Michelle Last

Technique 101 – Creating backgrounds with your clear blocks

Technique 101 with Michelle Last

This month we are sharing projects made by inking up the clear blocks and stamping them to create a background for your card.

Flower Shop & Pansy Punch from Stampin Up

I originally wanted to use one large clear block but just wasn’t get the background effect I wanted so I reached for my clear block B and inked it up with smoky slate ink and spritzed it with water from the spritzer bottle.

I then stamped it on the watercolour card background and pressed hard to let the ink soak in and didn’t lift up the block right away, I let it sit for a while to make sure that the paper had soaked up the ink and water.

If you have excess water when you remove the block, simply dab away any excess with kitchen towel or tissue.

I stamped the same block in the same ink twice more to create three blocks on my background.

Backgrounds with clear blocks

I them stamped three identical flowers from the flower shop stamp set and coloured with with Powder Pink and Flirty Flamingo ink and an aqua painter an stuck them on the blocks with a dimensional.

Finally I needed a greeting and die cut the hug using the Lovely Words Thinlit Dies and just snipped the ends of the word so it wasn’t encased in the circle.

A final addition of the glitter enamel dots and it was done!

I cannot wait to see the backgrounds the rest of the blog hoppers have created with clear blocks, lets go visit Frenchie and see her beautiful card.

Technique 101 Next

Hop on round but if you lose your way here is a list of the blog hop participants.

1. France Poitras Martin – USA
3. Leonie Schroder – Australia
4. Carmen Morris – Netherlands
5. Patrice Halliday-Larsen
6. Michelle Last – UK < You are here

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Hug in a Mug from Stampin’ Up! for the Global Design Project

Welcome to my blog, today I am sharing a card made with the Hug in a Mug stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  I am casing a card from fellow design team member Allison Okamitsu.  Allison is super talented and an Artisan Design Team Member with Stampin’ Up!, you must go check out her blog.

Hug in a Mug from Stampin' Up!

I just love this little set in the new seasonal catalogue, it’s a great price at £15 and you can make varying mugs with varying contents and make it suit the theme of your card.

I heat embossed the mugs with white embossing powder and then added colour to the mugs using white ink.

The circle sentiment is cut using the Lovely Words Thinlits and the Layering Circle Framelits.

I used my stamp-a-majig to ensure the ‘sending warm thoughts’ to position my greeting in the gap of the die cut.

I added a raised mug stamped onto whisper white cardstock to give a little dimension.

This is the card I cased this week and I would love you to join us this week and make a card with the one below from Aliison as inspiration…

#GDP104 Allison Okamitsu

So let’s pop over to see what the other design team members have made with this card for inspiration.  Visit the Global Design Project and the instructions are all there on how to upload your own entry this week.

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Anniversary Card made using Message in a Bottle

Today I have an anniversary/love theme card for this weeks theme challenge over at the Global Design Project.

Anniversary card made using Stampin Up items

 

I wanted to go non-traditional and steer clear of hearts, pink and red and try something new.  I adore the Message in a Bottle stamp set and love its quirky creatures and fun quotes and it’s a great price too!

The sails were stamped and fussy cut to add dimension and I did the same to the waves too.   A perfect card my my lovely hubby and I was going to say not a heart in sight but then I realised I did add a cheeky little heart.

The embossed background on the card front was perfect to signify waves with the boat theme.  The embossing folder is called Seaside and available from my shop along with all the other products used to make this card.

Why not join our theme challenge this week over at the Global Design Project and make a special card for the sweetheart in your life just because?

Let’s pop over and see what the other design team members have made using the same Wedding/Anniversary theme and be inspired!

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Lovely Inside & Out Bundle for the Global Design Project

I have a card to share for the Global Design Project sketch challenge using the Lovely Inside & Out Bundle from Stampin’ Up!

Lovely Inside & Out from Stampin Up

It is a very simply sketch and I really encourage you to join in this week and share what you make using the sketch for inspiration.

Here’s how I made it

I used a brand new designer series paper coming in the new autumn/winter catalogue for the background of my card, isn’t it lovely.  You really are in for a treat in September 🙂

I layered the paper and burlap ribbon to give an earthy/natural feel and added the greeting from the Lovely Inside & Out stamp set and cut the ‘hugs’ die cut word from the Lovely Words Thinlits.

I added some gold foil to two of the corners for something different and then fussy cut a small spring of leaves to accent the hugs word. A final wrap of linen thread and it was complete.

Really simply, let’s go and see what the other design team members have made using the same sketch and be sure to check out how to enter this weeks challenge over at the Global Design Project

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Grown with Love from Stampin’ Up!

I have a pretty garden themed card made using the Grown with Love stamp set from Stampin Up to share with you today for a colour challenge for the Global Design Project.

Grown with Love from Stampin' Up!

I fell in love with the cute stamps with the greeting incorporated into the design.

How I made this card

I cut a strip of very vanilla cardstock 2″ wide and punched the tag topper punch to create a tag.

I coloured the plant pot in Crumb Cake ink, the leaves in Wild Wasabi and the flowers in Berry Burst using the Stampin Write markers.  I added versa mark ink to the greeting and heat embossed it in silver embossing powder.

I stamped the flowers again in Berry Burst Ink and hand cut around them and raised them up with the teeny tiny dimensionals.

I drew a pencil line around the tag and then stamped the flowers and leaves from the other stamps in this set in crumbed cake to create a stamped background.

I added some Berry Burst splatters using the Timeless Textures stamp and then sponged with crumb cake ink to add some contrast.

Finally some Glitter enamel dots added a little glitter and sparkle and the Finely Woven Ribbon added some texture.

I really hope you join us this week and create a card using the same colours and share with us over at the Global Design Project.

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