New Sale-a-bration products, Blendabilities discontinued + birds and lemons...

I'm a bit delayed in updating you with a number of things, not least of which is the news that there are FOUR new Sale-a-bration freebies to earn as of this month!

Click on the above image for a detailed product flyer!

Click on the above image for a detailed product flyer!

As with the previous Sale-a-bration offerings, you get to choose one of the free items with every $90 in your order (prior to shipping).

You'll want to be quick though, as we're in the final weeks of Sale-a-bration, so make sure to get your qualifying order in before March 31st...


Blendabilities Discontinued

Last week, Stampin' Up! announced that they had turned off all of the Blendabilities product codes in the ordering system while they investigated a quality issue that had resulted in the return of an increasing number of sets of the markers due to drying out.

In a further update this week, due to the nature of the defect, Stampin' Up!  have concluded that difficulties, dissatisfaction and product returns will only become more widespread.

The manufacturer is unable to correct the problem in a manner that Stampin' Up! are certain would meet their high quality standards and provide them with a stable, long-term solution. Therefore, after a great deal of deliberation and in order to prevent further disappointment, the Blendabilities product line has been discontinued.

Questions?

Q: Will the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad (item #132708) and the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad Refill (item #133456) still be available for purchase?
A: Yes. I am SO happy about this news - Memento has become my go-to black ink!

Q: What are the quality problems with this product?
A: When the tip is welded to the barrel, the welding process can leave microscopic (invisible) holes in the marker tip. This leads to accelerated evaporation of the alcohol in the ink.

Q: Are all Blendabilities markers defective?
A: No. Most Blendabilities markers work as intended. I have almost all of the sets and have never personally experienced a problem with any of them, and neither have I been alerted to any issues that my customers have had.

Q: What if I have purchased Blendabilities Markers that are defective?
A: If you purchased your markers through me, please get in touch for assistance. If your markers were purchased through another demonstrator, you will need to contact them.


Happier news - birds and lemons

Back in January, I shared some cards that I had created on the request of Stampin' Up! for inclusion in a Product of the Week showcase that would be running throughout Sale-a-bration. I have neglected to share a second set of cards that was part of the same promotion, this time using the A Happy Thing stamp set.

This is probably the last set that I would have chosen for myself, but the great thing about an assignment such as being asked to provide cards using a designated stamp set, is that it provides a shove out of your comfort zone like no other...!

I got out my trusty watercolouring tools for the first two cards and absorbed myself in layering (and layering, and layering!) colours using Watercolor Paper, Aquapainters and ink pads.

(Follow a tutorial on how I watercolour)

Stamps:  A Happy Thing (SAB), Gorgeous Grunge  Paper:  Soft Seude, Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Typeset Specialty DSP, Flower Pot DSP, Watercolor Paper  Ink:  StazOn Jet Black, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive  Accessories:  Big Shot, Chalk Talk Framelits, Aquapainters, Natural 7/8" Cotton Ribbon, Early Espresso 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: A Happy Thing (SAB), Gorgeous Grunge Paper: Soft Seude, Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Typeset Specialty DSP, Flower Pot DSP, Watercolor Paper Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive Accessories: Big Shot, Chalk Talk Framelits, Aquapainters, Natural 7/8" Cotton Ribbon, Early Espresso 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps:   A Happy Thing (SAB)   Paper:   Soft Seude, Crumb Cake, Wa  tercolor Paper, Park Lane DSP     Ink:   StazOn Jet Black, Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Sky, Marina Mist,    Accessories:   Aquapainters, Venetian Crochet Trim, Early Espresso Baker's Twine

Stamps: A Happy Thing (SAB) Paper: Soft Seude, Crumb Cake, Watercolor Paper, Park Lane DSP Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Sky, Marina Mist,  Accessories: Aquapainters, Venetian Crochet Trim, Early Espresso Baker's Twine

For the final card (my favourite, incidentally), I did use Blendabilities, but a similar effect could be achieved with the watercolouring technique as outlined in my tutorial. As long as you can produce the light and shade that makes it look as realistic as possible, you're on a winner :-)

