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Today I would like to share a picture of the stampbord necklace that I made just before Christmas. It features a Holly theme. 

Stampbord Necklace featuring Holly design

Stamps Used: Creative Expressions; Holly 

Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint, Quinacridone Nickle Azo Gold, Irredescent Gold Fine 

Ink Used; Tsukeneko Versafine in Onyx Black. 

Stampbord in Domino sized Pieces. 

These necklaces are such fun to make, the acrylic paints work beautifully on the surface and dry fast too. The Versafine ink dries perfectly over the Fluid Acrylic paint. I use a Crop A Dile to make the hole for the cord. The cord I’m using is 2mm cotton cord, it is made by Impex. 

Adding a few layers of UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) in clear, over the top of the paint, has given a superb sheen and really made the colours pop. 

If you haven’t tried stampbord yet, do give it a try. It is one of those things that people are afraid of trying, but it is super easy to use. I highly recommend using the Versafine ink with it, as it is a really black, black 😉 and dries superbly. 

My top tip is to ink your stamp then lay the stamp on the desk, and take your piece of stampboard to the stamp. Really go for it, be brave, pounce and then press firmly to ensure the stampboard has full contact with the stamp. Hold the stamp down with one hand, grip the edges of the stampboard with your other hand and pull straight up. This avoids the chance of skidding your stampboard across the stamp and blurring your image. 

You can colour stampboard with inks, pens, pencils as well as paints. Adding UTEE as a final layer will help seal in your work to protect it from scratching, but is an optional extra. If you haven’t got a heat tool and UTEE, try just stamping onto it. It’s great fun and a superb surface to ‘play’ on. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie 🙂


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Back in the summer we were lucky enough to go on holiday, camping in Yorkshire. While we were there I picked up a leaflet to Barnard Castle. I knew that name rang a bell, but at the time couldn’t remember why. I had taken a copy of Craft Stamper magazine with me on holiday and remembered why I knew the name Barnard Castle….Glenda Waterworth’s craft shop, Graphicus, of course!!! There was an address in the magazine for the shop but no directions. We had no technology with us as….camping! So I texted one of my forum buddies Glitter Monkey and she looked Graphicus up, online and found me directions, then texted them to me. (That’s what you call a dedicated crafting friend!) Thanks GM. {kiss} 

Well after much begging, I pinched a day of our holiday to visit the shop. DH is a star like that, as long as he got a good look round Barnard Castle he was game. If you ever find yourself in the area, you HAVE to go to Graphicus!!!! It is superb, like a cross between Santa’s workshop and a TARDIS. Around every corner is more temptation and inspiration. I bought loads of stamps and as I now found out DH bought me some too, as well as a long desired pot of Black UTEE. 

Some time ago I saw a brilliant tutorial on Glenda’s blog, about how to use rubber stamps with the UTEE, to create wonderful textured pieces. Ever since then I’ve been desperate to give it a go. I bought the stamp sheet she used in the demo back in the summer, when we went there but only had clear UTEE until now.  Had a wonderful play the other day and here are the results. 

Stampbord & Mat board with UTEE and Perfect Pearls.

 The two outer pieces are Stampbord, the piece in the centre is a scrap piece of mat board. Mat board is the coloured card that is often used in picture framing. It makes a thinner lighter alternative for items you wish to use on cards you want to send in the post, and may wish to keep the weight/depth down a little.  Not one for fiddling about with a little pot, I poured my UTEE into a larger container so I can just ‘dip’ my project in, and tap off the excess.


Glenda Waterworth has produced tutorials on how to use UTEE with stampbord. 


Here are some links to the original UTEE articles on her blog. 

Product Links

Stampbord is available in the UK through Graphicus 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 


BTW The TARDIS, is a Doctor Who reference. Doctor Who is a UK television series. The Doctor travels time and space in what looks from the outside to be a 1960s Police Box. It is in fact his space ship and is bigger on the inside than the outside. The ship is known as a TARDIS meaning Time And Relative Dimensions In Space. The inside exists in a different dimension to the outside and this is how a much larger space can exist within a smaller one.  

