Showing posts from October, 2020

Tis The Season

  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

  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

  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