Thursday, 26 February 2009

Stamping and Scrapbooking Fair Success!

Wow, we were sure rushed off our feet last Sunday! The Stamping and Scrapbooking Fair was a success, with lots of people completing cards at the Stampin' Up! stall, as well as watching demos on various techniques. I demonstrated the polished stone technique and two step stamping, shown in the cards above.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Stampin Up's Bushfire Appeal

Join with Stampin' Up! and Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around Australia and New Zealand in helping the victims of the Bushfire tragedy. You can help by purchasing select stamp sets from 12 February through 31 March 2009, and Stampin' Up! will donate 50 percent of the sales of these sets to the Australian Red Cross.

The selected stamp sets are as follows:
Priceless - Page 105, $48.95
Seeing Spots - Page 89, $29.95
Baroque Motifs - Page 98, $39.95
Live Your Dream - Page 3 (Summer Mini) $55.95
Looks Like Spring* - Page 76, $58.95
The Snowflake Spot* - Page 27, $39.95
Bodacious Bouquet* - Page 80, $58.95
Polka Dots & Paisley* - Page 46, $35.95
G'day Mate* - Page 115, $35.95
Be Happy* - Page 51, $39.95

* Please note that stamps with an asterisk next to them will be retiring as of 31st March therefore are only available as stocks last.

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Bleaching Techniques

Here are 3 different variations on the bleaching technique, which give very different results.

The first one uses Bleach Stamping: Soak a piece of felt or folded paper towel with bleach. Use as an ink pad and stamp on coloured cardstock. Watch as the bleach removes colour leaving a beautiful faded image. I actually painted the bleach onto the stamp to get a stronger effect. Then I cleaned the stamp thoroughly, with no harm done.

The second one is Brushed Bleaching: Emboss coloured cardstock with black (or other colour) embossing powder. Using a synthetic paintbrush or aqua painter, paint bleach onto a portion of the image between the embossed lines. Different colours (and lots) of cardstock will give different bleached effects. If desired, colour the bleached portions with Stampin’ Pastels.

The third one is Bleached Brayering: Stamp in Black Stazon onto gloss card. Brayer over the top with the spectrum inks, then bleach out any areas you want white.

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Faux Tiling cards

Here are a couple of cards from the Faux Tiling tutorial we did last year, and which I will be repeating this year. The closer shot of the second card sort of shows the shiny effect you get with one variation of this technique. The first card is not shiny, a different variation.