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Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Cross ......


A set of Artist Trading Coins made for a swap over on UK Stampers Forum .....

The bases were die-cut from re-cycled food packaging to 2.5 inches diameter. I then prepared the background by painting black card with a blend of iridescent red medium mixed with magenta acrylic paint. Once dry this was again die-cut to size. I then used an AAll & Create stamp and stamped each background in Versamark ink followed by heat embossing with metallic mauve embossing powder.

The backgrounds were applied to the bases and some of the crosses were edged with white Posca pen and embellished with small emerald green adhesive gems.

The words were cut from green labelling. Each Coin was then edged with green Posca to finish......

Sid xx

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Monday, August 01, 2022

Shells ....


Made these Inchies (1 x 1 inch squares) for a swap over on UK Stampers Forum ....

The bases are punched from re-cycled food packaging. I then prepared a background from blue ink sprays and iridescent blue mica spray, allowing to dry before adding dark blue Distress oxide through a triangles stencil. This was heatset with a heat gun.

I then took a shells stamp and stamped each Inchie with Versamark ink and heat embossed with a dark purple Moonglow embossing powder. The images were enhanced with red Posca pen and two very small red cabochons were added attached with Glossy Accents. Difficult to show the shine and iridescence of the background and embossing ! But they look rich !

The decorated squares were added to the bases and edged with red Versamagic chalk ink to finish ....

Sid xx

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Saturday, July 30, 2022

LIM Challenge #470 .....

 It's time for another 'Less Is More' challenge:



Hoping that you can join in by making a Clean And Simple card in the theme. Please ensure you adhere to the Guidelines on the LIM Blog to be considered for being Showcased or to win !

Here's my card:


I started with a 5 x 5 white card blank. I then chose some beautiful Japanese paper bought in Tokyo a long time ago. It has lovely colours and metallic gold. I die-cut a butterfly from this paper  using a die which also cuts strips on the wings.

I next die-cut a stitched square frame from gold paper. The sentiment was stamped in Versafine black ink on white card before trimming out.

The card was then assembled ..... first the frame was applied as shown. Next the butterfly was shaped and applied on foam pads to give dimension within the frame. I added a body and antenna with a fine Micron pen. Finally the sentiment was added.

If you need more inspiration please do visit the 'Less Is More' Blog where there are cards from my fellow Design Team members .....

Sid xx

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Friday, July 29, 2022

Stars .....


Made this Christmas Decoration for a 'Seeing Stars' Challenge over on UK Stampers Forum .....

I initially die-cut two stars from white card. These were sprayed with blue colour spray and allowed to dry completely. I then chose a small snowflake stamp and stamped on one side of each with Versamark ink. This was heat embossed with Patina Gold embossing powder. These were then scored and folded as shown.

I then stamped a star twice in Versamark on gold paper and heat embossed this with gold embossing powder. These were trimmed out along with a slightly smaller base star. These were applied to the base star trapping a length of gold thread between the layers.

I then used hot glue to attach one star to the other just at the points on 4 of the points. I then added the star so it was hanging centrally with hot glue to seal the last point of the star, allowing the thread to be trapped in the hot glue.

I finally added a gold jewellery end cap with hot glue after threading the thread through to hang the decoration to finish .....

These are easy to make, mobile, three dimensional and easy to hang .....

Sid xx

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Sassy ......


A set of Artist Trading Coins made for a Swap over on UK Stampers Forum ....

The bases were die-cut from re-cycled food packaging and I then stamped some music on dark blue card in silver ink. This was then die-cut and stuck onto the bases.

I then stamped a small Hero Arts stamp in Versafine black ink which was heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I then coloured with Inktense pencils and a waterbrush before trimming out and mounting on green card to form a border.

The words were stamped in Versafine black on white card and again coloured with Inktense pencil. Tese were also trimmed out.

I added the image of the lady and the sentiment as shown and finished with 3 green pearls, edging each coin with green Posca marker.

Sid xx

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Monday, July 25, 2022

Bingo ......


A decorated tag made for a swap on UK Stampers Forum .....

The tag was cut from white card and coloured with blended Distress Inks in brown tones. The Bingo card (Tim Holtz) was stamped in dark brown ink and some dip ink pens were then stamped top and bottom. The X's were added on the card and some adhesive stickers applied spelling 'House'.

Two circular stickers and a brad were added at the bottom and some adhesive numbers added and edged on two sides with Inktense pencil in brown to add depth. The tag was edged with more dark brown Distress ink.

I used a Crop-a-Dile to cut and apply a brown eyelet which was threaded through with metallic gold ribbon to finish ......

Sid xx

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Sunday, July 24, 2022

Mail .....


A set of Artist Trading Cards made for a swap in UK Stampers Forum in a theme of 'In The Post'.

I started by cutting some re-cycled food packaging into 2.5 x 3.5 inch rectangles which I edged with some red an blue striped Washi tape.

I then stamped a air mail tag in Versafine black ink onto white card and heat embossed the image with clear embossing powder. The tags were then coloured with a wash of Walnut Stain Distress ink and edged with more ink to age them a little. They were then trimmed out. I coloured around the hole in the tags with maroon Acrylograph pen and applied a strip of more Washi tape across the front of each tag. They were then added to the bases on foam pads.

I then tied around the middle of each tag with some jute string and trimmed off to finish .....

Sid xx

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Saturday, July 16, 2022

LIM Challenge #469

It's that time for another 'Less Is More' Challenge !  This time you are challenged to make a Clean And Simple card using 'Traditional Christmas' colours


This is my card ......

I started with a 5 x 5 inch white card blank. I then die-cut a 4.5 inch stitched edge square from more white card and stamped the sentiment in black Versafine ink onto this as shown.

The stylised retro trees (PaperArtsy) were stamped on white card in Versamark which was heat embossed with gold embossing powder. The designs were then coloured with Copic markers in traditional red and green as shown. The trees were cut out and applied to the matt with the central tree on foam pads.

The matt with sentiment and trees was then applied to the card blank to finish the card .....

For more inspiration do visit the 'Less Is More' Challenge blog to see my fellow Design Team members cards .... click HERE to go there .... hope you can join us !

Sid xx

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Circus......


Made a CAS card .... the base is a 5 x 5 inch white card blank .....

The image (PaperArtsy) was stamped twice on white card in Memento black ink. I coloured sections of the bodies and hats, trimming out some items and layering on foam pads over the second image for relief. I also used a Wink of Stella pen to give things a subtle shine. The number has been glazed with Glossy Accents ....

I added some metallic chrome dots to the hats with a Molotow pen ..... the sentiment is from a sticker from Ranger which I thought was appropriate .....

The design was then matted onto black and then metallic silver cards before adding to the card front to finish ...

Sid xx

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Saturday, July 09, 2022

Summer ......


A card made for a 'Summer Days' Challenge over on UK Stampers Forum .....

I used a 6 x 6 inch white card blank as the base. I then cut a larger matt from green card and a larger matt from brown Kraft card.

All images (Artemio) were stamped in Archival inks onto a white matt as shown. I also stamped the birds in a different colour, trimmed and applied on foam pads over the original image. The egg was coloured in watered down Distress Ink applied with a water brush.

The matts were put together and applied to the card base. I stamped the words in Versafine black ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. This was trimmed out and applied on a green card matt before adding on more foam pads.

The card was finished with 4 blue green sequins applied with Glossy Accents......

Sid xx

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