Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Embossing powders are a staple in any stamper's diet but they tend to be something that is used for a bit, then put aside and forgotten about.  I love how with a few basic colours plus a few extra's, you can make a whole new batch of beautiful embossing powder mixes to co-ordinate with any project that you happen to be working on.  Of course most people have the standards, gold, silver, black, white, copper and clear... but add a few colours as well, blue, orange, brown, teal, red etc., mix a few together (writing the recipe down as you go of course!) and you have a whole new range.  I love covering pieces of chipboard totally with embossing powder and using as a frame (as in the first two samples below) or to use as a base to mount words on (as in the third one) or simply emboss a gorgeous shape and let it speak for itself.
"Without art"...
"Fashion Taste"...
Below are some embossing recipes that I have made up for this particular class.  If you go to "labels" down on the right hand side, you will see a heading "Embossing Powder Recipes" where you will find my earlier embossing powder mixes.  The word "part" means your measurement.  The little spoons that come with the meals on plane rides are great, or you can simply use a pop stick to measure.
Granite:  5 parts black, 1 part white, 1 part silver
Old Copper:  3 parts copper, 1½ parts green, 1 part pewter (or silver)
Old Gold:  2 parts gold, 1 part copper, ½ part apricot (orange)
Patina Brown:  2 parts gold, 1 part chestnut (brown)
Patina Azure:  1½ part black UTEE, 1 part black, 1 part aqua
Verdigris:  5 parts black, 2 parts gold, 2 parts powder (light blue), 1 part aqua
Weathered Green:  2 parts green, 1 part black UTEE, 1 part silver
Weathered Orange:  2 parts black UTEE, 2 parts apricot (orange), 1 part copper, 1 part black
This one below is the final sample from the previous class, Metallic Paint Scrape.

Friday, September 26, 2014


Our ATC class technique for this fortnight is a background technique that can be treated in a couple of different ways to create a different finished effect.   I used Plaid Folkart Metallic Paints scraped on with a credit card to plain card stock to begin with.  It dries very quickly as you're only applying a thin layer of paint.  Now comes the decision as to what to do.... you can either stamp straight onto the dry painted background using either Ranger Archival Ink or Black Stazon Ink to get the stamped finish or you can skip the stamping and emboss the background so you can add an image to the background instead of the stamping.  Now there is a further step in here that you won't be able to see on the computer screen, but when the girls come to my class, they'll see the difference!  
If you have chosen to stamp your images, after the stamping has dried (mere seconds), cover the entire surface with clear embossing ink and then clear embossing powder, melt the clear embossing powder and you'll have a very smooth, glass-like finish.  To do the embossed style - "Choose Wisely" (through an embossing machine with an embossing folder), after the paint has dried simply do the clear embossing steps then when it has cooled, run it through the embossing folder.  This makes a very shiny glass-like surface with the added texture of the embossing folder. 
Now to further confuse the issue, I also did a little embossing with some coloured embossing powder.  After the clear embossing has dried, re-heat a little section where you want the coloured embossing powder to go, then tip on a little coloured embossing powder (I used copper in this first one below, "exact change").  Make sure you have some clear embossing ink on your chosen embellishment stamp and then re-heat the coloured embossing and when it's melted, quickly press your stamp into the melted embossing powder, allow to cool and lift off your stamp and you should have a nice impression of the stamped image.  Of course, this only works with the red rubber stamps, don't go using your clear polymer stamps, I couldn't guarantee they won't be affected by the high heat of the melted embossing powder!!! 
"Exact Change"...
"Not a thing"...

"Choose wisely"...
Finally, here are the remaining samples of the previous technique, Bubble Wrap Stamp.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


The technique this fortnight is a way to add further interest and texture to some background papers that you may already have and you think they just need a little something more.  Bubble wrap gives a great distressed type of printing or stamping as it's not as precise as using a specific bubble wrap stamp.  Some of the bubbles may have been popped or your bubble wrap might not be as puffy as other pieces and it also comes in different sizes of bubbles!  
To create this effect, I used an empty cardboard toilet roll, or alternatively you can cut an empty cardboard paper towel roll in half so you can get two, then attach the bubble wrap around the roll using double sided tape and apply paint sparingly and roll and roll along your background.  It's as quick and easy as that!   I used Distress Paint on mine but you can also use Gesso or ordinary acrylic paint applied with a paint brush.  I used a separate bubble wrap roll that I made to use exclusively with clear embossing ink,  applied the embossing ink sparingly once again, rolled that along the background and tipped on embossing powder, shook off the excess and heated.  You can of course do the paint step first, dry it and then do the embossing step to get a different look.
"Right decision"... (Seedless Preserve Distress Paint and a turquoise
embossing powder)
"Pain passes"... (Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint dried first, then Fired Brick
Distress Paint coated in clear embossing powder)
"Own wings"... (Picket Fence - white - Distress Paint dried then
clear embossing ink and silver embossing powder)
Here are a couple of backgrounds to show the random effect of the bubble wrap.

