Techniques

BRING ME A DAISY A DAY

Daisies are such cheerful flowers - all sorts of daisies are my favourites!

So I was VERY happy to see the new Daisy Lane stamp set and a medium size daisy punch come in our new annual catalogue last month, to coordinate with the Daisy Delight stamp set and Large Daisy punch we already have in our range.

Daisy Lane

Daisy Delight

You know sometimes you receive a new stamp set and it seems like forever before you use it?  Well, not this time! I have already used the Daisy Lane bundle heaps - and I've only had it a couple of weeks!

I went for some non-traditional colours, including Seaside Spray, Basic Gray and Gray Granite for this little project.

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This gorgeous seaweed design paper is from the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper pack - I've sliced a sheet up and sponged the edges with Basic Gray.

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Initially I planned the card as a landscape format, but once I'd gotten this far, I discovered it looked much better as a portrait card with the spray of daisies in the top left hand corner.

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Isn't it so soft and lovely with the Seaside Spray blue and all the grey tones and that touch of dramatic black? I'm really pleased with it! Probably all I would do differently is maybe add some form of bling to the centres of the daisies. Haven't decided on those yet!

For the month of July I am giving away an encyclopedia of projects using the Daisy Lane bundle - a 25 page pdf with 11 full tutorials in it - to anyone who purchases the Daisy Lane bundle. Pdf will be emailed to you after the order is finalised. Order online or message me about it today!

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Talk soon,

Kathryn 


TO A WILD ROSE

Don't you just LOVE a good rose stamp set? The newest one in my collection is from the Stampin' Up! 2018-2019 catalogue and is a 3 step stamp set called TO A WILD ROSE.  It's beautiful, and a dream to stamp with the Stamparatus.

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And even better?

It has a coordinating set of dies to make cutting out easy!

To A Wild Rose Bundle

Recently, many of us have been making "Floating Frames" cards using Glad Press'n'Seal - which in Australia we buy at Costco. It's a really wow factor technique and not that difficult, so long as you select bigger images, with matching dies and you have a bit of time up your sleeve for stamping and cutting and then arranging your layout.

I love the effect - and here's two cards I created using the one sample piece.  When you cut the "window" you end up with a second smaller piece you can put in the centre of a new card.

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I'm looking forward to trying a new technique using the Press'n'Seal at next week's team night. What other kitchen products do you use in your stamping?

 

Kathryn.


Stamparatus Ideas & Techniques

Card Making Made Easy

So far everyone I know is LOVING the Stamparatus!

A while ago I shared this post about the Stamparatus Slap technique.

Here's another sample I did using the same technique, but inking up the stamp direct to rubber with the Stampin' Write Markers instead of the Stampin' Spots.

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How beautiful and soft and watercoloury do the flowers come up with this technique? I love this!

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Did you know there are brand new Stamparatus accessories available in my online store?

Click on any of the thumbnails below to see the items in detail and order today.

  Product List

Stamparatus
$85.00

 


Share What You Love - Crafting Forever

Stampin' Up! had some organised swaps on our Alaskan Cruise for which we prepared 26 identical cards before we went, handed them in to the Stampin' Up! staff in the Stamper's Base Camp when we got onboard Explorer of the Seas, and on day 4 or 5 of the cruise we able to pick up a bag of "swapped" cards to take home, containing 26 cards designed and created by other Cruise Achievers.

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I used a few different tools and products for my swaps including the Tailored Tag punch for punching the elongated hexagons of Share What You Love Designer Series Paper.

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The base layer of the card is pretty straight forward. Punch 7-8 hexagon shapes with the punch, then starting from the bottom of the card front, layer them up the card with a tiny 1-2mm gap between each one. I used the grid paper and a clear plastic ruler to make sure they were lined up straight.

Die cut flowers and border were attached with Fine Tip Glue Pen and Velvet Trim stuck down with Tear'n'Tape.

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The Stamparatus got a workout next.

