Monday, 25 July 2016

Faux Wax Seal Technique

Hi Everyone!

Sorry I've been a bit missing in action for the past couple of weeks, I'm getting new furniture for my craft room, which means everything had to packed away. I'm really struggling not having all my stuff, I have got a few bits and pieces out but most of it is in boxes, and it's just not the same!, you don't realise how much you'll miss it, until it's gone! 

Anyway I managed to put together a simple card for this weeks Artful Stampers Challenge, this week we have a theme: faux wax seal technique

Have you heard of the faux wax seal technique before? I used to do it a few years ago, but have since forgotten about it until this week, so I'm going to share with you how I do it, it won't be as deep as some, but it's the easiest and best way I found do it. 

But first let's see the card I made: 

A very simple card, but oh so effective! It even features a sneak peek of a new stamp set coming next month, can you spot it? 

How I put the card together: 

1. Cut an A4 piece of Crumb Cake in half at 14.8cm then fold in half 
2. Cut a piece of Affectionately Yours SDSP to 3-7/8" x 5-5/8", and adhere to the Crumb Cake card base
3. Cut a piece of Night of Navy cardstock to 1-1/2" x 3-7/8" and adhere to DSP 
4. Cut a piece of Watermelon Wonder cardstock to 1-3/4" x 3" and flag one end
5. Stamp your sentiment using Night of Navy ink onto the Watermelon Wonder flag
6. Wrap some Linen Thread around the Watermelon Wonder flag and attach on an angle with Dimensionals over the Night of Navy strip 
7. Attach your faux wax seal onto the Watermelon Wonder flag and Night of Navy strip with adhesive and a Dimensional, I slipped mine underneath the Linen Thread so it wasn't hiding it
8. That's all! and I hope that all makes sense! 

So how did I create the faux wax seal? 

What you'll need: 

Embossing Powder
Heat Tool 
Stamp to make an impression with 
Scrap Cardstock 

1a. Stamp a circle with Versamark onto some scrap cardstock (I used one from the Swirly Bird stamp set) it helps if it's Photopolymer, that way you can keep lining it up. 
or 1b. Using the Versmark pad ink it directly to a piece of scrap cardstock 
2. Sprinkle your stamped area with embossing powder (I used gold)
3. Heat until all of the powder has melted
4. Repeat steps 1-3 another 5 times, let it cool slightly in between layers (I did about six layers) 
5. But, before heating your last layer, ink up the stamp with Versamark (The one your going to make an impression with) and leave it sitting on the pad. 
6. Now do steps 1-3 of your last layer, and once you have finished heating immediately pick up that inked impression stamp and press it into the melted powder, and let it sit there for 10-15 seconds
7. Lift the stamp off very carefully, and slowly, and now you have your impression, you can either cut it out and add it as an element or leave it as is! 
8. That's it! Very simple technique.

And that sneak peek of that new stamp set, It's called Thoughtful Branches, it will be ONLY be available for the month of August, so keep an eye out for more cards made using it! 

I hope you have enjoyed seeing this new technique, now it's time to hop along to Anna's Blog and see what she has created this week! 

And as always here is a list of this week's participants: 

Nicole Wilson -
Kathryn Carr ---------> YOU ARE HERE
Anna Foster

See you next time!

Kathryn x

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Thankyou Card - Sneak Peek

Hi Everyone, 

When I first started this blog off back in 2012 I used to participate in a challenge blog, where you would create a project and share it on the blog and anyone could participate in them. Anyway they took a break and have never came back. I haven't done any since. 

So I have decided to get back into doing some challenge blogs. 

Today I am going to be doing a challenge from the SU-Only Challenges blog

This week they have the challenge to create a project using black and white, with a pop of colour, you can find the blog post here

Here is what I came up with: 

I love the idea of making my own background, and that's what I did here. As you can see I used Sweet Sugarplum as my pop of colour, and I love it! I also stamped the inside with the same pattern, but forgot to take a photo of it. 

