More Llamas please!
There is never enough Llamas, I say. As it's the stamp set of the month, the cute Llamas deserve appropriate attention. This time, I have combined them with textured backgrounds. If you want to learn how to use stencils and masks, how to make your own paste and even how to use a score board to create some texture on your cards, carry on reading!
Since my last video, I have changed the location for making my videos. You might have guessed from the photo above that it looks like a kitchen countertop. And you are right! The height is perfect, the surface is solid (unlike my folding table that shakes every time I try to blend inks or use my Sizzix Big shot!). The light is good too. Plus, I get plenty of space to spread all the supplies I am working with - to the annoyance of my husband, bless. He came into the kitchen, wanting to eat something, and after uttering 'This is a kitchen!' he left again emptyhanded and hungry. I wonder whether there should be some sort of a support group called 'crafters' partners' for all the partners who are witnessing their crafty loved ones slowly taking over the whole house or a flat. You know what I mean... It's not just the storage you need for all your goodies. It's just as important to have a workspace big enough to work on. If I could have anything in the world, I would probably like to have Hermione's magic handbag! Imagine that! You could take your whole stash with you wherever you go! And you will never run out of space!
Back to the Llamas! I enjoy working with this set. The Llamas are nice and simple which makes them easy to colour in. I use my Nuvo markers for most of my colouring. I am dreaming of buying Copic markers one day though! Whenever I watch a crafty video on Youtube, everyone is using the Copics! Nuvo markers work well though so if you are on a tight budget, they are a good option. Memento black ink works best with the alcohol markers as it doesn't bleed.
When I was playing with the idea of doing a video on textured backgrounds, I was trying to be innovative. I am not sure if anyone else has done this (probably has!), but I used the score board with the Distress Oxide inks to create an interesting two-coloured background. Rather than buying a stamp that creates the same effect, I try to think outside the box and utilize as many of your current supplies as you can.
I also made my own paste to use with the masks. This is by no means my own invention. I saw a video long time ago. It's a cheap alternative but works just as well as any shop bought paste. What I love about it is that I can use it in my classes and workshops as it dries really quickly (usually under 2 hours). One bottle of talcum powder can last you for ages. Start with making a white paste and add some colour by either adding some coloured acrylic paint or a re-inker (ink refill). With just one ink refill you can create a whole spectrum of different intensity of colours depending on how many drops you add to the basic white mixture. If it takes your fancy, sprinkle in some glitter, or even add some essential oil to make it smell nice! Options are endless.
TIP: I used 3D Pearl Effects from Dovecraft with the masks. I originally bought them to use them as drops on my cards. Because they are so cheap, they don't create a nice, smooth drop. So you are better off using them in other way and buy for example Nuvo Drops which are a much better quality.
I could go on and on about every step and technique in the video, but it's probably best if you watch the video below, and maybe you will try to make your own paste too!
List of Supplies:
Violet cardstock - two pieces cut to 20 x 10 cm (7 7/8'' x 4'') - any brand
Frozen Wishes Glitter card - 1x A5 sheet
White cardstock - two or more pieces cut to 9 x 9 cm (3 1/2'' x 3 1/2'')
Leftover green cardstock - any brand
Leftover white cardstock - any brand
Basic Gray cardstock - Stampin' Up!
Silver Mirri Card - two pieces cut to 9.5 x 9.5 cm (3 6/8'' x 3 6/8'') - Hunkydory
Simply Scored Scoring Tool - Stampin' Up!
Happy Llamadays - My Favorite Things
1/2 cup of Talcum powder
1 tbsp. of white Acrylic paint
1/2 tbsp. of Tacky glue
bowl and spoon (or a palette knife)
Ink refill (re-inker) to colour the paste - Stampin' Up!
Heat Embossing Supplies
Seafoam White Embossing powder - Papermania
Heat Tool - Papermania
Embossing Buddy - Stampin' Up!
VersaMark ink - Tsukineko
Pattern Party decorative masks - Stampin' Up!
3D Pearl Effects - Dovecraft
Glitter Glue - Dovecraft
Distress Oxide inks - Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet & Blueprint Sketch
Blending Tool - Ranger
Nuvo Alcohol markers: 403 Bright Sunflower, 436 Wild Iris, 363 Tropical Ocean, 369 Tuscan Teal, 495 Soft Taupe, 497 Stonehenge, 410 Persian Lime, 412 Pea Pod, 425 Skylight Blue, 374 Tiger Lily, 375 Plum Tomato & 379 Strawberry Tart
3D foam pads
Memento Tuxedo Black ink - Tsukineko
Silver Snowflake confetti
A3 punched pocket
Stick it! - red and purple tape roller
Uni-ball Signo white pigment ink pen - Mitsubishi Pencil - available on ebay
Purple low tack tape - Hunkydory
Large glue dots - Stix