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Here is my latest Stampbord project, an ATC

Stampbord Project featuring Birds

Stampbord Project

This one features

Stamps; Crafty Individuals, Making Memories Magnetic font (Rummage)

Ink: Tim Holtz Distress ink, Ranger Adirondack ink

Ranger Acrylic Dabbers.

Stampbord News

I also have some very important news to share with you all. Back in April I was contacted by Ampersand Art, the makers of Stampbord, who invited me to create a project for their How To section. I am very pleased to say that I accepted and you can find out more on their news page. My project will be published in September.

Links

Stampbord

Stampbord News

Ampersand Art

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Now that I’m getting into Art Journaling, it is difficult to find rubber stamps that have the right phrases. I have individual wood mounted alphabets, but these are tricky to line up nicely. Whilst searching in the local Hobby Craft store, I found Making Memories Magnetic Stamp sets. 

Like other font systems you need to buy a hand tool, to mount the stamps onto, but it is a one-off added cost. The hand tool has three space options for stamps; single letter, one line and two line.Once you have a hand tool, to mount the stamps on, you just choose the style that suits your project. I chose the Rummage font. 

Making Memories Magnetic Stamps

Making Memories Magnetic Stamps

 

Rummage is a slightly distressed version of a classic typewriter style font. When I’ve had a play with this system, I’ll write a proper review. Hope it works well, as there is a good-looking date set and a few word sets that look good too. The stamps and the hand tool, all come in their own metal storage boxes, making them easy to stack and store. 

Links

Here is a link to the Magnetic Stamp system I’m talking about, on the Making Memories site. There is also a video demo of the date stamp set on the site too. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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The Virtual Crafting Challenge theme for May 2010 is:

E

Great I hear you say, but now what? Well for those of you who would like a few ideas to get you started, here are some  colours, products and techniques to help you choose, where you could go with this month’s theme. Feel free to use your own ideas for the letter E.

Colours

  • Ecru
  • Eggplant

Techniques

  • Embossing
  • Enamelling
  • Etching
  • Engraving

Surfaces

  • Stampbord, I realise it doesn’t start with the letter E, but this is a great surface to etch and engrave into :)

 

The most important thing about this challenge is that you have fun and explore. Don’t feel pressured to have a finished item at the end of the month. Explore different styles and techniques either in person, if you have the supplies, or through research, looking online.

You learn so much more when you take away the rules and just PLAY. Adapt this challenge to a creative style that interests you. Enjoy :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Earlier this week, I introduced you to the humble sanding block. In today’s post I will share a few tips for how to get the best results from using one, when you want to distress card and paper.   

Sanding Block

Techniques with a Sanding Block

Choosing the Right Cardstock

Sanding blocks, are best used with cardstock which has a white core. That way, when you scratch into the coloured surface of the card, a different colour will show through.

Examples of white core card are;

  • Cor Dinations  
  • DCWV (Die Cuts With A View) Match Maker card, which also has a white core.  I have had great success using this, and this is what was used in these samples.

To determine if you card has a white core, look at the very edge of the card. Even card in a stack, will show white on its cut edges. If you tear coloured card and see white in the middle, that is, the white core. It simply means, that the card only has colour on the top surface, rather than all the way through it.  

Distressing card 

  • Take a sheet of textured cardstock, that has a white core. 
  • Holding the sanding block flat and level with the card, sand over the surface.

This will remove some of the colour from the surface of the card. Especially effective, if the cardstock has a linen or textured finish, as that will give highs and lows, where the sanding block hits the high points and missed lower areas of the pattern.   

Flat cardstock, distressed using a Sanding Block. Before & After.

Embossing 

  • Another way to sand, is to run your card through a die cutting machine with a textured folder.
  • Then, sand over the raised area of the resulting embossed (or raised) pattern.
  • Tap off any access dust, resulting from the sanding to reveal the white card.
  • You could ink or paint with dabbers in another colour, over the newly exposed white card.

Get clever with it, by selecting a single direction and sanding only in that direction. This gives the appearance of a light source. An alternative to highlighting with a white pen ;)   

Embossed cardstock which has been sanded

Embossed cardstock, which has been distressed using a Sanding Block. The sanding reveals the white core of the card.

Edging 

You can also simply use the sanding block to expose a white edge to coloured card. To do this;

  • Hold the sanding block at an angle to the card stock.
  • Swipe the sanding block along the edge of the card, as if you were filling your nails.

This gives a more controled effect. It gives more depth and dimension to a project. Useful if you want to give the appearance of matting and layering, without adding bulk to a project.   

