Sunday, January 30, 2011

bead restock...

All the glass crackle beads are now back in stock. Also.. watch in New Stock Arrivals as we are putting on the remainder of the beads that are yet to reach the website... more appearing during the week!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

new downloads

I've added on my sample board using Stampbord onto the website. Click on the downloads link to go through to 4shared to download lots of project ideas and papers!

Oriental Card

This card is all about layers.

1. Apply pale colours to your white card surface using cut n dry foam. I've used a mixture of distress inks - shabby shutters and antique linen. Then stamp your leaf design using antique linen (mine is from Elusive Images Retro Vases set).

2. Stamp a random pattern using the same leaf stamp onto acetate using black stazon ink

3. Cut a strip of black card and stamp and emboss in gold powder an oriental shape - I've use one from an old set of rubbadubadoo stamps I have - but the Clarity stamp Asian Bamboo (6534) would be good too. Do the same on a smaller strip for the top right hand corner.

4. Take a piece of glossy white card and apply your distress ink colours directly to your card surface. Use a piece of foam if you need to do any blending. Then allow to dry (use a heat gun to hurry it along). Give it a light spritz with a gold irridescent spray - perhaps a Cosmic Shimmer Mister or a Glimmer Mist - anything with a pale ink but a bit of sparkle

5. Stamp your oriental lady using black archival ink and set aside to dry. My stamp is from Magenta called Geisha (not in current stock but can be ordered in on request).

6. Cut a small strip of glossy card to mount behind my lady - stamp your leaf design using versamark and allow to dry, then go over the top with the same distress inks then stamp over the top of your versamarked leaves using the same stamp but using archival black so it gives a shadow effect.

7. You can then assemble your card. Fix your piece on top of your acetate first, then you'll know where you can apply double sided tape behind the front layers so no-one can see your adhesive marks.

I've also posted up an image of another design created by using the same layers, but this time using stamps from Elusive images Retro Vases set. You can also spritz your background card with an ink spray too if you want a bit more glitz!

I challenge you all to make a card using this style of layers - it doesn't need to be the same colour scheme - but I'd love to see what you all do with inspiration from this card - so email me with your creations or post on your blog and send me a link!

These cards were created from an original project from Craft Stamper I saw quite some time ago - sorry can't remember the date of the mag - but I can route it out if someone really wants to know!



Saturday, January 8, 2011

Sale now on..

Happy New Year to you all - come browse in our sale - 20% off everything until next Tuesday. Check out our latest e-mail newsletter:

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