Easy alcohol marker colouring and blending

Easy alcohol marker colouring and blending

It seems every time I’m hosting a card making class or even just talk to my friends who are crafters, I am always surprised at how scared crafters and card markers are of alcohol markers.  Today I thought I would walk you through my design process when I use Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Blends.

For those of you who are new to Stampin’ Blends or just starting to build your collection, think of your markers as a lifelong tool.  I buy mine in sets of two (a light & dark shade).  This is so I have a choice of having a nice blend.

Previously I shared with you two-shade blending tips, if you missed it you can read about it HERE.  My project today I am going to show you how I coloured in the butterfly using a three (3) colour blend technique.

 

250319- Easy alcohol marker colouring and blending

First stamp your image onto cardstock.  Ink and cardstock choices are very important when using Stampin’ Blends.  I use Memento tuxedo Black Ink and Whisper White Cardstock .

250319- Easy alcohol marker colouring and blending

Next I am going to colour in the outline of the butterfly. I always start with the lighter colour first, then move onto darker colours.

I started by using DARK Daffodil Delight Blends in the top and bottom corners next I added the LIGHT Daffodil Delight and blended them together using the circular motion technique.

Next I added LIGHT Pumpkin Pie Blends and then blended it into the LIGHT Daffodil Delight using the flicking technique, and added the DARK Pumpkin Pie blending towards the center of the butterfly.

Lastly I added LIGHT Cherry Cobbler blending using both circular and flicking technique into the Pumpkin Pie area to create a rainbow of colour.

Once I stamped my sentiment, I adhered the front panel to a Cherry Cobbler Card base and my card was complete.

250319- Easy alcohol marker colouring and blending

Stampin’ Blends can be intimidating, but with a little practice you will be colouring everything in no time!

 

Stampin’ Blends – Two-Shade Blending Tips

Stampin’ Blends – Two-Shade Blending Tips

Previously I shared with you practice sheets and basic blending with your Stampin’ Blends, if you missed it you can read it HERE.  

Today, we’re utilising the Blending Basic technique of “Flicking” and creating a project using 2 colours.  I buy my markers in sets of two (a light & dark shade), which let me tell you makes blending process so much easier.  There is no need to think about which colours will be blend nicely just start with a light & dark shade of the same colour.

Here is my project for you today.  I am going to show you step-by-step how I coloured in these images from Falling Flowers stamp set to added two-shade blending.

Coordinating Stamps & Dies

First stamp your image onto cardstock.  Ink and cardstock choices are very important when using Stampin’ Blends,  I use Memento tuxedo Black Ink and Whisper White Cardstock.  I did a post recently on Stampin’ Blends and “Product Compatibility”  read it about it HERE

Using Coordinating Stamps & Dies

There are two ways you can do the two-shade blending technique,  and I will be sharing both in this example.

Two-Shade Blending technique #1 (starting with lightest colour)

  1. Colour along the side of the image, working from top to bottom in a smooth stroke using the Brush end of the marker
  2. Move the marker next ot the first line, and repeat Step 1 to create another line of colour that overlaps the first line.  work quickly to ensure that the first line is still wet when you fill in the line below – this will result in a smooth blend.
  3. Fill in the entire image using this method
  4. Using the darker shade, add colour along the bottom edge of the image using the “Flick/ Feather” technique.
  5. Using the lighter shade, add colour along the top edge of the image using the “Flick/Feathering” technique.  blend into the feathered edge of the darker shade into the center of the image
  6. Continue using the lighter shade, colour in vertical lines along the center o the image where both shades meet, flicking the marker in both directions (the “Pendulum” technique)
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 as needed to create a smooth blend with the shading along the bottom edge.  If needed, repeat Step 2 to enhance the shading

Two-Shade Blending technique #2 (starting with darkest colour)

  1. Using the darker marker shade, add colour along the bottom of the image using the “Flick/Feather” technique
  2. Using the lighter shade, add colour along the top edge of the image using the “Flick/Feather” technique.  Blend into the feathered edge of the darker shade in the center of the image
  3. Using the lighter shade, colour in vertical lines along the center of the image where both shades meet, flicking themarker in both directions (the “Pendulum” technique)
  4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 as needed to create a smooth blend with the shading along the bottom edge.  If needed repeat Step 1 to enhance the shading.

