Fun Friday Technique: Wet Paper Stamping

Mothers Day Card: Using the Wet Paper Stamping Technique. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

So today’s Fun Friday Technique got postponed till today – Sat due to power loss & minor flooding. All is well here no damage – but it is rather hard to create by candlelight.

So today I am showing you how you can use yours stamps to create a wet paper watercoloring background. This is easy but it can get a little messy, but looks pretty effective.

What you need
– You choice of colour Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad stick to two to three so you do not get muddy mixing of colours.
Watercolour Paper
Spray Pen filled with Water. These are great check out my Product Review on these fab pens
– Stamps of choice – I find ones that have a shadow & outline work great. I used the stamp set out of the Workshops Your Way® Here for You Cardmaking Kit which is only available till end of Apr 2017

Technique Process
– Spray liberal amounts of water onto your Watercolour Paper

Wet Paper Stamping - Wet paper first with a Spray Pen www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au
– Randomly stamp your image with chosen colour & allow for it to bleed and run.

Wet Paper Stamping - stamp with inks over the wet paper & allow to bleed www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au
– If you need to spray with more water.
– Dry the background with a heat tool – tip turn the piece of card over & dry from both sides to make sure your card dries flat.
– Stamp the outline of the image in black over the coloured areas.

Wet Paper Stamping - stamp black outlines www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Bonus Tip
– Grab your Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen to add any other details as I did for the small rose.

I hope you enjoyed this Friday Fun Technique and I hope you give it a try over this weekend.

Till next time Maz

Hidden Inlay Die Cutting with Close To My Heart Thin Cuts

Well I have another fab idea & technique to share with you so that when you go & get your 25%  saving on the Close To My Heart Thin Cuts you will have lots of ideas on how to use them and this technique shows you how to create hidden inlay die cuts which are almost invisible – until you take a closer look.

Die cut inlay is where you die cut shapes and glue the pieces back together like a puzzle for a smooth look.

Hidden Inlay Die Cutting Thanks You are Too Kind Card

Material:
Close To My Heart Thin Cuts I used the the Thanks out of the Hello & Thanks Thin Cut Set
– Die Cutting Machine of your Choice
– And  multiple colours of Cardstock

How To
1. Stamp your image & colour in with your choice of colour. I used the In Bloom stamp set and Watercolours
2. Cut your Close To My Heart Thin cut as you normally would & save the little negative cut out left over pieces.
Hidden Inlay Die Cutting setting the cutting up
3. Re-cut the same die out of another colour of cardstock – this is optional & if you want to build your word up into a 3D look. I started to do this look but changed it right at the end for a more flush look.
4. Attach your card to a base and stick in in the left over negative cut out pieces into place.
Hidden Inlay Die Cutting putting the puzzle together
5. Stick the word into place
Hidden Inlay Die Cutting Pieced back together
6. Optional: To make sure that the word is flush you can run your card through your embossing machine – just protect your card from the marks that could be on your plate – I got some lovely marks that had to be hidden!

What I love
How the word looks just fab by itself with the stamped, coloured background – I could use it like that if I really wanted too! In fact I am very tempted to make another to do just that!

Hidden Inlay Die Cutting Thanks Cut Out
I hope you try this technique and have fun with it and thanks so much for taking the time to find out more about the Hidden Inlay Die Cutting technique…see you soon.

Maz

Fun Friday Technique: Creating a background with My Acrylix® Blocks

Create a watercoloured background is by inking or even painting directly onto a My Acrylix® Block, spritzing it with water, then stamping with it directly on the paper.

What is great about this technique is that you get a different look each time you try it so no card will look the same.

What you need
– You choice of colour Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
– Or try Watercolor Paints
My Acrylix® Block
Watercolor Paper

Technique Process
– If using the Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad smear the ink pad directly onto the My Acrylix® Block

Creating a background with Stamping Ink with My Acrylix® Blocks
– Spritz with a little water to help spread the ink
– Or paint the Watercolor Paints onto the My Acrylix® Block

Creating a background with Stamping Watercolour with My Acrylix® Blocks

– Smoosh the My Acrylix® Block onto the Watercolor Paper, you can move the block if you want to mix and blend the colours.