I used a stamp from a new and upcoming stamp set- Thoughtful Branches. This stamp set will be only available for the month of August, so keep an eye out for it! 

How did I make the card? 

What you'll need: 

*Whisper White A4 cardstock
*Sweet Sugarplum A4 cardstock
*Sweet Sugarplum ink pad 
*Memento - Tuxedo Black ink pad 
*Thoughtful Branches stamp set 
*2016-2018 In Color enamel shapes 


1. Cut a piece of Whisper White A4 cardstock in half at 14.8cm, then fold in half, also cut a piece which measures 3-5/8" x 5-3/8" 
2. Cut a piece of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock to 3-7/8" x 5-5/8" 
3. On your Whisper White layer, stamp your sentiment towards the bottom right hand corner with Sweet Sugarplum ink
4. Using the leaf out of the Thoughtful Branches stamp set, stamp the rest of the Whisper White layer in black (Stamp around the sentiment first, then stamp up from that, stamp in rows) 
5. Attach the Sweet Sugarplum layer to the Whisper White card base, and then attach the stamped layer
6. To finish it off add a couple of enamel shapes above the sentiment, and stamp the inside (bottom) with the same stamp (4 black, 1 Sweet Sugarplum) 

How simple is that? Hope you have enjoyed this week's card. 

And I'll see you tomorrow for another Artful Stampers challenge!

Kathryn x 

Monday, 27 June 2016

Cracked Glass Technique Birthday Card

Hi Everyone! 

Welcome back to another Artful Stamper's Blog Hop! If you have hopped on over from Anna's Blog, Welcome! 

We are up to challenge #91! and this week we have both a colour combination and sketch to work with. The colour combination is new, but the sketch is from challenge #38:

I have to admit, I was quite stumped at what to do, the colour combination was certainly a challenge this week! So I took a look at what I did for challenge #38 and decided to take inspiration from that, this is what I did: 

On this card, I featured the cracked glass technique, so I decided to re-visit this. And here is what I came up with: 

I love the end result! Here is a closeup of the cracked glass technique, I just love the look it gives!:

And as always a decorated inside:

So how did I do the cracked glass technique? It's really simple!

What you'll Need: 

  • Emerald Envy cardstock cut to 2-3/4" x 2-3/4"
  • Versamark Ink 
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun 
  1. Ink all of your cardstock with Versamark ink and then cover with clear embossing powder, and heat until all melted 
  2. Repeat step 1 another 3 times, so in total you have 4 layers of clear embossing powder on your cardstock
  3. Once you have melted the last layer, set aside for about 30 seconds and let it dry 
  4. Once it has dried and cooled a little bit, to create the cracked glass all you need to do is bend it! Yep by bending the cardstock you'll crack the embossing you have done. 
How simple was that? Now you know how to do it, why don't you give it a go and try it for yourself! 

Which card do you prefer? The original or the re-creation. I'll be honest and say I prefer my re-creation, it's a lot brighter, cleaner and simpler. 

Now it's time to hop along to Jane, and see how she handled this week's challenge! 

And as always a list of this week's participants: 

I hope you have enjoyed this week's card, and I will see you next time! 

Kathryn x 

Monday, 20 June 2016

Masking Card with Playful Palette Suite

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back to the final week of the Playful Palette Suite! 

If you have hopped on over from Mercia's Blog welcome! We are on blog hop 90 and this week we have a theme for our challenge; masking.

I have really simple card for you today. I had lots of thoughts on how to incorporate the suite into this card and this is what I came up with: 

So how did I do it? 