Tips & Tricks to Note

  • If, by the time you’re nearing the end of your blending, the colours don’t seem to be blending as well as they did at the start, colour over the entire image using your lightest shade.  This will get the colours moving again and help smooth out the blend.
  • Keep an eye on the edges of your images and the back of the cardstock, stop adding layers of colour before excessive colour bleeding occurs
  • Go ahead and get creative on your practice sheets!  Doodle dots, circles, stripes, and other shapes on your practice images, just for fun.

Click HERE where I will be sharing with you how to colour an image and blend 3 colours.

Stampin’ Blends – Blending Basics

Stampin’ Blends – Blending Basics

Previously I share with you “9 Stampin’ Blend Crafting Hacks” and storage solutions for your Stampin’ Blends, if you missed you can read it HERE

There are various ways to add ink to paper.  The two most common ways are circling and flicking.  Each technique produces a particular appearance, and knowing how to utilise them will add depth and variation to your creations.

Watch the below video as I share tips for basic colouring and simple, basic blending techniques.

Practice Sheets Download

Download:  Practice Sheets (PDF)

Please click the link above to download the Practice Sheets.  Using these practice sheets, you will be colouring the same images as I, which will make it easier to follow along closely with the videos.  And now just a few things to remember when printing your images:

  • Look for a “do not scale” or “print at 100%” option when printing.  Your particular printer may require that you select “fit to page”.
  • Print on high-quality cardstock or paper that you know works well with Stampin’ Blends.  For suggestions, please see “Stampin’ Blends Product Compatibility” post.
  • If you have never used digital images for Stampin’ Blends, “”print a test page first.  If your printer ink is not compatible with Stampin’ Blends, you can take your practice sheets to a copy center and have them printed on your prefered cardstock.  The ink used in Stampin’ Blends or other toner based printers (like laser printers) work well with Blends.
  • If you need to have your Practice Sheets printed at a copy center or at a friend’s house, consider printing two copies of the practice sheets.  You might want t colour additional Practice Sheets.

Smooth Colouring 

Stampin’ Blends have the unique ability to lay down smooth, even colour without streaks.  Using the following steps, practice smooth colouring with a variety of colours and shades until you achieve a smooth image every time.

Step 1: Colour in small circles.  This will keep the leading edge “wet” and allow the ink to blend with itself, creating a seamless look.

Step 2: Make sure to saturate the entire area so that you eliminate any light or mottled areas

Step 3: Check the back of your card stock to make sure that the ink is saturating through evenly.

Tips & Troubleshooting

  • Do not colour with back-and-forth strokes as this will not saturate the paper evenly and will leave you with streaks.
  • Letting an area dry and going back over it will create uneven patches.
  • Over-saturating or using too much ink may make your ink feather outside the image

Flicking

This technique is achieved by applying ink in quick, single strokes.  The key to this inking technique is to “flick” the marker tip across the paper to create a single stroke that goes from dark to light.

Basic Blending Stampin' Blends

Step 1: Holding the marker loosely, start a downward movement toward the paper

Step 2: As the marker tips touches the paper, quickly move across the paper, bringing your hand up and away at the end of the stroke.  This will apply more ink at the beginning of the stroke and less ink at the end.

Tips & Troubleshooting

  • The darker the shade you use in the “Flick/Feather” technique, the more pronounced the feathered effect.  Use light shades and this technique to blend a colour into white.
  • Flick with the side of the nib for larger, smoother strokes or use the tip of the nib for narrow strokes (image 1)
  • If you are getting a blob of ink at the beginning of your stroke, make sure to start moving your marker as soon as it touches the paper.  The longer it sits in one spot, the more ink the paper will absorb. (image 2)
  • If you are getting a curved “c” or “u” shape instead of a straight line, you might be moving your arm instead of your wrist/fingers. (image 3)

Practice Makes Perfect!

Don’t worry about staying in the lines as you’re learning to blend.  Relax and have fun!  Remember that the Practice Sheets are available for you to use!  (You can always print extras!)

Let’s put the basics to practice and start blending with 2 shades of colour.  Learn more HERE

Quick and Easy Birthday Greeting Card

Quick and Easy Birthday Greeting Card

I don’t know about you but there are plenty of times I need a quick and easy birthday card to send out to a friend or loved one.  Take a look:

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Supplies:

  • Stamps – Balloon Celebrations
  • Ink – Pool Party, Powder Pink, Black Memento Ink
  • Paper – Whisper White Thick CS, Whisper White Scrap
  • Other –Balloon Bouquet Punch

Dimensions:

  • Thick Whisper White  CS – 8-1/4” x 5-7/8” (21 x 15cm) scored and fold at 4-1/8” (10.5cm) to create a cardbase
  • Whisper White CS – scrap piece

