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Friday, 24 November 2017

Steampunk Travel (by Julie)

Hello, hope you are well. Today I have a couple of Steampunk inspired cards for you which I have created using the rather fabulous Steampunk Travel

For my first card you will need a Kraft card blank. I decided to have a go at a very simple wood grain effect for the background. I started by drawing vertical lines with a ruler and dark brown pencil at approximately 2 cm intervals and then filled in the gaps with white chalk. I set the chalk with a pastel fixative spray and once dry I went around the edge of the card with Walnut Distress ink.
On separate card I stamped out the traveller's hat and sentiment, coloured with pencils and then cut out and attached to the front of the card.

My second card is super simple. I just stamped the winged boot around the card blank before colouring with Polychromus pencils. I went over the background with Distress inks and then spritzed with water, before dabbing off the excess with a kitchen towel and then stamped the sentiment which comes from the rather wonderful Punky Expressions.

Thank you for stopping by and please call back soon for more daily, Design Team inspiration.

Julie xx

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Roses in Red (by Penny)

Well here we are already at Penny's last week of her current Guest Design Team posts.  And this last project is a veritable feast for the eyes, a real study in red. So without further ado it's over to Penny.

Hello everyone, Penny here for my third and final GDT blog post this month - I've had so much fun bringing you these three projects!  Today's post is a lovely card that features a couple of Chocolate Baroque's many beautiful floral stamps - Floribunda Net, Harlequin Rose, and words from the Loving Sentiments set.  I have also used grey Versafine ink, Candied Apple Distress Ink, clear Sparkle pen, alcohol pens, and a gold marker pen.  

I began by creating the focal panel, stamping the rose in grey ink onto white card then colouring the image with alcohol pens.  I added clear Sparkle pen to the net in the background and die cut the image to create a panel.  I added distress inks through the die, using it like a stencil, then added gold pen around the outer edges of the panel.  To complete the panel I matted it onto black card.  

I stamped a single rose image using distress inks into each corner of a white base card.  I then used water to pull the ink out and paint the roses, and added Sparkle pen. I then stamped a sentiment at the bottom of the card and attached the focal panel. 

This is quite a simple design from me for a change, but it is still as much fun to create as other more complex  projects.  I think this pretty card would be great for many occasions and for any age.

Thank you for reading this post, I hope you've enjoyed it.  I know it's early but I'd like to wish you all a Merry Christmas!  

Penny  xxx

You know I think roses are right for any season, including Christmas, so thank you Penny for this beautiful finish on your final week.  We have loved having you as our guest and look forward to what you will bring us in the New Year.

Well that's all from me too but don't foget we have a new piece of inspirational artwork everyday from one of our lovely, and talented, design team. So please do join us again soon.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Tea Time (by Dominike)


It is always time for a tea.
C'est toujours l'heure pour un thé.

1- prepare a tea. Préparez-vous un thé
2- drink your tea. Buvez votre thé
3- save the tea bags. Mettez de côté vos sachets de thé
4- let them dry. Faites-les sécher
5- prepare your images. Préparez vos images
6- stamp your Chocolate Baroque rubberstamps. Tamponnez
7- stick your images. Collez vos images
8- stick the tea bags onto aquarelle papers. Collez les sachets de thé sur du papier aquarelle
9- bind your pages. Reliez vos pages.

I wish you a good day. Kind regards.
Bonne journée. A bientôt.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Take Flight (by Magda)

"Take Flight" with an air-balloon and dream, or if you like, give an interpretation to my Journaling page.
Here below I have listed the items that I used for this project:

1. White Gesso  for the undercoat
2.  Blend Distress Ink Pad in green, blue, yellow and brown shades
3.  Stamp with Versafine Onyx Black  on Tissue Paper the poppy from the Poppy Meadow plate set  
     and the small air-balloon from the Steampunk Travel plate set
4.  Place the stamped tissue paper and more pieces of tissue paper randomly on the page, covering all
     the page again with  White Gesso and let it dry completely
5.  Apply Soft Form Relief Paste on Specimens Stencil  and let it dry
6.  Use Distress Ink Pad in green, blue, yellow and brown shades directly with the pad on the page
      and blend where necessary
7.  Colour the poppy stamp with Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle pencils
8.   Stamp with Versafine Onyx Black the air-balloon from the Steampunkery stamp set, colour it with Faber-  
      Castell Art Grip Aquarelle pencils and cut it out
9.   Glue the image on the background with Glue n'seal
10.  Stamp "Take Flight" from the  Steampunkery stamp set

I hope, that you not only could really relax and dream looking at my page, but you could be inspired and "take flight" on the page, I am here to help. Thank you.


Sunday, 19 November 2017

Airship Pirate Steampunk Card (by Anne)

Good morning. Today I am sharing one of my recent samples created for the Steampunk shows recently on Hochanda. I used a few of my dies to create this nautical themed card. I hope that you like it x.

