Thursday, 28 December 2017

Beautiful Peacock

Hi Crafters,

I trust you all had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying the holiday season! I for one am very excited at what is just around the corner - in just 6 days Stampin’ Up! releases their new 2018 Occasions & Sale-a-bration Catalogues, and boy are you in for a treat!! 

Not only is there an awesome range of free stamp sets on offer, but for the first time you can select a free framelits set too! And it coordinates beautifully with a matching stamp set! So keep your eyes peeled on the 3rd January when these fabulous (& very enticing!) catalogues will be available!

One of the free stamp sets on offer for every $90 spend is “Beautiful Peacock”.  

This stamp set is exquisite and offers stampers such a variety of ways to utilise the stamps to create unique images.. combine with ribbon or embellishments and you can create simply stunning cards effortlessly!  This is a card I created today and is a great set to illustrate the masking technique..

The Night of Navy card base was layered with Whisper White, stamped in one corner using a stamp from the “You’re Priceless” stamp set in Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay & Pear Pizzazz stampin’ ink.  I then used the layering ovals framelits to frame the Peacock.

The Masking Technique

When you want to create a single layered image using multiple stamps but don’t want an overlapping effect, the masking technique is your answer!

To start with, pick your main image you want to be at the forefront of your final stamped image - in my design I selected the peacock’s body &I stamped this in Night of Navy.

You then stamp this same stamped image onto a sticky note, ensuring you have the sticky strip at the top underside of where you are stamping. Take scissors & carefully cut your sticky note stamped image out, ideally cutting as close to your stamped edges as possible. A tip for doing this effectively is to guide/ move your paper gently to cut, not manoeuvring your scissors.

Stick this stamped sticky note cutout on top of your identical stamped image as shown below:

Take your next stamp, in my case I used the peacock’s rear feathers & stamp this over your sticky note stamp cutout.  In my design I wanted a multi-coloured effect, so I used daubers to create this using Lemon Lime Twist & Bermuda Bay ink.  Gently remove your sticky note piece of paper & voila! You have created a beautiful stamped image without creating unsightly overlaps with ink!

To finish my card off, I used mini dimensionals to add a 3D effect to the peacock’s tail feathers, ribbon & a few embellishments to add a bit of bling.

I hope you’ve learnt something new today - I encourage you to give it a go! This is just one example you could use the masking technique - try it with other stamp sets and see what you can create!

To purchase the Stampin' Up! products used to create these cards Shop Now and be sure to use the Hostess Code A9EM7V9Q in the checkout process to receive free rewards for shopping with me!

Have you had a squiz at our monthly card kits? These are a great way of building up your stash and purchasing coordinating products at a cheaper rate! Just AU$55 for the following supplies including postage & handling.. but be quick, for a limited time only!

Craft Kit January 2018 - Coffee Break

Till next time..

Lorin xx