Directions:

  1. Stamp your cloud images randomly using Pool Party Ink, stamping off onto scrap paper first and then stamping onto your card base.  This give you a lighter shade of Pool Party (stamp off technique)
  2. Stamp your large and small solid balloon images using powder pink ink onto scrap piece of Whisper White Cardstock.  Stamping off onto scrap paper first and then stamping onto your cardstock (stamp off technique)
  3. Using the 2 step stamp technique, stamp the inside detail of the balloons using powder pink ink at full strength.  Punch the balloons out using the balloon bouquet punch.
  4. Adhere the balloons to your card base using stampin’ dimensionals
  5. Stamp your greeting using Black Memento Ink.  You’re Done!

Facebook Live (Replay) 

You can watch the replay below.

Tricks & Tips

  • Learn how to create a standard card base HERE
  • If you don’t have the Balloon Bouquet Punch you can fussy cut your images with a pair of paper snips

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store


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Need Ideas to Organise Your Craft Space?

Whether you have an entire room or a small corner in your home for stamping, your creative space should be tailored to you.  Introducing Stampin’ Up! new product line, Storage by Stampin’ Up!, provides you with modular storage solutions that let you organise and customise your space your way!

Storage by Stampin’ Up! is designed to store and showcase your Stampin’ Pads, Stampin’ Ink Refills, Stampin’ Blends, Stampin’ Write Markers, Watercolor Pencils and other accessories. Here are some other features and benefits of Storage by Stampin’ Up!:

  • Keeps products organised, tidy, visible and trackable at all times.
  • Ensures that your Stampin’ Pads, Stampin’ Write Markers and Stampin’ Blends are all stored horizontally, as recommended.
  • Designed to be stylish, durable, compact, stackable and modular.
  • Blends in naturally with most home decor with its white neutral colour.
  • Stacks vertically and can be arranged to fit practically any flat workspace.
  • Easily assembled and disassembled for rearrangement and/or cleaning.

Do you want more information on these items?  Check out the images below;

HERE’S A PDF FOR YOU TO WORK OUT WHAT YOU NEED

Storage by Stampin Up Q&A

Will old-design Stampin’ Pads fit in the Ink Pad & Marker Storage Trays?
No. The Ink Pad & Marker Storage Trays are designed to fit our new-design Stampin’ Pads only.

How high can I stack storage trays?
We stacked up to 50 storage trays without any issues, BUT we would not recommend stacking that high. While our Storage by Stampin’ Up! products are sturdy, the higher you stack them, the less stable they’ll become. Use your discretion when stacking.

Can I mount my Storage by Stampin’ Up! products on the wall?
No. Our modular storage products are designed to sit on a table (or similar flat surface).

How should I use the Open Storage Cube?
The Open Storage Cube can be used to hold any miscellaneous items like ribbon, embellishments, and small punches. For more inspiration on ways to use items from our Storage by Stampin’ Up! product line, check out the configuration chart we created.

Can I mix and match Storage by Stampin’ Up! products?
Yes! Our Storage by Stampin’ Up! products are modular and designed with customization in mind. Take a look at the flyer for more information on the size and dimensions of each item in our new modular storage product line.

Do I need a Storage Lid for each 5-tray stack?
No. The Storage Lid covers the top of Ink Pad & Marker Storage Trays, Stampin’ Blends Storage Trays, and Open Storage Cubes, so you need only one per storage configuration.

Are Storage by Stampin’ Up! products free-standing or stacked?
Both. We designed these modular storage products to be free-standing and stackable, so you can customize your crafting space to work best for you.

Are there any Storage by Stampin’ Up! bundles available?
We are not currently offering any bundles for items from our Storage by Stampin’ Up! product line. If you’re looking for some examples on how to mix and match our storage pieces together, please take a look at the configuration chart we put together and provided on the demonstrator website.

How many Stampin’ Ink Refills can I store in the Storage Topper?
You can store up to 20 Stampin’ Ink Refills (or other small items) in the Storage Topper.

Are ink pads difficult to remove from Ink Pad & Marker Storage Trays?
No. When you insert an ink pad into a storage tray, a small portion of the ink pad will stick out. We designed it this way, so your ink pads will be both secure and easy to access.

Can I buy individual Ink Pad & Marker Storage Trays and/or Stampin’ Blends Storage Trays?
No. Both of these items include a set of five white plastic trays. Please use the configuration chart to determine how many storage units you need.

