Saturday, 30 November 2013

Christmas Wishes by Paula Whittaker



Morning All – Please excuse the bad photo, I haven’t got my normal camera as I’ve lent it out at.  Anyhow, this week I’ve used the Stampendous! Frantage Kit…’s a new product for me, and this is the first and only time I’ve used it but I can see so many possibilities with it – just wish I had the time to experiment!



Printed Image


·       Take a piece of card and cut it slightly smaller than the card base you are going to use. Colour this piece of card with a rough thin coat of Distress Paint. And dry. 


·       Use the Emboss It Dabber randomly over the card and then sprinkle over the different elements from the Stampendous! Frantage Kit. 


·       Use the heat tool to heat the Frantage up (make sure you heat from underneath the card!).

·       With a piece of Cut-n-Dry pick up some of the Distress Ink and rub around the edges of the painted piece of card. 


·       Finally, add the image, remnant rubs, flowers and foliage.

Friday, 29 November 2013

Santa Owl by Fliss Goodwin



Hi there, I have another Christmas card for you this week which features this adorable little owl from Stampendous who went on my wish list from the moment I saw him. The card is actually really simple using only red, brown and cream with a rather grungy snowflake background which is really easy to make.


Here’s What You Need: 

Christmas Sentiment Stamp – there are lots in the Christmas Shop
Distress Stains – Barn Door, Pumice Stone, Rusty Hinge, Scattered Straw, Antiqued Bronze, Picket Fence
Distress Ink – Barn Door
Red Card
Square Card Blank
Rectangular Die (Optional)


Here’s How To:

·       Stamp the owl on to the stamping card with the coffee ink. When dry, paint with the Distress Stains, using the metallic and white to add highlights. Die cut to a rectangular shape. Swipe with the VersaMark ink underneath the owl and heat emboss with the puff white embossing powder.


·       Cut a panel of kraft card around the size of the embossing folder and dry emboss with a snowflake design. Swipe the raised areas with the VersaMark ink and heat emboss with the puff white powder. Don’t worry where the powder sticks as it adds to the crunchy, snowy feel of the panel.


·       Prepare a mat for the owl panel by cutting a piece of white card slightly larger than the image panel and applying Barn Door Distress ink around the edges. Whilst the ink is still wet, heat emboss with the clear sparkly powder.


·       Stamp a sentiment on to stamping card with the coffee ink (a rectangular or oval shape works best on this design). Trim to shape and round the corners if a rectangle. Assemble the card as you see, adding a narrow red panel on the right side of the card to stick the sentiment to. 


Have a great weekend.


Fliss x

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Alice Tag by Carol Fox

I was given some poinsettia die cuts a while ago and when I was using them I thought I would try them in non-Christmas colours on a tag. I wanted to use the new Alice Stamp by The Deep Red Cling Company so that made my choice of colours shades of blue.


What I did


·       I applied some old rub-ons from my stash to a tag and then applied Distress ink over them to colour the tag, I also distressed the edges and inked them.

·       I tore a piece of scrap card to size and painted this with Fresco paint, applied a layer of crackle and then a 2nd colour over the top, (I went for a pale colour as I wanted to stamp directly onto the card and colour my image, stamping and painting onto crackled Fresco is one of my favourite things to do).

·       I stamped my image in black Archival ink and heat set it, I then used a blue Distress marker to colour the dress and a yellow for Alice’s hair. These sink into the paint and give a lovely old look to the colouring in.

·       I cut a piece of corrugated card large enough to layer the image onto, inked this with brown and layered the image onto it. I stuck this in place onto my tag.

·       I coloured my poinsettia pieces with blue and brown ink, layered them up and left them to dry for a few moment while I tied ribbon round my tag. I added a couple of die cut twiggy leaf bits and stuck my poinsettia in place holding it firmly by adding a very large brad to it’s middle.

·       My A is a left over chipboard letter from another project, I painted and inked this and finally added Frantage glitter to it, when dry I stuck in in place.

·       I finished with some Frantage flakes on the flower,  a bit of jewellery cord to the top of the tag and some glass glitzy things I found in my stash.


I used 

Die Cuts
Ribbon and Cord


See you next week,
Carol x

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Merry Christmas Card by Mandy C

Neon/fluorescent paint ~ try these daubers
Card Blank

·       Stamp your focal image onto card, as well as the sentiment. I used black Archival on white card.

