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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

Q is for…..

Quilt. This is my entry for the Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary challenge Now ‘Q’ isn’t one of the easiest letters at first sight however there many fabulous entries so far linked to the Craft Barn challenge page (follow the link above) and they made me wish I had been a bit imaginative.

For my entry I decided to go for Quilt and dutifully stitched a miniature quilt, I know my sewing won’t win any prizes; unless it’s a booby prize?!

Dictionary 02-16 Q sig

The background is black card stock cut at 4 x 4 inches, stamped with an unknown simple flower stamp and clear embossing ink and then various colours of mica powder brushed over the stamped images. The flower centres are gold candi dots and half flat backed pearls to the quilt.


Fabric scraps and toy filling, white thread

Tsukineko clear embossing ink

Mica powders

flat backed Pearls

Candi dots

Thanks for looking x


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.



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 🙂




Altered ATC

Recently on UK Stampers  Lynn (known as Glitter Monkey) came up with the idea of having an altered ATC swap; this was to make an ATC from anything other than cardstock although cardstock could be used on the ATC. I can now show my ‘make’ as my swap partner has received it.

There were some amazing ATCs produced using felt, fused carrier bags, fabric, acetate, mica sheets and budgie feathers! The talent and skill of the piece is fabulous to behold. The theme was an open one.

I decided to make mine from air dry clay

Altered ATC from air dry clay

A piece of clay was rolled out to slightly larger than an ATC and then cut to size, the sides then reminded me of the layers found in puff pastry when it is cut!! I then used a fossil I had found in the garden to create impressions in the clay. I popped the rectangle onto a piece of foil and left it to dry out for a couple of days occasionally turning it to make sure it dried all the way through.

I painted the dried clay with shades of green and blue mica powder mixed with water. Stamped ‘Seashells’ in the top corner with black Stazon. I stamped and cut out a leaf image to mimic seaweed and added a fish that had been stamped onto shrink plastic and shrunk!  Various shells were attached with Glossy Accents as was a shell charm.

Thanks for looking 🙂

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