What material do you use to make Storage by Stampin’ Up! products?
Our modular storage products are made with white, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic, which is a lightweight and durable material.

How do the silicone feet work?
To protect your surface and prevent slipping, we’ve included peel-and-stick silicone feet with the Ink Pad & Marker Storage Trays, Stampin’ Blends Storage Trays, and Open Storage Cube.

CLICK HERE TO SHOP FOR STORAGE NOW

If you have any questions – please don’t hesitate to ask!

Stampin’ Blends Hacks, and Storage

Previously I share with you how to test your ink and cardstock with using Stampin’ Blends, if you missed it you can read it HERE.

Today I have lots of information for you.  First I have “Stampin’ Blends” video showing clips of creative ways to use your Stampin’ Blend markers.  After that I have solutions for marker  storage.

Stampin’ Blend Hacks

I cover a lot of info, very quickly in this video!  Here’s a breakdown of all the tricks I share:

  • Custom Ribbon
  • Custom Twine
  • Adding Distress Ink
  • Shading Patterned PAper
  • Calligraphy/Handwriting
  • Custom Rhinestones
  • Custom Pearls
  • Custom Buttons
  • Coloured Wood Veneer
  • Coloured Sequins

Tips & Tricks to Note

  • Just as you would when blending into Stampin’ Blends colouring, experiment with different shades of gray for shading yoru patterned paper
  • Try colouring a full sheet of Basic Rhinestones or pearls and have them ready to go when you need them!
  • Wood soaks in the colour, so reach for a bright/vibrant marker and keep colouring until you’re satisfied with the results.

 

Stampin’ Blends Storage

One question that gets asked the most is: ” How do you store your Stampin’ Blends?”  Storing Stampin’ Blends is easy, just like Stampin’ Write Markers its best to store them sideways to keep the ink flowing between the two nibs.  It’s also best to find the option that works best for you, based on the size of your collection and your available space.

In the beginning this is how I stored my Stampin’ Blends… I found a 7lt tub that I had lying around the house and thought this would be perfect.  It was large enough to hold all my Stampin’ Blends plus more, and it was easily stackable.

 

However, it wasn’t a practical solution for long. While my Blends were laying horizontally which is the correct way to store them, it became a hassle to try and find what colour I needed / wanted.  I had no clue what colours I had on hand, and I always struggled with finding the matching shade (light or dark).  I needed to find an alternative solution and so I did.  Clear Wood Mount cases – I could fit up to 16 markers in one case, they were clear so I could see exactly what colours were in there, and I could easily have them sit on my shelf or desk in my craft room and not take up too much space.

Now it’s time to get right into colouring with our Stampin’ Blends, my next post you’ll be able to download practice sheets and start blending with your Stampin’ Blends.  Learn how Blending Basics HERE 

How do you store your Stampin’ Blends?  Let me know in the comments, would love to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stepping it Up with Eastern Beauty

The #1 thing that I hear, over and over again is this:

“I am not creative”, “I am not artistic”, “I can’t come up with my own ideas”,  “I don’t know how to take an idea and make it my own”.  I recently wrote a blog post about it, “The Myth of Creativity” you can read it HERE.

Today’s project I’m sharing with you just how easy it is to begin card making with 3 ways to create a clean and simple card with limited supplies and then stepping it up to use more supplies.

My colour combination I have chosen to use today is Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst and Tranquil Tide.

Colour Combination

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My first card today is for the beginner stamper.  Start small and begin from there. Complete your works of art with just stamps, ink and paper in any amazing colour combinations.

270319 Let's Be Friends

I started with a piece Thick Whisper White Cardstock cut in half to create a cardbase.  I stamped the largest circle image from Eastern Beauty Stamp set towards the top third of my card base using Lemon Lime Twist Ink.  Next I stamped the medium circle image in Berry Burst ink inside my largest circle, and finally stamped the greeting using Tranquil Tide Ink.

My second card we’re building on from our first design but this time, we’re adding some coordinating tools such as punches for ease, convenience and dimension.  This is a great card for the casual crafter who has a few additional supplies and wanting to grow their collection of stamping tools.

270319 Friends Forever

My cardbase is created from Berry Burst Cardstock. This time I stamped the medium circle using Berry Burst ink onto a scrap piece of Whisper White CS and punched it out using the 2″ circle punch.  Next I stamped my greeting onto a scrap piece of Whisper White Cardstock and punched it out using the 1-3/4″ circle punch, and adhered my greeting to the Berry Burst circle piece.  Finally I adhere my matted greeting to a 2-1/4″ circle of Lemon Lime Twist CS.

I’ve cut a 1-1/2″ x 4-1/8″ piece of Gingham Gala DSP and adhere that towards the top of my cardbase.  I adhered my matted greeting to my card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

My final card I’ve gone the distance with a full fusion of stamps, ink, paper, tools, des and embellishments.  Expand your creative options to new possibilities.

270319 Eastern Beauty

I’ve gone with the same design as my previous project, but this time before adding my greeting, I’ve die cut a circle out using the coordinating dies Eastern Medallions Thinlits.  Added a bit of gold sequins ribbon to the back of my greeting and Stamped “friends” onto a scrap piece of Whisper White CS using versamark ink and heat embossed in gold embossing powder.

Facebook Live (Replay) 

You can watch the replay below.

Tricks & Tips

  • Learn how to create a standard card base HERE
  • Learn more about building a focal point on your greeting cards HERE

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store

Big Shot

$159.00

Heat Tool

$50.00


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Just a Little Note

Just a Little Note

When I first started card making I wasn’t sold on Patterned Paper.  I thought it was a waste of money and space, plus I could achieve the same look and “wow” with just stamps and ink. That was until I attended my first Stampin’ Up! Convention, where we created a make ‘n’ take project featuring Patterned Paper.  It wasn’t hard at all, in fact it turned my card from “meh’ to “wow, that was easy”.  I’ve never looked back and find myself now hoarding patterned paper instead of using it.

With Sale-a-bration coming to an end I thought I would share a project with you today, featuring the Botanical Butterfly DSP that you can earn free with a $90 purchase before 31 March 2019.

200319 - Just a Note

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Butterfly Gala
  • Ink – Lemon Lime Twist, Grapefruit Grove
  • Paper – Whisper White Thick CS, Botanical Butterfly DSP
  • Other –Butterfly Duet Punch, Gingham Gala Adhesive backed Sequins, paper snips

Dimensions:

  • Thick Whisper White  CS – 8-1/4” x 5-7/8” (21 x 15cm) scored and fold at 4-1/8” (10.5cm) to create a cardbase
  • Botanical Butterfly DSP – 5-7/8″ x 4-1/8″ piece (diagonal Stripes), 5-7/8″ x 3-3/4″ piece (Lemon Lime Twist)
  • Whisper White CS – scrap piece

Directions:

  1. Adhere the diagonal stripe piece of Botanical Butterfly DSP to your card front
  2. Stamp the small butterfly image randomly onto Lemon Lime Twist Botanical Butterfly DSP, and adhere to card front leaving equal borders on left and right sides
  3. Stamp 3 small butterflies to a scrap piece of Lemon Lime Twist Botanical Butterfly DSP and punch out using the Butterfly Duet Punch.
  4. Fussy cut 3 large butterflies from the Botanical Butterfly DSP, center and adhere vertically to your card front
  5. Randomly placed the small punched butterflies to your card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals
  6. Stamp your greeting onto a scrap piece of Whisper White CS with Grapefruit Grove Ink pad, Cut to size and adhere to center butterfly with Stampin’ Dimensionals
  7. Scatter Gingham Gala Adhesive backed sequins to your card front.  You’re done!

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Facebook Live (Replay) 

You can watch the replay below.

Tricks & Tips

  • Learn how to create a standard card base HERE
  • If you don’t have the Butterfly Duet Punch you can fussy cut your images with a pair of paper snips

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store
Product List

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Stampin’ Blends – Product Compatibility

Stampin’ Blends – Product Compatibility

Previously I share with you my views on Copic Markers vs Stampin’ Blends you can read about it HERE.  To get the best results from your Stampin’ Blends, it’s vital to use the right inks and papers.  While I recommend Stamin’ Up! Whisper White cardstock and Memento Black Ink, and all my examples I will be sharing with you will be using these items.  It’s important to do your own testing for product compatibility as everyone’s inking and colouring styles are different.  It’s often a matter of personal preference.

Testing Inks 

Stamp your image onto the paper; let it dry completely.  Scribble over the stamped image with the Stampin’ Blends Colour Lifter.  Does the stamped ink bleed or feather?  If yes – it’s not a compatible ink.  If no-then it’s good ink to use with your Stampin’ Blends

Testing Papers

Draw a circle with a pencil or compatible inking pen.  Colour up to the edges using a lot of ink, saturating your paper.  Does the ink feather outside the line?  If yes-the paper may not be compatible.  If no-then it’s a good paper for your Stampin’ Blends to use.

