Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Creative Palette Backgrounds, part one


Good morning, Kirsten here, I hope you all enjoyed the weekend. Today's blog post is quite a long one, so I've decided to split it in two & I'll show you the finished cards on Friday.
Months ago, I got the Stampendous Creative Palette from Lisa & it has sat on my craft table ever since, waiting for me to do something with it. As I've been making lots of backgrounds this month, I thought I would have a play, using Versacolor inks.  
What Stampendous says:
"The Creative Palette from Stampendous, is a monoprinting plate that will allow you to create an infinite variety of backgrounds and textures for your mixed media canvases, art journals, scrapbook pages, cards, home decor and other projects.
An indispensable tool, it allows you to use acrylic paints, inks and other mediums together with stamps, textures and tools to create a unique impression every time.
Palette measures 8.25ins x 10.75ins."
When you take it out of the packet, you remove one of the acetate covers - make sure you keep the cover for when you've finished. The palette is very thin, only a few millimetres thick & it's very flexible, so put it on a smooth surface, I used my craft sheet. It's sturdy, but also slightly soft & sticky - like gelatin in fact. Keep sharp objects well away from it!
I chose the brightest Versacolor inks I had for the first layer; Boysenberry, Turquoise & Ash Rose & swiped them randomly over the palette. Then I laid a piece of 90gsm copy paper on top. The first time I did this I used a brayer over the copy paper, but the ink didn't transfer particularly well, so I reapplied the inks, stamped onto them with Split Pea Versacolor, using a stamp from the Hobby Art 'Anna's Collection - Just For You' stamp set & rubbed over the paper with my hand.
This was the first print, palette on the left, paper on the right...........

I added more stamping, using Hobby Art's Decorative Backgrounds set & more Versacolor inks - Heliotrope, Orange, Cyan............

Here's a close-up of the stamping............

You can see there's still a lot of ink on the palette, but by now it was dry (but not permanent). Afterwards, I thought that I could have spritzed water onto it & pulled another print, so I shall try that another day.
The next step was stencilling. I used white Versacolor through the Imagination Crafts Wall stencil.........

This was only slightly visible on the print......
- Remember you can click on the photos to enlarge them -

I added some final stamping with black Versacolor, which faded to a dark grey on the print.............

I decided that would be the final step & here's the finished piece, I like that you can still see each layer of stamping & stencilling...........
To show you how different the colours are I took another piece of the 90gsm paper & applied the inks directly to it, following each step as above. This is the result.............

I definitely prefer the paler version, but this one has possibilities & I'll show you the cards I made with both of these pieces on Friday.
The palette cleaned up very easily. Even though the first layer of ink was dry, it came off immediately with both water & baby wipe. I did think that residue from the baby wipe might affect the palette, so I sprayed plenty of water on it & used a soft cloth to dry it.
Do cover the palette with the acetate sheet & put it back in its packaging as soon as you're finished using it. I left mine on the side of the table for a little while & it picked up debris very easily. It was easy to remove the debris, but if something sticks permanently to the palette you will lose that smooth surface.
In conclusion, I can only say that I need to use the Creative Palette a lot more before I can decide if I like it. I wasn't impressed by how quickly the ink dried on it. I did try Adirondack inks & the first colour was dry by the time I put a third one on, so that was no use - and I know Adirondacks can be used on the Gelli Plate, which is much thicker than the Palette, so I'm guessing that has something to do with it.
I need to use it with paint & try to build more layers, so I shall attempt something for next month's projects.
Until Friday, happy crafting.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Your Birthday's Humming!!

Good morning all, hope you're all well and had a good weekend.  Mine was taken up with crafting and I was in my element :o)
Today's card is made using some Hobby Art stamps that are still on special offer.
First of all I chose a 6 x 6 card and stamped around the edge using the Hobby Art Birthday Vase Set
you have a choice of words and rearrange them how you like, then just added a little squiggle around the edge too :o)
 I then took a flower and humming bird stamps and arranged them on a piece of 4 x 4 white card as below:
I took a pencil and marked under the stamp where I wanted the humming bird to go:
I moved the stamps out the way and went ahead and stamped the humming bird with the tip of his beak on the pencil mark.  I created a mask of the humming bird using the Woodware Mask-It then stamped the flower image over the top:
Once I removed the mask I decided to do a little paper piercing by stamping the flower image onto a piece of Anna Marie Dotty Pink Card and cut around the frame.
I used a combination of Imagination Craft Silkies and Water Colour Pencils to colour in the images, then finished off the Humming bird with a little clear Wink of Stella, unfortunately it didn't photograph very well, but hopefully if you're at the next workshop you'll see the finished card there :o)  I used a little of the Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Distress Ink around the edge of the images to take off the stark whiteness.  I then mounted it on to black card and more dotty card, and using foam pads mounted the images onto the card, here it is again.
Thanks for dropping by, I hope you enjoyed today's blog, and look forward to see you all here again on 6th Feb.


