Friday, 15 June 2018

A STEP BY STEP GUIDE BY LOVELY SANDRA.....

Tonight I have a fabulous step by step guide by our clever teamie Sandra.  We have been asked several times about the techniques used with the recently released grasses stamps and the sun/moon effect cards.  Three card samples follow all by Sandra, who has very kindly recreated one of these cards as a step by step 'how to' guide, with notes at the end on 'how to' make the other two as well.....




Here is the stamp used in her card above....


And here are the steps accompanied by lots of fabulous photos.  Thanks so much Sandra.

The inks and tools Sandra used...


 1. Start by dusting and blending the yellow ink...


2. Use a circular mask to create the sun/moon and then add the purple ink with a brush...


3. Use a piece of copy paper to create a mask and then dust over the with Memento black to create the water...


4. Your card should look similar to the image below when the paper is removed...  


5. Use your copy paper again to cover the water and then stamp your silhouette image using the black Versafine ink.  The Versafine ink leaves a darker impression that will be clean and sharp.  As this ink takes quite a while to dry, I heat emboss mine with a clear embossing powder.  This will also avoid any accidental smudges...


6. Your card should now look similar to the image below.  


7. Stamp the image a second time to the right hand side, but a little lower this time to give a more natural look...


8. Using the Versafine ink again, stamp the image onto a piece of acetate...


9. Very carefully, line up the image and then gently rub over it to create the reflection.  Take care not to press the image above the water.  This is the most difficult part of the card to do but it will get easier with practice.  If the image isn't perfect, then you can always re-ink and go over it again as it's easy to line up with the acetate being clear.  Remember that the reflection should be lighter than the image...



10.
Do the same again to complete the reflection...


11. I used some deckle edge scissors and made a mask using two pieces of card.  Blend over it with the Memento black ink and this with then give a more natural effect between the image and it's reflection...  


12. Your card should now look similar to the image below...


13. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment onto some white card before using a die to cut it out.  I used the small finger daubers to add some colour before removing the card from the die.  This then creates a white border...





14. Here's my finished card.  Before I mounted the finished image, I used the Ink Dusters and finger daubers with Adirondack Eggplant ink around the edge to darken it.  This helps to draw the viewers eye into the image.  I mounted the image onto black card and then again onto a white card to finish...


15. To make a much easier version of the card,  just use the silhouette stamps and don't create a reflection. I've added the image below to show how this might look.  I would use a sentiment over the sun/moon to complete the card.  Don't forget that any of the colours that I've used can be changed to give your card a completely different look.  

  
The first card at the top of this post could be created in exactly the same way as the tutorial above, by creating the background first and then using then silhouette stamps. 

Moonlit Perching Bird, second card above:


1) Make a large circular aperture and then colour the moon with yellow ink. 
2)  Use a circular mask to cover the moon before using the Denim ink to create the night sky. 
3) Stamp the image with Versafine.  You can leave it to dry but I prefer to heat emboss with clear powder to give a darker image and to avoid any smudges.
4) Use a white pen to add some stars.  You could also splatter with white acrylic paint.
 


We hope you have enjoyed the tutorial - do give it a go as the cards are lots of fun to make, and we would love to see your samples.

One of our lovely customers is Eriko in Japan, and Eriko spurred us on to ask Sandra for the 'how to' above.  Eriko also attached the following lovely image she had made with the grasses stamp to her email...

 

Thanks to both of you for sharing your makes in tonight's post.

Bye for now,
Back soon,
Jean x

 

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

WE HAVE TWO WINNERS, AND MORE INSPIRING MAKES....

Fifty four fabulous folks left comments on our last blog post and two random numbers have been picked out to collect the two sets of new stamps for free!!  Comments numbers 9 and 25 belong to Rachel, and CraftyJo, and if you would kindly email your addresses please to: info@craftyindividuals.co.uk asap we will forward your brand new stamps to you both without further ado.  Thanks everyone for joining in, and keeping checking back for inspiration and more future giveaways.

I now have inspiring makes from Sylvie, Helen and Sandra to brighten up our crafty days...

Firstly some lusciously lovely decorated china coasters by Helen Chilton incorporating CI images and stamps CI-490 and CI-491 ..


Sylvie made the following bright beauties...





Check out CI-436, CI-493, CI-207, and more stamps, dies and stencils that feature in the above.

Here we have more delightful designs by Sandra..



CI-207 appears again above, as well as a butterfly from CI-437, and more of those beautiful butterflies as well as CI-491 can be found in this last card by myself...


Back soon, and thanks for looking,

Jean x

Thursday, 24 May 2018

LANDSCAPES, MORE, AND A GIVEAWAY...

Would you like the three new stunning stamps we recently released to add to your stamp collection?....





If so then please leave a comment at the end of this post, and we will randomly pick two winners from the list next week.

Here are a few more beautiful makes with them and some of our older silhouette style stamps, from Sandra and Sylvie...





And here are some other makes by Coco - lovely bookmarks and more!



I also have a few lovely landscape style makes to show you which I will pop below....







.....all very pretty, peaceful and restful by Sandra, Coco and Sylvie.

Stamps used above include CI-365, CI-367, CI-209, CI-474, CI-478, CI-467.

Don't forget to leave your comment.

Back soon,

Jean x

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

SOME BAD NEWS ABOUT FRIENDS, ALONG WITH OTHER CRAFTY STAMPING NEWS....

Very sad indeed to hear this morning that Chocolate Baroque HQ was broken into last night and not only were all the weekend's Happy Stampers show takings stolen, but also computer, and other very important stuff, and to top it all off the thieves also trashed the place.  Our friends Lesley and David are generous and lovely people who have had tough times enough, and it is heartbreaking that this should happen to them!

What more can I say?! We wish them well and will help where we can. 
On a happier note here are some photos from the aforementioned show, which was lovely, and we thank everyone who supported us...




Samples were made and displayed....




And the new stamps CI-493, CI-494 and CI-495 went down a treat...







Thanks to the CI Teamies who always do us proud and thanks to you for popping by today.

Back soon,
Jean x