Welcome to another blog post featuring some of the amazing Christmas themed goodies available now. I love the Mini Stamps from the Naughty or Nice Collection – simple to use and easy to make a statement with on your next project. This stamp is the one I might just chose to use for all my Christmas Cards this year – gorgeous and elegant.
One of my favourite techniques is simply plain inking a background, and admittedly with all the amazing products and must-haves on the market it is one of the things we do less and less. It was time to dust off the amazing little inks and make some magic with blending backgrounds.
- Products used
TMD-601 Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad – Bahama Blue
- TMD-200 Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad – Tangelo
- TMD-801 Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad – Potters Clay
- TVF-CLA-351 VersaFine Clair Ink Pad – Nocturne
- LPPHC0015 Lady Pattern Paper hello CARDS (A6 Blank Cards & C6 Envelopes – 20 Each)
- C8 SM4049 Celebr8 Mask – Bubbles
- C8 SM4047 Celebr8 Mask – Textures
- Kaisercraft Rosabella Clear Stamps
- TW6958 Tape Wormz White Double Sided Foam Tape – 1.5mm x 12mm x 10m
- Other: Blending Brush, Watercolour Paint, Pearls
This week on the Kaisercraft blog we are using Decorative Dies on projects – I love these textured dies for various reasons. But I think their simplicity is the best thing about them.
You can dress them up or keep things simple like I did this time.
I had a piece of white cardstock with some ink stains on it and used that to cut the Textured Brickwork die out of the inked parts.
This created an interesting effect, that is instant and beautiful.
The butterfly stamped on acetate was folded in half and attached using a brad.
The background has some gorgeous blue pattern on it created using Infusions. Such a beautiful and unexpected effect that I love with this pink and green paper combo.
Coloured paint splats in shades of pink, green, blue and black pull everything together.
And of late I am really loving this simplistic style of scrapping – Perfect for creativity and using up my odd stash of embellishments.
All Kaisercraft products are distributed by The Wholesaler in South Africa.
Kaisercraft Products: SS361 Sticker Sheet, P2515 Dreamer, CS324 Clear Stamp, DD970 Stamp Tropics, DD480 Texture Brickwork
Other: White cardstock, Walnut ink, Infusions, Diamante, StazOn ink, Acetate, Brad, Sequins, VersaFine Smokey Grey ink, Date stamp
Don’t you just love red, and with the month of love we are celebrating raspberry red with loads of repetition. I created this shimmering layout using tons of red ink and then added a few splashes of other color for some fun contrast. Take a look at how I created the fun shimmering elements, stamped with the amazing new raspberry red shaded Glamorous VersaFine Clair and had fun with repeating elements in my design.
Time: 1 hour
Step 1 – Add a small amount of Creative Shimmer onto your Craft Mat. Add a few drops of dye inkers to the medium. I added 2 colors of red.
Step 2 – Mix the inker into the paste really well using your palette knife until the paste is fully colored.
Step 3 – Apply the colored paste through a stencil onto craft paper and leave to dry. The creative medium dries really fast and has a stunning shimmer.
step 4 – Use the same inkers to color a piece of smooth white cardstock. Drop a few drops onto the cardstock and mist with water.
Step 5 – Apply some of the colored paste onto the colored cardstock using the same square stencil.
step 6 – Color a sheet of white cardstock with the same red inkers. Once dry stamp some images onto the background using VersaFine Clair Glamorous.
step 7 – Add random color splats using Fireworks sprays to add color to the background. Cut out flowers from patterned papers and adhere them. Then stamp some random text in the background using VersaFine Clair.
step 8 – Use VersaFine Clair Pinecone and stencil some dots onto the background. Then adhere your photo. Cut stenciled squares with a beautiful shimmer from the papers and adhere to the layout. Add diamanté to finish off.
- Craft Mat
- VersaFine Clair – Glamorous, Pinecone
- Tsukineko Dye Inker – Crimson, Poppy Red
- Creative Medium – Shimmer
- Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray – Dandelion, Pear Tart, Bahama Blue, Tangelo
- Cardstock – white
- Jowilna Nolte – stencil, stamp
- Kaisercraft – patterned paper
I love the magical effect of All Purpose Ink and how easy it is to create stunning effects. On the blog over at The Wholesaler I am sharing a resist technique using All Purpose inks and Texture Paste – simple but magical. Hop on over and try it for yourself.
you can read all about my process on their blog and how just playing on any media surface can result in magical effects.
- ADCO 724868 Anna Griffin Texture Paste – Gloss Finish (250ml)
- TAPI-018 All-Purpose Ink – Ultramarine
- TAPI-022 All-Purpose Ink – Spring Green
- TAPI-090 All-Purpose Ink – Banana Cream
- TMD-400 Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad – Rose Bud
- TMD-301 Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad – Rhubarb Stalk
- Other: Stencil: Jowilna Nolte; Palette knife; book paper
Blending colors can be tricky but when you use amazing inks like Tsukineko’s VersaMagic chalk inks, then blending and creating a seamless look is magical. For this blog post, I show you how to color a chipboard piece blended with four colors of pigment ink for a gorgeous earth toned ombre look. This chipboard can be used in a scrapbook, card or any craft project you choose.Hop on over to the Imagine blog for a step x step on how to get the perfect blended chipboard element!