Saturday, 24 January 2015

Lisa and Imagination Crafts On The Telly!

Guest Presenter for Imagination Crafts

Morning, happy Saturday, Kirsten here. I wanted to let you know that Lisa, and Sue from Imagination Crafts, will be on Create and Craft today. They have two shows; 10am & 4pm & the items they'll be showcasing include new stamp sets, exclusive to Imagination Crafts.

Lisa has been working hard, making gorgeous samples like these & you'll see them all tomorrow...........


So tune in at 10 & 4 & if you want to start shopping early, all the products are already listed on the C&C website.
Channel info: Freesat 313 Virgin 748 Freeview 36 Sky 674


Friday, 23 January 2015

Just For You

Morning, happy Friday. I'm typing this on Thursday night & it's proving a difficult task because my fingers are so cold. Hope you're all managing to keep warm.
Here's my card for today, I used stamps from the Hobby Art 'Anna's Collection - Just For You' set..........

I used Versacolor inks Split Pea & Atlantic to make the background - mostly second generation stamping. The tiny dots & stars are from the HA Decorative Backgrounds set, it's a great little stamp for filling in areas..................
The biggest stamp in the set was stamped once with Sky Blue & once with Atlantic Versacolor & the sentiment was stamped with Black Versacolor.........

I cut a piece of vellum to the same height as a C6 card & about 3cm wider, then embossed it with the Crafts Too Ball Flowers embossing folder (30% off in the Mega Sale)........
I used Anna Marie Designs Plain Citrine & Dottie Powder Blue card for matting & layering & adhered the vellum to the back of the lefthand side, to create a cover. I finished the card with a length of seam binding ribbon & a bow.......

The finished card again..........

Anna's Collection - Just For You    Decorative Backgrounds Stamp Set Embossing Folder - Ball Flowers    Dottie Powder Blue    Plain Citrine    Vellum White Versacolor Atlantic   Versacolor Black   Versacolor Sky Blue   Versacolor Split Pea  Seam Binding Ribbon
The big news at Lisa B Designs is that tomorrow on Create & Craft, Imagination Crafts launch the first releases of Lisa's brand new stamp range. At the moment, Sue will be on at 10am & Lisa is scheduled to be on at 4pm. If that should change Lisa will try to let me know & I will update the Lisa B Designs Facebook page etc.
Lisa has made some gorgeous samples to show off her new stamps so tune in & let us know what you think.
Have a great weekend, I'll be back on Tuesday.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Thoughts of Spring...Nesting...

Morning all,
Hope your week is going ok.
Well it's my Thursday slot again and I've used a lovely stamp set from 
Hobby Art called Nesting, it's a four stamp set.
I wanted to create a nesting theme and, I chose to compliment it with a
 New two die set from Marianne Creatables called Anja's Vintage Frame. (30% off in the


I cut the main outer frame and two of the Lattice inners from smooth stamping card.
The Lattice inner reminded me of a trellis which is where the idea generated for this design.


I stamped the main image of the birds with the nest onto the main die cut frame using 
I coloured the image using alcohol based markers but equally
Watercolour pencils would look great.

To the trellis work I added some scraps of hessian and cheesecloth.
The hessian I glued behind the trellis and I threaded some small pieces of cheesecloth and hessian threads through the holes to resemble nesting material.
A few Pink Mulberry Flowers finished off these trellis pieces.


I Glued the trellis pieces flat on to a piece of Kraft card and layered the center image with
Foam pads before mounting the whole thing on to a homemade card blank.

 That's it, I hope you like it and thank you for popping by today.
Nesting   NEW Anja's Vintage Frame - 2 dies 

Don't forget you still have time to enter into the Blog Challenge HERE
its really easy this month as anything goes!!

 Crafty Hugs xKx