Testing Digital Images

Print your images as normal and test the printer ink the same way you would stamping ink.  If your printer ink isn’t compatible, you can heat-set the image or make a laser copy before colouring

Next I will be sharing creative ways to use your Stampin’ Blends plus storage solutions you can read about it HERE

Simple Masculine Birthday Card

Simple Masculine Birthday Card

I won’t lie, making masculine cards scare me, I always seem to struggle with how and what to create.  That’s why this week I decided to set myself a challenge.  Setting a challenge lets me stretch my creativity to another level, and think outside the box.  As I shared during my Facebook Live today my challenge today was   1. Create a card using a stamp set that I hadn’t used before and 2.  Create a masculine themed card.

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Lemon Zest, Hardwood Background Stamp
  • Ink – Pumpkin Pie, Granny Apple Green, Crumb Cake Classic Ink, Memento Black Ink
  • PaperCrumb Cake, Whisper White CS
  • OtherLemon Builder Punch, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, Linen Thread

Dimensions:

  • Crumb Cake  CS – 8-1/4” x 5-7/8” (21 x 15cm) scored and fold at 4-1/8” (10.5cm) to create a cardbase
  • Crumb Cake CS – 5-1/2″ x 3-3/4″  and a scrap piece
  • Whisper White – Scrap piece

Directions:

  1. Stamp the Hardwood Background image in Crumb Cake Ink onto 5-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ piece Crumb Cake CS.
  2. Wrap the linen thread twice around the stamped CS and tie a bow
  3. Stamp two orange images in Pumpkin Pie ink onto Whisper White CS.  Punch the oranges using the 1-34/” Circle Punch.  Cut one of the orange images in half.
  4. Stamp three leaf images in Granny Smith Apple Ink on Whisper White CS; punch them out using the Lemon Builder Punch.
  5. Adhere the orange images to the Stamped Crumb Cake CS using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Adhere two of the leaves slightly under the oranges.  Adhere the third leaf using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  6. Stamp the sentiment in Black Memento Ink on a seperate piece of Crumb Cake CS.  Cut out the sentiment and adhere it below the oranges using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  7. Adhere the entire Crumb Cake piece to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Facebook Live (Replay) 

You can watch the replay below.

Tricks & Tips

  • Learn how to create a standard card base HERE

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store

Be sure to like my Facebook page to view these tutorials live each week.  HERE

 

THE MYTH OF CREATIVITY

The Myth of Creativity 

In all my years of blogging and teaching paper crafting – and in teaching hundreds of card makers  around the world – the #1 thing that I hear, over and over again is this:

“I am not creative”, “I am not artistic”, “I can’t come up with my own ideas”,  “I don’t know how to take an idea and make it my own”.

Different ways of saying it – but ultimately all saying the same thing.  “I am not creative!”

I am here to tell you that this belief is absolutely, NOT TRUE!

There is a wide-spread misconception about creativity that is perpetuated almost everywhere we turn.

The first definition of creativity you see when you look at the  online dictionary is “the ability to make new things or think of new ideas.”

Below that, it lists the “Full Definition of Creativity” as the quality of being creative, the ability to create. If you dig further and look at “create,” the dictionary states that to create is “to make or produce something, to cause something new to exist”

Most people mistakenly interpret “new” as “original”.  They are NOT the same thing.

When something is “original” it is “the first of it’s kind”

Whereas when you make (i.e. create) something – you are making something new. “New” meaning – you brought it to life, so to speak. It was not in existence, in EXACTLY the same way before you made it.

In the grand scheme of humanity and the billions of humans that populate the earth – there are relatively few things that are truly unique and original.

Let’s bring this a little closer to home. Let’s look at this in the context of crafting. Almost all of our “hottest trends” today – right now – are things that have been trendy in the past – either in exactly the same form, or in a slightly different form. Sometimes from within the same industry, other times from another industry.

Look at Multi-layered stamping – it used to be called 2-step stamping.

Or look at watercolouring or other mixed media techniques – they have taken the paper crafting world by storm in the last few years – but these products and techniques have been around forever in the art industry.

Remember paisley and plaid?  First we saw them incorporated into fashions. Then they made their way into papers and stamps. Then they disappeared, then they emerging in clothing again.

None of these things are “original” or “unique”. Does that mean they are not creative? Or that they are not being used creatively?

Absolutely not!

Creativity is not a talent. It’s not a gift. It is an element of every thing that you do.

