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    Papaya print

    Hi crafters. Still experimenting with gel press prints. I know I don’t have to keep them all, but I’m trying to figure out ways to use them on cards. Today I decided to try them in an embossing folder. The press and paper is 5×7 so I found this Cuttlebug Papaya Halves folder which is also 5×7. This print was loud and busy and I wasn’t holding a lot of hope for it, so there is no before photo. I brushed it over with Versafine Clair Monarch after the folder. It seemed to bring it together and improve it. I decided to experiment with embossing on ribbon. I stamped a…

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    More acetate

    Hi crafters. I didn’t try heat embossing on acetate on the last card, so I did another card! 🙂 This gel print started like this: I arranged the acetate like this: You can see that the embossing was fine. I was careful not to over heat it but it seemed fine. A test run had this super fine Ranger white coming out a bit clearer than silver Zing so I went with the white. The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday Sassy Birthday. I taped the acetate to the paper and sewed it on with lime and blue thread. I am entering this card in the Simon says Stamp Monday challenge:…

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    Experiments with acetate.

    Hi crafters. I am using another gel press print for the Simon says Stamp challenge but I wanted to try some secondhand acetate I found. It is transparency film for copiers – colour frame by unistat. There is a pale inner rectangle and a darker frame area. I tried the 4 colours against the print and went for blue. I used the dark and light parts together. I cut a panel with the guillotine. I thought it would be good to have holes to see the panel so I cut a square and rectangle with dies and smaller rectangles with a punch. The sentiment is Tim Holtz Sizzix sentiment words…

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    Stencilled birthday

    Hi crafters. I have had the gel print for a little while and couldn’t decide how to use it. The Simon says Stamp challenge spurred me into action, as it is about using stencils. This print has a few stencils: Kaisercraft grid, Dusty attic dots and on top the most visible is Stamplorations Stained glass. The stencil didn’t cover the whole of the paper, so I had a border area which I wasn’t sure what to do with. I found that this scrap piece of ribbon went well with the gold glitter flecks so I sewed that on with teal and purple thread. The sentiment is from Stamplorations The Bee’s…

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    Homemade foiled cardstock.

    Hi crafters. Back to experimenting again. I wanted to foil some die cuts. Normally I might try cutting them from cardstock that had been through the xyron machine, but I have finished the cartridge and haven’t got any more. Using glue to adhere foil can get sticky. So today I’m using what I’ve got and am coating some blue card with heavy gel gloss medium and then will foil the whole thing in the Minc and then cut it. You could use acrylic paint as I have previously found this was good for foiling too. I’m thinking of putting the die cuts on a blue cardstock background, so I thought…

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    Hooray

    Hi crafters. This is another entry in the Neat and Tangled competition on the Simon says Stamp blog. I started by stamping the Punchinella stamp twice in Versafine onyx black and clear embossing it. I then watercoloured with Mont Marte watercolours. The rinse water dropped on the border area so I painted that with gold acrylic. I matted it on black and fun foam and added a stacked Hooray sentiment. I am entering this card here on the Simon says Stamp Stamptember competition. I am also entering this card in the Simon says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Pop it up! since the panel and the sentiment are popped up.

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    Neat and Tangled 1

    Hi crafters. I got out my Neat and Tangled stamps for the Stamptember challenge on the Simon says Stamp blog. I started by stamping the main stamp from Art Deco in Versafine onyx black and clear embossing it. I stamped the sentiment from the same set and gold heat embossed it. Then I rainbow watercoloured with Kohi- Noor watercolour wheel. I added spatters of gold acrylic paint and also painted the edges of the card base. The panel was adhered with foam tape. I am entering this card in the Neat and Tangled challenge on the Simon says Stamp blog for Stamptember.

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    Party time

    Hi crafters. This card is inspired by the Sugar Pea designs mix it up challenge photo. Can you see what I was looking at? I’m not sure what the fluffy balls are made of, but I was thinking tulle. I have collected some fabrics for craft and when I went through them there was a tulle and organza type fabric in that maroon colour, as well as some pink. I found some shiny metallic gold fabric as well. I decided to use the Sugar Pea designs Sunburst cover plate to support my fluffy fabric. I painted a piece of watercolour paper with a couple of pink shades and splashes of…

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    Wildly disappointed

    Hi crafters. I couldn’t resist another paper piecing card for Lost Coast Portal to creativity. I’m using the same secondhand Stamp as the previous card but she’s gone a bit wild. I wanted to try some brighter pattern paper this time and give her a makeover. I stamped her on various papers and started cutting. I used the same pink for her skin as last time but it looked too anaemic so I redid that in yellow. I also redid the bowl in lime green as the pattern in the other paper got lost. I pieced her together and then realised her head had lined up with the black stripe…

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    Unloved

    Hi crafters. I’ve been thinking about the Lost Coast Designs and Carmen’s Veranda paper piecing challenge for a few days. I decided on the stamp, but it took a few days to finally commit to paper. I chose this Stamp as I like her but don’t use her much. I found her in a secondhand shop. Just look at her – she needs more love. She doesn’t have any label as to what brand she is. I love the detail in it. I stamped on various papers. The paper for the skin was from a magazine. I realised after stamping that the ink may not dry on it well. It…