Chardon Layout – Behind the scenes in Scrap Affairs Magazine with Tsukineko Inks

Create beautiful shimmering stamped images and chipboard elements in a few easy steps using a selection of your favourite ink pads. Combine and layer inks for beautiful life-like effects with loads of character and interesting details and effects.
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This layout is one my favorites featured in the latest Scrap Affairs Magazine here in South Africa.
It features my Chardon range of patterned papers with a stamp I designed as well using the gorgeous Brilliance and Versamagic Dew Drop Inks pads from Tsukineko.
Photo Credit: Annamarie Burger for Minette Botha

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I created loads of beautifully stamped leaves using a stamp I designed and made by Celebr8 in South Africa.

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Ink a leaf stamp using your Oasis Green Versamagic ink pad. Lightly mist the inked stamp with water and stamp the image onto technique cardstock. Clean your stamp with your stamp shammy.
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Ink your stamp only partially with Versamagic Turquoise Gem. Mist the inked stamp with water. Position the stamp over the original stamped image and stamp.
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TIP: Don’t stress if the stamp is not lined up perfectly this just adds to the watercolour look and perfectly imperfect feel of the image.

Ink your cleaned stamp with Versamagic Night Sky only in selected areas, mist with water and stamp over the first two layers. You now have a beautifully stamped multi-coloured and dimensional leaf image.
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TIP: Repeat the first step stamping your image using Versamagic Oasis Green. Always stamp the lightest colour first and then layer your darker colours on top. Darker colours are easier to layer onto lighter colours than what it is to layer light colours onto dark.

Stamp your image again only partially using Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy. Ink the cleaned stamp only partially using the Brilliance ink. Mist with water and then stamp the image. The Brilliance ink gives the pigment ink below a beautiful shimmering effect.

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Finish off your stamped images with another layer of partially stamped Versamagic Night Sky.
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Cut out your stamped leaves and ink the edges as desired.

With a few easy steps and changes of ink colours and layers you can create a beautiful variety of stamped elements for cards and layouts.

Create a beautiful shimmering layered chipboard wreath
Use your Versamagic Oasis Green and ink the chipboard element using the direct to paper technique. Lightly pat the ink pad onto the chipboard repeatedly until it is covered in a solid layer of ink
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Add a layer of Versamagic Turquoise Gem on top of the first layer of ink.
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Add a layer of Versamagic Night Sky ink here and there. Notice how I only lightly inked the edges using this darker shade of ink.

TIP: Leave the layers of ink to dry a bit in between inking. If the ink is too wet and you add another colour you may contaminate your ink pad with the previous colour. You can heat set the ink layers for a few seconds just to dry them slightly.

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Add some red highlights by using your Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy ink pad and inking the outside edges.

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Add a few drops of Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick directly onto your inked chipboard element. Mist the ink drops with water and let the ink flow and bleed all over the chipboard. Leave to dry or heat set using your heat gun.

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Paint a thin layer of All-Purpose Champagne Mist over the entire chipboard element. This layer will not only make the coloured chipboard shine and shimmer, but it will blend all the colours beautifully and seamlessly together for a stunning well inked effect.

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Products required:
Versamagic Oasis Green Dew Drop
Versamagic Turquoise Gem Dew Drop
Versamagic Night Sky Dew Drop
Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy
Distress Oxide reinker – Worn Lipstick
All-Purpose Ink – Champagne Mist
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Leaf Stamp – Short Cuts
Stamp Shammy
Chardon Patterned papers – Jowilna Nolte
Technique Cardstock – Short Cuts
Small soft paint brush
Craft sheet

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Celebr8 | Seamless border stencil

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This month I used one of the new Celebr8 seamless stencils as a product focus. The stencil is gorgeous and delicate with lots of spunk. And once you start working with it, you really can’t stop – it is simply exquisite! For this quick sampler I used a piece of printed paper and then added my stencil design to the right of it with some quick stamping and a Silhouette word cut and painted to the left.
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step 1 – take two of the stencils together on a piece of cardstock using washi tape.step1

step 2 – Use a blending tool and dye ink and blend over your stencils.
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step 3 – Remove the stencil to reveal a beautiful double border effect. Perfect for cards and layouts.
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step 4 – Place the taped stencil as is back onto a piece of cardstock. I used a piece that had some paint on it already. Mist over the stencils using a bright pink mist.
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step 5 – Remove the stencil to reveal a beautiful double pattern perfect for your art journal.
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step 6 – While the stencil is still wet, flip it over and use it to stamp onto a card.
step6I never throw away experiments of worked on scrap sheets. These become perfect backgrounds for cards and die-cut elements on your layouts. I love the messy, grunge and layered look you can achieve by simply having fun.

