Saturday, 24 June 2017



Hi There!

Well, here we are at the
end of the week with the
last Tutorial in this strand.

Have you had a good week?
Achieved everything you
set out to do?
Had the week from hell?
Settle back and have a
relaxing weekend - that'll
make you feel good again......!!

Craftyfield is here today
with another of her Quirky
Birds.  Remember the Ooops!
Bird?  Well here he is in a
different guise .......

"Of course I knew that enamel accents are 
perfect to make 3D dots or marks, 
but, since they are paints, I wanted to 
try them with a brush. 

Here, I colour matched some die-cut flowers 
from Crunchy waxed paper.

Still creating embellishments, I tried the 
Enamel Accents on brads for that glossy 3D finish. 
They are opaque enough to completely cover 
the original colour and beautifully glossy. 

What you can see behind the brad is 
my professional tool............ 
a cork which I use to hold brads for 
painting, embossing etc...

I remove the brads from the cork with tweezers 
and plant them in a piece of styrofoam to dry out.

 I then cut out all the cardstock and acetate pieces
 using a variety of dies and my guillotine.

Now for the focal image. 
Acetate is a difficult stamping surface 
but it does offer several opportunities... 

It can be worked on both sides! 

I decided to use Brilliance ink and emboss
 with clear powder to give me a raised impression. 
This will make it easy to contain the colour later. 

This acetate is heat resistant so, as long 
as the heat gun is not too close and you stop
 as soon as the powder is melted, the sheet will not warp.

Another advantage of acetate is that obtaining a 
mirror image is just a matter of flipping the sheet! 

I did consider in fact giving my bird a fellow by doing just that.

 Next time...

 I wanted the grass to be dimensional 
so I am painting it on the "front". 

As I go about painting my scene I will flip 
the acetate for the best effect or easiest way. 

Here I have applied some green Enamel 
at the bottom and spread it with a plastic card. 
Then, with the edge of the card, I dragged 
the colour upwards, creating blades of grass.

Flipping back to the stamped image 
I applied a wash of yellow to the bird with 
a wet brush.

Back to the grass side, I added some flowers
 by just touching the nib of the Cactus Flower bottle
to the acetate. 

With the green I added a few more blades
 to get some over the flowers. 

With the yellow I added the bird's plumage.

For the eyes I used white acrylic
 paint on the embossed side.

I took a second picture with a different angle 
as it is difficult to photograph acetate, 
especially with the shadows created!

These little bottles are a lot of fun to use 
in all sorts of ways (I also tried them with
 stencils but I wouldn't recommend it as stencilling
 does use a lot of paint) and I hope I have inspired 
you to explore this medium in more 
creative ways than just dots!"


Thank you Craftyfield - for
ending our super inspiring
week with another take on Bird 3.
Using the cork to hold the brad
is a brilliant idea too!

I'm off to sort through my
extensive cork collection for a proper
cork (if that makes sense!)?  

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Friday, 23 June 2017



Hallo Everyone!

Nice to have you join us
for today's blog post/tutorial
by Helen Chilton, who has
been having a lot of fun
with flower stencils and dies
along with the acetate and 

"This tag uses the Wendy Vecchi and 
Ranger Enamel Accents. 

Love these as there's so much you can
 do with them and the colours are so vibrant

Put some Garden Patina onto your craft mat 
and get your stencil ready.....

.....then scrape over the Enamel Accents 
in a thick layer and leave to dry.

You can see here the glossy finish that you get.

Die cut some Tim Holtz wildflowers.

Squeeze the Enamels straight onto the die cut 
to give it a raised, glossy finish. 

This is very easy to do as it stays where you put it.

You can draw into it with a cocktail stick if you wish.

Then add Distress inkpad colour over the tag - 
the stencilled enamel will act as a resist. 

I've used coordinating colours here but you 
could quite easily colour over in bright orange 
and not get a muddy mess.

Rub over the Enamel with a baby wipe 
to remove any ink.

Add stamping to the background -
 I used the matching Wendy Vecchi Archival
 inkpad colours.

Add some dots for decoration.

I decided at this point I wanted another flower
 so I just stencilled one with a bit of Cut n Dry 
and cut it out.

I then coloured it with the Electric Lime Enamel 
and looked at how to arrange my flowers. 

These die cuts are great as they're very flexible.

I finished with some white flowers on top,
 a few words and some rope.

You can even decorate the words!

And there you have it - Enamel Accents used as a resist, 
for colouring, to give a raised glossy finish and for doodling."

Materials used:

Stamps used:
Kaisercraft: Postmarks, Blossom

Enamel Accents:
Wendy Vecchi: Leaf Green, Garden Patina, Cactus Flower
Ranger: Lemon Twist, Classic Cherry, White
Tim Holtz Thinlits die: Wildflowers 2
Imaginations Crafts Art stencil: MU43
Distress inkpads: Shabby Shutters, Broken China
Wendy Vecchi Archival inkpads: Leaf Green, Garden Patina

Thank you Helen for giving us
such a beautiful project, not to
mention highly informative tutorial

That will be me getting the enamels out
later on and decorating some wildflower
die cuts.  Think they'll be a really
useful addition to my stash

'Til tomorrow

Mickie xx

Thursday, 22 June 2017



Hallo Everyone!

You might want to pay
a lot of attention to 
Louise Thomson's tutorial
today - she has given us
a trio of greetings cards

The fun starts here ...........

"Hi there!
Having been challenged  to create 
something using acetate and enamel
 I decided a clean and simple style would
 work really well. 

I selected a fairly basic set of resources
 to create three different clean and 
simple cards, suitable for lots of occasions.

For card number one

I used a square white card
 and die cut 'bright bubbles' from it. 

Using a steel ruler and a craft knife 
I sliced about an inch off the edge of the card

I then added a piece of acetate the 
same size as the original card front 
and added the die cut bubbles back in.

I blended a few bright distress inks onto 
white card and die cut the bright bubbles 
die again.

I used the coloured die cut pieces to fill
 in some of the holes on the card

I blended a little more ink on to white card,
 and cut out some lettering using another sizzix die.
I stuck these on to the edge of the acetate.

Finally, I finished the card with some dots of enamel.

For card number two

I used the sizzix alphabet dies to cut out 
the word 'celebrate' (For obvious reasons this has 
to be done with a few rolls through the big shot.

I backed them with a piece of acetate

I used some bright distress inks to create
 a rainbow effect panel.

With the rainbow panel cut out, I edged it 
with 3D foam mount tape 

and filled it with sequins and seed beads
then sealed it with a piece of acetate to 
create a shaker and stuck it to the
inside of the card as a surprise

To finish the front of the card I dotted 
some enamel accents around the lettering
 and using the point of my craft knife, 
I dragged out the enamel dots to create a 
splat effect.

For card number three

I sliced the edge off a square white card

Using more of my rainbow inked card 
I cut out the letters 'happy'

I replaced the missing piece of card with 
acetate and added a strip of white card back
 on to the very edge.

I stuck the lettering on to the acetate 
and stamped a birthday sentiment below

Finally, the card is finished off with some more
 lovely dots of enamel accents"

Materials List:

Distress inks - scattered straw, abandoned coral, wilted violet, lucky clover, mermaid lagoon.
Enamel Acents - Grape soda, Forget-me-not, Lemon Twist
Birthday stamp (by Craft work cards, similar one here)

Thank you very much Louise for
showing us how to make these 
 very effective cards

I feel a purchase coming on
those dies would be such a
useful addition to my stash..........!

'Til tomorrow

Mickie xx