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Thursday, 27 July 2017

New Technique Video - resist...

Happy Thursday,

Today I am launching the next youtube video all about the media plates.  This video, the second in the series, shows how to achieve the resist technique used in this card ( in fact the video piece was made up into this card.  I have also included the original card I did with this technique.

If you want to see how the centre of this card was made just watch the video!

The reminder of the card is just the Find It die cut in white card then cut in half and mounted onto a 6"x6" gatefold card blank.  I added pearls and cut the aperture in the middle of the gatefold card so that the image is visible through the 'window'
I have added below the original card I made with this technique!

Another video next week!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Ooh la la...

Happy Wednesday,

Ive titled this post because I think today card has a real french look to it!  It is a really easy card to achieve especially of you have the Izink Inks.  If not you could try distress or other Die based inks.

I simply stared by pressing the raspberry and the night ink pads into a piece of watercolour card.  Next I sprayed water over the pice, the colours in the ink ran which gives the effect shown.  the great thing about the Izink inks is that whilst they are die pads they are water ( not oil ) based so the colours are not permanent and run as shown.

Once I died the piece I stamped the three main stamps from the summer flowers clear stamp set over the top in Black versatile ink ( an oil based die ink that won't run)  I simply then matted the card in red and blue and placed it on a 5 x 7" card bank and finished.

Very simple but I wanted to show what can be achieved by just playing with your inks in a tidy way!

The workshops in the North are now planned and full details will be released tomorrow  there may also be a couple of places on the Coventry one as a couple have moved to the Northern  one.  Please email and Mrs duck can help!


Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Stamped tree...

Happy Tuesday,

I will have full information on the planned workshops tomorrow but I can confirm that we have 2 days in the North planned for November!

Back to today and I thought I would share another winter / Christmas card made with my new range.  I have again used some waste in this card as I really don't like throwing anything away!

I started by putting the ultramarine izink onto the rectangular media plate and ran my brayer over the surface to fade the colour form dark to light.  Next I used the bubbles stamp and the snowflake stamp from my Summer Flowers and Winter trees clear stamp sets and stamped these onto the plate in Night, Ultramarine and Can izink die ink pads.  I kept the patterns just at the top so that it looks like its a snowy scene.

Next I stamped this onto the paper and added the tree stamped directly onto the paper (using my Press to Impress stamp platform) I tore a piece of card in a wave and used this as a mask to add the layers of snow at the base using the mini blender tool from Crafts too and the ultramarine ink ( that's one of the things I love about this ink It works for stamping and blending!)

To make up the card I again used a piece of card that I had cleaned my brayer on ( just running the brayer over scrap card after running it over the media plate)  I stared the snowflake stamp over this using the same three colours of ink and cut this to a panel.  I added a thin dark blue mat around the main image and the side panel.  Finally, before adding to a small 5" x 5" card blank, I added a random die cut form my box of precept bits shaded with the blending tool and the night ink pad.


Monday, 24 July 2017

Mix it up...

Happy Monday,

Today's card is  mix of my classic die cutting with the new media plate stamping technique and even a bit of waste used for the flowers.

I created the circular background using the round media plate, a selection of the cool izink ink sets a the snowflake stamp form the winter tress clear stamp set.  I prepared the media plate with inks and breyered over before stamping the snowflakes in different colours over the top.  I then stamped this using the press to impress stamp platform Click HERE for the link to the stamp platform as there has been quite a lot of confusion as to which I prefer and use.  I repeated the process until I had a centre exactly the way i wanted.

I mounted this behind a die cut from the new Find It media PM10097 Snowflake frame.  I cut this in silver stardust card from Limetree crafts and added gems around the centre ring.  I matted this onto white, blue and silver to make the larger card as shown.

For the flowers I cleaned my brayer on a piece of scrap card by running it over the surface to remove the ink.  This piece was too nice to waste so I cut the poinsettias form it using the find it YCD10026 poinsettia die.  I shaded through the die with mint izink for the centres and shaped them before adding a pearl in the centre.

I added a bow of organza ribbon and a couple of hat pins from my stash.

Workshop News
The workshop advertised yesterday is now fully booked however we are looking to add the Sunday on as well I will let you know if we can or if we have a reserve list.  There is also one of these planned for November in the north I will let you all know the details for this tomorrow!

