Thursday, 8 December 2016

Throwback Thursday

It's Thursday... time for a little Throwback! Every Thursday we will be sharing a wonderful project from a past issue of Craft Stamper Magazine.... a full step by step tutorial for you to feast your eyes upon! As a new project for our newer readers, or a reminder for those who have been with us a while... it's sure to inspire!

Our project this week is by the super talented Helen Chilton, and was first published in the December 2014 issue of Craft Stamper. Helen shows us how to create a masterboard, and use it to create this stunning card!

Helen says: 

I'd never made a masterboard before but I'm always up for an experiment. It's a really good way of creating something unique and is surprisingly easy once you get started.

 A masterboard is simply a large background piece that is then cut up into smaller pieces and used for several projects. It's like your own personalised piece of patterned paper. The beauty of it is that anything goes. You can use paints, inks, sprays, pencils, stamps, doodling, stencils… whatever you like. It's your choice and it's very liberating.

I started with some blobs of paint and a roller and just brayered it this way and that. Next I sprayed inks, and then used inkpads for stencilling in different colours before getting to the stamping layers. Try to stamp randomly using background stamps, images, borders etc. While you’re doing all this, don't underestimate the white spaces. When you spray or stencil or stamp it looks different on the paint than on the white paper, creating more interest.

When you're ready to cut up your background, try cutting out some different sized windows and placing them over different parts of the background to see which bits you like. Use the remnants of the masterboard to stamp your images on to get a really coordinated look. 


Stamps Helen used...
IndigoBlu: Connor's Crown Jewels IND0121; Snowflake Lace IND0113; Dinkie Holly Flourish IND0122

Other materials...
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic paint: Ice Blue; Mermaid; Antarctic;
Distress Inks: Stormy Sky; Mowed Lawn; Evergreen Bough
Crafters Workshop Stencils: Quatrefoil TCW381; Ledger TCW267
Memory Box Designer Stencil: Texture Rhapsody 88515
VersaMark Ink
Dylusions Spray Inks: Fresh Lime; Vibrant Turquoise
Silver embossing powder
Pebeo Mirror Effect Foil Leaves: Silver
A3 heavyweight cartridge paper
Glue stick/glue pen
Mirror card: silver
Card: green; light blue
Heat gun

Step by step instructions:  

1 Blob some paint on the cartridge paper, using all three colours.

2 Brayer the blobs of paint over the paper, working in all directions. Leave plenty of gaps.

3 Spray on the Dylusions inks, rolling them out with the brayer as you go.

4 Choose your stencils and which ink pads you're going to use. I've chosen a large background pattern, a text stamp and a small repetitive pattern.

5 After using the Texture Rhapsody stencil and Evergreen Bough ink pad, it looks like this. The stencilling appears different depending on what's behind it.

6 Next stamp over the design randomly in two different colours. I've used a large snowflake background and a small flourish.

7 This close-up shows how the masterboard comes together. I stopped here but you can carry on building up the layers as you want.

8 Cut out some windows the size of your card backgrounds, and place these over the masterboard to see which areas you like best.

9 Use the windows as templates and cut out five pieces from the masterboard. Keep any leftovers for stamping onto.

10 Stamp and silver emboss the bauble collage.

11 Very lightly rub over the embossed areas with a glue stick. For more detailed areas use a glue pen and allow to dry slightly.

12 Press the foil over the glued areas silver side up and then pull off. 

To finish:
Stamp and emboss extra parts of the image to layer on top, and add embellishments. Layer onto silver mirror, green and light blue card.

Wow! We love this... so much amazing detail!

Thank you so much Helen!
Don't forget to check back next Thursday for another blast from the past Christmas project!              

Friday, 2 December 2016

200th Issue Celebration Giveaway!

As you may have seen on our Facebook page, we are celebrating the 200th issue of Craft Stamper magazine by having a HUGE giveaway!
The prize? This little lot..

