Thursday, 18 January 2018

Joan's beautiful Peonies

Good morning and welcome to our mid month inspirational post where it's Joan's turn to share a technique that is new to her.

Don't forget that our 'Cold and Frosty Colours' challenge is in full swing and there is still plenty of time to join in if you have not managed to do so yet, or of course you can share a second creation with us.

Now I will hand you over to Joan...........................

"It's my turn to do the mid month and for my new to me technique I've tried stamp layering with mica powders, this is the card I made

It's a quite simple technique that gives a lovely shimmery layered flower using only a Versamark Ink pad some mica powder and two layering stamps. In this case I've used Altenew Peony stamps.

Stamp the base stamp onto dark cardstock with versamark ink

Add mica powder to the stamped image and brush off excess

Sorry but I forgot to take a photo of the next stage but all you need to do is take the next layer stamp you want to use, I used the 3rd one in the set, ink it up with Versamark ink and stamp it over the pearlised base you have already done, this stamping removes some on the mica and leaves the above image.  I just did another one and some leaves, fussy cut them and added them to my card".

Thank you so much Joan, a lovely and different way to use layering stamps.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

January - Cold and Frosty Colours

Welcome to our first Challenge of 2018, we have lots of super themes lined up not to mention a number of new sponsors so we think is going to be a super year.

And to start the year off we have a seasonal theme of.......................

********Cold and Frosty Colours********

All those colours we associate with this time of year, blues, purples, silver, white, I am sure you will come up with lots of ideas to showcase those colours.

Please can I remind you we are a stamping challenge so must see a stamped image as the focal element of your artwork, not just a stamped sentiment or stamping in the background, this means:

Stamping must be the central point of attention and interest

We have a great prize consisting of a collection of Sizzix products.................

Sizzix, there's no bigger or better place for craft materials, custom dies and machines that can die-cut, emboss and texturize many materials, including cardstock, paper, construction paper, fabric, faux fur, felt and foil plus much more.

We welcome Linda as our Guest designer this month and she has made two wintery cards to inspire you all........

And the Design Team have been busy as always with more inspirational creations to set you on your way.............




Happy crafting one and all.

You can enter up to three creations but please note: If we do not comment on your entry it will be because it does not follow the theme, qualify under our rules, or because we are asked to sign in or provide additional data to comment on third party hosts particularly Instagram, Facebook, Splitcoast etc. We do not want to be rude but we do want to be fair to those who do follow the rules.

Friday, 5 January 2018

December winners

It's time to announced the winners of our December challenge where we were asking you to share your creations with Winter Trees and Flowers and my what a super array of work we saw, our thanks to each and every one of you for taking time out of your busy Christmas schedule to join in.

The Design Team's votes have now been counted and I am pleased to announce that our winner is...........
So much depth and atmosphere 

Our second prize goes to .........

A delightful Winter scene

Huge congratulations to you both, please mail me with your full names and postal addresses so I can send your prizes.

And our Top 3 are................

Such a tranquil creation

An elegant collection

A super Winter design

Well done to you all, please collect our Top 3 badge to display on your own blogs.

I will be back on Sunday with our new challenge so please do pop back then.

Monday, 18 December 2017

Getting inky with Brenda

Good morning, Brenda here with our mid month inspirational post where the each month one of the Design Team creates some work and the current challenged is to share a technique that is new to them, needless to say mine is a messy one but is fun to do.

Before I move on to my tutorial, myself and the team would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and thank you for all the wonderful work you have shared with us in 2017 and look forward to seeing you again next year.

I have no idea if or what the name might be for this technique and I am sure it's not a new one, but I actually came across it by accident one day when I inadvertently let a piece of printed paper land on a sticky background that was still wet. When I tried to lift off the paper I noticed that some of the print had adhered itself to the background so I had a play and rather liked the look so this is how I find it works best.

Start by creating an inky background, in this case I used Bristol cardstock and oxide inks, but it works equally well with with Brusho, Dylusions and other background mediums.

Next take a couple of pages form an old make sure they are 'appropriate'...........I did one a few weeks back, sent it off as a TV sample only to discover later that the printed content was not really 'viewer friendly'...........the TV presenter and crew had a laugh but it's made me more aware since!!

Tear the pages into small pieces and arrange on the background randomly and have a bone folder or ruler to hand along with a dries clear glue such as Indigo Blue Slap it On...............I experimented as the regular Slap it On didn't work as well as the Super Thick version which gave a much better adhesion and transfer. You need to work quite quickly here so best work on the pieces of paper one by one, giving a good brushing of glue to the base card and over each piece, then burnish with the bone folder or ruler edge several times and peel away the paper to reveal the print.

It doesn't matter if some of the paper remains as it all adds to the randomness of the piece and of course some of the print picked up will be the reverse but as it's a background it all adds to the interest.

Now you have your finished piece ready for stamping and on this occasion I used it with Chocolate Baroque stamps. I know it looks a messy process but that's all part of the fun and once stamped up to a finished piece gives an interesting and different look

Exactly the same process, just with different coloured inks. When I have spare time I like to make up a batch of backgrounds ready for stamping up at a later date........helps no end with rush TV deadlines!

Many thanks for taking a peek and hope you will give it a try.

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