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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Snowy Trees...

Happy Tuesday,

Another mix of die cutting and stamping today but a littler lighter than yesterdays but just as simple!

The background for this one is a relatively simple one however there is some drying time involved so I would make a few at a time!

To make the background I painted artists masking fluid across the bottom of a sheet of watercolour card to give a snow drift feel.  Next I added more fluid to my brush and flicked this all over the piece.  This gives snow like splashes over the surface and protects this form the inks.  You do need to give this a while to dry an hour maximum.

I then added the topaz and blue pearl pigment inks ( the ones I had on Hochanda a coupe of weeks ago) and spritzed the piece with water and using a wash brush i shaded this across the piece to give a patchy shaded look to the 'sky'.  I then waited for these to dry ( another hour).

Next I stamped, using my Press to Impress stamp platform, one of the trees from the winter trees set over the edges of the masked area.  I blotted off any excess ink then rubbed away the masking fluid across the piece.  By doing this after I stamped the first set of trees the snow seems to fall over the trees giving a more 3D look.

Finally I added a few black lines for the edges with a fine line pen and stamped some more tress in the foreground and going off the page.  2 deers die cut in black gloss card finish the piece, I love the way these appear over the background.


Monday, 21 August 2017

Winter Trees...

Happy Monday,

AS promised I am starting to share some of the Christmas cards I have made which mix die cutting along with my stamps and media plates.  Today's First card is a perfect way to use some of the backgrounds you can make with the larger media plate mixed with the stunning Christmas dies from Amy Designs.

I stared by making a background using a mix of inks and my Winter Tress stamp set on the larger media plate.  I mixed night, south seas and verbena on the plate then using perfect medium I used the resist technique with some of the snowflakes from the stamps.  there is a video on this technique on my you tube channel click HERE to see the video. 

I cut this down to a 5" x 5" panel and added it to a 6" card blank with a black matt.  Next I stamped more of the snowflakes over this using the Silver pigment ink pad from the Izink range.

I cut the smaller circle and the dotted circle from the Amy Design star frame and then stamped the tree and snowflakes on this again in silver.  Finally I stamped the sentiment in black .

I cut the larger circle from the set in black and stamped silver snowflakes over this before matting it onto the mirror card cut frame.

I used the scraps of the background to cut the poinsettias which I shaped and added with silver micro beads in the centres.

Not your usual colour or style for a Christmas tree but I love the simple mixed media look to this card.


Sunday, 20 August 2017


Happy Sunday,

I thought I would share a couple off card made with the thistle oval today  This is a small hand drawn stamp but hopefully perfect for smaller card or for building with the other stamps in the set for larger cards.

This first card is made by making a simple background using the pigment inks and the large media plate.  I then cut this into 2 pieces and stamped the thistle onto the smaller piece.  I then cut an aperture using an oval in the larger piece.  I then stamped the corner stamp on all four sides and mounted this over the stamped oval.

A simple card made very quickly.

The second card may be slightly familiar as its made from the waste from the first!  the oval I cut from the first card is stamped as the topper on this card.

The addition of a tartan ribbon and a media plate background and a second card is made!


Saturday, 19 August 2017

Purple Hearts...

Happy Saturday,

Im in louth today at H&J crafts running workshops on the new media plates and stamps masks etc. Ive just completed one day of workshops so I am writing this quickly on the free hotel WiFi!   So its just pictures today!

Friday, 18 August 2017

Wot more green...

Happy Friday,

Another card in green today a colour I used to say I rarely use however the freshness just appeals and I seem to have been using it loads recently.  This card doesn't use a media plate so is quite easy on resources!

I stared by cutting card blank and then cutting a plain circle in the centre towards the top.  Next I used the Crafts Too mini blending tolls and added emerald and verbena dye based inks over the card messily to make the background.

Next I added the card to the press to impress stamp press and positioned the floral circle stamp over the 'hole' in the centre.  I inked the stamp randomly with the same two colours and stamped this around the aperture.

Finally I added the three butterflies to one side and 2 smaller ones on the other.  I inked these in the petrol ink and stamped them.  I then inked them with the emerald and moved the card slightly so that i got a shadow stamp ( far easier in the stamp press) as shown

I the  stamped the sentiment into the centre by mixing the inks again and using the stamp press i was able to stamp through the aperture ensuring I got it in the right place!
Really simple but hopefully great for inspiration!


Thursday, 17 August 2017

More Inky...

Happy Thursday,

I promise the theme will change shortly as I have some new things to share with you starting next week!  For today I thought I would share this card I made yesterday using a variation of a technique I saw on Facebook!  We all get inspiration all over the place and I always like to share where I got it from however this was a random post.

The original technique was adding watercolour pens to a piece of plastic and scrunching this over a p[iece of wet card.  I thought what a great idea for the media plate so I changed it.

I coloured on the media plate using true colour watercolour markers.  I then sprized the plate with water then stamped the plate, using the press to impress, onto a piece of watercolour card.  this results in the swirly colour background you can see here.

Next I added three of the silhouette stamps from my first release and coloured the stamps with the same markers.  I stamped this which gives the different coloured flowers as shown ( i love the fact that silhouettes don't have to be just done in black!)

For the background piece I respired the media plate and got it very wet before stamping onto another piece of watercolour card.  this gave a lot more misty piece which I stamped the butterflies and dragon flies on from the second release of stamps.

I added a panel of embossed card with the Crafts Too dandelion embossing folder and made up the sections to an 8x8" card blank.

There are 2 places for the full day that have become available at the Coventry workshop.  If you missed to and are interested in the spaces please email


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Misty Flowers...

Happy Wednesday,

Another simple stamped card today that anyone can achieve honest.  I just used honey, south seas and cherry inks for this one and just two flower stamps and a sentiment!

I stared by picking up the three colours of ink form the large media plate then ran this over a piece of white paper.  I then added the rectangular media plate into the press to impress and added the three colours of ink and brayered over this to merge the colours.  I then stamped the small dandelion heads from my Spring flowers clear stamp set in the south seas and cherry over the plate before stamping this onto the background.

Next I stamped the small stamp using the same two colours over the whole area.  I then placed the larger dandelion stamp in the press and inked it with cherry and stamped this.  I reined the stamp with south seas and moved the card slightly before stamping this over the card so that a faint edge of the cherry shows around the image.

Finally I inked the sentiment with both col,oyrs which gave me the grey shade for this.