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I only discovered this technique recently and I love it! It's quite simple once you have mastered the technical bits, and I think it adds such a special touch to your cards. Video below from Jennifer McGuire is really good and if you follow her guide you will create lovely cards in no time!
Jennifer is great in connecting links to her videos for the products she uses. You can get most of them from Simon Says Stamp but as they are based in US, the postage is around £15. If you like any of the products, you can get them from a few UK retailers: Sevenhillscrafts, Craftie Charlie or Craftstash. I personally recommend Sevenhillscrafts as their prices are the cheapest I found, even compared to E-bay, and the products come very quickly (mine arrived within 2 working days). The postage is usually around £2.50.
If you like the pandas on the card I made, you can buy them from Stampin' Up! as part of the Sale-A-Bration promotion. This promotion however is ends in March 2018.
Avant Garden Sale-A-Bration Stamp set
Happy Birthday Card Tutorial (picture no. 2)
Supplies: Sweet Sugarplum card, Whisper White card, ink pads - Sweet Sugarplum, Old Olive and Basic Black, adhesive.
1, Ink the floral stamp with Sweet Sugarplum ink and stamp a flowers onto the white card. Before you re-ink, use the same stamp again, once or even twice. This will allow you to create different shades of flowers using only one colour of ink.
2, Once you have stamped your flowers, stamp the leaves using the Old Olive ink pad. You can re-ink your stamp before stamping next leaf or use the same technique as for the flowers.
3, Stamp the stamens in the middle of each flower using Basic Black ink.
4, Finish your card by stamping a sentiment of your choice.
5, Glue the white card onto the coloured one. You can use 3D foam pads to create a raised impression.
1, Use one colour of the ink to stamp the background using the Delicate Details stamp set. Ink the stamp using the Calypso Coral ink and stamp on the card base three times without re-inking the stamp. This will give you gradually fading colour. Ink your stamp again and repeat the process until you cover the whole front of the card.
2, Choose the shape for your front piece and stamp the flower using the same ink as before.
3, Choose a sentiment and stamp it next to the flower, again using the same ink.
4, Use 3D foam to attach the front piece onto the card base.
5, Stamp two butterflies, one small and one big, using the same ink colour.
6, Hold the punch upside down and insert the paper with stamped butterfly. Align the image with the cutting edge and press.
7, Use a glue dot or a 3D foam to attach the butterflies onto your card. You can use a sponge dauber to distress the edges and add a bit of colour. You can finish the card using gems or sequins.
New Spring/ Summer catalogue is out!
I am so excited about the new Spring / Summer Catalogue and can't wait to share all the lovely products and ideas with my friends, family and customers! Have a look for yourself how lovely the products are.
Supplies: white card base, Dapper Denim designer paper (for background), larger rectangular paper (for the image), smaller rectangular paper (for the sentiment, baker’s twine)
set: Beautiful You
permanent ink, glue or a tape roller, markers, blender pens
- Stamp the image on to the larger piece of paper using black permanent ink. Colour the image with markers or use a spare acrylic block to apply ink from the markers on it and then use blender pens to colour the image.
- Stamp the sentiment of your choice onto the smaller piece of paper using the black ink.
- Take the patterned paper, wrap some string/twine around it and tie a bow on the front as you see on the picture. Use glue or a tape roller to stick the paper onto the card base. Tip: apply a bit of a tape under the twine at the back to keep it in place.
- Use glue or tape roller to stick the image and sentiment onto the patterned paper.
Ice Cream Vans
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Supplies: white card base
Stamp set: Tasty Trucks
Tools: black permanent ink, water brush, watercolour pencils, pre-cut van picture (stamp an image onto a piece of scrap paper and then cut out)
1, Stamp the van in the centre of the card base using plenty of pressure.
Tip: use plenty of ink on your stamp and put a magazine or a catalogue under the card before stamping as this will help to create a better image
2, Use the pre-cut shape to cover the stamped image and then stamp another van on the right, partially covering the original image
3, Keep the first image covered, re-ink the stamp and stamp a third van on the left, so that it’s partially covering the original image.
4, Stamp the ice creams, cupcakes and a bunting inside the vans or leave them empty if you prefer to.
5, Stamp the sentiment on to the card base.
