Scarecrows Don’t Have to Be Scary!

Hello readers! This week we’re focusing on a few stamps in our July 2013 Catalog that were designed by Lisa Hindsley. You guys really embraced her Wizard of Oz stamps in our April catalog, and she drew some super fun Fall Designs for our holiday catalog. Our designers this week are focusing on their projects using these cool stamps.  Today BlogStar Asia King has a great tutorial for you all the way from the UK! Be sure to check out the other designers posting this week at the end of her post!


Hello Stampendous friends, it’s Asia here with another autumnal make. I’ve always been fascinated by scarecrows. although when I was little I used be a little afraid of them, too. My grandparents once had a mahoosive scarecrow in their field and at the time it looked so real and magical to me. It had a proper coat, hat and trousers, it moved when the wind was blowing so there was nothing to tell me that it wasn’t real…. even the straw face didn’t alert me then :). Funny how differently things look when you are a kid!

In my project I was trying to capture exactly this – the magical look of a scarecrow in a middle of a field bursting with crops, flowers, butterflies and a riot of colour. I also wanted to try my hand at mixed media art in Finnabair’s style – which I thought would be the perfect way to recreate my idea of a countryside field full of colour and texture.

Finnabair style Stampendous Friendly Scarecrow mixed media altered frame
Friendly Scarecrow altered frame by Asia King

There will be quite a few steps here so grab yourself a cuppa, make yourself comfy and let’s begin!

1. You will need: Stampendous cling Friendly Scarecrow, white gesso, cheap wooden frame, small wooden shape for stamping, Jet Black StazOn ink, Fresco Vintage Lace paint (or matt emulsion paint), spatula and paintbrush, stencils.

Tutorial altered mixed media frame with rubber stamps inks and stencils
2. Paint your small wooden shape with Fresco paint and once dry, stamp the Scarecrow with black ink. Fresco paints have a chalky finish which is perfect for stamping onto it.

Tutorial altered mixed media frame with Stampendous rubber stamps
3. Colour the image with water colour pencils or Distress Markers and inks.

colouring tith distress markers and Stampendous rubber stamps
4. Glaze the image with a layer of Glossy Accents and allow to dry thoroughly. Glossy Accents will react with the Distress ink creating a soft hazy ‘glow’ to the image.

Glazing the image with Glossy Accemts
5. Gather some lace and textured ribbons and apply to the recess and the outer frame. You can use a multimedium as an adhesive but using gesso as an adhesive works too. When it’s dry, all the fabric elements will be well cemented in.
6. Add more texture using the stencils and texture paste. If you don’t have texture paste, gesso will work for that too! Allow to dry.

Creating texture with Gesso

7. Grab a handful of embellishments, off cuts and paper flowers, whatever you have to hand. Don’t worry about matching colours – we will paint everything over anyway! Start layering and embedding the elements with gesso. Allow it to dry.

Using Gesso as adhesive in mixed media art
8. Mist your frame with a selection of spray inks and mists. Immediately heat set the colours with a heat tool. Blot any excess ink with a paper towel.

Spraying with colorwash inks

9. Add another layer of embellishments and fix them in place with DODZ™ – Small and DODZ™ – 3D from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

Dodz 3D by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

10. Cover the top cluster with gesso. Sprinkle some crushed glass glitter over the wet gesso (I used Green Glass Glitter but any colour you have will be fine). Allow to dry.

texture with Stampendous crushed glass glitter

11. Spray the cluster with inks and heat set with the heat tool. Once thoroughly dry, dry brush more gesso over the entire frame – this will bring up all the texture and soften the colour blend.

embedding image with texture paste

12. Embed the glazed Scarecrow element into the frame with generous dabs of texture paste. Allow to dry. When dry, spray with inks and heat set. Dry brush some black acrylic paint and then more gesso. You can keep spraying/gesso-ing until you are happy with the final result :).

Prima flowers May Arts ribbon altered mixed media frame

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial and my first take on Finn’s mixed media style :). If you’d like to see additional close up photos please hop over to my blog here.

Thanks for popping in today and I look forward to seeing you next time!   Big crafty hugs,  Asia


Now check out what our other designers have done!

Kristine Reynolds

Jamie Martin

Jennifer Dove

I keep on falling in…Fall!

