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!)

Friday, July 4, 2014


Credit Card Technique is the class we're doing for this fortnight's ATC Technique lessons.  The last time I did this class was 3 years ago and some of the newer girls haven't done this amazingly easy, but beautiful background technique.  Because I have girls who have been with me from the very beginning (about 7 years now!!!), they will have done this technique before, so I like to play around with the technique so they will learn something new.  I am using both water and rubbing alcohol spritz this time and also doing the technique over printed book pages!  Amazing what a little difference a shake-up can make.  Hope the girls enjoy the changes.  At the bottom are the full size backgrounds so you can see what they look like before they are cut up into atc sized pieces.
"Fly Away"... (pale blue & silver from above)
 "Snow White"...

"Own Wings"...

All these sample pieces below are A5 in size so you can get about 3 or 4 atc's from each sheet.
Rubbing Alcohol & Water Spritz with a gold shimmer that you can't see.
Water spritz only on book paper background.  You need to click on this one to see the words that peek through the water spots.  Love how this turned out!
A very pale blue paint with silver metallic paint over the top and rubbing alcohol droplets.  Unfortunately metallic just doesn't show up well on the computer screen.  You'll just have to try it for yourself to see how wonderful it looks in real life.  Two of the atc's above have this as their background.

More samples to follow.  

Friday, June 20, 2014


I have previously done a class using Angelina Film (also called Fusible Film) but as I have quite a few newer girls who have never used it before and the previous class was several years ago, I thought I'd revisit it again.  Some of them already have the film but have never used it so I will be showing them several ways to use their Angelina.
The first atc is made by using the Angelina as the background on black cardstock and run through a machine with an embossing folder, then heated to create the various colours and burn marks.
For this next one I have attached the Angelina to a chipboard shape and then coated it several times with clear utee, making it look like a shiny dichroic glass embellishment.  It looks like opal!
If you can tear your eyes away from the vision through the window... the window is made by attaching Angelina to a frame, embossing it with an embossing folder through a machine and then applying heat to make the Angelina change colour but also burn away in sections on the window.
This embellishment piece with Angelina was made by covering a piece of black cardstock with Angelina (I use pva craft glue to attach the Angelina), allow to dry then run through a Cuttlebug
 die-cut to make the embellishment.
This is the same technique as above with a different shaped piece... it's actually the waste of the above piece!  Did you notice that?
"North South"...
These 3 atc's below are the remaining ones from the previous class, Glue Embossing.  All the girls who took this class did an amazing job of their pieces.  It's a really easy but very effective technique!
"Technicolour Season"...
"Truth or Conspiracy"...
Hope to have some more Angelina samples to show next time.