Technique Tips

Sue's Stamping Technique Tutorials: Faux Silk

Still finding my feet with videos but I've just finished the first in a planned series - Sue's Stamping Technique Tutorials.  We're kicking off with a nice easy one - Faux Silk Technique.  If you've not tried this one before, here's some step by step instructions for making a lovely textured feature for your next card.

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue


Brushos Background Cards

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We've had such a lot of fun in card class last month using Brushos watercolour ink crystals and a water spritzer to make gorgeous backgrounds.  Every one turned out differently. 

This technique is so easy.  Just emboss your image onto watercolour card - I used Dandelion Wishes stamp set and white embossing powder.  Then sprinkle some of the Brushos crystals - there are 5 colours in the pack.  Last you spritz some water. 

You can wet the paper first then sprinkle but I love the element of surprise you get when you spritz last.  Add just a little water for a more speckled look, or spray away and get more of a watercoloured look.  SUCH a lot of fun to experiment with.  These were my two favourites from my batch. 

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Add some Brushos and watercolour paper to your next order if you'd love to have some creative colourful fun.  Don't forget to protect your surfaces to prevent staining.  Great way to use some of that brown packing paper that comes in our boxes!  Another tip - don't open the lids. Just pierce them with a pin.  I leave the pin in when I'm not using them or you can seal them with some washi tape. 

Have a colourful weekend!

Cheers, Sue

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August Card Classes: Avondale Heights

Brushos Colour-chartsAre you in Melbourne's west?  Are you keen to catch a card class this month?  I've got space left on a few dates in August.

We'll be having LOTS of fun with Brushos watercolour ink crystals for our technique this month.  Sneak peek below.  Make a sample to pop in your technique book plus we'll make another into a card. 

We'll be making two other cards using other snazzy products. 

Plus you can put together two more colour family charts if you'd like a sample cardstock colour swatch to take home. 

Classes are suitable for beginners and enjoyable for more experienced crafters.  Class fee is $25 and everything is supplied.  We'd love to make you feel welcome at class this month. Pick a date that suits and contact me to book your spot.

Here's the dates:

Wednesday 22nd August: 7.30 - 9.30pm   4 spots left

Friday 24th August: 10.00am - 12.00     2 spots left

Thursday 30th August: 7.30 - 9.30pm Booked out - ask to go on the waiting list.

Friday 31st August: 10.00am - 12.00   4 spots left

August class peek

Best not to wear white to this class - it could get messy.  Wink! 

Want to try it at home.  I'll have the finished card and instructions after the last class is done so check back here on the blog in a couple of weeks. 

Happy stamping.

Cheers, Sue


Watercolouring On Craft Ink: Blended Seasons

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We had such a lot of fun with this beautiful watercolouring on craft ink technique at classes in July/early Aug. It looks lovely and artistic and is very easy to do with just a few bits and pieces. 

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(Note: Technique inspiration from the talented Patty Bennett.  Find her card, technique post and video here. )

Technique Instructions:

Watercolour-with-craft-inkStamp your outline image in white craft ink and emboss with white embossing powder. 

Squirt a drop or two of white craft ink onto a lid or palette and use a damp aquapainter to pick up some ink.  Use the craft ink to colour your image.  It soaks in a little so you may want to do a layer or two.  Leave to dry thoroughly, or use a heat gun to speed this up a bit.

Now comes the fun bit.  Choose your colours and pop a drop or two of your classic ink reinker/s onto your lid.  Pick up a little ink with your aquapainter.  I like to do a brush stroke or two onto scrap paper first or a tiny blot on paper towel or I seem to get too much ink on that first dab. 

Colour in your image.  It blends beautifully over your base layer of white.  You'll find you'll naturally get more and less ink in places which looks really effective and effortlessly artistic I think!   Leave to dry or use that heat gun again. 

The colour fades a little once dry.  You end up with a lovely soft looking image. 

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This sample uses Melon Mambo and Shaded Spruce.  I've used the exclusive August only Blended Seasons bundle for these projects.  Get yours today before it is gone for good.  Blended Seasons Bundle

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Here's some more colour combos inspired by the cards my lovely class regulars made.   This one uses a mix of Smoky Slate and Night Of Navy for the flowers with the leaves left white and Wink Of Stella Glitter Pen for highlights.  So sparkly in real life.  (Inspired by class member Maree M - loved this combo.) 

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Love this one too with the flowers left white this time with Daffodil Delights centres and a pale wash of Pear Pizzazz for the leaves.  Those speckles are the sparkles - hard to photograph. 

