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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Crafts Dreamy Challenge May

Hello dearest visitor,

Today I share my project for the Crafts Dreamy Challenge Blog that I am a design team member of.

We have a monthly moodboard for inspiration. 

This is this month's moodboard. Inspured by the sea.

This is the card I made. I decided to make my background using various embossing powders from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies. I made the beach with Dirty Sand powder, the water part is Deep Sea powder and the surf and sea foam is Soft Fallen Snow powder. The sentiment, starfish and shells are covered with Vintage Beeswax powder and the coral with Spiced Candy. I stamped with various colours of archival ink and coloured with distress markers. 

Thanks so much for stepping by and taking the time to read my post. I hope to see you again.

Take care and keep your craft on!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Faux Delft Ware tutorial

A while back I started having a Delft Blue craft phase. I made cards and tags inspired by the traditional Dutch Delft Blue style. As people got very excited about it, I decided to do a step by step tutorial.

This is what I use, cobalt and shadow grey archival ink. A crackle stamp, a border stamp, a focal stamp and ofcourse card stock. Oh and post its or tape. 

I stamp the crackle background first. I found that this looks better at the end. I tried it the other way round, the blue first and then the grey, but this way makes the crackle stand out more under the blue. 

I stick the post its on the corners, you can use painter's tape also. This way you control where the borders end. 

The new trims stamps by Tim Holtz are perfect for this look!

You stamp all sides. Wait till you pull away the tape/post its!! Instant tile look!

See what I mean??

Now stamp the focal image in the same blue and you have a perfect Delft Blue masterpiece!

I always like to ink the edges of my projects with walnut stain distress ink, it somehow finishes it off and gives it a vintage look.

I like to mount these on dark blue card blanks to emphasise the blue. And you are done!

Thank you for stepping by. 
Take care and keep your craft on!

Crafts Dreamy Challenge blog April

This month the mood board of the Crafts Dreamy Challenge Blog is inspired by Spring and Easter.

I created a card with a Kraft card blank. I inked over a Tim Holtz stencil with antique linen distress oxide. Then stamped the nest and the egg.
I stamped the flowers and coloured them and used the coordinating framelits to cut them out. I willed a tiny glass bottle with tumbled glass distress embossing powder and a little layer of glue. I stuck the flowers in there and then tied a paper ribbon around it. I ued the same ribbon to create a border on the bottom of the card and hot glued the bottle and its cork to the card.

Thanks you for stepping by. 

Keep your craft on :-)


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Faux negative photograph technique tutorial

I made a card the other day using one of the many techniques that Tim Holtz teaches in the Creative Chemistry 103 online card classes. I absolutely recommend all three Creative Chemistry classes Tim teaches. Creative Chemistry 101, 102 and 103 teach you to get so much more out of your supplies!! For more info click HERE and no I am not affiliated with Tim Holtz or the Online Card Classes website. I just want to share my enthousiasm. It is the best money on crafting I ever spent.

Anyhoooooo, we are here to talk about the faux negative photograph image-ing.

This background is the one I am talking about. I will show you step by step how to do it. Although I am using different stamps today. 

This technique only works on yupo paper, this is a plastic paper that works perfect with alcohol inks. I normally use these three colours for this technique. I apply them to my blending tool and felt and start blotting it on the yupo.

It just occured to me that this looks amazingly like tortoise shell!! Hmmm.... I feel an experiment coming on... 
I cover the whole piece of yupo until I am satisfied with the coverage.

This is what I ended up with. Now this has to completely dry. I always let it air dry, eventhough I am a very impatient crafter
 But the result is more beautiful if you let "nature" take its course lol.

I plan to make a collage immage using these stamps of stamp set CMS080 Artful Artifacts. 
I start out with the Romanesque face.

 You can use black archival ink, but I prefer a light grey one, so the image gets even lighter. 

You see the wet stamped image. Now you have to move quick, although the ink stays wet for quite a while, but the best results you get when the ink is very wet.

I immediately cover the image with a tissue, you could use an absorbant cloth, and press on it without shifting it. You want to lift as much ink off as possible.

As you can see I picked up quite a bit of ink, but the magic happens once we rub over the stamped image with a dry cloth or tissue. 