Hello Stampendous friends! Asia here :). I love Autumn (or Fall depending on your preference!), all the reds, yellows and browns sizzling in the September sun… such a fantastic nature’s spectacle! So today I will be sharing a 3D tag in lovely autumnal shades. I will also show you a quick and fun way to create your own DIY sparkly acorns :).

Asia King Stampendous autumnal tag with Jumbo leaves

OK, here we go! Let’s start with the acorns.

1. You will need glass oval beads, jewellery pins and pliers, Stampendous Bronze Crushed Glass Glitter and DODZ™ – 3D from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

2. Adhere your DODZ 3D to the top of the bead. Keep the clear protective sheet in place for now. Tap this dimensional dot around to form a nice acorn ‘hat’.

3. Thread the jewellery pin through the protective sheet and the inside of the bead. Cut the excess wire off and finish the end with a loop using the pliers.

4. Gently pull the the protective sheet over the top of the pin. Cover the adhesive with Bronze glitter. Your sparkly acorn is ready!

Sparkly DIY acorns for autumn tag tutorial

5. For the tag you will need: inky card for the background, dimensional frame (I upcycled a protective foam casing from my new phone), selection of distress inks, selection of your favourite Stampendous stamps (I used Perfectly Clear Trees and Leaves, Halloween Charms,  Santos Angel, Elegant Borders and cling Jumbo Leaves).

6. Randomly stamp your chosen images using distress inks. Start with the lightest colour and build your layers through darker shades.

7. Fill the images with more colour using pencils or markers.

8. Blend some more ink through stencils.

beautiful Autumnal mixed media jumbo leaves stampendous tag

9. Add more interest with texture paste through a diamond stencil. Allow to dry thoroughly. Add more stamping if desired.

10. Cover your frame with Boss Gloss and heat emboss with Golden Sand Embossing Powder and Vintage Mahogany Embossing Tinsel (I just LOOOOVE that powder!).

11. Stamp the Jumbo Leaves onto handmade paper of thin card.

12. Add some colour with the distress inks, use your free template as a guide.

To finish the tag adhere all the elements together, add embellishments, ribbons and flowers and sprinkle with a golden mist.

If you’d like to see more close up photos of the tag, be sure to hop over to my blog here.

Who’s up for playing with some colourful autumnal leaves today? Don’t forget to link up your beautiful Fall makes to our September challenge – join the Fall Fun!

Thank you for visiting today!

Big crafty hugs


How does my garden grow – Garden Journal by Asia King

BlogStar Asia King has popped by today to share her Garden with us! We can’t wait to see how her journal evolves over the course of the year…maybe we’ll see some pressed flowers?? Here’s a terrific tutorial for making your own Garden Journal to celebrate the blooms in your yard.


Hello again, Asia here. Those who know me personally would certify that my garden has always been a kind of a project that gets put off forever… But not this year! We’ve finally got our new patio sorted and we’re now ready to plan & plant the borders. Yay! It only took us 6 years to gear up for it lol :).

No surprises then that I wanted to seize the opportunity to ‘document” how our garden grows. That’s why I started my very own garden journal, where I can clip plant labels, photos and play with creative journaling at the same time.

In keeping with the ‘nature friendly theme’ I’ve decided to upcycle an old diary for that purpose. To kick start my creative gardening adventure I decorated the cover using my old time fave technique – decoupaging with napkins. This technique was perfect for this project as my cover was quite squishy and leather like, so covering it with paper would not be as successful.

Let’s get started – shall we? You will need: an old diary, gesso, decorative napkins, decoupage medium and your fabulous Stampendous floral stamps.

1. Apply 2 quick coats of gesso to your cover and let it dry.

2. Choose the napkin you want to decorate with (or if you’re like me, decide, change your mind and… change your mind again lol) and separate the top printed ply.

3. Using an old paint brush add layers of Beacon’s Fast Finish and adhere the napkins. You only need small amount of the medium. Gently smooth out the creases with your fingers, this will also help the napkin adhere to the surface. Allow to dry.

4. Next, dry brush a couple of coats of gesso to tone down the pattern and to blend in the areas where the napkins meet/overlap.

5. Stamp the Jumbo Cling Peruvian Lily onto the front cover with clear embossing ink. Heat emboss with Detail Gold Embossing Powder.

