As you are aware I run an online group for all Australian and New Zealand Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators called ESAD (Extra Special Australian Demonstrators). We regularly run swaps for the members as these are great ways to get new or different ideas to your own.
This month we have a swap for a Technique Book which I’m a part of.Â All the participants had to choose a technique different to the other participants and make up an instruction and sample page for each participant. So I had to make 12 instructions & samples for this swap and the technique I chose was Collage Stamping.
I love doing Collage Stamping as you can make it your own and create lovely effects and it gives the look of your very own designer series paper.Â Now while I was making my samples the other day one of my daughter’s friends was staying over and she asked why I was putting butterflies on the patterned paper – I then explained what I was doing and that I’d stamped all the images on the cardstock myself.Â She then exclaimed “Wow how cool!!”Â Now this does boost one’s self esteem to no end!
Here is the sample I made for the swap ….
I really do love the final sample and I do love that butterfly!
I’ve coloured my piece using the Stampin Pastels. I love the soft muted tones you can get with the Pastels and they also blend so well!Â Now to ensure that the Pastels dont keep rubbing off I’ve given them a light spray with my hairspray.Â This just helps to set and protect your artwork from rubbing off.Â You dont need an expensive fixative – just theÂ cheapest hairspray does the trick.
Now as part of the swap we also had to make one card or project using our technique so I thought I’d use my sample and do one of the challenges from the Cards and Things Challenges Blog run by the lovely Krista Driessen.
Here’s my card …
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I love how this turned out and I’ve added another butterfly over the top of one to give it more dimension and make it that extra little bit special.
Stamps: All a Flutter, Organic Grace, En Francais
Paper: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Blush Blossom
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, Mellow Moss, Versamark
Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Circle Die, Circle Scissor Plus, Stampin’ Pastels, Sponge Daubers, Crimper
Here’s a close up of the layered butterfly …
Starting September I will be starting new Technique Classes so if you’d like to book your spot please email me today.