Put in some elbow grease and this is the result. You have the look of a vintage negative of a photograph... I could leave it like this, but I like to add to my background...

I stamped and blotted and rubbed again. 

And stamped, blotted and rubbed again. Now I can turn it into a card. 

I hope this tutorial will make you give it a try yourself. 

Thank you for stepping by, take care and keep your craft on!


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Fluffy bow tutorial revisited

Hello dear crafter,

As so many people keep asking for the tutorial of how I make my fluffy bows, I decided to make a newer version as the old one dates from 3 years ago, and I have since "perfected" it a bit. So here the step by step how to make those luscious fluffy bows.

I start out with blank crinkle ribbon or seam binding. I wrap it around my hand about 5, 6 or 7 times. It depends on how fluffy you want it. I cut that piece off. This is your blank "canvas" now. Sometimes I stain it with distress ink, distress stain or distress markers. 

I am making a very Dutch themed tag, so I coloured the ribbon with red and blue distress markers, festive berries and chipped sapphire to be exact. I always mist a bit of water over it after colouring and immediately dry it with my heat tool. This makes the ink bleed a tiny bit.

I wrap the dried ribbon around my hand again, this time not all the way, I measure a piece (by eye) to cut off to fasten the fluffy part of the bow with.

So now I have a shorter and a longer piece of ribbon.

As you can see, I made a very Dutch themes tag, hence the red, white and blue ribbon lol. I take the shorter piece of ribbon and lace it through the tag. You use this to fasten the fluffy part of the bow to the tag. 

Once again I wrap the ribbon around my hand. Normally I just wrap it around my hand, not neatly like this, but I wanted the colours to stay where they are.

I slide it off my hand and pinch the centre of the loops. 

Now put the loops on the hole, with the shorter piece of ribbon. Now the next step is a bit teicky but after a try or two it will go super easy.

I put my pinky on the centre of the bow, to make sure it stay put. Same as you do when teaching a child to tie its shoes. With the rest of my fingers I take the short piece of ribbon and tie the bow down with a half knot. This way you can see if the bow is centred.

I am happy with my bow so I tighten the knot. And then make a bow on top of my bow.

This is how it looks unfluffed. I trimmed the ends of the ribbon and now we fluff the bow!

I gently pull the individual loops of the bow apart and scrunch them a bit.
This will puff up the bow...

And VOILÁ, you have a perfect fluffy bow on top of your tag, or even on your card. 

And here is the finished tag!

I hope you learned a bit and will create your own bows now.

Thank you for stepping by. Take care and keep your craft on.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Crafts Dreamy Design Team March

Welcome dear crafter,

Today I am sharing my project I made for the Crafts Dreamy Challenge Blog.

Every month we make something inspired by a mood bord. This month it was this one:

I immediately had an idea in my head. So this is what I made:

 This is how I started out. I stamped the coffee cup, a Tim Holtz Blue Print stamp, and heatembossed it with Mercury Rising embossing powder from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies . Then I stamped the crackle over the whole tag and also embossed this with Mercury Rising. After that cools you just start colouring. Cell by cell to create that faux stained glass look. 
I coloured the cup first and then the background. I made sure to use various colours to get the right effect. 

I stamped the sentiment on the crinkle ribbon and them coloured the edges with distress markers to make it tie in more with the colours of the tag. I stamped the same sentiment on some card stock and heat embossed it with Just Java embossing powder from Emerald Creek Craft supplies. This is amazing powder that smells like coffee! Not only when heated, but also when cooled down. So the tag has a whiff of coffee! 

And here it is again, the finished faux stained glass tag that smells like coffee!

Thank you for visiting and I hope you will give the challenge a try! 

Take care and keep your craft on!


Thursday, February 15, 2018

February challenge for Crafts Dreamy Design Team

Hello again,

I would like to share with you my project for the Crafts Dreamy challenge blog for February. The mood board gave us pastels and a romantic valentines theme.

I used various Tim Holtz dies and crackle paints as well as stencils and oxides.

Go and have a nosey if you like.

Thank you for stepping by and hopefully until next time :-)

Take care and keep your craft on!