Monday, 12 May 2014

Layer It Up

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Morning, Kirsten here, I hope you’re all well.
For today' card I cut three pieces of kraft card; one central panel & two smaller ones for each side. I used a circle die to cut the semicircles. Using my fingers I began adding paint to the pieces, covering the kraft card in places & leaving it slightly visible in others. I added a few layers of paint, sometimes wiping paint off with a baby wipe & drying in between each layer until I was happy.
Now for some stamping. I used the Kaisercraft Bubble Wrap acrylic stamp with Coffee Archival ink, holding the stamp in my hand instead of using a block.
This, combined with only using second-, third-, etc., generation stamping will give you a much more random & faded result.
Now for some colour. Some inks, like Versacolor, won’t be permanent on acrylic paints, unless you use embossing powder over them, so I used Archival inks, a red & a brown, on the two side panels. You could also use Stazon.
Now for the focal image. I used the Kaisercraft birdcage clear stamp with embossing ink & Stix 2 Copper Transfer Foil from the Vintage Tones set.
If you haven't used transfer foil before, I’ve broken down each step as follows;
Swipe your card with an anti-static pad
Stamp image with embossing ink, e.g. Versamark
Cover with Stamp ‘n’ Bond - a heat activated adhesive in powder form -  return the excess to the jar
Heat set the first section
Quickly place the foil onto the sticky image. Make sure the SHINY side is FACING you.
Burnish for a few seconds with your finger
Gently pull the foil away from the image
This is the result………….
Super shiny!
Sometimes, you'll get a patchy area, which I like, but if you don’t you can reheat the image & replace the foil, that usually works.
After this, I decided the background needed something else, so I added some water to white acrylic paint, loaded a small paintbrush with the mix & tapped it sharply over the panels to get white splatters, which I let dry naturally. You can heat dry, but the mix will tend to be absorbed into the paint underneath, leaving only faint splatters. I used a baby wipe to remove drops of paint from the foiled birdcage.
To finish, I added Crafts Too metal brads to each corner of the central panel, tied some seam binding & a metal embellishment to one side panel, added the die cut labels – I used Old Paper distress ink on these, they’re not as white as they look here -  with tiny Crafts Too brads & stamped the sentiment from the HobbyArt's Butterfly Kisses Musical Print stamp set with black Versacolor & heat set with clear embossing powder. I backed the panels with black card & used a 7x7 kraft card for the base.
Bird Cage Clear Stamp Bubble Wrap Clear Stamp     Musical Print Clear Stamp Set  Foil Transfer Sheets Vintage Tones  Stamp 'n' BondVersaMark Ink Pad     Crafts Too Vintage Selection - Brads 140 pcs     Versacolor Black  WA01 Clear Gloss     Putty  Summer Linen  
That’s it for today see you next time. Don’t forget that, as well as the giveaway, the new blog challenge is up & running. Happy crafting.


  1. Hi, love your background it's so good, will have a go , many thanks,xx

  2. Fabulous male card Kirsten, thank you for sharing it with us. I am going to have a hunt to find some bubble wrap this week - inking and stamping with it is a wonderful idea! Karen x

  3. I like this card. Haven't used (or even seen) the transfer foil! Like the effect, though. Thank you, Jan

  4. Love the mixed media approach, the bubble wrap impression (less messy with a stamp than the real thing!) and the the foiling, lovely project!

  5. A great male card and some super techniques used. Love the foiling.

  6. I do like the transfer foil effect. Ive not used it before. Love the background and birdcage stamp.

  7. Love the colour used in this demo


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