Michelle Last

Flirty Flowers from Stampin’ Up!

I have inked up a new stamp today for the colour challenge for the Global Design Project this week.  I stamped and embossed with white embossing powder the Flirty Flowers Stamp Set onto Crumb Cake cardstock.

Flirty Flowers from Stampin' Up!

I then coloured the flowers with Whisper White Craft Ink and an aqua painter and let it dry (you can use a heat tool).  I then coloured the flowers in Tangerine Tango and Peekaboo Peach using an aqua painter and for a more intense colour a blender pen.  The leaves are coloured with Lemon Lime Twist.

I wanted to add a final flourish and stitch around the edge with my sewing machine but I had the stitch set to too small which is why the top line hasn’t worked out so great!  Don’t you love it when you make a booboo on a card that has so many elements to it that you just have to run with it?

Here is the colour combo for the challenge at the Global Design Project this week…

#GDP105 Colour Challenge

Why don’t you join us this week and make something using these 3 colours, we love seeing what you have made!

Time to pop over to the design team members to see what those beautiful people have made.  Click the link to go to the Global Design Project and see more..

All the items I used to make this card are shared below, click any of the images to go direct to that item in my shop and to place an online order.

 

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Embossed Watercolour Resist for Technique 101 Blog Hop

Technique 101 with Michelle Last

I am sharing a cool technique with you today called Embossed Watercolour Resist for the Technique 101 Blog Hop.

Colourful Seasons Leaf Background from Stampin' Up!

I have the best customers and one of my lovely ladies in Scotland was telling me about creating this technique and I have since fallen in love with the emboss watercolour resist technique.

How to create the Embossed Watercolour Resist technique
  • I stamped the leaf image from Colorful Seasons over the watercolour paper using Versamark Ink.
    This was probably the trickiest part as the ink is clear and hard to detect until you have sprinkled the clear embossing powder on it.
  • I then sprinkled white embossing powder own the inky leaf stamped images and heat set with a heat tool.
  • Wet the watercolour paper with a paint brush and water, be liberal with the water.
  • Choose the colours you wish to use and squeeze the ink pads whilst still closed to pool some ink in the lid.  Open the ink pad and add 3-5 drops of water into the pooled ink to make it really watery.
  • With an aqua painter pick up your chosen coloured ink and colour ink the stamped image.
  • The ink will stay within the embossed lines and create the emboss resist technique.
  • If you need to re-wet your watercolour paper until all the stamped images are coloured in.
  • Once completed dry the watercolour paper with a heat tool then re-wet the background with the water and paint brush and using Marina Mist (watered down in the lid) blend the ink in the background.
  • Dry and assemble the card.

The ink will fade as it drys but you can dry and repeat the process or add less watered down ink colour to your image to make it as bright as you wish.

Colorful Seasons with Michelle Last

Try it, pretty sure you will love the effect and we have some beautiful stamps which would work great with this technique.

For more ideas and inspiration on using the watercolour emboss resist technique let’s pop over to Frenchie’s blog to see what she has created.

Technique 101 Next

If you get in a muddle whilst hopping around, here is the line up..

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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Birthday Blooms & Hexagons Embossing Folder

This week at the Global Design Project we are casing the designer and guess what the designer is ME!  It is a bit strange casing yourself but it was easier that I thought.

Birthday Blooms & Hexagons & Embossing Folder

How I created my card

I embossed the background using the Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder which gives a really deep emboss to the whisper white card.  I mounted the white onto silver foil to pick up the heat embossed greeting.

Can you see the subtle sparkle on the flower?  I used my Wink of Stella.

I used the layering circles framelits to create a focal point to add the beautiful flower from Birthday Blooms which I coloured using the Calypso Coral and Old Olive Watercolour pencils and an Aqua Painter.

Birthday Blooms for #GDP084

I stamped the flower from Birthday Blooms using Basic Grey Archival Ink from Stampin Up and cut around the coloured image.

The scallop circle frame was raised with foam adhesive strips and the friend word is from the Oh Happy Day card kit stamps.  Here is the card we all have to case this week, why don’t you join us and make something casing my card below?  You can case any element, the design, colour scheme, products used it is up to you, I would love to see what you come up with.

