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Saturday, 23 June 2018

Wish - by Magda

Good morning
Let's start this day with a wish after all the rain we have had lately.  I hope my rainbow card will bring some warm sunshine to everybody.

Step by step

1. Blend dark sky colours on a white cardstock using Stylus Tool and Distress Ink Pad
2. Apply rainbow colours of Distress Ink Pad on the feather from the sheet  "I shall be your wings"
3. Stamp as topper the sentiment of the same sheet and glue it on the card

As you can see, my second card is a decoupage one
Step by step

1. Stamp on a white cardstock two feathers from "I shall be your wings"  with 
    Distress Ink Pad Vintage Photo and one feather with Distress Ink Pad Black Soot in second
2. Blend the feathers using a Watercolour Brush - Detailer Tip, let dry and cut the image out.
3. Colour a white cardstock with Distress Ink Pad Mowed Lawn 
4. Stamp the background stamp "On the Tiles Individual" with Distress Ink Pad Fired Brick
    and cut the sape out.
5. Stamp ""I shall be your wings" sentiment on a piece of white cardstock coloured with           
    Distress Ink Pad Vintage Photo
6. Assemble the mat as shown in my sample and glue with Zig 2way Glue Pen - Broad Tip

I thought to use a Kraft Tag as third project for today.

1. Stamp the rose from the"Rose Duo" rubber set with Versafine Onyx Black 
2. Colour the rose with white Charcoal Pencil 
3. Blend if necessary with Lyra Splender Blending Pencil 
4. Colour a white cardstock with a mix of yellow  Distress Ink Pad shades to have a contrast
4. Stamp the sentiment from the plate Words of Inspiration with Versafine Onyx Black                    
    in second generation

I hope you had fun in visiting my page, thank you for passing by and see you next month with more samples.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Birdcage Triptych (by Rachel)

Hello everyone, our regular Guest Design Team member Rachel is back with her final blog post this month. She has created a beautiful mixed media project for us this week.

Rachel writes:

Hello all! My third and final piece of inspiration for this month is a small triptych. I have used the following stamp sets in creating this piece: Birdcage Collage, A Little Bird Told Me, Rustic Fragments and Sunny Sunflowers.

I started by gessoing the triptych, then once dry, I stamped the Birdcage Collage and coloured it using a combination of acrylic paints and Distress Inks. Then I painted the gessoed surface with Distress Ink before stamping over it with a Rustic Fragment stamp. Next I prepared some card with Distress Inks and stamped and fussy cut some of the flowers, leaves and also a bird. I added these to the sides of the triptych and finally added the words 'a little bird told me'.

I hope you like this piece. Big hugs, Rachel x

A big thank you to Rachel, who will be back with us soon.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

All about feathers (by Anne)

Good morning. Today I am sharing a few cards created with the ‘I Shall Be Your Wings’ stamp set .
My first is a colourful bunch of feathers in a shabby chic style.
I first stamped the feathers onto copy paper and cut them out to create masks. A few dots of Zig 2-way glue were applied to the back to hold the masks in place. This glue gives a temporary tac if left to fully dry before sticking down. Alternatively this could be done using the special Masking Tissue which comes with a tacky back. These masks can then be kept and re-used multiple times.
The feathers were stamped with multi-coloured dye based ink, layering images with masks and working from foreground to background. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine (Vintage Sepia). A drop shadow was added around the feathers using pale watercolour pen ink applied with a brush (to add more 3D depth).
Kraft card and the stamped panel were trimmed to fit an A5 card blank. The craft card was distressed using the edge of scissors, the stamped panel edged with alcohol marker to frame. A little Stickles (Crystal) was added for sparkle.

My second is a 6X6 inch card embellished with 3D shaped cut out feathers.
Faux stitching was added around the edge of the card, and small dots drawn, using a fine tipped opaque white pen.
The feathers were stamped onto a slightly paler version of Kraft card using Versamark and sparkly aqua embossing powder. These were then cut out and lightly shaped with a ball tool before gluing to the card front with 3D glue gel. Finished with a ribbon bow.
My third is another 6 X 6 inch card using a lovely background paper from Crafty Individuals (Shades of Summer). This particular pad is usually available on the Chocolate Baroque website (but depends on stock).
The paper was glued to a card blank and faux stitching added around the edge using a fine tipped pen. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine (Vintage Sepia). A little watercolour pen was painted over the image to help at more ‘weight’ to the base.
The feathers were stamped onto Kraft card using Versamark and sparkly aqua embossing powder, cut out and lightly shaped before sticking over a die cut birdy using 3D glue gel. Eye and leg details were added with fine tipped pen. A little clear sparkle pen was brushed over the bird for extra shimmer.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

lords & ladies (by Veronica)

 Today I have two cards using the lords & ladies flower stamp, and, of course, brusho powders.
The first one was stamped in brown ink and masked using Pebeo drawing gum before sprinkling blue and yellow brusho and spritzing with water. I also used the same colours on another piece of card to create the background piece.
Once everything was dry. I rubbed off the masking fluid and trimmed both pieces down to fit a 5"x7" white card blank, edging both pieces with a black marker before gluing down

The second card had a distress ink background
after stamping and masking the flower, adding the inks to a blending mat, spritzing with water and mopping up with the card. I added the foliage stamp in grey once everything was dry and before rubbing off the masking fluid.
I added shading with grey ink and a waterbrush, then used yello and green brusho with a waterbrush to add more colour to the leaves and the stamen. Green marker round the edges, and a 6"square card blank to finish.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Natural Colours by Penny

Goodly Morning lovely peeps, and a very warm welcome to you all.  Today it is my pleasure to share a couple of projects with you featuring the beautiful stamps from last month's tv shows.  So grab a cuppa and spend a few minutes getting crafty with me.  

