Technique Tuesday – Sponging on Stamps

Sponging on Stamp technique Dot Dot Stamping

Today I am sharing an easy technique that can really change the look of your stamped image, without needing too many extra tools.
I have used the gorgeous Blossoms in Bloom stamp set from the Annual Catalogue, which is perfect for this technique.
Sponging on Stamp technique card Blossoms in Bloom Stampin' Up! 2020 Christina Barnes Dot Dot StampingI have started out by completely inking up the entire large flower image with Blushing Bride ink, making sure that there is a good even spread of ink over the image.  Then using a sponge dauber (you could use a small piece of ordinary sponge if you don’t have daubers – I just find the daubers work best for this technique), apply some Rococco Rose ink by gently dabbing the dauber in the centre of the flowers, and then slightly angling the dauber and dabbing some ink onto the edge of the flowers as well.
I have also done this with the leaves, I used Pear Pizzazz and then sponged with some Old Olive.
Make sure that you ink with your lightest colour first, and sponge the darker colour on after.
This is such a fun but easy technique to have a go at, but leave me a comment if you have any questions.
Happy stamping!
Chris
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Happy Hello

As a Kaszazz Consultant, I have the opportunity to get together every few months with other Consultants and make some projects using brand new products to be released.  And our latest release, called Happy Hello, was released on the weekend.  I had so much fun playing with these on Sunday, and love what I ended up making.  It’s not my usual, as I don’t make a lot of “girly” cards these day, but they are sooooo cute!

The mice have been stamped, coloured with Watercolour pencils, and then die cut.
This first one is a small gift card.

And these three are full size cards.

Aren’t they just gorgeous?  I can’t decide which mouse I like the best.  Each mouse comes with a die, to make it really easy.  The mouse at the top is called Special Delivery.  The second one is Make A Wish, and the third one is Flower For You.
Here is where you can have a look at all the products from the new release:  http://www.kaszazz.com/3d/NewProducts-Jan2018/index.html

If you live in Australia, and would like any of these products, feel free to leave me a message and we can organise an order for you.
Also contact me if you would like to know more about becoming a Consultant, there are heaps of benefits, and you get your crafty products at a discount.
Happy stamping!
Chris
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Happy Australia Day!

A quick post today to wish all the other Aussies a very happy Australia Day!
And, to share another pretty card with you.

This one was quick and easy and uses a few of the same elements as my card from yesterday’s post.  These gorgeous new patterned papers from Stampin’ Up! certainly make it easy to whip up a card in a few minutes.  Below is are the products I have used to make this card.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Ribbon or Lace Challenge

Crafty Boots Challenges is currently running a “Ribbon or Lace” challenge.
In the past, I would have loved this one and found it really easy, I used to love using ribbons, bows, lace, you name it, as long as it was girly and pretty.  I seem to have lost my Ribbon and Lace mojo!  So it really has been a challenge to make a card with ribbon, I wanted to leave it off, I had other ideas, but I put on the ribbon, and a nice big bow!

Still not entirely happy with it though, I think I will make it again without the ribbon….Lol 🙂
Below is a list of the gorgeous goodies I used to create my card.
I hope you will pop on over and check out what the rest of the Design Team have been creating, and share your own project with us too.
Happy stamping!
Chris

 

Pretty New Papers

Oh yes, the new patterned papers from Stampin’ Up! are stunning, so I wanted to feature two different ones on my card today.  And I have used the sketch challenge from Mojo Monday 429 to design my card.

The only stamping on this card, is the Happy Birthday sentiment, which comes from the Balloon Celebration stamp set.
The background papers are from the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack, and the beautiful feature flower is from the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Papers. I have used a circle die to cut it straight from the 12×12 sheet, although I really didn’t want to cut it up, it is too beautiful!!

Happy Stamping!
Chris


Birthdays at Pattie’s Creations

This month’s challenge theme at Patty’s Creations is Birthdays.
I have chosen to use the Roses in Milk Bottle image for my card.

I have again coloured it using Copic Markers, and combined it with some stamped images from the Stampin’ Up! Cottage Greetings stamp set.
Come on over and check out the rest of the Design Team’s birthday cards here.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Best Thoughts

This week’s challenge at Just Add Ink is to use Typography on your project.
I have used the gorgeous new Stampin’ Up! Hostess stamp set Best Thoughts for my card.

I liked the look of this rolled technique, and thought I would give it a try, however I am not entirely happy with how it turned out.  Note to self: always wait until the glue has dried before taking the photo!!
I also needed to spritz the cardstock with some water before rolling it, this makes the cardstock more easily manipulated.  I will have to give it another go! 🙂
I have used the colours Perfect Plum, Blackberry Bliss and Very Vanilla, along with some of the Typeset Specialty papers and an Antique Brad.

Did you know that you can get the hostess sets for your self, in a number of ways.  You can host a stamping party with some friends.  You can place an order of $250 or more.  Or you can collect orders from other crafters to make up a total order of $250 or more.  Contact me if you would like to know more.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Sketch Challenge Reminder

Posting up a card today, as a reminder to join us at Crafty Boots Challenges, for the current sketch challenge.

My card features the Flower Fair Framelits Dies and matching Flower Patch stamps. The flower shapes have been cut out of the black layer of cardstock, and then placed over some Melon Mambo cardstock.  Then some smaller flowers have been stamped onto the pink layer to look like the centres of the flowers.
I just love these lovely bright colours, especially on the first, snowy day of winter!  Yes, we had snow this morning, and our snow man is still standing!
Hope you will join our sketch challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges.

Happy stamping!
Chris

Spring Song

Today I am sharing my Design Team card for the May Challenge at Crafting With An Attitude.

I have used a gorgeous Digi from That Craft Place for my card, called Spring Song.  She has been coloured with Copic Markers, and mounted on various papers from my large stash!  The ribbon and flower brad are retired Stampin’ Up! goodies, and the paper flowers again from my stash.
A big thanks to our sponsors for the month of May:
That Craft Place:

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We love to see all of your projects, so please join us at Crafting With An Attitude!
Happy stamping,
Chris

Watering Can Tulips

I think this is the last of the Mother’s Day card for this year, and is made using another gorgeous Digi from Imagine That! called Watering Can Tulips.

The image has been coloured using Copic Markers, and the background papers are Stampin’ Up! Lullaby Designer Series Papers.  The papers are currently available, but soon to be retiring, so won’t be around for much longer.
I apologise for the photo, the Twine flopped down over the writing without me realising, but I am sure you can make out that it says “Happy”! 🙂
And on that note, Happy Stamping!

Chris