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Archive for the month “September, 2012”

Use a highlighter!

Paula Whittaker , a very talented crafter wrote an article for Craft Stamper magazine (August issue) about a very simple but effective background for stamping over. For the background a highlighter pen is used – those pens used to highlight text on paper – other marker pens can be used for this effect too. The technique is so simple but I had never thought of it!

Highlighter pen background

This is a good way to use up all those offcuts of cardstock we seem to accumulate; I collected together predominantly white cs but also some cream cs. Colour over the whole piece with a highlighter pen or other marker pen such as Copic or Promarker, then swipe distress ink over the coloured section to tone down the pen. In my case I used Vintage Photo and Antique Linen; I was a little light handed with the distress ink over the majority of the piece but darkened the edges more. Use a selection of stamps – silhouette types seem to work well on these backgrounds.

On my base card I masked off an area and stamped some verse or used a script or music stamp through the mask and then adhered the finished piece of cardstock over the top of the script.

Love this technique, hope you have a go!

Thanks for looking x

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Colour theme postcard

The lovely Sam set us a colour theme for the postcard swap on UK Stampers . The postcard swap is a monthly affair and is good fun, I sometimes wonder what the postmen and women think when they have these hand made postcards to deliver – do they have a smile at some of the images? I’d like to think they cheer the posties as they go about their deliveries 🙂

September postcard’s theme is Colour

I found the image on the internet and set it on an inked background. The ink colour shows as blue but is in fact a purple colour and this as been overstamped with a crackle background stamp, the sentiment is computer generated and is a line from the poem The Warning by Jenny Joseph. The whole poem can be read here . I like the feeling behind the poem of not sliding into old age but of going with a fight!

The Red Hat Society came into being based on this poem and more can be read about how it all started here

Materials used for the postcard:

white cardstock 300gsm

image from internet

computer generated sentence

Inks – Whispers Rio Purple, Distress ink Spiced Marmalade

Stamp Creative Expressions Crackle background.

Thank you for looking 🙂

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