Tuesday, October 12, 2021


Acrylic Inks are one of my new favourite products.  There are so many things you can do with them and in this class, we'll be using them on a Gelli Plate.  You can get two different looks depending on whether you use just the acrylic inks on the Gelli Plate or if you add something to help the inks spread easily, and not bead up so much.  Both give great effects!  Plus, you don't have to wait for the inks to dry as you're not using paint to do your pulls.



"Good for your soul"

"Moth to a flame"

"Choose to shine"


Tuesday, September 28, 2021


 Highly pigmented powders like Brushos, Cosmic Pixie Powders, Nuvo Shimmer Powders, Lindy's Magical Shakers etc have been around for a few years now and they are always a quick and easy way to create a background.  You can use them as they are, just a few gentle shakes, spritz with water and you get wonderful explosions of colour, or you can spritz your watercolour card first with water and then add. You can also just mix a single colour by itself on a piece of acetate to create one colour and use that for painting your background or your stamped designs. I've used a few different ways to create these backgrounds, including bleaching out a stamped image and then re-colouring with the pigment powders!

"Soul food"
(background & leaf shape coloured with Brusho
& Lindy's Magical Shaker powder)

(background created with Lindy's Magical
Shakers, trees stamped and Twinklets Diamond Dust
under the trees for extra sparkle)

"What the flock?"
(background using black Brushos only, then
bleached the stamped birds and re-coloured
with Nuvo Shimmer Powders)

(background with Nuvo Shimmer Powders and
Cosmic Pixie Powders, stamped skulls bleached
and re-coloured with Nuvo Shimmer Powders)

"If lost"
(background with Lindy's Magical Shakers &
Cosmic Pixie Powders, octopus stamped, embossed
and bleached)

"Wild side"
(background with Brushos and finger-painted
to blend, then Amsterdam Bronze paint applied
roughly on the bottom, overstamped with rocks
stamp and Amsterdam Pewter paint added. Tree
is JAC paper die-cut with brown foil applied)

"Let's party"
My granddaughter (7) wanted to do one herself
so this is her version of my What the flock?  She used
my stamp positioner so stamping was easy, I did the
bleaching for her and showed her how to colour
the birds with the Nuvo Shimmer Powders. She's
going to gift it to a friend at a holiday park we
are going to next week. 🥰

Tuesday, September 14, 2021


I wanted to stay with acetate this fortnight as it was such a joy to work with at the last class so I combined a few favourites to make our backgrounds for this class  -  alcohol inks, acetate, embossing folders and a little coloured foil.  I didn't use the embossing folders on all of the backgrounds as I think you can get a great look just using the alcohol inks on un-embossed acetate.  You have to decide which side you'll stick down to your white card (this shows off the alcohol inks to their best advantage) as some of the alcohol inks in thicker areas stay sticky.   I just used the old trick of pressing some coloured foil onto the sticky bits and this transfers the foil and stops the stickiness.  I used either double-sided adhesive paper all over the back of the acetate piece to attach it to the white card, or just used skinny red-liner tape as this is the most transparent tape.  By the time you add all your bits & pieces to the top, you really don't notice the tape anyway.  Yes, I used the same wording on two of the atc's as the colouring and wording suited both.  😏

 "Potential side effects (#1)"


"Use your wings"

"Potential Side Effects (#2)"
(no embossing folder used)

"Not what they seem"

(no embossing folder used)

Monday, August 30, 2021


This is a technique I've been wanting to do for a while as it allows your background to have some texture to it while floating a piece of acetate above it, which also has some additional elements to create depth.  Not a technique that can be appreciated fully unless you are holding it in your hand though I'm hoping by including the picture of the side-view of "Anemones", it will give you some idea.  I used die-cut shapes cut from JAC (double-sided adhesive paper) to create the layers on top of the acetate and then used foil on those.  Though I also added some normal coloured die-cut shapes on a couple of them as well for extra interest.  For this technique, Couture Creations skinny foam tape and squares are your friend (I just about exclusively use the black as it gets lost in the shadows underneath).

