Aussie Christmas is by far our most loved stamp set with customers from all over the globe putting in orders for these festive little fuzz balls. And now the long awaited digital version is available for purchase from our online store!
Tuesday, October 30
Sunday, October 28
The new digital set The Front Gate, includes a peaceful winter version of the image that you could use for Christmas or seasonal cards. I used my Prismacolor pencils to add a starry night sky and some long shadows across the snow. I've posted a few photos below to give you an idea of how I did the colouring.
Stamps: The Front Gate
Friday, October 26
I printed the coloured image included with the digital set and teamed it with some coordinating patterned paper off cuts from my ever-expanding collection! I kept things simple with a little piece of twine and some tiny metal brads for embellishments.
Stamps: The Front Gate
Wednesday, October 24
Every day we have a family of magpies that comes down to our verandah to sing us a song in the hopes of being rewarded with a delicious morsel or two. Fortunately for us they're a friendly bunch, even in the breeding season, and so most years they'll introduce us to their newest member who is always just as eager to sing for it's supper as the rest. The inspiration for this new digital set comes from our little family of magpies and their glorious morning and evening chorus.
The Front Gate
digital stamp set
Here are some awesome creations from my designers using the new set...
Tuesday, October 23
Sunday, October 21
This image makes me think of the traditional family photo that many people take at Christmastime to send to family and friends. Obviously an emu isn't going to knit a holiday sweater - since they don't have any thumbs and it's summer in Australia anyway - the next best thing is to do some holiday crafts with whatever is laying about. In this case, gumnuts and eucalyptus leaves!
Stamps: Emu Parade
Friday, October 19
Although not traditional, green and gold seemed like the most appropriate colour scheme for an Australian themed Christmas card... and I think it works well with this less-than-traditional Christmas ambassador!
Stamps: Emu Parade
Wednesday, October 17
Fun, festive and just a little bit quirky is the perfect way to describe the newest addition to our clear stamp range. Emu Parade features a collection of fabulous emus ready to celebrate the holidays in style. Mix and match the images with any of the five sentiments included with the set, and don't forget to "think outside the box" to create cards for other occasions, just like Carla did with her birthday themed project.
Tuesday, October 16
Monday, October 15
Resist techniques involve the application of a medium or physical barrier that prevents colour being picked up in areas where it's applied. A good example of this is tie dyeing, where areas of fabric are knotted tightly to resist the application of dye inks. As the name implies, crayon resist uses wax crayons as the medium applied to prevent the uptake of colour. The crayon effectively masks sections of the project so that the base colour remains after the application of further colours.
Here’s a simple crayon resist technique using your embossing machine:
1. Emboss the card stock with an embossing folder. Leaving the card stock inside, open the folder exposing the side you wish to colour. This will support the embossing when you rub over it with the crayon.
2. Remove the wrapper from your wax crayon and rub the whole side of the crayon over the card with firm pressure.
3. Remove card stock from the folder. (You can clean the excess crayon from the folder with a stiff nylon brush and some dishwashing detergent).
4. Apply colour (ink, paint, etc.) using a sponge, paper towel, brush or dauber over the entire surface of the card stock.
5. Remove excess ink from your project with a paper towel. The card stock will resist the ink in the areas where you applied the crayon.
Sunday, October 14
Petal Fold cards are so named because they have petal-like flaps that fold out to give the impression of a flower. You can alter the centre shape to have more "petals" if you prefer - for example, a pentagon will give you five "petals", a hexagon will give you six, and so on. The only thing you need to remember is that each "petal" can be no wider than half the width of the centre shape.
1. To make a finished, folded card measuring 4" square, you'll need a piece of card stock measuring 8" x 8".
2. Place the card stock on your score board and score at 2". Turn the card stock 90° and score again at 2". Turn the card stock another 90° and score at 2". Turn the card stock 90° for the final time and score at 2". You should now have four score lines that resemble a tic-tac-toe grid.
3. Use a craft knife or trimmer to remove each of the four corners along the score lines.
4. Use an oval template to round off each of the four flaps. I used an oval cutting die, traced around it with a pencil and cut away the excess with a pair of sharp scissors. Keep the cut as close as possible to the outer edge, you don't want to make the "petal" too short.
Alternatively, use a corner punch to remove the corners. Your card will look more square but the effect will still be the same.
5. That's it for the card base... now to decorate!
6. Use the "petals" as a template to cut some patterned paper. I cut mine a little smaller than each petal so that I would be left with a border. You'll also need a square piece for the centre of the card.
7. I added a white piece of card stock to the bottom "petal" so I could write a message to the recipient.
8. Cut another four pieces of patterned paper for the outside of the card, using the "petals" as a template. Again, I made the patterned paper slightly smaller so that I'd be left with a little border.
9. You can decorate the outside of your card however you desire. I decided to secure a large piece of ribbon to the back of my card so that I could tie it closed. The ribbon bow does double duty as decoration for my completed card.
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