Cards - General, Cards Fancy Folds, Technique

The Masked Butterfly

Hi folks just wanted to share the card demo’d at my party on Wednesday. It used a few techniques, Masking, sponging and collaged stamps. I love the effect and the sponging is so simple but looks really effective. You might remember I use it on this card back in January when I first played with my In This World stamp set.

Its a fun wee Z type fold.

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Another Manic Day In My World

Sorry folks I had the best of intentions getting a post up tonight (its 1.30am as I write) I have to confess “The computer ate my homework Miss” I thought I would be a good girl and do a total close down and install the updates unfortunately it killed the computer completely and I was panicking BIG TIME! thankfully after three hours working at it the MAN was able to work his magic and make it work again.  We are kind of making do at the moment as the Earthquake  wreaked our laptop and other computer. I finally got as far as placing a claim today so hopefully they will look favourably on us and we might be able to replace the broken space. Everything else just kind of bounced but not the electronics strangely!

Anyway here is the Christmas Card I made for our last Team Swap. My first real go at heat embossing thanks to the lovely Sarah who leant me her heat tool thingee.

It is a 4″ Square card in Baja Breeze. I used Baja Breeze Ink to stamp the snowflake from Winter Post evenly over the whole card front. I did all the embossing using Whisper White Craft ink and White Embossing powder. The Reindeer is also from the Winter Post set; the vine along the top is from Vintage Vogue and Santa’s sleigh? Well its the “U” from the Broad Sheet Alphabet. I bet you don’t recognise the houses! That was a bit sneaky but I used the Neighborhood Wheel. I rolled out a strip on some scrap paper and then cut around the houses, removing them to create a stencil which I used with more Whisper White craft ink and a sponge. I loaded up the sponge with ink and sponged it over the stencil to create the border along the bottom. I stamped all the white bits first and then applied the embossing powder to the whole front at the same time. Craft ink is thicker and takes longer to dry than Classic Dye inks so this worked well.

I added rein details to the deer with our White Gel Pen. The sentiment is stamped using Concord Crush with the Merry Christmas Sentiment from Contempo Christmas on Baja Breeze, Punched out with the Scallop Oval and then the edges were sponged with Whisper White. I  mounted it using Dimensionals onto a Concord Crush Wide Oval which was stuck straight on to the  card.

I was really pleased with the results which I think were reasonably unique and very pretty. Not the usual Christmas Colours maybe but still effective.

Cards - General, Technique

My SENZ Sponging Demo

When I was in Auckland at our team training the lovely paula Dobson taught us how to “sponge”. So when I decided to do a Demonstration theatre spot at SENZ I thought why not take the bull by the horns and SPONGE!

I had a nice small group to demo to but it included a special lady named Sandra and seeing her friendly face  settled my nerves well.

I really like the effect I ended up with and in true stamping style each one is just a little different.

The Stamp set I used is the Level 1 Hostess set Organic Grace. Can you guess how many colours Ive used not including the black I used for the stamped images. Go one leave me a comment and see if you can name them!

Artist Trading Cards, Cards - Babies and Kids, Gift

Sponged Spirals

Now thats a funky title huh! Here is a littel Atc I made a week or so ago with the Swap Sisters ATC boy themed online class. The requirements were it had to have a sponged shape background (more about that in a minute), use two sentiments (mine were from two different Level 1 hostess sets), have a 3 D element (I added Crystal effects to the film strip pictures).

Here is My Atc mounted on the cover of a small flip Photo Album I am making as a gift for a friend who is expecting a baby. Once Bub is born I will add his name along the top.

The background design on the Whisper White was sponged using Baja Breeze and Certainly Celery inks. First I punched out a border around 2 sides of a rectangle  of scrap card which I used as a stencil then I laid it over the white piece and sponged over the edge of it  right round the edge repositioning it to do the other two sides with BAja Breeze. Then I moved on to covering the rest of the pieces in a wonky grid kind of design with Baja Breeze  then Certainly Celery. Leave some white showing though.

The film strip is really easy to make using the SU spiral punch. Punch along one side a strip of black cardstock then flip it over and start at the same end as you did on the other side so your holes line up and punch down that side too. I used a 1 1/2″ strip and teh wee squares are 3/4″ but you can do it bigger this was just a good size to put on my ATC.


Meet my new best friends…..

Mr and Mrs Dobber!dobbers I learnt how to use them this weekend and Im really pleased with the effect they give. I have tried inking but have not really achieved the results I was looking for. With the dobbers it gives a soft frame of muted colour around theouter of your piece and then a much stonger more true colour on the edge. I used them on the wee elephants on this layout

"Minty Fresh" this layour is about a little girl who did a painting in the bathroom with toothpaste
"Minty Fresh" this layour is about a little girl who did a painting in the bathroom with toothpaste

Heres a close up of the elephants

Inked around the edges and then grounded by a little shadow underneath. See the tiny paint brushes in their trunks!
Inked around the edges and then grounded by a little shadow underneath. See the tiny paint brushes in their trunks!

i think Im going to get a BIG pack of these with my next Stampin’ Up! order who has them cheaper than I have seen them anywhere else.
I still have more layouts and cards to come but Master 14 wants the internet so Im being kicked off! How rude!
Ka Kite Ano