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One Dragon, 3 ways

I am pleased to say that I’m now part of the Get Creative Challenges Blog Design Team. It is an interesting blog, all about promoting the use of digital stamps. There is even a monthly challenge that anybody can join in, no matter what their skill level is.

My first digital stamp to play with was the Winter Frost Dragon by Colour of Love. I was so happy to get this design, as I love fantasy and am quite fond of dragons. The first thing I did was print off the dragon in different sizes to inspire me.

I had recently bought a Mica Magic set, after watching a demonstration by John Lockwood at Inspirations. I thought that the shimmer of the mica would look magical with the dragon.

I then decided to experiment with my Chameleon Fine Liner pens to colour in a smaller dragon. I used lines to colour it in, that gives it a slightly modern look.

Finally, I wanted to make the image look like it had come from an ancient book. So I carefully tore around the image and ink blended over it with some Distress inks. I then sprayed it with water to give a more aged look.

I decided to create cards with all 3 images, as they all had a distinct look. First off, the large dragon. I die cut a square and added a layer using Hunkdory Moonstone dies. I thought the background needed a bit of texture, so I used a Do Crafts embossing folder. I then used a combination of Mica Magic and ink blending to make the embossed design stand out.

The next card was using the Chameleon Fine Liner coloured image. This had a more Christmassy feel, so I decided to turn it into a Christmas card. I first die cut the image and a dark blue layer using Arch Sizzix dies.

I chose 2 different shades of blue card and embossed them with a Do Crafts embossing folder. Due to the folder only being a small one I had to repeat emboss with it to create the background. I then ink blended over it to give a touch of green. Finally, I stamped a sentiment and layered it with the lighter colour of the embossed card.

The next card I really wanted to achieve a certain look with strong colours that had a medieval/fantasy feel. I found some leather effect card in my stash that I ink blended with some Distress Inks to highlight the leather effect. I embossed some grey card with a Do Crafts embossing folder. I then used the same inks to ink blend the pattern. Finally, I sprayed it with Altenew Antique Silver ink spray.

Next was the sentiment, I wanted to create it the same way as the main dragon image. After one failure where I stamped before ink blending with Distress Inks. (The sentiment ink ran really badly.) I ink blended and sprayed water before stamping the sentiment. The sentiment was from Rare Earth and I thought it went really well with the fantasy image.

It just goes to show that digital stamps can be very versatile and that you can get completely different looks from the same image. It does help when the image is as beautiful as the ‘Winter Frost Dragon’.

Seasonal Scene Building

‘Seasonal Scene Building’ is an interesting mix of a class from Altenew. The tutor Nichol Magourik, brings a different way to use techniques that you may already be familiar with. I found myself thinking a lot during the class, that I had never thought of doing that before.

This class was all about building a scene within your cards. The best card I created was a flower themed ‘Live in the moment’ one. To begin with, I stamped out the flower from Altenew’s ‘Sewn with Love’ stamp set. An interesting stamp, that is not as tricky to use as you would think.

I decided that it needed a frame, so I die cut one out. It was white card and ink blended with Altenew Paper Bag ink to get the right colour.

For the background, I first ink blended Turquoise and Teal Cave ink pads. This gave a nice blue colour with some variations in tones. I did not ink blend all the background as I knew I would just end up covering it up. I then used Versamark with the Altenew ‘Pattern Power’ stamp set. Heat embossing this with a clear embossing powder gives a very nice effect.

Finally, I used a sentiment from Altenew ‘Simple Flowers’ stamp set with Versamark ink on vellum. Adding the silver embossing powder to the vellum made the sentiment stand out.

I really like how the finished product looks like it is an embroidered picture hanging on the wall.

Supplies:

  • Altenew Sewn with Love Stamp Set
  • Altenew Pattern Power Stamp Set
  • Altenew Simple Flowers Stamp Set
  • Altenew Turquoise ink pad
  • Altenew Teal Cave ink pad
  • Altenew Dew Drop ink pad
  • Altenew Rose Quartz ink pad
  • Altenew Coral Berry ink pad
  • Altenew Ruby Red ink pad
  • Altenew Mountain Mist ink pad
  • Altenew Frayed Leaf ink pad
  • Altenew Volcano Lake ink pad
  • Altenew Paper Bag ink pad
  • Versamark ink pad
  • Card
  • Vellum
  • Wow clear embossing powder
  • Stampendous embossing powder: detail silver opaque
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Glue dots
  • Heat Gun
  • Stamping platform

Things I learnt from this class:

  • The snapshot idea of having your card look like a close-up shot of something.
  • Frames are a really good idea to bring attention to the focal design.
  • Not to be afraid to layer stamped images.
  • Used Promarkers for the first time for colouring in the stamped images.
  • How to die cut an aperture in a card.
  • Some interesting new layouts.

Some of my favourite pieces from this class.

Robots and Flower Cards

I have decided that I should be making cards too, as well as concentrating on seed beading. I normally do my Altenew course but thought I would play with some of my other stamps. (I’m currently sorting out my stamps into a folder and have discovered a lot of lovely ones that I had forgotten about.)

The first card is using a Hunkydory stamp set, I think it’s quite an old one. I used my stamping press by We R Memory Keepers to keep the little robots aligned. Then I coloured the middle row one in with Chameleon Pens.

The second card I made was sort of an experiment. I used a stamp set by Stamps by Me. I just love the sentiment of ‘Happy Hugs’. Then I tried to colour it in using the Chameleon Fine Liners, using lines gave an interesting effect. I love the fine liners but I suspect I need to practise colouring in with them more.

Celebration: Stencil Techniques

Celebration: Stencil Techniques’ class is part of the Altenew Educator Programme. This class is taught by the talented Laurel Beard. This class concentrates on using just one stamp set, and how many different looks can be achieved combining it with different stencil techniques.

The best card from this class is the flower congratulations card, using the Altenew Celebrations stamp set. This is from the first lesson where I learnt how to use die cuts to create stencils.

First I die cut Layered Medallions cover die B using my Fabmatic Die Cutting machine.

Then I used purple tape to keep the paper in place. I decided on a yellow/orange gradation look to the background. To achieve this I ink blended: Warm Sunshine, Buttercream, Caramel Toffee and Paper Bag. I really enjoy the process of ink blending, and seeing how the colours merge into each other.

I always love the reveal when taking away the stencil. You are never quite sure what you are going to get.

I then stamped the bouquet using my ‘We R Memory Keepers stamping platform’. I decided to use a stamping platform with the image just being a line image, and if I missed bits it could be difficult to line up again. To colour in the stamped image I used a variety of Chameleon Alcohol Pens. I liked the way the background shows through the lighter colours of the flowers.

Finally, I stamped the congratulations sentiment and added a green border. I chose green to highlight the colour of the leaves in the bouquet. Then I mounted that on a 7x 5 inch white card.

Supplies

So what did I learn from this class?

  • How to use die cuts as stencils
  • How to ink blend over stencils
  • That’s it is ok to use alcohol markers over ink blending.
  • Different techniques for stencils
  • How to use texture paste. (I don’t have any at the moment, so will revisit the class when I do)

Overall this was a really fun and informative class. I learnt a lot about how to use stencils in different ways.

Below are my favourite cards from this class.