For now, Enjoy...

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Christmas tree...

Happy (real) Sunday,

Sorry for the mistake in the day yesterday as I am sure you can all imagine I am rather tired after everything this week!  I do have to say a big thank you again to everyone who has helped and supported me through the launch with a special mention to everyone who came to Inspirations in Preston on Thursday and Friday to see the first live demo of John Next Door!

A couple of bits of news today so don't forget to scroll down to the bottom of todays post to see info on a special Workshop!  I thought today I would share a card made with my products and other Crafts Too products.

I started this card at the demo on Friday with a mixture of my Winter Trees stamps and the Magic Stamp.

I stared by heating a cut down rectangular magic stamp which I then pushed into the christmas style tree from the winter trees set.  This creates a negative stamp of the image.  I inked this with ultramarine and the ocean izink die ink pads and stamped it in the centre of a pice of card.  This leaves a perfect white tree against the shaded background.  Next I positioned the actual tree stamp in the white space and using the Press to Impress stamp platform I stamped the tree in black exactly in the middle ( This is almost impossible for me with a stamp block as I always got outside the line!

The background is a piece from something I am trying so its a bit of a sneak peak!

Now onto the news Mrs Duck and I will be holding a workshop all details below.  I keep getting g asked if I do workshops that aren't in a specific shop so we thought we would create one!  This is the first one so spaces are listed and it even includes lunch!

There will also be a pop up shop selling my latest ranges and other selected products!


Saturday, 22 July 2017

Stamp Press Pink Trees...

Happy Saturday,

What better to cheer us all up on a Sunday than a row of cherry blossom filled trees?  I have cheated on this card as the cherry blossom appearance is made with a leaves stamp and inks but it does suggest trees in full bloom to me!

I have added the video which shows the basic technique for this card as part of the Press to Impress Facebook Live I filmed yesterday at Inspirations in Preston.  If you click the link HERE it will show you the video.  I will try to add this youtube as soon as possible but its a little tricky! lol

It was a fabulous 2 days and Thank you to everyone who attendee I'm sorry the stock didn't last longer!  I will let everyone know as soon as the Media Plates and Masks are back in stock promise!

I stamped the trees in a row as shown in the attached video.  I then used thermal leaves stamp included in the winter trees set and stamped leaves over the tress in Raspberry, Walnut and Tea Izink die ink pads.


Friday, 21 July 2017

Sunrise in Brown...

Happy Friday,

I wam doing a Facebook live video today between 9am and 10am all about the Press to Impress stamping platform to share some of the unique features of this prior to its launch on Hochanda on the 8th August  I will try to post the video on my blog tomorrow for my blog family that aren't on Facebook!

Another sample from this weeks shows using the Media Plates ( I promise we will bring these back as soon as possible) this time what looks like a more complex card but again with the system really easy to reproduce!

I started by adding the circular media plate too my Press to Impress temp platform and added the Izink inks in walnut, honey and dawn in stripes across the plate.  I then ran my brayer across the surface to make an ombre effect which suggest a sunset.  Next I used the new small blending tool form crafts too and added more of the walnut to the top edge of the circle and the honey at the base, stamped it,  to give the circle a 3D appearance.

I then added the wheat style clear stamp form the spring stamp set onto an acrylic block and using the walnut ink I stamped this around the base of the circular media plate and stamped this.  This adds the shadows in the circle which, because I stamped it onto the media plate the shadow finishes perfectly at the edge of the circle.

I then added the wheat stamp onto the stamp press and inking with the honey stamped this repeatedly, by sliding the card within the stamp press, across the bottom of the card.  This is one of the reasons I love the press to impress board as It has an open side and bottom means I can use any size of card as well as slide card in the press to repeat a stamp perfectly!

To make up the card I simply cut the piece into a 6 x 6" square and then into 3 2" strips.  I mounted these in a chestneu card and spaced them evenly, with a 1/4" gap across the front of the card.  I made up the card with a long strip of the powder puff style embossing folder ( again form Crafts too and on this weeks shows)  Repeating the pattern by embossing twice as these folders are designed to repeat as much as you need and I love flexibility almost as much as value!

The card is finished with an 8x8" card blank in white *( hand made from Limetree A3 warm white card)