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Shop Celebr8 stencils at your favourite local supplier in South Africa and come back soon for loads of inspiration using their wonderful products.
Celebr8 is proudly distributed by The Wholesaler in South Africa.

Hello summer art journal page

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Inspired by the holidays that has sadly come to an end, I created this blue summer themed art journaling page.
The shades of blue and aqua makes the texture pop against a white background.
Take a look at how I created this gorgeous effect.

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step 1 – Add a background using watercolour paint. Combine 2 or 3 different shades of blue.

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step 2 – Stamp summer sentiment images onto smooth white cardstock using Versafine ink.
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step 3 – Add color to the stamped images using watercolour paint and leave to dry.
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step 4 – Mist a sheet of white cardstock using glimmer mist and leave to dry.
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step 5 – Trim the misted sheet of cardstock into random strips. Adhere the strips to your watercolour painted background using gel medium.
Cut some of the misted cardstock into a wave shape. Use a small 5mm hole punch and punch random holes onto the wave shaped strip.
TIP: Keep the punched dots to adhere at a later stage.
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step 6 – Adhere the stamped images.
Add a thick layer of Crackle Paint and leave to dry.
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Add coloured splats to the finished page, add random stenciling in blue.
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Add finishing touches using graphite pencils and chalk.
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Work the crayon into the crackle parts to highlight the cracks.
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And that finishes off a beautiful study in blue with loads of texture and shapes.
I love the freedom of this random summer themed art journaling page – perfect for a summers day activity.

Sunshine and Texture Cardstock Card.

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How often do you use your paper punches? Not enough is probably the answer like mine was. The thing with punches is that they can be amazing or simply useless. But when you make the investment in a great punch then they truly are amazing, like this little beauty of a border punch.

But how can we use our border punches to create some interest. One of my favourite design principles to use with any products is repetition. And repetition of a pattern can be a great design element with loads of appeal.sunshine_detail1

For this card I punched the border strip repeatedly onto a variety of cardstock colours. I combined the punched strips to create a card background with great effect. On top of the card I layered a chipboard element coloured in the same shades as my paper strips. Together they make for a fun element perfect for a tag, card or layout.
(Please be aware of what type of paper or cardstock you punch – as cardstock is generally not recommended for punching – you are doing this at your own risk and will need to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations)

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step1 -Punch a selection of strips using a single punch design but in a variety of colours.
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step 2 – Arrange the strips onto your background as you would like to adhere them.
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step 3 – Adhere the strips slightly overlapping each other using a glue pen until the entire background is covered in strips.
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step 4 – Use a variety of pens and markers to add colour to your chipboard element. Once the element is coloured, add a layer of dimensional glaze to finish it off nicely. Adhere the chipboard to the background piece and add some diamantes and other embellishments as you please.
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I hope you are encouraged to look at your punches in a different way, seeing loads more possibilities and get behind the creative options they have to offer. I know I sure do look at them differently each time I use them.
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I love both the simplicity and complexity of this cardstock card. It can be so interesting by simply adding a few extra elements like an additional colour behind the punched flower strips.

Layer Upon Layer – Creating With Chipboard And Ink

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Layers of inks, chipboard, stamps and paint offers you a world of creativity. Today I am sharing how I created a stunning effect by layering chipboard elements, paint, stamping and colouring to create a beautiful card. By combining your products together you can create beautiful effects to use on cards and layouts. detail3

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Add colour to a chipboard title using Memento LUXE ink. Lightly press the ink pad onto the chipboard repeatedly until it is covered in a solid layer of ink. Once the ink is dry add a layer of dimensional glaze (how stunning and vibrant the red ink becomes under the glaze)

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step 2 – Add colour to the Bubble Mesh chipboard piece. Lightly tap the ink pad onto the chipboard until it is covered in a layer of green ink

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step 3 – Colour 3 strips of white smooth American Crafts Cardstock. Add some ink to your craft sheet, mist with water and then press the strips into the colour repeatedly and leave to dry.
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step 4 – Once the coloured strips are dry, punch small circles.
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step 5 –  Adhere the coloured circles to selected areas at the back of your Bubble mesh piece.
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step 6 – The coloured circles will be visible once you turn your mesh piece over.
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step 7 – Stamp a flower and colour using your Prima water colour paints. Once dry assemble the card with the flower, bubble mesh piece and then layer the coloured title on top of the mesh and the stamped flower.
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And there you have a beautiful card with loads of personality and layers.

Layers are beautiful and by combining certain products together you can create a totally new look for your next project using chipboard and ink.