Saturday, 17 September 2011

Brayed Sky Lines

I've been playing with my new stamp set Forever Young (which I love), & found the brayer is a fantastic tool to use with this stamp set. So I thought why share a few tips of how I used the brayer to acheive some of these great effects.
Stamp set: Forever Young. Avaliable in wood mount $50.95 & Clear mount $40.95.

Basic Suppies: Stamp set, Brayer, Sponges, Ink pads: More Mustard, So Saffron, Marina Mist & Black,
Coloured Card stock & Glossy white Card stock, & Scrap paper.

1. Fold card base in half & crease with bone folder.

2. Ink the end of the brayer with So Saffron (approx 1").

3. Roll onto the bottom edge of the glossy white card stock. Try to keep rolling in just one direction to avoid making marks. Also try to drag the ink upward just slightly by moving the brayer up just a tiny bit each time you roll across the card stock. 

4. Re-apply the same amount of So Saffron ink to the brayer, then add a very small amount of More Mustard ink
(approx 1/4") to the very end of the brayer.

5. Roll ink onto the same area of glossy card stock that you've already inked.
This just adds intensity of colour & depth.
(The photo's gone sideways, but the yellows actually the bottom).

6. Ink up the other end of the brayer with Marina Mist, approx 1 1/2" or 2".

7. Apply the blue ink to the top edge of the glossy card stock in the same way as you applied the yellow ink. Try to drag the colour down this time, but not all the way, if the blue & yellow over lap it may turn green.
(I apologise for my photo turing side ways again) 

8. Re-ink the brayer with Marina Mist again, but a slightly small amount this time.

9. Add the Marina Mist to same area of glossy card stock as before.
But just trying to drag the blue ink down as far as possible without quite meeting the yellow.
(Allow the coloured ink to dry on the glossy card stock before stamping,
this helps to prevent the image from bleeding or going fuzzy).

10. Ink the tree image with a black ink (I used stazon in the other projects), and press firmly in the middle of the block when stamping, (try to be careful not to smudge the image as glossy card stock can be slippery).
If the card stock sticks to the stamp, peel it off gently to avoid smudging.

11. Touch up any areas of the image that have been missed, with a black stampin' marker.
(this ink may stay wet longer, blot onto clean scrap paper to help dry).

12. Cut corners off glossy card stock with a corner rounder punch.

13. Stick stamped Glossy card stock onto Black card stock back ground.

14. Stamp the tree image onto wide stripe of So Saffron, card stock in More Mustard, Ink to create a back ground.

15. Sponge the edges of the So Saffron card stock with More Mustard ink.

16. Sponge the edges of the Marina Mist card stock base, with matchig Marina Mist ink,
then stamp words or greeting in the bottom corner.

17. Stick the So Saffron back ground strip & thin More Mustard stips of card stock to the base of the card.

18. Use some dimensionals to stick the main image to the card.

19. All done. & there you have a golden sun set approching the horizon, with a golden leafy tree back ground. 

Another golden afternoon.

Forever & a frame.

Sun Showers
Baja Breeze (blue) & the pendulum from the clock.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Centre Step Card

When ever I'm going to teach a project, I have to make a few to figure out which one to use. So I often end up with a few very similar projects from the process.
Stamp sets: Artistic Etchings & Curly Cute

Clear Embossing & Bleach colouring technique.
Stamp sets: All a Flutter, Curly Cute & Seasons of Joy.

Clear Embossing & Bleach colouring technique.
Stamp sets: All a Flutter, Curly Cute & Very Vintage.

Father's Day Cards

These are some small cards I made to donate, to school for the Father's Day stall.

This is a pocket card I made to teach the polised stone technique in a class.
& to show of the surfie stamp before it retired (I'm gonna miss it).

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Gothic Green

I have a sister inlaw who's a bit of a Goth, and she also love green, so naturally for her birthday I had to try and make a green gothic type of card.
Linda's Birthday Card
Colours: Wild Wasabi & Basic Black. Stamps: Grunge Rock & Extreme Elements.
Big Shot: Top note die & Vintage Wallpaper. Extras: Crochet Ribbon, string, Black ink refill, Eyelets & saftey pin.
1.) Cut a Top Note from Wild Wasabi card stock. 2.) Brayer Black ink onto Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, then add wasabi top note & run through big shot. 3.) Add Versa Mark ink all over top note, then sprinkle with clear embossing powder & heat. 4.) Cut top note in half, & Sponge Black ink around edges of top note. 5.) Use Crop-a-dile to punch holes & add eyelets. 6.) Mix several drops of black ink refill to small dish of water, mix in crochet ribbon, microwave for approx 30 secs to help fasten colour. 7) .Repeat dying process with cotton string. Allow to dry before using (a heat tool can seed-up drying). 8.) Stamp and sponge back ground. 9.) Thread string through eyelets, stick top note down using dimensionals, one half at a time. 10.) Tie a knot in crochet ribbon, add a small saftey pin, & stick down using glue dot. 11.) Add a greeting to finish.

Inspired Again

I found myself flicking through the magazine from the Sunday paper, and seen some products on a page that I thought looked like they would make great cards. So, of course I had to make some.
These are the first two designs I came up with.

I Loved the colours and the design. Then had to figure out how to recreate it.

This one I Stamped with Real Red ink, then coloured in with a Versa Marker, & dabbed White chalk-pastel over the top. I wasn't satisfied with the amount of white, so I added more with a white gel pen.

This one I stamped with Rose Red ink, then coloured-in using an Aqua Painter & White Craft ink.
(I think this one turned out better.)

I merged the two designs together to make a swap.
Bashful Blue, Whisper White & Rose Red.
Nature Walk & Elements of Style.

I've only made one from this piece of inspiration so far (I plan to make more soon).

It's not a colour I would normally use for bees, but it works.

Flowers & Bees.

Jacobs Birthday Cake

Ok. It's taken a little while to get this picture on here, but here it is... Jacob's 8th birthday cake.
It didn't quite turn out as I had planned (or as Jacob actually wanted, as in spidermans pose), but I was running out of time and had to make do.
Jacob's 8th Birthday Cake