  • Steampunkery and Punky Expressions stamp sets
  • 8 X 8 inch white card blank; white, blue and brown kraft card; recycled acetate from packaging
  • Versamark and Distress Ink (Vintage Photo)#
  • WOW embossing powders (white plus mix of Copper and Gold Rich)
  • Koh-I-Noor Charcoals (White)
  • Glitter and glaze pens (red)
  • Dies to cut a circle frame (approx. 16cm diameter), steampunk cogs and nautical themed embellishments
How it was made:
  1. I trimmed the blue card to fit the card front and leave a small white border. The sentiment and airship were stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with the white powder.
  2. The circle porthole frame was cut from Kraft card. A piece of acetate was cut to fit behind.
  3. The cogs and wheel were cut from Kraft card and coloured with gold embossing powder or red glaze pen. The gulls were cut from white card.
  4. The scene was built up and coloured using the white charcoals. A little red glitter pen was added to the boat and a small die cut gull stuck down. The frame was glued over the top using 3D shaker foam. Note: you could add some sprinkles or glitter for added fun.
  5. The scroll was created from a rectangle, rolling the ends around a paint brush to curl. A little Distress Ink was added to the edges to age. The die cut embellishments were used to decorate.

Friday, 17 November 2017

edwardian (by Veronica)

Today I am sharing a couple of samples using the e
ccentric edwardian stamps.
The first is a rather grungy card.
Background used a cog stencil and a very elderly walnut stain ink spray that I was given ages ago and had never used, I added another lighter layer of spray after removing the stencil. The car was stamped in black versafine ink, then the man alsoin black versafine but clear embossed to make him stand out a bit more.
A few diecut cogs from dark brown card were added in the corners, then a mat of the same brown card before adding to a square white card blank

I  also recycled an empty instant coffee tin, these are so useful as a pen/brush holder.
This time the strip of white card cut to fit round the can with a lsight overlap was coloured with grey brusho powder, then randomly stmaped with the large crackle stamp using a grey ink pad. I used a die cut as a stencil and brushed more grey ink over it.
The man was stamped using black versafine ink and clear embossing powder before using the cyclist stamp and the small cyclist from the curiosities set to fill in the gaps.
I stuck the card to the can using redline tape stuck onto the can first along the edges with one vertical strip, then a final vertical strip onto the slightly overlapping edge of the card.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, it is time for another offering of cards and projects from the Design Team, using a range of techniques and styles, all made in fifteen minutes or less. Our aim is to show you how you can make a fabulous design in a matter of minutes, perfect when you need a card in a hurry, or need a card for batch making, perhaps for Christmas or a craft fair. If you are new to stamping and feel that a complicated design is a bit much for now, you will hopefully find something in these blog posts to inspire you. Even if you are a seasoned crafter, we hope that something will catch your imagination, and have you reaching for your craft supplies to try out some of our ideas. So, grab a cuppa, and enjoy what we have to share with you this month.

Magda has created a series of beautiful Diwali cards for us this month, she has chosen some lovely colour combinations, and has combined the images in a very clever way to create her theme:

She has also created a Steampunk tag adding some stencilling to the background for extra detail. The little balloon tied through the hole is a great addition:

Next up is a card from Anne. She has stamped the images with Versamark, and used white embossing powder onto a piece of Crafty Individuals paper. She has used a heart stencil, and applied Distress Ink to add shading onto the background. She also coloured the images with Distress Ink and a waterbrush. The background was matted onto a card blank and she added PVA pearls, glitter glue and Glossy Accents as finishing touches.

Claire has created to fabulous CAS style cards. The first card was made by adding Brushos to a piece of linen card, and stamping the image using Versafine Ink. She added a bit of colour to the image.

For her second card, she added splats of colour to the background, using Distress Stains, before stamping the image several times with Versafine Ink, and also gilding flakes. This gives a feeling of movement to the image.

Carole has created a monochrome card for us, using the Floribunda Net stamp. She has stamped the image several times onto white card and trimmed the card to fit a square card blank. At this point, you can either draw a black line around the edge, or mat the background onto black card, the choice is yours. She stamped the image again onto a piece of spare card and tore around the edges. She matted this onto a piece of black card and tore around the edges again. Finally she added the sentiment.

We have a beautiful collection of cards from Brenda this month, starting with a masked panel, created with Pan Pastels. She has stamped the images with Distress Inks.

For her second card, she has stamped the foliage using Distress Inks, and added a vellum strip with a sentiment.

For her next card, she added Pan Pastel through a butterfly mask, stamped the images and added a sentiment.

She has added Pan Pastels through a circle mask to create this next card. She stamped the poppy image before removing the mask, and then added a sentiment.

Brenda has also made a couple of Steampunk cards:

Finally a simple card from me, I have used the Penny Farthing image, masking the stamp to use just the large wheel each time, to create a modern bicycle themed Birthday card, using bright colours of Versafine ink.

That concludes our projects for this month. We hope that you have enjoyed our collection and we will be back to share more tips and tricks with you next month. In the meantime, do please check back for a daily dose of inspiration from our regular Design Team posts. Thanks for stopping by,