1. I cut a piece of DSP and copy paper to 9.8cm x 14.3cm 
2. I cut the copy paper at 5cm, and then attached to the DSP with a bit of removable adhesive, slight apart leaving roughly a 2cm gap in the middle
3. I then used a sponge dauber and sponged, Whisper White craft ink, in the gap, I dried it with the heat tool and then did another layer of ink, to give it a more opaque look
4. Once I got the desired look, I took off the mask and dried it again with the heat tool 
5. I then stamped the greeting in Emerald Envy, wrapped a piece of Whisper White thick Baker's Twine underneath my sponged layer, and then finished off with an Emerald Envy enamel shape. 
6. I attached that to my Emerald Envy card base, and that's it! 

How simple was that? 

Here a couple of photos of my process: 

 and a closeup of the masked area:

I hope you have enjoyed this week's card, now it's time to hop on over to Tamsin's Blog and see what she has created this week!

As always a list of this week's participants: 

Kathryn Carr ------------> YOU ARE HERE 

See you next time! 

Kathryn x  

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Playful Palette Suite Overview

Hi Everyone!

My goal this year is to show you different projects made from the different product suites in the catalogue.

So what is a product suite your asking?

A product suite takes all the stress out of combining colours, designs and accents, everything in a suite co-ordinates, to make it easy for you. Perfect if your just starting out, or even if you are an experienced crafter.

How many suites are there?

All together there are 14 suites! So I've got some work to do!

Why am I doing this?

I would like to show you how easy it is to use a suite to take the fuss and thought out of making your cards, I also want to show you how easy it is to substitute elements if you don't like something.

Suites I have done:

Playful Palette


Today I am going to be doing an overview of what is in the Playful Palette Suite.

There are a total of 7 items in the suite; 1 stamp set, 1 designer series paper stack, 1 cardstock pack, 1 washi tape, 1 set of framelits, and 2 twines.

Stamp Set:

 The stamp set is called Painter's Palette and comes in both Wood ($44) and Clear ($31)

I personally didn't like the stamp set, and couldn't find anyway that I could use it to make my own cards, so instead I have substituted it for Gorgeous Grunge, and Butterfly Basics, all my projects will include these stamp sets, instead of the Painter's Palette.

Designer Series Paper Stack:

This DSPS is called Playful Palette, and includes really fun designs great for both masculine and feminine cards. It co-ordinates with the following colours: Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla. I wasn't too sure If I would like this stack at first, but after looking at it in person, it has grown on me and I do quite like it.

* 48 sheets, 4 each of 12 double-sided designs
* 6" x 6" (15.2 x 15.2 cm)
* Acid free
                                      * Lignin free

Cardstock Pack:

This pack is ideal, if you don't want to spend money on a full pack, but would like co-ordinating cardstock to use with your DSP.

* A4
* 24 sheets: 8 sheets each of 3 colours: Blushing Bride, Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla
* Acid free
* Lignin free

Washi Tape:

Washi Tape is ideal if you want to add that touch of embellishment, you can use it to stick down layers, or use it underneath layers to add that extra something.

* 5 rolls per package, 1 each of 5 designs
* 3 widths, 1 roll of each width: 3/8", 1/2", 5/8" (1 cm, 1.3 cm, 1.6 cm)
* 5 yards (4.6 m) per roll
* Lignin free


I love using twines, to add underneath elements, or even using them to add a bow, I haven't got these yet as they weren't available in pre order, so instead I am using thick Whisper White Baker's Twine dyed in co-ordinating colours.

Basic Black Metallic Thread

Bright, shiny, lustrous! This delicate metallic thread adds instant dazzle to your projects.

* 50 yards (45.7 m)
* Basic Black
* Polyester/PET blend

Blushing Bride Solid Baker's Twine

Crafter's must-have! Baker's twine is an economical and cheery way to dress up your projects. Wrap it around a card, make pompoms, tie it around gift bags—you'll never run out of ways to use it.

* Solid Blushing Bride
* 1/16" (1.6 mm) wide
* 25 yards (22.9 m)
* 100% cotton


These require the big shot to use, and are great for layering or even cutting out that square inside that easel in the stamp set. I personally haven't gotten these yet, as I can cut a square with my trimmer and not have any wastage. I may look at investing in the future, but not yet.

