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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Tea Time (by Dominike)


It is always time for a tea.
C'est toujours l'heure pour un thé.

1- prepare a tea. Préparez-vous un thé
2- drink your tea. Buvez votre thé
3- save the tea bags. Mettez de côté vos sachets de thé
4- let them dry. Faites-les sécher
5- prepare your images. Préparez vos images
6- stamp your Chocolate Baroque rubberstamps. Tamponnez
7- stick your images. Collez vos images
8- stick the tea bags onto aquarelle papers. Collez les sachets de thé sur du papier aquarelle
9- bind your pages. Reliez vos pages.

I wish you a good day. Kind regards.
Bonne journée. A bientôt.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Take Flight (by Magda)

"Take Flight" with an air-balloon and dream, or if you like, give an interpretation to my Journaling page.
Here below I have listed the items that I used for this project:

1. White Gesso  for the undercoat
2.  Blend Distress Ink Pad in green, blue, yellow and brown shades
3.  Stamp with Versafine Onyx Black  on Tissue Paper the poppy from the Poppy Meadow plate set  
     and the small air-balloon from the Steampunk Travel plate set
4.  Place the stamped tissue paper and more pieces of tissue paper randomly on the page, covering all
     the page again with  White Gesso and let it dry completely
5.  Apply Soft Form Relief Paste on Specimens Stencil  and let it dry
6.  Use Distress Ink Pad in green, blue, yellow and brown shades directly with the pad on the page
      and blend where necessary
7.  Colour the poppy stamp with Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle pencils
8.   Stamp with Versafine Onyx Black the air-balloon from the Steampunkery stamp set, colour it with Faber-  
      Castell Art Grip Aquarelle pencils and cut it out
9.   Glue the image on the background with Glue n'seal
10.  Stamp "Take Flight" from the  Steampunkery stamp set

I hope, that you not only could really relax and dream looking at my page, but you could be inspired and "take flight" on the page, I am here to help. Thank you.


Sunday, 19 November 2017

Airship Pirate Steampunk Card (by Anne)

Good morning. Today I am sharing one of my recent samples created for the Steampunk shows recently on Hochanda. I used a few of my dies to create this nautical themed card. I hope that you like it x.

  • Steampunkery and Punky Expressions stamp sets
  • 8 X 8 inch white card blank; white, blue and brown kraft card; recycled acetate from packaging
  • Versamark and Distress Ink (Vintage Photo)#
  • WOW embossing powders (white plus mix of Copper and Gold Rich)
  • Koh-I-Noor Charcoals (White)
  • Glitter and glaze pens (red)
  • Dies to cut a circle frame (approx. 16cm diameter), steampunk cogs and nautical themed embellishments
How it was made:
  1. I trimmed the blue card to fit the card front and leave a small white border. The sentiment and airship were stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with the white powder.
  2. The circle porthole frame was cut from Kraft card. A piece of acetate was cut to fit behind.
  3. The cogs and wheel were cut from Kraft card and coloured with gold embossing powder or red glaze pen. The gulls were cut from white card.
  4. The scene was built up and coloured using the white charcoals. A little red glitter pen was added to the boat and a small die cut gull stuck down. The frame was glued over the top using 3D shaker foam. Note: you could add some sprinkles or glitter for added fun.
  5. The scroll was created from a rectangle, rolling the ends around a paint brush to curl. A little Distress Ink was added to the edges to age. The die cut embellishments were used to decorate.

Friday, 17 November 2017

edwardian (by Veronica)

Today I am sharing a couple of samples using the e
ccentric edwardian stamps.
The first is a rather grungy card.
Background used a cog stencil and a very elderly walnut stain ink spray that I was given ages ago and had never used, I added another lighter layer of spray after removing the stencil. The car was stamped in black versafine ink, then the man alsoin black versafine but clear embossed to make him stand out a bit more.
A few diecut cogs from dark brown card were added in the corners, then a mat of the same brown card before adding to a square white card blank

I  also recycled an empty instant coffee tin, these are so useful as a pen/brush holder.
This time the strip of white card cut to fit round the can with a lsight overlap was coloured with grey brusho powder, then randomly stmaped with the large crackle stamp using a grey ink pad. I used a die cut as a stencil and brushed more grey ink over it.
The man was stamped using black versafine ink and clear embossing powder before using the cyclist stamp and the small cyclist from the curiosities set to fill in the gaps.
I stuck the card to the can using redline tape stuck onto the can first along the edges with one vertical strip, then a final vertical strip onto the slightly overlapping edge of the card.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, it is time for another offering of cards and projects from the Design Team, using a range of techniques and styles, all made in fifteen minutes or less. Our aim is to show you how you can make a fabulous design in a matter of minutes, perfect when you need a card in a hurry, or need a card for batch making, perhaps for Christmas or a craft fair. If you are new to stamping and feel that a complicated design is a bit much for now, you will hopefully find something in these blog posts to inspire you. Even if you are a seasoned crafter, we hope that something will catch your imagination, and have you reaching for your craft supplies to try out some of our ideas. So, grab a cuppa, and enjoy what we have to share with you this month.

Magda has created a series of beautiful Diwali cards for us this month, she has chosen some lovely colour combinations, and has combined the images in a very clever way to create her theme:

She has also created a Steampunk tag adding some stencilling to the background for extra detail. The little balloon tied through the hole is a great addition:

Next up is a card from Anne. She has stamped the images with Versamark, and used white embossing powder onto a piece of Crafty Individuals paper. She has used a heart stencil, and applied Distress Ink to add shading onto the background. She also coloured the images with Distress Ink and a waterbrush. The background was matted onto a card blank and she added PVA pearls, glitter glue and Glossy Accents as finishing touches.

Claire has created to fabulous CAS style cards. The first card was made by adding Brushos to a piece of linen card, and stamping the image using Versafine Ink. She added a bit of colour to the image.

For her second card, she added splats of colour to the background, using Distress Stains, before stamping the image several times with Versafine Ink, and also gilding flakes. This gives a feeling of movement to the image.

Carole has created a monochrome card for us, using the Floribunda Net stamp. She has stamped the image several times onto white card and trimmed the card to fit a square card blank. At this point, you can either draw a black line around the edge, or mat the background onto black card, the choice is yours. She stamped the image again onto a piece of spare card and tore around the edges. She matted this onto a piece of black card and tore around the edges again. Finally she added the sentiment.

We have a beautiful collection of cards from Brenda this month, starting with a masked panel, created with Pan Pastels. She has stamped the images with Distress Inks.

For her second card, she has stamped the foliage using Distress Inks, and added a vellum strip with a sentiment.

For her next card, she added Pan Pastel through a butterfly mask, stamped the images and added a sentiment.

She has added Pan Pastels through a circle mask to create this next card. She stamped the poppy image before removing the mask, and then added a sentiment.

Brenda has also made a couple of Steampunk cards:

Finally a simple card from me, I have used the Penny Farthing image, masking the stamp to use just the large wheel each time, to create a modern bicycle themed Birthday card, using bright colours of Versafine ink.

That concludes our projects for this month. We hope that you have enjoyed our collection and we will be back to share more tips and tricks with you next month. In the meantime, do please check back for a daily dose of inspiration from our regular Design Team posts. Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

A Punky Baroque Chest (by Penny)

I hope you enjoyed last week's post from Penny with her fabulous steampunk airship card.  This week sees her continuing on the theme with a fabulous piece of home decor. Sit back and be inspired.

Hello everyone, Penny here with the second of my Guest Designer posts.  This is a little chest of drawers that I created for the recent CB Steampunk Shows, and as I LOVE Steampunk this was a joy to make!  

I used stamps from the Eccentric Edwardian, Steampunkery and Key to My Dreams sets; gilding waxes, black gesso, Aztec Paints, embossing powders, an embossing folder, paper clay and wooden embellishments from my stash.

I painted a small chest of drawers with black gesso and added gilding waxes to the edges of the drawer fronts and the handles.  I then embossed two sheets of black card in a folder and added gilding waxes to create a sheet metal effect.  I stamped and embossed some more black card for the drawer fronts, having cut each piece to fit first.  I then painted the panels and cut holes in the centers to put the handles through. I cut the sheet metal card into panels to fit the outside of the frame, leaving enough of a margin to fold over each side, making them look neat.  I added some waste from die cutting cogs as 'rivets', having gilded them first for a metallic effect.  

I created the embellishments for the top; some were stamped and embossed onto card, some were made with paper clay, and I painted a wooden frame from my stash.  I arranged the embellishments on the top of the chest and attached them with strong glue.

These little chests are great for keeping all sorts of bits and bobs in on a desk or side table, and they make great presents!  Thank you for taking the time to read my post, I'll be back next week with my third and last project.

Penny  xx  

Having seen this beautiful box in real life I know it would be so admired and would make a fantastic gift to treasure. 

Thank you once again Penny for your stunning creation and if you want to see more amazingprojects from one of our talented DT then please drop back again tomorrow.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Time flies (posted by Claire)

Good morning, Claire here with a couple of projects made for Lesley's shows on Hochanda last month. I'm a bit late with my post due to pesky windows updates so sorry for the delay!  I love Steampunk and there are so many fabulous designs to choose from.

For this card I used an embossing folder to create the background and highlighted the embossing with gold, copper and silver gilding wax. I stamped the image, from Steampunkery on black card with versamark ink and embossed with gold embossing powder. I painted the image with metallic acrylic paints and cut the image out before popping it on 3d foam pads to give a bit of dimension. I also stamped and embossed the sentiment from the same set with gold embossing powder.

I recycled this bag charm using a bit of shrink plastic. I'd made the charm a few years ago but it was looking a bit dull and sad. I loved the beads and charms to I decided to give it a new lease of life by making some charms from shrink plastic. I took some translucent shrink plastic and stamped the images, again from steampunkery with metallic Stazon ink. I punched holes using my Crop-o-dile (largest hole) and then cut the charms out. I applied heat with my heat gun and flattened the charms with an acrylic block while they were still hot. I just used a few jump rings to add them to the bag charm.

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx