Saturday, March 24, 2012

Spring into Spring!

Spring is finally here in my part of the world (south-east of Norway). To celebrate that flowers are about to spring out, I've made some spring cards.

On all the cards, I have used flower stamps from my own company, Nature's Print Shop. You can find them on the set called Bold & Beautiful.

The flowers are stamped with Distress ink. I used a yellow marker in the middle of the big flower. To create the scalloped squares, I punched out 4 purple ones and 4 white ones, then glued the white sqaures a couple of millimeters up and left over the purple ones, so that the purple ones creates a "shadow" underneath the white ones (Phew, what a long sentence! I hope it made sense.....)

Close-up of the flower in the middle, which I cut out and adhered with some pop dots to create more dimension on the card:

Leaf stamp from Nature's Print Shop, Twiggy Leaves.

On this card I stamped the flowers near the edges of a big tag, then cut around the contours with a pair of scissors:

Norwegian birthday stamp from Scrappiness.

And finally, a card that is super easy to make! Stamp two flowers with Distress ink, draw the frame with a black, permanent marker and color the line with a green marker. Stamp the sentiment with permanent black ink (I used Archival Jet Black from Ranger), and color the text the same way as you did with the frame. Mount on card stock, embellish with green fibers, and your card is done:

Norwegian sentiment stamp from Scrappiness.

Thanks for stamping by and have a happy spring! (Or fall if you live down under....)

Scrappiness' website:
Nature's Print Shop:

:-) Bibi

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Attention readers in Norway!

Hei, alle sammen! :-)

Gode nyheter: Nå vil det bli mulig å få kjøpt natur-stemplene mine her i Norge også! Scrappiness i Sarpsborg skal føre hele sortimentet, og bor du ikke i nærheten har de jo nettbutikk: Men vent litt - stemplene blir ikke å finne i butikken før etter messa i slutten av april ...

Hvilken messe jeg snakker om? Scraporama, den årlige hobbymessa som Scrapmagasinet arrangerer. Messa finner sted i Fjellhamarhallen på Lørenskog den 21.-22. april, og gjett hvem som skal dit'a? ;-)

Kom og hils på! Jeg sitter på standen til Scrappiness lørdag den 21.
Der skal jeg demonstrere en morsom teknikk, mer sier jeg ikke ennå .... (men jeg er sikkert på at det blir veldig gøy!)

Ses vi, da, eller hur? (Bare se etter hu dama med det korte, ildrøde håret .... ) [Profilbildet er nå oppdatert]

And if you didn't understand squat of what you just read (or tried to read), here is the short version: My stamps will be available in Norway through Scrappiness in Sarpsborg. I will demo at their booth during the Scraporama convention, which is in Lørenskog (just outside of Oslo), April 21.-22. I'll be there most of Saturday, so stamp on over and say hello!

C U!

:-) Bibi

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Step-by-Step, Silks & Gel Printing

I have been asked if I could make a step-by-step tutorial of how I made the backgrounds on the cards seen in my previous post. I'm more than happy to do so, and these backgrounds are so easy to make anyone can do it! (This is a fun project you can do together with children, too).

Here's an example of a card I made with the backgrounds in question. Like I've said before, photos don't capture the amazing shimmer of the Silks acrylic glaze I am using. This card really sparkles and shines!

(Quote stamp from Quietfire Design, Thank you stamp from My Heart Stamps For You)

What you need:
Silks acrylic glaze from Luminarte
Gel Printing Plate from Gelli Arts
A soft brayer
A piece of string
White cardstock

Randomly add a few drops of Silks acrylic glaze to the Gel Printing Plate.
For this background, I used the following colors: Snap Dragon, Mallard Green, Nutmeg, and Harvest Sol.

Brayer back and forth 2-3 times in a horizontal direction:

Then brayer up and down in a vertical direction until you are happy with how the colors have blended on the Gel Plate:

Now, put a string on top:

Put a piece of cardstock on top of that again and press it down with your hands:

Lift the cardstock up from a corner and pull diagonally:

The string works like a mask and leaves your cardstock white (or any other color you may chose for your cardstock).

Leave your print to dry ..... then go ahead and make cards with your stunning backgrounds! :-)

(Sentiment stamp from Quietfire Design, Weed stamp from Nature's Print Shop - both embossed with white embossing powder)

The drying time of your print depends on how thick you brayered the Silks glaze on and on the humidity of the air in the room you're sitting. (A thin coat of Silks on regular cardstock in a room with low humidity will dry in seconds).

When I use the Gel Printing Plate, I always keep a few tags within reach. When there is Silks glaze left on my brayer after I have used it on the Gel Plate, I "clean" the brayer by rolling it over a tag. I let no Silks glaze go to waste - it's much too pretty to be wiped up and tossed away! :-)

Your Gel Printing Plate can be cleaned using baby wipes or running luke warm water.

Of course, you can use your prints for other things than backgrounds on cards; art journals, note book covers, and scrapbooking, just to name a few. Some prints turn out so pretty you will want to frame them and hang them on the wall (or sign, frame, and give away as presents).

These prints are really fun to make, so consider yourself warned: It can be quite addictive! ;-)

Luminarte's website:
Gelli Arts' website:
Quietfire Design:
Nature's Print Shop (my line of stamps):

Thanks for stamping by!

:-) Bibi