Sunday, 25 June 2017



Happy Sunday!

Haven't given you news of
any new products for a while
and thought I might rectify
the situation with the help

Helen Chilton

Hi Helen, what are you
showing us today?

"Today I'm looking at the 
 that Sandy is now selling in the shop.

They come in a large tub and are best applied 
with Cut n Dry or a small Smoothie sponge. 

You push down on the felt top layer 
until the ink soaks through.

I have to say, the colours are 
lovely and intense.

I've tried out all sorts of techniques here
 to put them through their paces.

They are very easy to blend onto the card 
and you can get a good depth of colour.

This is trying them out on different cardstock.

They're very easy to seamlessly blend together
 creating new colours

Splatter with water and they will react.

Same technique on Kraft card - 
the blue comes out more easily than the green

You can lift out colour with a baby wipe
 through a stencil - quite a subtle result.

Stamping's wonderful! 
Just dab the ink straight onto the stamp. 
I'm using the Impression Obsession 

And here we go. 

Blend your ink colours directly onto the stamp.

Dab onto a craft mat, spritz and paint.

Build up really soft muted backgrounds 
by stamping the first impression onto 
scrap paper and using the second impression.

Here I've stamped the images lots of times
 making sure to overlap them to create more colours. 
On the right I've then spritzed with water
 to let the colours merge and flow.

Of course you can stencil with these inks....

.... and then slightly shift the stencil 
and ink with a different colour to great effect.

Shift the stencil again and repeat the yellow.
 Because the inks are to some extent opaque
 you can lay lighter colours over darker ones.

Lastly, if you're using the sponges, 
here's a really easy background!

Here are some cards made with
the techniques shown above:

Yellow background with water splatters, 
stamping over top and outline stamping 
over top of that.

Double stencilled background with 
simple stamping over the top.

Second impression background with 
coloured chalk stamping and outlines
 over the top."

Wow!  looks like quite a versatile product.
Thank you for showing us a few tips and
techniques Helen

There you have it folks - another new
product sorted and don't those colours
mix and blend well?  

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Saturday, 24 June 2017



Hi There!

Well, here we are at the
end of the week with the
last Tutorial in this strand.

Have you had a good week?
Achieved everything you
set out to do?
Had the week from hell?
Settle back and have a
relaxing weekend - that'll
make you feel good again......!!

Craftyfield is here today
with another of her Quirky
Birds.  Remember the Ooops!
Bird?  Well here he is in a
different guise .......

"Of course I knew that enamel accents are 
perfect to make 3D dots or marks, 
but, since they are paints, I wanted to 
try them with a brush. 

Here, I colour matched some die-cut flowers 
from Crunchy waxed paper.

Still creating embellishments, I tried the 
Enamel Accents on brads for that glossy 3D finish. 
They are opaque enough to completely cover 
the original colour and beautifully glossy. 

What you can see behind the brad is 
my professional tool............ 
a cork which I use to hold brads for 
painting, embossing etc...

I remove the brads from the cork with tweezers 
and plant them in a piece of styrofoam to dry out.

 I then cut out all the cardstock and acetate pieces
 using a variety of dies and my guillotine.

Now for the focal image. 
Acetate is a difficult stamping surface 
but it does offer several opportunities... 

It can be worked on both sides! 

I decided to use Brilliance ink and emboss
 with clear powder to give me a raised impression. 
This will make it easy to contain the colour later. 

This acetate is heat resistant so, as long 
as the heat gun is not too close and you stop
 as soon as the powder is melted, the sheet will not warp.

Another advantage of acetate is that obtaining a 
mirror image is just a matter of flipping the sheet! 

I did consider in fact giving my bird a fellow by doing just that.

 Next time...

 I wanted the grass to be dimensional 
so I am painting it on the "front". 

As I go about painting my scene I will flip 
the acetate for the best effect or easiest way. 

Here I have applied some green Enamel 
at the bottom and spread it with a plastic card. 
Then, with the edge of the card, I dragged 
the colour upwards, creating blades of grass.

Flipping back to the stamped image 
I applied a wash of yellow to the bird with 
a wet brush.

Back to the grass side, I added some flowers
 by just touching the nib of the Cactus Flower bottle
to the acetate. 

With the green I added a few more blades
 to get some over the flowers. 

With the yellow I added the bird's plumage.

For the eyes I used white acrylic
 paint on the embossed side.

I took a second picture with a different angle 
as it is difficult to photograph acetate, 
especially with the shadows created!

These little bottles are a lot of fun to use 
in all sorts of ways (I also tried them with
 stencils but I wouldn't recommend it as stencilling
 does use a lot of paint) and I hope I have inspired 
you to explore this medium in more 
creative ways than just dots!"


Thank you Craftyfield - for
ending our super inspiring
week with another take on Bird 3.
Using the cork to hold the brad
is a brilliant idea too!

I'm off to sort through my
extensive cork collection for a proper
cork (if that makes sense!)?  

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx