Sunday, 16 October 2016

Stamp It - Craftwork Cards. Leave(s) the trees to me!

Sorry for the appalling puns but brace yourselves for more! I couldn't resist. A few weeks ago I was part of the Design Team that worked with some fabulous new Craftwork Cards stamps, backing papers and kraft card leaf die-cuts, and in this blog post, which I also put on the Craftwork Cards Blog last week, is my turn at sharing a few techniques and ideas I had while working with the leaves and the Mulberry Tree stamp kit, both of which are still available on the Craftwork Cards website      

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So easy to colour with distress inks and a blending tool or sponge, I used four different Tim Holtz Distress inks on these leaves, then rubbed my finger in some gold gilding wax and gently rubbed around the edge of each leaf. Oh my goodness! Everybody has to do this at least once in their life - the result is amazing!
I used the same 4 colours to background stamp the tiny collection of oak leaves ( I think that's what they are?) onto a small square of white and then simply layered up using another product, the amazing coloured background matts, to complete the card.

You might notice a gold layer behind the white topper.....TOP TIP! Gilding wax round the very edge of another piece of white. 14407638_10153953567353100_2117572541_n


Don't forget to decorate your envelope too!
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Talking of backgrounds, I made a whole background panel for just the one kraft card leaf, out of ...one leaf from the Mulberry stamps set. I took two shades of yellow distress ink, and stamped a row of the darkest colour, then a row of the same colour but blotted once onto copier paper, so it was a paler imprint. Then colour two, two rows in the same way. There isn't any ink on the Kraft card leaf, just gold gilding wax again, because I love it!
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Now for the trees - I LOVED the bare tree in the Mulberry Tree kit, and last week in her Stamp It! Blog Post, Julie Hickey  showed four fabulous seasonal variations. I saw something a little different, and I made the leaves into...well...the tree!

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The black tree was stamped with Archival ink, the white was with Versamark, white embossing powder and then set with a heat gun.
I first stamped onto the two leaves, picking the best angle to showcase the branches.
Next I positioned them onto the coloured background matts and figured out, to within a mm or two, where to stamp the full tree onto the card. Then I simply attached the leaves with sticky pads and matted and layered the backgrounds. Really simple!
And finally...
Despite the abundance of beautiful autumn colours around us, Winter is fast approaching, so I got my whites and silver inks out. Icicle Stickles around the edges of the leaves makes me want to reach for my scarf and gloves in anticipation of those frosty mornings ahead! I can't wait!
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I hope you have enjoyed my little blog post today, don't forget to leaf through the many designs on Pinterest - look at the Stamp It! page AND the Mulberry Tree page for inspiration!
And we'll be thrilled if you leaf a little comment on this post if you have found it helpful. I hope to have kept it all very straightforward today so nobody gets blown away by it being difficult. It's not - have fun!!!

I'll leaf you now, Trees puns just keep getting worse!

Nicky xx


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