Sunday, May 31


I created this quick and easy card by printing the digital image directly onto a piece of patterned paper. I resized the silhouette image first so that it would fit perfectly across my card front, then printed at a high quality so the ink would be lovely and dark.


Friday, May 29

Soft Ink Background

Judy created the beautiful soft background for her card by blending inks into the cardstock with a soft sponge. To recreate this effect, print your image on a sheet of smooth cardstock then apply water-based inks over the top, making small circles as you apply the colour. 


Thursday, May 28

Selected, retired digital stamps at an incredibly low price for just 48 hours.
No rainchecks. No repeats.

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Wednesday, May 27

The next Great Australian Craft Show is just over a week away!
I'll be running two live classes each day - a 10am class on colouring, and a 1pm class on card making.
To join the classes, you'll need to subscribe via the Craft Alive website. For $20.00 you'll receive unlimited access too ALL the Great Australian Craft Show classes for an entire month!

Jackie's Collection

I have a fabulous collection of cards to share with you today, all created by the very talented Jackie Trinder. The first two feature the coloured version of the large image panel from the Birdsong set, and the second two feature the silhouette image. Jackie added coordinating card stock to each design as well as matching embellishments for a beautifully cohesive collection.


Tuesday, May 26

Encore Week

During this month's Encore Week, we're featuring Birdsong, an old favourite from our digital stamp library. Kathy is kicking things off with this fabulous card that she created using the image panel that's included in the set. EDIT: She printed the line-drawing onto kraft card stock, added some greys and tans plus some white gel pen to give lots of great dimension to the scene.

She finished the inside of the card with an additional sentiment, a die cut music symbol and some of the patterned paper from the front of the card.

She has kindly included a colouring guide for those who are interested.


Saturday, May 23

The World Is Wide

The markers were given another healthy workout to create the background for this card. I decided to take the sky all the way to a deep purple this time, which gives a great contrast for a spattering of stars.


Thursday, May 21

Take The Trails

After colouring the sunset I decided to take a risk (after doing a successful test run) and put the card back through the printer to add a digital sentiment. Thankfully it printed perfectly, in the correct position and without any smudges. I added the image to a black card base for a simple, any occasion greeting.


Tuesday, May 19

Colouring a Sunset

Last week we had a go at colouring a night scene with a glowing aurora, which means it must be time to work on a fiery sunset - or a sunrise if you'd prefer. Either way, you're going to need a silhouette image that can be contrasted against the colours we'll add to the sky. Again, I'm using one of the images from the new A Drover's Life set of digital stamps, which I've printed on blending card using a water-based ink jet printer.

I'm going to start by "grounding" the horse and rider, which basically means connecting the subjects to the surrounding landscape or scenery. I do that by adding solid ground (black marker) from just above the horse's hooves all the way to the bottom of the image. If I started the ground underneath the feet, the horse would look as though it was floating in the air rather than walking the trail.

For a little added interest, I have continued the line upward on one side and down on the other to give the impression that the trail winds around a mountain or hillside. As you can see, the line is jagged and imperfect much as a dirt trail would be. Now I'll colour all the area below the line in solid black marker so that the horse's feet are no longer visible.

I want to add some grass and wildflowers into my scene, which I do with a water-based pen. The water-based ink won't react with the alcohol marker, but if you'd prefer, you can add the pen work after you've coloured the sky.

Colour the entire sky in light yellow. Although it looks nice and soft right now, once it has all the other colours of the sunset around it, it will suddenly become a big ball of burning fire!

Decide how much of the sun you want to see and where you want it positioned. A good place is directly behind the focal point, which in my case is the head of the horse and rider, but it would also look great halfway through the horizon as though it had already sunk below the hillside. The size of your sun will depend on what punches or dies you have in your collection. I've used a 11/2" punch to cut a circle from a sticky note, which I'll use as a mask.

Time to add some colour! I'm working through various shades of yellow, orange and red to create my sunset, making sure I blend well between each colour. You can find a list of the markers I used at the bottom of this post.

Make sure you blend well between colours and shades. To do that, layer the colours over each other and blend the area where the colours meet using the lighter colour over the darker. Don't try to make too big a leap between colours and shades or you'll have a lot of trouble blending.

Continue to work outward in a circle pattern as though the colours are radiating out from the sun, which they are. Add layer upon layer for a lovely blend.

Work out to a fairly deep, dark colour so that you end up with a great contrast between the sun and the darkening sky. The deep red will make the light yellow we started with look hot and very bright... get those shades ready!

The contrast is very obvious once the mask in removed. If you wish, you can soften the edges of the sun a little bit by working some of the lightest yellow around the edges.

Here's the colour chart for those who'd like to have a go at creating their own sunset.


Sunday, May 17

Living Large with Anesha

Anesha has put together a wonderful collection of cute cards featuring the characters from the Live Large set of digital stamps. She has kindly shared a colouring guide for her fabulously colourful creations for those who would like to try something similar at home.

Visit Anesha's blog for more great cards and papercraft projects:

Friday, May 15

Everything Papercraft - Velvet Stamping

Impressing images into velvet using heat has been around for centuries. Most of the manufacturing processes use metal to deboss the designs, but for those of us at home wanting to try this technique, bold rubber stamps and a dry iron work almost as well.

You Need:
Acetate or rayon velvet
Dry iron set to the hottest temperature
Spray bottle filled with water
Piece of muslin or calico

1. Place your stamp face up on a Teflon sheet.
2. Lay the velvet, right side down, over the stamp.
3. Lightly spray the velvet with the water bottle.
4. Lay the calico or muslin over the velvet.
5. Iron for about 30 seconds moving the iron around as you work.