I’ve loved the show since before it had a budget and was cool to love it. So I am loud and proud of being a Dr Who fan :). I should add a link to a site, so you can see what it’s all about for yourself. The official Doctor Who website. Try the What is Doctor Who video. David Tennant You rule!!!! and will be a hard act to follow.

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Here is the next installment in the series of articles where I am focusing on the core products that I can’t live without for crafting. As with all things it is a matter of personal taste and which colours or products you choose will be driven mainly by the style of crafting that you enjoy.

Heat Embossing

If you wish to add some dimension to your stamping then heat embossing is a good place to start. I will do a detailed tutorial on how to emboss for next week but put simply, you stamp your image with a slow drying ink, and then cover the image with embossing powder. You use a heat tool to melt the powder and you will be left with a raised image, whether the image is glossy or mat will depend on the type of embossing powder that you use.

Heat Tool

The first thing you will need if you wish to heat emboss is a heat tool, this is used to melt the powder. Do not use a hair dryer it is not hot enough and will blow the powder off the page. I have tried holding the paper over a hot light bulb, burnt my fingers and it could cause a fire, same is true of putting your paper under the grill. NOT a good idea it is messy and less effective. For the sake of about £20 buy a heat tool! My favourite and I’ve had mine for over 5 years is the Heat It Craft tool by Ranger http://www.rangerink.com/products/prod_tools_heatit.htm


Embossing Powder

My must haves’s would be

  • Clear
  • Black
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bronze

If you like to work on dark cardstocks add a white.

I mainly use the regular powders, but I have another set of the above in the Detailed powders too. The granuals in the detail powders are much finer and are better for detailed images.

There are also powders available with much larger granuals and these are used for deep (or Triple)embossing. Although you can achieve a deep emboss with any powder by repeatedly adding additonal powder while the earlier layers of powder is still wet, by using the deep embossing powders you won’t need as many layers. An example of this type of powder is, Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel.

UTEE or Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel

This has the largest available granuals and melts to form a thick layer, best used on heavy card or chip board/ mount bord etc the result will look like an enamelled or ceramic tile. Check out links to Suzie W’s site for more details on this. Although this is available in many colours my tip, unless you are very into this particular branch of crafting is to just buy the Clear UTEE, as once you have melted the first layer you can add your regular powders to the melted powder and it will change colour (as long as your powder was opaque)

Other options

Additonal colours and speciality powders become a matter of personal tase, if you like glitter you can get embossing powders that contain glitter. The advantage of them is that there is no glitter falling off your project once it is heated. Tim Holtz has brought out a range of Distress Powders, these are a bit different to regular embossing powders in that firsly they are matt finishes rather than shiney and also the powder contains resin crystals. Shake these powders before each use to distribute the resin, emboss as normal then once you have melted the powder on your project and allowed it to cool, rub over the image with your finger and the resin crystals will lift off, leaving a ‘distressed’ image. DO NOT return the powder you rub off to the jar! It is spent crystals which will not work for a second time. 😉

Add to your colour pallet as your taste and projects dictate, remember that a clear powder will show the ink colour that was used beneath it, so you don’t need hundreds of colours of powders….unless you want to 😉

Protecting Your Worksurface from Heat

It is very important to protect the surface on which you are working from the heat that the heat tool will produce. I know a lot of people swear by the Craft Sheet but since this is essentially a product originally designed to line backing trays etc it will transmit heat through the sheet so will not protect your table. I use a glass Surface Protector from Lakeland, the kitchen suppliers in the UK, they do have a mail order service.


It is a glass sheet on little feet, the sheet is therefore raised just above the table and this has sucessfully worked for me for YEARS. I would not recommend stamping on this though as it is textured.



http://www.stampendous.com/plusfdr/ep.html Stampendous, this has a photo tutorial next to the products

http://www.rangerink.com/products/prod_emboss_distress.htm Distress powder from Tim H at Ranger

http://www.schmoozewithsuze.com/index.php Suze Weinberg’s website there are links to videos where she demo’s UTEE


Still with me, thanks for reading and see you next week


Billie 🙂 xx

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