Michelle Last

Embossing Paste for Technique 101 Blog Hop

Technique 101 with Michelle Last
This month at the Technique 101 blog hop we are all using Embossing paste!  I had not used this new product before and to be honest and just winged it.  It was really easy, fast drying and added a lovely texture and dimension to my card so will definitely be using it again soon.

Quirky Critters using Embossing Paste

I used the paste to create the glittery cloud background.

Quirky Critters for Technique 101

To make the background using embossing paste I did the following
  • I sponged a whisper white card base with Marina Mist ink and a sponge to create a mottled cloudy background.
  • I placed my mask with the clouds over my card front and taped in place with washi tape so it did not move.
  • I then used the palette knife and the embossing paste to spread the paste over the mask as if you spreading butter onto toast.
  • Ensure that you cover the whole area and all the die cut cloud shapes with a think layer of the embossing paste.
  • Then keeping the palette knife horizontal to the card base and stencil (and the desk) scrape off the excess so  you only leave the paste left inside the cloud shape.
  • Add any paste back to the tub and wipe off the excess paste from the palette knife using a wet wipe.
  • Be quick with the clean up as the paste dries really quick.
  • Remove the washi tape and peel back the mask and wash with soapy water and dry.
  • Sprinkle dazzling diamonds glitter to the clouds and set aside for the embossing paste to dry completely.
  • Stamp the critter and colour with aqua painter, watercolour pencils or a blender pen (which is what I used).
  • Die cut the critter (sloth) and create a frame which what ever you have in your craft room,  A standard square mat and layer will work fine.
  • Once the embossing paste background is dry add the quirky critter to the front using dimensionals.

Isn’t it fun?  I really hope you give the embossing paste a try.  Time to hop across to see what the other blog hoppers have made using embossing paste.  Next up is Frenchie >

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Just in case you get lost along the way, here is the list of participants this month, hope you enjoy hopping around and be sure to leave us a comment if you like what you see.

1. France Poitras Martin – USA
2 .Sandi MacIver – Canada
3. Leonie Schroder – Australia
4. Carmen Morris – Netherlands
5. Heike Vass – Germany
6. Michelle Last – UK < You are here

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Hello! Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue Blog Hop using Blooms & Wishes

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Welcome to the Hello! Annual Catalogue 2016-2017 Blog Hop! You’ll be hopping around some amazing Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrators blogs, each with an inspirational project, featuring new catalogue products. 

Currently you’re visiting Michelle Last from the UK Hello there! You can continue hopping by using the previous and next buttons at the end of this post. Now, let’s scroll down to see what I’ve been making. I reached for my Blooms & Wishes set which is so easy to create beautiful cards.  It looks so different when stamped in different colours too, see my previous card made with different colour inks!  It is such a versatile set!

Blooms & Wishes for Hello New Catalogue Blog Hop
I had a little candle in a jar and decided to embellish the top to match the card to give as a gift and paired with the striped ribbon as it coordinates so well!
I used the new layering circles framelits to create the double scallop edge.  I also used the sunshine wishes thinlits to create the die cut sentiment and matching stamps from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set.
Blooms & Wishes Candle Jar
I have a wonderful tutorial, video to share with you tomorrow on how I made the card and several others and  you won’t want to miss it so be sure to pop back tomorrow!
Don’t forget that the Bonus Days Offer is on which means that for every £45 you spend you will receive a coupon worth £4.50 to spend in August.  More details on Bonus Days can be found by clicking the button on the right hand side bar.

Thank you for visiting today. The next stop is the talented
Louise Sharp from Australia. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!
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If you would like a full line up of all participants on the hop please see below –

Sarah Berry – UK
Carolina Evans – AUSTRALIA
Michelle Last – UK < You are here!
Louise Sharp – AUSTRALIA
Anja Luft – GERMANY
Caroline van der Straaten – THE NETHERLANDS
Constanze Wirtz – GERMANY
Kylie Bertucci – AUSTRALIA
Tracy May – UK
Valerie Lo – FRANCE
Josee Smuck – CANADA
Jennifer Pauli – GERMANY
Krista Driessen – THE NETHERLANDS

Here are the supplies I used to create this project, simply click the images below to go direct to my online shop.  And for every £45 you spend you will receive an emailed coupon to use in August! And if ordering via my online shop don’t forget to use the monthly hostess code to receive a free thank you gift.
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Technique 101 – Using Stampin’ Write Markers

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This month I am sharing a simple card using the Stampin’ Write Markers.  The Stampin’ Write markers are dual tipped marker pens in the Stampin’ Up! colours which are filled with dye inks so they are perfectly suited to colouring your rubber stamps and stamping onto card.  Dye inks are fast drying (so no smudging) and when colouring onto a stamp they can dry before you get a chance to stamp but don’t worry that is easily solved by re-moistening the stamp by breathing a deep exhalation on the stamp before pressing onto your card.

Technique 101 - Marker Pens from Stampin Up using Endless Thanks

I have used the photopolymer stamp set called Endless Thanks and used 3 colours of marker pens, Melon Mambo and Old Olive (both from the brights collection) and the Basic Black marker which is available to purchase on its own.

Every marker has a dual top, a fine tip for journaling and a thick tip for colouring.  You can colour the stamps, re-moisten with your breath and stamp or colour in your images directly onto the card.  It means you do not need to invest in all the colour ink pads right away but instead invest in a set of markers or the whole set of markers and know that you have a good range of Stampin’ Up! colours to be working with.

