background.

On a separate sheet of paper, I stamped the girl from the same PaperArtsy set in Cobalt Archival ink and coloured the white areas with coloured pencils before cutting her out and gluing her to the background.

I sprayed Dylusions sprays through a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Compass Mask, cut it in half and glued it to the card.

Finally, I mounted my finished piece onto black card and then glued that to the card blank.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

3 Little Mermaids Tags by Mandy C

What I used:

Some of these (available from stationers)



Gold gel pen
Oddments of handmade backgrounds

As you know, I am altering these little Study Card Tags ~ when I’m making other items, I usually have some left over backgrounds. So if they fit over one of these cards then I use it for a background. That’s what I have done with these 3 cards.  You can of course start from scratch or even use background paper if you wish.

      I’ve used a shell type stamp and the Aquamarine ink to stamp onto the background of each card.

      Using Black Archival and the Mermaid stamps, stamp the images onto the study cards. I found that some of the background was too strong so I then stamped the Mermaid images onto some white card, and cut out the bits I wanted most prominent on the little tag.

      Stamp some words onto your tags.

      Colour the white card stamped images with some watercolour pencils, I added some gold gel pen too.

      Draw a black line around each card.

      Edge with Night Sky chalk ink.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Travel Card by Alan Scott

The main image on this card, is a rubber stamp by JustRite Stamps called Vintage Travel Background. This stamp is promoted as a background stamp but as you can see, it can also be the main image. I have designed the backing paper that is featured on this card and it's available as a freebie download.

A4 card base
A4 stamping white paper
A5 sheet gold mirror card
A5 sheet of fake leather paper
12" strip of paper for the Tim Holtz Ticket Die
Tim Holtz Ticket Die
Walnut Stain/Old Paper Distress Ink
6 brown buttons
18" of binding tape
Clear glue 
Water painting brush 
Copy of FREEBIE Paper
Coffee granules
Clear embossing powder
Gold glitter pen
Selection of water based colour pens 
Heat gun
Clear embossing Ink/VersaMark Pen
Deckle scissors

