Thankfully it's a bit cooler today, this current heatwave, we find ourselves in, had totally sapped any creative enthusiasm I had. But with it being a bit cooler today, and thankfully we've even had a touch of rain with hopefully more on its way, I have had my first play with Tim's recently released Alcohol ink lift ink pad and lift ink re-inker.
I have watched his video tutorial on you tube which you can see HERE so off I went playing.
This card uses both of Tim's techniques stamping to lift and stencilling to lift.
I wont go into the details as it can all be seen in his video.
I learnt some things not to do along the way lol.
When stamping make sure you have removed all surplus lift ink before you polish up your image, Tim does tell you that, but make sure it has all gone.
Stencilling with the re-inker to not over saturate the blending foam pad as it can leak under the stencil and you end up lifting off more alcohol ink than you would want. This happened to me
and you end up wiping too much ink off. I had to cut this piece off which is why my background ended up being pieced up with Tim's Chatter washi tape to make the size up. Having said that I do quite like how the background turned out.
Tim's does show how when you lift the alcohol ink with the stamp you can then use the stamp to stamp the colour you lifted onto a piece of card, I did do this but sadly I didn't get the image fully transferred due to the fact that I used quite a solid stamp or just pure user error, the later is more probable.
I have used a chit chat sticker to finish the card off.
I think I need more practise to perfect this technique but it's been good fun playing.
Have a fabulous weekend and enjoy the cooler weather.
I would like to share with you today my last post as part of the AALL & Create design team, it's been such a pleasure to have been a guest designer for them for the last 2 months made all the easier because the range of stamps and stencils they produce are so fabulous and eclectic. I am ending my 2 months by using the fabulously different quirky stamps designed for AALL and Create by Louise Nelson using her stamps #69, #77 & #78.
I have created 2 clean and simple designs on DL cards. I wanted these stamps on a clean white background to show off the drawn lines in all their glory.
Both have created in the same way but using a change of background stamping and a different bird added to each one, each showing a different words from the same set.
I have added a little bit of striped doodling to the background stamp and paper pieced into each background having stamped onto gesso book page paper that I had coloured with distress crayons. I have, to each card, added the bird and clouds using 3D gel to lift the images off the background. The rest of colouring has been done using prismacolor pencils.
Both have been matted onto black card before adding to the card base.
Aren't these birds so fabulously quirky?
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I would just like to end with a big thankyou to Abs, joint founder of AALL & Create, for the opportunity to showcase these fabulous stamps, it's been a blast.
I love this range of stamps so expect a lot more from me with these!
I am back with you today with another make as part of the AALL & Create team.
This week I have only used one AALL & Create stamp set and that is stamp set #75 - Vocalist which is one of the border stamps. These stamps work brilliantly on DL sized cards which I have to confess I am a bit addicted to at the moment.
The making up of this card used up some scrap brayer clean off papers that I had.
The black clean off sheet was my background so I stamped the image and cut to size, I then onto the coloured clean off sheet stamped the image 3 times. Then using a small square punch I punched out different squares of the image and layered the coloured square over the same part of the image on the background.
I added each square using 3D gel glue to give the squares dimension.
I then roughly masked off the stamped area and splattered paint across the background.
To finish I just drew around the edges with a fine liner pen and then mounted onto a DL card blank.
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Every year in May and July I have the birthdays of my 2 nieces, now this hasn't really caused me a problem in previous years, but now one of them is about to turn 14 (going on 24) with attitude!! Now I know it would be easier to buy a card, as at this age the card is purely the vehicle to carry the birthday money in. The routine is to rip open envelope, open card, count money (I need to make sure that there is just enough in it to avoid the scathing look of "is that all"?), discard said card.
Now I won't be beaten so have still decided to make a card, as that's what I have always done!!
I have used stamp set #5 designed by Olga Heldwein from AALL & Create for my card. The actual image only has one balloon so I have repeat stamped, coloured and cut out the additional balloons adding a piece of black cotton to each one (now that was a labour of love) .
Each one was added using 3D gel glue.
Background was created using a cloud mask I cut myself and distress ink with some distress paint splatters.
The girl and the clouds were also added using 3D glue gel which gives the card a lot of dimension.
Birthday sentiment is from Rubber Dance.
I'm tempted to put no money in the card as it might get looked at if I don't lol.
I have my first post of July for you as guest designer for AALL & Create and this one has everything thrown at it!!
Whilst I have used many stamps and stencils from AALL & Create to build up these tags the stars of the show are the character stamps fabulously created by Fiona Paltridge.
I had the idea to build up a rainbow of tags each featuring one of these girls.
Here you can see each tag a little closer,
Each tag started with a stencilled and painted background
I then built up the layers and textures by adding papers, die cuts, scraps, washi tapes, stamping and lots of machine stitching in co-ordinating colours. The word added to each tag that makes up the saying "Just fill your days with beautiful rainbows" was created using the alphabet stamp #40.
All the products used as follows:
Stamps by Fiona Paltridge #83, 85, 85, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94 and numbers #107 by Tracy Evans
Stamps by Louise Nelson #77, 78
#40 designed by Bipasha BK
Stencils designed by Autour de Mwa #7, 21, 22, 28, 30
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