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    Birthday wishes

    Hi crafters, I’m experimenting with a variation of the technique Shari Carroll did this week. I decided to try something similar but with distress stains. I took some watercolour paper cut to size. I dabbed distress stain daubers on the end of a gift card and dragged them across the paper and wiped them off the gift card onto the paper. I used lots of greens and blues. I didn’t put very much on at a time. I then spattered with some water with perfect pearls in it ( plus accidentally poured some in the middle). After it was dry I stamped the sentiment from the 2018 March My Hero…

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    Dawn

    Hi crafters, Simon says Stamp has a wild things theme this week. I am experimenting with foiling images again. I also wanted to create a dawn scene for them. I used Spellbinders Make a Wish and Sizzix Birds and Stars dies to make stencils from scrap card. I stencilled Atelier heavy gel gloss medium through these. It is important not to let the gel ooze as it will resist watercolouring. I did this twice and second go there was still a little ooze which I lifted with a craft knife and used an eraser when it was dry to get rid of the shine and expose the paper. Once it…

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    Foiled rose.

    Hi crafters,I’m back with another card from my foiling experiments. This one uses a Hero arts rose stamp, Minc reactive paint and pink Fab foil. I could have been more thorough applying the reactive paint but the rose is still gorgeous in pink foil. The sentiment comes with the rose stamp. I started by choosing pink and purple Arteza real brush pens to colour it with a water brush. I kept it soft as the foil is the star. After colouring I put it back in the stamping tool and selectively restamped bits with Versafine Clair glamorous to make up for missing foil. I noted while doing this, that the…

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    I love foil, why doesn’t it love me?

    Hi Crafters, Have you had those days where nothing goes quite right? I have tried foiling with a laminator but it was always blotchy on the foil and speckled throughout the background. I have been wanting those lovely results that others get.  I used a coupon to get a minc machine at a discount.  Today I tried it out. I wanted to do a foiled background for a Xmas card.  I have some Heidi Swapp products which I thought might work for stencilling.  I am going to show the results of each attempt and what I did for each one. All examples are the same light weight card stock. 1.…

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