Stamps:   A Happy Thing (SAB)   Paper:   Soft Seude, Whisper White,      Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black, Soft Suede   Accessories:   Big Shot, Circles Collection Framelits, Chevron Embossing Folder,   Stampin' Blendabilities (discontinued) Essentials Wooden Elements, Linen Thread, Stampin' D  imensionals

Stamps: A Happy Thing (SAB) Paper: Soft Seude, Whisper White,  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Soft Suede Accessories: Big Shot, Circles Collection Framelits, Chevron Embossing Folder, Stampin' Blendabilities (discontinued) Essentials Wooden Elements, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

Just for fun, here's another technique that lends itself well to the A Happy Thing stamp set. Check out this video from Stampin' Up! on masking using this image...

Thanks for popping in today!

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Catalogue launch projects - get inspired...!

I had so much fun launching the brand new and fresh Annual Catalogue this past month with my lovely customers and stampin' friends!

The hardest part was narrowing it down to a few favourite products and projects - have you SEEN the delight contained among the 249 pages of this year's catalogue?!

I managed to do so, barely, and put together three projects that attendees at my launches completed, and that I also demonstrated at customer workshops this past month.

The BEST part?

I have created an 11 page pdf containing details of all of the projects, inclusive of product lists, step-by-step instructions and full size images.

If you attended one of the workshops, or placed an order through me during June or July, you'll want to check your email inbox for a little stampin' surprise...

If you're a member of my stampin' team, I have posted the file to our team Facebook Group.

If neither of the above apply to you and you'd like to be inspired by the projects, it's as simple as placing an order of $50 or more (not including shipping) through my online store before the end of July.  

If you've been building a wishlist anyway (how could you NOT be...?), then it's a great chance to grab some new stuff that you've been eyeing off, plus some inspiration that you can go back to again and again.

OR, if you've been thinking about test driving the demonstrator opportunity, doing so this month will score you - along with all of the other fabulous benefits of being a demonstrator - the July Stampin' Inspiration pdf (plus others that I have planned on an ongoing basis) as part of my team of awesome stampin' chicks.

Visit my online store to start shopping, or feel free to contact me any time with your stampin' queries!

New MDS downloads, a quick online shopping tip + a new video!

This week's MDS downloads are as cool as ever, particularly since one of them is FREE!  Check 'em out...

Take a look at all the latest My Digital Studio downloads...

On the subject of digital downloads, here's a bit of a shopping tip for you if you tend towards a try before you buy mindset...

When you are browsing my online store for new downloads, it's possible to see in more detail than the sneak peek images exactly what is contained in each kit, stamp set etc.

Below is an example of what you see when you are looking at a particular download.  It includes information on what is contained in the kit, plus the co-ordinating colours to the right of the image.  You can zoom in on the image itself just by clicking on it, but it doesn't show you exactly what elements the kit contains.

This information is available by clicking on the "MORE IMAGES" link as seen in the example below...

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The following screen then opens up, which gives you the option of looking through the entire contents of the kit by clicking on each element on the right hand side to bring up a large preview on the left hand side and using the PREV and NEXT links to navigate through.

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I thought this was a pretty cool feature, so I hope it's a useful one for you!


I have another video for you today too, this one shows you how I created the "Oh My Giddy Aunt" framed image for my mum in my previous blog post.  Hopefully it also shows you how quickly and simply you will be able to create your own personalised gifts and artwork :-)

I absolutely love all of the different word art options that are around in the home decor scene these days, but what I love even more is that I can take my favourite quote, put it in my favourite font, match it to the colours of the room I'm decorating or that of the person I'm giving it to and I have a personalised piece of art that is not mass produced and gracing the living room wall of every other person in the country.

Are you inspired to  make yourself some word art too...?

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Sent with love + a quick MDS how to video

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It's terribly remiss of me not to have dedicated a post to this little special sooner, but with so much going on at Stampin' Up! in recent times, I'm afraid I've rather neglected to tell you about the Sent with Love special offer!

So I'm doing it with gusto today with a set of five co-ordinated note cards and envelopes featuring the Stamps and Designer Series Paper in this sweet promotion.

Until June 15th, you can score this exclusively available bundle of products, which includes the Stamp Set, Designer Series Paper and Calypso Coral Baker's Twine at a 20% discount.  Alternatively you can purchase the products individually, which is still limited to the June 15th deadline, but without the attached discount.

There's even a Sent with Love MDS kit available for download!  Sweet!

Check out all of the products in this special by visiting the dedicated page in my online store...


As alluded to at the end of yesterday's post, I have created a video to show a couple of techniques in MDS that I used in the scrapbook layout that featured in that post.

It's my first MDS tutorial video, but I have more in the works and am excitedly looking forward to sharing them with you in the not too distant future...

Would love to know if the video was helpful to you!

Leave a comment and let me know :-)

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Stamps: Sent with Love Paper: Note Cards & Envelopes, Sent with Love DSP, Whisper White, Real Red, Pool Party, Ink: Real Red, Island Indigo, Pool Party Accessories: Cloudy Day Embossing Folder, 3/4", 1-1/4" & 1-3/8" Circle Punches, 1" Square Punch, Postage Stamp Punch, Bitty banners Framelits, Hearts a Flutter Framelits

White on white & a Stampin' 101 video tutorial

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This is one of my favourite cards from the recent batch that I have made with products from the Seasonal Catalogue.  I'm loving the white on white and the subtle colours of the stamped images with a touch of Basic Gray and the addition of some Chevron texture :-)

I have created a video to show you how I cut with scissors, which in and of itself is not really a stampin' technique, but with a couple of simple tips, hopefully the process of "fussy cutting" might be slightly simplified and streamlined for you.

Enjoy!

SARAH'S STAMPIN' TIPS:

  • For this type of neat, close cutting, you can't go past the Paper Snips (130579 - $16.95) from Stampin' Up!  Small and sharp, they make fussy cutting a breeze!
  • The product bundles in the Seasonal Catalogue give you way more bang for your buck!  The bundle featuring the Oh Hello stamp set that I have used in this card, along with the Ovals Collection Framelitsfor use with the Bigshot will save you 15% on the cost of purchasing the products individually.  You can't argue with that ;-)

If you found value in today's video, please let me know!  I'm still quite new to this video thing, and while I'm enjoying the learning process of making and editing them, I'd love to know that they are a helpful resource for you!

If you have any suggestions for future video topics, please be sure to leave me a comment to let me know :-)


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Stamps: Oh Hello Paper: Whisper White Ink: Pool Party, Basic Gray Accessories: Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Pool Party & So Saffron Markers, Chevron Embossing Folder, Ovals Collection & Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thinking warm thoughts with Sunny Fun...

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Sitting here next to the heater in my turtleneck, scarf and ugg boots, I'm currently about as far from Sunny Fun as it's possible to be, but in the interests of positive thinking, your thoughts influencing the universe and all that, I thought I'd pop up a card that at least has a theme of warmth and just maybe my fingers will thaw out in the process :-)

This is a card that I made in Summer this year when my small girl was invited to a birthday party for one of her little classmates.  The party was at a local water playground, so the Sunny Fun stamp set that I had recently acquired was just too perfect not to ink up :-)

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Watercolouring is one of my all-time favourite techniques, and although it can be time consuming to get the depth of colour and shading that you ultimately want, it's a thoroughly relaxing and enjoyable time for me :-)

SARAH'S STAMPIN' TIPS:

  • The right tools make all the difference when you're watercolouring, and the tools you need to make this technique work are StazOn Jet Black Ink, an Aquapainter and Watercolour Paper.  If you don't have these, contact me to get some, then head on over to my watercolouring tutorial to see the process I follow for this fun and effective technique!
  • Take a close look at your punch collection for shapes that you can use as a border.  I have used the edges of three Curly Label punch outs to create the Real Red border below my stamped image.
  • I've mentioned before how much I love the versatility of the Stripes Embossing Folder, and oh look - here it is again.  A seriously indispensable addition to your stampin' arsenal...
  • Embossing a greeting using White Embossing Powder onto dark cardstock packs some impressive punch!

If you have any questions about today's card - or any questions of a stampin' nature at all - please don't hesitate to get in touch!

Stamps: Sunny Fun, Bring on the Cake Paper: Not Quite Navy, Real Red, Bashful Blue, Watercolour Paper Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Versamark, Assorted colours for watercolouring (ie. I forget...!) Accessories: Stripes Embossing Folder, Aquapainter, Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Curly Label Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Enchanting Fresh Vintage - Workshop Project

Following on from yesterday's post where I showed you the make and take that I have been living off for the past couple of months, today I am going to share with you its companion project - the one that I have been demonstrating at most of those workshops as well!

I am rather a fan of cute packaging and cards as gifts, so when I can combine the two in something I can create with my own hands, I get rather excited!  It's the little things...

Speaking of little things, here is my fun project:

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It's a simple little package (you will see just how simple once you get to the end of this post...) that opens up...

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...to reveal a set of co-ordinated love notes and matching envelopes...

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It's the perfect little project to illustrate the fabulous product and colour co-ordination factor of Stampin' Up! that set me all a-flutter almost six years ago, and still keeps me excited and motivated to create pretty things as often as possible :-)  It's also a great project to show how a little (or a lot!) of sponging can make a lovely vintage-y difference to what would otherwise be a piece of Naturals Ivory cardstock with a stamped image on it ;-)

And just for you, my lovely (patient, loyal and understanding) readers, if you would like to re-create the little package for yourselves, here is a quick and simple guide to doing so...

The little band that holds it closed is simply two strips of co-ordinating DSP - one 3.5cm wide and the other 3cm, with an embellishment popped on the top.

Of course, the combination of colours and stamps that I've used on this particular version of the project is just the tip of the iceberg as far as possibilities go :-)  If you use the above template for your own set of matching love notes, do feel free to share - show and tell is always welcome!

And if you'd like to be the hostess of a workshop where you get to keep a little project just like this one that I will demonstrate for you and your friends, be sure to let me know... ;-)

Stamps: Fresh Vintage (SAB), Teeny Tiny Sentiments Paper: Soft Suede, Naturals Ivory, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Everyday Enchantment (SAB) Ink: Soft Suede, Poppy Parade, Lucky Limeade Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers - Poppy Parade, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Decorative Label Punch, Scallop Square Punch, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Merry classmate Christmas!

At the end of every school year I like to do a little something for the kids in my big girl's class at school.  The trouble is, it gets harder to do something 'different' each year, especially as they're getting older and more discerning!

This year, was made a little easier by virtue of the fact that a few weeks ago, a fellow demonstrator posted a message on our demonstrator forum (FAB resource that it is!) that she had loads and loads of long, thin self-sealing plastic bags that she'd be happy to offload in packs of 100 to any interested parties.

Turns out there were a lot of interested parties, so it's a good thing she really did have loads of them!

I relieved her of 10 packs, which if you bother to do the maths, is a whole BUNCH of bags, but I had never seen them anywhere before and they're perfect for fun little gifts of the classmate variety, and with my small girl starting Kindy next year, I'm all of a sudden going to find myself needing to make double of everything at gift time.

As it turns out, another demonstrator on the forum alerted us all to the fact that Woolworths had packs of red, green and white jelly beans available for Christmas, so after picking up an armful of those, sitting with my big girl on the floor, first sorting the jelly beans into colours, then loading them into the bags, a stamped and folded tag punch later, this is what we had....!

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The Sparkly and Bright stamp set would have to be my favourite Christmas set for this year - SO cute and whimsical and perfect for this particular job :-)

I arrived at the little folded over tag at the top, as it gave me a place to stamp something, without being so labour intensive that I would start to hyperventilate when the crowd of seven year olds in receipt of the jelly bean packets started ripping them apart and throwing them away.

I put together an impromptu little tutorial in case you're wondering how to achieve the folded over tag idea for yourself.  Please keep in mind the word impromptu when considering the quality (or not) of the pictures...

Start with a piece of cardstock folded in half.  I used Whisper White, which is a bit thinner than the regular cardstock so the double width is easily punched through.  Not sure how the thicker stuff would go...

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Now slide the folded cardstock into to the punch so that there is a tiny (1mm or so) gap between the cardstock and the top of the punch...

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Now punch!  And this is what you get...

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And if you're doing a whole batch of these as I was, you can cut strips of cardstock (I cut a piece of A4 Whisper White in half lengthways, then folded it in the middle, lengthways again), you can punch out a whole series of them...

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To attach them to the bags, I simply stapled the back of the tag to the bag, then stuck the front of the tag down with a Stampin' Dimensional.

Since I have a truckload of these bags now, I'm going to give a pack of 100 away to one of you, but you have to earn it!

Tell me your ideas for little stamped gifts so that I can be ready in advance for next year - I have double the amount to make from 2011 onwards remember, so I'm going to have to get myself prepared well in advance!

Winner will be randomly chosen on Monday!

"Merry and Bright Classmate Gifts" Stamps: Merry & Bright Paper: Whisper White Ink: Early Espresso, Real Red Accessories: Early Espresso, Real Red & Wild Wasabi Markers

Cute gift cards in a box tutorial - get yours here!

I promised I would be back yesterday with information on how you could get my tutorial from Friday's post and thoroughly intended that I would be, but between dropping my girls off at the theatre to see the Nutcracker ballet with their grandparents - somewhat of a Klass family Christmas tradition - doing a spot of Christmas shopping while I waited for them to come out again, going home to check out the newly painted bathroom floor that is the final stage of our three month long bathroom renovation, picking up clothes and heading to Nanny's for the night so that we didn't have a need to disturb the newly painted bathroom floor, packing two exhausted but elated girls off to bed then discovering that Anne of Green Gables the sequel was on TV (Oh Gilbert!), I sort of ran out of hours in the day.

But I'm here now and surely it's still Saturday somewhere ;-)

So if you're interested in a pdf tutorial so you too can create a little boxed gift set of ten love notes and envelopes, all you need to do is subscribe to my email newsletter and it's yours as my gift to you for signing up!

And as an added bonus, signing up to my mailing list means you will score a monthly newsletter in your inbox containing information on Stampin' Up! promotions, classes and workshops, special offers just from me plus loads of stampin' inspiration!

You can even elect to tick a box for the month of your birthday so you will receive a special gift from me when your big day rolls around :-)

Sounds like fun, right?

If you already subscribe to my mailing list, then you would have received your December newsletter late last week with information on how to update your preferences so that you could include your birthday month in your subscription and many of you have already done just that.

If you're not already on my mailing list but would like to be, click on the image below to enter your details and complete the sign up process...

I look forward to turning up in YOUR inbox soon!

Me?! Organised with Christmas cards?! And how you can be too...

Almost every year, I get to around the beginning of December and start freaking out about Christmas cards.

It goes without saying that I must send out Christmas cards.  It also goes with saying that I must make them with my own hands.  I'm a card maker for heaven's sake.

And hence the freak out, because December is busy enough with end of school year activities, teacher and classmate gifts, Christmas preparations and all sorts, so the additional stress of "what the heck am I going to do for my Christmas cards this year?!" and the resulting frenzied session(s) of creating them is something I can really do without.

This year I decided that I would get organised early, something that I've "decided" in previous years too, but never managed to follow through with.  This year I did manage it, and have been making batches of Christmas cards almost every month this year during Stamp-a-stack classes, so not only am I more organised this year, but so are many of my lovely stampin' customers!