It is a part of who you are.

Creativity is not something you learn.

Look at a child. Give them crayons, colour pencils, markers, scissors, glue and paper, and they create.

Certainly you have to teach them how to hold a pencil and how to use a pair of scissors safely,  you have to teach them to colour on paper instead of a wall. You may even have to teach them a few techniques (how to draw a circle, a square a triangle).

What you do not have to teach them is how to express themselves creatively.  They just do.

It’s when people come along and starting giving opinions, critiquing, maybe even criticizing – not necessarily maliciously – perhaps with total love and intent to help. But it’s when that begins to happen that they start doubting themselves and what they are creating.

Over time, that child becomes the adult, who no longer “feels” or believes they are creative.

You ARE creative. Believe it, wholeheartedly.

It is there – inside you – you just need to learn how to release your creativity.

That’s what I am here for.

I have been where you may be now.  Believing that I didn’t have a creative bone in my body.

Look at where I am now – embracing my creativity, and continuing to grow and develop creatively.

How did I get to where I am now?  Trial, error and experimentation, learning, trying, reflecting and then starting over as many times as necessary. Eventually I created a process for myself.

It’s not one step, or two steps, it can’t be accomplished in one day, a week or even a month. It’s ongoing and ever-evolving.

But it can be done, and I will be showing you how.

In the meantime though – this is the truth I want you to embrace – you are creative.

Tell yourself this: “I am Creative”

Every day. Write it out, type it out or stamp it out using some fun fonts and colours. Create multiple copies. Stick it up everywhere you spend time – stick it to your bathroom mirror, in the kitchen, place it on your night table, or frame it and hang it up above your bed.

As many times as it takes – until you stop telling yourself (or others) that you are not creative.

Now go and do it.

Right now!

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Copic vs Stampin’ Blends

Copic vs Stampin’ Blends

I love the look of coloured images with seamless blends of colour and shading, previously the only way to achieve this was using Copic Alcohol Markers.  I’ve always wanted to learn the art of using copic markers, but honestly the thought of actually colouring using copic scared me.

It scared me because there are over 300 different colours, WOW!!!  let’s just take that in for a moment, 358 different colours.   Each marker costs $8.19AUD and if I was to purchase all colours that would set me back almost $3,000AUD, plus the cost of classes, and tutorials to help learn how to use them and understand the copic colouring system.

So, when Stampin’ Up! introduced Stampin’ Blends I decided to give alcohol markers a try.  Stampin’ Up! currently have 60 colours total (a light and dark shade of these colours) Balmy Blue, Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Call Me Clover, Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Granny Green Apple, Highland Heather, Lovely Lipstick, Mango Melody, Mint Macaron, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pineapple Punch, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Shaded Spruce, Smoky Slate, Soft Sea Foam, Soft Suede) as well as 3 single colours: Bronze, Ivory and a clear color lifter marker. Plus Stampn’ Up! are continually introducing new colours

Markers can be purchased individually $7.75AUD or in a combo pack of 2 (light & dark shade).  nb there is no discount for purchasing Stampin’ Blends in a combo pack.  If I was to purchase the whole set (all 63 current markers) the cost would be less than $500AUD, a big difference from purchasing Copic Markers.

Why Stampin’ Blends

Pros:

  • The colours, as the name suggests, blend beautifully, mainly because the colours are picked out and designed to blend with each other. If you have never coloured with alcohol markers before this will take out the guesswork and lessen the learning curve.
  • Dual-tip marker includes brush and bullet nib.
  • Markers are rectangular so they don’t roll around on the table.
  • This set has a great range of colours with nothing superfluous.  I like how they picked a limited palette with plenty of colour options to get you started.
  • Since all of the markers are available individually you can replace a colour as you use it up or build your collection a couple of markers at a time (and it is the same price per marker whether you buy in a set or singles.)
  • Colours are easy to erase with the color lifter.

Cons:

  • The nib is a felt/fiber type nib and not foam like copics so it is less springy and flexible.
  • You can’t refill the marker or replace the nib, so when ink runs out you will need to replace it by purchasing another marker
  • The caps might be a bit tough to snap on and off but they do stay on securely!

Let’s Recap

  • Top-quality project designed to a life-long art tool
  • Alcohol ink can be layered and blended without harming paper surface
  • Waterproof and acid free
  • Ink formulas and colours consistent with Stampin’ Up! colour families
  • Low odor, nontoxic and environmentally friendly
  • Works on multiple surfaces
  • Purchase individually or in a combo pack

Bottom line: I think these markers are priced fairly for the quality. If you are just getting started and you want to take the guesswork out of colouring these are sure to please.

