Brushed Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Brushed Blog Hop.  This hop features the artwork of some talented women from across Australia and New Zealand.

If you arrived from  Maz’s Blog, ArtyMaz  you are in the right place.  If this is your first time on a blog hop, simply read on and enjoy my creations.  If you like what I show today, please subscribe to my blog, leave a comment on this post or share it on social media. Then you click on the link at the end of this post and it will take you to the next blog and so on and so on. Easy and fun! Best part- you can see several different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Brushed collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

Close To My Heart’s Bring Back My Pack - Brushed collection is available for purchase until the end of July 2020.  View the range on the promotions tab at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
Close To My Heart’s Bring Back My Pack - Brushed collection is available for purchase until the end of July 2020.  View the range on the promotions tab at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
Close To My Heart’s Bring Back My Pack - Brushed collection is available for purchase until the end of July 2020.  View the range on the promotions tab at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Brushed – Bring Back My Pack

This gorgeous collection is one of my all time favourites and I am so thrilled to have it back in our range until the end of July.  I had both stamp sets from the first time around (Nov 2014) but had used every last scrap of the papers. I happily ordered  more at the beginning of June.  Sadly, delayed transportation links meant my paper didn’t arrive in time to make my layout.

Not to be put off, I made my own paper using the stamp sets.  I used a heat embossing masking technique on the flowers and butterflies and then sponged around them to create the glacier background.

Close To My Heart’s Bring Back My Pack - Brushed collection is available for purchase until the end of July 2020.  View the range on the promotions tab at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Large Triangles make a dramatic statement  

This half triangle layout is very popular at the moment.  I love it and found it was a great way to showcase the large flowers on my hand made printed paper. 

Oasis Holographic paper provided a fun base for the design but boy is it hard to photograph because it acts like a mirror!  ¼” strips of peacock cardstock frame the Holographic triangle segments.

Close To My Heart’s Bring Back My Pack - Brushed collection is available for purchase until the end of July 2020.  View the range on the promotions tab at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Numerous photo layouts are possible with this design.  Adding circles breaks up some of  the lines.  These frilly circles are cut using the Spinner Card Thin Cuts.  They are just under 4” in diameter.  The square in the middle is 6”.  The sizes of both can be adjusted up or down to suit your supplies and photos.

Heat Embossed Masking Technique

Using this technique allows the white of the base page and the colours of stamped images to show through after you have sponged over them.  The heat embossing acts as a resist and ink doesn’t stick to it.

In a nutshell, it’s a 4 step process

  1. Use your anti-static pouch to wipe over cardstock before stamping
  2. Stamp outline of flower in Versamark ink and heat emboss with clear powder
  3. Stamp petals and butterflies in coloured ink and then again in Versamark.  Heat emboss with clear powder
  4. Sponge background paper in a contrast colour.
Close To My Heart’s Bring Back My Pack - Brushed collection is available for purchase until the end of July 2020.  View the range on the promotions tab at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

The heat embossing intensifies the coloured ink and also ‘locks in’ the white background paper.

Order your supplies this month

The Brushed collection is available, while stocks last,  until the end of July 2020.   You can order papers, co-ordinating cardstock and the 2 stamp sets individually or as a discounted bundle.  Check the Promotions tab on your consultant’s website.  If you’re an Aussie without a consultant, come shop with me by clicking here.

Please help me grow my blog following by liking or commenting on this post.  Then click on the underlined link and move on to Dannii’s blog, Scrappy Chicks, to see the project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Products used in this project

D1627 Your Own Kind of Wonderful Stamp Set

D1602 A Budding Friendship Stamp Set

Z3636 Oasis Holographic Paper

Z3626 Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts

1385 White Daisy Cardstock

X6036 Ballerina Cardstock

X5958 Peacock Cardstock

Z2088 Clear Embossing Powder

Z4220 Anti-static Pouch

Z697 Round Sponge

Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Zz6517 Lemonade Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

X2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z6501 Ballerina Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

X2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z2480 Orange Tri-blend Marker (centres of flowers)

Z3560 Golden Rod Stickles (centres of flowers)

Engagement Party Photo Prop Frame

Create a personalised photo prop frame using stamps and Cricut cuts from the Close To My Heart range. Visit https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ to see the range of themed stamps and cartridges available to purchase
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Love is in the air

Mike and I had the great joy of hosting an engagement party for our daughter and her fiancé recently.  Many of their close friends, family members and some of Kathryn’s scrapbook aunties joined us.  I had a lot of fun creating this frame for photo opportunities.

It’s not difficult to make a decorative frame but it does take some time.  Start early so you can enjoy the process and play around with placement of elements before you commit to gluing them down. The proposal happened at the beach so seashell stamps were an obvious choice and a couple of nice big Cricut cut diamonds were essential.  Twine and some leftover packaging added texture.

Create a personalised photo prop frame using stamps and Cricut cuts from the Close To My Heart range. Visit https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ to see the range of themed stamps and cartridges available to purchase

Find a sturdy frame

This one came from an Op Shop.  It had a very dated picture in it and was only a few dollars.  It was easy to pop the picture out and use pliers to bend the metal thingies that held it in so no fingers would be harmed during the photographs.

Begin making LOTS of small elements

Create a personalised photo prop frame using stamps and Cricut cuts from the Close To My Heart range. Visit https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ to see the range of themed stamps and cartridges available to purchase

You will be amazed how many small pieces you will use to achieve a balanced look to your frame. The seashells on this one come from two stamp sets.  The smaller shells are from a retired set called Swirly Shells and the largest shells are a stamp and thin cut set called Beach Treasures, available for 30% off as part of this month’s Stamptacular sale.  Stamp the shells onto the light side of almond cardstock and heat emboss using Copper Tinsel, Gold Tinsel or Clear powder.

