Friday, August 21, 2009

Faux Embossing

This is a nifty technique Flick taught me. She was demonstrating at the recent Quilt and Craft Fair (you've gotta go to those shows, there's demonstrations a-go-go - at least, there are when WE go!).

The faux 3d effect is quite eye-popping!

It looks like the image is embossed (that is, traced on the back with a stylus, so that the image stands up, enough to cast a shadow).

But it's totally flat!

The effect is achieved by stamping once with White craft ink (and what a great ink that is - the best white ink I've ever used!). Let it dry, or dry it off with a heat tool.

Then, use a stamp positioner, like the Stamp-a-ma-jig, to stamp the same image, offset to the side by just a few millimeters, in a dark ink.

Then (this is the unexpected step) stamp a SECOND time in the dark ink, in exactly the same spot. Why? Umm, it's very technical. The first stamping establishes the image, and the second one makes it ... better. Seriously, the effect of the white is powerful, so it takes two layers of regular ink to balance it out.

Here's a close look at the faux-embossing part :

You can see I couldn't keep my hands off my old favourite art material, pages from an old dictionary!

Here's another example I made in the same session.

The butterfly stamp from the Great Friend set (in the current mini catalogue) is also good for this technique. All the other stamps in this card are from that set too. So nice that everything just goes together!

Images © 1990-2009 Stampin' Up!®
Supplies used:
Stamp set: Great Friend, Baroque Motifs
Ink :White Craft ink, Not Quite Navy

Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Brocade Blue, Kraft

Other : Stamp-a-ma-jig

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Open House August 12 - Come Along!

To celebrate the start of the Spring Mini catalogue, I'm having an Open House at my place, and you're invited!

What will we be doing? Well, I'll demonstrate a few things (I could go on like that all night, so you'll need to stop me). I'll have samples for you to look at, and plenty of products for you to see first hand, handle, and maybe even use. I'll have a make and take project ready to go, so you can make something of your own. There will be catalogues to browse through, and you can buy a full catalogue on the night. And of course I'll have a copy of the Spring Mini for you. The kettle will be on, and there will be baked goodies. I like to bake, and eat, so that's an important feature.

Here's the details:

Date : 12 August 2009
Place : My home - call or email me for the address
Time: 7.30pm
Cost : nothing, of course!
Can I make an order?: Sure! But you don't have to.

I'll ask you to RSVP by phone or email.

And my sample here is a set of blocks, decorated with the very sweet Choo Choo stamp set from the mini. I used ordinary acrylic paint on them - I confess I did the whole thing rather quickly; you could certainly get a neater result - but I was INSPIRED!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Vellum and Watercolour Crayons - mmm, yes!

I mentioned earlier I'd like to play with some vellum - well, I went ahead and got some Stampin' Up vellum, in both the cardstock weight and the paper weight.

Here's what I made : I've stamped the sprig of leaves, and the "for you" message, from "Great Friend" (in the mini catalogue). I've stamped the flower from "Fifth Avenue Floral" onto the heavier vellum, and coloured with watercolour crayons. I cut out the flower, and adhered it to the base card.

The Stampin' Up watercolour crayons did a fantastic job. When you watercolour, you want to be able to move the colour around just as you like it. These crayons are very obedient, and the colour just glows!

Adhering vellum is always a tricky one - how to hide the tape, or whatever you use? I found that the Stampin' Up glue stick did a great job of sticking vellum to cardstock. Just had to weight it down for a few minutes while it got properly stuck.

See my tricky trick? White gel pen touches to highlight the flower - it really makes it pop!

I made these samples at the Quilt and Craft fair. Such a nice time to colour in flower after flower, and chat to an audience at the same time!

Images © 1990-2009 Stampin' Up!®
Supplies used:
Stamp set: Great Friend, Fifth Avenue Floral
Ink :
Summer Sun, Old Olive, Basic Black
Cardstock: Old Olive, More Mustard

Other : Watercolour crayons, Aquapainter, White Gel Pen

NOW the mini catalogue starts!!

All Aboard!

Additions to this blog over the next few days will feature items from the Spring Mini Catalogue.

Here we have "Choo Choo", the gorgeous little train set. It's made of all solid stamps, so of course, I've stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock (the best stamping cardstock I've ever used) for crisp, clean images.

What do you know, the animals from Wild About You like to ride on the Choo Choo train! I love it!

As you can see, I got my "Right on Track" wheel going, in spite of having no handle for it. For your information, yes, it can be done, but it's a bit of a bother. At a mighty $7.50, I'll be ordering the handle. Then, once I have a handle, I can get more wheels, eh?

Images © 1990-2009 Stampin' Up!®
Supplies used:
Stamp set: Choo Choo, Wild About You, Jumbo Outline Alphabet
Stampin' Around Wheel : Right on Track
Ink :
Summer Sun, Pixie Pink, Old Olive, Ruby Red, Not Quite Navy, Cameo Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Brocade Blue