White Wash Technique

I have received the next circle journal. The theme for this journal is techniques and fun folds. I decided that I would showcase the whitewash technique.

Stamp and heat emboss your image onto a piece of crumb cake card stock.
Pick up white craft ink with your aqua painter and colour in the embossed image.
Allow the white ink to dry, and then use your colour to paint over it. I used blushing bride and pear pizzaz re-inkers, but you can squish some ink onto the top of your ink pad.

If you are in Australia and don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would love to help you with your stamping.
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Below are the products that I used to create these cards. If you would like to purchase any of them, clicking on the picture will take you to my online store.

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Second Circle Journal

I have started on a second Circle Journal You might remember the last round. I created a journal, and it get posted to the ladies that are in my group and each one adds a card to the journal until it completes its circle and comes home to me.

I decided to make my theme a bit challenging this time. I have asked the ladies to create cards using a stamp or punch that has been used differently to just the face value of the product. If we can find different uses for a product, that is make it more versatile, it increases its usefulness and we get far more out of the set.

This is the card that I made to kick off the journal. I can’t take any credit for this card. I saw it on one of the swap boards at the Stampin’ Up! convention in Orlando and I loved it. Unfortunately I don’t know who the very clever person was that came up with the design. If you happen to know who it was, please let me know so that I can give them the acknowledgement that they deserve. I used the Shimmery white embossing paste to make the fluff on her hat and skirt, because in my world sparkle makes everything better!
I used the softly falling embossing folder to create the background snow effect. Unfortunately this has been retired.

Beautiful You is one of my favourite stamp sets, and now I have another use for it. Did you ever think of this as being a Christmas stamp?
My journal is on its way to New Zealand, and the next journal should be coming to me soon. I wonder what the theme of that journal will be.

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Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Circle Journal Round 8

I’ve received the last circle journal for this cycle.  The next journal that arrives in my post box will be mine coming back to me.

The title of this journal is Show Me Your True Colours.  The description that goes with it is “I love how black and white backgrounds make every colour pop, by highlighting and reflecting the true essence of all the other colours in the spectrum.  Please show me your favourite True Colours”.

For this journal, I decided to try a technique the I haven’t tried before.  It is called Joseph’s Coat Technique.  This is my card

To make this card, start with a piece of whisper white card stock.  Using your ink pad and a sponge dauber, put dots of your first colour onto the card.  I used Grapefruit Grove.

Next add your second colour in between the first.  My second colour was Flirty Flamingo

Lastly fill in all the white gaps with your third colour.  Mine was Coastal Cabana.  Once your cardstock is completely coloured, stamp your design onto it with Versamark ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

Pick up black Momento ink on your sponge dauber, and rub it over the complete card covering it completely.  The ink won’t stick to the clear embossing, and the colours will pop through the back.  Once it is completely covered, take a tissue and gently rub it over the card to buff the extra ink off the embossing.

I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder, and I feel like my finished card ticks all the boxes for this journal.

If you are wondering about the sentiment, it is from a new stamp set called Happiness Surrounds.  This is part of a new limited edition suite called Snowflake Showcase which will be available form 1 November. Watch this video for more information about this suite

If you would like to try this technique, these are the products that I used
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Circle Journal Round 7

Another Circle Journal has come around to me.  The theme of this one is all about texture.  The description and instructions for this journal are as follows:    “My goal this year with card making is to use more texture in the form of embossing (both heat and folders) and to use background stamps to add interest to card stock.                                                                                                                    My ask is: Make cards that use stamping to add interest to backgrounds.              Use embossing folders in an interesting way                                                                Heat emboss in any way possible”

This is my card.


It ticks all the boxes that were required.  This circle was stamped with Versamark ink and then heat embossed with copper embossing powder.  I coloured the petals in with the Blueberry Bushel Stampin” Write Marker

I hope that you have noticed the embossing on the Balmy Blue Circle.  That was done with the Subtle embossing folder.  This is a beautiful folder which gives the paper a linen look.

I am not sure if it is coming up too well in the photo, but as a final touch, I gave the card a spritz with the Bright Copper Shimmer Paint.  If you haven’t tried the shimmer paint yet, you don’t know what you are missing.  This is the best thing since Wink of Stella!!!

One more journal to go, and then mine will complete the circle and come back to me.  Can’t wait to see the cards that everyone has has created for my journal.

Here is the product list for this project
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Circle Journal Round 6

We are nearing the end of this Circle Journal round.  I have already received the next one, and then there is one more to go before my journal comes back to me.  It is going to be so exciting to see what everyone has come up with for me!!

The theme of this journal is “Birthdays and Animals”.  The introduction to the theme is as follows: I have chosen this theme as birthday cards are my most popular.  However, I only have one animal stamp set, (Bella and Friends) so I look forward to inspiration from you.

I don’t have Bella and friends, but what I do have is Ready For Christmas which has a really cute Dachshund in it.  I also have a friend who is mad about Dachshunds and whose birthday was yesterday, so I decided to do 2 cards on this theme.  This is my card:

Here is a paper saving tip for you: When you are using DSP or foil or glimmer paper that you are going to be layering, you can cut out of the middle of your paper and it is hidden once you layer on top of it.  My happy birthday here was cut out of the piece of DSP that you see around the edge of the white card stock.

Remember to decorate the inside and the envelope.

