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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Fifth Saturday Technique Time - Watercolour Stamping

There are 5 Saturday's in April, time for another technique.   Thought I'd share a little watercolour stamping with you this time.   There are so many ways you can combine Water, Colour, & Stamping this is just a look at one or two of them.

Some of the things you will need:

Dye based ink pads
Felt tip Pens
Acrylic Block
Water Brush
Spray mister

Rubber Stamps (you can use polymer but the inks can pool on those)

First a quick technique that is fun and produces some lovely results.

Choose a stamp that has a filled in image rather than just an outline.  
This stamp is a Penny-black brush stroke image.
Your favourite watercolour felt pens, these are my old tried and trusted Whisper Pens.
A fine spray water mister.

Colour the rubber stamp with felt pens, use the lightest colours first and then the darker ones to avoid colour contamination of your pens.   Take your time on this part to get it right, when finished lightly spray it with the mister.

Stamp the image, you can use dry card as here or slightly damp card which will allow the colours to move a little more.   If you want to firm up the stamped image you can use the felt pens to sharpen the outline.

Finally trim the image down to desired size and use however you want.

This second technique uses dye based ink pads and a water brush.   The stamp for this method is generally an outline.

Stamp the image onto card and then using the water brush pull colour from the outline to fill the image.

For a more intense colour or an different tone, press the ink pad onto an acrylic block.   From here pick up colour with the water brush.   Do not use the water brush directly onto the ink pad as the water will dilute the ink.

For this project I needed 2 images, both produced in the same in the same manner.  This time only the hat was coloured by pulling colour in, the costume, water and boat were acylic block water brushed. 

Use you images however you want.  I die cut mine into toppers and then blended more colour over them.   My background is also just regular stamping. 

So there you have 2 simple techniques that have been fun to do.   How do you use Water, Ink, & Stamps?   Please share your projects old and new with us just for fun, no prizes for this I'm afraid we just like to see what you do.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Winners, Challenge #17 - Birthdays

Jane here with the results of my Birthdays challenge. What a great turn out we had for the Birthdays challenge - thank you to all of you for joining in with Zoe's birthday celebrations. A quick reminder, though, before I go on to announce the winner and top 3, that to be considered for these places your entry MUST include some stamping!

With so many wonderful entries, I had a really tough time narrowing it down to just four, and even tougher choosing which of those four was to be our overall winner, but at last I have made my choice and it is:

Winner of our sponsor's, Alleystamps,  $15 voucher for their online shop is

 Sorry, I wasn't able to copy the photo for this post as I don't have Flickr account, so if you want to see Karen's stunning card you'll need to follow the link.
To claim your prize  please contact Christi, StampinDiva at Yahoo dot com, with winner challenge 17 as the subject.   Don't forget to grab your Winner badge from the Badges page as well.

Thank you Alleystamps
Now for the top 3, although it should really be a top 26 as you are ALL tops in my eyes! This fortnight's top 3 are
#3 Maura
#6 Darnell 
 Congratulations Maura, Darnell and Greta -  don't forget to collect your badges from here.
Now get your thinking caps on for Zoe's current Body Parts challenge - you still have a week to enter. Check back next week too, as it's a 5th Saturday and that means we have a great tutorial for you.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Challenge 18 - Body Parts

It's Saturday, are you ready for another fun and slightly out of whack Twofers Challenge?   I think Christi and Jane find my themes extra challenging sometimes, the idea is to stretch you all and get you thinking outside the box.  I also need themes that lend themselves to Playing Cards hehehe.

So my theme this time is Body Parts.   Now before you all go "this is hard, cannot think of anything to do", read on.   The theme is Body Parts no where does it say Human Body Parts, so you can use the male anatomy if you like.   Seriously any body part counts, car doors, cats eyes, Part of anything said to have a body, just not the whole body.

Here are my body parts


Well yes my fabulous teamies were challenged and Christi has for personal reasons taken a break for this fortnights challenge.   Jane on the other hand blow me away with her sample.



Sunday, April 10, 2016

Finally, the Winners for Challenge #16, Shoes!

Just wanted to let you all know that Christi's winners for her Shoes Challenge will be a little delayed. Christi has not been 100% recently I'm sure you will agree she needs to make sure her health is OK before turning to this.

In the mean time Jane's Birthday's theme has a week to run, we would love you to join us for this.

Get well soon Christi.

Thank you Zoe & Jane!  And, as always, thank you to our generous sponsor:

I am not feeling that well, as Zoe explained, and I terribly sorry this is late! No worries, as this is an issue I have been dealing with for years, just trying some new treatments.

Now, to get to the winner of our challenge #16 ~ Shoes!!  I want to thank ALL of you who entered the challenge - it's so nice to see some new entries, as well as some of our regulars!  But, with all the new entries, it's getting harder and harder to choose.  But, it must be done, so here is the winner of the voucher from Alleystamp, for challenge #16:

I just LOVE the snarky sentiment and how those beautiful red shoes just pop!
Cara, please email me at StampinDiva at yahoo dot com with Winners Challenge #16
as the subject and I will forward all your details to Alleystamp!

Now, on to the top 3 - in no particular order, I have chosen:

 Don't forget to grab your badges from the Badges page as well. 

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Winners update - Shoes, #16

Just wanted to let you all know that Christi's winners for her Shoes Challenge will be a little delayed. Christi has not been 100% recently I'm sure you will agree she needs to make sure her health is OK before turning to this.

In the mean time Jane's Birthday's theme has a week to run, we would love you to join us for this.

Get well soon Christi.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Challenge #17 - Birthdays

This month sees Zoe celebrating a very special birthday, so in her honour, this time I've chosen BIRTHDAYS as our theme - that gives you a LOT of scope. Our favourite entry will, as usual, win a $15 voucher for Alleystamps

You've got a lot of scope with this theme - I've chosen a pretty spring floral stamp from Clearly Besotted, teamed with a Birthday ticket stamp from Studio G

And here are the samples from team mates
Now let's see what you can dream up. Don't forget, we need to see some stamping and no digis.