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Saturday, 16 November 2019

Inspirational Butterflies with Stampin' Up!

Hi Crafters,

I hope you are all doing well.  I have a card today featuring an inspirational sentiment that makes me so happy.


I made a card blank from thick Whisper White cardstock.  The inked layer is made from Shimmery White cardstock which holds up well to water-based inking techniques.  I added ink in Rich Razzleberry and Mango Melody with a sponge brayer and then applied a layer of water to one of the decorative masks featured in the Autumn/Winter catalogue and placed it firmly on top to remove some of the ink.  The effect is subtle but great for a background.  I cut one of the base butterfly dies an then three of the intricate layers in Whisper White cardstock from the Butterfly Beauty Dies and adhered with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  I stamped the sentiment from the Above the Clouds stamp set in Versamark ink on Basic Black cardstock and then heat embossed in white.  I fussy cut the words and added them with more liquid glue.

I hope this card makes you smile.  Let me know if you try out the ink lifting technique using water.  You can also do this technique by stamping in water over an inked background.  

Happy crafting,
Rachel x


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Saturday, 9 November 2019

Happy Birthday Flowers and Butterflies with Stampin' Up!

Hi Crafters,

It was my mother-in-law's birthday a couple of days ago and I wanted to share the card I made for her special day.  I chose to use the Stampin' Up! Bloom and Grow stamp set paired with the Tufted 3D Embossing Folder and die cuts from the Butterfly Beauty Dies. 


I used a standard half sheet of A4 Whisper White for the card base and then added a piece of Calypso Coral cardstock which had been embossed with the Tufted 3D embossing folder.  I cut the piece on the diagonal and added it to my card base with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  I also added a strip of Copper Foil Sheet along the diagonal edge for added glitz.  I stamped the floral image from the Bloom and Grow stamp set in Versamark ink on Shimmery White cardstock and then heat embossed with copper embossing powder.  I used an Aqua Painter and inks in Calypso Coral and Pretty Peacock to colour the flowers and Garden Green for the leaves.  i used the co-ordinating dies to cut out the floral image and then popped it up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I stamped the sentiment from the Perennial Birthday stamp set in Pretty Peacock and then added three butterflies from the Butterfly Beauty Dies to match.  

Happy crafting, 
Rachel x


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Sunday, 3 November 2019

Faux Engraving with Stampin' Up!

Hi Crafters,

I have a new technique for you today that I'm really excited to share.  If you spotted the gold deer in my Global Stamping Friends Plaid Blog Hop, you will have already had a sneak peek!  The technique is faux engraving and I discovered it watching a video by Jennifer McGuire.  I adore all of Jennifer's videos and her creativity is so inspiring.  

To create the faux engraving all you need is foil cardstock, an outline image, Versamark ink, clear embossing powder and a heat tool.  It's also really important to prep the cardstock with an anti-static powder to prevent the embossing powder from sticking anywhere other than your stamped image.



I started with a notecard and embossed the front leaf using the Tin Tile 3D embossing folder.  I added a piece of real red cardstock to the middle with liquid multipurpose glue.  My tree image came from the Shine Bright stamp set featured in the Stampin' Up! Autumn/Winter catalogue.  I stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossing using clear embossing powder.  I added some Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels and popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The white layer under my gold topper was stamped with a sentiment from the Shine Bright stamp set in Real Red.  I used my Stamparatus for perfect positioning.  I'm not sure how I ever managed to stamp anything in the right place before the Stamparatus came along!

I hope you'll give this cool technique a try.  Let me know what you think and what image you'll be using.

Happy crafting, 
Rachel x


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