White tile for mixing water inks

First you will need to download the backing paper FREEBIE and print it out (please see my Angel Policy here). Stamp out 1 of the whole of the image and then 2 more just using the watch- key and label area, with Walnut Stain ink.  These will be the layers that we are going to colour and build up the design. When they are dry (use a heat gun to give it a quick blast), using a water brush and making sure it's not soaking but not to dry, start to just blend a few of the lines so that it gets that worn/aged look. After I have worked on a small area, I blast it with a heat gun so that it's dry and does not continue to bleed and then loose the lines.
Next I took the Old Paper Ink and my distress tool and distressed all the edges. This was then followed with the Deckle Scissors, to again give it a rough look. If you don't have those scissors, carefully ripping along a faint line will give you the same look.
When it comes to layering, I'M SO TIGHT with my best card/paper so I tend to 'GUT' the center. This is when I turn the card/paper over, so I can mark out the size of the topper and then using a ruler, I come in a few cm and then cut out. This way I have something I can use later, even if it's just to mount a phrase or small image. So start to build up the topper layer by layer ,so that you have the gold mirror card at the bottom. You can place good strong double sided tape on the gold mirror card.
Now then, we need to start work on our binding tape. Make up a solution of very strong black coffee in a safe HOT WATER container (have to protect myself - H&S and all!). Then after you have cut the tape to approx size (maybe a little bigger), we can squish but we can't extend here folks. We want the edges to be frayed and worn.
When that's done, place the tape into the container and then WALK AWAY FROM THAT CONTAINER once the tape is covered there is nothing we can do but WAIT!
Lets' now start work on our layers. With a good pair of scissors, we need to cut out the images from both our stamped images. The middle layer does not have to be cut out as much as the top one - I will explain later. So when you're happy with the way it looks and you have cut it out, using the Walnut Stain Ink pad, just go over the white edges from the side of the paper, if you're lucky enough to have a Tim Holtz Distress Marker, use that or even a very dark brown water brush pen is fine. Using either dimensional pads or clear thick glue, secure into place, making sure it's raised up just a little. Put aside.
Now then, the next layer is where we are taking it to a more finer layer. Cut out the same as we did for the first, however this time, we need to cut out the hole in the KEY and the WATCH and to do this, you need a sharp craft knife or a very good pair of decoupage scissors (which l don't have lol). Then taking the Gold Glitter pen, make a few marks onto your white tile. When there is a small amount, using the water brush again, mix the gold ink so that it's thin, pick up and start to build up colour around the key, label and the key. We don't want to cover the stamping colour, we just want to give the impression that it is a metal. Then using the coloured pens, lay out some colour on the tile and thin out with water. Just start to lay a slight hint of colour on the label, maybe a light blue and a bit of red for the funnels, remember - it's aged, it has to look like it's been around the world on a cruise liner!
Now then let's go and rescue our binding tape from the coffee. If it has cooled down, then take out the tape and squeeze the water from it. Have a look and see if it has aged and has that "battered" look. No it's not quite there? Okay this can be fixed. Lay it down on a washable surface, then picking up some coffee granules, just sprinkle them over the tape. What we are trying to do, is what we do when we work on paper. It's to make some areas darker and flecked. Leave to dry - don't hurry this process, so you may have to leave it over night to dry.
Okay back to the top layer. Using the Post-it, you want to make a mask just of the clock face and the label. Cut out and then lay the mask on top of the coloured layer. Then using give the open area a layer of embossing Ink. Remove the mask and then place a layer of clear embossing powder onto the coloured layer. Using a heat gun, carefully with the aid of the tweezers, melt the granules and then repeat this process 3 times or as many as you feel is needed. You can use the VersaMarker to build up the parts that you couldn't do with the mask, like that part that is between the key top. When you're happy and it looks right, secure into place using the glue or those pads.
By now, the tape should be okay and ready to be secured into place. If you're in need of just a little extra distressing, then edge the edges using the Walnut Stain Ink Pad. You don't have to be to careful and it will not matter if you get some on the facing side. Make sure you attack the ends and 'DUFF' them up so they are more distressed and add some of the ink to make them a little darker and older looking.
The next bit is something that I did but I don’t feel is an important thing to do. You could now go one of three ways on here. I used the Tim Holtz Ticket die along with my Big Shot and some scenic paper. You could just use some very small luggage tags if you have them or you could just leave them off - I don't think doing the latter would spoil the overall card at all.
I secured the binding tape across the card with clear glue in a syringe and placed 3 buttons down each side using the same glue. The main topper was placed at an angle, as I didn't want a square on look. The look I was after, is as if they had been thrown onto a table and the tickets were from a pocket.
Well there you have it, a card made from a stamp that was designed to be a background stamp. I hope it inspires you to try and look at your stamps in a different light.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Underwater Grotto Postcard by Deborah


I’ve had Lost Coast Doodle Dolls Set 1 for ages now, and when I saw the Kaisercraft Rock Pool stamps at That’s Crafty! I knew they would go well together.

First I cut some white card and a piece of copy paper to 6” x 4”. I tore the copy paper to make a mask, applied one piece (the roof and sides of the grotto) and sponged on Tumbled Glass Distress ink. Then the other piece, and applied Tattered Rose and Milled Lavender Distress inks.

I stamped the coral, bubbles and seaweed from the Kaisercraft set with Cranberry Adirondack dye ink, Cobalt Archival ink and Pine Needles Distress ink.

On a separate piece of paper I stamped the shell from the Kaisercraft set in Worn Lipstick Distress ink and one of the Doodle Doll mermaids in Cobalt Archival ink and glued them onto the card.

I added more colour using ProMarkers, metallic pens and water soluble pastels, and stamped some more bubbles. I tend to add many layers with the various pens and crayons until I achieve a look I like (also useful for disguising mistakes!) Some of the smaller bubbles are painted with Fresco Finish Acrylic paint - Mermaid.

I inked the words (Crafty Individuals) with Cobalt Blue Archival and stamped, sometimes using an acrylic block and sometimes just by flexing the un-mounted stamp and pressing  a section of the stamp onto the card.


Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Zepplefish Poste Tag by Mandy C

What you will need:

Colorbox Fluid Chalk Cat's EyeInk Pad – Charcoal
Piece of ribbon that compliments the tag

What I did:

      Cut a piece of white card to make a tag shape ~ mine is 7.5inches x 3inches.

      Use the Cosmic Shimmer misting inks ~ I’ve used all six of these. Spray lightly in stripes to create the rainbow effect. (These inks are great, I was a tad sceptical about the cost of these small ink sprays but they are great and I’ve since treated myself to some more colours) Leave to dry.

      Once dry, stamp the flower from HP1111 in Cactus Green onto the background on each side of the tag, then stamp the fish so they look like they are swimming in one direction using Saddle Brown.

