Tuesday, October 6, 2015


The technique for this fortnight is one that utilises chipboard pieces, coloured embossing powder, clear utee powder (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel is what UTEE stands for) and Perfect Pearls.  Seeing how I got the girls on a bit of a Perfect Pearls kick, figured we could continue with those little pots of coloured powder and use them to make Marbled Embossing on chipboard.  I mucked around in my studio trying to work out the best way to do this without the perfect pearls blowing all over the place.  For this technique you're going to need a low blow heat gun.  The normal Wagner or Milwaukee black heat gun I prefer for embossing isn't going to cut it this time!  So it's the Ranger Heat Embossing Tool that's the best one for this particular technique.  The layers consist of blackening your chipboard with either permanent marker or black soot Distress Stain, dry, press into clear embossing ink pad, emboss with chosen colour of embossing powder, heat, cool, clear embossing ink pad again, clear utee, a little perfect pearl of chosen colour sprinkled on, then heated.  The perfect pearls melts along with the clear utee to make gorgeous marble like effects.

Lots of steps I know but the results are just gorgeous in the flesh.  Once again the computer screen lets the side down with the average images, but some idea of how it looks is better than no idea!  :-)

"Flighty".,. (Background is the Plastic 
Parchment Background and the 
embossing is done on the rectangular 
chipboard frame.)

"King"... (Firstly let me say this in no way
reflects my thoughts on my husband, 
he's more like the King of Good Husbands!  
Background on this one is the 
Canvas Resist Technique and the embossed
pieces are the 3 crowns at the top.)

"Sister"... (Background is the 
watercolour drip from
the last book, the heart is
the embossed piece.)

"Nature concentrated"... (This background
is from the Foil Class and the bird
is the embossed piece.  You can
clearly see the perfect pearls in
Gold & Mint in this piece.)

"Obsessed"... (Background is just a distressed
background using green & copper paints and the
square with the word on it is the embossed piece.  
Sort of hard to see here as I also used some Copper Liquid 
Pearls to blend the word in a bit, but this one is 
a green background with copper Perfect Pearls.)

This one is from the previous technique that we did, 
Wax Paper Fresco
(Solemnly swear)...

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


This is another background technique that uses a few products we've used before in our classes.... Wax Paper, Embossing Folders and an embossing machine (Big Shot or Cuttlebug etc.) and Distress Ink Pads.  I have also utilised some Angelina Fibre in this class as well although it's pretty hard to see.  It's on the first atc, Bling out your dead and I've captured some Angelina Fibre in copper between the card stock and the waxed paper before I've embossed and coloured it.  I've also added some loose fibres underneath the picture.  Unfortunately this is another of those atc's that has to be seen in the flesh to appreciate all the shimmer of the fibres.  Yes girls in my classes, there is a new quote sheet out, number 22!

"Bling out your dead"...

"Drama Llama"... (I've also used some
Angelina Film under the image on this one
and across the front of the image too)


"Unloved flower"...

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


A simple class this fortnight using some of my stash of quilting cotton fabrics as backgrounds.  I like the contrast between the stark black and white images (that can be coloured in or left black and white) against the brightly coloured fabric background.  As long as you use a good quality 
double-sided tape to attach your images to the fabric, they will stay there with no drama 
(I use Stylus brand double-sided tape exclusively as it is just so good!). 

The stamps below are all from Stampotique and I just had to use my new little
dog cube which has four little mutts on it.   You can use whatever
you want for embellishments and the first two atc's below both have hearts
that have been covered with Angelina Film and then heated.  The wings
on the very bottom atc "Ethereal Spirit" are also German Scrap
wings that have Angelina Film adhered to it and then heated.

"My dog"...

"together forever"...


"Ethereal Spirit"...

Friday, August 28, 2015


In a previous class we have used Rock Salt to create gorgeous background effects.  In this class, we'll be using Rock Salt as well as Table Salt but to mix it up a bit and give a lovely shimmer, we'll be adding some Perfect Pearls to the salts.  Because the salt/Perfect Pearl mix is dropped into liquid, the water acts as a setting agent for the Perfect Pearls so they won't rub off.  I used Distress Spray Stains to do the backgrounds as they are both vibrant and wet enough to place the salt onto straight away.... but if it starts to dry before you ready, simply spray with a little water.  The salt acts like a wick and draws up the surrounding moisture to leave intense colour concentrations and the little bit of shimmer from the Perfect Pearls is just an added bonus!   I love how this first one below took on a rust-like appearance... all on a humble piece of watercolour paper.  Although, this technique will work on gloss card stock as well, the "Beautiful Life" atc below is on gloss with no Perfect Pearls added, just the salts!

"Only the young"... (Rusty Hinge & Smoked Hickory)

"Have no fear"... (Vintage Photo and Stormy Sky)

"Controlled"... (this time I used Gelato's, water and salt 
to create this background!)

