Monday 7 March 2016

Project 302: Playdate fun with new techniques

Today's posts are a bit random but both feature new techniques and tools from a recent playdate with Claire. We were both feeling a bit weird so we decided to keep our focus on two cards rather than try to reinvent the wheel and end up frustrated!

The headline features a new technique she discovered where you heat emboss and then use distress inks and an aqua brush to fill the raised image. I went for this Little Claire image and by using the Spiced Marmalade distress ink I think it looks a bit like a monarch butterfly. The paper got a bit grubby with the embossing powder but I actually like it. The greeting is Recollections from a tag die and greeting stamp set Claire gave me. Great technique, will definitely do again.

The second card features a new die she got that punches out all these little leaves. It's a great double whammy where the punched leaves are great and the negative space left is great as well. I wanted it to stand out so I blended over the surface with Broken China distress ink and then layered it over a scrap of green paper that I already had lying around. The spotted ribbon and button were added because it looked a bit naked. Not entirely convinced but they definitely helped lift it. The greeting is from a sentiment set Claire gave me last summer that contains a greeting for any occasion you could imagine.

So much fun playing with my craft buddy, I'm always keen to try new things and it the session was such fun as we both made such great little makes.


  1. Ooh these are both gorgeous Jessie… love your colouring of the butterflies… wonderful shading… so pretty! and the 2nd card has real Wow! factor… love how simple a design it is and yet it looks so striking... absolutely stunning!
    Hope you have a good week
    Big hugs, Sue B xx

  2. I loved our mini wine fueled session last week. These are still gorgeous, I love the butterfly one - even the grubby bits. I am going to have a play with that die this funny that you have played with it before me..the joys of a craft buddy right! Cx


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