- Celebr8 – “You Were Born to Stand Out” chipboard
when i first saw this gorgeous range from Kaisercraft I had visions of what I can achieve with the amazing patterns and fun bright colours.
But how do you not take away from the gorgeous patterns or loose track of your photos on a scrapbook page in the process.
well you simply fussy cut an entire sheet of paper!
… and then add a beautifully cut silhouette title coloured in All Purpose inks
These inks are simply amazing and you can achieve the most gorgeous effects with them.
I also used the All Purpose Inks on my background to mimic the paper – the effect is soft and gorgeous and blends in perfectly with the patterned papers.
The fussy cut flowers are supported by some fun embellishments to match the theme, stamping on the background and some bling
I think this is such a gorgeous range and can see myself using it a few more times.
#TheWholesaler #ShortCutsCraft #Carabella #IllustartedFaith #BellaBlvd #AllPurposeInk #Imagine
TAPI-016 All-Purpose Ink – Peony Purple
TAPI-040 All-Purpose Ink – Mint Green
TAPI-058 All-Purpose Ink – Sky Mist
ADCO 724871 Anna Griffin Acrylic Gesso – White (250ml)
KCP2316 Bombay Sunset Double Sided Paper – Daybreak
KCP2324 Bombay Sunset Double Sided Paper – Sundown
KCP2319 Bombay Sunset Double Sided Paper – Sari
I love using book paper in my projects, and what better than using an entire old book to create something beautiful. I used a spread in my old book to create an altered page – combined with stenciling, texture and All-Purpose Inks I create loads of interest.
step 1 – Use a stencil and texture paste to add some texture to the spread. Leave the paste to dry.
step 2 – On a sheet of white smooth cardstock add some more stencilling and then add colour using All-Purpose Inks. Leave the sheet to dry and then cut into small strips.
step 3 – Adhere the coloured and texture strips to the book spread using gel medium and leave to dry.
step 4 – Use a pipette to add colour to the spread. Once you add the colour lightly mist it with water and let the ink run and blend. Leave the ink top dry or use a heat gun to dry. Lift the book up to make the ink run to add even more interest.
TIP: I mist the pages with water, then drop some colour onto the wet page and then mist again with water.
This way the ink blends and spread.
step 5 – Stamp a leaf image onto white cardstock and then add colour using all-purpose inks to add colour. Use a heat gun to dry the ink.
Adhere the leaf to the spread, add additional embellishments and stamping.
An altered book spread is a beautiful and creative way to use your old books and turn them into works of art.
I was using this gorgeous stamp set from 49 and Market and what came to me was ‘tarred and feathered’. Often whilst using my stash, certain words come to mind, phrases or sayings that can spark an idea. So tarred and feathered it was!
For the tarred portion of this project I used my gears stencil to create some texture and from there on the project was built up layer by layer. Let’s take a look…
step 1 – On a sheet of watercolour paper, use your texture paste and apply a pattern onto the background. I used this stencil from Kaisercraft
step 2 – Once the paste is dry, use a pipette and two colours of All Purpose Ink and add some colour. Mist the paper with water and then add the ink one colour at a time over the wet areas and let it flow and bleed.
step 3 – Use Cool Grey All Purpose Ink and your pipette and paint lines around the gears to create shadows.
step 4 – Once the grey ink is dry use your Graphic pencil and add shading.
step 5 – Stamp feathers onto smooth white cardstock using VersaFine Ink.
step 6 – Colour the feathers in using your 3 shades of All Purpose Inks and blend the colours. I used a small paint brush for better control over the colouring process and smooth lines.
step 7 – Once your feathers are dry cover them in a layer of dimensional glaze. Lightly sprinkle the wet glaze with some light blue micro beads and leave to dry
step 8 – Once the glaze dries the beads are encased in the glazed and gives a beautiful dimension to the feathers.
TIP: Please note that normally I would always adhere my element to my base making sure the edges are glued down really well before glazing them. Otherwise the glaze runs off the edges, makes the element curl up and the glaze run off the edges. But this time I knew that it would be ok it something weird happened, although I was confident it wouldn’t. Instead the glaze made the feathers curl, giving them a beautiful shape.
step 9 – Adhere the feathers to your art panel background and finish off with more stamping and a twine bow.
This layering technique will translate really well into your art journal, so have fun, experiment and don’t forget to layer, layer and layer your inks.
- MSS 85137 49 and Market Stamp – Feathers
- TAPI-096 All-Purpose Ink – Orchid Odyssey
- TAPI-058 All-Purpose Ink – Sky Mist
- TAPI-081 All-Purpose Ink – Cool Gray
- TVF-082 VersaFine Ink Pad – Onyx Black
- TVF-083 VersaFine Ink Pad – Smokey Gray
- DANT763100 3D Clear Gloss (25ml)
- ADCO 724869 Anna Griffin Texture Paste – White Finish (250ml)
- Kaisercraft Stencil
- Other: Microbeads American Crafts, Watercolour paper, Paint brush, Palette knife
On the Imagine blog I am sharing this gorgeous tag created using StazOn inks and embossing paste. Hop on over to the blog to see how I created this beautiful shimmery look.
The best and most beautiful things are felt with the heart and cannot be seen – a favorite saying of mine and also the inspiration behind my themed tag this month. I used inks and paste to create a shimmering background for this beautiful tag.