7 posts categorized "TECHNIQUES"

March 08, 2011


Do you own a brayer and have no clue quite what to do with it?  Join me for a fabulous session with brayers will you will learn how to brayer layers of colors to create some gorgeous backgrounds and scenes.  Take a peek and what you will be creating:

Bold Brayering 
Soft Brayerd Background 
Passion Card 
Noble Deer at Sunset 

When: Saturday, April 9-2011

Time: 9:30-11:30am

Cost: $20 for the class

Registration Deadline: Saturday, April 2-2011


To register by phone: Call Cindy at (902) 864-0825

To register by email: cindy@cindyloustampingguru.com

To order any of the products used in this class be sure to visit my online store at:



February 28, 2011


Unfortunately the weather just wasn't co-operating on Saturday in these parts of Nova Scotia.  As a matter of fact it hasn't been co-operating all week!  Welcome to the Maritimes, where the weather is always a surprise!

So we will try this one again on Saturday, March 12 at our usual time of 9:30am.  We will be making 3 cards using Smooch Spritz and one in a quilt block design.  Here are the projects we will be completing:

Pacific Gold
Pacific Gold

Quilted Card
Quilted Card

Sparkling Eggplant
Sparkling Eggplant

Sparkling Filagree
Silver Filagree

To appreciate how much the Spritz changes the cardstock you will just have to come to the class!


TIME: 9:30-11:30

COST: $20



Register Online

To register by phone: Call Cindy at (902) 864-0825

To register by email: cindy@cindyloustampingguru.com

To order any of the products used in this class be sure to visit my online store at:



April 03, 2010


I had a wonderfully lazy day yesterday which included 2 naps and lots of stamping!  It doesn't get any better than that!   I finally got the Embossing projects done for this month's Hostess Club and of course had  a blast designing them.

In this month's club we will be exploring different techniques that use embossing, as requested by our Hostess, Debbie Sawlor.  Here are the projects we will be creating:

Embossed Watercolor Wash

Embossed Watercolor Wash Technique

Embossing Folder Card

Embossing with the Big Shot and Embossing Folders

Clear Embossing

Clear Embossing & Coloring with Markers

Iridescent Embossing

Bling Embossing with Iridescent Ice Powder 

The sky is the limit on what you can do with a heat gun and embossing powder so this is just a small sampling of what can be created!

Time is running out to sign up for my SWEET PEA ON-LINE CLASS which starts on April 12th!  Click on the Blinkie below for full details!


March 10, 2010


Re-inkers are one of those wonderful products that are sometimes overlooked.  Did you know that there is a re-inker for every single color of ink that Stampin' Up! sells?  Did you know that you can re-ink your ink pads and your markers with the Classic re-inkers?  What about all the wonderful techniques you can do with a re-inker?  Way too many for just one little post for today!  LOL

However, I am going to share one with you that is so easy to do!  Did you know with just a baby wipe and a few colors of re-inkers you can create a unique palette for the perfect stamping pad?  Here's what you do:

Lay down a sheet of acetate on your work surface.  Then lay a wet baby wipe on top of that and smooth it out.  Starting in the center make a circle of small dots of ink from your first color of re-inker.  Then add another large circle around it with your second color of ink.  Again placing small dots in a circular pattern.  Repeat another circle with the same 2nd color.  Last create the final circle of color with your third re-inker, add 3 circles of this color.

That's it!  Now you have the perfect stamp pad for those large background stamps, such as the medallion stamp.  Simply ink up the stamp and then stamp it on Whisper White card stock or another complementary color.

Tonight we will be creating a whole set of cards using this great technique.  Here is a card that I came up with by using up some of the left over scraps.

Baby wipe technique card

I love how this technique gives you a watercolor look with lots of natural shades and hues of the colors that you choose.  Try it at home!  Think of the possibilities of color choices to create!  Happy stamping everyone.

Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered into the draw for the Spring Soiree 2010 On-line class.  Only 5 days left to enter! 

February 15, 2010


Happy Monday everyone!  I love the beginning of a new week, new people to meet, new adventures to take and of course new stamping projects to start!

You all know how I'm such a Designer Paper addict!  I just received a package of the Noveau Chic designer paperand wow it's so much nicer in person than in the catalogue.   I think I'm in love!!!


Anyway I got playing with it and my brayer and here are the cards I came up with.  Card #1 is also got some brayered Bridesmaid Specialty Paper thrown in the mix as well.

