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Saturday, 9 November 2013

November 3rd - Slap It On

The projects this month were inspired by a swap project I had done earlier in the year.

The swap project was done of a piece of mountboard measuring 13 cm by 13 cm.

As the latest trend seems to be decorating MDF pieces measuring 6 inches by 6 inches, the pattern had to be scaled up and modified for the first project.
The second project.

The third project.
Each piece of wood, for projects one and two. was initially Gesso'd, then painted with neutral emulsion.   Then given a second coat of the neutral emulsion, and while this was still wet, a dark colour was blended in.  Then the wet paint was splattered with water and allowed to dry for about 30 minutes, when it was blotted with kitchen roll, creating a distressed look. and then was allowed to dry thoroughly.
Then the music and cog patterns were stamped on tissue paper (the blow your nose type, not the wrapping paper type), and these were then ripped up and stuck onto the boards using wet glue (Slap it on, mod podge, etc).
For the third project some floral serviettes were cut up, and the flowers applied around the edges using wet glue.
It is important that the whole board is given a coating of glue, so that you don't get dull and shiny bits.
Then the boards were stamped on and embossed, shapes etc cut out and applied to the boards.  For projects one and two, gilding flakes where applied around the edges.
So a lot of different techniques were used.


October - Resisting

This month I took some of the projects from the SplitCoastStampers website on resist techniques and with a few minor alterations turned then into worksheets for my class.

Wax Paper Resist

This is where you take a sheet of wax paper, screw it up, flatten it out, and then iron it onto some glossy card and then apply ink.

Wax Paper Embossing Folder Resist

Instead of screwing up the wax paper, run it through a machine in an embossing folder, then iron and ink.

Embossing Resist
Stamp an image with versamark and then heat emboss with white embossing powder, then ink over the top.

Versamark (Ghosting) Resist
Stamp the image in versamark on glossy, then allow to dry, then ink up.

September - Masking

This month we practiced using Masks to create an overall picture.
This was the first project card.
Stamp the vase, mask it.
Stamp the table and flowers.
Add some zentangling and then assemble card


This was the more advanced project card.
Stamp the vase and mask it.
Colour the flower stamp in two colours using distress pens.
Change vase mask, so vase can be seen but not the background.
Stamp crackle through the mask.
Sponge through the mask.
Apply Versamark through the mask.
Add embossing powder and heat.
Assemble card.

These two cards used the same stamp repeatedly and several masks of the image to create the background.
On one the right bits of the slices have been coloured and on the other, the wrong bits have been coloured, using promarkers.
This one had to practice placement of the girls so it looked right on copy paper first.
Stamp the girls and then mask them.
Stamp the wall twice to get it the right length - use a fine liner black pen to join up the two pieces of wall if necessary.
Need to make sure that the masks are cut well, so that the wall goes in the all between areas of the girls.

Monday, 5 August 2013

August 3rd - Collage Stamps

Here is the first card project - deconstructing the collage stamp to create a number of different background papers.

Another collage stamp, again taking individual elements from the collage stamp to create the background, then "decoupage" the topper with tags.
Take the collage stamp and stamp in sepia and then colour just the focal part of the image.

Stamp on acetate, heat embossed, added adhesive sheet to the back of the stamped image and coloured in with glitter and sakura pens.

Creating a background with an element of the stamp, but not an all over background.

Image stamped and decoupaged and glittered round the edges.

  Wall Hanging
Created using several travel collage stamps.
Backgrounds created by using three alcohol inks.  Then the individual coloured inks were taken to colour pieces of card for stamping elements of the collage stamp, and then paper piecing over the multicoloured card.

Another wall hanging



July 6th - Toilet Paper

Creating unique "hand-made" papers with toilet paper.  Did not get to make cards, just played around with sprays, masks, toilet paper and die cutting machines.

June 1st - Grid Cards 2

This session was a request after the ladies had seen this card.

Mainly Clarity stamps used for this card.
I personally find it is a better card if the images in each of the grids tie together in a theme. 

A couple of Little Claire Stamp Sets used here.
Try and keep the mats and layers simple.

