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    Party animal.

    Hi crafters. I thought I’d try putting an image over an old background. It was painted with watercolour and acrylic metallic sprays. I stamped the Katzelkraft cat in Versafine Clair Acorn. I coloured him with Arteza woodless watercolour pencils and a waterbrush. I avoided the red blobs as they reactivate. I restamped him with Versafine onyx black and clear heat embossed. The sentiment and sparkler are from Technique Tuesday party time owl. I am entering this card in the Lost Coast portal Cats and Dogs challenge.

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    Box 3

    Hi crafters. Another box for Simon says Stamp Wednesday challenge. I started adding colours using various pink, red and purple paints. Later layers were done with stencils. Some layers don’t show as well as others. You can see a shine on the left from metallic paint but it isn’t very obvious. I rubbed some wilted violet and festive berries distress stains into the gaps. I wanted to emboss on the top and eventually decided to use the Penny Black Stamp Melange. I heat embossed it in platinum. I am entering this box in the Simon says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything but a card. Stencils used: Kaisercraft: Grunge, terrazzo

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    Box 2

    Hi crafters. I decided to make another box, but different colours and effects. I added a whole coat of metallic teal paint. This was because the medium I use later will need acrylic underneath. I used the gel press and a Kaisercraft stencil with silver paint on top. Some paint came off to expose kraft but this will add to the antique look. I then coated the box with Jo Sonja’s crackle medium. I didn’t coat the top of the sides in case this made it too thick and hard to close. When it was dry I rubbed a dark metallic wax into the cracks. I am entering this box…

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    The box

    Hi crafters. When the Monday Simon says Stamp challenge was wrap it up, I had a few ideas I didn’t get to use. This is one of them. I was watching gel press videos and they said you could print on anything. I have some plain, secondhand gift boxes, I have wanted to decorate so this was my chance. Before I used the gel press to add layers of colours, mostly with stencils. I used metallic blue, green and gold paints towards the end with more delicate stencils. I wanted to put stamping on top. I tried unicorn white pigment ink with Stampendous Textures stamps. I heat dried it. I…

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    Hi crafters. This Cityscape uses the Clovis House die from Poppystamps. I cut it many times with brayer paper left from using the gel press. I glued these to the last layer which embossed windows. One was stained with distress stains and backed with gold instead of blue. The blue ones were edged with blueprint sketch. They were glued in rows, with the front row popped up. The sentiment is from Hero Arts March my monthly hero kit and stamped with unicorn white ink. The paper is textured and I stamped a few times and then used a blue gel pen where it wasn’t clear. I am entering this card…

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    It’s time

    Hi crafters. I decided to do another cityscape with the Concord and 9th City stacks. I thought I’d do simple buildings and wild sky. I may have gone too far, but it’s all an experiment. I started with a page from a Japanese book. I stamped some texture stamps on it, then rubbed on some gesso. I applied some texture paste with homemade stencils cut from dies ( penny black – punchinella and Sizzix – birds and stars). I applied some distress stains and spritzed, then added some more. I applied Prima stamps in archival ink ( seamstress, Messy and read to me). Then more stains. I rubbed brushed pewter…

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    Purrfect birthday

    Hi crafters. This was another experiment with circular stamping. I used the Ink Road Meow mix set of stamps which allows you to make custom cats. I stamped one of the images in a circle, then added extra bits. I coloured my cats with Arteza woodless watercolour pencils. The sentiment is from The Ton Basic labels plus Impression Obsession Sentiments add ons. I am entering this card in the WCMD challenge at the Simon says Stamp blog.

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    Hi crafters. Just testing out the Technique Tuesday mandala die. I cut the die from 3 different papers and pieced it back together on xyroned card. The exposed sticky bits were brushed with PearlEx Super bronze powder. The sentiment is also Technique Tuesday from their agapanthus set. I heat embossed it with Ranger copper embossing powder.  What is good if you do this, is that you can piece together more mandalas from the other pieces. I am entering these cards in the WCMD challenge at the Simon says Stamp blog.

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    City greetings

    Hi crafters. This city card uses the City Stacks Stamp set from Concord and 9th. I started with a page from a scaffolders manual. I put some gesso on it so not so much of the text and diagrams show at the end. Over the gesso, I stamped the Darkroom Door world map then I added texture paste with Kaisercraft stencils:grid and grunge plus TCW mini corncob etching. I then added blue and grey distress stains. I then used the Stamplorations tribal triangles stencil with silver acrylic spray paint. For the buildings, I used the city stamp in the City Stacks Stamp set with Versafine onyx black in first and…

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    Hi crafters. This a card for the Simon says Stamp Monday challenge. I started with a dictionary page. I tried to press Versafine onyx black through TCW city buildings stencil.  That didn’t work straight from the ink pad, so I turned the black stencil over and pressed it onto the paper and rolled a brayer over it. I then clear heat embossed it. I coloured the buildings very roughly with swipes of distress stains in rusty hinge, wild honey, tea dye and barn door. I stamped the Impression Obsession wood grain stamp in onyx black at the top. The sky area has crushed olive, forest moss and evergreen bough. The…