      Stamp the ‘fish balloon’ quite central onto the tag (use Archival black for this). Part of mine didn’t stamp well so I restamped onto some thick paper, cut out and then glued into place (it was the fish bit).

      Stamp the cogs randomly with the black ink.

      Stamp the ‘plenty more fish’ quote onto some card, cut out and place where you want it onto your tag.  Also stamp the words Zeppelfish Poste and Par Avion onto some spare card, cut out and adhere to your tag.

      I used some watercolour pencils to match the white quotes/words into the tag itself.

      Using white gel pen, highlight the main image.

      Edge using the charcoal chalk ink.

      Attach a ribbon of your choice.


Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Tapestry Panel by Paula Tidman

Another project using these delicious new Lynne Perrella stamps, they are becoming a firm favourite of mine, as they really get the creative juices flowing. I’m watching the Borgias at the moment and I wanted to make something with a rich opulent feel. I cut up some pieces of fabric and used Bondaweb to adhere them to an old piece of curtain fabric. I stitched around each piece of fabric but you don’t have to do this, you can use a good fabric glue or just the Bondaweb on its own.

I then painted two coats of gesso on some calico and used black Archival ink to stamp my images. These were then coloured in using Distress inks and some Prismacolor pencils. More Bondaweb was used to stop the images moving whilst I stitched them. I added a vintage key, a yoyo flower and some chiffon rose trim to finish.

I haven’t decided what to do with the panel yet, whether to make a bag, or hanging - any suggestions folks?


Sunday, 19 August 2012

Gift Box by Deborah

I decorated a cheap balsa wood box very simply with paint and a stamp. I didn’t have any clear idea when I started what I would do. So first, I painted it inside and out with one coat of Claudine Hellmuth Studio Black Gesso. I hadn’t used black gesso before and I was very impressed with the consistency and coverage ( I admit, I usually used a cheap white gesso from a discount shop, which is much thinner).

I chose Eco Green Crafts Acrylic Paint - Pistachio for the lid, a paint with very good coverage as well as sound environmental credentials. Eco Green paints also come in a fabulous range of colours, so you could choose a totally different colour combination. I liked the way it contrasted with the black, so left the box base as it was.

I wanted an image that would look good in black and decided on this stamp from the new Lynne Perrella Collection 0011 by PaperArtsy. I stamped it onto white tissue paper with Jet Black Archival ink, then tore carefully round it. Stamping onto tissue paper is a good way of adding a stamped image to something that might be difficult to stamp onto, as when glued, the tissue pretty much disappears into the background - in theory.

I covered the lid with Mod Podge - Matte, stuck the stamped tissue down, before adding another layer of Mod Podge on top.

I freely admit that I am not the most patient crafter but after 15 minutes or so, it did not look as if the white tissue was going to disappear completely. So I decide to paint over the tissue with my finger, using pistachio round the edges and a little Eco Green Butternut over the image. I wiped over it quickly with a barely damp baby wipe, to reveal the black stamping.

Finally, I edged the top of the lid with Jet Black Archival to define it.


Thursday, 16 August 2012

Thank You Stepper Card by Alan Scott

This is a card made from a stamp from that wonderful stamp making company  PaperArtsy. This is from a double stamp set called Hot Pick 1216.

A4 white card plus A4 sheet of brown wrapping paper
A4 white stamping card 
Set of stamps that have wording or greetings
Adirondack Earthtones Ink Pad - Espresso
im Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink
4 gold Card Candi Embelishments
Heat Gun
Spellbinders die (don't worry if you don't have any, a simple squared shape will work just fine!)
Tim Holtz Distress Markers - Spice Marmalade/Worn Lipstick/Vintage Photo/
Old Paper/Victorian Velvet/Mustard Seed/
Brushed Corduroy/Stormy Sky
Glitter Gold Pen
length of matching ribbon

Crafting Goodies: white tile (for mixing and watering down paints/dyes etc, a must in your goodie bag), craft knife, water brushes (you can use brushes or the water filled ones), good strong clear glue, metal edge ruler, stepper card template, sharp scissors.


Before I start to colour in a card, I make myself a copy of the stamp by just using the ink that's left on the stamp after the 1st impression. This is then a record of what I have used and if any special techniques were used.

