Hearts Come Home – sneak peek

Hearts Come Home is one of the many beautiful new stamp sets in the Autumn/Winter catty which goes live on Friday! As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to do the Bokeh technique. 

I started off by randomly daubering my colours (as pictured – crushed curry, cherry cobbler, pumpkin pie, pacific point & berry burst) onto my base cardstock until I had a rainbow effect on my card.  Cherry Cobbler is such a great Christmas colour, I knew that had to be incorporated somehow! 

Next I cut a selection of different sized circles out of a piece of window sheet, using the Layering Circles Dies to create a template. I then used a sponge dauber to apply white stazon ink  to the template until I was left with different sized white circles over the rainbow background. The effect is more beautiful if the intensity of the white changes from circle to circle. The finished card pictured shows the beautiful result of the ‘bokeh’ technique.

My black images were stamped in black stazon ink. When stamping black over the white, it can be a bit tricky to achieve a sharp image so it’s best to let your cardstock dry overnight before you stamp over it.

Remember this gorgeous new stamp set will be available to purchase from the new Autumn/Winter catalogue from Friday 1st September and you can purchase it here at my online shop! 


Painter’s Palette meets Butterfly Basics

I had been wanting to a create a card using the new Painter’s Palette stamp set for a while, but my creative mojo had disappeared (temporarily of course 😉). Then inspiration came to me from a retired SU background stamp I came across on my shelf called ‘Dictionary’. Though it has been retired from the catalogue for a few years, I am still totally in love with it and adore that ‘newspaper look’ style of background.

So I decided to take the  lovely word stamp from Butterfly Basics which actually reads ‘There is nothing in the Caterpillar that tells you it is going to be a butterfly’ and stamp it repeatedly over the background of my card front.  I inked up my stamp in memento black ink, and then stamped it down and stamped it ‘off’ again straight away.  I kept going until I filled the entire background.  Next I took the beautiful long fern image from the same stamp set and stamped it off in mint macaron, wisteria wonder and sweet surgarplum.  I love the way these pretty colours soften the  black and white background.

The easel image comes from Painter’s Palette of course, and I inked my stamp in versamark, and then immediately inked the same stamp in memento black ink before heat embossing my image with clear embossing powder to achieve an intense black colour.

I die cut my frame using the Layering Squares Framelits Dies and then used a craft knife to cut the centre of the frame away.  I then took a small piece of window sheet and fast fused this to the back of my easel to create a type of ‘window’ and the look of a framed picture.  I stamped my butterflies from Papillon Potpourri before punching them out with the Elegant Butterfly Punch & the Bitty Butterfly Punch, and sponged them in the same colours as the ferns.  I then adhered my largest butterfly to the inside of the easel with a glue dot before sticking a piece of backing cardstock to the back of the easel, making it completely 3D.

I attached the 3D easel to my card front with fast fuse and the remaining two butterflies with glue dots, and finished with my sentiment which I stamped from Endless Birthday Wishes before punching it out using the Triple Banner Punch.  I adhered my card front to a basic black mat to make it pop and finally to a whisper white card base.