Bursting Birthday Card

birthday card

I made this card for my best friend. His birthday was yesterday. It actually took a while to make. I sprayed some tissue with water, added brushos and then saturated it with water and left it to dry. Once dry I added it to the front of the card blank, sprayed it with water again and left it to dry. Once dry, I peeled the tissue off so it left a subtle impression.

Then I stamped with lots of different stamps and added embossing powders to small areas using a clear ink embossing pen.

I love how with brushos, each background comes out differently.

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A Super Sticky Stamp Solution

I bought some Woodware ‘Seashells’ stamps recently. They are beautiful, but I had a really hard time using them to begin with, because they are so sticky. I used the stamping platform, but the stamp stuck to the paper and when I lifted it off, it ripped the thin paper I was stamping on to.

I got some advice from the place I bought them from (Loobi Crafts) and they suggested I try Versafine ink. Well wow it really worked!

sticky stamp prints

The print on the left is black Archival and on the right is navy blue Versafine ink. Both are one print using the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform.

After years of crafting I think I’m going to swap ink. From Archival to Versafine!

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Cattitude

As I was testing out the new stamps I got free with the June Issue of Making Cards and Papercraft magazine on a dictionary page and I thought what a shame it was that I’d used a page containing the word ‘alchemy’ rather than using it for something ‘alchemy’ themed. That then gave me an idea for this Cattitude card:

cattitude card front

 

cattitude card close up curiosity

cattitude card close up manipulatecattitude card close up pleasure

I love cats. I actually like that you have to work for their affection. I can’t have them myself at the moment as I rent a second floor flat. I love to visit my parents though. They have two crazy cats. The cats are currently in the dog house (not a sentence you hear very often) as it’s baby bird season and unfortunately their wild side is coming out :/ I was tempted to use ‘killer’ or ‘master’……but maybe I’ll use them on a later card.

I  would like to enter this card into the May 2018 Be Humorous Country View Challenge.

Does anyone else have these stamps? If so, what did you do with them?

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Embossing, But Not As You Know It.

embossed flower

So I can’t remember where I got the idea from, but I thought I might try using some of embossing folders with clear ink and embossing powders.

I used a clear ink pad and just pressed it all over the inside of the folder. I then pressed card or paper down onto that part of the folder with the folder still open. I found that the best way to get a clear impression. I then used white embossing powder and heated it. Once it was cool I used Brushos over the top. You get different versions of the pattern depending on which side you use.

embossed numbers background

embossed writing background

embossed music sheets backgrounds

embossed shapes

embossed pattern

embossed background

I’ve also just seen them on craft TV using the same technique, but rollering on the ink and putting the whole lot through the embossing machine! I quite like the distressed look from my technique.

I am working on a Fathers Day card with this background:

card background

I hope it inspires you to try it out!!

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Happy Accident

So I decided to try removing one of my tricky large rubber stamps from the wooden block.

It actually worked well and stamps much better, but there was an unexpected gain.

wooden block with remaining texture

There were bits of rubber left on the block and I thought…that’s a nice texture, so I tried stamping it. And turned it into a card background using Brushos.

brushos card with background texture

And then I did some more!

brushos card with background texture2

brushos texture and flower card

How else could you use some byproducts from your stash?

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