By cutting the A4 card in half lengthwise (10.5cm x 29.75cm) I was able to use the Stamparatus and it's magic 1" step markers to stamp 4 of the jar of paintbrushes images on each piece of card (remember, I had to make 26). I stamped 2 one way, then flipped the card around and stamped 2 more at the other end facing the other way - you'll see it in another photo further down :)

I had to make sure there was enough space between each one to cut out with the oval Stitched Shape framelit, so using the Stamparatus was perfect.

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Having stamped the images in Black Stazon, leaving the stamp in exactly the same place on the Stamparatus, I then inked it using the Stampin' Spots (Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, Berry Burst and Soft Suede) and gave it a very heavy spritz with water. Not just 2 quirts but 5 or 6 squirts. You can see in the photo how wet it is.

One of my downline team members Karen Lincoln showed this technique at our team night many months ago after she learnt it from (I believe) Tandra Boyers.  It's a really fun technique that really appeals to my creative, love of wet-on-wet watercolouring, messy side!

In google searches the technique has been named Stamparatus Slap technique, though for some reason my brain keeps calling it Stamparatus Splat technique, so excuse me if I mix and match the two . . . I meant the same thing!

After spritzing, you then want to bring the plate up to vertical, then give it a good slap (or splat) down onto the cardstock. Not so that you break it, but let's just say it may not be a good technique for 2am if you co-habit LOL.

Your images won't quite look like mine above, because the original Stamparatus Slap technique does not have the Stazon stamped image underneath. I stepped it up to include the black outline as I wanted a little more definition underneath, knowing that I was going to make my coloured part really wet. And the Designers Series Paper includes black, so I wanted them tonally closer rather then the pot of paintbrushes looking a bit wishy washy (no, not Washy Washy LOL).

This one possibly wasn't quite wet enough for my liking, as you want to get little splatters or splashes across the card. I made them wetter and wetter as I went along.

 

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At this point, I decided to add more colour to the pot the brushes are sitting in, and like any good old fashioned kids water colouring books - you know the ones with the lines of colour already on the image and all you needed was a brush and a jar of water, and you spread the colour as you wet it - you can do the same here. Just drag the colour that's already on there. Or if you are like me, and want some intensity and love the blobby wet on wet look, scoop up some extra Soft Suede ink from the lid of your inkpad using the Aquapainter and swoosh that on.

I also touched up the tips of the paintbrushes on some of the images.

Crafting Forever - Stampin' Up (7)Now I just want to point out for the benefit of my team members that LOOK!!! I used the magnet! I used one of the magnets that comes with the Stamparatus! I said I was never going to use them, as they are not needed every single time you stamp, and I'm definitely not using 2 of them so I don't break them, but here is my witness! I used one LOL!

After setting these aside to dry for a while, it was time to cut them with the oval Stitched Shape Framelits.

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These closeups give you a much better view of the splats and splatters from the technique.

Crafting Forever - Stampin' Up (11)Layered onto a Blackberry Bliss scallop oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits - really makes it pop! Then layered onto the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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I really love how these came out, and I have to also take a moment to heartily thank Jenny Wren and Alisha Watson for spending hours with me on the Saturday night before the cruise, punching, sticking and trimming so I had these finished to take with me.

I think the Share What You Love Designer Series Paper with it's pearlescent finish on several of the sheets is one of my favourite paper packs from Stampin' Up! in the nearly 11 years I've been using their paper.  If you would like some of your own, or to buy any of the other products I have used on this fun project, click on the thumbnail below and it will take you right to that item in my online store. 

Product List

Stamparatus
$85.00

 


International Women's Day

I didn't mindfully plan any activities for International Women's Day today, but when I was getting breakfast and feeding the cat this morning, it occurred to me that I have planned one of the very best activities for such a day.