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Class regular Brenda loves purple.  I gave her combo a whirl too - Highland Heather with a touch of Navy for the centres. 

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What's your favourite colour combination?  This is a great technique to try on Crumb Cake cardstock with any of your favourite outline style stamps. 

You can see these cards on this week's Monday video here:  

 

Happy colouring!

Cheers, Sue

 Shopping from home?  Here's the shopping links if you need them. 

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Handy Hint: Wood Mount Stamps Jigsaw Puzzles

A quick little handy hint for you today.  Do you ever struggle to get a wood mounted stamp set back into its case?  I know I have had a few arm wrestles with those blocks - feeling a bit like I was doing a tricky jigsaw or a Tetris puzzle. 

Now if I open a new wood mounted stamp set and it looks quite full, I quickly grab my phone and snap a pic before unpacking and mounting the stamps.  I make sure to get a little of the sticker so I can see which set it is.  Then I can refer back to the pic if I'm having a bit of a spatial stamp packing challenge. 

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If I'm feeling super organised I take another pic once I've mounted the stamps and put all the stickers on. 

Happy Stamping!

Cheers, Sue


Stampin' Up: Inked Butterfly Card Step By Step

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Over on my brand new team facebook group page we've had a bit of a party weekend with challenges and prizes and lots of fun.

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One of the creative challenges was to make a card inspired by this painting (from Hannah's bedroom.) 

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I decided to try cutting one of the big butterflies from watercolour paper.  Then I selected some reinkers (inspired by some of the colours in the print.)  So Saffron, Lost Lagoon, Cajun Craze, Blackberry Bliss and a touch of Basic Black.  I sprayed the butterfly with water and dripped reinkers. 

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Once I'd dripped lots of colour I sprayed it again with water.  (I have an empty Stampin' Mist bottle that I've filled with water and clearly labelled so I don't mix it up.)

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Now leave it to dry. 

In the meantime I quite liked the leftover blobs of watery ink.  I decided to pop a piece of naturals white cardstock under my damp inky base paper and press. 

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I added some stamping using the Butterfly Basics stamp set.  I REALLY love the netting stamp from this set and the dashed border too.  I used the greeting from this set as well. 

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I really love this card.  Can't wait to try it in some more colours. 

Tip:  Use lots of the lighter colours and only the TINIEST bit of the darker ones - the dark ones really take over. 

I enjoy cards where they turn out differently each time and there's an element of random in how they end up looking. 

Happy creating.

Cheers, Sue

If you're shopping for the products used in this card, here's the links:

 

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Stampin' Up: Masking And Background Stamps

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I've got another couple of congratulations cards to share with you today now that they've arrived in the post to my team members.  (Isn't it lovely to celebrate achievements.) 

For today's card I've used the technique of masking with some of our beautiful big background stamps.  Here are a few tips and step by steps.

I tore a piece of regular paper (grabbed from the printer) and made sure it was just bigger than my 'Congrats' greeting stamp.  Place this over your cardstock then stamp your background stamp firmly.  Now remove the piece of masking scrap paper. 

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Our new photopolymer stamps make it easy to line up the greeting to fit into the masked area.

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To finish the card I trimmed this panel, added a matting layer and attached to my base card.  Some rhinestones and sequins for some finishing touches. 

Here's another version this time with the stylish Hardwood background stamp.

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This technique/card design would be handy for any large greetings. 

Happy card making.

Cheers, Sue

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Blog Hop: Stamping and Craft Techniques

I've so been looking forward to this blog hop since Ros let us know the theme would be techniques. I know - great idea isn't it!  I always love learning new things, or being reminded of a technique I've forgotten.   Grab a cuppa and have a browse round the 7 stops in today's hop and get some tips for 7 different stamping or craft techniques. 

Waving a hi if you've arrived here from Ros's blog where she's showing us all about washi tape.  And a hello if you're kicking things off from here. 

My card today features glitter panel technique - one my Christmas In July class regulars know well as I think I include it every year. 

First up you need to stamp your image.  I've used the gorgeous gingerbread man (and star) from Scentsational Season and the colours Cherry Cobbler and Baja Breeze.  I used the labels framelit and my Big Shot to cut out the piece of cardstock.

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Grab your Versamark Pad out.   Is yours all beautiful and pristine or has it had a bit of an interesting life like mine!! 

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See!   Tap your cardstock on the versamark pad (stamped image side down) - you'll need to move it a few times. 