6. Stamp the corner swirls from the Peruvian Lily set in corners and heat emboss with gold detail powder.

7. Carefully colour the flowers with Inktense or water colour pencils. Try to avoid adding too much water as this may tear the napkins.

8. Seal the cover with Fast Finish and allow to dry.

9. Stamp the flowers again, this time onto white card, heat emboss with Black Detail Powder, colour in and cut them out.

10. Start layering your embellishments and lace. Add the fussy cut flowers layered onto dimensional foam pads.

11. Add fabric and wooden embellishments, altered with Shabby Blue and Shabby Pink embossing enamels. Simply swipe the Boss Gloss over, sprinkle the powders, tap off the excess and heat with the heat gun. Adhere with Beacon’s 3in1 Advanced Craft Glue.

12. I also added one of my shabby enamelled flowers.

13. Decorate the flower centres with gems, Champagne and Fuchsia crushed glass glitter, sprinkled over Beacon’s 3in1 adhesive.

14. Stamp in black the word ‘garden’ onto white vellum with Big Top Type clear stamps. Cut the letters out into bunting flags and layer them onto lace scraps. Adhere to the page using 3in1 Adhesive. Next, stamp the word ‘journal’ directly onto the journal cover with Vintage Lowercase clear stamps.

15. Finish off by embossing the edges with Shabby Blue embossing enamel.

Phew, after all that crafting I think I need a jolly good rest… after I’ve done some planting first!

I hope you enjoyed this installment from your Foreign Correspondent and if you’d like to see more of the close up photos of this project, be sure to pop over to my blog. And I would be delighted it if you left some love on my blog to let me know you’ve been :).

Over to you now, tell us how your garden grows. And we’ve got the perfect way for you to share your embossed projects – make sure join our June Encrusted Jewel Technique challenge!

Big hugs


Teatime Reflections – Layout by Asia King

To bring our fantastic sojourn at Tea Time to a close, we have a terrific tutorial from BlogStar Asia King. She’s here to dwell on her obsession with tea time and it’s accessories, plus she’s got a gorgeous project for you to make!

Hello Stampendous friends! Asia here and today I am inviting you for tea :). When I first saw these awesome teapot stamps I squealed with joy, because I immediately knew what I would create with them. I have this thing you see, I just love vintage teapots and tea cups. I have a small collection at home which I am really proud of :). So I made a scrapbook page to ‘celebrate’ my little teatime obsession…

As I also happen to have a set of beautiful teatime themed serviettes, I was able to include some napkin art in my layout. Can life get any better than this? lol :).

Let’s begin.

Step 1:

– prepare your pattern papers, napkins and photos you’d like to scrap

– arrange your papers in layers and distress the edges

Step 2:

– adhere the papers to the base cardstock with re-positional adhesive. I find it difficult to work on a page when the elements don’t stay in place. With re-positional glue dots I can always rearrange the items if necessary

– cut out elements from your napkins and adhere to the page with Beacon’s Fast Finish medium

Step 3:

– for the banneer choose paper with a subtle background

– stamp cling Royal Teapot and cling Queen Teapot with brown ink

– colour the images

– cut out the teapot flags for the banner

– finish off with ribbons and pearls

Step 4:

– add a sprinkle of Shabby White Embossing Enamel and Vintage Lilac Embossing Powder over the main background paper

– heat from underneath to melt (if the layers are too thick, this is when re-positional glue stuff comes handy!)

Step 5:

– emboss a selection of chipboard shapes with Shabby White, Vintage Lilac and Aged Wine Embossing Enamel

Step 6:

– heat emboss ornate corner embellishments with Shabby White enamel

– make sure to wait until they cool down – it will take a bit longer that you might expect…

Step 7:

– to create a ‘secret’ journaling card you will need: old postcard, Tim Holtz Tag & Bookplates die, Rusty Hinge distress ink and blending tool, Coffee Archival ink, cling King Teapot and Luggage Labels

– die cut the tag from an old postcard

– ink the reverse side with Rusty Hinge ink

– spritz the background with coffee (I know, I know…but coffee works better than tea for this!). The ink will react with water and create a mottled effect

– stamp the King Teapot with Rusty Hinge

– stamp a chosen label from the Luggage Labels set with Coffee Archival

– add a sentiment. I found this sentiment long time ago and I’ve always loved it. Not sure who the author is, sorry. If you don’t have a favourite quote, make sure to check out our collection of the Digital Downloads – lots of WordArt inspiration there!