6, Use the watercolour pencils to colour the images. Once coloured, you can leave them as they are or blend the colours using a watercolour brush.
Tip: don’t squeeze the brush, as the card base might get unnecessary soaked. Use gentle strokes and the brush will release the water automatically.
Beautiful You stamp set tutorials
Beautiful You card tutorial 1:
List of Stampin’ Up! supplies used: whisper white card stock for card base and front piece, Cajun Craze paper, Beautiful You stamp set, Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze ink spots, sponge dauber, StazOn Ink pad, circle punch or circle die.
Steps to follow:
- Cut a 2.5’’ (6.5 cm) circle out of a rectangular piece of scrap paper and layer over the rectangular piece of paper that will be the front piece (9.5 x 13.7 cm). Use a sponge dauber with Cajun Craze ink and dab lightly within the circle, starting at the bottom. Use the same dauber with Crushed Curry ink and dab lightly within the top half of the circle and then blend gently using circular movements. Remove the scrap paper.
- Use StazOn permament ink with the stamp of your choice and stamp the figure in the middle of the coloured circle. Use the same ink with a sentiment of your choice. Allow to dry for a minute or two.
- Use glue or adhesive tape to glue the background
paper (Cajun Craze cardstock – 10.1 x 14.4 cm) onto your card base (size when
folded 10.5 x 14.9 cm). Then glue your front piece with stamped image on the
top, making sure it’s in the centre
Beautiful You card tutorial 2:
List of Stampin’ Up! supplies used: whisper white card stock for card base (or watercolour paper), Beautiful You stamp set, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Cherry Cobbler ink spots, StazOn Ink pad, water spritzer (or any bottle with a spray nozzle), acrylic block.
Steps to follow:
- Use your acrylic block to blend the inks. Apply the Crushed Curry ink in the top third by tapping lightly on the acrylic block. Use the Cajun Craze ink spot to ink the second third and the Cherry Cobbler ink to ink the last third. You can use different coloured inks to create different backgrounds.
- Hold your block in a vertical position and use the spritzer 2-3 times to spray water on to the block. This will create a nice blend once pressed against the card base. Press the block onto the card base using plenty of pressure to allow the ink to spread evenly. Allow to dry.
- Use StazOn permanent ink to stamp your chosen image in the middle of the coloured background. Use the same ink to stamp the sentiment on the front or inside the card.
Selection of cards and the Stamp sets
I have been trying to make a new photo set up using two black mount boards and I must say that the black background gives every card a great contrast.
Sale-A-Bration projects and Spring / Summer catalogue sneak peek!
Both promotions start on 4th January 2017 but you can have an exclusive access to the projects and samples right now!
Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show in ExCeL London
This year we have done our first show ever! It was a great experience and we had lots of fun, sharing our passion for crafting and especially stamping!
We did free make & take sessions and also live demonstration, demonstrating different techniques using some of the lovely products from the current Autumn - Winter catalogue.
Cardmaking and Papercraft Class in Guildford Library
In this class, we focused mainly on projects using the Jar of Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!®
Details of the projects:
1. Firefly in the jar
* White card blank + envelope
* Jar of Love stamp set (141587)
* Dapper Denim Ink Pad (141394)
* Daffodil Delight Ink Pad (126680)
* Pumpkin Pie Marker (131259)
* StazOn Permanent ink (101406)
* Solid Baker's Twine - Night of Navy (141684)
* White card blank + envelope
* Jar of Love stamp set (141587)
* Watermelon Wonder card (138341)
* Watermelon Wonder ink pad ( 138323)
* Calypso Coral ink pad (126983)
* Emerald Envy ink pad (141396)
* Mint Macaron ink pad (138326)
* StazOn Permanent ink (101406)
* Thick Baker's Twine - Calypso Coral (138412)
* Vellum (106584)
Christmas Open Workshop in Guildford Library
1. Striped Reindeer – Easy project
Supplies: white envelope, white card base, three stripes of coloured ribbon, reindeer
Stamp set: More Merry Messages
Tools: Tape roller, dimensionals (3d foam), ink pad – Night of navy, acrylic block C
1, Choose the layout of ribbons on your card (horizontal, vertical, diagonal).
2, Use the tape roller to apply adhesive onto the back of each ribbon. Make sure you use enough so that the ribbons stick onto the card base.