·       Colour with watercolour pencils and cut out.

·       Take a piece of card slightly smaller than your card blank ~ my piece is 5” square.
·       Using your neon paints/daubers create a background. I used poster paints and scraped the colours on. If you have them, try the daubers, then will be more control. Just have fun and create a background you are pleased with. 

·       Down each side, stamp some snowflakes from the Tim Holtz set. 

·       Edge the card with the brown chalk ink. 

·       Glue the focal image and sentiment into place. 

·       Attach to the card blank.

·       Add Stickles to everything ;-)


Monday, 25 November 2013

Lanterns in the Trees - A Card by Deborah



When I was spraying the Mister Huey's through the Forest stencil for another project, I flipped the stencil and 'stamped' with it onto a small piece of gelli printed paper. I blue-tak'ed it to a cupboard door where I could see it and ponder what to do with it over the course of a few days.

After some days' thought, I decided to stamp the string of paper lanterns between the branches, then stamp them again onto tiny scraps of gelli printed paper (I never throw anything away!). Once I'd glued them on I realised I needed to outline the white trees with a fine black pen.

I chose the words because I imagined stepping through the gap in the trees into the unknown, possibly a magical world. I stamped them onto another gelli scrap and cut them out, leaving out 'confidently' because I didn't want to unbalance the layout with too many word blocks. I edged them with a superfine black pen.

Before mounting onto the black card I edged the piece with ProMarker and added a little more colour with pencils to the lanterns and the word blocks.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

London Gents by Lynne Moncrieff



This week my DT sample also doubled up as the birthday card I sent to my Dad earlier in the week.

He isn’t a stamper/cardmaker but he has a genuine interest in this passion of mine and he certainly likes to receive a card with lots of details, taking the time to study a card and ask how it was made and I will catch him holding up cards (or other items) to the light to see if I’ve used metallic paints, etc that will catch the light. 

So with this in mind his birthday card has metallic paint incorporated into the Gelli print background and a mix of texture from Kraft style paper (re-cycled cardboard box), stained lace and fabric and vintage items to embellish the card.



EcoGreen Crafts Acrylic Paints:- Aged Gold, Birch, Pure Copper
Sepia Accents (Ranger)
Distress Inks:- Vintage Photo and Brushed Corduroy
Vintage Pen Nib
Vintage Key
Kraft Style Cardstock (I used old packaging)
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
8”x8” Cardbase
Extras:- Vintage travel token, measuring tape ribbon, dissolved Walnut Ink Crystals (substitute with Distress Stain Walnut Stain), calico, stained lace




The cardbase is larger than the 6”x6” Gelli Plate so I worked in a random fashion moving the cardbase around each time before pulling another print. 


Ink Gelli Plate with EcoGreen Crafts acrylics and use lace, burlap ribbon, burlap and textiles to create pattern.

Stamp images with Distress Inks and VersaFine – I had a mix of stamps from all of the above stamp sets and randomly created a background.



Apply dissolved walnut ink crystal solution and Irish Cream paint to tags. Stamp text with Brushed Corduroy. Stamp a man onto two of the tags and London scene onto the smallest tag, all with VersaFine. Add more stamping, age edges and tear bottom edges off the larger tags.

Tag No. 1:- Stamp text with Brushed Corduroy. Stamp man with VersaFine. Additional stamping added randomly to the tag with Distress Ink. 


Stamp numbers table and 1880 onto Kraft style card. Staple to tag with stained lace fragment.

Stamp top hat, apply Sepia Accents and adhere to man’s head. Stamp text onto the Kraft style paper and adhere to bottom of tag.


Tag No. 2:- Stamp London scene.


Tag No. 3:- Stamp text with Brushed Corduroy. Stamp man with VersaFine.

Embellish tag with transport token and staple twill ribbon to edge. Age stamped text and adhere to top of tag.

Adhere all three tags to cardbase.  

Stamp Explorer and Inventor onto the torn bottom edges from the tags.

Stamp London onto scrap stained cardstock. Adhere all below tags. 

Attach vintage pen nib
Tear calico into strip. Lightly stain. Stamp text. Tie a knot and adhere to bottom edge of cardbase.

Stamp decorative border three times, fussy cut then adhere to top edge, layered with stained lace.


Finally distress an old key and adhere with strong glue. I used silicone glue but Gel Medium is a good option.


Until next week,


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