If you're approaching the silly season with the idea that you'd like to send out your own handmade Christmas cards but not so much of an idea of how to go about it, I've put together a product bundle, along with instructions on how you can create a minimum of 48 adorable cards to wish your nearest and dearest the merriest of Christmases.

And so I bring you my....

Sparkly and Bright Bundle - $99.70 121568      Sparkly & Bright woodmount stamp set -$31.95 119982      Soft Suede A4 cardstock - $13.95 106576     Old Olive A4 cardstock - $13.95 106578     Real Red A4 cardstock - $13.95 121685      Crumb Cake A4 cardstock - $13.95 119256      1/8” Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon - $11.95 Total (FREE shipping) - $99.70

A-la-carte items You will also need the following items to complete your cards, but there’s a good chance you may  already have some of them, so just add what you need to your bundle order... 119850     1-3/4”  Circle Punch - $33.95 102283     Versamark Pad - $13.95 119680     Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker - $5.75 100052    Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker - $5.75 100079    Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker - $5.75 105021     White Gel Pen - $7.50 104430     Stampin’ Dimensionals - $7.50 104332     Snail Adhesive - $12.95

This bundle will create a maximum of 48 Christmas cards, but with each additional pack of Soft Suede cardstock (119982 - $13.95) and  roll of Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon (119256 - $11.95) that you order you can create another 48 cards.

Contact me today to order your bundle and any additional items that you require.  Your order will be sent to your door, with instructions for creating your simple but stylish (and CUTE!) Christmas cards emailed to you from me!

AND, if you like the idea of a monthly Christmas card stamp-a-stack so that you can be organised ahead of time next year, make sure to sign up for my mailing list so that you can be informed of my class timetable!

Come hopping with us!

If you've been playing or following along at Just Add Ink for a while now, you would be aware that each week there is a new challenge posted.  Well this week there's a fun twist on our regular challenge, and I'm sure you're going to love it!

Before I get into the details of the challenge and my own entry, here's a little how-to on the whole blog hop scenario in case you're as new to this as I am....!

There are ten stops on the hop - all of the Design Team members and the Just Add Ink site itself - and it's arranged in a loop, so it doesn't matter where you start, just follow the links at the end of each post so that you get around the whole lot.

Chances are you've come here from Amanda's blog or perhaps you've just popped in on the off chance that there's something new to see.

Either way, it's great to have you here :)

You're going to want to make sure you see everything, as at each stop there is a technique tutorial!  The challenge from Just Add Ink this week is to incorporate a technique from one of the tutorials into your challenge entry!

I told you this was going to be fun!

Alrighty, let's get started shall we...?!

My tutorial is all about a technique that I just love and never get tired of...

Watercolouring

The cast of characters

The cast of characters

Stamp image using StazOn Jet Black ink

Stamp image using StazOn Jet Black ink

To create a 'palette' of ink in the lid of your ink pad, squish the closed ink pad...

To create a 'palette' of ink in the lid of your ink pad, squish the closed ink pad...

...and you will have transferred some of the ink to the lid, from where you can pick it up to colour

...and you will have transferred some of the ink to the lid, from where you can pick it up to colour

For the first layer of colour, just grab a small amount of ink from the edge of the puddle

For the first layer of colour, just grab a small amount of ink from the edge of the puddle

The first layer is just a base to build on - keep it light!

The first layer is just a base to build on - keep it light!

For the second and subsequent layers, make your ink a little bit darker by grabbing it from the centre of the ink puddle

For the second and subsequent layers, make your ink a little bit darker by grabbing it from the centre of the ink puddle

Lay down a line of ink towards the edge of the image

Lay down a line of ink towards the edge of the image

Clean the excess ink from the aquapainter by brushing it on scrap paper

Clean the excess ink from the aquapainter by brushing it on scrap paper

Blend the colour out into the image with your clean brush

Blend the colour out into the image with your clean brush

Continue with a third layer and further of the same colours, each time using more ink and upping the saturation of the colours

Fourth layer

Fourth layer

Fifth layer

Fifth layer

I also like to colour the background of my watercoloured images to add more depth and realism to the picture, so making sure that your previous colouring is completely dry, let's move onto the background....