This morning I had some lovely ladies come over for a stamping class. Three of the ladies have never stamped with me before, so we did the classic "What is Stampin' Up?, how do you use the three different types of stamps? What other way can you ink up and use the stamps and the brush markers?, and then when we had nailed the basic techniques we learned how the Triple Time Stamping Technique works and each made a card.

It was such a lovely way to pass a couple of hours.

You might remember the Triple Time Stamping card I posted here at the start of February (click here to see it).

The ladies made very similar today, but I chose a different stamp set to try.

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I've used a couple of the stamps from In The Meadow Stamp Set and added a light touch of colour with the Stampin' Up! Water Colour pencils and a blender pen.

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The background layers are Cajun Craze - one of my favourite warm Stampin' Up! colours. Who was it who told me recently they didn't like that colour and never used it?? Gasp!!

Often with Triple Time Stamping, you'll find the card filled with images, but I really love how striking this one is with all the white space. You know that thought - when less is more?

The wonderful thing about today's class is it was completely tailored to the needs of the ladies. One of the ladies asked me about the technique, I was asked about different stamp sets to use for the technique, I was asked if I had a class planned where she could learn it. And on top of that she asked me about the different brands of ink pads because the ones she had were not giving her the result she expected.

I didn't have a class booked in my calendar to suit her request exactly, but I explained to her that if she could bring along 3-4 friends, we could go over all the basics of the SU! stamps and ink and then we could work on that technique and make a finished card. And she was even welcome to bring along her favourite butterfly stamp to see how that worked with the technique.

That's what I love about my SU! business - instead of just telling her how to make the card, I can invite her and her friends into my beautiful classroom, sit with them, answer their questions, show them some great tips for getting the most out of their stamps and ink and inspire them with a great project that they will be able to recreate in their own colours with their own stamps at home. It's a wonderful thing to be able to support someone's crafting in that way.

If you've never stamped, or if you've bought stamps and then been disappointed because "they don't love you",  then I warmly invite you along to one of my We Create Wednesday morning classes, or if that time slot doesn't work for you, please talk to me about booking in a class for you and your friends at a time that works for you.  I have a beautiful light-filled, airy classroom and if your guests end up ordering Stampin' Up! products totalling $250.0o or more, there will be free gifts for you for introducing them to me.

 Check my events calendar here for scheduled times, or comment below and I'll contact you to talk about booking your own tailored class, just for you and your best papercrafting buddies.


Triple Time Stamping Technique

I recently had a phone call from a customer asking about a technique we used back around 2012-2013, and which was a lovely technique with striking results.

It was a perfect reminder for me to try some of the older techniques with some of our new colouring tools  and stamp sets.

I just love how the Triple Time Stamping Technique came out on this card using Birthday Blooms Stamp Set and our new Watercolour Pencils.

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The card stock I've chosen to layer with is Rich Razzleberry and I just used three colours from the Watercolour Pencils - the Old Olive, Pacific Point and Rich Razzleberry.

I've blended them very lightly with an almost dry Aquapainter, so as not to move too much colour or ripple the Whisper White card which I stamped on with the Basic Black Archival Ink.

I love the limited colour palette of this card, and how the layers really make it. I will probably remake it again soon with slightly differently layering and it doesn't quite sit on the card the way my fussy eye would like it too - and I would prefer it to have a sentiment stamp somewhere there too.

Have you ordered the Watercolour Pencils yet? Click on the picture below to find them in the online shop.

Water Colour Pencils


Hey Chick Paper Piecing Video

 

On the 29th of November I posted some Paper Piecing ideas using the delicious Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack which was in the Holiday Catalogue and was discounted heavily in the Year End Clearance. I encouraged all those I came in contact with to buy the paper stack ASAP so they could do this project (See it here).

A couple of people commented on my blog post, requesting a video of how to do it, and since the Christmas Holidays and that busy December period are now over, I finally had some time yesterday to do a Facebook Live recording, showing you how I cut and coloured the cute hens from Hey Chick Sale-a-bration stamp set. 

Click on the video below to learn how quick and simple this technique is! 

