Friday, 7 February 2020

Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop - We Love Bundles

Hi Crafters,

Welcome to the next installment of the Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop.  We are an international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who love to share their passion for creating with you.  This month we are showing some love for the great bundles featured in Stampin' Up! catalogues.  Each bundle of either stamps and dies or stamps and a punch, offers a 10% saving.  This makes them even better value for money.  

I chose to use the Timeless Tropical bundle which includes the Timeless Tropical cling stamp set and the In The Tropics dies.  I love the images in this bundle because they remind me of Hawaii which I visited in October 2016.  I probably should have used this opportunity to make a scrapbook page but of course I've just thought of that now!  I'll have to set some time aside for scrapbooking soon.  

Instead I have made a trio of cards featuring different stamps and dies.  They all have a tropical feel and I've only used a few colours.  

 This first card was made using only dies but I've used the sentiment die to make a stamp!  I started with a Crumb Cake base card and added my die cuts on top.  The pineapple was made from cardstock in Pineapple Punch and Mossy Meadow.  I inked the intricate die with Crumb Cake ink before running through my die cutting machine.  This gave the die extra dimension and interest.  I cut the sentiment from fun foam, attached to an acrylic block using a small amount of snail adhesive.  I inked up in Soft Suede and stamped directly onto the card base.  I used Stampin' Dimensionals behind my pineapple to give it a raised and rounded look.  

The second card was a bit more stepped up.  I created a background panel on Crumb Cake cardstock using the pineapple stamp for a tone on tone look.  This was much easier with the Stamparatus as I could position the stamp once and then move the plates up or down the card for each column of stamping.  I used an old toothbrush to flick on some Shimmer Paint in Champagne Mist.  This really sparkles in real life but the photos never do the sparkle justice.  I tore a piece of So Saffron cardstock to create an island and added some faint Crumb Cake lines using a Stampin' Write Marker so that the trees would be grounded.  I coloured the trees with Stampin' Write Markers in Soft Suede, Mossy Meadow and Old Olive and used the co-ordinating die to cut them out.  I also used the markers for the sentiment which was cut out with a non-bundle product!  Oops!  It's a die from the Painted Labels dies which also comes as part of a bundle.  I glued the sentiment flat with Liquid Multipurpose Glue but used Stampin' Dimensionals for the island elements.  

The final card is a clean and simple design using the hibiscus stamp and co-ordinating die.  I stamped the flower in Rococo Rose on Whisper White cardstock and coloured with the Pumpkin Pie Watercolour Pencil.  I blended with an Aqua Painter.  I added the sentiment in Basic Black cardstock.  I used the Rococo Rose Stampin' Write Marker to draw a loose rectangle frame for my flower.  I created dimension on the back of the flower with the largest embossing tool from the Take Your Pick Tool, also adhering with Stampin' Dimensionals to retain the height.  

 I hope you've loved seeing these bundles showcased as much as we've loved creating these projects.  To keep hopping, click the arrow to head to the wonderful Libby.  Don't forget to let us know your favourite bundle too.  

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

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5. Rachel Macleod ***You are here***

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Saturday, 25 January 2020

Hopping Around the World Blog Hop - Stamping Technique

Hi Crafters,

It's Saturday night so that means only one thing - a Hopping Around the World Blog Hop!  The blog hop features Stampin' Up! demonstrators from Europe, North America and the South Pacific.  I love hopping with such talented demonstrators and always get inspired to get crafty. 

Our theme this month is stamping techniques and we've got a fantastic breadth of inspiration for you.  I have chosen water stamping using the Breathtaking Bouquet background stamp.  All you need is ink, paper, stamps and water!  I had a little play to create some unique backgrounds before making three into cards.

I started with pieces of Shimmery White A4 cardstock cut to fit a half sheet of A4 as a card blank.  I used Rococo Rose, Gorgeous Grape, Blueberry Bushel and Pretty Peacock.  This technique works better with darker colours.  

I placed the uninked panel onto my glass mat and rubbed an ink pad all over for complete coverage.  I transferred the panel to my Stamparatus which was already set up with the Breathtaking Bouquet background stamp.  I spritzed the stamp with water and then closed the door onto the inked panel.  I pressed pretty hard all over to make sure the design lifted the ink with the water.  The results were far better than I expected!

I created three cards but there's a mystery card among them!  

I used different circle punches on the background panel and created the collage.  I embossed the card with the Scripty 3D Embossing Folder.  The sentiment is from the A Little Lace stamp set and was heat embossed in white on Basic Black cardstock.  

For this second card, I simply stamped over the water stamping with Versamark ink and then heat embossed in copper. 

And now for the mystery card!  This was created from the leftover ink on the orignal Blueberry Bushel background.  I placed a blank panel of Shimmery White cardstock into the Stamparatus and used the excess ink to create this stamped image.  I layered it on top of a piece of See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper which matched perfectly.  

I still have two whole backgrounds to create into cards but that will have to wait for another day.  On with the hop you must go!  Head to Mo's post next for more inspiration and maybe you'll discover a new technique too.  

Happy crafting,

Rachel x

2.     Rachel Macleod (UK): Water Stamping ***You are here***

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