Monday, September 1, 2014

Use washi tape to decorate magnetic memo strips.

In an attempt to get more organized in my office space I finally got myself a little magnetic memo board. The trick is to make it blend into my creative space and with a little help of my favorite washi tapes and the wonderful range of Chiswick Magnets i was able to make this an easy DIY afternoon project. I create a word document on my computer roughly the size i wanted my strips to be, and then printed out the headings I needed on white cardstock.
Once I determined the length of my magnet strips i used my scissors and simply cut them to the right length
Remove the white backing tape to reveal the sticky side of the magnet strip, and adhere the printed wording onto the sticky side – trim all around the edges flush with the magnet
Use a washi tape and cover the printed front of the magnet strip.
TIP: I used a printed washi tape with a clear backing – but you can also use plain packaging tape to protect the writing and keep it from getting dirty. Decorative washi tape can be used around the edges to add some colour and decorative elements.
Trim around all the edges for a neat finish. Use your sanding block to give the edges a light sanding for a neat clean finish.
a wonderful and easy project to get yourself organized. With the warmer weather, being more organized will allow
you more time to make beautiful memories!
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or contact Denise  (031) 569 5673 to find your closest craft store.
Chiswick has a huge range of magnets for all your crafting projects!

Brilliance ink pads - art mail envelope.

Brilliance ink pads have been in my inking arsenal for almost 2 decades. And it remains one of my favourite all time go-to inks. I have grown to love it for many reasons like the gorgeous metallic and rich pearlescentness it offers that can work on anything, but its quality is just so refreshing.
So when I heard that my favourite Wholesaler will be stocking up on the “big” pads instead of the littlies I was so excited – because after years of use it is time to restock and add to my favourite basic colours. But first here’s what you can expect from my years of using and sometimes abusing this gorgeous inky product.

Brilliance is…

A fast drying pigment ink – it is made to be used on shiny papers like photos, vellum, acetate, plastic, shrink plastic, sculpey clay and even page protectors like my Project Life pockets. One of my favourite things is to stamp on photos with it. It won’t smudge on shiny surfaces like vellum and photos but will need some time to dry.
The colours are pearlescent and soft – it offers you the ability to stamp images and wording subtly onto backgrounds without stealing the show – they blend in beautifully.
What brilliance offers on commercial glossy cardstock (like the envelope I used) is the ability to layer and build up colours on top of each other. Each colour will hold its ground without bleeding or fading – the colours stay true to themselves. And these characteristics is what I find most appealing about the ink pads.

And here is a breakdown of the most popular surfaces to use your ink pads on 

Brilliance on Vellum

Traditionally Vellum is not recommended to emboss or stamp on because of its shiny almost oily surface. But when Brilliance ink came along that all changed. Brilliance dries nicely on vellum and quite quickly as well, but should you wish to you can also emboss it on vellum. TIP: when heat embossing on vellum, make sure that you hold the heat gun quite far from the vellum and melt the powder slowly.

Brilliance on Matte card stock

It will dry almost immediately with a crisp image. When you stamp with Brilliance on matte cardstock you can colour the images with markers and watercolours. The black is really black and works well with detailed images for a crisp clean look that will stay vibrant and won’t fade.

Brilliance on Glossy card stock

Inking and stamping onto glossy cardstock will take longer to dry. You can heat set it but I like to leave mine overnight to dry naturally. It all depends on the type of glossy cardstock as well. The ink on my envelope was dry in a few minutes and I could layer my colours over each other without worrying at all.

Brilliance on Acetate

Brilliance ink works really well on acetate and recycled plastic packaging like I love using. It will take long to dry (don’t heat set it otherwise the plastic will melt) and I normally leave it overnight to dry out of sight (people love touching it and it does smudge)! I stamp the images on the back of the acetate or plastic so that if I decide to add colour with alcohol based inks I don’t have to worry at all.

Brilliance on Shrink Plastic

This is one of those fabulous magical mediums, and Brilliance ink offers the ability to stamp directly onto the plastic without sanding the surface first. Just stamp and shrink – the ink dries completely with the heat while being shrunk. When it is done it almost looks like it has been engraved or etched into the plastic – a wonderful look the ink offers. 

Brilliance on Wood

It dries perfectly on balsa wood, wood elements like the Prima ones, chipboard elements like Celebr8 and is permanent. Use your script stamps to add patterns onto these elements for your cards and layouts to add interest.

Brilliance on Metal

Brilliance ink pads on metal looks great. I use it on metal tape and layer the colours to achieve a rusty patina looking effect that will be permanent. Although you have to let the inks dry between applications but it will be well worth the effort.

Brilliance on Leather

I have only once used it on leather by stamping my name onto an old school leather satchel. It looked and worked beautifully just like Tsukineko recommends.
**the above mentioned surfaces are all recommended by the manufacturer Tsukineko and I have used it on all these surfaces with great success over the years in my own application and in classes.

