Sunday, 31 August 2014

She Was Full Of Wonder by Lynne Moncrieff



I have a card to share this week where I have created a background which has no stamping but there is texture in the form of modelling paste used with a stencil and a painterly effect achieved with the use of Twinkling H20s.


Twinkling H20s Shades of You (I also used various Twinkling H20s I already had in my stash)
Watercolour Paper (substitute with Ranger Watercolour Paper)
Palette Knife (or old credit card)
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tiny Attacher



Create texture and pattern at top and bottom edges of watercolour paper panel using the butterfly component of the Mini Specimens Stencil and Light Modelling Paste.

(If you are a cardmaker or enjoy working on tags then Light Modelling Paste is a worthwhile investment, keeping the heavier texture paste for canvas, wood and substrates other than cardstock)

Randomly apply Gesso. Leave to dry before applying a variety of Twinkling H20s. Ensure you work with very wet paints to create drips by continually misting with water.

Heat set, abrade the edges then adhere to pre-scored 6”x4” cardbase (or create cardbase from white cardstock). 

Create a wash of Twinkling H20s onto white cardstock. Stamp Think and Wonder girl. (If you stamp when the cardstock is ever so slightly damp you get a lovely diffused effect which is nice for vintage style stamps). Re-ink fretwork border of stamp. Cut and tear around this element and layer onto main image. Also stamp the word wonder and stamp butterfly from Jane’s Garden three times. Fussy cut and ink edges. Adhere stamped elements to cardbase, adorning the girl’s hair with one of the butterflies.

Embellish card with Prima paper flower and bakers twine, attaching with Tiny Attacher.


Until next time,


Saturday, 30 August 2014

Crazy Bird by Donna Ratcliff


I got out the fun ‘Feather Bird’ by Lost Coast Designs to play with today; also some Gelato’s only have a few of these and really don’t use them as much as I should! I’ve made my piece into a little notebook using a bind-it-all machine but you could just as easily decorate a cheap shop bought notebook. 

What I used

Lost Coast Designs Stamps – Feather Bird
Artistic Outpost –
Chalkboard Wisdom

Gelato’s Mix and Match Designer Series -

Embossing Ink
Black Embossing Powder

Black Archival Ink

What to do….

1. First of all take a rectangle of white card the size that you require for your notebook. Then stamp and heat emboss the Feather Bird in black………I also lightly sprinkled some black embossing powder over the surface before heating especially along the base to extend the baseline.

2. Now take your Gelato’s and scribble some colour in stripes at the top of the card then taking a brush and some water blend the colour a little and then add more water and let the colour run down your card…..the embossing acts as a resist. Leave to dry

3. Then stamp the wording from the Chalkboard Wisdom set onto another piece of card, make sure the ink is dry and then apply a light wash of the Gelato’s in stripes. Mount onto a piece of black card to help set it apart from the base.

4. Glue the words onto the base and either stick onto your bought notebook or create your own……or just use as a card topper.

Hope you have a lovely weekend and see you next week

Donna xx

Friday, 29 August 2014

Trust Your Strength by Fliss Goodwin



Hello there, this week I have a card to share, which is perfect for a friend or relative that might be going through a difficult time in their life. This is my first inking up of a fabulous set of stamps by IndigoBlu celebrating British heroines and I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of anyone tougher than Boadicea! 

My card this time uses just the floral image that comes with the set but Boadicea will be making an appearance next week!


Here’s What You Need: 

Distress Inks – Squeezed Lemonade, Scattered Straw, Spun Sugar
ProMarkers – Pinks, Yellows, Orange, Greens
Square Card Blank or make your own


Here’s How To:

·       Cut a piece of stamping card the width of your card blank and around 7cm high. Stamp the floral border from the set in the centre with the grey ink. Colour the flowers and leaves with the ProMarkers.

·       Using an ink applicator, apply Scattered Straw all over the stamped image. Add Squeezed Lemonade and Spun Sugar around the edges. Add a little darker yellow colouring over the words on the image with a ProMarker. Distress the edges with an emery board if you like.

