Michelle Last

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

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.

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Heat Embossing using Hello Friend from Stampin’ Up!

Technique 101 with Michelle Last

This months technique is heat embossing a real favourite of mine and I use it a lot as it really adds a pop and definition to your projects.  It is also perfect to use on those hard to stamp materials such as vellum.

Hello Friend from Stampin Up

I went super simple and embossed the wreath image direct onto Smoky Slate cardstock.  I then added the greeting in black ink and added a gingham bow and some rhinestones – really simple.

How to Heat Emboss
  • Sweep the embossing buddy across the cardstock to absorb any sticky or greasy areas on your card.
  • Ink up the desired image in Versamark Ink and stamp onto the cardstock.
  • Sprinkle over the chosen heat emboss powder, tapping off any excess.
  • If you have grains of embossing powder which are stuck to the cardstock where they shouldn’t be, rub them off or remove with a dry paint brush.
  • Turn on your heat tool and wait approx 20-30 seconds for it to heat up until you point it at the stamped image and watch the powder turn from dull/matt to a shiny sealed image once they are heat set.
  • Your image will now be heat set and permanent.
  • Be careful when embossing on delicate paper or cardstock such as vellum.
  • Remember to turn off and unplug your heat tool when not in use.

Let’s go and see what the other design team have made using Heat Embossing.  Next up is Frenchie, click the next button below but if you get lost then the list of particpants is shared below.

Technique 101 Next

 

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

If you wish to purchase any of the items I have used to make this card, they are all available via my online shop.

Bonus Days from Stampin Up

For every £45 you spend you will receive a coupon code for £4.50 to spend in August.

Click any of the images below to go to that item in my shop and please use the monthly hostess code to receive a free thank you gift for shopping with me.

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Stampin’ Up! OnStage Swaps & Gifts

Happy Easter to all my friends and blog readers.

I have recently returned from Stampin’ Up! OnStage in Amsterdam.  Demonstrators gather together every 6 months to share new catalogues and products, celebrate and swaps.  At these wonderful fun events we meet with team and I get the chance to spoil my team members.

Swaps

We give out ‘swaps’ which are card samples.  We make as many as we wish all in the same design (because its easier to make lots of the same design) and swap them at the event with other demos.  So that means I arrive with lots of the same card and come home with loads and loads of card ideas and samples in different designs and varying stamp sets. I will be sharing a Facebook live on my business page in the coming week showing you all the goodies and swaps I received so be sure to have liked my page to see the live or watch it back at your leisure

My sister Carolyn is my stamping helper and she helped me make 160 of these swaps as I also used these cards for my thank you gifts to anyone placing an online order with me in March 🙂

Birthday Blossoms from Stampin Up

I used the Birthday Blooms stamp set which you may have overlooked in the annual catalogue on page 13. I was inspired by Erum Jasmeem.  I used the gorgeous grunge stamp set which has been retired and has already sold out but the splatter stamp in Touches of Texture would work just as well and the hello lovely stamp is from the Hello Lovely Project Life Accessory pack (page 163).

I added some sequins in the centre of the flowers which really sparkle, shame the photos does not do it justice.

As I mentioned I continued the theme for my thank you cards and gifts for anyone placing an online order with me in March.  These have been posted out (on Tuesday) so I feel I can finally share the surprise gift that everyone will receive this month.

Online order thank you gift from Michelle Last

I sent an archival gray ink pad and a 6×6″ silver and gold foil sheets and some whisper white envelopes.  I really do appreciate everyone who supports me and my business 🙂

I give a little something to my team members who attend OnStage and have a swap and a little bag with a pack of lace doilies and a handmade reminder of the Statement of the Heart which is Stampin’ Up’s mission statement.

Team Swaps & Gifts OnStage Stampin Up

I am so lucky to have a large team and it was so nice to get a hug and share the OnStage experience with them.

I was a little laden down with bags though on the first day!  It is no wonder I suffer with a bad back!