Step 9:

– stamp the cling Kettle On onto a patterned journaling card with Coffee Archival

– add bling to your photo and the rest of the page. I used Beacon’s Gem Tac to fix the gems in place

Step 10:

– adhere all the elements. Mount the photo onto 3d foam pads allowing sufficient room underneath for the secret journaling tag

– add final embellishments and flowers. For a shabby chic look alter the blooms by swiping Boss Gloss over the flowers and heat embossing them with Frantage enamels

To finish I also added a Ruffled Bloom. The flower centre was embellished with Champagne and Lavender glass glitter and little pearls.

That’s all for now! Thank you for popping in today and I hope you’ve enjoyed this little Tea Party :). If you’d like to see more of the close up pictures, please visit my blog :).

Big crafty hugs


New Elements and Project Life by Asia King

BlogStar Asia King is back again to introduce this week’s focus – the new Elements stamps in our April Catalog. These 5 images focus on a collage of several elements on a particular theme, the ones she’s chosen to use are the Typing Elements and Phone Elements. These are big stamps, meant to be the focus of most of a card.

W093 Typing Elements
W093 Typing Elements
W094 Phone Elements
W094 Phone Elements

Since Asia is in the UK, it takes a little longer to get our goodies over to her. So she’s also bringing the Elements into our Project Life event we did a couple weeks ago.  Suzanne Czosek also did a Project Life page that didn’t get included in the original event, so we’d love you to go look at it as well.

Hello Stampendous Friends! It’s time for another inspiration with Asia King :). Today I am playing with Becky Higgins’ Project Life. My super talented DT Sisters have recently provided lots of inspirational eye candy for you with their Project Life pages – in case you missed it, be sure to check it out here. Project Life is all about celebrating your every day stuff so I decided to scrap about the thing that ‘happens’ to me every day….(except the weekends! lol) – my job. One of the things I love about crafting is that it’s a way of recharging my batteries after a challenging day. Crafting helps me to ‘leave’ my work behind. So you might say that scrapping about my work would defeat the object lol :).

That’s why in my page I wanted to focus on the ‘little’ things I enjoy about my work place, like beautiful aubretias trailing down the wall nearby, sipping coffee from my ‘Best Wife in the World’ mug (given to me by my hubby, just to clarify!) or shopping in the new Polish deli shop at lunch time. But most importantly – all the lovely people I work with whose optimism and sense of humour really brighten my days :).

Let’s start with the supply list:

Stamps: Cling Typing Elements, Cling Phone Elements, Cling Blossom Spray, Perfectly Clear Smashing Notes, Perfectly Clear Big Top Type, Perfectly Clear Vintage Lowercase, Perfectly Clear Vintage Uppercase.

Essentials: Aged Wine Embossing Enamel, Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel, Stamp N Bond powder, Sunflower Micro Glitter, White Detail Embossing Powder.

Other: Project Life page protector – Design A, coffee spritzed papers, alcohol ink markers, clear embossing ink, Sepia or Coffee Archival ink, Black Memento ink, ColorBox chalk inks, selection of photos.

1. Spritz some coffee over white card and allow to dry.

2. Cut two panels from the coffee card to the size of your journaling pockets.

3. Stamp the Typing Elements and the Phone Elements onto your journaling cards with brown ink.

4. Stamp Blossom Spray along the edges and in corners with black Memento ink.

5. Stamp the word ‘office’  in Google colours onto scrap coffee papers with a selection of alpha stamps and using ColorBox inks. Add to your photo some additional journaling and a ‘Google maps’ pin.

6. Colour the flowers with the alcohol ink markers.

7. Stamp an accent letter from the Vintage Uppercase set with clear embossing ink and sprinkle the image with Stamp N Bond powder. Warm the heat gun for a few seconds then heat the powder just until it melts.

8. Quickly sprinkle the image with the Sunflower Micro Glitter. Press the glitter with your fingers to aid bonding.

9. Fix the letter to your card with small staples.

10. Sprinkle your cards sparingly with Aged Wine and Aged Ivory embossing enamels. Heat the powders from underneath.

11. Stamp various expressions from the Smashing Notes set directly onto your photos using clear embossing ink. Heat emboss with White Detail embossing powder.