Then pull up some images of real shells on your phone or laptop and use them as a guide to add colour and patterns to the largest shells using watercolour paints.  I was fortunate to have an artist visiting who took over this part for me 😊

Create focal elements

The large and medium size diamonds were cut from white glitter paper using Close To My Heart’s Artistry Cricut Cartridge.  The largest seashells were a free download from Cricut and were cut in julep glitter paper.  Cut two layers for the base of each Cricut shape to strengthen them.  In this frame, the gorgeous Holographic paper shows through the pattern of the shell overlays and a solid cardstock forms the bottom layer. See how the play of light changes the colour of the holographic papers?

‘Love’ was cut 4 times from cardstock and layered to make it really robust.  It isn’t attached to anything firm so needs to be able to stand up to some handling. 

Create a personalised photo prop frame using stamps and Cricut cuts from the Close To My Heart range. Visit https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ to see the range of themed stamps and cartridges available to purchase

Layer all your elements

This part does take some time.  You will find you move pieces around quite a bit until your design is balanced and pleasing to your eye.  Work in opposite corners with the lower cluster taking more space than the top one.

You need an anchor to build your design on.  I had some brown paper packaging that came wrapped around bottles.  I’ve had it in the craft cupboard for 2 years not knowing how I would use it.  This was the perfect project for it!  Attach your largest elements to this base.  I used liquid glass because it gives a strong bond and filled the gaps in the brown paper.

Create a personalised photo prop frame using stamps and Cricut cuts from the Close To My Heart range. Visit https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ to see the range of themed stamps and cartridges available to purchase

The trickiest part was attaching this base cluster to the frame.  My final solution was to cut 1” strips of cardstock.  Liquid glass one end to the back of the brown paper, coat the strip with more liquid glass and wrap it around the frame.  You are working from the back so it doesn’t have to be neat.  Once all the decorative elements are in place you can come back and cover the ‘workings’ with a sheet of cardstock cut to fit.

The final stages are attaching the smaller elements and adding some texture to the clusters.  A mixture of glue dots and liquid glass holds everything in place.  Shells are overlapped and tucked behind other elements.  The twine is caught in a couple of places so it can loop and provide dimensionality.  Some chunky bling added contrasting colour.

Choose your theme and start creating

What theme could you use for a photo prop frame?  Have a look through your supplies and re-discover hidden treasures in your craft cupboard. 

A list of supplies used in this project appears below.  Order yours on my website.  All Stamp Sets and Stamp/Thin Cut bundles are discounted by up to 50% during February 2020.  Look for the Stampaganza link.

Happy scrapping,

Shaunna

Close To My Heart products used in this project

Z3611 Cricut Artistry Digital Collection

Z3367 White Glitter Paper

Z3506 Julep Glitter Paper

Z3635 Dreamy Holographic Paper

Z3636 Oasis Holographic Paper

X6046 French Vanilla Cardstock

X6030 Peacock Cardstock

X5949 Almond Cardstock (Light side)

Z891 VersaMark Ink Pad

Z4250 Tinsel Embossing Powder

Z4248 Silver Embossing Powder

Z2088 Clear Embossing Powder

Z3132 Watercolour paints

Z3225 Medium Water brush

Z679 Liquid Glass

1772 3/8” Ultra Thin Glue Dots

Holographic Papers – they are magical!

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This post comes with a warning: Holographic papers are completely addictive! Once you start using them in your paper craft projects you will begin thinking of an endless array of applications.

What is Holographic Paper?

Holographic paper has been coated with a metallic-like finish that reflects light, creating a range of colours depending on the angle it is held to the light. Once added to a card or scrapbook page, the colours will vary as the project is handled and as it is viewed in different light conditions.

How do you use Holographic Paper?

This paper is perfect for any cards or layouts that need a little pizzazz.

  • Use large pieces to back a card design or scrapbook border
  • Mount special photos
  • Add narrow strips in place of shimmer trim, ribbon or twine
  • Cut it with Thin Cuts
  • Emboss it with textured folders
  • Stamp on it
  • Heat emboss on it
  • Add Stickles to it
  • Colour with alcohol markers

Stamping on Holographic Paper

Today I’m sharing some tips to stamp on Holographic paper.  The mermaid’s tails were made this way. Aren’t they adorable?  They will find a home on a layout I’m creating featuring photos of mermaids on stand up paddle boards – of course mermaids can’t stand so they were passengers on the boards.

The shiny surface of this paper will not accept dye-based inks.  They will just sit on the surface and smudge or wipe off.  The best ink for the job with Holographic papers is StazOn. This ink is specially formulated to work on any shiny surface.

Close To My Heart offer StazOn in Brown and Black.  Simply ink your stamp as you would normally and stamp on the paper gently.  Don’t add too much pressure to the block as it may slip and cause a blurred image.  I suggest stamping first, setting it aside to dry completely while you make the rest of the project.

StazOn Ink is ideal for stamping on any non-poraous surface like Holographic papers, glass, metal and plastic. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

It’s important to note that you require StazOn cleaning fluid to remove excess ink from your stamps.  Simply follow the instructions on the bottle.  Use an old cleaning cloth to wipe off the excess cleaner as it can leach colour from your stamp shammy.

SatzOn Cleaner is perfect for cleaning your stamps after using StazOn ink. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Choose from two colours

Endless posibilities await with Holographic papers from Close To My Heart. order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Close To My Heart currently offers Dreamy and Oasis Holographic papers.  You will find 3 sheets of 12” x 12” paper in each pack, offering you many opportunities to create some irridescent magic on your cards and layouts.  Check all the details on my website.

Happy Scrapping

Shaunna

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