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Archive for the month “May, 2017”


Rebel Stampers like to keep us on our toes by offering a Theme and/or Technique for their ATC Swap and the technique for April was Intaglio. I chose to do a faux cloisonné type technique for the Intaglio using UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel ) over black acrylic paint and adding mica powders to the last layer of UTEE before pressing a rubber stamp into the hot surface. For the ATC background I used a new Steampunk stamp.


Materials Used:

Pieces of grey board painted with black acrylic paint (Docrafts Artiste)

UTEE (three coats)

Mica powders

PaperArtsy Flora & Fauna Flourish

Docrafts Steampunk stamp

Thank you for looking x

Years Gone By

Over on Rebel Stampers the April ATC Swap was the theme of Years Gone By:

I don’t have many stamps that would fit this theme but do have a large selection related to gardening and landscape so working on the theory that Years Gone By could mean centuries rather than decades I opted for a statue which were all the rage in ‘posh’ gardens centuries ago! This is an old stamp set so perhaps that could come under Years Gone By too.

Materials used:

Inks  Distress Inks – Broken China, Seedless Preserves

          Versafine – Vintage Sepia,

         Brilliance – Pearlescent Chocolate

Stamps – Creative Expressions Lost Garden

                 Inkylicious Oriental Awakening 


Thank you for looking x

Alpha ATCs

For the April Alpha ATCs we had the letter ‘P’, well this one was easy and I was able to do three different ATCs and it gave me the chance to try out the new X cut Alpha die I had just bought! The letters are really a tad large for ATCs though and I am so glad I bought the Stick It sheets to use with intricate dies, saves an awful mess with glue because I can never find the glue pen just when I need it.

The middle ATC has rub on letters and, as can be clearly seen, I can’t do straight lines for toffee!


Materials used:

Inks: Versacolor – Old Rose, Canary, Sahara Sand

          Versamagic – Red Brick, Hint of Pesto, Pumpkin Spice

         Memento – Bamboo Leaves, Morocco, Potters Clay

          Brilliance Graphite Black

Stamps – Poppy stamps unknown

                 Elusive Images

X- Cut large dies script

Faber Castell Wyvern pencils.

Thank you for looking x

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