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Stunningly Styled Stencils

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  Laura Jane and Jenny taught this class; these two amazing instructors shared with me how to maximize the use of my stencils. From stencil printing to dry embossing and of course, my favourite is incorporating them with my mixed media supplies. I had so much fun in creating the card above that I also decided to make an extra set of four to giveaway. The stunning result of the dry embossing made me pull all of my stencils out to test them; it was effortless once I got the combination of the mats on the Gemini Junior right. Now I've got a whole stack of backgrounds ready for any future projects. I must confess I was quite hooked on the process. Instructions: Dry emboss your 4 1/4" x 51/2" white card base then splatter Antique Gold ink spray, Watercolour Brush Marker (Citrus Burst, Rouge, Ruby Red) on top. Secure the Mega Rose stencil on top of black Cardstock then apply embossing paste through the stencil with a palette knife. While the paste is still wet drop the three co

Tis The Season

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  Yes, better get started on my Christmas cards now so I can also be in the spirit to decorate around the house. My three teenage kids would be laughing at me if I got my Christmas decorations out too early, but I heard that two months in advance is O.K! For this card, I put to practice what I learnt from Jennifer Rzasa and Debby Hughes; stamping the tree in ombre inking and using the Woodgrain Bark specialty paper as a border. It's my first time using this Modern Fox stamp set, and I'm impressed by the result, the strokes on the tree stamp gave it depth and such a realistic look. Needless to say, the fox was a three-step simple layering process and was the main attraction. I didn't have the word dies to create the textured background, so I stretched my products and used the Small Moments stamp and die instead. Scene cards are quite challenging for me, but this turned out to be a sweet surprise, a beautiful Christmas with natural surrounding and sparkling snowflakes effects

Demystifying Mixed Media

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  Hello friends, I'm back again with a stunning fun-filled card to share with you. Tania Ahmed was the instructor for this class, and she shared with us so many valuable tips and techniques. One of the methods that I applied to this card was mixing my shimmer spray ink with embossing paste to create a bold texture plus sprinkling translucent pearl embossing powder on top for a magical theme. Tania's project inspiration was true to its word INSPIRATIONAL!  There was not much planning for this card, but just full of fun play, Altenew products seem to go well together as the name suggests, from Enchanted Gold Wax Beads to Enchanted Gold Metallic Thread. This Christmas colour scheme that I've chosen is beyond the traditional, yet I love every step of my happy experimental card. I have to say my new top 3 favourites from Altenew are their Translucent Pearl Powder, Shimmer Ink Spray and Wax Seal Stamp. Instructions: On a 4" x 5 1/4" watercolour paper, spray Sunkissed, C

Crafting 101 Alcohol Inks

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  Jessica Frost-Ballas taught this class, and I learnt from her how to swatch out my alcohol inks. After having done that, my work became so much easier and less time-consuming. One of her tips was to let go and not to try to control the ink; I must say however that I did a bit of each, by attempting to control it with my straw whilst also letting it go by allowing it to flow freely with the fade effect. This balance allowed me to achieve the beautiful petal-like effect in the background. Cut out a piece of Yupo paper 3 3/4 " by 5", start dropping the alcohol ink Evening Gray in the centre, and then Ruby Red and Gold Shimmer for petals.  Use an air spritzer or straw to blow the ink out and drop the blending solution around the outer petals for a fade effect. Choose a flower stamp that is similar in size to your abstract alcohol ink flower, stamp it and emboss it on vellum. Fussy-cut it out and adhere it on with glossy accents. Cut out a strip of white paper 6.5 cm by 2.5 cm a

Clean & Simple Boutique Cards

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  Boutique Cards Welcome back my crafty friends, this Boutique Card that I made is from my specialty paper (rock salt water colouring) leftover from my previous project. One of the techniques that were taught in this class by Jennifer Rzasar was to use high-end stationery. I was also able to incorporate vellum, glitter cardstock and a beautiful Dotted Scales debossing cover die for the background.  Cut out three 3.5 cm by 3.5 cm from your rock salt paper. With a black marker go around the edges of the three squares. Cut out one 7.5 cm by 7.5 cm from black glitter cardstock. Use the terrific tags die set to cut out one piece from black glitter cardstock and one piece from rock salt paper. Use the Painted Butterflies stamp and die to stamp three butterflies on the rocksalt squares and one onto vellum. Cut the vellum butterfly out with its coordinating die and cut one extra butterfly out of rock salt paper to lay behind the vellum piece. Stamp the sentiment from Geo Frames onto the tag, m