Friday, February 8

Craft Stamper Blog Challenge...

Hi and welcome to the first Craft Stamper Magazine Blog Challenge...

So, here's the details for you to play along...
The challenges will run bi-monthly, on the second Friday of every month. Each challenge will take inspiration from a technique featured in that months Craft Stamper mag.
This first challenge features a faux airbrush technique using Distress Inks, inspired by Jo Allisons project in the March issue- thanks Jo!! Here's my take on it, The aperture I die cut from spellbinders hearts, I used acetate as Jo suggested I also added a little repositional adhesive to the back of mine to make sure that I line up the hearts! I bought a cheap bath sponge to create my faux airbrush and used evergreen bough and peeled paint distress inks. 

The scrummy papers are crate paper portrait collection, and I used then to paper piece the acorn. The fabulous stamps are Papersmooches Falling for You, so fun for this sort of valentine's card.

I used spellbinders fancy framed tags two for the sentiment and then to help with my card design I was inspired by the sketch over at...

NOW the really exciting stuff... the winner of the challenge will get their work published in the magazine and will also win a stamp from one of our sponsors, Indigo Blu.

How exciting and you have plenty of time to have a go at faux airbrushing, as the challenge is running for two months, can't wait to see your entries.

Have a wonderfully creative Day
HuGs Kim x

Friday, February 1

Craft Stamper Blog Hop – Looking Back

Hello and welcome to this stop on the Craft Stamper Hop!

You should hopefully have hopped over here from the talented Kate BentleyIf your just visiting then be sure to pop over to the Craft Stamper Blog to join in, as there are lots of prizes to be won!

Hi, well I'm Kim and I have been part of the Craft Stamper Magazine Design team since 2009, WOW I still pinch myself about that... Here's the post about my first published piece! I love being published in their fabulous magazine, and 2012 saw quite a few of my projects on the front cover Thank You! I hope I inspire readers to create whatever their imagination conjures up.

I can't quite narrow my style to anything specific I've always described it as a fusion of everything I love, like my next project will demonstrate.

I went for an arty piece for the blog hop, I'm so pleased with how it came out... totally fusion,  let me explain

I started by printing this stunning image by the talented Krista from Saturated Canary.This is what I love about digital stamps you can print to any size.

 Of course I used my copics, lots of airbrushing for the background, and even through the castle stencil, I used a few Lavinia stamps for the grasses and foliage. 

The water texture was created by stamping woodgrain and heat embossing in clear. Then I airbrushed over, notice the castle reflection? I simply turned the stencil over. Using a clear copic I brushed lightly over some of the embossed areas to create ripples.

So one thing I really had to get a hang of for a feature in Craft Stamper was using embossing paste and stencils, I love the effect and very impressed with how well it works on glass, really stays on there (think I can see a few more projects on the horizon)

This is the image with the glass from the frame laid on top.

I also followed my technique of embossing paste on acetate adding a generous sprinkling of stickles dry glitter. 

So here's the finished project...

thought I would share my sample sheet, had so many ideas too, a glimpse to see the process unfold.

I hope you enjoyed my post! Your next stop on the hop is the wonderful Jo Firth-Young.

Also before you go the hop letter to collect from me is: U

If you get stuck on the hop at any time, pop back to Craft Stamper for the full list of participants.

Also We have a Facebook event here!

Thanks for stopping by have a Wonderfully Creative Day
BiG HuGs Kim x 

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