Tuesday, March 19

No Line Colouring

Don't you just love a big, juicy, flavoursome burger with sweet tomatoes and drippy barbeque sauce? Mmmmm... yum! Sadly, I can't give you one of those, but I can share a photo sequence of a burger image being coloured on kraft card stock with Prismacolour pencils. That's almost as good, right?


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Now... what's for lunch?

Sunday, March 17

Glitter and Sparkle

How could I not create a fairy card that's full of sparkle and pretty colours? Some Kindy Glitz, coloured rhinestones, pretty coloured paper and card stock have done the trick and my card is ready to go.


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Friday, March 15

Everything Papercraft - Holographic Paper


Holographic papers, or hologram papers, are smooth and shiny papers that have 3D holographic effects. The effects are created by applying a thin layer of shiny metal or reflective plastic and then embossing to form a relief image. The light is reflected and diffracted, due to the millions of tiny grooves and valleys created by the embossing, resulting in the signature rainbow of colours that sparkle from the surface.
Holographic papers are often used for die cutting, matting or as a base for cards. They’re a great alternative to glitter or mirror card stock.


Wednesday, March 13

Combining Images

For all the digital stamp aficionados out there, it will come as no surprise when I tell you that digital stamps can be merged in most photo-editing software. It does take a little bit of knowledge, effort and time, but for those who have the know-how it's a great way to create a little still life or scene for your cards and layouts.


I wanted the fries to appear as though they are sitting behind the burger, which meant I had to place them higher and to one side to give the correct perspective. In traditional stamping, we use a technique called masking to achieve similar results.


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Tuesday, March 12

Coordinating Colours


Welcome to our very first HOT TIP TUESDAY
Hot Tip Tuesdays will feature little tips and tricks to help you with your paper-crafting projects. Not quite enough information for a full tutorial, but still useful enough to share. Feel free to email us with your own little tips and tricks, or add them in the comment section below.

Today's tips are all about coordinating colours. Everyone has a different method for choosing the colours that will go into a project. Some will go for their favourite colour scheme or the favourite colours of the recipient, others look for photo realism. I tend to let my patterned papers and embellishments guide the direction of my colouring.


Downloading and colouring a chart for each of your mediums is a good idea as it allows you to see the colours "in real life". Often the colour on the lid of the marker or the outside of the pencil is not really representative of what you get on paper. Make sure you print the chart on the same paper you will usually colour with. For example, if you're making a chart of alcohol markers, make sure you print on a piece of blending card.


I start by selecting patterned papers that I think will fit my theme. In this case, I'm making a card for one of my teenage nephews so I'm going with papers that I think he would like. Next, I use the colour chart to try and select markers that match the colours in the papers. If you're using several tones and shades, try to match the colour that you'll use most in the image. Choose your embellishments in the same way for a harmonious overall design.


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Sunday, March 10

Tutorial: Spring Fold Card


A few folds, a couple of cuts and voila!, you have an awesome Spring Fold card. The "spring" refers to the bounciness created by the folds in the centre of the card, which also help it to stand up for display. A nice quick project that folds flat for postage and is relatively simple to make... it ticks all the boxes!



1. Start with a 12" x 6" piece of card stock.


2. Place the card stock horizontally on your score board and score at 3" and 6". Make small marks on either side at 9" with your scoring tool or a pencil.


3. Score diagonally from the 3" score line at the top of the card stock to the 9" mark at the bottom of the card stock. Score again from the 3" score line at the bottom of the card stock diagonally to the 9" mark at the top of the card stock. Refer to the template for correct placement.


4. On the right hand edge of the card stock, measure 3" down from the top right corner. This will be the centre of the card stock. Use a trimmer or craft knife and ruler to cut away each corner, starting at 9" mark and finishing at the 3" mark you just made. Refer to the template and the photos below.


5. Press the card in on both sides at the 6" score line. Valley fold along the 3" score line so that your card base sits up and resembles the photo below.


6. Time to decorate! You can add patterned paper to all the different sections of the card if you wish, but since the centre section stays folded up, I chose to add paper only to the ends.


7. Add an image and sentiment to finish. Make sure you get the orientation right before you adhere anything permanently. I almost ended up with a sideways tartlet!


Stamps: Just Desserts

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


Thursday, March 7

A Little Sparkle

My little scissors certainly received a workout while creating this card! I fussy cut like there was no tomorrow, separating the different sections of the image to form layers. Some strategically placed foam tape and a handy pair of tweezers and I soon had all the elements layered together for a cute little fairy scene. You can check out the photos below to see my technique.



I started by printing multiple copies of the image, all at the same size. You'll notice there's one at the top that has lots of room around it, that's my base, which I will build on. I printed the images on a piece of blending card so  I could use my alcohol markers to add a background and some shadows.


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Tuesday, March 5

Pre-coloured Digital Stamps

For today's card project, I used the pre-coloured images that are included in the Burger and Fries digital stamp set. Some Glossy Accents added to the milkshake glass and the tomatoes and sauce helps to add some luscious shine. For a bit of added dimension, I printed out an extra version of the burger, fussy cut around it and secured it over the top of the first burger with foam tape.


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Monday, March 4

Burger and Fries

Another coloured page for my clear stamp catalogue! I stamped all the images and sentiments from the new Burger and Fries clear stamp set with a black Versafine ink pad, then coloured with Prismacolor pencils. I've included a colour guide for those who are interested.


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Saturday, March 2

March Special Offer

Clear and Digital Stamp Sets

February Winners

Congratulations to the February Challenge Winners!
Swissie, Yvonne G. and Nick
You are the randomly chosen winners of last month's challenge.
If you already have a Beccy's Place store account, I'll be adding a $20.00AU credit very soon.
If not, please email me at beccy@beccysplace.com to claim your prize.

Friday, March 1

New In Store

We have some fresh new images for you this month, including something you can really sink your teeth into! (Sorry, I just had to say it...) Our new Burger and Fries set comes as either a digital download or a clear stamp set. Both contain three images along with matching sentiments for plenty of delicious crafty goodness (yeah, I know, I know...)

Our second set is a fabulous travelling fairy, who isn't really in too much of a hurry to get anywhere. It comes as a digital download with a single line drawn image, full colour image and some mix and match sentiments. 



Burger and Fries
digital stamp set


Fairy Travels
digital stamp set