Over 50 crafty stash items, all to be won by one lucky lucky person!
As its really difficult to see exactly what you're winning from that pic above, we thought we would
separate out the items for you, show you them in a bit more detail. So, the complete prize list is....

* Two dies from the Downton Abbey range, Craftters Companion.
Left to right:  Swags and Tails, Grand Bow.

* Two Sheena Douglass Stamps, from the 'A little bit sketchy' range.
Left to right: Ancient Arches, Ageing Beautifully.

* Three Stamps From the Papermania Urban Collection (stamps not pictured to scale)
Left to right: Chronology Cogs, Vintage Notes Doily, All Aboard Postmark:

* Two Masks from Tando Creative
Left to Right: Sequin Waste, Clock:

*Four paper packs from IndigoBlu. (not pictured to scale)
Top Row: Floral Fantasy Mixed Media Card Stack, Vintage Memories Mixed Media Card Stack
Bottom Row: Floral Vignettes Mixed Media Mini Postcards,  Floral Vignettes Mixed Media Card Stack:

* Four stamps from Crafty Individuals.
Top row: CI 367, CI 407
Bottom Row: CI 404 CI 413:

* Six stamps by Limor Webber for IndigoBlu.
Top Row: Ink Splats, Splattered Heart, Lotus
Bottom Row: Industrial Lamps, Ink Splat Butterfly, Dramatic Eye:

*4 A5 Clear Stamp and Storage Folder sets from Docrafts Creativity.
Top Row: Female Family, Floral Icons
Bottom Row: Paisley Background, Verses:

* 3 clear stamps from Stamposaurus.
Left to right: Greenhouse Sidelong, Caravan, Greenhouse Door:

* Four Girl stamps by Kay Halliwell Sutton for IndigoBlu.
Top Row: Becca, Caitlin
Bottom Row: Lost In Thought, Dianne:

* Four packs of surfaces fom That's Crafty. (not pictured to scale)
Top Row: 4 MDF Coasters, 8 ATC sampler pack
Bottom Row: 15 white/grey board tags, 15 assorted hearts:

* 6 pots of WOW! Embossing Powders.
Top Row: Spring Breeze embossing glitter, Raspberry coulis embossing glitter, Calypso embossing glitter
Bottom Row: Metallic Gold Rich Ultra High Embossing powder, White puff twinkle  embossing glitter, Black Glint embossing glitter:

* Seven bottles of metallic acrylic paint from DoCrafts.
Left to right: Metallic Black,  Metallic classic Gold, Metallic Emerald Green, Metallic Sapphire, Metallic Amethyst, Metallic Rose, Metallic White:

Phew :)
This is a Facebook Giveaway, so check out our page here:
 for details on how to enter!

Good Luck!


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Take It Make It Challenge: December

Welcome to the Craft Stamper December Take It, Make It challenge!
Take the theme, and then Make it your own :)

This month is a 'Take A Theme' month, and the theme is:

Snow and Ice
 Create seasonal makes, or use lots of white product! Think gesso, embossing paste, white paint, embossing powders and glitters. Remember to include rubber/polymer stamping on your project somehow, somewhere!

 Show us how unique you can be, create anything your imagination cares to dream up! Share your cards, journal pages, layouts, 3D assemblage or whatever else takes your fancy. As long as you have followed the theme and also stamped somewhere, then you're good to go!

We have two prizes on offer, as always. The first is the Sponsor Prize, and the winner of this will be randomly chosen from all the eligible entries of the challenge. To make sure your project is eligible to win, make sure you have followed our challenge guidelines. These can be found on our sidebar over here ---------->
and also in a tab under the banner at the top.
PLEASE REMEMBER: We only want to see ONE project in each individual blog post entry!
A set counts as more than one :)
We are proud to announce our sponsor this month is....


Craft Box is a monthly box full of scrapbooking, card making and mixed media supplies. Every box contains 15 unique, individually packaged products. Craft Box was created by a crafter to provide other crafters with a beautiful monthly box they deserve. Products include mulberry flowers, charms, resin pieces, embellishments, papers, canvases and more.
The boxes are simply wonderful, it's just like Christmas every month!