Sanding the edge of cardstock

Sand the edge of cardstock, to create the look of a faux mat. It frames your image and also adds dimension to your projects.

In the example below, I have used all of the above techniques combined in a card.  This card was created from a single sheet of 12 x 12″ scrapbook card. Sometimes less is more, you don’t have to have piles and piles of stash to create intricate designs. Just a few bits n bobs from the cupboard, and a little ingenuity.   

Sanded project. Embossed card with sanded base and main image.

A finished card, featuring the techniques described in the tutorial.

Have a play, it’s a lot of fun and it’s the best way to discover what your tools can do. Don’t always strive for a finished project, just play and see what turns up :)   

Links

DCWV Die Cuts With A View, manufacturers of Match Makers cardstock and many others.  

Coredinations; Manufacturers of cardstock with white core, and also different core colours to the surface. Excellent for use with sanding blocks :)  

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon   

Billie :)

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The Virtual Crafting Challenge theme for April 2010 is:

D

Great I hear you say, but now what? Well for those of you who would like a few ideas to get you started, here are some  colours, products and techniques to help you choose, where you could go with this month’s theme. Feel free to use your own ideas for the letter D.

Colours

  • Denim
  • Dune ie sandy tones

Products

  • Die Cuts
  • Dye Ink
  • Distressing Ink

Techniques

  • Distressing Surfaces
  • De-coupage
  • De-bossing
  • Dos a Dos (bookbinding)
  • Decorate – ie alter an already existing item.

 

The most important thing about this challenge is that you have fun and explore. Don’t feel pressured to have a finished item at the end of the month. Explore different styles and techniques either in person, if you have the supplies, or through research, looking online.

You learn so much more when you take away the rules and just PLAY. Adapt this challenge to a creative style that interests you. Enjoy :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post, a video tutorial featuring; Tiger Paper. Tiger paper is my name for the background papers I produce using particular distressed inking techniques.

You Will Need

  • Ranger Color Wash inks, in three colours. I use Stream, Denim and Eggplant in the video
  • A larger spray bottle of water
  • Gloves, this is a messy technique ;)
  • A plastic box to spray into
  • Blank newsprint or copier paper
  • Cardstock
  • Mini Mister bottles (optional)
  • Sponge
  • Plastic mat or similar to protect surrounding areas

***It is important that you protect the area, around your spray box. These inks do tend to spread and any unprotected surface may be inked if you do not protect it ;) ***

Method

Use a variety of different card stocks, each kind will give a different effect. Suggestions for cardstock to try:

  • Water Color Paper with a texture
  • Mat Board
  • Coated card (laser printer paper could work)
  • Glossy Card. Works very well.

Links

To find stockists of the products used in the film, here are links to their manufacturers.

The finished projects featuring Tiger Paper, used stamps from;

More details on the Finished Projects, featured in the film

  • ATC
  • Clip Board

Tiger Paper is great fun to make. I hope you give it a try, do show me the results if you do. If it isn’t working for you, try different cardstock. This is one of those techniques where results vary, depending on the card you use.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing 

Mini Misters by Ranger

Mini Misters

Item; Mini Misters 

Manufacturer: Ranger 

Item Number: 

Price: Set of 3, around £5. Individual bottles around £1.75 

My Reason for Buying them

My reason for buying these misters, was to create my own backgrounds by spraying inks and also to create my own mica sprays, by adding in Perfect Pearls Mica powders. 

Value For Money

Excellent. I have bought alternative spray bottles but they are overly large and do not have as fine or reliable spray as these misters. Alternatives were around £3 each for less efficient sprays. 

Pros

  • Easy storage, you can get loads of them into a small box.
  • A good price
  • Easily available
  • Reliable

Cons

  • The small base is a bit of a disadvantage, in that they do fall over if you stand them on their ends. Easily solved by putting the bottles in a small jam jar next to you as you work ;)
  • I did find that putting mica powders into them, did sometimes make them fail. The dried powder gummed up the mechanism. To resolve this, empty them before storage and run clear water through the mechanism till it runs clear.

Would I buy them Again?

Yes, and I have done, just recently bought 30 more :) 

Recommended For

  • Fine Misting
  • Add inks used for re-inking dye pads, water down to create your own colour sprays
  • For spritzing water over inked backgrounds for textured effects.
  • Great for travel to classes/crops etc

Links 

Mini Misters are available from all good stamping stores. To locate a store near you, visit the manufacturers site. 

Ranger 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon. 

Billie :)

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