Can’t Resist …

This is my favourite technique and has been for about 14 years, so it’s my entry for the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge, which is ‘FAVOURITE’.

When staying with a friend, I promised her I’d show her how to do a Versamark resist, but we were so busy, we left it until near the end of my stay and, of course, events conspired to prevent us getting around to it.  
I’ve just sent her a parcel with instructions and some samples.

I’ve included two samples of each design, though there may be some slight differences in them, to show the background result of Resist and a finished ‘cover’ created by overstamping.
I know I said I was going to use mainly permanent inks from now on, but unfortunately, only water based inks work with this technique 😦
Adirondack Stream, Sailboat Blue and Purple Twilight
Distress Inks Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough and Adirondack Purple Twilight
Adirondack Sunshine Yellow, Butterscotch, Watermelon, Purple Twilight and Sailboat Blue
Adirondack Sunshine Yellow, Butterscotch, Terracotta, Red Pepper, Cranberry, Currant
Then one of my favourite Nancy Curry techniques; using this ‘mask’ made by tearing paper ..
… resulted in these.
Adirondack Terracotta and Eggplant
Adirondack Stream and Citrus
I know that most of you know this basic technique, but for those who don’t, I’ll be uploading this as a Tutorial very soon.
Don’t miss my destashing SALE before they’re all gone or on EBay – I’m putting them up little by little but you can grab a bargain here if you want to… !

More mono printing…

I did get to play a little with my acrylic blocks but have been struggling to get decent photos.  Decided to blog them anyway, despite the fact that the variations in shade and colour are just not showing up – grrr!

No problems with this one because it’s just black and white.

mono bw
I used Versafine for that one, then embossed it.  Dunno why my ‘Smile’ stamp is a bit ‘iffy’.  I have to watch because there are always strands of hair around (from my head) and I’d just washed my hair when I did this, so perhaps I missed one.  The poppies were stamped on the block.

The following three were stamped with two shades of distress inks but instead of spraying with water, I used gold mica (homemade), which doesn’t show up very well.
free as a bird

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umbrella girl

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This one was pigment inks, mainly pinks and reds, with a touch of brown, all embossed after stamping.

(I forgot to mention that I took some colour off in 2 of the corners with a swirl stamp and with a small bottle top before stamping it – doesn’t show up very clearly but it does a bit. Unfortunately, words are one thing you can’t stamp onto your block, unless you don’t mind them being mirror images and illegible!)

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This one’s in similar shades, but uses distress inks and mica again.

a little birdie
I’ve done more but I’ll save them for another time.  I did one on my trusty old large Hero Arts shadow stamp and I quite like that one.  Takes me back to when we had the little Stamp Club in the shop.  We did quite a lot of mono stamping then – probably around 5 or 6 years ago – and it was so much fun.
I thought I’d posted instructions but I obviously didn’t – sorry.  If you want to try this, just scribble over an acrylic block with felt tip pens or inks (water based) and spray with water or mica spray, then use the block to stamp with, giving it time to transfer.  You can take colour off with some bubble wrap or other textured item before you stamp it but if you do, don’t spray it or you’ll lose the pattern.  If you want to use Copics or Promarkers, spray with alcohol.  You can use the whole block or just the edges to create a border – up to you.

If you use pigment inks, you can stamp the images over the inks onto the block before stamping it onto the card.  With these, you can take off colour with an uninked stamp, to add pattern before stamping your main image and you can stamp over it in any colour to create the background.  One of the good things about this is that you get a reverse (shadow) image, so you can use it to create a reflection.  It works much better on a solid stamp, though., instead of a block, if you have one.  Solid images also work better than fine lines, which don’t show up quite so well.

Chalk inks also work really well.  Haven’t done any samples but that’s what we used years ago, when they first appeared on the market.
It’s not my technique – it’s a standard printing technique which has been used for eons but it’s great for experimenting with.  Just wish I had more time to play.  Any more questions, please do ask.

For more information on monoprinting the printer’s and artist’s way, see here.


The ice has almost melted and the sun is shining, so I may just venture out for a bit of fresh air.  No snow here, though.  Hope you’re all staying warm x

Acrylic block stamping

This is the challenge I sent for KCUK this month – printing with acrylic blocks – otherwise known as mono printing.  There are so many possibilities for this technique and I hope to play with them as soon as I’ve finished work for the week, but for now, here are a few simple samples. 

For these I just used felt tip pens in two different colours, then spritzed them with water and printed onto white card.

I really like the patchy look I got with these.

mono 4p2   

mono 3p
mono 1p   

mono 2p

F for Faux Batik, Flourish, Flicked water technique and Flowers

F for flowers flourish and faux batik
I used Vivid inks this time, for a change, lol – yes, I have a LOT of different inks and while each is usually suitable for a particular purpose, there are lots of water based dye inks, which are interchangeable, and I usually end up using Ranger inks, so now and again, I like a change.  Besides which, there are some shades made by other companies which I love and which simply aren’t available from Ranger.

Couldn’t resist using lots of things beginning with ‘F’ this time but at least I was a good girl and not used BAD words, lol.  There’s Faux Batik, Flicked water, a Flourish and Flowers.

If you don’t know how to do Faux Batik, here’s how…
  1. Stamp image(s) in Versamark or clear Embossing ink, then emboss in clear powder. 
  2. Apply colour, using your favourite method but be sure not to use permanent or pigment inks, which will cover the embossed images and spoil the effect.  Water based inks, such as Vivid, Distress, Adirondack, Big ‘n’ Juicy, Kaleidacolor, Memento, Marvy, etc etc are ideal.  If there’s ink on your embossing, wipe off with a piece of kitchen towel or a baby wipe..
  3. Cover the embossed card with a piece of kitchen towel (newsprint or brown paper work just as well).  Set an iron to HOT (no steam) and IRON over the material covering the embossed bits, leaving it over them for 15 seconds or so.  You know your own iron, so you’ll know how hot it’s getting.  If you need to, lift up the paper/kitchen towel to see if the embossing powder has lifted up.
  4. When embossing powder is removed, overstamp with more images (or the same – works particularly well with flowers and people, creating a sort of shadow effect).
  5. Clear emboss new stamping if you like, to create dimension.
There was a craze about 6 or 7 years ago for using this technique on manila files – it’s a nice change.  Follow the instructions above but when adding colour, just wash over the embossed image with reinkers (Adirondack reinkers work well), using a wide, flat brush.  Brush over with water if you think it’s a little too heavy.
Iron off the embossing powder, leaving a ‘Faux Bleach’ effect.  Nice technique.

Someone asked me what the Flicked water technique is and it’s just what it says.  Spray (or pour) a bit of water into the palm of your hand, slightly cupped, then randomly flick drops of water onto your inked background.  Heat with a heat tool and you have another great little effect.

Let’s Ink it Up #1 – Anything Goes – with a Twist

The first challenge on Let’s Ink it Up is ‘Anything goes – with a twist’, the twist being to use yellow somewhere on the piece.
I’m not a yellow fan, though I think it’s so lovely and fresh on other people’s cards – but I do love to use shades of yellow with other colours.  It seems somehow that the yellow pulls everything else together, blending it, so I do use it a lot.
This time, however, I decided to challenge myself and to use lots of yellow – ie Adirondack Sunshine Yellow, Butterscotch and Caramel, but with Oregano and Mushroom as accents and I really fancied making a Grid card cos I hadn’t made one for years, so here’s my VERY Yellow creation – on glossy card.  It’s a BIG card, btw – almost A5 size (A4 folded width, with a bit cut off the bottom).

24 August 2010

For those of you who asked about the stamps I used, they are from (in clockwise order) Non Sequitur (top two), Paperartsy (middle right) and centre bottom, Simple Expressions (bottom right and bottom left),  Raindrops on Roses (centre left) and the central image is a Judikins stamp (not a cube, lol) although I’ve seen the same image from lots of different stamp companies, so I’m presuming it’s royalty free clip art.
Oh, and for those who said they’d never done (or heard of) grid cards, I did take step by step photos, so will blog them as soon as I can get to it.  It’s a great technique – easy but just a bit time consuming.  You may have heard it called the Retiform technique.