The prize this month is this fabulous Craft Box selection, a wonderful bundle of goodies!


I hope the prize has given you all an incentive to win...... and how about some eye candy from the DT to give you some beautifully seasonal, snowy, icy and stamped inspiration! 

Amazing inspiration from the DT!

Fancy joining in with us this month? You have to be in it to win it, as they say :)
All you need to do is double check you are familiar with all the guidelines, then get linking up using the InLinkz tool below!

  We can't wait to see what you create!

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Throwback Thursday!

It's Thursday... time for a little Throwback! Every Thursday we will be sharing a wonderful project from a past issue of Craft Stamper Magazine.... a full step by step tutorial for you to feast your eyes upon! As a new project for our newer readers, or a reminder for those who have been with us a while... it's sure to inspire!

Our project today is a stunning example of just how effective a monochrome scheme can be... Lydia Brooke Evans showcasing a gorgeous white on Kraft card. This was first published in our January 2015 issue.

Lydia says:

“Kraft and white is such a classic and timeless look. Add to this some white heat-embossed vellum and you have a look that just screams luxury that will work for any occasion and either gender.

Whether it’s for adding layers or simply somewhere to add a sentiment, vellum has returned with a vengeance and I don't think it will be going anywhere soon.

It can be used on all manner of papercrafts and works well for all occasions and genders, it's just so usable. Although there is a caution when working with vellum; you can see adhesive through it. There are adhesives available that say they can be used on vellum that will be invisible once applied, but I just find it simpler to use the adhesive where I will be adding something on top to hide it.

I love the look of tone-on-tone especially white-on-white, and this look is greatly enhanced with white heat-embossing on vellum. Just adding in some natural kraft card gives such an elegant and classy look that could be used for all manner of cards.   

I love to mix and match sentiments by using different fonts or ink colours, and using stamped and die-cut sentiments together is a fun twist on this. Adding Enamel Accents to the die-cut words is a great way to add extra interest and dimension to them but they do take a while to dry so maybe if creating these cards in a hurry you could skip this step to finish your card quickly"

Stamps Lydia used...  
Paper Smooches: Blossoming Buds

Other materials...
Paper Smooches: Kudos Word Dies
Lawn Fawn: Stitched Scallop Borders
Tsukineko: VersaMark Ink
Crafter’s Companion: Neenah Solar White Card; Neenah Desert Storm
Ranger: White Enamel Accents
Anti-static bag
WOW! Bright White Embossing Powder
Heat gun
Washi tape

Step-by-step... Stamping on Vellum  
1 Cut a piece of vellum to size, dust with an anti-static bag and then stamp a repeating pattern with the large floral cluster from the stamp set with VersaMark ink.

2 Add white embossing powder over the stamped images, knock off the powder that has not adhered and then heat with a heat tool.

3 Cut the 'beautiful' word die out of white cardstock. Trace over the word using white Enamel Accents and then leave to dry. 

4 Using the middle sized scalloped border die cut one length of the piece of kraft card that will be the sentiment strip.

5 Using strips of washi tape mask off the edges and centre of the kraft card to leave two thin exposed areas.

6 Add VersaMark to the exposed strips, then add white embossing powder to the ink and heat set. Then remove the washi tape.

7 Take a piece of white card slightly wider than the kraft, cut one edge with the same border die and add the piece of kraft card on top.

8 Once dry add the die cut sentiment to the strip and stamp and heat emboss the 'You're' above it on the sentiment strip.

9 To assemble the card, first add the vellum to the kraft card, then the sentiment strip with foam pads. Snip of the over hanging edges of the strip and then add the piece to the base card.

That bright pop of white is just stunning...   

Thanks Lydia!
We'll have the start of our Christmas Throwback Thursday posts starting next week, don't forget to check back!