Floral Essence Masking Technique.

Floral Essence Masking Technique.

Recently, I had a focus on the handmade items I make and normally have for sale at markets and a local pop up shop over on my Facebook page. I showcased these items and posted games. One of which asked participants to name a technique or Stampin’ Up! product that they would like to see in a tutorial video from me. The winner was Rosie Dunn, with the suggestion of masking technique.

To make this project you will need:

  • Calypso Coral cardstock – 10.5cm x 29.8cm
  • Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper – 9.5cm x 13.9cm
  • Very Vanilla card front – 9cm x 13.4cm
  • Gold Glimmer Paper – 5cm x 7.5cm
  • Very Vanilla sentiment piece – 4.5cm x 7cm
  • Very Vanilla card insert – 10cm x 14.4cm

Stamp the lined flower image from the Floral Essence stamp set in Calypso Coral in opposite corners of the Calypso Coral card base. This adds dimension to the base layer of the card.

Adhere the piece of Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper (DSP) to the card front at an angle using Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Tear & Tape.

Die cut the Very Vanilla cardstock and Gold Glimmer Paper piece for the sentiment piece. The Gold Glimmer is cut using the fourth up from smallest scalloped oval, and the Very Vanilla is cut using the fourth up from smallest straight edge oval in the Layering Ovals Dies.

Stamp the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Momento ink, centered in the oval. Stamp the lined flower image in Calypso Coral in the very top of the oval, and again stamped off in the bottom half of the oval.

TIP: It is good to ink up the stamp between these stamps to the paper. This is because the first stamp over the very top of the oval has part of the stamped image off of the cardstock. If you were to immediately stamp it in the bottom half of the oval it would have weird lines where the stamp overhung from the paper.

Adhere the Very Vanilla sentiment piece to the Gold Glimmer piece using Multipurpose Glue or Tear & Tape.

To create the wreath of flowers on the Very Vanilla card front piece, first place the sentiment piece in the center and trace lightly around the edge with a pencil. Be mindful that the Very Vanilla card front piece will be at an angle when it is adhered to the card base.

Use this pencil line to determine where to stamp the flowers. Start by stamping the large solid flower in Calypso Coral at the top and the bottom of the oval. Next, use a mask cut out from a large post-it to cover one of these flowers and stamp another next to it and overlapping a little. Make this second set of stamped flowers stamped off. Repeat this on the other side of each full strength flower.

You should be left with enough space to stamp two more flowers – one either side of the wreath full strength stamping.

TIP: Stamp the image you want to mask onto the post-it. Ensure the majority of the stamped image is over the section of post-it with adhesive on the back. Cut out the stamped image right on the edge of the image to prevent any border being made from the mask.

Use the flower mask to stamp the leaf image in each corner. Stamp the leaves in Old Olive, and then again stamped off. This helps to lift the card.

Stamp the stamen for the solid flower in So Saffron.

Take the Whisper White Crinkle Seam Binding Ribbon and colour the full length with the Dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blend. These alcohol markers making adding colour to ribbons and twine super easy, and the final result is a smooth coverage.

Wrap this around the Very Vanilla card front piece and tie a bow. Adhere this panel to the card front using Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Tear & Tape.

Use an eraser to remove the pencil marks from the Very Vanilla cardstock. Adhere the sentiment piece using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

On the Very Vanilla card insert, stamp the solid flower in Calypso Coral and the stamen in So Saffron. Use the post-it mask to stamp the leaves in Old Olive, one full strength and one half strength. You could repeat this stamping on the envelope too.


Made by Megan Classes to Go.

I will be releasing two options for Made by Megan Classes to Go during April – one of which will be featuring the Floral Essence Bundle. Stay tuned to find out more about this. You can keep in touch here on my blog – check out the Classes to Go tab, by signing up to my email newsletter here, or by following me on Facebook and Instagram.


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Happy crafting x

Megan

OnStage November 2019.

OnStage November 2019.

This weekend I was able to attend the Stampin’ Up! Auckland OnStage. One of the many perks of being a demonstrator is attending this one day event; we receive a goodie bag at the door with free product, recognition throughout the day; we receive prize patrols, and get to see new product and catalogues and complete make ‘n takes using the new product.

A major bonus is being able to catch up with our wider team mates from around the country. Some demonstrators choose to participate in ‘swaps’. This is where each demonstrator will make multiple projects in the same design, and literally swap them with other demonstrators on the day.

The swap I made. The design was CASE’d from Pinterest. I have forgotten the name of the demonstrator, but will update this post when I find it again.

Swaps are a great way of sharing inspiration and design ideas. Check out the swap I made, and the many swaps I received.

OnStage was an inspiring day; I’ve come away with new ideas for 2020. Watch this space for new class details.

Happy crafting.

Megan x

October 8×8 Sampler Class.

October 8×8 Sampler Class.

October’s 8×8 Sampler class was Halloween themed. We had a fun day creating this project. How good do they look?!

What I loved most about this sampler design is that it is mostly made using the spooky Monster Mash Designer Series Paper. One side of the double sided 12 x 12 page is Halloween themed, and the other side is mostly plain designs. The jars, books, castle and framed portrait are all images fussy cut straight from the DSP.

We also used the Wonderfully Wicked bundle. The stamp set has great Halloween sentiments and spooky Halloween creatures. The spider looks just like it is creeping up the wall behind a line of books. Using the Stylish Scroll embossing folder made the Very Vanilla card stock square look like wallpaper.

Basic Black Scalloped Edge Ribbon ties beautifully to make a bow, and the Monster Enamel Shapes make for perfect embellishments to complete the sampler page.

Happy crafting x

Megan

August Host Code.

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Happy crafting!

Megan x

Team Swaps AC 2019-2020.

Team Swaps AC 2019-2020.

A fun part of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is attending team training days. As well as connecting with my wider team, these team days provide valuable crafting and business insights to help motivate and drive demonstrators. We often participate in a system called ‘swaps’. This is where we sign up and commit to making multiple copies of the same card or 3D project to have one per person on the list. When we see each other at the team day, we then go ahead and swap one of our own creations for one of the others on the list. So after making, say, 10 of the same design, I would come home from the team day with 10 different designs… 1 of my own, and 9 from the others on the sign up list.

I wasn’t able to make it on the day, but was still able to participate in the swaps because my fabulous upline, Alicia, was in attendance and swapped on the day for me.

Watch this space for a look at the swaps I received.

I choose to highlight the gorgeous new 2019-2020 In Colours. Stamping tone-on-tone as I did for the background is an easy way to add dimension to a card front without needing lots of cardstock layers or die cut pieces.

The stinking cute pandas are stamped using StazOn black ink on Shimmery White cardstock. This cardstock will handle a little water colouring; better than Whisper White cardstock. (Please note that Watercolour cardstock is by far the best for water colouring.) The Aqua Painters are perfect for this kind of water colour wash. Squeeze the lid of the ink pad into the centre to get some ink in the lid. This is then your pallet for water colouring.

I then die cut a Stitched Shape circle from Whisper White cardstock, and the leaves are a die from the Animal Friends Thinlets Dies in foil. The layer of vellum was punched out with the Everyday Label punch.

I love using white Stampin’ Embossing Powder on coloured cardstock like this. The Basic Grey cardstock complimented each of the In Colours. The metallic sequins and black Bakers Twine were perfect for tying together all of the elements.

Purple Posy.

Pretty Peacock.

Rococo Rose.

Seaside Spray.

Terracotta Tile.

For more information about how you can join me at team training days, click on the ‘Join My Team’ tab at the top of this page.

Happy crafting.

Megan x

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Megan x