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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Masculine Monday

Summer Days Masculine Card Colouring July 2020

It sure has been a crazy busy few weeks, and I will share more about that later in my post.  I have had time to think and ponder during those few weeks though, and I thought it was time to add a little structure to my creating, and so this is the start of that, Mondays are going to be for my masculine cards. (That’s Monday Australian time!)
Here’s hoping that I can maintain it and that things don’t get too crazy busy again anytime soon.

I made some time to create a card for brother’s birthday though, using the Host stamp set from the Annual Catalogue, called Summer Days.
Summer Days Masculine Card July 2020
In the background is some of the paper from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper, and the image stamped in Early Espresso ink, before being coloured with Watercolour Pencils, and then gently painted over with an aqua painter.

I had to go with a wood theme for this card after the last few weeks.  My incredible 14 year old son decided late last year that he wanted to have a go at woodturning.  He had been doing some woodwork classes for a few years but had never tried woodturning.
He took to it straight away and started making beautiful things and learning and growing every day.  He just loves it and spends as much time as he can in front of his lathe.
A few weeks ago, he was asked to make 100 Spatulas for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and they wanted them as quickly as possible.
I’m sure you can imagine that this was an amazing opportunity for him, not just to get paid to woodturn but also to get his name out as a talented woodturner.
So here is a photo of my boy, with the 100 spatulas before they were delivered to the Department.  His Spatulas are to be used as gifts for special guests at public diplomacy and cultural programs overseas.
Jamie with 100 Spatulas

Hopefully I will have a little more time for crafting from now on.
Happy stamping!
Chris
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Colour Creations Showcase Balmy Blue

Balmy Blue Flowers Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping

The Art with Heart Team are back with another round of Colour Creations, where we showcase each of the Stampin’ Up! colours, a different colour each week, so that you can get some inspiration, new ideas and perhaps new colour combinations to use in your own projects.

Colour Creations Showcase Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping

For our first week, we are starting with Balmy Blue, one of the Subtles collection, and a gorgeous blue that goes with so many other colours.
I have chosen to go very monochromatic with my first card, which features the new Blossoms in Bloom Bundle which you can find on Page 51 of the NEW Annual Catalogue.

Balmy Blue Blossoms in Bloom Card Stampin' Up! Dot Dot Stamping Christina Barnes 2020

The flowers are stamped on to white cardstock with the Balmy Blue ink, and then I have die cut with the two different dies, the first layer is cut from Vellum and the second is cut from white, creating a lovely subtle and pretty layering.
You can see the layers better in the close up photo:
Balmy Blue Flowers Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping
The Blossoms in Bloom Bundle, which includes the stamp set and Many Layered Blossoms dies, is now available and you can shop online here any time.
Happy stamping!
Chris
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Heart of Christmas Week 11

Heart of Christmas 2019
You may have noticed that I have been missing in action for the past month.
I have been rather unwell and finding it difficult to craft and blog along with everything else I need to do in my life.
Today has been a pretty good day, although I am starting to feel like it’s time to rest, so I will keep my post short and sweet.

My card today features the Let it Snow Designer Series Paper, and all of the cute Christmas trees on my card have been cut from the DSP.

Let it Snow Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up! 2019 Holiday Catalogue Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping Stylish Scroll Embossing Folder Ornate Frames Dies 1

For the background I have used the Stylish Scroll embossing folder which was inked up before putting it through the Big Shot.  And I have also used the versatile Ornate Frames Dies for the sentiment panel.
Let it Snow Christmas Trees Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping 2019 Holiday Catalogue Stampin' Up!

I hope to be back soon with some more creations but in the meantime, you can see all of the inspiration from today’s Heart of Christmas blog hop here.
Happy Stamping!
Chris

Colour Creations – Real Red

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I am joining in with the Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop this week, and we are using Real Red on our projects.
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My ink colour pallete is rather limited at this stage, so I am having to rely on the cardstock I have on hand, and some bits and pieces that my lovely upline, Judy May, has sent to me, so that I can keep the creativity going.
Judy sent me this gorgeous heart and the “Happy” word, both in Real Red, so they were perfect to use for this Blog Hop.
Real Red 2019

The heart is Die cut using the absolutely gorgeous Be Mine Stitched Framelits dies, which I just love!!  So gorgeous.  Definitely on the Wish List!

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Isn’t it pretty?
So many beautiful die available, I want them all.
I also love Embossing Folders and this one is another particularly lovely one, it’s called Layered Leaves.   Another one on my Wish List!

If you would like to see what the rest of the Blog Hop team have made using Real Red this week, you can find the list here.

Happy Stamping!
Chris