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#techniquethursday - layered ink

I've demonstrated layering with cardstock before but today I'm going to demonstrate layering with ink - just ink & stamps.  This is a great technique to create your own background paper or to make a simple colourful card.  

For this card I kept it simple and used just 3 colours.  First I stamped the main background image in the lightest colour Pear Pizzaz.  I then stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso, and finally the flower in Calypso Coral.  The main thing to think about when using this technique is to decide what image you want to stand out and stamp that in your strongest colour.  The main background image should always be in something more subtle so that it appears as a backdrop to your focal point.  And here's what the finished card looks like.

That's it.  Short and simple but a great way of creating a different card.
Don't forget there's just a few more days left to get your hands on retiring stock.  After 1 July it will all be gone.  Check out th…


This is still a work in progress.  I'm not sure whether I'm going to make it part of a pendant or banner to hang from a wall or above a shelf or whether it will be clustered together to become a bouquet of paper craft.  Sometimes it takes a little while to finish a piece of work.  I like to leave it sit and look at it every few days until inspiration strikes again and I can finish it off.  I'm not sure when I'll finish this off, but I will post back when I do.
Happy crafting.

#techniquethursday - taking a break

This would normally be the day I show you step by step techniques on a fabulous new card or craft idea.  As I've been traveling for work the past week or so I haven't been able to get into my craft room so I thought I'd take a break this week.  Instead I want to share a few highlights on offers available to you from Stampin' Up!  These are all for a limited time only so check them out and take action if there are some goodies you want to get your hands on.

The new catalogue is coming really soon.  This means that all the retiring products are heavily discounted until sold out.  Get your hands on some great bargains here.  

Stampin' Up! is celebrating 25 years this year.  What's a birthday celebration without presents?  This time the presents are for you.  Each month Stampin' Up! is bringing back their favourite images from the past 25 years and combining them into 12 awesome sets.  This months is available here

Until the end of August you can also get yo…


My project this week is a digital one and reflects the fact I've been on the road in London for work for the past week.  I think the thing I love most about My Digital Studio (MDS) is that you can get creative anywhere in the world.  So even though I haven't been near my craft room I could still get a little creative energy out in the 5 mins it took me to create this design above.  If you haven't tried MDS yet you can sign up for a free 30 day trial at my store.  Trust me - you'll love it.  It's so easy to use.
Happy crafting.

#techniquethursday - flashback

It's been a while since I've done a flashback.  In fact the last one was in April.  If you want to check out my first flashback post you can do that here.  I figured it was about time I did a little wrap up of the techniques I've been showing you over the last month or so.  
I showed you how to do some more sponging.
 I showed you one of my go to products to add some glitz to a card.

 We looked at how punches are a simple way of adding layers to card.

 I showed you even more ways to sponge.

We looked at another of my go to products - dimensionals

I demonstrated another way to switch up your embossing.

 And even another embossing technique!

 And finally last week I demonstrated brayering.

Wow that's a lot of techniques.  I love doing these posts but I'd love to hear from you if you think they are useful.  Are you learning anything from them?  Do they inspire you?  I'd love to hear your comments so I can tweak the content of my blog to really be something you lo…


Now this card may look complicated but it really wasn't.  For nearly everything on the card I've used my bigshot - either embossing folders, or sizzlits.  The only thing challenging was working out when to stop adding an extra layer.  I could have kept going.  I'm loving the honeycomb embossing folder.  When you do it in muted colours it's more like a patchwork quilt.  Can you guess how I got those perfect angles at the end of my banner strips?  Here's a hint... it's not using a pair of scissors.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think I did?
Happy crafting.
ingredients: ink: early espresso stamps: notable alphabet card: crumb cake, early espresso, very vanilla, pool party other: retired DSP, honeycomb embossing folder, delicate designs textured impressions embossing folder, delicate doilies sizzlits, antique brads, button, hemp twine

#techniquethursday - brayering

On my #tooeasytuesday post this week I showed you a card made using a brayer.  Today I'm going to tell you a little bit more about what a brayer is and how to use it.  A brayer is basically a hard foam roller you can use as a blank stamp.  See the tool in the photo below - that's a brayer.  You use a brayer to spread ink or to offset an image from plate or stamp to paper.  Lots of people use it to create backgrounds - which is what I did with this card.  But you can also use it to transfer ink to large stamps,  ink up large pieces of card, smooth out large glued surfaces and more.

In this card I decided to use 3 colours of ink - Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight.  The first thing I did was to emboss resist the image (image 2 above).  After that I started to layer up ink on my brayer by rolling it across the ink pad starting with the lightest colour first - Daffodil Delight.  I then added Pumkin Pie to about 55% of the brayer, and finally Melon Mambo to about 30%. …


Today's card was really simple to make.  I used a technique called brayering which I'm going to show you on Thursday.  So check back then for the tutorial on how to do it.

After I brayered the background of the card, I used the luminescence stamp pad to overlay the flower images.  I then added a simple stamped sentiment.  As it's been raining here for the better part of two days I think I wanted to make something bright and colourful to cheer me up.  Just after I finished this card the sun came out (unexpectedly) and I was able to take my two dogs for a walk... so maybe these should be my lucky colours?
Have a wonderful Tuesday.
Happy crafting
ingredients: ink: Melon Mambo; Pumpkin Pie; Daffodil Delight; Versa Mark, Luminescence stamps: Button Buddies; Loving Thoughts  card: Whisper White  other: Decorative Label Punch; Silver Embossing Powder; Heat tool; Brayer; Snail