Twinklers Backgrounds

Here’s another way to use up those everlasting Twinkling H20s. They just don’t seem to ever use up, do they, lol? Especially not if you have the larger sized pots as I have. I’ve never seen anyone else do this and even if they did, I didn’t know that, so I was quite pleased with this technique. It WAS when Twinklers first came out.
twinkle selection
This is the ‘by product’ (both very shimmery)

mulberry selection
And this is how you do it 🙂
Twinkling H20s
Spray or Spritzer
Plain cardstock
Craft mat or newspaper to protect your work surface
Mulberry paper – I use white so I get something to use afterwards but if you have any old coloured stuff lying around that you’re not going to use, by all means use it – it does get tatty. Just make sure it’s water fast and the dyes don’t run. I haven’t checked that 😦
To make
  • Firstly choose your H20s – not too many and not too many stark contrasts, though by all means experiment 🙂
  • Add water to them, either with your paintbrush or the spray and give them time to blend a little. You don’t want the paint to be too thin when you paint it on.
  • Lay a piece of mulberry paper over the card and spray with water until it’s pretty wet.
  • Paint the H20s randomly over the mulberry paper, adding more water to lighten the colour if it starts to get too dark.

twinkle bgs in progress
twinkle bgs in progress 2
If you need to, spray with more water, then leave for a little while.

  • When you’ve allowed time for the colour to transfer, peel the mulberry paper from the card and lay them out to dry separately. You can heat set with a heat tool, though the Mulberry paper goes brittle if you do. The card is fine.
mulberry still wet
Mulberry paper still wet
twinkle bg still wet
Wet card
(Anyone any idea why those extra line spaces appear in the middle of a bulleted paragraph, btw – drives me nuts and I’ve tried all ways to get rid of them but to no avail!!!!)
You get a sort of shimmery marble effect, which looks as if it’s veined because of the texture of the mulberry paper and I love it.
twinkle shimmer
close up 2
If you’ve used a pale colour of mulberry paper, then you can use it for something else. They look great stamped and embossed in gold and make great covers for books, photo frames, boxes, etc. It looks particularly nice behind glass or acetate, so is perfect for Microscope slides or pendants.

Backgrounds – Marvy Metallics

Someone asked me about Marvy Metallic backgrounds the other day and I’d been planning a few background sessions for here, so here’s the Marvy Metallic one 🙂

marvy supplies

All you need is a spritzer (a common old garden spray will do – don’t go to any unnecessary expense), Marvy Metallic markers (or ANY OTHER WATER BASED BROAD NIBBED METALLIC PENS), glossy cardstock (I used black and white), a Craft sheet or newspaper to protect your work surface and some Cling Film (Saran wrap for those in the US)

Shake those pens up and down – see, you’re getting exercise while you do this – then pump until the ink is flowing freely. You can either do this on some scrap paper, your worksheet, or the actual card you’re working with – which is what I did 🙂

Then add scribbles and dots of the marker randomly over the glossy card.

marvy dotted on black

Now spritz with water.

You can, of course, also scribble the markers onto your Scrap Sheet and ‘mop them up’ with cardstock, but beware, they do muddy! So keep them apart. I have to confess that I don’t like the results as much when I do that.


a) Leave to dry naturally

mm black left 3marvy met white left

b) Place another piece of card on top, smooth down and pull apart carefully (it’s worth enlarging the white card on the right, to see the gold on it – it’s lovely)

marvy met black not left mm white gold

c) Place another piece of card on top, twist and pull off

mm2 marvy met black twist


d) Crinkle up some Cling Film, spread it over the ink and LEAVE TO DRY!

marvy clingfilm

marvy met on white crinkled mm3

black crinkle bl

I know this last one is blurred but it’s pretty!

Then use to your heart’s delight, either for stamping on, behind acetate or as a matte.

A few people have said they will try to get these pens – PLEASE DON’T!!! This tutorial is for those who actually already have them and need to find a use for them – you can stamp with them, too and they do look good on black. But you can get just (or almost) the same effects with metallic acrylic inks, metallic acrylic paints, Lumières and even with Mica powders (Pearl-Ex, Moondust, Faerie Dust, Perfect Pearls, etc). You need some kind of medium to hold them in place but you don’t need anything too fancy – the ever resourceful Jo used spray starch in a workshop at Stamp Club a couple of months ago and it worked fine, giving very similar effects 🙂

Twinkler Backgrounds tomorrow!