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.

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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

All the items I have used to make this card are available from my Online Shop, simply click any of the images shared below to go direct to that item in my shop and place your order.

Please use the monthly hostess code if you spend £20+ to receive a free thank you gift as I really appreciate you shopping with me 🙂

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Technique 101 using Stampin Write Markers

Technique 101 with Michelle Last

Today at the Technique 101 we are sharing some tips and ideas on how to make a quick and simple card using the Stampin Write Markers from Stampin Up.

I decided to showcase the colouring of the stamps using the markers with the Label Me Pretty Stamp set and matching Pretty Label Punch.

Label Me Pretty using Stampin Write Markers

I used the beautiful Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper for the card background.  I coloured the pretty stamp with the flower detail with 4 different colour markers all from the Subltes Collection of Stampin’ Write Markers in Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz.

Technique 101 Stampin Write Markers

How I made my card

I used the thick tip of the marker and colour each element separately.  You will find that when you first colour the ink is wet and shiny but as it dries (which is pretty quickly) it dulls on the red rubber.  Don’t rush or worry how long it takes to colour your stamp that the ink is going to dry and you won’t get a good stamped impression.

You simply need to re-moisten the stamp by breathing hard on the red rubber and the moisture in your breath with re-moisten the ink and then you can stamp onto whisper white cardstock and punch out using the Pretty Label Punch.

Pretty Label Punch from Stampin Up

I then stamped the chosen greeting using Dapper Denim Ink (which I picked out of the delightful daisy dsp) and punched around it with my 1 3/8″ circle punch which nests perfectly in the Pretty Label Punch which I raised with a dimensional.

Label Me Pretty from Stampin Up

I used the notecards and envelopes from Stampin’ Up which are cut and scored and a smaller size so not daunting for beginner crafts and a great price too!

I love that you can own so many of our ink colours if you purchase the Stampin Write Markers and then simply choose the ink pads in your favourite colours.  It means you have a wide array of colours to use and its a great way to build your collection when you first get started.  The marker pens are filled with dye ink which is exactly the same as the ink pads, so fast drying and perfectly matches our coloured cardstock, embellishments, papers etc.

Let’s go over to see what Frenchie has made using our fabulous markers.  Simply click the next button below….

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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

4. Leonie Schroder – Australia
5. Carmen Morris – Netherlands
6. Heike Vass – Germany
7. Michelle Last – UK < that’s me!

If you would like to purchase any of the products I have used to make this card or any from the new stampin up catalogue simply click any of the image below to go direct to my online shop to place your order.  Don’t forget to use the monthly hostess code if your order is £20+ to receive a free thank you gift from me as I really do appreciate your business.

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Technique 101 – Sponging

Techniques 101 Monthly Blog Hop

In this months blog hop with the Technique 101 we are sharing cards with sponging on them.  Any sponging goes and I am sure that the design team will be sharing lots of ideas on how to get some great effects with your sponges and daubers.

Sponging using Weather Together from Stampin Up

I cut out a rectangle using my paper trimmer and photocopy paper.  I used photocopy paper as it is thin and when I sponge over the edge of the cut paper the sponge passes smoothly over it to create a nice crisp sponged line.

By using photocopy paper you can also position the rectangle on your card front and see it is lined up correctly.

I then used Marina Mist Ink and a large sponge and tapped the sponge into the ink and dabbed it off onto the grid paper behind before sponging.  Take your time, I move in a circular motion with my sponge and be sure not to let your mask slip.

Once you are happy with your sponged panel, I stamped the umbrella stamp from Weather Together in Black Ink.  I then stamped the umbrella again and cut it out so add some dimension.  I simply coloured the handle with a night of navy marker pen and added some flowers and pearls from the stamp set.

This stamp set comes with a set of dies but I did not use them for this card, I hand cut the elements.

So now it is time to pop on over to Frenchie’s blog to see what she has made using sponging.

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
4. Leonie Schroder – Australia
5. Carmen Morris – Netherlands
6. Heike Vass – Germany
7. Michelle Last – UK < You are here

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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Easy Panel Card – Technique 101 Blog Hop

Happy New Year Technique 101 followers!  Thank you for joining us today to see an easy panel card using some of the new products from the new seasonal catalogue.

Techniques 101 Monthly Blog Hop

This month we are an easy panel cards and my panel card could not be easier.  I have simply cut a piece of the gorgeous paper called Inside the Lines which is free during sale-a-bration.  I cut the patterned paper 13cm x 9.5cm.

I used the new watercolour pencils colour the paper and blended the colours with an aqua painter and blender pen.  It took some time but was so relaxing.  Once I was happy with my colouring I then cut the paper into three even size strips (approx 4.3cm wide).

Inside the Lines from Stampin Up

I then stamped the perfect sentiment from Milestone Moments onto vellum and heat embossed it with white embossing powder to make it stand out.

I then stuck the panels onto the card base using dimensionals and then wrapped the vellum sentiment around the two edge panels and secured in place with glue dots.

Inside the Lines free from Stampin Up during SAB

I have used all new products from the seasonal which cost approx £45 to purchase which means you can choose the free paper as your sale-a-bration gift and get colouring to your hearts content.  Of course if you already own some of the supplies used you could supplement your order with lots of the other new goodies instead! So let’s pop over to see what France has created with this quick and easy technique….

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
4. Leonie Schroder – Australia
5. Carmen Morris – Netherlands
6. Heike Vass – Germany
7. Michelle Last – UK < You are here

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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