As you can see, these Elements stamps are just perfect for everyday life scrapbooking, especially documenting your office/working endeavours. Their vintage look adds a really quirky contrast against their modern ‘equivalents’ :).

Thank you for popping in here today and I hope you enjoyed reading about this project. As always, I’d love to know what  you think!

Happy crafting!

Big hugs


Flower Power Layout – by Asia King

No need to adjust your computer monitors – yes, I am sharing a scrapbook page again :). Hello, Asia here and today I’d like to share two tips with you. First, how to use Fran-tage ‘blinkies’ to embellish your layouts and second, printing your photos on a transparency for a cool 3D effect.

For my layout I stamped several images from the cling Jumbo Spring BouquetViolets and Single Butterfly sets. Some were heat embossed with the Gold Detail Embossing Powder and Aged Rose Embossing Enamel. After colouring the images with Inktense pencils I fussy cut them along the flowers from my K&Co patterned papers.

I wanted my photo to have a 3D look, as if ‘blending’ me and my sweet niece amongst all the flowers. To achieve that I printed the photo onto a printable acetate. Printing on transparencies has endless possibilities – just remember to print on the correct, rough side :). I then matted my photo with a patterned paper before adhering it to the page on raised foam pads.

On my layout you can see a few different ways of using Fran-tage products for scrapbooking. The Fran-tage beauties do not have to be limited to the encrusted jewel technique. On my page I incorporated them in the following ways:

1. Using Leaf Green Colour Fragments and double sided sticky tape I created a border around one of the paper panels.

2. Next I swiped Boss Gloss sparingly over the green colour fragments and heat embossed it with Aged Rose Embossing Enamel.

3. I sprinkled layers of Champagne Crushed Glass Glitter and Rose Colour Fragments over Beacon’s 3in1 Adhesive  to create a frame for the photo and decorative corners.

Thank you for visiting today and I look forward to seeing you next week!

Big hugs


Mixed media and Jumbo Daisies by Asia King

April flowers
Greetings! Your favourite Foreign Correspondent Asia here :). Guess what? The sun is finally shining and who knows, maybe Spring is finally on its way to the UK? In case Mother Nature is still unsure whether it’s time for Spring, I hope this project will make it absolutely clear – yes, it IS time! LOL.

The project I am sharing today has been inspired by Kate Crane’s all year long challenge of journaled calendars (BTW here you can link up April pages and while you’re at it you might also like to join this fab Journaling challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges). Kate is a very inspirational mixed media artist and her signature style is easily recognisable in her colourful and vibrant art journaling.

For quite some time now I’ve been trying to make a journaled calendar to keep track of all important dates and here’s my April page.

For my page I reused parts from an old calendar I kept. It was so pretty that I just had to find another use for it.
My background was created with acrylic paints, Inktense pencils, Colour Wash, Glimmer Mist and Cosmic Shimmer Mist sprays. I used a brickwork stencil to add gessoed texture and to add some colour highlights.
Those fabulous flowers are Stampendous Jumbo Daisy with a free (how fabulous is that?) template.
Jumbo flower templates – helpful tips
And I thought it would be helpful to share a quick tutorial on how I use the free templates from the new Stampendous Jumbo flower stamps.
(Click on the photos to enlarge).
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I hope you enjoyed my April Daisies :). Have a fabulous week!
Big hugs

Anchors aweigh! Pushing the boat out onto Stampendoulicious waters…by Asia King

Ahoy Stampendous friends! Asia here with a new project to inspire you and to err…. push the boat out so to speak! 🙂 Today I would like to share a mixed media canvas that features lots of Fran•táge, my beloved napkin art, and a new technique for me – Faux Airbrushing (as featured in the UK’s Craft Stamper magazine March 2013). Let’s cast off and get underway!

Step 1 – supplies:

– blank 8″x8″ canvas

– set of printed napkins with nautical theme

– Decopatch glue, an old brush, fine art sponge (or a regular washing sponge as long as it has fine holes)

– distress inks: Shaded Lilac (not included on the photo), Faded Jeans, Broken China, Pumice Stone

– stencil with various sized circles. I created mine from acetate and die cut Nestabilities circles. You can later use your die cut circles as masks.