Creating a background with Stamping Watercolour with My Acrylix® Blocks
– Lift block to reveal the background to use on your next creation.

I hope you enjoyed this Friday Fun Technique and I hope you give it a try over this weekend.

Till next time Maz

Partial Die Cutting with Close To My Heart Thin Cuts

This month you can Save 25% on all Close To My Heart Thin Cuts, so I thought I would share some great tutorials, tips & ideas on how you can use the Thin Cuts.

Today I am showing you how to do partial die cutting with the Close To My Heart Thin Cuts which allows you to extend a portion of a die cut shape past the fold for a unique card or place marker or in one case of my cards incorporate the rest of the background into the die.

Material:

Close To My Heart Thin Cuts I used the Hello Lovely Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle and the Thin Cuts – Happy Birthday for the two card designs.
– Die Cutting Machine of your Choice
– And Cardstock

How To
1. Mark with a pencil the halfway mark that you are going to fold your card, if you want your image to extend past a folded card line.
2. Place a shaped die so that one part of the die is above the centre pencil line and the rest is below.
3. Line up die cutting plates along the pencil line so that only the protruding portion is cut when run through the die cutting machine. I used washi tape to guide me exactly where I wanted the plate to line up


4. Score along the pencil line, outside the die cut area. Erase pencil markings.
5. With the Happy Birthday card cut away any excess cardstock so the only the letter appear above the cut area.
6. Decorate the card as desired.

I hope you try this technique and have fun with it and thanks so much for taking the time to find out more about the Partial Die Cutting technique…see you soon.

Maz

Fun Friday Technique: Rock n’ Roll Stamping

Rock & Roll Stamping Technique www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Today’s Friday Fun Technique is the Rock n’ Roll Technique & no it doesn’t involve dancing, but it is just as fun!
This technique adds dimension to solid images with two colours of ink and even a gradient colour edges to your stamped images. What I love about this is that you never get the same look twice, each image will be different, depending on the angle you rock or roll your stamp into the other colour & how far you allow the second colour to travel to the centre of the image, but it is fun playing with the variations.

And the best part? No special tools needed.

What you need
– Your choice of colours of Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads one light colour one darker.
– A solid My Acrylix® Stamps image. I used the Close To My Heart Stamp Happy for You

Technique Process
– Ink stamp with the lightest colour ink first, you do not want the darker colour of your ink to muddy your lighter colour.
– Press edges of stamp in a rolling motion on darker ink pad, being careful not to ink the centre of the stamp. You can rock n’ roll one edge or do it right around the stamped image.
– Stamp the image to reveal both colours on the stamped image.
Rock & Roll Stamping Technique www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I hope you enjoyed this Friday Fun Technique and I hope you give it a try over this weekend.

Till next time Maz

Fun Friday Technique: Embossing Resist

Fun Friday Technique Embossing Resist www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

This is an age old technique that I haven’t visited for some time, so I thought it would be perfect for the Fun Friday Technique.

Clear embossing traps everything underneath and makes the images “pop”, you can add layers of stamping & embossing which opens limitless possibilities for creating complex designs for a very simple technique.

I created something quite simple this time round but I will certainly revisit this technique to try something more complex.

What you need
VersaMark™ Ink Pad
Ranger™ Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder
– Heat tool
My Acrylix® Stamps of your choice
– Cut up piece of the Round Sponge
– Your choice of colour/s of Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads

Technique Process
– Ink stamp with VersaMark™ Ink Pad and stamp on cardstock.
– Pour Ranger™ Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder over stamped image, making sure everything’s completely covered.
– Tap excess powder off. Collect remaining powder in either the Powder tray or on a piece of scrap paper and pour it back into the container.
– Heat powder with heat tool until it melts into a shiny cover. Let cool.
– Sponge ink over your stamped and embossed cardstock, covering your entire piece of cardstock. You can add more colour & blend different colours
– Use a paper towel or rag to buff ink off embossed images. The embossed images will resist the sponged ink & pop out showing through the colour of the cardstock the image was stamped on.

If you are unsure how to emboss check out this fab Close To My Heart Video which shows you how.

I hope you enjoyed this Friday Fun Technique and I hope you give it a try over this weekend.

Till next time Maz