"Untie the ribbons"... (Evergreen bough and Black Soot - be careful
using Black Soot as it can overpower other colours!)

"Beautiful life"... (this is the gloss card background
with no perfect pearls, just Broken China, Twisted Citron
and salt)

The images below are just the backgrounds before anything
has been added to them.  I find it easier to work on a size that is
2 or 3 times the size of atc's and then cut them up, so approx 18cm x 7cm 
(or 7" x 2.5").

Rusty Hinge & Smoked Hickory

 Vintage Photo & Stormy Sky

Gloss Card - Dusty Concord & Spiced Marmalade

Evergreen Bough & Black Soot.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Using Foil in stamping is another of those techniques that seems like it's been around forever!  There is a resurgence in interest in it though and there are now several ways to apply foil to your projects.  Of course the simplest way is to use a glue that will dry with a tacky surface that you then apply the foil to.... I like to use the Zig two way pen.  When you apply it it is wet, allow it dry for a few minutes (around 5 or until it goes clear-looking), place the foil (coloured side uppermost) on to the dried glue and press lightly with your fingers, rub over gently and when you lift the foil it will have transferred to the glue.  This same technique is used with the Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder, only you can stamp an image with an embossing ink, tip on some Sticky Embossing Powder, tap off the excess as you would any normal embossing powder and then heat it with a heat gun.  You only have around 30 seconds or so to get the foil onto the project so be prepared beforehand!  This is like a sticky glue so it will also adhere other things (like flocking, microbeads, glitter etc).

I have also experimented with my laminator.  Now I know that to laminate an image with foil you're supposed to use a laser printer to print your image, then run the image through the laminator with the foil on the top to adhere the foil but I tried it a different way.  I stamped an image with clear embossing powder, heat set it and then ran that through the laminator with a piece of foil over the top (enclosed in a piece of plain paper first to protect the foil) and it worked perfectly!  So you can see there are a few different ways of using foil and as it doesn't scan very well, I've shown below the samples with the scanned image first, then a shot I took with my iphone where I've turned the atc to the light to get the reflection of the foil to show up.


"Educated Weed"...

"Oh look"...

"Let's pretend"...


"Black & White World"...

These last two below are the final samples from my previous class - Tyvek.  Loved this class!

"Right decision"...


Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Years ago when I was a part of the Cloth Dollmaking World and when I dabbled in Free Machine Embroidery, Tyvek was a product that we played with and I was amazed at the results of this unassuming spun woven fabric-like product.  You can now by Tyvek through places like The Thread Studio here in Perth or you can simply google it to find other suppliers.  Alternatively, the strong white envelopes that you sometimes get goods delivered from the US in, well that's Tyvek too!  Tyvek reacts to heat, both an iron and a heat gun but very differently!  The heat gun is used to make the beads and the iron creates the bubbly surfaces you will see below on my samples.  If you're ironing it, there's no need to iron both sides, one will do but if you're doing beads, better to paint both sides of it.  Using a metallic paint gives this finished product a wonderful sheen and looks much better than just using a normal flat acrylic paint.  I've used a variety of metallic paints  -  Jo Sonja metallics, Folk Art Metallic Paints, Deco Art Metallic Paints and Lumiere metallics.... simply gorgeous!!!!  There are a few you-tube video's out there so take a look to see how this stuff works 




"Two inch sample square #1"...

"Two inch sample square #2"...

"Wrapped Tyvek Bead with Wire"... 

As this is the beginning of Book #14, this is my cover that's not yet complete...the Tyvek as you can see makes up the long wavy seaweed bits as well as the gold sections down the bottom.  The size of this page is 8" x 6".

These are unadorned beads, though the edges have been fluted (cut into diagonally) before I rolled and heated them on the skewer which gives them a raggedy look.

More to come!

Friday, July 17, 2015


For this fortnight's technique I've used my Big Shot (a Cuttlebug will work too!) and my embossing folders to create a double-embossed background.  The first two samples below are purely using the double-embossed method.  For this you need to have a background type of embossing folder, for example:  the first one below it is the stars folder and the next sample I used the tree bark folder.  Once your background embossing is done, use your ink pad to apply ink to the raised portions of the embossed areas.... it's important to note which side of your embossing folder will "push" the bits up so you can do this successfully.  Then you run the embossed card through the Big Shot again but this time placing the card on top of the embossing folder with a piece of paper towel over it.  When you run it through with your clear plate on top of all of this, it pushes the embossed areas back flat.  So your next step is to choose another embossing folder and run your piece of card through and once again use a different colour ink pad to hit the high points of this embossing folder to show up the design.  

The remaining three samples I've still done the double embossing as before but have used images over the top and used the double embossing as the background.  I used white card to create these first two and have sponged some colour onto the background so the card isn't just plain white.  Though the very last sample that is below I have left it white as I liked the strong contrast of the browns and the lighter stripes.  

"Outside his door"...

"Officially unfair"...

"Colour life"...

"Speak the truth"...

The eye sees"...