My stampin' up! blog - Stamping Scene

Hello and welcome to my blog. I'm an independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator in the UK and love sharing my passion for paper crafting and Stampin' Up! products. Thank you for visiting I hope to see you again soon. Zoe x

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

You - Are Simply The Best

Rooted in Nature Stampin' Up! New Tree set with dies

Playing with ink is one of my favourite parts of my crafting.  It always fascinates me to watch what the ink does and where it goes depending upon what you've done with it.  My stampin' re-inkers come into their own on days like this.

First of all I stamped and heat embossed white leaves on a piece of water colour paper to create a resist effect over the paper.  To add the colour I  painted small parts with water to give the ink that I then added somewhere to 'run'.  As the colour ran I moved about the paper adding new patches of water and different colours so that as they ran they would blend into each other.  You can use any colours that blend, but be careful not to go too mad or you can end up with brown or worse.

Also remember to paint the reverse of the card with a thin layer of water as this helps to stop the paper from bending and curling.

Once this had dried completely I used a die which is for embossing only to add some more texture in the form of veins to the leaves.  I didn't have the embossing mats at the time I made the card so just put the die face down onto the paper and ran through the big shot.  It left enough of an indentation to give the effect I wanted and allowed me to line up the die better with the stamped leaves, although this isn't always a perfect fit as I didn't want to tape the die in place as it risked tearing the water colour paper when I removed the tape.

I also cut two leaves from whisper white card and used the die to emboss them also.  I wrapped silver thread around the stems to add a mini detail and some rhinestones.  The sentiment is a combo of products but the black lettering makes it pop and the black matting layer helps project the colour.

Have some fun with your ink and also take a look at the embossed leaves I created in my White on White Christmas Card.

Thanks for stopping by.

Zoe x

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Christmas Card Club - WOW Theme

We've got a WOW theme going on at Christmas card club this fortnight.  If you haven't come across that before it does mean wow cards, but in this instance as a theme it means White on White. Which I love tinkering with, but they are not so easy to photograph especially in the sunshine we are so lucky to have at the moment.  Thank you to Christine for this challenge. 

I was inspired by a beautiful card I saw by my lovely friend Shannean Moncrieff down in Australia. She used the Rooted in nature stamp set and dies to create a Poinsettia with the traditional colours that it usually comes in. I've used her clever idea and turned it white and have used my new embossing mat bundle from the Stampin' Up! catalogue, page 221 to cut and then emboss the texture onto the white leaves/petals and I've also heated embossed in silver onto vellum using the coordinating leaf stamp.  You can build the flower really easily and if you have a silicone mat you can put a blob of tombow glue onto it and build the flower on it. Add more glue when required to layer the petals and then allow to dry.  The flower then peals straight off the silicone mat and you can use Stampin dimensionals to adhere it to your project.  

I've added a sentiment from Snowflake Sentiments, also silver heat embossed and some dry embossed lines using my Stampin' Up! Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  A few rhinestones to look just like the tiny  yellow centres of Poinsettia and also some new Stampin' silver pearls.  A couple of matting layers just adds a little more luxury to my DL sized card.  

Don't forget to see the other ladies in our challenge group for more WOW inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by and remember  if you have a BIG Stampin' Up! wishlist in July you can get £130 product + £63 ink pads for only £99 with free shipping and become a discount shopper. It's so easy to do.  

More soon Zoe x