#GDP084 case the designer Michelle Last

Let’s pop on over to the Global Design Project website to see what the other design team members have made?

If you would like to purchase any of the items I have used to make this card please pop on over to my online shop and be sure to check out the retiring items and snaffle up the items you cannot live without.

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#GDP068 Baby Card using NEW Moon Baby

Happy New Year lovely blog readers!  I hope you had a lovely Christmas and a wonderful New Year and are rested and relaxed and ready to get crafty!  This week at the Global Design Challenge we are casing the designer Jess Williams.  Jess is a member of the Global Design Project design team, she lives in Australia and has been a previous Artisan Design Team member for Stampin Up!  She is super talented and I would love you to pop on over to her blog to see her latest creations.

I have made a baby card using the Moon Baby stamp set.  I have started using some of the brand new products from the new seasonal catalogue which launches on Wednesday 4th Jan 2017 so not long to wait to get your hands on the goodies yourself. I am still happy to send out paper copies of the new catalogue so if you have not had your copy yet please do request a copy by click the button on the right.

#GDP068 Moon Baby from Stampin Up

Isn’t that little baby adorable?  I have used the new watercolour pencils to colour in the image and then blended on the watercolour paper using an aqua painter.  I die cut some stars using the star die from Peaceful Pines and create a shaker using gold glitter which fitted with the sentiment perfectly.  The diagonal edge was stamped with watercolour wonder ink (stamped off twice to get a lighter colour) and the stamp from Gorgeous Grunge and the beautiful ombre ribbon is from the new Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit.

I added another sentiment to the inside from the Moon Baby set…

#GDP068 Moon Baby

This sentiment is perfect for my lovely friend who has just welcomed her first grandchild into their family.

#GDP068 Case the designer Jess Williams

Are you ready to tackle your first crafty challenge?  Then why not join us at the Global Design Project and case Jess’s card shown above?  Pop on over to the GDP to see what the other wonderful design team have made using Jess’s card as inspiration and see the instructions on how to enter.

If you wish to order any of the items I used to make my card they will be available to purchase on Wednesday and for every £45 you spend you can choose a free item from the sale-a-bration leaflet.  There are 12 different things to choose from and you are sure to want more than one!

It’s a great deal to join too!  Pay £99, choose £130 of any current goods PLUS two additional stamp sets of any value!  I would simply LOVE you to join me and my team, all the info about joining can be found under the tab at the top of my blog.  Any questions please do get in touch but don’t join before Wednesday as you will miss out on the great sale-a-bration joining offer!

Below are the items I used to make my card, simply click the images below to go direct to my online shop and be sure to use the monthly hostess code when placing an order for £20+

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Bear Hugs from Stampin Up

Its theme challenge week over at the Global Design Project and the theme is adventure.  Bear Hugs from Stampin Up seemed like a perfect stamp set as a start for my adventure themed card and this is what I came up with…

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I wanted to create a fun outdoor adventure card and decided to mask the trees to make the bear be popping out from behind the trees.

I used the single tree stamp from Lovely as a Tree and stamped the tree onto a post it note and then removed 2-3 from the post it note stack and cut closely around the stamped image so that when I split the post it note stack I had three tree masks.  I stamped the trees along the booting of the white cardstock and then masked up two trees whilst stamping another tree in the centre.

Once I got about half way up I masked the tree and added the bear in basic black ink which I then coloured the bear with an aqua painter and early espresso ink. I then had to create a bear mask with post its so that I could continue to stamp the trees all the way to the top of the cardstock.

I inked around the edge using Garden Tree Ink and a sponge and aqua painted over the trees to blend the green ink out and to make the white background show less.

I wanted to stamp the inside too and loved the sentiment which is from The Places You’ll Go as it matched the front perfectly!

#gdp063-bear-hugs-adventure-theme-card

You may be thinking when would you give a card with this sentiment (both from Places You’ll Go)  but I had in mind our son who likes to travel the world for months at a time and I always send him on his way with a note or a card and this would be just perfect.

So pop on over to the Global Design Project to join in this week and make your own adventure card and whilst you are there come and see what the other design team members have made.

#GDP063 Adventure Theme Challenge

All the products I have used are from Stampin Up and can be purchased from my shop. You can click the shop now button on the right or click the items listed below to go direct to my shop.

 

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