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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

3D embossing folder faux cast iron

Tim Holtz and Sizzix came with a product that takes dry embossing to a whole new level. The 3D embossing folders. They just beg for some experimenting. In the Tim Holtz Addicts group on Facebook, a lady shared a technique that just caught my eye. I made a card the other day and I fell in love. So I tried it again, only slightly different. On the first card I made, using this technique, I used a finger dabber for the oxides and I used gilding wax. In this tutorial I used my finger for the oxide and the Antique Bronze distress crayon. I really love this look.

This is the card I made with a finger dabber and gilding wax.

And this is the card I made using only my finger and a metallic distress crayon. Here is the step by step on how I made the latter....

You need black card stock, the 3D embossing folder, Distress Oxide and a distress crayon. I went for Bundled Sage Oxide and Antique Bronze crayon.

The "simple" embossed card is gorgeous all by itself, this 3D technique takes dry embossing to greater heights! 

I swiped the pad over the card and rubbed the oxide with my finger over the whole surface. 

I scribbled my crayon over the raised relief and rubbed ober it with my finger. I love the combo of bundled sage and antique bronze!

I coloured my paper ballerina with Victorial Velvet distress crayon, same with the sentiment. 

And here is the finished card again. I stuck the embossed piece to a pinkish card blank to tie it all together. 

Thank you for taking time to visit my blog.

Take care and keep your craft on :-)


Friday, June 15, 2018

Crafts Dreamy Challenge blog June

Hello there,

This is the project I made for the June challenge for the Crafts Dreamy Challenge Blog, and this will be my last one for this team. I have decided not to prolong my commitment to the Crafts Dreamy DT. I mainly craft when weather is colder, as in spring and summer I have too much to do in and around the garden. So I made the decision to step down and make way for an amazing fellow crafter. I really enjoyed creating for this amazing team and I might enter a challenge every now and again 😉😉😉.
Thank you so much for having me!

 This is my tag and the moodboard that inspired it:

Here is how I made this tag:

I inked the tag with pumice stone distress ink, and then stamped over it with the Tim Holtz woodgrain stamp and Iced Spruce distress ink.

 I used a TH stencil and embossing paste to create the floral background. I coloured the edges with Victorian Velvet distress crayons to give it some more colour.

 I stained the tiny flowers and stamped and die cut the greenery with my trusted Sidekick. Everybody needs a sidekick!!!

 I stuck down some paper dolls and assembled my bouquet with hot glue. As a finishing touch I stained my ribbon and made the wedding rings look a bit more vintage with some alcohol ink.

And this is the finished tag again. I love the look of the victorian velvet.
Thank you for stepping by and taking the time to read my blog.
Have a wonderful day, take care and keep your craft on!


Friday, May 25, 2018

Emerald Creek Dare Guy Style

Hello there! I am a guest designer for the Emerald Creek Dare blog this month. The challenge is to create a Guy Style project. 

I decided to go for a motorbike themed card.

I will show you the step by step. Lots and lots of Emerald Creek Craft Supplies were used. 
I used two stamps and 10, yes TEN different embossing powders! 

Here the process of how I made my card:

I inked the top half of my card with my embossing ink dabber, and heat embossed with Northern Lights embossing powder from the Allure range. Next I inked a strip along the middle, again with my dabber, and heat embossed it with Dirty Sand from the Baked Texture selection. And last but not least I inked the bottom part and used the Rocky Road Baked Texture granules to create my asphalt. The pics don't do any of it justice as you cannot feel how real this feels and looks!

After it all cooled down I stamped a skyline with the Aldergrove and Summer Camp stamps. I used a permanent ink as that is suitable for stamping over non porous surfaces like heat embossing. After the ink dried I "coloured" over each tree with an embossing pen. I did tree by tree as I used various embossing powders to "paint" my trees. I used Forrest Folliage and Ammo Camo from the Allure collection and Vintage Ivy from the Era range.

I love how they made these trees come alive!

I die cut and dry embossed the motorbike and then took my embossing pen again to "paint" it. The fenders and gas tank are Hammered Metal from the Era granules, the seats are done with Mercury Rising from the Allure powders and the rusty bits... you guessed it, I did those with Chunky Rust Baked Texture. I tell you, once you played with all these... you wonder how you ever did without them!!!

I glued my paper doll and stuck my bike on the card and for the sentiment I used a Tim Holtz embellishment that I "antiqued" with Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture granules. 

And voila, you have a guy style card!

 Thank you for stepping by and taking the time to have a look.

Take care and keep your craft on.


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!