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The Virtual Crafting Challenge is just that, virtual. The philosophy behind it, is that as crafters we often ‘collect’ various techniques or supplies and then ‘forget’ we have them. This challenge is aimed at crafters of all levels. If you are just starting out it may encourage you to try something you haven’t tried before or if you have the supplies but haven’t opened the packet yet (yes you, and often me too hehe) here are just a few ideas to encourage you to have a go. It’s your journey, how you use layers in entirely your choice.

This month’s challenge is;

 

 

 

Lots of Layers

 

Decoupage

Either from printed sheets or using your rubber stamps. Try stamping an image several times and layering sections of the image on top of the original.

 

 

 

Matting and layering

  • Use co ordinating layers of cardstock under your main image to add dimension and as a focus.
  • If you struggle to cut mats accurately try using tearing eemplates that are available in a variety of shapes.
  • Nestabilites dies by Wizard are available in a range of sizes an shapes and are a simple way of achieving accurate sized mats, if that is your wish.
  • Go nuts make waky shaped mats rather than pristine ones, how about tearing rather than neatly cutting them??? 

 

 

 

Medallion Stamps;

There are a wide variety of medallion stamps available, you can simply stamp them and colour them in. Alternatively, stamp them several times on different coloured card and cut each layer smaller than the last and layer them on top of each other.

 

  • Stamp a single medallion and colour it in using your chosen medium, eg paint, pencil, glitter.
  • Multiple layer medallions, repeat stamp your medallion on card, cut each layer smaller than the last and layer these on top of each other. Then colour them in using your chosen medium, eg paint, pencil, glitter.
  • Multiple layer medallions, repeat stamp your medallion on different coloured card, cut each layer smaller than the last and layer these on top of each other.

 

 

Medallion Peel offs

You don’t have to use special stamps for this technique there are several peel offs designed to be used as Medallions too. Again stick them on to different coloured card and layer them for a more intricate and dimensional look. You can add glitter or laqueres for a more dramatic effect too.

 

  • Stick a single medallion and colour it in using your chosen medium, eg paint, pencil, glitter.
  • Multiple layer medallion, stick your medallion on card, and repeat this with several pieces of card and more stickers, cut each layer smaller than the last and layer these on top of each other. Then colour them in using your chosen medium, e.g. paint, pencil, glitter.
  • Multiple layer medallion; stick your medallion peel offs on different coloured card, cut each layer smaller than the last and layer these on top of each other.  

 

 

Links

Here is a link to the Medallion stamps sold by Creative Expressions

http://www.expressrubberstamps.co.uk/products/list.php?sid=11&tid=GL

This link will take you to the homepage of Jayne Nesotrenko’s website, she has shows demonstrating using medallion stamping on Create and Craft

http://www.jaynenestorenko.com/

Although Create and Craft is a satelite channel it can also be view online http://www.createandcraft.com/homepage.aspx

The most important thing is to have fun, try new things and redescover long forgotten craft stash from the back of the cupboard.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

 

Billie :)

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