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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