Sunday, 15 May 2011

Variations on a theme

Sorry for the absence of posts. Blogger went down on Friday and Saturday was just too busy to blog.

To make up for it, I have two for the price of one today! The first card is one I made earlier, but wasn’t 100% happy with. The second is a variation on the theme and one of the cards I demonstrated at my Mini Catalogue launch recently.

I wanted to show people how they could use their clear blocks to create a cool background panel. It’s very easy – you just use the block directly on the ink pad and then stamp. For the Sahara Sand panel I also added a bit of Early Espresso around the edges, using the “rocking and rolling” technique – ie, I just inked the edges of the block on top of the Sahara Sand. For the Baja Breeze panel, I stamped off onto my grid paper twice before stamping on the cardstock. This gave a nice subtle colour.

Next I masked off the bottom and right edges with a sticky note and stamped the sprig. I removed the mask and stamped the bird, deliberately positioning it off the edge of the cardstock.

For the second sample, I ruffled the ribbon – this is so easy with seam binding. You find a centre strand from a frayed end and pull. That’s all!

Stamps: Nature Walk, Just Believe (first sample), Basic Phrases (second sample)
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Ink: Sahara Sand, Baja Breeze, Old Olive
Accessories: Clear block, Seam-Binding ribbon – Baja Breeze, 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon – Old Olive,
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  1. I havent ever thought of using a block for the background stamp, thanks for this tip Helen, I will have a play with this today. Tracey x


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