Monday, September 23

Saturday, September 21

Springtime Colour

A couple of days ago I explained about applying colour directly to solid stamps with water-based markers, and today I have a few more examples to share...


I scribbled some pen around the flowers and leaves and drew in a quick border for a loose, fun look.


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Thursday, September 19

A Celebration of Colour - with Karin


Karin has put her Derwent colour pencils through their paces while colouring the birds from the new Rainbow Lorikeets set. She has kindly shared her colouring guides so you can see all the fabulous pencils she has used on her projects.


Don't you just love the heart Karin has added behind the two birds below? She achieved this look by masking off the section behind the birds with a heart shaped mask and then adding colour with various crayons. They blend together beautifully for a nice, soft background.



You can check out more of Karin's work over on her blog:

Tuesday, September 17

A Rainbow of Colour

Silhouette stamps are perfect for adding multiple colours at the same time, and a simple way to do that is by using water based markers. Place your stamp on an acrylic block and then colour each area with a marker as though you're colouring an image. Make sure you hit every part of the stamp with colour - placing a piece of white paper underneath your work will help you see where you've placed the ink.


I like to mix colours directly on the stamp. Generally, I start with the lightest colour and then tap or stroke in the darker colour to whatever area I like. There's no need to fuss a lot with this technique, just enjoy!


It doesn't take too long to build up a healthy stack of coloured images ready to be made into cards.


Stamps:

Sunday, September 15

Everything Papercraft - Nesting


Nesting in papercraft terms refers to a group of items that are incrementally smaller than the one before, such as boxes that sit one inside the other.  Card makers regularly use nested shapes to decorate their cards or to mat sentiments or pictures.  There are many nested craft items on the market from punches to various sized containers.


Saturday, September 14

Tutorial: Curtain Fold Card


Today's tutorial is more of a decorative element than a true card fold technique.  It involves concertina folding a piece of double-sided paper to form a pretty decoration that brings to mind pleated curtains. 


1. Start with a strip of double-sided patterned paper measuring 21/2" x 103/4". Measure 3/4" from the bottom, right hand edge and mark with a pencil. Using a ruler and craft knife or a trimmer, cut from the top, left hand corner to the mark you made on the right hand side. We'll only be working with the piece that has one 21/2" edge and one 3/4" edge. 


2. Place the patterned paper on your score board with the horizontal edge against the top and the 21/2" edge at the left edge. See the photo below. Score at 3/4", 21/4", 3" 41/2", 51/4", 63/4", 71/2", 9" and 93/4".


3. Beginning with a mountain fold, concertina the scored paper from beginning to end. Once folded, it should measure 4" wide. 


4. Apply a small amount of glue between each fold and press firmly to hold in place.


5. Now it's time to assemble your card. You can add whatever images, stamps, decorations and embellishments you like. Traditionally, the folded patterned paper is positioned at the bottom of the card as a kind of frill.


6. Apply a couple of strips of double sided tape or some glue and attach the "curtain" at the bottom of your card.


7. Add a strip of ribbon, washi tape or card stock over the top of the "curtain" to give it a finished look. Complete your card with a sentiment and whatever additional embellishments you like.


Photographs and written instructions are copyright Beccy Muir.
All rights reserved.

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Thursday, September 12

Garden Views with Kathy


It's time to take a leisurely stroll around the garden with Kathy.
She has created two fabulously colourful cards using the new Cottage Garden clear stamp set.


Kathy has created a pretty lace valance by threading a bamboo skewer through the holes in some cotton lace. It frames her faux wood window beautifully and adds a feminine touch to her gorgeous garden themed creation. She has kindly shared a colour chart of all the inks she used to stamp the garden scene.


Kathy stamped the silhouette image in an opaque black ink, then created a very pretty background with her Marvy markers. The end result is a gorgeous sunset over a lovely cottage garden.






Tuesday, September 10

Hot Tip Tuesday


Many digital stamps  you purchase come with a full colour version of the line drawing. Even if you prefer to colour the image yourself, you can still take advantage of the bonus image by printing a small version as a colouring guide. It saves you having to constantly refer back to a picture or computer screen while you're crafting.


Sunday, September 8

Live Life

Lorikeets are very colourful parrots that are common in my part of the world. They arrive in our front yard each morning to drink the nectar from some of the native flowers in our garden and to splash and squawk loudly in the birdbath. Such ostentatious plumage requires lots of bright colours, which took me a while to find in my stash. It seems I tend to go for more muted tones... looks like a trip to the craft store is in order!


Friday, September 6

Colouring the Lorikeet

Bird feathers grow in layers, so when you're colouring, you don't want to end up with a very smooth finish or seamless blends between colours. The feathers on rainbow lorikeets are colourful and distinct... they are blue and then they are red without having a gradual colour change.


I printed the lorikeet digital image in very light grey ink so the lines would be almost invisible once the image was completely coloured. I coloured the feathers of the bird allowing the texture of each brush stroke to follow the natural contours of it's body, which helps to create the illusion of individual feathers as well as describing the shape of the bird.


Add coloured pencil over the top of the marker to help define the finer features such as the nostrils, beak and eye.


Add a little more detail to the eye. This is the first place we tend to look when viewing an animal or person and therefore needs to be convincing.


Don't forget to make a note about the colours you use on your creation, it will become a surprisingly handy reference for future projects.

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Thursday, September 5

We're headed to the beautiful town of Toowoomba for four fabulous days of crafty goodness.
Stop by our stand to catch one of our continuous stamping demonstrations and check out the latest additions to our range of clear stamps and dies.
Hope to see you there!


Wednesday, September 4

A Walk In The Garden - with Jackie


Jackie has a serene and beautiful collection of cards to share with us today, featuring a wonderful combination of calming blues, aquas and green. She has added some luxurious embossing to give the cards a rich and artsy look that is sure to please even the most discerning recipients on your list.


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