Nature's Colours.

For this card I have used stamps from the Lords and Ladies, Artistic Affirmations, Square Bubbles and The Rose Tree sets: Distress Inks, crayons, white embossing powder, Kraft card.

On a piece of Cartridge paper I scribbled three colours of crayons randomly all over it, then blended them with water using my finger.

When dry I stamped and embossed the  Square Bubbles in white all over the background panel.  I then used a white marker pen around the panel edges and matted it onto Kraft card.

On another piece of Kraft card I stamped and embossed the bunch of grasses image in white, then painted it with Distress Inks. I did the same with a sentiment and a bee then cut them out as panels and edged them with white pen as before.  I cut the bee out separately.

I took a cream base card and stamped the focal image along both sides before attaching the background panel.  I then attached the panels and the bee to complete this cheerful card.

Feather Bookmark.

This is a lovely quick and easy project.  I have used a stamp from the I Shall Be Your Wings set; colouring pencils, colouring Kraft card, coloured card, ribbons and pearls from my stash.  

I used an offcut of colouring Kraft card for this little project, and stamped one of  the feathers with Versamark ink and embossed it with white powder.  I then stamped and embossed the sentiment underneath it.  I coloured the images with pencils, adding a shadow line around them, then  I added white marker pen to the edges.

I took a piece of coloured card and cut it slightly wider and about 10cm longer.  I then cut a fringe  at one end.

I attached the focal panel to the coloured card base.  I then added some ribbon and ric - rac in         co-ordinating colours, and some tiny pearls.  Not only is this a quick and pretty project to create, you can use up some of your spare card off cuts too!

Thank you all for dropping in today, see you again soon,

                                                                               Penny xx

Monday, 18 June 2018

Faerie Garden (by Deborah)

Hello everyone, here is the second post this month from our new Guest Design Team member Deborah Wainwright. Deborah has created a fantasy journal piece using a mixture of stamp sets.

Hello everyone, Debs here with my second Guest Design piece. This week I'm using my 8" x "8 journal. I blended the colours from the Little Birdie chalk paint set, Faded Denim, Muted Teal and Tattered Lace, to form the base of my background. Then with an Olive Archival ink I lightly stamped the leaves from Big Bold Leafy Background and heat dried it. Using Koh-I-Noor watercolour paints in light green I painted the leaves.

The next layer was a repeat of the last, using black Archival ink, again heat set and painted in shades of green. I then stamped the small fairies from May Fairy, as well as the butterflies. I placed them where they would be looking at my centre focal point, which was the fairy  from the March Fairy stamp set, stamped onto watercolour paper and fussy cut out. She was again painted with the watercolours, building the colours with layers to create shades and lights.

I also stamped some flowers from March Fairy and leaves to surround the focal point, and add some interest. I used a different hue of blue for the leaves so as not to blend with the background greens. To finish, I created a black border using the swirl stamp from March as a guide and then filled in from the stamp to the edge of the page. This created a series of ups and downs which looks random but in fact was quite deliberate.

I hope you enjoyed my second project and I look forward to seeing you all next week.

Hugs, Debs xx

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Mostly Masking (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have several projects to share with you today showcasing the lovely stamps featured on the May TV shows on Hochanda. We also took Masking Tissue onto the show, and a lot of my projects reflected the use of this product.

For my first card,  I created a Pan Pastel background, tearing strips of paper to create hills, and adding a green colour at the bottom half of the card, toning in some grey as I moved up the card, to represent hills in the distance. I created a sky using blue and pink pastel coloured tones.

I stamped the floral spray from the Lords and Ladies stamp set repeatedly across the lower half of the card, varying the height of the stamp. I added a stamp from the Silhouette Grasses stamp set using second and third generation stamping for this stamp, to create some depth, as if there were a meadow of flowers. Two little butterflies from the Baroque Meadow stamp plate, and a sentiment from the Words to Dazzle and Sparkle stamp set completed the card. All of the stamping was done with a green Versafine ink, and the images were coloured with watercolour pencils.

I wanted to create a one layer card that would be cheap to send in the post, but still have the look of a multi layered card. Using a piece of masking tissue, I coloured a piece of drawing cartridge with Distress Ink, first around the outside of a central panel, adding shading, and then stamped over the background using the Square Bubbles stamp. I then removed the mask, and added the corresponding reverse mask, leaving the central panel uncovered, and inked the edges of that area with the same background colour as before.

I stamped the foliage stamp from the Rose Duo stamp set using first and second generation stamping in blue and green dye based inks, then ensured that all of the ink was completely dry. I stamped and embossed the foliage image with Versamark Ink and copper embossing powder. An optional extra at this point was to edge the background with Versamark and tip copper embossing powder over the edges, before embossing the foliage.

My next two cards are based on a very similar colour scheme to each other, and use the lovely Cuckoo Pint image from the Lords and Ladies stamp set. For the first card, I created a background using the foliage stamp from the previous card, stamping onto kraft card with a plum coloured ink. I created the main image by stamping the Cuckoo Pint, masking the image, and again stamping the foliage, again using plum coloured ink for stamping. I coloured the flower with pencils. adding Distress Ink to the background for a soft finish.

The next card was created by adding Brushos to kraft card and spritzing them with water. I added some toning hessian, a button and ribbon to the background. To create the focal piece, I stamped the Cuckoo Pint, and masked the image before stamping the On The Tiles image. I coloured the image with Distress Inks and a water brush. The two images have been coloured in similar colours, but the different mediums give a very different effect.

I hope tht you are enjoying the DT's projects with these lovely stamps, do keep checking in for more inspiration. Thanks for stopping by, xx