Saturday, August 29, 2020

Stencil and Chipboard Tips and Tricks

 Hello again... 

I'm very happy to be back again with more tips and tricks for using stencils and chipboards.

Today I'm going to kick this post off with an up-cycled Christmas Card ... 

just add paint, a stencil and a gorgeous chipboard set and you you'll have a unique and stunning card!

Here are the steps I took to get this look ...

1. First I loaded my old Christmas card with paint - a dark blue, a light blue and some white. 

2. Next I spread this paint out with a brush, working the colours into each other a bit.

3. To finish off the painting I did diagonal brush strokes to even out the tonal ranges .... but my photo for this step was too blurry to use - so just imagine that !! 😂

4. Next I took some heavy white gesso and the lattice stencil and added this to the base of the front panel.

Tip: If you lift the stencil and find you missed any bits 
- just touch them up with a white pen after the paint has dried.

5. Next I prepped this fabulous card Chipboard set ...

6. Waste Not , Want Not! After taking out the floral elements I used a black sharpie on the outside chipboard support frame - it was the perfect frame for my card front. 

7. I painted my chipboards white - BUT if you buy them in the white mist colour you can skip this step.

8. I Put down my base colours using water based markers.

9. Next I used white Gesso to blend the colours on the chipboard to give it a more painterly look.
( YEP - you can add white paint straight over the top of water coloured shapes and they bled beautifully!!)

10. Finally I assembled all the elements on the card, added a title, rhinestones and butterflies.

Tip: I also used tiny 3D dots to create a multi layered look to the bouquet.

While I'm powering on with the stencils I wanted to also share this layout I did using the A4 Cobblestone template that I just managed to get my hands on recently ... I LOVE this outdoors look and teamed it up with some hanging vines and flowers ... and a few of the new Scrapmatts bling bits!


Apparently I'm addicted to the string circles chipboard and have to use them on every second layout I create!! lol 😂 My theory is that when you are onto a good thing you should definitely stick to it - which is why I also love popping any number of these fabulous chippy words on my layouts too 💚

And I just have one more layout to share today ... one that was entirely inspired by that absolutely awesome new flower stencil you can see there in the background!

Scrapmatts have a whole new range of these STUNNING stencils that just make gorgeous additions to any layout... I've used some metallic structure paint with this stencil to create the patterns on this page....
an effect I adore! 

And of course no page is complete without some lovely chipboard elements, and these leaves and flourishes were the perfect additions to this layout. 

A bit of blue paint and Crystalina kindy glitz finished them off nicely. 

Thanks heaps for popping by the blog for a look, 
I hope you have found some inspiration and ideas for your next creative adventure.

Cheers from Kel

Sunday, August 23, 2020

More from Borneo

Hi everyone

Hope you are all having a wonderful, relaxing Sunday.

Had some technical problems trying to get this post done - I think it was the user!!

Today I have two layouts from our Borneo trip last year.

The first layout is another one from our Mt Kinabalu climb - yes we made it! 

Stencil 9088 Cobblestones

Stencil 9049 Hearts

CB4069 Ornate Frames

CB1159 Hearts05

CB6117 Assorted Words 30

My second layout is the group just before we headed off for the start of our trek.  There was alot of nerves and anxiety as we waited to get our permits and paperwork.


ST5056 Stencil Mendala



CB6118 Boho01 


CB5166 Leaf Spray 15


CB5100 Grass 02 

Finally got this done!!  Hope you are making time to be creative, especially if you are still in lockdown. I know most of us are still staying close to home and only venturing out when necessary.  Great excuse to stay home and create.

Stay safe and I look forward to seeing you in September.


Tuesday, August 18, 2020

A Handful of Happiness.....

Good morning how are you? Rikki here today with two new layouts show casing some amazing chipboard titles, and you probably have noticed that I have been doing that a lot. 

Today's share is about two different styles of scrap booking and how a title can add that finishing detail and also be a versatile addition to any style of scrapbooking.

CB1257 Scrap Words 40Now you can see by simply using your embossing enamel throughout the background you can take your layout to a mixed media style of scrapbooking.