Nouveau Chic Card #1

Card-stock: Very Vanilla, Sage Shadow & Bridesmaid Specialty Paper

D/P: Noveau Chic

Tools: Brayer, Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Scallop Trim Corner Punch, Curly Label Punch

Stamp Set: Whimsical Words SAB

Ink: Sage Shadow, Basic Gray

It never ceases to amaze me how nice the Bridesmaid paper looks when it's brayered with a different color.  I think the Sage Shadow looks so soft and elegant with the beautiful metallic design showing through, which just naturally resists the Classic ink.  I also love our new Satin Ribbons and if you missed my special on them it's not too late to get in on the deal.

Here's the second card that I made with this papers:

Nouveau Chic Card #2

Did you know that you can use your brayer on designer paper and create a resist technique?  Here's how you do it.  Simply stamp your image in Versamark ink on to the designer paper and then emboss it with clear embossing powder and heat set until melted.  Next I brayered Basic Gray ink over the paper and voila!; the flowers resisted the ink and only the designer paper shows through the clear ink.  I love how the flowers stand out and some of the writing on their stamp picked up the writing.  To match the color in the paper I chose Apricot Appeal card-stock, buttons and ribbon.  Who would have thought that Basic Gray, Apricot Appeal and Sage Shadow would look so wonderful together?  All the stamped images on this particular card were from the Vintage Vogue Stamp Set which is now one of my favorites. I also love the background paper which is so soft looking and looks like it was very lightly sponged.  Gorgeous stuff!

Be sure to try these cards and the resist technique on designer paper at home.  Chase away those Monday blues by getting your stamps out and create a little fun!

January 07, 2010


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Today I have a new technique that I tried called Brayered De-bossing.  Basically what you do is you run a piece of Whisper White cardstock through the Big Shot with one of our Texturez plates.  Then you brayer the surface of the de-bossed side with classic ink.  The de-bossed side is the side with indentations of the pattern instead of the reverse side which has the raised pattern.

After I embossed the cardstock I then cut it with our rotary cutter from the cutter kit.  You can cut curves so easily with this great tool.  Then I brayered the sides in contrasting colors, in this case Brocade Blue and So Saffron.  Layered on a card front and then added some embellishments and a greeting for this final look.


PS.. Thanks for the great paper flowers Deb, I love how this one looks on this card! 

 If you'd like to learn more about brayer techniques you should join us for the Hostess Club which meets on the first Friday of the month.  The February club will be featuring Brayer Techniques. 

November 11, 2009


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Shimmer Paint is actually a pigment ink with a touch of shimmer! It comes available in 3 gorgeous colors: Platinum, Champagne Mist & Frost White. The Champagne Mist and Frost White are translucent so you can wash them over your project and you'll get a delicate layer of shimmer. The Platinum is opaque so you will get complete coverage and better used as an accent color. To apply this wonderful product you can use a Stampin' Sponge or Dauber to apply it directly to paper or to your actual rubber stamp. Since it's pigment ink you can stamp with it just like our Craft Ink. It dries very quickly so you won't need to heat set it.  Since Shimmer Paint is PIGMENT INK you can do anything you could usually do with Craft Ink. Also the translucent colors are beautiful when mixed with a few drops of Classic Ink Refills! You can turn any of our colors into a beautiful shimmer paint. It works well on many different mediums including, cardstock, paper, chip board, wood sheets, fabric, leather and more! This wonderful product can be found on page 27 of the Holiday Mini Catalogue and will only be available until January 4-09.

Heer are a few Ideas & Tips for you to try at home:

  • Apply it directly to your stamps with a sponge dauber or sponge and stamp with it
  • Using a ratio of 3 drops of shimmer paint to 2 drops of re-inkers and create your own gorgeous shimmer paints. Combine more than one color of re-inkers and create your own!
  • Mix up your shimmer paint and re-inkers and use it as a paint with a small brush to color in your stamped images
  • To create a stunning stencil,mix it with alcohol and re-inkers in a spray bottle and mist away. Ratio should be about 1 ounce of alcohol to 15 drops of shimmer paint to 15 drops of re-inker. The alcohol keeps the paper from buckling.
  • Use it as an overlay, over one of your stamped images. Beautiful on winter scenes, snowman or larger shaped images
  • Use it on fabric and then heat set it to make it permanent.  Wash and wear as usual.

Each of the bottles of shimmer paint contains 5 oz. which believe me goes a very long way! This wonderful product retails at $ 8.95 + Shipping + Tax. Order some today and get your SHIMMER ON!


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