Tuesday, 22 November 2011

This is it

Love these urban stamps. Teamed them up with some mirri board die cut washers which I distressed with a distressing tool and inked with black ink.

More urban stamps and chalk inks.

wow almost forgot about this embossing folder but they do still have a few in stock.

A small 4x4 card embossed and chalked. The frame was made with the postage stamp die and then embossed. The flower is from the new set.

This is a stepper card folded to create a gatefold with flappy bits. then embossed with the new folders and finished with a forever Friends decoupage.

Another take on the card in the magazine. Different colours and glitter card.Wow.

This card does'nt use the Big Shot. I know but I was asked to make a card and not use it!!! So here it is Forever Friends Black and Gold. And flowers from an old goody bag.

Monday, 14 November 2011


As promised here are the cards from Saturdays demo for the lady who doesn't like yellow just a small splash can give a card a whole different look.

21 the key to the door or it was when I was younger.

Stepper cards you loved them in the summer so they are back in packs so you can decorate them yourself.

A stepper card that has the back piece folded to the front to make a gatefold with flappy bits. Love these new embossing folders.

A stepper turned into an easel card and decorated with Christmas tale papers the flower was cut using the paisley x cut die.

Urban stamps

This card is my interpretation of one in the latest creativity magazine

these flowers were made from stamped kraft envelopes that were then die cut with the flower x cut die.

More envelopes stamped and cut chalked scrunched.

Kraft card from earlier in the year and capsule card from an earlier goody bag.

More of that kraft card and urban stamps.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Inks and things.More to follow next week

Hoping this helps the Portsmouth ladies.

Ink’s, stamping and all the bits you will need.

Ok so here we go as promised all the info I can come up with for Docraft related stamping products. Remember this is my opinion and not necessarily the opinion of others.
There are several different types of ink
1. Dye based ink: They dry very quickly and are O.K. to use with papermania watercolour pens. They can also be used to distress (foof) the edge. This will give a sharp finish.
2. Fluid chalk inks: These can be used for stamping or for distressing (foofing) the edges of your cards. They dry quickly and leave a soft image.
3. Pigment inks: These are best used with your heat gun. They do not dry very quickly and sometimes never dry properly on your card. You can just heat set or add embossing powder.
My recommendation is you call your heat gun a pig this will remind you to use it with your pigment inks.
4. Use your papermania watercolour pens to colour rubber stamps just remember to huff on them to refresh the ink before stamping.

There are lots of other inks out there and you can research there uses on the internet.

Stamps there are thousands of them and they come in different formats.
Achieving a good clear image is all about practice and a stack of copy paper is great for this. When I get a new stamp I always stamp it onto the copy paper first so I can see how it stamps. Sometimes you may need to add a little extra pressure on an area this will help. If you don’t get a clear image try putting a mouse mat under the card.

1. Rubber wood backed stamps they give a crisp image and can be inked with any ink. Storage can be a problem. However they can be removed from the block and used with an acrylic block. Stick them to the block with stick it glue stick and clean up with baby wipes.
2. Clear Stamps these are great as they stick to an acrylic block and you can see the card stock through the stamp so allowing you to stamp in the exact place you want. Unlike a rubber stamp. Don’t push too hard as the image will be distorted. Storage is fab as they are so flat and they are cheaper to buy.
3. Urban stamps. The best of both worlds the storage is great as they are flat. The image is crisp. No worrying about pushing to hard.
Acrylic blocks come in several different sizes if I was buying one I would buy a big one you can always balance the block with smaller stamps in the corner of the block.

Clean your stamps if you must ( I love Tim Holtz) with alcohol free baby wipes.
I do clean my stamps if I am going to use a colour other than black, but as I normally use black I don’t bother.

Heat gun or as I call it the pig will always need to be used with pigment ink. You can sprinkle embossing powder over the image and heat making sure the gun is about 2” from the card stock. A good weight of card is essential to prevent warping. If you are going to do this on a cutting mat make sure there is a stack of paper under the card to prevent warping of the board or excessive heat on the glass mat.

If you have any questions please ask and I will try and find out the answer.
For questions about non Docraft products please go to my other blog were I will upload more info
Thanks Di

It's been a while

Here is a sneek peek of a card I made that isn't docraft. Pop over to my other blog for more.

A small selection of cards I have made in the past couple of months

Those glittered Tatty Ted decoupage are so lush.

An easel frame card using pre embossed card stock.

Use up those paper ribbons that are in the ultimate decoupage packs.

What a naughty blogger I have been. No computer and then the new one won't allow me access to my old saved files.

Centre stepper card Loving this style.

Side step card with no measuring??? Pop over to my other blog for instructions.

Oh if you can't use a bit of mirri at christmas when can you?

This is a bit different Instructions on other blog soon.

using up those scraps again.

Pyramage and scraps make a great card.

Another centre stepper.

You guessed it I love this card style

A customer challange a triple easel.

Pop over for instructions.

Be back soon promise.