Hey Chick Paper Piecing

Posted by Katlo Designs - Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator on Monday, January 9, 2017

The Hey Chick stamp set is one of the FREE Sale-a-bration stamp sets you can select with each $90 product order, between now and March 31st.

There are lots of other exciting products to choose from too. If you'd like to see the new Occasions Catalogue online, click here. If you would like a hard copy in the mail, please let me know via email so I can see if I still have your current snail mail address.

Email me at : kathryn@katlodesigns.com

See you soon!

 


Northern Lights Technique for Cards

Step By Step

A little while ago one of my stamping team members asked if we could do the Northern Lights Technique at Team Night, so she could learn how to do it.

You can make some pretty effective cards with this lovely technique.

Here's what I did!

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Use the Stampin' Up! Sponge Daubers to apply Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise Inks across your Whisper White card.

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Mask off the lovely "sky" with a piece of torn scrap paper, then sponge the whole bottom section using Night of Navy Ink, and a little Early Espresso and a little Black if you feel the need to go darker.

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Gently start sponging some of the darkness into the sky.

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Stamp a gorgeous silhouette image over your background - I used the ever popular "Lovely As A Tree" stamp set.

Add some white dots to the sky for stars, and layer onto your base card. I've used a thin layer of Whisper White onto a base card of Wild Wasabi. The greeting is heat embossed with white embossing powder.

So effective, don't you think?

Don't forget July is Bonus Days month with Stampin' Up! If you place a product order for $90 (plus postage) you will receive a $9 coupon to redeem in August. Click on the Bonus Days picture belong to go to my online shop to find out more!

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Cardmaking Techniques - Sponging

Butterfly Sunset Cards

Have you tried sponging on your cards and wondered how to get it all blended smoothly without the blotches that just seem to come naturally with the sponge daubers?

I am running a class tomorrow afternoon to address exactly that!

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I DO love a gorgeous rainbow of colours softly blended into each other.
I would love to show you how it's done, so book into this fun, relaxing class where you will get to make all three of the pictured cards. You will be able to practise lots of sponging while you are here, but also have three lovely finished cards to take away, to keep as samples, or to post to some lucky person!
I have allowed a very generous three hours for this class, so even if you are an absolute beginner, we should have plenty of time left over to make one or two extra cards each (which ever was your favourite) to donate to the https://www.facebook.com/CombatCardsVictoriaAustralia/ collection to send to our soldiers posted overseas for them to write in to send to their families.
For the class :
You will need to bring 5 (five) Stampin' Up! sponge daubers to the class, either new, or if you are an experienced stamper and have been around me long enough and have pre-inked ones, you will need Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Soft Sky and Lost Lagoon.
If you don't have any sponge daubers, a packet of 5 from Stampin' Up! is $9.00. 

Class cost - $25 includes all materials and refreshments - add on $9.00 if you need me to order sponge daubers for you.

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Memory Keeping

I am really, really bad at making time to scrapbook my photos and record all our treasured events and memories. I am years behind!

And I'm not talking about each year of a child's life or their schooling, I am talking about our wedding, and several overseas trips and a gorgeous Tasmanian holiday and working in the Kimberley, and my stamping journey - because while I have been a paper crafter forever, I have also been with Stampin' Up! for 8 years, so it's a pretty big part of who I am and what I do.

After the events of the past weekend - while we were attending a fantabulous Stampin' Up! training day and new catalogue sneak peak, news started to filter through about the terrorist attacks in Paris - and I got to thinking that it's more important than ever for us to keep our memories alive, celebrated and up to date and there has to be a faster and easier way to do it than the traditional scrapbooking - which looks amazing, but get's put off because everything has to be "Just so . . . " 

Very timely this week as our regular monthly Blog Hop is all about Memory Keeping! Join me after 8am on Thursday morning to see what project I came up with to do some super quick, fun saving of my memories and to see what else my stamping friends have been working on.