·       Stamp the floral border directly on to the card blank in the top right and bottom left corners with the pink grapefruit ink, inking the stamp only partially to stamp at the top.

·       Add the image panel to the card roughly across the centre. Stamp the trust text on a scrap of stamping card with the grey ink and cut out. Add colour with yellow ProMarkers and stick on the card under the image panel.


Have a great weekend and see you next week.


Fliss x

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Hold onto your Scraps! by Alison Hall



When I make brayered backgrounds, I usually roll out my paint onto some scrap paper. On the one I used here, I'd used up some coloured grunge paste through a stencil too, & I knew it would make a wonderful background for a tag.


Copier Paper
Artistic Outpost Stamp Sets - Typography & Whimsical Melange
Dylusions Ink Spray - Bubblegum Pink
Glue Stick




1. Here's my piece of painted scrap. The stencilled Grunge Paste had been coloured with a little Bora Bora Fresco Finish paint. 



2. I cut a piece to roughly fit my size 8 tag, used a glue stick to adhere it, then trimmed around the edges.


3. I outlined the stencilled paste with a black watercolour pencil, then used a waterbrush to blend out the shadow.


4. I stamped the phrase with Jet Black Archival, then added some light stamping in the background. As the background was stamped onto paint, I could wipe off the ink a little with a baby wipe. I thought that phrase was quite appropriate!


5. I inked the edges of the tag with Black Soot Distress ink, then finished off with some ribbon & lace coloured with Dylusions Bubblegum Pink ink.


So, the moral of the story is...don't throw away those scraps! :-)


Hope you like my tag,

thanks for visiting,

Alison xxx

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Fly Card by Mandy C


Cosmic Shimmer Glue   
Old book paper…. If you don’t have any you can create a similar feel to some paper using Watering Can Archival and a script stamp


·       Cut your card to around 3 x 4 inches, spray the card with the turquoise spray. Blot it so remove the excess and heat dry.

·       Using the aquamarine Archival ink and the cutlery stamp from the TH set stamp over the background of the card.

·       Stamp the ‘circles’ from the Artistic Outpost set onto the background with the Watering Can Archival. Set to one side.

Whilst that is drying…

·       Stamp the face stamp onto the old book paper using the black Archival ink. Heat set and colour with watercolour pencils.  Cut a crown to fit the head and colour with the gold Gelato. Stamp out 3 butterflies from the Graphic 45 set and colour with some watercolour pencils.

·       Take your dry background and stamp the wreath onto it using the Distress paint, at random intervals. Dry with a heat tool.

·       Adhere all your stamped images onto the card. I’ve put the crown as if it’s coming off her head.

·       Stamp the word ‘fly’ onto your card. I’ve used an Octopode word stamp for this but there’s plenty of ‘fly’ stamps in the shop.

·       Edge with the Distress paint.
Mandy C

Monday, 25 August 2014

Sugar Plum Fairy by Deborah


Carabelle Studios: Elf et Oiseau; Femme et Oiseau
Tim Holtz: Bitty Grunge (scratches)
Dina Wakley: All the Gals (word)
Memento Ink: Sweet Plum; Paris Dusk
Promarkers: Tea Green, Dusky Pink, Blush, Blossom, Orchid, Cool Grey 1, Ice Grey 2, Rose Pink, Blender

The last time I used this fairy (or elf, as Carabelle Studios would have it) was on a very colourful card with a stencilled gelli print background. This time I decided to experiment with colours I don't usually gravitate towards, at least not together.

It's quite simple to do. Simply stamp the fairy in Paris Dusk, then stamp the stars and triangle pattern in the same ink.

Colour her in with Promarkers (Memento is the best ink to use with Promarkers to avoid smudging and colour contamination).

Colour the background randomly using the same colours. I also used the Promarker blender pen but am not sure it did much, to be honest.

Stamp the scratches (Bitty Grunge must be one of the best stamp purchases I have ever made!) in Memento Sweet Plum to add some texture.

Back to Paris Dusk to stamp the word 'irresistible' (from the Dina Wakley set) a number of times.

Edge with Paris Dusk (pad direct to card).

You now and have small postcard or a topper for a card.

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