Monday 24 June 2019

Treats on Tuesday at Magenta

Hi everyone I'm over at Magenta playing with my Sakura Pigma Micron pen 03 and distress inks. Come on over and take a look.

Here's the Stamp and Stencil I used

Bloom Crescent
Bloom Crescent[09.256.P]

TM305 Floral Garland
TM305 Floral Garland[TM305]

Card Recipe
Stamps: Magenta
Paper: 110lb White, Black
Ink: Ranger Archival, Distress Oxide
Accessories: Sequins, Sakura Micron Pen, Stencil POSCA acrylic paint pen, Prismacolor pencils.
Techniques: Masking, Stencilling, Stamp Etching, pencil colouring

Monday 17 June 2019

Treats on Tuesday at Magenta

Hi Everyone, I'm over at Magenta with some stencil backgrounds. Come on over and see the different mediums I used to create them. 
Also Magenta was having some problems with their on line store, I wanted to let you know it's back back up and running if you have any orders you want to put in 😏

Card Recipe
Stamps: None
Paper: 110lb White, Black, Mixed Media
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Magenta Stencils, Glass bead gel, Emerald creek embossing powder
Techniques: Stencilling, Heat embossing

CAS Christmas Mid Month Reminder

Hi Everyone, it's time for the CAS Christmas mid month reminder. Head  over to and checkout all the wonderful cards submitted by Leslie our Guest Designer and the Design team
You still have lots of time to play along, the challenge closes on June 24th. 

My card is pencil colouring on Kraft, using a My Favourite Things Stacey Yacula stamp set. I love these adorable penguins.

Card Recipe
Stamps: My Favourite Things SY-01 Sweet Holiday Penguins
Paper: Kraft, 110lb White, Black
Ink: Ranger Archival Black
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, MISTI
Techniques: Pencil colouring

Thursday 13 June 2019

Using Gesso in your card making

Hi everyone, I recently received a request from Michelle of I Card Everyone on my retreat blog post asking for some details on using Gesso so here they are.

This was my sample card for the technique at the retreat.

Gesso is a primer used on surfaces to allow paint to "stick". By painting a surface (wood, metal, plastic, washi tape etc) with gesso you can use watercolours or acrylic inks on them as it did with my washi tape card here, it also acts as a resist as you can see above.
Gesso comes in clear, white, and black. It can be water down to mute background colours, and is the perfect way to use up old designer paper on your backgrounds and not have the bold colours show through.

Gesso Resist using stamps.
Use a sponge to cover the stamp with gesso and then stamp the card stock. Remember to clean your stamp immediately or the gesso will dry in the crevices and be very difficult to get out. 

Let the gesso dry and either spray ink or blend the colour over the surface, use a baby wipe to remove the colour off the gesso. My stamp had some black ink on it which was picked up by the gesso. Oops. I don't clean my stamps very often 😊

Gesso through a stencil
I use a thicker consistency gesso (Liquitex) which has a little more body, it's perfect for both stamping and stencilling. It hold it's shape and and doesn't seep under the stencil too quickly.

Below is a card I did a few years ago using gesso to mute the background colour, and you can also check out my post this week over at Magenta where I stamped an image and covered a piece of dictionary page with gesso.

I hope you picked up some tips and get to use your gesso in the future.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Magenta
Paper: Mixed media
Accessories: Liquitex Gesso, stencils
Techniques: Gesso

Monday 10 June 2019

Treats on Tuesday at Magenta

Hi Everyone, I'm over at Magenta playing with some Gesso and inks. I hope you come on over and find out how I created this card.

Here is a close up of the stencilling and stamping

I used the following stamps and stencil
Old Script


Card Recipe
Stamps: Magenta
Paper: Mixed media, 110lb white, Black, Dictionary paper
Ink: Distress inks, Ranger Archival black
Accessories: Stencil, POSCA paint pen, Gesso
Techniques:  Gesso, stencilling,

Monday 3 June 2019

Treats on Tuesday at Magenta

Hi Everyone I'm over at Magenta with another gelli print backgrounds using Distress inks.

I love the softness of the colours with the Distress inks. This is one of the new spring release stamp sets which is so versatile, I could add any sentiment to this including a Merry Christmas,

Card Recipe
Stamps: Magenta
Paper: 110lb white
Ink: Ranger Distress ink
Accessories: Gelli plate, pencils, Nuvo crystal glaze
Techniques: Gelli printing

CAS Christmas Card Challenge

Well can you believe it's June and only another six months till Christmas. You know what that means, there's only six months to complete your stash of Christmas cards 😉
Come on over and join us at CAS Christmas. June's theme is Presents, so check your stamp box for all those little presents. Our host is Linda and Guest Designer  Leslie (Running with Scissors) along with the Design Team team have created some fun cards for your inspiration.

A quick reminder, you must follow the challenge rules to be eligible to picked as winner or outstanding entry.

Here's my card for the challenge. I used a Penny Black set with this adorable dogs and his present from Santa.

I watercoloured the image with some Inktense watercolour pencils and some Caran D'ache water colour crayons.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Penny Black
Paper: 110lb white, Watercolour
Ink: Ranger Archival Black
Accessories: Simon Says Stamp stitched edged die, Inktense watercolour pencils, Caran d'ache watercolour crayons
Techniques: Watercolouring