This is the information sheet that I have used. As you can see, I have highlighted the different colours and where they are. Also if you look at the bottom left corner, you can see I have tested some colours out before making my choice.
After I had stamped out my image, I decided to go with a Old Retro feel. By using the white tile (they are so cheap! go into your local tile shop and ask if they have any white seconds/end of line/damaged Plain white tile. Mine cost 25p. It has to be white and glossy so you can move the water around).
Right let's get back to the card.
I just placed some of the blender pen onto the surface of the tile and then decided if I wanted to colour the image neat or watered down. By using the tester, you can try things out and not worry about damaging the original.
Another thing I would like to mention, is that your glitter pens can be watered down, so add them to the mix if you want to. I used the lower Simplex Icon using just this pen and a water brush.
Now then, this is where you can go one of two ways. If you dont have the dies I have used here, then just cut it out square. Maybe roughen up the edges to give it an aged feel. I used the Walnut Stain on all the edges.
To make the card base, take the A4 card and using a template or one that you may have downloaded from the internet and then printed out. Cut and emboss the edges (if you're stuck for a Stepper Card template, then email me and I will see what I can do to help.
When you're happy with that and you have made your folds, take the wet clear glue and cover with your brown paper. Trim all the edges and make that when you are cutting down the center, make sure you are cutting from the back so you can see what you're doing. After you have finished trimming and then made all the folds, the next step is to distress all the edges. This is where your craft mat comes into play. As you can push and shove it gently into the folds and cuts so that you can ink all the edges. Don't worry if you distress the paper edges if that happens just take your inking pad and then ink all the white areas so that it blends in.
Stamp out your wording. Keep it simple as you dont want to over power your main image -just a phrase and maybe a few words or small stamped images. Once again to tie it all in, ink the edges with the Walnut Stain Ink. Secure into place with your clear glue. Now then, the next step is the ribbon. As you can see, I have almost covered the whole of the bottom step. Don't worry if you do, as the simple knot your going to make will pull the ribbon down into a smaller width. The ribbon is secured inside the card by about an inch of ribbon. While the clear wet glue is still 'wet', place a small piece of ribbon and make a simple knot. Play around with the size of the knot but don't go too tight as it will spoil the look.
As you can see, I have made quite a wide knot that a little dab of strong glue in the center will do just that. The edges were trimed by folding the ribbon edge to edge and then snipped into the center from the outside edges.
Let's now almost finish the card. I secured 4 gold Card Candi elements into each corner, just to give the look of it being made into a plaque on a wall. I placed this at an angle to give a little more dimension.
So there you are, a Stepper card that's made using some wrapping paper and a really good large stamp. Sometimes it's worth looking at the large stamps, they can be used for several projects if you just change the shape of the card.
Any questions or comments please feel free to contact me.


Wednesday, 15 August 2012

A Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes by Mandy C

See here for details of the study flip book.

Background Card ~ made for previous projects (anything that’s big enough)
Study Cards
The Octopode Factory ~ Steampunk Words

Stickles Glitter Glue ~ Purple

      If you have background card already made, choose some that will fit over your study cards. Glue the background card to the study card and trim around.

      Stamp the Crafty Individuals images directly onto the study card and then onto some white card/thick paper.

      Cut out the main image/flowers out of the white card and adhere to the picture, colour with watercolours. This is to give a bit of dimension to the card.

      On the fairy card, stamp around the image with some flora ~ I’ve used Tim Holtz Cling Mounted Stamp Set ~ Spring Sprung.

      Stamp words from the word sets and cut out, glue to study cards and colour with watercolours, edge with black fineliner.

      Edge with chalk ink.

      Use Stickles for the fairy wings and the flower centres.


Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Medieval Gothic by Paula Tidman

These fabulous new Lynne Perrella stamps are so beautifully detailed and are a real pleasure to use. As they are already cling mounted they are ready to use straight away. Can you tell I love them LOL!
I painted the central panel of Wendy Vecchi artful shrine in Snowflake Fresco Finish paint. Then I sponged Sienna and Deep Purple Archival ink through a Crafter's Workshop Harlequin template. Then I painted a couple of thin washes of Fresco Finish paint in Haystack and Butternut mixed with a touch of Snowflake. Then I squidged on some chalk inks using a scrunched up plastic bag, then lightly sanded for a smooth finish.

I stamped the two images from the Lynne Perrella Collection 015 in black Archival ink and coloured with some waxy coloured pencils. I added a flourish around the edges then coated with Satin Glaze. I used thick black embossing enamel on the frame like Cosmic Shimmer Embossing Crystals and stamped into it whilst hot, with my script and swirl stamps. I highlight with alcohol inks and Cosmic Shimmer mica powders.

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