3, Position the ribbons onto the card and flatten them down with your fingers.
4, Use the tape roller or 3d foam to attach the reindeer on top of the stripes.
5, Stamp a sentiment of your choice on the front or inside your card.
2. Shaker card – Difficult project
Supplies: white envelope, white card base, white topper card, blue background card, pre-cut transparent square, 3 silver snowflakes
Stamp set: Cozy Critters
Tools: acrylic blocks, ink pads – Tip top taupe and memento inks, 3D foam roll, thin 3D foam strips, circle punch, tape roller, white powder
1, Use the punch to punch out a 2 ½ inch circle out of the white topper card (insert the card into the punch with one of the shorter sides of the paper).
2, Use the tape roller to glue the blue background paper onto the card base. Make sure you glue it closer to the top of the card rather than in the centre (to prevent the edge of the blue card showing in the cut out circle).
3, Before you attach the snowflakes, measure the area by holding the topper card (with the cut out circle) aligned with your card base. Now you can attach the snowflakes onto the blue background using glue dots (tip - press the snowflake onto a glue dot while still on the tape and then carefully peel both off).
4, Ink the branch stamp with green ink for the leaves and Tip top taupe ink for the wooden part (tip – use a sponge dauber with the brown ink to ink the branch. This will prevent the two different inks blending where the leaves are coming out of the branch).
5, Stamp the branch under the cut out circle on your topper card. Use different inks to stamp the baubles hanging from the branch (see the sample card for guidance). Make sure you clean the stamps after.
6, Use tape roller to glue the owl onto the branch.
7, Stamp a sentiment of your choice on the bottom half of the topper card. You can do a test stamping on your stamping sheet to make sure the sentiment is straight and well inked.
8, Attach the transparent square onto the back of the topper card using a tape roller. The closer to the edge you apply the adhesive, the better.
9, Attach the thin 3D strips around the circle hole on the same side as the clear square. Make sure you copy the shape of the circle and the strip is as close to the edge as possible without showing on the other side. Press with your finger all around to ensure the foam is glued firmly. Make sure you don’t leave any gaps when joining two strips of foam as the powder might get through the gap.
10, Attach 3 stripes of the wider 3D foam roll along the sides of the topper card and also in the middle. Peel off the protective layer from them.
11, Add a small amount of the glitter powder (1 tsp) in the small space between the snowflakes you glued onto the blue background earlier on.
12, Place your topper card carefully onto the base card, making sure the snowflakes and powder fit within the circle. Once happy with the position, press with your finger along the edges and in the middle to ensure the layers are glued together firmly.
Baby wipe technique
Supplies used: Frosted Medallions stamp set, pack of baby wipes, white card stock, ink refills: Cherry Cobbler, Rose Red, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Perfect Plum, acrylic block.
1, Use few sheets of scrap paper as a base to protect your furniture. Pile 3 or 4 baby wipes on top of each other.
2, Apply ink from the refills onto the wipes. Try to use at least three different colours. Spread the colours evenly and close to each other to avoid blank spaces.
3, Place your chosen stamp onto acrylic block and press onto the baby wipe. Transfer onto your blank card and press hard on the block so that the ink transfers evenly.
4, To create colourful image, tap lightly onto the baby wipe with your stamp 2 or 3 times. The colour mixture will be completely different.
5, As you can see on the last picture, the variety of colours is amazing! :-) The snowflake on the right was done by pressing the stamp onto wipe only once. The other snowflake on the left was done by tapping the stamp onto wipe three times.
Christmas / New Year Card Tutorial
Supplies: white card base, Frosted Medallions stamps set, acrylic block, Sweet Sugarplum and Wisteria Wonder inks, gems, sponge daubers.
Steps to follow:
1. Place the stamp onto acrylic block, with the rubber side facing up.
2. Evenly ink the stamp with the lighter coloured ink pad (Sweet Sugarplum)
3. Ink the sponge dauber by lightly tapping onto darker ink pad (Wisteria Wonder) and then apply lightly onto the stamp in three or four different places.
4. Stamp the image onto your card base.
5. Stamp the sentiment with the darker ink (Wisteria Wonder).
6. Add gems.
Here is an example of the make & takes for Guildford Open Workshop:
1. Happy Birthday - Butterfly: Butterflies Thinlits; Mint Macaron card and ink pad; Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set.