Same as for the stamped image, keep your first wash of colour light

Same as for the stamped image, keep your first wash of colour light

As before, a line of darker ink at the edge of the image, followed by blending out with a cleaned brush

As before, a line of darker ink at the edge of the image, followed by blending out with a cleaned brush

The finished process will result in this!

The finished process will result in this!

...and this!

...and this!

It will also result in this, which makes it all worthwhile, yes...?!

It will also result in this, which makes it all worthwhile, yes...?!

From this....to this!

From this....to this!

Here's a quick frame by frame to compare each step in the process....

For the final card, I wanted to keep to a fairly simple layout, so as to keep the focus on the watercoloured image and not end up with anything too busy...

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I used my brand new Tiny Tags set with the matching Jewelry Tag Punch for my little greeting, but as it is so tiny, I felt that attaching it with a standard brad would be a bit overpowering, so I made my own, slightly smaller one...

Using the smaller of the two Crop-a-dile hole punches, I punched out a tiny bit of Chocolate Chip cardstock and stuck it in place using Tombow Mono Adhesive.  Then I squeezed a drop of Crystal Effects onto it to make it shiny and brad-like.

It's actually still quite cloudy and not quite dry here (in fact not dry at all!) as I was too impatient to wait to take the photo's and get started on my tutorial.

Should you  have a go at making your own brads, you will notice that they do end up a nice shiny version of the colour of the cardstock underneath, as opposed to the murky, cloudy whitish/brown number that you can see above :)

So there you have it, my contribution to what is a bumper week of tutorials!

Don't forget once you've finished the hop, your challenge is to choose one of the tutorials, make a project using it as your entry and link it up over at Just Add Ink.

I've seen a few of the projects already and my guess is you won't be able to stop at just one...!

To continue on the tour, just click the image below and keep on truckin'!  Next up is Delys...

Enjoy!

"Just Add Ink Watercolouring Tutorial" Stamps: A Flower for All Seasons, Tiny Tags Paper: Kraft, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Patterns DSP - Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip, Watercolour Paper Ink: Staz On Jet Black, Summer Sun, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Old Olive, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White (sponged around edge of Kraft) Accessories: Aquapainter, Jewelry Tag Punch, Crop-a-dile, Crystal Effects, Stampin' Dimensionals

Blokey chocolate box template and tutorial!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I do have plans to show you a lot more in the way of Spring Mini catalogue projects, but I must interrupt those proceedings momentarily to bring you something that I am very excited about!

In the comments on the post about the Shirt and Tie chocolate box that I made for my daughter's male prac teacher, many of you asked, some pleaded and others simply demanded a tutorial so that you could make your own.

Well I'm happy to report that I have indeed constructed a tutorial, along with a printable template that you can download for the bargain price of $5 and assemble to your little hearts' content :)

shirt-tie-box

I altered the dimensions of the original box, as that one was sized specifically for the Lindt chocolate that I was packaging, and I figured that a more generic option would be more practical.

The size of the completed box above is 14.5cm high by 8.5cm wide by 5.5cm deep, so it could house anything from chocolates or sweets, to socks and jocks, a neck-tie or two, golfing paraphernalia, the list goes on...

I also altered the arrangement of the collar, so instead of it flipping up to open the box as in the original, this collar remains in place and the lid opens simply by lifting the Blush Blossom part and closes by tucking back into the front of the box.

To get your own copy of the template and tutorial, simply click on the Add to Cart button below and away you go!  Unless you're in my 'A Klass Act' stamping team, in which case you can download your free copy at the team forum ;-)

Shirt & Tie Box - Template and Tutorial Price : $5

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Thanks so much for your enthusiasm about my little project and I hope you enjoy the creating the boxes as much as I enjoyed (albeit with very occasional cursing and hair pulling) putting together the template for you :)

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