You will also need:

– Stampendous Cling Navigateur stamp

– Coffee Archival ink

– Inktense (or water colour) pencils, water brush

– ivory card and a piece of ivory fabric, scissors, paper distresser

Step 2 – covering your canvas:

– peel the top printed ply of your napkin, cut and arrange the pattern on the canvas.

– adhere to the canvas with Decopatch glue, covering all the sides as well. Don’t worry about small creases – let the glue settle for a minute and then smooth the creases gently with your fingers.

– avoid adding any glue on top of the napkins at this stage. You will want to keep the napkin unsealed with the medium.

Now you are ready to add some bubbles!

Step 3 – water bubbles:

– pinch your sponge so you get a nice round tip

– gradually add inks by gentle tapping/dabbing of the sponge through the stencil. Dabbing with the sponge instead of swiping it in a circular motion will create a gradual ‘dotted’ effect, similar to airbrushing (hence the name of the technique)

– to create the ‘bubble look’ keep the centre of the circle uninked. Then depending on your chosen light direction add more ink to opposite sides to create shading

– add layers of overlapping circles. Use your (previously) die cut circles as masks to add more shading. Depending on the location of the shade you can either bring the bubble forward or set it behind another

– work the inks from lightest to the darkest shade

Step 5 – Bling it on!

– swipe Boss Gloss (or an embossing ink pad) along the edges of the canvas> Leave some areas uninked

– cover with Aged Marine Embossing Enamel, tap off the excess, heat set then allow to cool

– swipe embossing ink over the remaining areas overlapping previously embossed parts

– sprinkle with Shabby Blue Embossing Enamel and heat set

– using the technique shown by my fellow BlogStar Tobi in this post randomly add layers of  Champagne, Steel Blue, Royal Blue Crushed Glass Glitter and Powder Blue Colour Fragments

– stamp bunting images onto fabric with a permanent ink. I used a free stamp from July 2012 issue of the Craft Stamper magazine. Alternatively draw several bunting flags with a Sharpie pen and cut out. Adhere to the canvas with hot glue gun and embellish with a string or ribbon.

Step 5: Main panel

– stamp Cling Navigateur onto ivory card with Coffee Archival

– colour the image with Inktense pencils or alcohol markers

– add water bubbles following the same steps as above

– distress the edges of the panel with paper distresser

– using the encrusted jewel technique add Shabby White highlights to the image

Step 6:

– stamp Cling Better Travel sentiment stamp with embossing ink onto acetate

– heat emboss with Black Detail embossing powder

– trim the acetate close to the sentiment

Step 7:

– glue burlap, cheese cloth, buttons and trinkets to the canvas

– crumple the stamped panel slightly and layer over the fabrics

– once in place, seal the image with a layer of Decopatch glue (it will dry clear)

Step 8:

– embellish further with Glossy Accents bubbles

– add highlights to your design with buttons and glass pebbles – can you see my cute ‘ship in a bottle’ below?

Inspiration photo credit

I would love to see your take on the Stampendoulicious ‘Faux Airbrushed’ projects so get crafting and let me know what you create!

Oh, and if you’d like to see more of the close up photos of my project, feel free to hop over to my blog :).

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration and I look forward to seeing you again next week :).

Big hugs


Four seasons of Stampendous by Asia King – part 2

Hello Stampendous Friends, your favourite Foreign Correspondent Asia King here. Are you ready for part 2 of my Four Seasons concerto? If you missed part 1 with the close up pictures of my project, you can check it out here.

Well then, let’s begin. All my pages were made in the same way, I just used different stamps and embossing powders. For the purpose of this tutorial I will show you the steps for one of the pages – and it only seems right to feature my Spring page here :).

