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    Muted Dandelions

    Hi crafters. The current challenge at A Blog Named Hero is muted colours. I started with grey speckled paper and brushed distress oxides in top. I think this helps it looks more muted. I then stamped the piece with the Hero Arts Ocean waves bold print stamp misted with water. This gives oxides lines to suggest wind. I then used the Hero Arts woodblock Dandelion Stamp which has 2007 on it. I the delicate lines in this stamp. I first stamped it with water, the grey ink and lastly embossing ink. The grey ink was a dye ink but it mustn’t have been completely dry as it picked up some…

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    Altenew Challenge

    Hi crafters. The December Altenew challenge is about being inspired by one of the inspiration photos from 2019. I have chosen the February challenge. This the February photo: I was inspired by the romantic, pink flower. The shape of the foliage is also similar to the shape of the main flourish in the Baroque motif Stamp set ( if turned upside down). I was also inspired by the pale, clear background. I decided to try to make a romantic but uncluttered card. I started by stamping the large flourish on some pink pattern paper in Monarch Versafine Clair ink. I then used the matching stencil to add colour with the…

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    Sparkly greetings

    Hi crafters. I have another Christmas card. The background was created with paint on book paper and stencilling with paint, texture paste and home made glitter paste. I used Little Birdie stars, Tim Holtz Merry Christmas and Funky Fossil microdots stencils. I cut a few layers of scrap card with the Kaisercraft Word Baubles dies and layered these over more book paper. I then filled in the area with second hand glaze paste. The jar was unopened but it must be years old as it a bit dried up inside. It was white at first and began to clear until it was a little translucent and shiny. I covered it…

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    Beaded wreath

    Hi crafters. I wanted to use some beads on a card. I was thinking about stringing them on a tree when I remembered the Lil inkers Baubled Christmas wreath die. I cut this from copper mirror cardstock. I coloured some large recycled pearls with warm alcohol inks ( this hides the scratches but makes them less shiny). I also coloured some small pearl beads with alcohol ink gold mixative. The other beads are just cheap shiny plastic beads. I arranged them on the wreath die cut and photographed it. I then proceeded to sew them to the wreath with gold thread and a beading needle. I initially tried foiling the…

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    Dazzle tape

    Hi crafters. If you have a bling allergy, you may want to leave now! I was challenging myself to make Christmas cards with some gel press paper in pink and oranges. I had a piece left over from some other cards, which I spread the remains of some home made glitter paste on. I used the Funky Fossil micro dots stencil. I thought this looked good enough for its own card. I was wondering what I could use with it when I spied a roll of Dazzle tape that I had discovered in a shop. I don’t usually mix my metals (silver and gold), but it seemed to work with…

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    Twinkly tape

    Hi crafters. This card was inspired by Nikki’s guest designer cards for the SSS Monday tape challenge. She used a gelli plate to make patterns which were then picked up with clear packing tape. I used some metallic acrylic paints on the gel press. I then added some blue stamping with MFT lined up dots background, as well as silver acrylic stamping of snowflakes and a joy stamp. I laid the packing tape over the plate and after picking it up, poured a mixed glitter on any remaining sticky bits. The strips were the adhered to light blue cardstock with matt medium. I decided to cut the Tim Holtz Flurry…

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    Tricky triangles

    Hi crafters. Have you seen the prompt for the current Less is More Challenge? The challenge is to pick one triangle only and have all your design within it. This had me pondering for a while. I made a triangle with pattern paper and the Birch Press prismatic dies. I cut the dies from cedar drawer liner and a neutral paper. I used a ruler to measure and draw my triangles on a 5×7 cardbase. I cut the triangle to fit and typed a quote from Frank A Clark which I found in a motivational quote book. It took me a long time to find a quote but I was…

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    Baroque Anniversary

    Hi crafters. Today I am guest designing for Time Out Challenges. The current challenge is Celebrations and is generously sponsored by Altenew. My card looks like it may have taken a long time to colour, but it didn’t. The whole card took about an hour and I wasn’t rushing. I started by stamping the largest flourish from the Altenew Baroque Stamp set in Versafine Clair Twilight, which is a navy colour. I rotated the grey, speckled paper and stamped again. I recommend inking the stamp well as repeated stamping may cause some of the fine details to be lost. The next step makes the colouring so easy. Altenew has a…

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    Shine

    Hi crafters. I was inspired by a Laurel Beard video to try white pigment ink on sprayed background. I used a Little Birdie star stencil plus small stars from Hero Arts, Your Next Stamp and Technique Tuesday stamp sets. I didn’t think it looked as good as Laurel’s just in white ( maybe a darker background would have been better), so I added some Brilliance gold sponging and stamping on top of the white. The white spots are where there was gold spray but the gold has fallen off. I added some gold glitter embossing to the stars with a Versamark pen. The sentiment is from the Stamplorations Art Marks…

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    Copper?

    Hi crafters. I decided to try one of the techniques from the November CAS mix up challenge which has an oxidised metal theme. The technique involves putting reinkers on foil cardstock. (There are videos at the challenge). I didn’t have the type of foil cardstock that was used in the video but I remembered I saved a copper coloured piece of cardstock from a gift box last Christmas. (You know the foiled cardstock they put at the back of toiletries to make them look more fancy). I put green and red distress reinkers on a piece. They wanted to pool rather than spread. I heated to dry them off and…