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    Pink Hey

    Hi crafters. This card started with some dressmaking pattern paper. I cover that with gesso. I added texture paste that had been mixed with black paint and glitter through a stencil that just has Splat on it. There is also some pink chalk paint which was applied through the Funky Fossil micro dots stencil. I added a couple of spray stains and powders. There is some stamping with Kaisercraft stamp 36 and Prima messy. I decided to use some secondhand chipboard letters as the sentiment and coloured them with a pink sharpie. I separated them from the background with layers of black and pink tulle as well as black Stamplorations…

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    Hot pink Christmas

    Hi crafters. I had an idea to do a modern Christmas card. I thought it would be an opportunity to use some hot pink cardstock that I have. I cut the Tim Holtz Flurry 2 die from it as well as a Kaisercraft merry Christmas. I took some paper and swiped it with diluted watercolour paint which looks pinky purple. I used a credit card to scrape on some fluoro pink acrylic paint. When that was dry I used the credit card to scrape on some heavy gel gloss. Deco and Heidi Swapp foils will stick to this heavy gel gloss as well as any shiny acrylic paints. The fluoro…

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    Stencilled scraps

    Hi crafters. One of the crafty things I did on World Card Making Day was to use up some scraps. Jennifer McGuire had ideas for this in her video this week. I stuck blue and green scraps onto copy paper. I took the Dina Wakley stencil and coated it with black gesso an then pressed it into my scrap strips. The strips are all different thicknesses so not all got well stencilled. I actually put more black gesso on and pressed it in again for better transfer. The piece wasn’t a huge area so I cut it into strips and adhered it with white cardbase showing in between. The sentiment…

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    CAS stencil plus hot foil

    Hi crafters. I have a card for the CAS stencil challenge for October which has a theme of stencilling over pattern paper. Jennifer McGuire had a video on using scraps to make cards this week. I layered pink and purple scraps and cut them with the Spellbinders Labels 44 die. I decided to use this as my pattern paper to stencil onto. I found a Kaisercraft flourish stencil from their mini mix and sprayed purple and pink onto the shape. I wasn’t happy with that so I put the stencil back on and pounced a mixture of Nuvo embellishment mousse in English Heather and Black Ash onto it. I decided…

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    Pink flourish

    Hi crafters. I was given this pink chalk paint last year. I thought the current Less is More and other pink challenges were the perfect opportunity to try it. I used the Altenew Baroque stencil to apply it with a sponge to white cardstock. When it was dry I stamped the matching Baroque stamp in Versafine onyx black and then embossed that with Hero Arts sparkle embossing powder. I thought this would allow the detail of the stamp to show but still have sparkle. The sentiment is from Altenew Reason to smile Stamp set. I am entering this card in the following challenges: Less is More #405 Although I used…

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    Can you use a hot foil plate without a machine?

    Hi crafters. The hot foil experiments continue. I love foiling but I don’t have a hot foil machine. But what do you do when you find a beautiful hot foil plate on sale? Of course, you buy it and experiment! The worst that can happen is that you have a lovely letterpress plate. The plate I’m using here is the Anna Griffin thorny branches foil stamp die from Couture Creations. This is my first attempt. I’m sure I could do better next time now that I know what the issues were with this. I started with watercolour paper and added 2 pinks to it and some spatters. When this was…

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    CAS foil

    Hi crafters. The current challenge at CAS mix up card challenge is to use foil. I was given this lovely Altenew Stamp by Therese Calvird at a recent card making workshop and thought it would be perfect for this challenge. I have started experimenting with a standard foil quill pen. I drew the stem and leaf with this using green mirror hot foil before stamping the flower. I stamped the flower from The story of us with distress stains. I swiped stain daubers in Worn lipstick, Festive Berries and Seedless preserves on the stamp layers and stamped. I gave some colour to the stem and leaf with an Arteza woodless…

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    Foil quill pen experiments

    Hi crafters. When I first got some foil I wondered why it didn’t work for me. This prompted a lot of experiments, until I realised that the techniques I was trying did not work with that foil. I had heat reactive foil which doesn’t work so well with the techniques for Deco/ Heidi Swapp foils. Now I have a foil quill pen, which is perfect for the heat reactive foil. I tried the pen out on some Christmas tags. I had never used distress paint before now. I was given some candied apple and lucky clover. I noted it said on the label you could stamp with it. I started…

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    Santa’s on the move

    Hi crafters. I have a Christmas card today. I wanted to try masking with distress stains. I cut a circle from contact plastic and added various distress stains for the sky. I then used the negative piece to add stains to the moon. There was bleeding under the masks. I used Picket Fence stain on the moon and it did cover quite a bit of the blue bleeding underneath. When it was dry, I spattered with silver, gold and white paint. I stamped the Sunny Studio’s Santa in StazOn. The sentiment is glitter cardstock cut with a Kaisercraft die. The trees are Tim Holtz treeline die cut from green handmade…

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    Birds and Blossoms

    Hi crafters. I was lucky enough to win this Birds and Blossoms die in the Memory Box challenge. When I cut it from watercolour paper I thought it would look lovely with origami paper. I found a piece of origami paper with silver flowers that look a bit like those in the die. I watercoloured the branches with an Arteza black marker and a waterbrush. I rubbed a black marker around the frame leaving the impressions uncoloured. I cut another branch/frame from scrap and glued that underneath and coloured it’s edges black. The birds, flowers and leaves were coloured with a mixture of silver acrylic paint and Arteza marker so…