Saturday, May 30, 2020

Social Stamping - Hearts

Hello and welcome to the Social Stamping Blog Host where I am joined by a whole group of talented crafters from around Australia and New Zealand.

The group was started by my lovely friend and fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator Kelly Kent as a way of keeping connected, creating and sharing while we are all being socially distant.
You may have arrived from seeing Peta Stephen's gorgeous creation but if you started here, click the 'Next' button at the bottom of this post to continue hopping.

The theme Kelly has chosen for us this week is 'Hearts'.
My card was created for a friend who has just re-scheduled her wedding after it had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

My card was inspired by Lou Kitzelman from The Dimensionals. You can see her card here

Products used are available in my Online shop here

Product List

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my project and have a lot of fun creating your own!

Click the 'Next' button see what my very talented friend and fellow West Australian Stampin' Up! demonstrator Kelly Kent has created for you

Thanks for stopping by and hopping with us today. If you get lost or if there's a broken link, you can find a link to the next blog in Kelly's main post here

Participant List | 'Hearts'
  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Narelle Simm
  3. Nicole Wilson
  4. Vicki Boucher
  5. Julia Quinn
  6. Lisa Whitehead
  7. Sandra Collett
  8. Michelle Strazds
  9. Chantell Randall
  10. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  11. Sheila Pybus
  12. Andrea Mears
  13. Andrea Sargent
  14. Elizabeth Gross
  15. Peta Stephen
  16. Denise Buetler   (you are here)

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Technique - Retiform Stamping

For this week's Tips & Techniques via Zoom, I demonstrated the Retiform stamping technique to create a 'collage' effect. This is a simple technique which produces different results each time so no two cards are ever the same. The technique can be used with just one stamp set which has many images or several stamp sets with similar themes.

For my demonstration I decided to do a monocolour collage using Night Of Navy ink and the Sailing Home stamp set which has a wide variety of images. I layered the finished Retiform collage onto a Night of Navy card base and finished off by adding a metal helm from the Sail Away Trinkets.

For this technique you will need a piece of Whisper White cardstock to stamp (cut to your desired layer size), a piece of scrap cardstock or cardboard for sponging, Sticky Notes, a sponge or dauber and ink.

Step 1
I like to stamp my sentiment first so I can work my grids around it.
Step 2
Decide where you want the first section to be and cover with the piece of scrap cardstock. Sponge along the edge of the scrap to form the 'grid line' using more colour along the edge and gradually becoming lighter.
Step 3
Move the scrap piece to where you want to create a new grid and sponge along the edge as in step 2.

Step 4
Continue as in steps 2 and 3 until all grids have been formed.

Step 5
Now use sticky notes to mask around the area you wish to stamp an image. Place the sticky note very slightly outside the grid line so that your image will stamp along the line.

Step 6
Continue as in step 5 until all grids have stamped images. At this point you can lightly sponge around the edges of your layer and lightly add any sponging

Products used are available in my Online shop here

Product List

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Technique - Shadow Stamping With Bleach

While I am not able to hold our fortnightly classes in person, I am holding them every other week via Zoom and in the weeks in between we have a Zoom catch-up where we can show what we have been making and I demonstrate a technique which we have not previously done in class.

This week's technique was Shadow Stamping With Bleach.

For my card I used the following materials:
Basic Black cardstock 29.7 cms x 10.5cms scored at 14.85cms
Whisper White cardstock 9.7cms x 14cms
Melon Mambo cardstock 7.2cms x 9cms
Basic Black cardstock 7.5cms x 9.3cms
Best Dressed Designer Series Paper 3.6cms x 14cms
Beautiful You stamp set
Subtle embossing folder
Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
Noble Peacock Rhinestones

I first stamped the sentiment on the Whisper White cardstock and then dry embossed the cardstock with the 'Subtle' embossing folder. I then adhered it to the Basic Black card base.
I adhered the Designer Series Paper to the Whisper White layer.
I stamped the image on Melon Mambo cardstock first with bleach and then with Memento Tuxedo Black ink as described below.
This was then adhered to the Basic Black layer and attached to the card front with Dimensionals.
To finish off my card I added some of the pink Rhinestones.

Shadow Stamping With Bleach Technique
This technique is easy to do with a stamp positioning tool such as the Stamparatus.

Step 1
Place the cardstock to be stamped in the the Stamparatus and line it up approx. 1mm inside the gridline as shown

Step 2
Position your stamp on the piece of cardstock and pick up with the Stamparatus plate. Moisten an un-inked Stampin' Spot with some household bleach (you are basically creating an ink pad with bleach instead of ink) and apply to your stamp.

If you don't have any ink spots, you can moisten a wipe with bleach and use this to wet your stamp. NOTE: You will need to wear protective gloves for this method

Step 3
Lower the stamp onto your cardstock and press and hold for about a minute so that the bleach can penetrate the cardstock.
NOTE: clean your stamp immediately with a Shammy to remove any bleach residue from the stamp!

Step 4
Now move the piece of cardstock to the left so that it lines up with the gridline.

Step 5
Ink your stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black and lower the stamp onto your cardstock.

The black outline is now just inside the bleached outline creating a kind of aura or shadow effect

Products used are available in my Online shop here