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Golden Daffodils

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  This week, the little mini daffodils started to flower in our garden.   I love their cheerful blooms and they give you hope that spring will be on the way soon.   We do have the standard sized daffs too but our garden is very windy and the big ones often get a bit battered.  These daffodils inspired today’s card that I made for my mother-in-law’s birthday. I wasn’t sure where I was going with this but I wanted to start by creating a stained-glass effect.   I stamped and gold heat-embossed the main daffodil image from Visible Image’s Golden Daffodil stamp set onto vellum. On the reverse side, I coloured the blooms and leaves using alcohol markers.   They didn’t show up very much so I went over them again using Sharpie pens, which you can get to blend a little on vellum.   The colours were much more vibrant. To decorate the background, which was the square card blank, I lightly stencilled Distress Oxide Twisted Citron through the Leafy stencil. My original plan was to cut a ho

Rainbow Resist

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This week’s creations are the card and ATC that I made for the Visible Image ATC Swap group over on Facebook.   The theme for January 2024 was “Your Favourite Previous VI ATC Swap Theme” so I chose “Rainbow Joy” as I wanted to do some emboss-resist that I’ve not done for a while. I last did this almost 4 years ago and tried out pastel and bright colours.   The technique works so much better when using bright colours.   For my rainbow colours, I used Distress Oxides and blending brushes.   I set these aside to completely dry. The next step is to stamp and add clear embossing powder.   I used the Visible Image Bee Happy stamp set which is great for cards and ATCs as there’s such a variety of sizes of bee!    The final job was to blend black ink all over the embossed panels.   The embossed areas resist the black ink although there was some residue to be wiped away.   I wiped off the excess with kitchen towel and then buffed with a soft cloth to get into the little nooks and crannie

Black Ice

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The recent spate of freezing weather reminded me of the Black Ice technique so I thought I’d share this with you for this week’s DT post.  I’ve even made a quick YouTube video that you can find here .   The Black Ice technique was 'invented' by Melissa Kerman, who has lots of great YouTube videos about it.  It’s a simple technique, with only 3 steps, and minimal supplies.   When I last made Black Ice cards, I used silver foil card so I thought I’d try out coloured foil card this time. Not all foil card is created equal - have a quick test on a scrap of foil card to check that the foil isn’t going to curl up when you get your heat gun on it.   I used Craft Perfect foil by Tonic Studios and it worked fine.     The ink pad must be suitable for use on a non-porous surface so I usually use Stazon.   I know that some people don’t like to use Stazon with photopolymer stamps so I did make one card using Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black instead, which also worked.   For Step 1, I appl

Paintbrush Pot

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Spurred on by the results of my creative cans upcycling project a couple of weeks ago, I thought I’d do a similar thing for my paintbrush pot, which started out life housing pork scratchings!   It was a first outing for the stamp set, Colorado Craft Company’s Color My World from their Big & Bold range, which was part of my COTY2022 prize.   I was inspired by this fantastic card by My Love For Paper, who also has a great video demonstrating her colouring. My colouring skills are not a patch on hers and I doubted that I could make the brushes look that realistic so I went for black stamped and clear heat-embossed lines rather than the no-line look on her card.   The panel is 14cm x 36 cm, long enough to wrap around my pot. To begin, I coloured the handles and ferrules using alcohol markers.   I realise the irony of colouring paintbrushes with markers and pencils but I didn’t have any watercolour paper that was long enough. Next, to add more definition, I went back over the

Getting Glassy

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This week, Mr L and I tried out a glass fusion taster workshop with local artist, Sue Watson at  Wat’s On Glass . I spotted the workshop advert on a post in a local Facebook group and we were on a day off, so I booked it. Neither of us had done anything glassy before so we complete novices and had no idea what to expect.  To begin, Sue explained about the tools and demonstrated how to cut some greenhouse glass. This is cheap (a lot of it donated from local allotments) and just for practice. We started by learning how to do straight cuts and then moved on to wavy cuts.  After this, we stopped for a cuppa, a slice of cake and a moment to decide what we wanted to make. The advert was to make a sun catcher or similar. Mr L and I each opted for a decorative panel that would stand in a wooden plinth. Mr L chose to make a circular design featuring beach huts and an aeroplane. I was inspired by one of Sue’s works of art on display that featured a wave.   We started by selecting our various s

Somebunny Loves You!

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Welcome to my Visible Image DT post and, as Valentine’s Day approaches, I’ve gone all romantic!   You could easily make this a non-Valentine’s card though by switching up the colour scheme. To begin, I blended Lumberjack Plaid Distress Oxide ink through the Heart Ink stencil, with heavy coverage on the edge but blending out to leave the centre white.   Next, I placed the heart stencil into the aperture and applied Nuvo Crackle Mousse Rose Hip through the holes.   The panel was set aside to dry fully and develop the crackle. The main focal element was to be the large bunny from the Happy Bunny stamp set.   I stamped the bunny with black Versafine, added clear embossing powder and heat set.   He was then water-coloured and fussy-cut once dry. The sentiment was stamped and clear heat-embossed then trimmed.   I cut another panel slightly larger than the sentiment to back it.   Lumberjack Plaid was blended around the edge then the sentiment adhered on top. Once the Crackle Mouss