I just have to say how much I LOVE the new Tim Holtz stamping platform from Tonic Studios. I was a little unsure how much it would benefit me as a seasoned stamper but since getting it I find that I use it so much and I tackle stamping jobs that I sometimes avoid. It is really easy to use with the clear stamp platform lid easily flipped over to use with unmounted or thinner clear stamps, the reverse for foam mounted or extra thick polymer stamps.
The little magnets are super strong and hold your card or paper in place while stamping. Great for batch making where you want to repeat stamp across a batch giving consistent alignment. If your stamps are the same thickness you can load several stamps all at once.
If you miss a bit while stamping you can just stamp back down with exact alignment to correct any missed bits. This is virtually impossible if judging this by eye yourself. Also great for stamping on textured card such as watercolour card.
I particularly love it for stamping on acetate – always a problem for me as I would often get slipping and blurred results. With this I get perfect results.
Also brilliant for precise multicolour stamping with watercolour pens etc. You can apply the different colours to the stamp one at a time, stamp, load the next colour and stamp – knowing that each colour will be perfectly aligned to build up the complete multicoloured image.
Not only that but building frames and patterns is a cinch too. Stamp, turn the card, stamp again – woohooo it’s just brilliant x
Stamp the scene with Versafine and extend the scene by drawing with the fine tipped pen.
Cover the moon, rocks, castle and fairy wing with masking fluid.
Colour the scene using inks, remove a little colour from the clouds with a wet brush and blotting with paper towel. Note: you can only do this with certain inks (some set into the paper and cannot be lifted after dry, so you may need to work quickly to lift colour while still wet). Dry and remove the masking.
Colour the images with watercolour pencils and blend the colours with a damp brush.
Apply sparkle pen over the moon, fairy wings and sections of the sky.
Edge the card with black alcohol pen and mount onto black card. Glue to card front adding decorative die cuts to corners.
Add Glossy Accents to the fairy and finish with glitter glue for added sparkle.
I made these for a couple of friends with special birthdays recently. I love the Couture die sets from Create & Craft – they mix & match so well.
Both cards were started off in the same way. I made a gatefold card base and glued the butterfly panel to the top edge. The metal effect was achieved by cutting out elements with black card and rubbing over with Pebeo Gilding Wax.
The background papers were created with ink sprays with sparkly mica (Lindy’s Stamp Gang).
I used a Tonic die set to create the inner sentiment panels.
Create & Craft Couture sets: Into The Woods, Enchanted Garden and Garden of Eden
Spectrum Noir water based sparkle pens (blue, purple, yellow)
Dies (circle and decorative lattice circle – Tonic)
Decorative embossing folder (Embossalicious) and sanding block
How to make it:
Emboss the blue card and lightly sand to enhance the texture. Glue to the card blank.
Stamp Katya 4 times onto stamping card using rainbow ink. Heat emboss with the clear powder. Dye inks dry quickly so you need to add the powder immediately after stamping. Cut out the headdress to create a mandala. Colour with glitter pens adding some shading by dragging colour with a water brush. Glue to the card front.
Cut the decorative circle from blue card and add additional colour with sparkle pens. Cut the plain circle from white card and stamp the sentiment. Edge with Distress ink and glue to the card with 3D foam.
Watercolour, sparkle and glitter pens (yellows, blues, pinks, greens)
Alcohol marker (pale blue-grey) and metallic marker (gold)
Glitter glue (gold)
Trellis die (Tonic)
Metallic thread (gold) and acrylic gems (gold)
How it was done:
The bird scene, sentiment and border were stamped onto the patterned paper with Versafine and embossed with clear powder. Water based pens were used to colour. To bring out the scene a little more from the background I used a grey marker to add a drop shadow.
The scene was stamped a second time onto white card, coloured and cut out for decoupage.
Broken China Distress Ink was blended in from around the edges. The topper edges were then embossed with a little gold sparkle powder. Decoupage elements were glued down with 3D glue gel.
The topper was matted onto green card. I used an offcut from a Trellis die cut (pink glitter card) to layer behind the topper left hand side. Gold thread was added for extra sparkle and texture. A square paper doily tinted with Distress Ink would also work really well if you don’t have dies.
The background card blank was stamped using Tattered Rose Distress Ink. Broken China Ink was used to blend in from the edges, and the gold pen used to edge the card.
I finished with gold glitter glue and gems (I cannot resist a bit of bling).
Here is another project that I created for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge 32 this month.
I came up with this after playing with my Inkadinkadoo stamping gear (circular wheel) and the Sticks & Stones stamp set to create wreath. Similar can be achieved by drawing a circle and dividing it into 8 sections. Keeping the stamp orientation steady, stamp and turn the card between each stamping or just work more freely around a circle.
I hope that you like it, and I look forward to seeing your entries x.
Gilding wax (copper), glitter glue (copper) and PVA pearls (copper and pale blue)
Dies: Decorative edger (Create & Craft Couture – Wild Meadow Collection), decorative circles (Tonic – Celtic Dream) and small circle die
Corner rounder punch
Organza ribbon (blue)
How it was made:
The top corners of the card blank were rounded off using a punch. The bottom strip was cut from blue card. The sentiment was stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with copper powder. The strip was then edged with gilding wax before gluing to the card base.
An A5 sheet of stamping card was spritzed with blue & green inks and stamped with Silhouette Grasses. The top edge was cut using the decorative trim die. The top and edges were rubbed over with gilding wax. A circular mat was cut from blue card and placed behind the decorative central motif. The background was then glued to the card front.
Another piece of stamping card was lightly spritzed with blue ink. The wreath was then stamped with Distress Ink using the stamping gear. The wreath was cut out with the circle die and gilding wax rubbed over the decorative edge. This was mounted to the card front with 3D foam pads.
The butterfly was stamped (Just Butterflies set), embossed with copper powder and coloured with sparkle pens. I cut then cut out and shaped for added dimension. The ribbon and butterfly were then glued to the card front.
I finished with copper PVA pearls and glitter glue on the wreath, blue PVA pearls along the base strip.
I created this pumpkin lantern using my Brother ScanNCut and the Jack O’ Lantern SVG files from the Haunted Forest Collection (SVG Cuts). I used oriental papers and the Festive Ivy die from Sheena Douglass to decorate.
I had so much fun creating this. It looks lovely with the flickering electric tea light (no flame) glowing from inside. It would also work well if filled with sweeties for Trick or Treat callers.
I love this collection of SVG files and think that I will create the magnificent Haunted House next.
2 sheets 12 X 12 inch card (1X black, 1X orange – Tonic)
1 X A4 (8.25 X 11.75 inches) black paper
Patterned papers (thin card): 2X A4 double sided pattern for pumpkin and flowers, 1 X A4 for hat panels (Sheena Douglass Oriental Collection)
Festive Ivy die (Sheena Douglass)
Stickles glitter glue (Crystal)
Pebeo gilding wax (King Gold)
How to make it:
Cut the pumpkin from orange card.
Cut the flowers and the pumpkin panels from decorative card.
Cut the hat from black card and hat panels from contrasting patterned card.
There is a fabulous video on YouTube by SVG cuts on how to construct all the elements for this collection (SVG Cuts Haunted Forest Tutorial Video). Construct and glue together following the tutorial. I used a ball tool and embossing mat to shape my floral elements.
Die cut and emboss the ivy from black paper (I used 4 layers of paper in one pass). Rub over with gilding wax to give a metallic effect. Shape with a ball tool and glue in place to decorate the hat.