For my project

I used a range of old glossy envelopes and decorated them for an art mail project. Art mail is when you decorate envelopes and send them to arty friends all over the world – a wonderful gift in itself and happy mail with loads of stamps on it.
To create my base I used 2 different colours of Brilliance ink and simply inked the envelope in circular movements. TIP: remember that because it is a pigment ink the base is a sponge and it can easily be ripped off the plastic if dragged across the surface – so always use circular movements when inking this way.
I used a map stamp from Prima and inked it using the lightning black brilliance ink pad. I kept my stamp facing upwards and laid my envelope on top of the inked background applying pressure with my fingers to transfer the image. I repeated this several times until I was happy with the look

Lastly I used a Heidi Swapp word stamp and black VersaFine ink pad to add more stamped wording. The VersaFine is a dark bold black as opposed to the pearlescent colours of the Brilliance ink pads making them stand out more against the soft background.
then decorated my envelope with more stamped images, old postage stamps, ink splats, stickers and diamant√© – a fun and liberating project that offers me time to play and just have fun! 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Cutting like a dream – Chiswick Cardstock and your electronic machines.

If you are lucky enough to own an electronic cutting machine like a Cricut or Silhouette then you are always looking for a cardstock that will cut like a dream right? yes you are! So this week I tested the Chiswick range of cardstock and put them through my Cricut machine – and it cut like a dream. While playing on my machine I created a recycled project as part of my keeping it green motto. I cut a sentiment band to wrap around an empty metal food tin
I used the cardstock as a band layered on top of a sheet of Prima patterned paper strip – this way my pattern peeks out from underneath my bright pink cardstock wrap.
Don’t you just love the detail and texture of the cardstock! Here’s how I went about the process
step 1 – I cut my word onto the cardstock using my Cricut machine. I then trimmed the cardstock to measure 5mm thinner than the width of my recycled tin. I cut my patterned paper the exact width of my tin as i wanted it.
step 2 – Remember to keep the inside parts of the letters like “O”, “P” etc. I inked the edges of my cardstock strip using a dark brown chalk ink to finish it off. Add your adhesive to the back of the cut out sentiment strip  – make sure that you add your adhesive as close as possible to the edges of the cut-out letters.
step 3 – Carefully wrap the cut out band around the tin (on top of the patterned paper strip). I made sure that my overlap piece is at the back of the tin.
step 4 – Finish it off by adhering the center part of the “O” to finish it off. Decorate the tin with punched flowers using your Chiswick flower punches and cardstock.
A fun an easy project that is perfect for recycling and easy enough for kids to make during the holidays with a little help from mom.
So there you have it – cardstock perfect for your next cutting project using your Cricut of Silhouette machine.
For my project I used these products:
SB5000 Taffy Textured cardstock 216gsm
Get your favorite cardstock colours from your closest craft store – or ask for it by name by
visiting and view the entire range of colours for all your crafting needs.
Remember to contact Denise (031) 569 5673 if you have any trouble locating your favorite cardstock colours.
Happy cutting and creating until next time!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Vintage ATC cards using Couture Creations dies.

Welcome to another blogpost with me Jowilna - today i am sharing a set of 
Vintage ATC cards with you
If you are a paper crafter then i am sure you are a hoarder right? you say what if, and one day really a lot don't you? yes you know I am right!
So todays project is one of those one day's....
years ago when i had more time on my hands i started a set of ATC cards. They were (are) really pretty and vintage looking but needed something to finish them off and a home. So when I was cleaning up the studio last week I found them in a packet all ready and waiting to be finished...and here they are
I used some of the amazing Couture Creations dies to dress them up and finally finish them off - and i love how the die-cuts just adds enough of a something different
 I used this cute little Rocking Horse | CO723518 from the Secret Treasures range. I cut it out of a smooth thick brown cardstock and inked the edges in white Brilliance pigment ink to soften the edges a bit and add a worn vintage look to it. Once the ink was dry and I adhered it to my ATC card I added a layer of dimensional glaze and left it to dry overnight.
For my next card I used the gorgeous Paddington Street Lamp – CO723740
from the Metricon Collection as well as the Art Deco Border – CO723738 from the same collection.
 I cut the Paddington lamp out of white cardstock and then separated the cut so that i had two pieces to work with. I coloured them separately using dark brown ink and left them to dry. The scroll part of the die was adhered to my other ATC card and dressed up simply with a couple of adhesive diamante.

I adhered the light part to my third ATC card with a halved portion of the Art deco border I stapled to the top of the card. Once the lamp part was set and well glued down I added some "Sepia" dimensional accents inside and left it to dry. Once it was dry it gave the look of old stained glass.
 I think this Art deco border die must be one of my favourite and most versatile dies ever!
and one more detailed image....

And here's a quick access link to all the wonderful dies I used!
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