Below are the remaining samples from the last class, Distress Emboss Resist.  I thought I'd show you what the backgrounds look like with just the crayon resist before adding anything further to it.... love these backgrounds!  Almost too good to do anything else to them!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Distress Emboss Resist

This technique uses a few old favourites.... white crayon to act as a resist, Distress Ink Pads and the myriad of wonderful embossing folders!  All are created on a plain white card stock and the crayon being waxy, will resist the application of the Distress Inks.  I found an open style of embossing folder with blank areas probably work the best for this technique.
"Educated Weed"...

"Officially Unfair"...

"Disguise"... (recognise the
Washi Tape feather we made
a few classes ago?)
Here are the remaining atc's from the previous class, Wrinkle Distress".
 "Exotic"... (love the colours in this one!)

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Wrinkle Distress  -  No, I'm not referring to my worries about being over 50.  As they say, "Age isn't important, unless you are a cheese!".   Young in mind is more important to me as I don't want to be one of those old fuddy duddies who complain about the younger generation and all their imperfections (like we never had any!!!).  Anyway, I digress.... back to the Wrinkle Distress - the real one.  This is a technique using plain white tissue paper, glued wrinkly onto card stock and then coloured with Ranger Distress Stains.  I love how the wrinkles are really highlighted with the deeper colour and by embossing the edge of the whole card it adds another dimension to it.  Samples...
"Understood"... (love this colour combination - Evergreen Bough,
Mustard Seed and Rusty Hinge)
"Chaos, panic & disorder"... (Iced Spruce and Black Soot)
"His soul"... (Gathered Twigs, Frayed Burlap and Evergreen Bough)
I'll have more samples of Wrinkle Distress when I next post as during each class I make more samples of the technique.
This one below is from the Previous Class - Corrugated Distress Stains.
"Unexamined Life"...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


The technique for this fortnight uses gesso, a deeply corrugated card and Ranger Distress Stains.  When you use gesso first on a background, the colours that you apply after will be affected because of the different absorption properties of gesso compared to a plain card background.  For this reason, I prefer to use gesso on only parts of a background so you can get a great contrast effect with the colours that you use on top as some will be on gesso and some will be on untreated card.  Love how easy the Distress Stains are to use for this technique.  A water spritz bottle will help to spread the Distress Stain on the card too, especially as this particular card that I'm using for the background is so heavily corrugated with very deep channels.  Also received my Dina Wakley "All the girls" stamps and love how they stamp onto coloured scrapbook paper.
"Contemplation"... (Rusty Hinge and Picked Rasberry)
"Strong"... (Peacock Feathers and Gathered Twigs.  Also used some of the
Ice Resin Enamels on both the card on the right hand side as well
as coating the brad with it - looks great!)
"Beauty is not caused"... (Faded Jeans and Walnut Stain - notice how the
Faded Jeans has turned a lavender colour when it goes over the gesso.)
"Nest Builder"... (Evergreen bough & small amount of Walnut Stain)
These ones below are from the previous class "Glue Scribble Distress". 
This one's my favourite!!!
"Chop Chop"...
"If you wait"...
"Educated Weed"...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Glue Scribble Background

The technique for this fortnight and possible cover for book #12 is called Glue Scribble Background where we'll be using the Ranger Distress Paints, including the 3 metallic colours for that extra shimmer.  The girls have a choice of using either this background or the Credit Card Re-visited one from last fortnight to cover their Book Number 12 with.... depending on which background they are happier with.  I have done a couple of sample atc's using this background as well as having done one front cover which I haven't decorated further as I wanted to show the full effect of the paints without cluttering it up yet.  Will show the cover when it gets finished though..... samples first....
"Night Flight"... (no glue used on this background,
only the paints - barn door, white, black and

"Second Language"... (you can see the swirly scribble background
in this one, that's the glue.  The other colours I used
in the Distress Paints are Rusty Hinge, Dusty Concord and Bronze)
This is the cover with Weathered Wood, Peacock Feathers, Broken China, Stormy Sky,
Tumbled Glass, Bronze, Antique Brass and Silver.  No glue used on this one either.  This might
be the back page and I will probably use glue on the front cover with these same colours.
Below are the remaining Credit Card Re-visited atc samples from the class last fortnight.
"Portrait"... (this was a scrap of paper that I used to
"wipe-off" the credit card while changing
colours, even the rubbish is good!)
"Emotional Baggage"... (this one incorporates some Angelina Film
from the previous class to Credit Card, her glasses are covered
in Angelina Film, including the lens bit!)