Team Swaps for OnStage Stampin Up

And finally some of my team give me presents and I am so thankful for their kindness and generosity that I took along a little supply of Easter treats to give out to my extended team in return for their lovely gifts.

Easter Bunnies from Stampin Up

Am gutted that this little bunny from Basket Bunch has now sold out.  It proves you need to be quick and snap up your favourites from the catalogue.  There are still lots of favourites left so check out the retiring list by clicking the image on the right hand side to go direct to my shop and see the lists or click the link to my retiring list blog post to download a pdf or excel spreadsheet.

Here are the supplies I used to make my swap, click any of the image below to go direct to that item in my shop and don’t forget to add the monthly hostess code if you place an online order for £20+ (and less than £150) to receive a free thank you gift from me.

Be sure to come back on Sunday when I share more of the gifts I made for my teamies from OnStage

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Pinkies Colouring Challenge

This week I am sharing some entries to our team challenge to create a project using colouring.

Pinkies Team Design Challenge with Michelle Last

There are so many ways to colour in paper crafting and I am sure that you will be inspired by all the projects shared below to pick up your own colouring tools and get crafting!

Before I reveal what my team made and give you a chance to vote for your favourite I wanted to share my colouring project…

Forever evergreen stampin Up

I had wonderful fun colouring in these baubles.  I really am a novice at colouring but when you use watercolour paper its really easy.  I stamped the baubles in versamark and embossed in silver embossing powder.  I then was able to use my aqua painter to colour the baubles and add shading by going over the same patch of the bauble.  As watercolour paper is super absorbent its means you can colour repeatedly over the same spot to create the shading or graduation of colour.

I wanted the baubles to pop off the background so I added a smoky slate background using a dauber.  I then stamped the tree branches from Christmas Pines in two colours of ink.

I then threaded the silver metallic thread from the top of the bauble to the branch so they look like they are really hanging from the tree.

I added the Noel sentiment and embossed that too.  I then stamped, coloured and cut out two more baubles which I added to the inside with another sentiment.

forever-evergreen-stampin-up

So my wonderful team members have also been colouring and have entered their projects into a challenge and I would love you to vote for your 3 favourite projects.

Take a look at all the entries below and please vote for your three favourites by clicking the heart in the top right of the image.


Voting closes on Thursday 27th October at midnight and the winner will be announced on Friday in a new blog post and they will also receive a £20 Stamping Spree with me!

Below are the supplies I used to make my card, simply click any of the images to go direct to my online shop to place your own order.  Don’t forget to add the monthly hostess code to receive a free thank you gift for shopping with me.

Thanks for voting, we really appreciate it and I cannot wait to see which 3 are your favourites and announce the winner on Friday!

 

 

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Team Challenge – Stampin’ Up projects using Heat Embossing

I am holding another challenge for my team of demos and they need to create something using heat embossing.   I love heat embossing and quite often when my card just needs a little something more I add some heat embossing.  Everyone who took part is shown below and I would love you to vote for your three favourite entries.

Pinkies Team Design Challenge with Michelle Last

I have made my own card using heat embossing and I reached for the new stamp set Frosted Medallions as I just love the large snowflake design.

Pinkies Team Design challenge using Heat Embossing

I stamped onto Sweet Sugar plum card in versa mark and heat embossed using clear embossing powder which gives a tone on tone effect.

The back ground card base is Rich Razzleberry and I added the lovely big sentiment from Wonderful Year onto vellum and heat embossed that in white embossing powder, it really makes it pop! Finally a flourish of sequins and it was complete.

Now its time to see what my team have made using heat embossing….

Take a look at all the entries below and please vote for your three favourites by clicking the heart in the top right of the image. Voting closes on Thursday 15th September at midnight and the winner will be announced on Friday in a new blog post and they will also receive a £20 Stamping Spree with me!

Thanks for voting, we really appreciate it and I cannot wait to see which 3 are your favourites and announce the winner on Friday!

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