I am seeing my friend in a little while for coffee, so I will know soon if she likes her card

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Circle Journal Round 5

The last couple of weeks have been crazy busy!  Between work and lots of happy family get togethers, I haven’t had time to sit and my computer and write up my blog posts.

I received this journal about two and a half weeks ago (in fact I have already received the next one!).  At least the card was completed and the journal was sent off on it’s next round on time.

The theme of this journal was trees. From the mighty oak to palm trees. It could be a whole tree or part of a tree as long as there was a tree involved.

Do you like the corrugated background?  This is one of the new embossing folders from the holiday catalogue.  If you don’t have a holiday catalogue and would like to receive one, please let me know and I will send one out to you.

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Circle Journal Round 4

On Monday, I had happy mail in my postbox in the form of the next Circle Journal!  We are almost halfway through this round (this is the fourth journal from nine) and as a first time participant, I love the variety of themes and cards that the other ladies are coming up with.

This journal’s theme is ‘CASE my card’, CASE being an acronym for ‘Copy And Share Everything’.  She chose a card sketch and made a card based on that sketch.  According to the instructions, I had to copy the layout and/or colour scheme (Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry), or alter to suit my own design.  This is the sketch that she based her card on.

I have been working with the gorgeous Petal Promenade DSP this week and decided to keep using it for this Circle Journal card.  I liked the layout of the sketch, so I used that and this is what I came up with.

Can you see the Wink of Stella on the banner? In my opinion, a bit of sparkle makes everything even better!!!

These are the products that you will need it you want to CASE this card.

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Circle Journal – Round 2

I received the next circle journal this week.

It is now starting to get more exciting as each journal that arrives will have more cards in it as it has been passed on to more people.

The theme of this journal is Christmas.  This one has two cards in it, the one that the owner of the journal made, and the one made by the lady who had it before me.  I really like one of the cards in there, and might have taken a photo of it to make myself when I start making my Christmas cards!

The card that I have made is using one of my favourite card designs.  I think that it is really effective, and uses up some of the designer series paper (DSP) stash that we all seem to love hoarding.

This card can be adapted to any occasion.  This tutorial shows a birthday version.  You could use the same design to make a wedding or engagement card, or any other occasion that you need.  Just match the DSP to your type of card, and it will come out beautifully!

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Circle Journal – Round 1

This post is really late, but I finally got around to sitting down and typing it up.   I received the first circle journal last week! When the envelope arrived, it was so exciting to open it up and see the journal inside!

It’s going to be interesting to see the themes that everyone has chosen.  The theme of this one is “Flora and Fauna”.

I have a friend who is ill and wanted to send her a get well card, so I decided to combine the two cards that I needed to make and reached for one of my favourite stamp sets in the catalogue, Dandelion Wishes.  I also stepped out of my comfort zone and decided to use green (everyone who knows me will realise how unusual this is for me).  Soft Sea Foam is such a pretty colour and was the perfect choice for this card.

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My First Circle Journal

Welcome to my blog!  I am really happy that you are here reading my very first blog post!

I had so many ideas whirling around in my head about what I would post for the first time.  Eventually, I decided to stick with the theme of first experiences and blog about my Circle Journal.

If you have never heard of a Circle Journal before, you are not alone.  This is when a group of people all start by each making a journal with enough pages in the journal for each person in the group to add a card.  Each person decides on the theme of their journal and makes the first card in the journal with instructions of how it was made and the products used.  The whole journal is then posted off to the next person in the group, who makes a card (with instructions) based on the theme of the journal and sends it to the next person on the list.  Eventually, the journal completes its circle by returning home to its owner, filled with cards and lots of inspiration!

The theme i chose for my journal is ‘stamping techniques’.  Below is the card I made to start the journal – it uses the ‘Black Ice’ stamping technique which is one of my favourites at the moment.  I taught it in my class a few weeks ago, and the ladies all loved it!

The completed card using the ‘Black Ice’ stamping technique

Below are the instructions (with some photos) to make this card:

  • Lightly touch your Stazon ink pad to the foil paper and pull down to streak. If you like the black on the top and bottom edges, make sure to catch the edge with the ink pad.  Turn upside down and do the bottom edge.

  • Stamp your image and sentiment with the Stazon.  Allow this to dry (or help it along with your heat tool).

  • Lightly touch your Versamark pad to the foil paper and pull down.  The Versamark doesn’t have to cover the whole sheet — part of the wow of this is that there are gaps in the embossing.
  • Cover with the clear embossing powder and heat set.

This is a lovely technique and I hope that you will enjoy making cards with it.  My Circle Journal has started its journey (its first stop is Queensland) and the next person’s journal should be on its way to me.  I am really looking forward to seeing what themes everyone else has chosen!  I’ll keep you updated as the journals roll in and share the cards that I have made for them (tag: Circle Journal).

For easy reference, below are the products that I used to make this card. Click on the pictures to visit my online Stampin’ Up! store.

Rooted in Nature (wood mount) $96

Rooted in Nature (clear mount) $73

Colorful Seasons Photopolymer $47

StazOn Ink Pad

Versamark Pad

Clear Stampin’ Embossing Powder

Heat Tool

Basic Black Cardstock

Basic Gray Cardstock

Silver Foil Sheets

Snail Adhesive

Stampin’ Dimensionals