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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

Friday, 30 August 2019

How to use embossing paste inspiration - Totally Technqiues Design Team Blog Hop

I've a mixed media card this month for the Totally Techniques blog hop with a few techniques, however our theme is to share ideas on using embossing paste as challenged by Satomi our Japanese demo.  

You may not be aware but we have two different embossing pastes. There is straight forward white and then shimmery white. You can find them on page 181 of the current annual catalogue. 
I used mine to add some texture to the seascape that I created by first using a soft sponge brayer to add Mint Macaron and Balmy Blue ink to create a back ground.  I also used the brayer over a fruit stringy bag from the supermarket to create even more depth to the watery scene.  I also stamped with second and third generation ink the subtle sentiment of 'Time for a new adventure' from Itty Bitty Greetings in different directions across the piece in Night of Navy and some Dandelion seeds from Dandelion Wishes and some bubbles from Sailing Home stamp set.  I also added silver heat embossed bubbles to the matt layer of Night of Navy cardstock.

Next I added the circles of embossing paste using a homemade stencil made with vellum and various circle punches.  I mixed some of the shimmery white paste with a little retired silver, but later added more circles with just shimmery white.  

Using the Smooth Sailing dies I created another stencil to sponge on seaweed in Pretty Peacock, and Shaded Spruce  at the base of the sea scene and also added some die cut vellum seaweed which I left 'clean' or coloured on the reverse with Pretty Peacock Stampin' Blend or added some clear wink of Stella.  Vellum was also used to create a further matt layer which was embossed with the Corrugated embossing folder.  Some pearls coloured with Stampin' Blends were added for a pebbly seabed. 
The fish was created using the Faux Metal technique and the stamp is from Best Catch stamp set which is just perfect for the fishermen in your life.  
To finish my design I added two ribbon loops to hang the design from a die cut strip of card using again the Smooth Sailing dies.  It gives the effect of a tapestry/picture being suspended from a hanging rail.

Lots going on but the simple addition of embossing paste as depth and texture and is so easily done. I hope you'll visit everyone else on the hop and have a go with these fun pots of paste.  
Play with ink to create a watery scene using Best Catch, Sailing Home and Well Said

Now please do visit the other talented ladies around the globe to enjoy all our embossing paste tips.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting
Zoe x

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Thursday, 29 August 2019

Playful Penguins for boys birthday cards

Last week it was one of my nephews birthday and I always struggle to come up with fun cards, but this time this uber cute penguin came to my aid.  He's from the Playful Penguins stamp set in the soon to arrive Stampin' Up! winter catalogue.  It is one of those 'not just for Christmas' sets as whilst it has scarves and hats for the penguins and sentiments to wish everyone warm wishes for the festive season, it also has some sentiments to suit other occasions not least a young boy is very cool!

I  used painters tape to secure my piece of water colour paper to a board to keep it flat and then I sectioned off each colour rough rectangle to add water colour washes in Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay and Pacific point.  As I removed the tape for each section I dried it with my heat gun but then blended slighty with the section above when I started the next one. 

I stamped the penguin with black Tuxedo Memento ink and fussy cut him out before adding a touch of Mango Melody to his beak and feet. I also used a black marker to seal the edges and stop any white peeping to make sure his shape stayed defined. 

The sentiment as I've mentioned is from the Stampin' Up! set Playful Penguins and it is stamped in black too.  I've added some frosted and clear epoxy dots for the final touch.   The design is adhered to a retired piece of galvanised foil card and a Pacific Point base card. 

To the inside of the card I added a stamped Happy Birthday using the sets Well Said and Merry Christmas to all and another penguin looking very grown up which I know my nephew thinks he is at 10.

Anyone else like me and can't resist a cute penguin?  Brings back memories of TV ads years ago and of course you have to ppppppick up a penguin!!
The countdown is on now for our winter catalogue. I wonder which sets you will choose first.  Will you be a Playful Penguin fan too?

Have a great day and pop back on Friday night for the Totally Techniques Global demo blog hop when we are sharing uses for the embossing pastes.

Thanks for checking in.
Hugs Zoe x