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    I think he’s sorry

    Hi crafters. Blog troubles today. I’m going to post this now while it still works. This is for the Stamptember Honey Bee competition on the Simon says Stamp blog. This is a magazine print with the gel press. This guy turned out reasonably clearly so I gave him a chance to say something with the Honey Bee Blah, Blah,Blah and Prickly sentiments sets. I added washi tape to the edges. I missed the Honey Bee competition so I will put it in Simon says Stamp Monday challenge: anything goes

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    Shadow man

    Hi crafters. I had a second go at the magazine image lifting with the gel press and didn’t do as well. ( For a tutorial go here or other YouTube videos). You could see a faint man on this one. I decided to persevere with him. I outlined him with a Pitt pen. I then started adding bits to the background with:Stamplorations Art Marks; Rubber Moon- Library card, Random number texture bits. The sentiment is from Rubber Moon. I tried stamping it with Staz On but it was a bit lost so I white heat embossed over the top. I trimmed the piece and added Washi tape. I am entering…

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    Hi crafters. Today I experimented with taking a print from a magazine picture with the gel press. Great fun. One tip- I discovered that I needed to use the same line of paints on the top and bottom layers, otherwise the image didn’t lift well – just experiment. Maybe the firmer paints do better as the second layer, than the more liquid ones. This is from a magazine photo, where I used ochre and either Payne’s Grey or white paints. I didn’t get the paper straight so I used ochre paint to cover any white at the edges. I tried out Andy Skinner Stampendous Textures stamps around the edge also…

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    Hi crafters. This is a combined entry for the Tim Holtz Stamptember and Monochrome challenges. For the Monochrome challenge I wanted to add heaps of texture to offset the single colour. I started with the Tim Holtz Burlap embossing folder. I rubbed Versafine Clair glamorous on the raised bits then clear heat embossed them. I then sprinkled it with Lindys magical Autumn Maple Crimson powder and spritzed. I cut the edges with (blunt) deckle scissors. I also used the keyboard embossing folder to do the party letters and rubbed glamorous ink on them plus distress stains in centre and glued red glitter around the outside. I put gloss varnish on…

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    Boy bling.

    Hi crafters. I wanted to do a Neat and Tangled card with the tiny triangles stamp. I stamped it twice on watercolour paper. I heat embossed them with SSS gold embossing powder. I then started painting triangles with tea dye, gathered twigs and brushed corduroy distress stains. I left some triangles white. I then coated all the open triangles with heavy gel gloss medium ( basically clear acrylic paint). I was thinking this would act as a resist. I then sprayed the panel with water and started adding ground expresso, walnut stain, black soot and forest moss stains (all daubers). If the paper was a bit dry I misted it…

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    Peaceful green.

    Hi crafters. I’m not at peace. I don’t want to see green for a few hours! 😕 I wanted to create an Asian themed card. I wanted an olive green but I didn’t have any. I cut a smaller rectangle out of a 5×7 piece of green card with the Waffleflower lacy layers 5×7 dies. I stamped the Impression Obsession bamboo stamp on the middle piece in mowed lawn distress ink. I had to stamp a few times as the card is textured and then the stamping was darker than I hoped. If I was starting again I would try just watermark ink. I stamped the outside with the Kaisercraft…

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    It’s a wrap 5

    Hi crafters. Still doing wrapping, but now it’s a bag. Was going to do tags but running out of time. Sprayed bag with acrylic paints. Then Kaisercraft triangles template with white paint. Then Kaisercraft sprays in green and blue. Then put stencil back on for a gold acrylic spray. It’s a wrap for the Simon says stamp Monday challenge: it’s a wrap.

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    It’s a wrap 4

    Hi crafters. Still doing wrapping paper from packaging. These pieces are from the inside of gift wrap rolls. They are smaller so I’m doing 2. (But good things come in small packages right?). I first sprayed with metallic acrylic paints from Kmart. Then I used black poster paint with a foam roller and urban artist stencils. I also added some gold hexagons. I am entering these wrapping papers in Simon says Stamp Monday challenge: it’s a wrap!

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    It’s a wrap 3

    Hi crafters. I’m using another piece of brown paper which had been in a package. I ironed it then sprayed it with acrylic paint sprays. I then placed the Triangles template from Kaisercraft on and rolled white poster paint on with a foam roller. I then sprayed with picked raspberry distress stain, Heidi Swapp coral color shine and red and orange Kaisercraft sprays. The white paint helps the colours show on the brown paper. I am entering this wrapping paper in the Simon says Stamp Monday challenge: it’s a wrap!

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    It’s a wrap 2

    Hi crafters. This one is pretty simple. I used packaging to make wrapping paper. The brown stiff paper is from the inside of a roll of wrapping paper. I ironed , then stamped it with a firm, foam circle from some packaging. I stamped it with firm acrylic paints. I then used a Judikins spot designers block to add a mod blob of gold in the centre. I then scribbled outlines with a Pitt artist marker. Simple, but it makes nice, bright, sturdy wrapping paper. I am entering this in the Simon says Stamp Monday challenge: It’s a wrap.