Stampendous Embossing Enamels

So I was at the ‘Craft4Crafters’ Show at the Bath and West Showground (UK) last weekend and I got a few bargains at the Stampendous stand. The most exciting of which were some Fran-tage embossing enamels:

aged embossing enamels tubs

aged embossing open powders

chunky powder tubs

chunky open powders

I tried them out as soon as I got home. They are different to everything else I’ve tried. I found that heating with a heat tool from underneath worked the best. I went for chunkier stamps and each time I used them the effects were a bit different. They give a distressed kind of look that I love and I think they will be a great addition to backgrounds, especially when teamed with distress oxides or brushos.

Here are the chunky gold and silver powders. I love the thickness of the final look, like liquid metal. These examples were both just one layer of powder:

chunky gold

chunky silver

This is the aged spice (it’s hard to get a decent photo as the light reflects off it):

aged spice butterfly

This is the aged black, which is actually a mix of grey, black and gold:

aged black bee

This is the shabby pink, it’s impossible to show in a photo, but it’s a lovely mix of pink and white with gold glitter:

pink butterfly

You can also use it without an ink pad if you heat it underneath. You’d be better with a heat tool with a lower setting, but I managed with my powerful, blowy heat tool. This is what it looks like sprinkled on a brusho and rubber stamped background:

shabby pink corner

This is the aged black on a brusho background:

aged black cogs.jpg

Whereas for this next one the brushos were added after the embossing enamel:

aged black cogs2

This post is just a taster really. I need to experiment more with using them on different surfaces and on die cuts and edges etc. To be continued…..

The stamps I’ve used are:

  • Docrafts Urban Stamps – Craft Collections – Pastels
  • Inkadinkado – Fluid Motion
  • Ranger melt Art – Texture Treads – Graphic Gears
  • Papermania Capsule – Geometric Neon

Crafting Cheaply – £1 Products

NB I am crafting in the UK, but if you’re in other countries some of my bargain posts may still give you ideas. 

I bought some very cheap alphabet stamps £1 each from Every Crafts a Pound here. Things don’t stay on there for long, but I’ve seen them at The Range too I think. I love alphabet stamps! I have quite a few now. I find sentiments are a bit pointless unless you are doing a production line of cards (I’m lucky if I have time to make one).

alphabet stamps for wordpress

Last time I was at IKEA I bought a paper pack for £5 you can see it here.The paper isn’t thin, it’s somewhere between paper and card. You get A3 and A4 off white, A4 bolds and A4 pastels.

Today I got this sketch pad and foam tape/squares from Poundland for £1 each. The sketch pad paper has a nice feel to it. Nice and thick. Doesn’t feel scratchy.

A4 Sketchpad

foam tape and squares

I tried out the pad and the stamps when I was practising. This is what it looks like. I am really happy with them. The only downside with the stamps is you have to cut out all the letters, they are all joined together! I used a small pair of nail scissors.

dream big on pad

I still have more cheap craft ideas…..stay tuned.


Another Tag

I’ve been messing around with brush lettering. It’s trickier than it looks.

Dream Big

I’m trying not to worry about being perfect! As with the previous post, I used one of my new cheap tag dies, together with my vintage sheet music. I used my Tombow Dual tip pen for the lettering and I stamped with a new stamp from this set: Covermason Stamps. I used distress inks to add a zing of colour.

I have so many tags now,  I ought to work out what to do with them all! What do you do with yours?

Tag made with new bargains

tag for wordpress

So I made this tag using the tag dies I showed in this post. I used one of the new stamp sets I got from Amazon for the words. I used a page from a book of vintage sheet music I bought for 50p from a charity shop for the base of the tag. I did have to make the hole slightly bigger to get the ribbon through. I love the faux stitching round the outside.

Crafting Cheaply – Bag A Bargain

I thought I might do a few more ‘useful’ posts that other crafters might be interested in.

I’ve found a few craft things recently that have been surprisingly cheap. So…I thought….are they any good?

Cheap cutting dies:

Now, I’m not an expert in dies. But they are EXPENSIVE! I can’t afford to be spending £15 on a set of dies I might only use occasionally. So I did a bit of hunting around. I found a couple of places where you can get them MUCH cheaper. I don’t want to spend more than £6 on a die set.

These are the ones I found.

The Works‘ (a shop in the UK) have brought in a load of new die sets. I bought NEARLY ALL of them. You can sign up to the email newsletter and get 10-20% off online. Individually the sets are all £6 or less. The bundle set (link below) is out of stock at the moment, hopefully they will all come back in. I am very glad I bought them when I did. To find the M & C ones you have to search for ‘metal dies’. If not, a lot of them seem to also be on ebay.

M and C Boutique Metal Craft Dies Set

I’ve also bought dies from Amazon (UK). I wondered if they would be naff as they were so cheap, but so far they have worked fine. They seem to have the same die under all sorts of different Company names. I’ve checked the US Amazon and they do seem to have a lot of the same ones available.

tag dies

Metal tag dies

Cheap stamps:

stamps for wordpress 1

So I also bought some stamps while I was doing my Amazon order.

A variety of stamp options

The only stamp set I wasn’t so keen on was the Alice in Wonderland stamps. Only because they were much smaller than I expected and it’s hard to make out the design on most of them. There are still one or two I’d use, and they are so cheap I’m not too worried.

Click here to see the first tag I made with some of the stamps and dies I bought.

In the next Crafting Cheaply post I’m going to share some research I’ve done about different websites to buy branded craft products from to get a good price without paying a fortune for delivery.

You can also view my post on a cheaper alternative to Chameleon pens (if you already have alcohol markers in your stash) here.

I attempted to make my own DIY gelli plate, which I blogged about, but I gave up and bought a real one! Sometimes you have to spend the money on a tool which will last you a long time.



The Documented Life Project Week 3 – The Colour Wheel

colour wheel

This is my attempt at DLP week three, using book pages (or in my case patterned tissue paper and gesso. I used handmade stamps to put coloured shapes in the background and covered over with gesso (actually it was white emulsion). Apologies that the centre is unclear, it didn’t scan too well where all the strings are! I stamped in black archival on all the individually painted mini tags. I’m quite pleased with it. Not every thing is perfect, but it has a neatness to it that I don’t normally have in my art.