* 19 dies
* Largest image: 4-1/8" x 3-3/4" (7.6 x 7.6 cm)
* Use with Big Shot

What do I think?

Do I love the suite? No, Do I like it? kinda, it's really not my thing, that's why I haven't purchased the stamp set, I do like the colour combination, and have managed to make a couple of cards using the DSP, but I don't think It's something that I would re stock on, once it's gone, it's gone.

What have I created so far:

I have a link for these 2 cards at the beginning of the post, I will add any more cards I create.

I hope you have found this post useful, I will see you next time, for another card made from the Playful Palette Suite!

Kathryn x

Monday, 13 June 2016

Playful Palette Suite - Birthday Card

Hi Everyone,

Welcome back to another Artful Stampers Blog hop, if you have hopped on over from Anna's blog welcome!

I've just come back from a weekend of camping, with 50 other people (District Cub Camps are fun!), and I'm very tired, so I'm going to keep it short and sweet this week.

Continuing on from my theme last week we are going to be making a card from the playful palette suite. This week was a bit harder as we had a colour challenge to work with:

The card I ended up creating doesn't actually use any products from the Playful Palette Suite, but instead is inspired by it.

I used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, and created a colourful background, using the paint splatters, I also dyed some of the new thick Whisper White baker's twine with some Flirty Flamingo ink, it turned out really well:

I hope you have enjoyed my take on this week's challenge! Now it's time to hop on over to Jane's Blog and see what she has created this week.

And as always a list of this week's participants:

Kathryn Carr ----------> YOU ARE HERE

See you next time!

Kathryn x

PS. See that gorgeous backdrop on my card photos? I took them at our beautiful campsite, here is a photo of a view that you can see from the area, it's stunning!

Monday, 6 June 2016

Playful Palette Suite - Sending Wishes Card

Hi Everyone! 

and welcome to a new Stampin Up! year! if you have hopped on over from Anna's Blog Welcome! 

I'm back today with The Artful Stampers for their weekly blog hop, this week we had a sketch to work with. 

The new Annual Catalogue is here and there is lots of new goodies, including lots of suites, so I have set my self a goal; I am going to show you at least 3 projects that you can do from each of the suites in the catalogue, it's a big challenge, but I think I can do it! 

So the first suite I chose was the Playful Palette Suite, this is a modern and colourful suite and features some of the new In Colours (Which are gorgeous by the way), It's on pages 118-119 in the Artistic Expression section. 

Here is the card I made: 

How pretty are those colours together? So as much as I would have liked to use the stamp set that goes with the suite, I just could not think how/when I could use all the elements, which means I didn't want to pay $44 for a stamp set I may or may not use. So instead of using the Painter's Palette, I used another stamp set from the Artistic Expression section; Butterfly Basics, I love this set and wanted to show you how well it works with that gorgeous DSP! 

I didn't want to put a big solid circle behind all those elements and block that gorgeous background, so instead I cut out a circle using Vellum Cardstock, I think it works really well and makes the card 'soft'. 

List of supplies I used on the card: 

  • Butterfly Basics Stamp Set
  • Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack 
  • Sweet Sugarplum A4 cardstock and ink pad 
  • Dapper Denim ink pad 
  • Peekaboo Peach A4 cardstock and ink pad 
  • Very Vanilla A4 cardstock 
  • Vellum Cardstock 
  • Basic Pearls 
and you guessed it, I decorated the inside: 

I hope you have enjoyed my card this week, and don't forget to come back next week for another card made from the Playful Palette suite! Now it's time to hop on over to Jane's blog and see what she has created this week! 

As always a list of this week's participants: 

Jane Riches
Nicole Wilson -
Nicole Nicholls -
Annette Sullivan
Anna Foster
Kathryn Carr

See you next week! 

Kathryn x