2. Owls: Owl Builder punch and Night of Navy card.
3. Just for you: Butterflies Thinlits; Cherry Cobbler card; Work of Art stamp set; Inks - Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder and Calypso Coral
4. Happy Birthday - floral: Watermelon Wonder card; Endless Birthday Wishes and Stippled Blossoms stamp sets; Inks - Emerald Envy and Watermelon Wonder.
5. A special note of thanks: Night of Navy card; Night of Navy ink; Night of Navy designer paper; Floral Phrases stamp set.
6. Star of Wonder (project designed by my friend Jackie Lawless): Night of Navy card; Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper; Star of Light stamp set; Cherry Cobbler ink.
Playing with the Butterflies Thinlits and Work of Art stamp set from Stampin' Up!
Very intricate and versatile dies, love them!
Getting the goody bags ready for my next Open house.
I had a dilemma as to what would be the best content and I came up with a combination of something sweet, something useful / practical and something creative.
How to make a card for a baby, step by step.
Stamp sets used: Endless Birthday Wishes (Stampin' Up!) and Pitter Patter (Card-io Majestix)
Pictures from my 'ever changing' craft room.
My craft room is a size of a shoe box but I love spending time crafting in it.
I started with one desk and then ended up adding a second one a still find that there is simply not enough work space.
I have gradually started moving my storage up on the walls rather than keeping everything in drawers, cabinets or units.
It makes it easier to see where everything is and I can easily find and grab what I need and put it back after use so that it's not cluttering my work space. Those square shelves are cheap and easy to nail on the walls too.
One of the things that every single crafter encounters is a storage issue. Especially if you tend to buy new supplies on a monthly or even weekly basis!
I thought I would share with you my own storage solutions. I tend to change these regularly but most of those pictured here work best for me.
I got my MDF die storage unit last month from Create & Craft. It's a part of a Stamps Away Collection which includes some other clever storage ideas. You can decorate it any way you want and it's very easy to assemble. You have at your disposal 10 compartments with a magnetic sheet which gives you plenty of storage for your dies.
If you tend to make lots of cards (especially before Christmas), you might find this storage idea useful. I bought a Display stand for about £8. It's easy to assemble and it's also a great way how to store and present your finished cards.
There are many ways in which you can store your card stock and papers. Any cardboard storage is cheap and easy to assemble. I also like the metal trays, although they are quite chunky and can get heavy when filled up.
Any plastic containers with separate compartments are a great way how to store your embellishments. They are fairly cheap and come in various sizes and colours.
I tend to keep my little stamps in business card sheets. I stamp the image on white card and keep the stamp under, stuck onto a small piece of tracing film which makes it easier to pull the stamp out. For my bigger stamps I bought write on tracing film which is great as you can fit lots of stamps on one sheet. I keep all these in a ring binder. What I like about this is that you can store all your stamps in one place and you can divide them into sections which makes it easier for you to find them quickly.
Few tips about supplies
I remember when I was a newbie in the world of Cardmaking. There are so many products to choose from out there! But which ones are the best for the beginner? It was only after I had bought loads and loads of card stock and embellishments that I saw an article in one of the cardmaking magazines, listing the basic supplies one will need to start the cardmaking hobby. I took cardmaking very seriously back then, in a sense, that I wanted to have it all and instantly despite the fact that I had no idea about what sort of cardmaking techniques I actually liked.
As you can imagine (I am sure some of you will relate to this), after I had hoarded tons and zilions of supplies, I read that article and decided to actually stock up on useful things and not just things I really liked and will probably never use!
So here is a list to help you start with cardmaking:
- Cardstock (white, cream, coloured)
- Scissors or craft knife
- Bone folder
- Adhesives (glue, glue dots, double-sided tape)
- Cutting mat
- Heat gun
- Paper trimmer
- Die-cutting machine & dies
- Embossing folders
EMBELLISHMENTS & OTHER FUN STUFF
- Stamps (wood-mount, clear-mount or photopolymer)
- Ink pads (black, coloured, clear)
- Pencils, pens, alcohol markers
- Embossing powders, glitters
- Gems, buttons, beads, sequins
- Ribbons, twine, bows
- Washi tape