I simply coloured each stamp with the thick brush tip of the marker, re-moistened with my breath and stamped.  If you look at the marker pen there is a tick line next to the thick tip and a thin line next to the thin tip.  I added two strips of washi tape in matching colours and stamped an array of flowers, leaves and hearts.  I then stamped the banner and added my chosen sentiment and cut around it.  I stuck the banner down with dimensionals so that it gave the card some dimension.

Technique 101 - Using Markers from Stampin Up on Endless Thanks

And guess what?  If you image doesn’t stamp perfectly, you can simply use the marker pen to colour any missed areas – genius!

So it is time to go and see what Sonia Benedetti from France  has made using markers, simply click the next button below to keep hopping..

Techniques 101 International Blog Hop

Here is the list of participants in the technique 101 blog hop in case you get lost along the way ……
1. France Poitras Martin – USA
2 .Sandi MacIver – Canada
3. Patrice Halliday-Larsen – New Zealand (your are here)
4. 
Leonie Schroder – Australia
5. Erna Logtenberg – Netherlands
6. Heike Vass – Germany
7. Michelle Last – UK
8. Sonia Benedetti – France

If you wish to purchase any of the items used to make this card simply click the images shown below to go direct to my online shop.  And don’t forget to use my monthly hostess card to receive a free thank you gift for shopping with me!

 

 

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Vase of Flowers for the Pinkies Blog Hop

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Thank you for joining us on another Pinkies Blog Hop! We’re showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using products from the new Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalogue.

Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep hopping!

The catalogue launched on 1st June and I have been happily crating with lots of new stash and one of my clear favourites has to be the Jar of Love stamp set.

Jar of Love Vase of Flowers - Pinkies Blog Hop

I love this colour palette and the little stripe of washi tape really adds a pop of colour.

I also used the new sponge brayer to add a little sahara sand ink around the edge of the white card which was raised up using dimensionals.

Jar of Love Vase of Flowers - Pinkies Blog Hop

I left off the sentiment so that I can add the perfect one when I am ready to send this little jar of flowers.

So are you ready to go and see what my other wonderful team members have made using products from the new catalogue.  Hop around each blog, Sarah is up next and feel free to leave a comment or two if you like what you see.

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All the items I used to make this card are listed below, simply click any of the images to go direct to my online shop.

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Technique 101 – Simple Heat Embossing & New Stampin Up catalogue launch!

Welcome back, two posts in one day!!! The new catalogue launches today!  That means you can finally look inside the catalogue and see all the wonderful new goodies on offer. I am going to be placing a huge order today as I have been waiting 6 weeks to get my hands on some of the new items!

If you have not seen the new catalogue simply click the link on the right of my blog to open an pdf copy.  If you would like a paper copy, drop me an email/message with your address and I will post one out to you free of charge. All the specials and offers launched today are shared on the blog post earlier.

Techniques 101 Monthly Blog Hop

I also have a Technique 101 Blog Post for you which is sharing a simple card using a technique, this months technique is Heat Embossing.  It is such a WOW technique and if you have not tried it before you definitely need to give it a go….

Technique 101 - Heat Embossing using Love & Affection

I used a new stamp set called Love & Affection and simply stamped the sentiment and the floral designs around the edge of the card front using Versamark Ink.  Versamark Ink is more sticky than normal ink and takes longer to dry which gives you time to sprinkle the heat embossing powder on to your card front.  It only sticks where you have inked with the versamark.

Technique 101 - Heat Embossing using Love & Affection

I keep my embossing powder in plastic takeaway containers as it makes it easier to pour the excess back into the container.  If you find that the powder is sticking to the card in places where it shouldn’t you really need to invest in an embossing buddy as it removes any moisture or oil from the paper which the powder will want to cling to.

Once the powder has stuck to the inked image  you need to use your heat tool to melt and set your powder.   Turn on the heat tool and let it heat up for 30 seconds before pointing it at your cardstock to melt the powder.

Technique 101 - Embossing using Love & Affection

When the powder is melted it will go from dull to shiny.  You can see the leaves which are bright white, they have melted and you can move the heat tool to another area to melt the powder until it is all done.

Once it is melted and cooled you should be able to run your hand over the stamped images and the melted powder will not rub off.

I then simply added some rhinestones to add some bling and you are good to go!

I did a stepped up version of this card for my cruise swap with Stampin Up which you can see here……

Please continue to hop on over to Sonia in France to see some more ideas using heat embossing….

Techniques 101 International Blog Hop

Here is a list of all the participants of this technique 101 post, be sure to hop around and see lots more wonderful ideas using heat embossing…

Sandi MacIver – Canada (you are here)

Patrice Halliday-Larsen – New Zealand

Leonie Schroder – Australia

Erna Logtenberg – Netherlands

Heike Vass – Germany

Michelle Last – UK < that’s me

Sonia Benedetti – France

In the meantime please pop on over to my shop and place an order for all the lovely new products.  If your order is £20+ and less than £150 please use the hostess code to receive a free thank you gift from me.

If your order is £150+ you will receive the hostess rewards for yourself so please check out the lovely new hostess items at the back of the catalogue as there are some gorgeous ones all at subsidised prices just for people spending £150+ or hosting a party.

 

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