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Postcards!

Another great forum I am a member of is UK Stampers and every month Samantha Read sets a theme (or not!) for our postcard swap; some months we have a ‘free theme’ which means we have to think for ourselves and I have a real problem with a free month!! I can, and frequently do, think for myself but when it comes to a craft swap my mind can become a complete blank! Panic sets in as there are no parameters! Usually I either fall back on old favourites or luck might play a part and for last month’s swap luck did play a part; I remembered a collage style that Jann Gray did on one of her Youtube videos. I love Jann’s creativity and she makes it all look so easy however she is a perfect teacher and instructor!

May's postcard swap

May’s postcard swap

So incorporating some of Jan’s teachings I created a collage of sorts. I have to say that this was sooooooooo close to going in the bin but my DH wouldn’t le me throw it away! I was convinced it was overdone and far too cluttered. The main image ( Aspects of Design Botanical) was stamped centrally with Versamark and embossed with black detail embossing powder and Versamagic Sahara Sand brushed over it. The image was then masked off and the other images were stamped, again masking where necessary, with Hero Arts ‘Antique Engravings’ stamps and various colours of Versamagic and black Archival inks. A white gel pen was used in places to create highlights.

Thank you for looking and may the sun shine where you are 🙂

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Domino concertina book

On Cardmaking Paradise we had a domino concertina book swap. My dominoes were quite small so making the ‘pages’ were a bit of a fiddle and I didn’t have enough small stamps but no matter I was able to come up with something!

Domino in box

Domino in box

For both dominoes used in the first ‘book’ I used Purple Twilight alcohol ink dabbed over until I had the depth of colour I wanted, with Stazon black ink a script stamp was stamped on then a light gilding of gold ink and the whole surface covered with Glossy Accents; the sides were edged with a gold calligraphy pen.

pages

pages

The white card, after being cut to size and folded, had Versamagic Pink Petunia and Perfect Plumeria (who thinks up these names??) chalk inks brushed on and edges gone over with cut ‘n’ dry and the darker colour before finally stamping with several small and mainly unknown stamps that have been lurking in my stash for a while! The topiary type tree was a free stamp with Craft Stamper magazine and I think (?) the flower stamps were part of a Jane Nestorenko set. The flowers were coloured in with cheapo coloured pencils.

reverse of pages

reverse of pages

The reverse of the pages were inked with the same colours as the front and stamped with various colours of Versamagic and Brilliance inks. The top of the box for the concertina book was inked with Pink Petunia and stamped with the same script stamp inked with Perfect Plumeria as used on the dominoes.

Box top

Box top

So after this one was completed I wasn’t 100% satisfied so decided to make a second domino book but this time I used chipboard ‘dominoes’, these were bigger than the proper dominoes and I wanted to have a go at a technique that Joanne Allison has demonstrated to great effect in her jewellery making and also Rach0113 uses in some of her fantastic makes on Youtube. I don’t have any black Ultra thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) only clear so I painted the chipboard pieces with black acrylic paint and left to dry, covered the front of each piece with Versamark embossing ink and sprinkled UTEE over the top, heated until melted and added more UTEE whilst the first coat was still hot. I added three coats of UTEE in all by which stage the embossing is smooth and clear as glass.  Whilst the UTEE was still warm I sprinkled various colours of mica powders on top and then reheated to allow the mica to melt into the UTEE and while the top was still hot I pressed a rubber stamp into the molten UTEE.

chipboard domino cover

chipboard domino cover

You can just see all the lovely colours from the mica powders. I love this technique but watch your fingers as molten embossing powders stick like hot jam and burn – ouch! The stamp doesn’t suffer any ill effects from this method.

As these domino pieces were quite a bit bigger there were no fiddly pages to cut! These were 2 x 4 cms so much easier.

front 'pages'

front ‘pages’

Lots of flourish stamps and various Versamagic and Brilliance inks.

close up of central dragon flourish

close up of central dragon flourish

In the background is also a script stamp. The pages were inked with Distress Inks Vintage Photo.

back pages

back pages

Clocks and cogs used on the back. So having completed both which one to send for the swap? I couldn’t decide and sent both in!! A lucky person got two domino books in their swap.

Thank you for looking and may the sun shine where you are 🙂

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