"Succs to be you"


Side view of Anemones, showing the raised areas
of the seaweed on front of the acetate, then the 
fish is raised on top of the acetate as well.

"Dark and gloomy"
This one is actually a shaker!  The little crystal and 
metal skulls and little skeleton inside the coffin
all move about along with some Distress Glitter.

"Dead of Night"
The bat is once again raised on top of the acetate.


"Find Joy"


Tuesday, August 17, 2021


 This is a class I've been wanting to do for a long time.  I did get some strange looks at IKEA purchasing 17 salad spinners for the girls that didn't have them!  The IKEA salad spinners work great for this technique.  I know some have used alcohol inks with this technique but I found the fumes from the alcohol inks and the isopropyl alcohol (or blending solution) when you opened the spinner to check your work just about knocked me out.  So acrylic inks to the rescue!  They are fluid like alcohol inks, lots of colours to choose from like alcohol inks, and they work with just a spritz of water to get the movement so no smell.  I found it worked best with a blob of blu-tack pressed into the basket to hold the piece of card in place (about half a walnut-size will do) and depending on how fast or slow you spin, your design is different every time!  The metallic acrylic inks are thicker so may need a little more water to help disburse them.  I worked on the dull side of photo paper for this technique as if you use an absorbent card like watercolour or other normal cardstock, the inks just absorb straight away and don't spin.  Try it out, it's such a fun technique and not too messy as the excess ink is contained in the spinner (just remember to empty it out when you've finished, then it will have to live in your craft space).

"See the World"



"Never leave you"



Tuesday, August 3, 2021


 For the new cover class of Technique Book #26, we'll be using Alcohol Ink Markers (like Copics or similar) straight onto a Gelli Plate, then pulled off with the usual thin layer of paint.  This gives a very naive style of print that can be further enhanced by loosely drawing over the design with a fine black permanent marker, stamping or even stitching.  Before I started these samples, I sketched a few ideas onto a scrap of paper so I had an idea of what I'd like to do.  This takes some of the angst away that generally strikes when you have to hand-draw something.  I know some people are quite comfortable with drawing, I'm not, and I know that some of my girls freak out about it too so I wanted to keep the designs nice and easy.  I love the simplicity of the leaf drawings and my other favourite is the Faraway Places atc as it reminds me of a vintage travel poster, as it just came together so easily and I love the colours in it. Hope you give it a try if you have alcohol markers and a Gelli Plate.

Cover of Technique Book #26
(The size of this book cover is 20cm x 15cm, or 8" x 6".
I bind my book at the top with 3 holes so I can fit 3 atc 
samples on each subsequent page.)

"No. 1120"


"No. 74"


"Faraway Places"



"never stop exploring"

"Just one life"

Tuesday, July 20, 2021


 Iridescent and Interference paints work beautifully on black gloss card stock and create stunning die-cut shapes.  You can do these similar black gloss cards (or plain black cards) with Pearlised paints or Colour Shift paints.  The trick to making the most of these paints is to apply them very lightly and now allow them to build up too thick as it will show up with a white caste rather than the beautiful colours that are contained in the paint.  I use a fan brush to apply the whispy looking aurora borealis effect on some of the samples below as the paint won't clump on a fan brush like it does on a normal paintbrush.  Always work with your fan brush dry as well so you don't dilute the paint with water. You can also apply some streaks of colour to a scrap piece of black card (gloss or plain card), then die-cut shapes from these, the insect wings done this way work particularly well, see "Code" sample below as an example of wings created with this technique.  Another way to apply as shown in "I Don't Care" and "Life Looks Better" is to apply a few dabs of paint onto a piece of acetate, then place the acetate paint side down onto your black background.  Gently smoosh the paint around to spread it and lift the acetate up.  It will create little peaks and striations in the paint and produces a colourful background.

"Be a cactus"


"I don't care"


"Smiles of nature"

"Life looks better"

"All your heart"