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Tuesday, 19 October 2021
Monday, 18 October 2021
Morning. Yesterday I had a spare couple of hours after taking the pooch out for a walk and decided to try a little leaf printing. There isn't much in the way of autumn colour around here, the temps have been in double digits, so no frosts so far but the Japanese Maples by the house have started to turn from subtle golden red to a more vibrant colour. They are still hanging onto their leaves though as I had to give the leaves a fair old tug to get them off the branches.
My attempt at printing was influenced by the challenge at CAS Mix Up and as I haven't entered their challenge for awhile I thought I'd have a play. Less is More's challenge is OL Autumn so with that in mind also, I went ahead. Here is the result.
I started by creating a mask for the square on an A6 white card, then inked through with a selection of DIs, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Candied Apple and Seedless Preserve. I chose those colours as they most closely represented the fiery maple leaf colours. When dry, I dusted it liberally with anti-static powder.
Using one of the Japanese Maple leaves, I added Versamark to the reverse side and placed it carefully over the inked panel. I laid a piece of copy paper over and then trying not to move the leaf, brayered over the top. After carefully removing the paper and leaf, I heat embossed with gold EP. As I had used Versamark to stamp, the print wasn't visible until the EP was set, no second chances there! I rather like the way the leaf disintegrates towards the tips, totally not intentional! My sentiment from Uniko was stamped with Altenew's Grapevine to match the colour in the panel at that point, then heat embossed with clear EP.
I enjoyed the process and the challenge of a OLC hope you like it too.
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Saturday, 16 October 2021
Thursday, 14 October 2021
Tuesday, 5 October 2021
Sunday, 3 October 2021
Well today's the day that you can get your hand's on the new Uniko release. What have you thought of it so far, fab isn't it. They are all available to purchase HERE on the website now.
So here are a few ideas combining the new release with some old favourites too. My first card features Background Builders Winter Wonderland.
The new sentiment set is a fabulous addition to anyone's Christmas stash and I decided to use them together with other Uniko Christmas greeting stamps to create some background panels. I used one earlier in the week, here, but for this card I used one of my strip backgrounds and white EP. The finished panel was cut down the middle and mounted onto a panel of white card with a stitched open scalloped border and simply popped it up on pads. A great design to mass produce as once you have the background panels made it's a pretty simple process to repeat the design!
My next card uses one part of the Pattern Building Christmas Tree, together with Background Builders:Vines, Winter Additions and the flower center from Kindness Blooms. It's a take on this card I made for a BA inspiration back in April.
Saturday, 2 October 2021
Good evening folks. Max is back with us and his breath is SO much sweeter after his trip to the Vets yesterday! He had more than a few teeth out too so was feeling particularly sorry for himself last night. Anyway, this afternoon he was back barking at the hikers who were crossing the field and taking their time to get through the kissing gate! It would appear that normal service has been resumed!
Where did last month go? Well as it's now October it's time for a brand new challenge at HLS CAS. Here's my take on this month's theme.
Friday, 1 October 2021
Good afternoon folks, its been a busy day on my blog, scroll down if you are looking for my earlier posts, as well as busy in the household! We also took Max, our little dog, to have his teeth cleaned at the Vet's this morning. He needed to be put under so that the Vet could get to the back one's without loosing a finger or two!! He will also get his jabs whilst he's there because the lovely lady vet couldn't get to do it last week. Typical small dog, especially the Chihuahua part, very protective and independent. Due to Covid restrictions, we couldn't go with him into the consulting rooms and although she picked him up and carried him in, he wasn't letting her anywhere near with the syringe! Hopefully he'll be back with us soon.
As it's the first of the month, its time for a new colour combo over at Color Hues. This time we've got a lovely autumnal combo to get your creative juices flowing. Here's my take.