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Monday 26 September 2016

Salted Background Technique

I am back with the instructions for this very easy but effective technique. All you need for this technique is, either watercolour paper or Shimmery White paper from Stampin' Up!,  Cooking salt, A spray bottle containing water, an Aquapainter and  an ink refil, preferably in a fairly dark colour. I have used Night of Navy.
Spray the paper with water from a spray bottle to dampen the paper.  Using the Aqua Painter, pick up a small amount of the Reiner off the plastic lid and apply generously to the paper. 
Whilst the paper is still wet sprinkle the salt onto the paper. The amount of salt you use will determine how 'blotchy' your background is when it dries.  Allow to dry completely, use a heat gun to speed the process if necessary, but apply gently so as not the blow the salt off before it is dry.  Once dry, rub the salt off and your background is revealed. I have used the same technique on the background of this card.

Thursday 22 September 2016

Art With Heart Holiday Blog Hop

Today some of the Art with Heart Stampin’ Up! team girls are sharing some fun and fabulous ideas to inspire you from our brand new Holiday Catalogue available now until 3rd January 2017. Be sure to request your copy of the catalogue today!

 You have come to my blog from the very talented, Rachel Palmieri.  Blogs are full circles, so you can start hopping here and then at the end of each post is a link to the next. There is also a list of participants at the end in case of any broken links.

The card I have for you uses the Star of Light stamp set and Starlight framelits and a technique called Salted Background. I will have a tutorial here for this technique over the weekend.

Here's a close up of the background and the star, diecut from Stampin Up White Glimmer paper.

Thanks from hopping by, now you're off to see the amazing projects from Claire Daly.

 Claire Daly
Here is the full list of participants in case you get lost,

Wednesday 14 September 2016

Detailed Santa Shaker Instructions


This card was on of my class projects last Saturday and I promised to share the instructions, so here goes.

First cut Whisper White and window sheet to 10cm x 10cm.

Use Detailed Santa thinlit and centre on Whisper White piece, run through Bigshot. I recommend using the precision plate for this.

Apply Thin tip glue pen to the reverse side of the Detailed Santa.

Lay the window sheet over the back of thinlit and hold down with something heavy like a clear block.

Apply foam strips around the outside of the Santa framelit, making sure the are no gaps in the corners.


Use the Emboss Buddy generously around the inside edge of the foam strip to de-sticky the edge of the foam, so that the sequins do not stick to the edges.

Heat emboss the greeting from Greetings From Santa, in white embossing powder.

Place a small pile of sequins on the card front.

Remove the backing from the foam strip and palace the Detailed Santa thinlit and window sheet section over the pile of sequins.

Your card is finished!


Friday 2 September 2016

The Stampin' Up Holiday Catalogue is here!

The Stampin Up Holiday Catalogue is now online. Click on the image to start shopping.
Here are some of my first samples.
Santa Sleigh Stamps and framelits
Father Christmas.
Contact me for more details.
Happy Stampin,
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