A couple of Sandra Wright (House of Zandra) stamps used here.
Stamps are the Daisy theme, hence the background paper used.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

May 11th - Playing with Dies

Large Corner Dies

These large corner dies usually come in a set with a miscellaneous selection of smaller dies.
These large corner dies usually only cut out on two sides, to get the third side to cut out, you have to do it yourself with scissors or a guillotine OR you can line the die up again a straight edge of a piece of card.
This uses the butterfly corner set and the petite labels.
  Card is a 14.5 cm scalloped square card.
This time the corner was cut out twice and put back in its "hole".  The diagonal double line of dashes has been mirrored round the outside of the card by using a perforating blade in a rotary trimmer.
Extra butterflies were cut out and layered up.
This uses the corner die from the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Botanical Swirls And Accents set.    Corners in the corner.  Card is 7.75 inches squares. A teardrop circle die and a splendid circle die for greeting topper.  Message stamped and embossed.

Same corner die, this time corners in the centre.  Card is 7.75 inches square.  Centre circles are from Splendid Circles and Butterfly Cirecles.  Message just stamped.

Channel Cards

Single channel into which greeting has been stamped and heat embossed.
The two pieces of card creating the channel have been embossed using an embossing folder.
The shaped edges of the channel have been created using and edgeability.  You could of course you a fancy blade on your rotary trimmer.

Double channel, with a contrasting pattern showing in the channel, great use for double sided 12 x 12 thick paper/light card.

Single channel created with an edgeability and a motif insert.  Then ribbon laced through the holes. All top and bottom cross-overs are the same, looks untidy if they are not.

Single channel created with an edgeability and a motif insert. Then ribbon laced through the holes. All top cross-overs are the same, looks untidy if they are not but in a different way to the previous one.

Edges of channel created using a border die from an Accents set.  Note channel is off-centre.  Card underneath has been embossed with a complementary pattern.

Again a single off-set channel.    Flowers do not touch both sides at the same time, but do touch each other in the middle of the panel.  The panel effect is created by using a Tim Holtz ledger embossing folder.

Semi-Circle Cards

Elegant swirl semi-circle die uses once.

Die used twice "back to back".
Die used twice but off-set.
Inspired by this card I made for my sister-in-law's birthday.


Edgeability Inserts

My most requested commission card design.  The bottom patterned panel is created by using the patterned inserts that go with the Edgeability dies.

 Wedding Card for a mature couple
 Silver Wedding Anniversary Card

 65th Wedding Anniversay Card



Sunday, 7 April 2013

April 6th - Generation Stamping

After explaining what Generation Stamping was and how it is used in filling out vegetation, creating backgrounds, 3D effects and movement, we went on to create the following cards.

Background stencil is from Peerless Designs and the words and cars are Tim Holtz
The stencil is from Ali Reeve (Stamps Away)
The scroll stamp is from Dimension Stamps.

March 2nd - Padded Toppers

Cards to follow

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Feb 2nd 2013 - Paste and Masks

This month we played with various brands of templates and dimensional paste.

Cat is a Sweet Poppy Metal Stencil and the paste used is the Sweet Poppy Stencil Dimension Paste.

Hummingbird and Fuchsia Stencil is a Glitz Craft plastic stencil and the paste used is Glitz Craft Glitter Frosting Stencil Paste.

Trellis stencil is a plastic Imagination Craft Stencil and the paste used is Imagination Craft Glitter Paste.  The butterfly has been cut out of glitter card the same colour as the backing glitter card - however the cutting process has given the butterfly a distressed look.

The stencil used to create this topper is from Splodge Away.  Sweet Poppy paste has been used for the wolf and Imagination Crafts paste has been used for the moon.

Imagination Craft Stencil and Paste used for this card - two colours

Glits Craft Stencil and Imagination Crafts Paste used for this card - four colours.

Imagination Crafts stencil, paste and pre-printed background paper used for this card.

MDF pen holder painted first with Gesso, then emulsion paint and then Imagination Craft Glitter Paste and Stencil, all the way round.  Had to be done a side at a time.