Sunday, 29 March 2015

Weekly Challenge


How many of you forgot to change your clocks??

I hate this one as we lose an hour in bed.....yawn, yawn!!

So it's challenge day and what shall we do this week??

Hmmm let me think.....

.......think it's going to be something to do with stamping!

Well, how about.....

in Dawn's post she mentioned a technique called "Retiform".

Check it out here

Dawn said -

 "The idea is you split your card into sections (any shape and size) 
using ink and a mask to mark out sections, (copy paper or post
 it notes work well), then you stamp an image into each section".

I think this sounds let's see what you can do!

Ok, you know the rules, you have one week, entries via the link
and that will close at midnight Sunday 5th April.

The winner will be picked by Random Generator and will be announced
on Tuesday 7th April, there will be a £10 voucher
up for grabs!

Have fun, enjoy the rest of your weekend!

See you Tuesday with the winner of 
last weeks Background Challenge.

So if you haven't got your March page finished for the 
Calendar Challenge, you only have a couple more days.

Jane x

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Stamping Master Class Week - Pauline Wheeler

Happy Weekend everyone!

Hope you have a great weekend planned but don't forget the clocks 
change tonight, so one hour less in bed ......yawn, yawn!!

So today is our last day of stamping tutorials.
Hope you have enjoyed them so far and today it's
Pauline's turn.

Pauline has made a beautiful card using the masking technique.

Start by stamping your forward image onto the cardstock and 
again onto either a post it note, or masking roll, and cut out
 two images together.

Cover the stamped
image with one of the cut outs and stamp the flower again slightly
 to the left hand side of the first image.

Leave the cut out on the flower and cover the second image with 
the other cut out. Always make sure your stamped images are
 dry before you do this as they will smudge if they aren't.

                            Now take the tall flower stem and stamp
                           it three times over the two flower images

It always looks a mess at this stage but don't worry
Now remove the paper masks.

You can now see how the tall stems and the second flower are
 all behind the first image.

Now stamp the border and the wording
Start to colour in with your chosen colours of distress markers - either
 by adding colour into a block and water colouring in or direct to
 the stamped image.

When finished ink the edges of the card with Distress Inks 
and a Blending Tool.

Add the panel to a folded card and apply Glossy Accents
 to the small circles and to the centre of the main flower.

Love these stamps and colours.  Thank you Pauline!

If you want to use the same as Pauline, this
is what you will need -

So that wraps up another week here on the blog!
I'll be back tomorrow with another Weekly Challenge......
.......going to involve stamping me thinks?

You'll just have to wait and see!

See you tomorrow!

Jane x

Friday, 27 March 2015

Stamping Master Class Week - Neil Walker

Morning all,

Welcome to day two of our Stamping Master Class week.

It is Neil's turn today and he is 'stamp flipping'!!

Neil says .....

"Stamps are so versatile, there are so many different images and
 styles around I'm sure we all have loads in our crafty stash.
 Every now and again though, I look at a stamp and wish I 
had it facing the other way. (I know, there's no pleasing some
 folks is there?!) so today I thought I'd share how
 I "flip" my stamps 

Begin by stamping your chosen image onto white paper in archival ink
 and cut it out.

Brush a layer of Gesso onto the surface and while wet press your
 stamped image face down. Press down well and leave
 to dry thoroughly.

When dry, spritz with water and gently begin to rub the paper off to
 reveal the image. The keyword is gently! If you rub too hard
 you are liable to rub off the image too. 

If you stamp your image again directly onto the surface you can
 see how you have a mirror image which I think is pretty cool.

I think it's a fun technique to do though I will finish off with a 
few suggestions which hopefully will minimize any frustrations......

Remember that by doing this with a stamp you are reversing
 it so writing will not work.

Also remember that your reversed image is not going to be as
 crisp as the original so I would personally recommend that
 you use them separately as putting them together on one 
project kind of "highlights" the fade making it look shabbier than
 if you used it on it's own.

So, to illustrate my point; I used both images on this card.....

You can see that the image on the left is faded much more than the
 image on the right which is stamped onto the dry gesso.

I've coloured both images with the same Distress Marker and the one
 on the left has not blended as smoothly as the right because
 it reacts differently. The reason being that it is effectively a 
different surface to the gesso as it still has paper residue on it
 which both absorbs color into the fibres causing bleeding and making
 it harder to blend.

So generally not a very successful card. 

However, if we then split the images (Literally, I just sliced the card
 in half!) and use the pieces individually I can make a card
 using the flipped image which I think looks so much better
 because it is no longer competing with the crisper image.

The other piece mounted onto a 10" tag covered in Tim Holtz
 Tissue paper makes a very pretty matching gift tag too.

This is beautiful Neil and a great tutorial, thank you.

If you fancy having a go, here is what you need -

White paper

I'm loving those Runway Stamps, funny how
until you see something actually used, you don't always
see their full potential!

Ok, well I shall be back tomorrow with our
third tutorial for our 
Stamping Master Class.

See you then,

Jane x