Handmade Seaside Card

This is the result of my playing with my Woodware ‘Seashells’ stamps, versafine ink and embossing powders.

Seaside Card

Seaside Card Close Up 1

Seaside Card Close Up 2

The background was made from a piece of lining paper I’d used as a drying mat for brusho pieces.

I’ll definitely be using the embossing powders like this again.





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?




Armillary Sphere Handmade Card

Globe card close up

globe card 1

I created this card using Brushos onto vintage music paper. I then stamped all round the edges to add texture and sponged the edges with white acrylic. I then stamped the sphere in the centre and finally used a credit card to add black paint to the edges, before I attached it to a black card blank.

I’d like to enter it into the That’s Crafty! Going Round in Circles Challenge.



Trying Out 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?