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Monday, 26 September 2016

Delicate stencils

Have had so much fun playing with my inks this week, in this case seedless preserves and peacock feathers from the distress ink range.

I used super smooth Kraft card by Crafters Companion for this project as it takes inks, alcohol markers and blendable pencils brilliantly. The stencil is from Creative Expressions (damask). The rose and leaf dies are Creative Expressions, the poinsettia is by Spellbinder, I inked through the dies to colour the die cut, they were embossed and shaped befor putting them on the card.

I cut a small mat for the centre to mount the sentiment on which is by Creative Expressions and coloured using the inks after I removed it from the die. I embossed the mat using a embossing folder from the Sara Davis Signature Collection from Crafters Companion. Bothe the centre and the backing layout were matted on to my favorite black card as it helps make each bit pop.

I used the Clarity stencil brushes to blend the inks so I could achieve the gently blend from one colour to the next. As I have found the blending tools with the foam pads tends to give me a heavier saturation of ink and for this project I wanted the softness the brushes gave me.

Hope you like it and keep an eye for my next project.

Thursday, 22 September 2016


Have had a great day playing with inks and stencils, plus a little bit of guilding wax. 

This topper is on craft card. the inks I used were stormy sky and crushed olive distress inks, these were brushed on using Clarity stamps stencil brushes, to create a background. 

the deer stencil is a mini one from creative expression,  I drew through the stencil and the coloured them black using an alcohol marker. I also drew two trees on either side using the alcohol marker.

 The die cut trees are from Sheena Douglas Christmas range I cut the die cut apart ti give me three separate trees and used guilding wax to give them a moonlight shine. I also used guilding wax on the moon that I had masked off and a little on the deer.

 The sentiment is a creative expressions die.

Fluttering by

To create this card I used Clarity's Groovi boards. 
Plate mate
Fuchsia board 
Henna border plate
Large box frame.

First using the large box frame and a 1mm embossing tool to get a crisp white line. I traced the inner and outer boxes only.

I then places the fuchsia plate in to th plate mate and using a 1.5 mm ball tool I out lined the bird and various flowers and leaves to create he desired image in the centre square. I then places the netting into the plate mate and went back to my 1 mm ball tool, I traces the grid pattern to fill the whole of the outside of the square frame I had created. I them swapped over to the border plate mate and the henna border to trace a frilly edge around the outside of the design.

Now to emboss the centre images, at first I use my largest ball tool, to start stretching the parchment gently. ( I use a tumble dryer sheet to stop the ball tool dragging). I then change down in size ball tool to help the parchment stretch more to give a whiter finish, when I an happy with how white I want it to be I leave it to rest, befor embossing one more time.

I used a two needle tool to edge the design as well as following the grid lines I created using the netting plate. 

I then cut out the area I had pricked around using parchment scissors. I am entering this in the 

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