My next post I will be sharing how to get the best results from your Stampin’ Blends.  Read it HERE

No Stamping Required

No Stamping Required

Today’s we’re creating a greeting card the requires no stamping.  We’re using patterned paper and punches to create this project

Supplies:

  • Paper – Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black CS, Botanical Butterfly DSP
  • Other –Butterfly Duet Punch, Basic Rhinestones

Dimensions:

  • Pear Pizzazz  CS – 8-1/4” x 5-7/8” (21 x 15cm) scored and fold at 4-1/8” (10.5cm) to create a cardbase
  • Basic Black CS – 5-5/8″ x 3-7/8″ and scrap pieces
  • Botanical Butterfly DSP – 5-1/2″ x 3-3/4″

Directions:

  1. Punch 3 butterfly’s from scrap Basic Black CS
  2. Adhere DSP to the Basic Black CS to create a mat
  3. Adhere the matted DSP to the Pear Pizzazz card front
  4. Adhere the butterfly’s vertically down the center of the card front.
  5. Add rhinestones to the centres of all butterfly’s.  You’re Done!

 

Facebook Live (Replay) 

You can watch the replay below.

 

Tricks & Tips

  • Learn how to create a standard card base HERE

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store

 

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The Joy of Colouring

Colouring, at first glance, may seem childish, unimportant, silly even – an act that many of us did when we were young.  But think back, remember why you coloured, and how you felt when you were doing it.

For me, it is a form of communication, a way to gather the ideas from my head and transfer them to paper, creating a visual image that is easily understood.  Colouring is also a form of relaxation.  The act of colouring itself becomes a meditation that relieves stress, relaxes the body and clarifies thought processes. Colouring is something I’ve learnt to love again… and I want you to love it too.

With the myriad of colouring mediums that are available, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and even frustrated.  Fortunately, Stampin’ Up! own Stampin’ Blends alcohol ink markers are easy tools to use!  With a growing colour selection and each colour available in a light and dark shade, available individually or in a combo pack. There’s no guesswork involved, so you can forget about the “how” and focus on the “do”.

Over the next few blog posts I will be sharing with you tips, techniques and projects ideas using Stampin’ Blends.  I hope to lead you down the road to successful (and frustration free) colouring.

In my next post I will be sharing my views on Copic Markers vs Stampin’ Blends.  Read about it HERE

 

 

Easy Handmade Card for a Friend

Easy Handmade Card for a Friend

For today’s project we’re creating an easy handmade card you can create for a friend featuring Stampin’ Up! Meant to Be Stamp Set

270219 - Easy Handmade Greeting Card for a Friend

 

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Meant To Be
  • Ink – Memento Black Ink, Versamark
  • Paper – Crumb Cake, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White CS, All My Love DSP
  • OtherLayering Ovals Framelits, Big Shot, Stampin’ Dimensionals, All My Love Ribbon Combo,

Dimensions:

  • Crumb Cake  CS – 8-1/4” x 5-7/8” (21 x 15cm) scored and fold at 4-1/8” (10.5cm) to create a cardbase
  • Flirty Flamingo CS – 4-3/8″ x 2-1/2″
  • Whisper White CS – scrap piece
  • All My Love DSP – 1-1/8″ x 1-1/4″ (6 pieces)
  • Ribbon – 6″ piece

Directions:

  1. Stamp medium heart in versamark randomly on the Crumb Cake Card base
  2. Adhere the DSP as shown in picture to Flirty Flamingo CS leaving an equal border around all four sides
  3. Wrap the ribbon over the join of the DSP around and adhere the ends to the back of Flirty Flamingo CS
  4. Adhere Flirty Flamingo panel to card base using stampin’ dimensionals
  5. Stamp greeting onto Whisper White CS using Memento Black ink and die cut using the layering Circles framelits
  6. Adhere the greeting center right side of Flirty Flamingo panel using Stampin’ Dimensionals
  7. Colour heart epoxy droplets with Lovely Lipstick Blend and adhere under greeting.  You’re Done!

270219 - Easy Handmade Greeting Card for a Friend

Facebook Live (Replay) 

You can watch the replay below.

 

Tricks & Tips

  • Learn how to create a standard card base HERE
  • Add some sponging to the greeting and cardbase using Flirty Flamingo Classic Ink

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store

 

Big Shot

$159.00

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