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Move and tap, move and tap, until your cardstock is nicely coated with versamark.

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Now it is time to get out the heat gun, heat and stick powder and Dazzling Diamonds.

Tip heat and stick powder to liberally cover the cardstock ......

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And then tap off the excess ...

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... and heat with the heat gun until you see the powder change.  It will look shiny and you'll notice it is quite sticky.   Don't keep at it with the heat gun as this tends to dry it out and it will lose a bit of  tackiness. 

Now time for a dip in the Dazzling Diamonds fine glitter. 

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Tap off the excess and I usually give it one more quick blast with the heat gun.  You won't see a change but it seems to help do that last little bit of setting.  (And blows off any excess that is not stuck down.  We have a nice sparkly floor in July!) 

Here's our glitter panel on a card.  (The card layout is based on this Tina Gillespie card that I really liked.) 

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Some silver glimmer paper 1" circles to form the scallop trim, some Be Of Good Cheer DSP and shimmery white cardstock for the base and embossed panel. 

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I hope you get a chance to get all sparkly trying glitter panel technique.  Holler if you've got any questions.

Now it is time to head along to the lovely Margaret's blog to find out about kissing with an embossing folder - sounds intriguing!  Click here:   Margaret's blog

Have fun and I hope you learn some new techniques while you hop along the stops in today's blog hop.  Now I'd best be off - we have a certain little lad turning 6 this weekend so a cake to decorate and presents to wrap!

Cheers,  Sue


Blog Hop: Autumn Winter Mini

Happy Saturday to you - yay for Saturdays.  And happy blog hop day too for any of you wanting a lap around the inspiration circuit.  Our theme today is the Autumn Mini and there's so many gorgeous things in there that I'm quite looking forward to hopping around myself to see what my stamping buddies have made.   9 stops today - have fun!

Waving a hello if you've arrived from the lovely Kathryn's gorgeous creation  and let's get moving if you're kicking off from here.  I'm using one of my favourites from the new mini - Bordering On Romance.

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The flower is embossed in black on to watercolour paper and coloured with an aquapainter and ink pads plus a few extra drops from some ink refills. 

Colours: Soft Suede, Regal Rose and So Saffron.

I used the Colour Coach for my colour combo ....

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Tip: Have some paper towel handy - I'm no expert water colourer but it is easier when your brush is just damp rather than really wet, so I like to dab often. 

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Watercolouring done then it was time to grab some coordinating cardstock and bits and bobs for the card.  (Scroll down for the full supplies list.)

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Isn't it a lovely set for any of the colouring techniques.

And that's it from me today.  Next stop is the super talented Ros Davidson

Ros will have a full list of the hoppers too in case you get lost along the way.  

Happy stamping if you get inspired to get those inks and stamps out after hop hop hopping! 

Have a great weekend.    Cheers, Sue

Just in case you're visiting another day - here's the direct links to the hop posts:

Ros, Christine, Amanda, Tina, Nikki, Di, and Alisha (oops can't get that last link to work)

 

Card Materials:

Stamp Sets: Bordering On Romance and Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Punches: The biggest circle punch (6cm I think?), Modern Label and Designer Label Punches

Framelits - Labels

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Inks and cardstock: Regal Rose, So Saffron, Soft Suede

The dotty embossing folder (can you tell I'm going from memory here and it is a  little rusty! Grin.)

Square Lattice embossing folder

Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon and some pearls to finish things off.


Crayon Resist Technique

We've been having fun at class this month trying crayon resist technique.  We had a choice of several different colour schemes for our Fabulous Florets card. 

Here it is in lovely soft pastels with the Lace Border Punch for a trim .....

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Colours: Wisteria Wonder, Certainly Celery, So Saffron and Blushing Bride

And here in a lovely combination of Old Olive, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry ....

(Inspired by a Claire Daly card)

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For the trim this time we've used the Scallop Trim Border Punch and the Top Note die.

I'll be back soon with our other two colour/finishing combinations and our Surf's Up crayon resist card.

LAST CHANCE FOR A MARCH CLASS

I've got space tonight at 7.30pm if you'd like to have a go at this technique.  Drop me a message at 0417 377 057 if you're in the mood for a last minute evening of stamping.  More details here.

SUMMER MINI AND SALEABRATION: LAST DAYS

These finish on the weekend.  Place your orders by phone or email before Saturday evening if you'd like to grab anything from the Summer Mini before it finishes or take advantage of Saleabration.

Cheers, Sue