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Product Playground Part 3

I’m back with my final creation today. For this one I’ve used the Come To Bethlehem stamp set.

I photographed this one at the event. It’s not a great picture due to the reflection coming off the glass but this would be the case regardless.

Once again I’ve used Whisper White cardstock to brayer onto. In real life it makes it almost look like canvas. To get the ‘sand’ shape just right to fit the stamp I stamped the image onto a large Post-It Note and then cut along the bottom edge of the stamp. I think used this as a mask. I used the other piece to mask the sand when brayering the top.  Doing this as a double frame was a little trickier as I didn’t want the Bethlehem part of the image stamped again but I wanted them images to line up so they looked like a long camel train. I’m happy with my end result.

Stamps: Come to Bethlehem, Greetings of the Season
Card: Whisper White
Ink: Sahara Sand, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Versamark
Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Brayer


Product Playground Part 2

I’m back today to share another one of my Product Playground creations with you.

I combined 2 stamp sets and I could stretch it and say 2 techniques but they actually combine to make one.

I’ve used the Snowflake Soiree and Bells and Boughs stamp sets. I’ve then used some heat embossing and brayering which combine to make the Emboss Resist Technique.

Here’s what I came up with.

I’ve stamped the snowflakes onto Whisper White cardstock using Versamark ink and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. I then brayered over the images going diagonally across the card, firstly using Pool Party and then with Island Indigo (not going quite as far across the card). This gives the colour variance and being on Whisper White card rather than gloss gives a more subtle mottled effect.

I’ve added some Rhinestones to 2 of the snowflakes to add a bit of sparkle. The sentiment if from Bells & Boughs which is stamped in Island Indigo onto Whisper White card and punched out using the Wide Oval punch. I’ve layered this onto a Rich Razzleberry piece cut using the Sizzlits- Lots of Tags dies. This is then adhered to the Brayered piece using Dimensionals. The base card is Island Indigo which has a layer of Whisper White card before mounting the main piece.

I know this was a stretch with using Bells & Boughs stamp set but I found it a hard one to use with brayering techniques.

 I have one more project to share with you tomorrow so pop back then to check it out.


Product Playground Part 1

Way back in November, Stampin’ Up held the Sydney Heartfelt Event. I was honoured to be asked to present in the Product Playground section and I chose the Brayer table. Heat Embossing or Wheels were the other options I had available when Stampin’ Up called me but I don’t use wheels often and even though I do Heat Emboss from time to time I hate mess. After helping Juliette Chapman pack up the Heat Embossing table at the end of the day I definitely made the right choice with the Brayer. The only mess with that is changing your grid paper when it gets too heavily inked.

It had been some time since I’d used the brayer so it was a challenge for me to get fluent again with it prior to the event especially seeing we’d be using the new style ink pads. I was very nervous at the start of the event as I was first up but once I got started it wasn’t so bad. Mind you I only had 6 – 8 ladies in front of me most times so it’s a little different than being on stage with lots watching at once. I was so glad I chose to be first up as it meant I had it over and done with early and was able to enjoy the rest of the day rather than be nervous all day.

We needed to make some samples to show at the event on the day using specific stamp sets. This I found more challenging than getting fluent with the brayer again. I liked the sets but they weren’t all sets I would use for brayering so I was limited with what I came up with.

The stamp sets we were to use were Snowflake Soiree, Bells & Boughs & Come to Bethlehem. The other item Stampin’ Up requested we try and use was the Textured Empressions Folder – Holiday Frame.

I ended up creating 3 items and used all 3 stamp sets + the embossing folder in there somewhere.

I’m going to share one of these items which you over each of the next 3 days.

Here is the first card I made.

For this card I used the Textured Impressions Embossing Folder – Holiday Frame. I embossed some gloss cardstock and then lightly brayered some Cherry Cobbler ink over the top of the Holiday Frame Impression. I’ve then used one of the Apothecary Accents Framelits to cut out the image. Some of the ink make contact with the centre of the frame so to cover that up I stamped the Christmas Tree and sentiment from Joyous Celebrations stamp set onto some Whisper White card and punched out using the Wide Oval Punch. This was then layered onto a piece of Basic Black card which had been cut from the Sizzlits Lots of Tags die. I’ve paper-pierced around the Apothecary Accent Framelit using the coordinating Paper-Piercing template. Layered all this onto a piece of Whisper White and then onto the Basic Black Base card.

The effect of the brayering over the gloss card impression resembles a heat embossing look.

This card actually came about as I wasn’t happy with the Holiday Frame Embossing Folder. It kept pinching the cardstock on the sides and base. I haven’t played much more with it so am still searching for a ‘fix’. If you happen to know one please let me know. I know some people have had no trouble at all and yet there are others like me struggling with this one.

 With that said as you can see there are still ways to use it.

I hope you like my card.

I’ll be back tomorrow with part 2.