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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

Thursday, 6 June 2019

New Floral Essence turns into a Poppy.

The Stampin' Up! new catalogue has launched.  Already I have a wishlist as long as my arm and could rejoin as a demonstrator several times over to gain all the new stamps, punches and dies that I want and of course let's not forget the new in colours.  However this lovely set came to demonstrators early and so I've had lots of time to play with it. 

I stamped the flower with Tuxedo Black Memento ink several times and then coloured it with my Stampin' Blends.  I also used a black Stampin' blend to recolour the yellow fuzzy perennial essence floral centres.  I just gently added ink let it dry and did several layers.  It makes an awesome Poppy centre.  To give the flower some depth I then fussy cut out the flowers and cut different layers out of each flower to then build up the flower in a decoupage kind of way. Raising petals with Stampin' dimensionals and also using my bone folder to curl some of the petals.  I stamped and black heat embossed the stem from the new Daisy Lane stamp set and added the flower head with more dimensionals.  I layered my artwork onto one layer of Real Red stamped with the flower image and one layer of Garden Green which I  dry embossed using the Layered Leaves 3D embossing folder.  I used a sponge to add Garden Green ink randomly to the piece.  You could also add ink to the embossing folder prior to running the card through your BigShot as an alternative. 

The simple sentiment is from Rooted in Nature a stamp set I'm pleased to say has carried over to the new 2019 - 2020 catalogue.  You might like to know that my card base is bigger than the usual C6 and is thick whisper white card, but not quite a whole sheet of A4. 

A card I felt was appropriate to share this week of remembrance for all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the D-Day landings to give us a better world today.  We shall not forget them...........

Thanks for stopping by today. 

Zoe x

Friday, 31 May 2019

Totally Techniques Stampin' Demonstrator Blog Hop sharing Sponge Stencilling

Welcome to the Stampin' Up! Global Demonstrator Totally Techniques  May Blog Hop 
Shannean Moncrieff down in Australia chose our Totally Techniques theme this month and so we are sharing cards demonstrating the stencil sponging or sponge stencilling technique.  I've got a couple of ideas to share starting with this one which also show cases a new suite of products from the 2019 -2020 Stampin' Up! catalogue which is available for shopping on Tuesday 4 June.  This bundle is called the Sailing Home Suite and is going to be an awesome suite of products for male cards, holiday scrapbooking and much much more.  

So to begin I used a layered circle die to create a very simple circle stencil from a piece of vellum.  As you can see I fixed it to my work space using painters tap which also held a piece of whisper white card underneath it just where I wanted it.  I used sponges and a combination of Balmy Blue, Seaside Spray, Pretty Peacock and So Saffron to spong my circle.    I started with the lighter shade of blues and left almost white space to create a moon in the sky and using a small circle punch and a post it note created a mask just to keep a rough circle for this purpose.  The So Saffron gives a glow to create the impression of a not quite dark sky.  

I stamped the sailing boat in Night of Navy ink with the top of the mast just overlapping the moon. 

I then cut the same size circle from a larger piece of whisper white card which was 10 cm x 14.3cm.  I also added a sentiment in Early Espresso and separately stamped the lighthouse and die cut it out.  I used the sponges to add some shading having coloured the stamp with marker pens to stamp a double coloured image.  I gently added light into the top of the lighthouse using a So Saffron marker pen.  I made sure that when I used stampin dimensionals to stick the layers together that the lower layer with the sponged circle lined up with the top layer and did not protrude beyond this top layer.  

I added some silver thread using dimensionals to adhere it to the back of the top layer and some Tranquil Texture  Sprinkles to each thread before sticking across the circle with another set of Stampin' dimensionals.  If you wrap the thread around the dimensional several times and then double mount the dimensionals to give sufficienct depth for the beads to slide as you can see here in this mini video. 

Check out the video for the hidden extra  HERE

A second way to sponge stencil is to use a pre-made stencil similar to one in the Stampin' Up! pattern party decorative masks pack.  Using the same stencil I created with the vellum above, I used it to create a mask to reveal only a circle of the card layer.  I slid the decorative stencil/mask under the vellum.  As shown below.

With sponges and a dauber I added different colours over the stencil.  To control where the colour went I used the circle die cut to create the top layer for the first card to mask parts of the circle and more painters tape.
Additionally for the small circles I used a marker pen to add a deeper shade of blue.
To control the amount of ink that is on each sponge I use a piece of acetate, plastic embellishment bag or the stamp a ma jig sheet if you still have one to rub small circles having added ink to each sponge directly from an ink pad. This allows the ink to sink into the sponge and reduces the chances of having a heavy spot of ink when you first start to add the ink.
To finish the second card I stamped a simple sentiment and added some rhinestones and basic adhesive backed sequins to the design and then mounted the stamped/stencilled layer onto a  matt layer of Pretty Peacock before adding to a whisper white card base.

Copies of the new catalogue will be coming through your door very soon if you've shopped with me in the past 6 months or indeed will be given out at my new catalogue launch party on Saturday 22 June.  If you are local and would like to come along please email me for the details.  However if you'd like a copy to browse please do contact me to arrange for one to be posted to you.
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Now please do carry on with our Global blog hop and see more inspiration for this inky technique.  You can visit the other demonstrator blogs by clicking on each picture below.

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