Step 1 – here’s what you need:

Fresh Bloom and Ruffled Bloom cling rubber stamps

White and Black detail embossing powders – these can be found in the Detail Embossing Kit

– DCWV 8″x8″ Luxury Paper Stack – or any other pearlised papers

– clear embossing ink, water brush, Inktense pencils (Crimson & Cherry)/water colour pencils, Tim Holtz Vintage Cabinet Card die, heat gun

Step 2:

– die cut a Vintage Cabinet Card panel from the pearlised patterned paper, choosing the colour theme accordingly to the season

– using clear embossing ink stamp 3 flowers onto the die cut panel and 3 flowers onto scrap pieces of the same colour theme paper

– heat emboss with white and black detail powders

Step 3:

– using a waterbrush pick up some pigment directly from the pencil and colour in the black embossed flowers

Pearlised paper works great when colouring with Inktense pencils – the colour with ‘travel’ and blend beautifully without losing the ‘shine’ from the pearlised paper. It dries quite quickly but it will stay wet for long enough to blend it more if needed. And if you go over the line – no worries. Just use your waterbrush to lift off the excess colour.

Step 4:

– repeat the process to build layers of colour as desired.

Step 5:

– fussy cut the flowers

– add a blob of Beacon’s 3 in 1 craft glue in the centres of the flowers

– embellish the centres with pearls, Champagne Glass Glitter and Pearlised Mica Fragments (these can be found in the Pink Encrusted Jewel kit)

Step 6:

– swipe the edges of the card panel with clear embossing ink

– heat emboss with Aged Rose Embossing Enamel

– add accents with Pearlised Mica and Rose Fragments – you can use 3 in 1 glue as adhesive

Step 7:

– I like to seal my encrusted jewels with a drop of Beacon’s Fast Finish – it dries clear and it smells lovely, too!

Step 8:

– die cut 4 Cabinet Card panels from black cardstock and 4 panels from chipboard (or cereal box)

– glue black panels and chipboard ones using and old glue brush and Claudine Hellmuth’s Multimedium Matte. Make sure to immediately put your brush in water to avoid hardening – unless you don’t mind it becoming an embellishment :).

Step 9:

– cut a length of white strong ribbon. Use mists, ink sprays and distress stains to colour the ribbon. Add water with a mini mister so the colours blend in easily.

Step 10:

– layer your base chipboard panels about an inch apart. Decide which way your book should fold, depending on any dimensional elements

– using Matte Multimedium adhere the coloured ribbon across the chipboard panels about 1/3 down from the top.

– adhere your Fran-taged pearlised panels to the chipboard panels using Multimedium. Use large paper clips to hold the panels over the ribbon until the glue sets

– add some calendar rub-ons (Prima) in the bottom right corners of the panels. You can easily add rub-ons over the enamelled areas

– layer your embellishments and sentiment panels over your seasons pages. Complete your project with additional trinkets as desired.

I hope you enjoyed the second part of my Seasonal Concerto and I can’t wait to see your seasonal beauties! If you have any questions – let me know in the comment below :).

Big hugs


Four seasons of Stampendous by Asia King – Part 1

Hello Friends! Your Foreign Correspondent Asia here. Last week I finally felt that Spring was on its way to the UK. Blankets of snowdrops and first shy daffodils were trying very hard to send Winter home :). And whilst talking about seasons, I thought I would share this little beauty with you today. Just like the famous composer Antonio Vivaldi, I wanted to compose a concerto of the four seasons – in my own way :).

I didn’t want this post to be too picture heavy, so I am going to break it down into two parts. Today I will share the individual pages of my Four Seasons accordion book and next week I will show you the ‘technical’ steps.

So let’s start with… Winter!

I started by waving my baton, errr… the heat gun that is, got the orchestra of Fran-tage powders to tune their instruments, and before I knew it, the music was filling in my craft room…

For my frosty season I used the cling Old World Map and the Suitcase World sentiment stamp. The map was first heat embossed with Silver Detail embossing powder and coloured with Inktense pencils. The sentiment was heat embossed with Black Detail embossing powder. The snowflakes were adorned with Teal Mica fragments and Sky Blue embossing powder. Then I ‘framed’ the sentiment panel with Detail Capri embossing powder and the background panel was Fran-taged with the Aged Teal Embossing Enamel. All these beauties can be found in one magical place – Fran-tage Encrusted Jewel Kit in Teal. (available soon in the US)

Now… let’s cheer for Spring!

And with Spring I bring you a handful of Fresh and Ruffled Blooms, heat embossed with Black (for the foreground) and White Detail (for the background) embossing powders.

The flower centres are all bathed in Champagne Glass glitter and Pearlized Mica Fragments. The background panel has been embellished with the same Mica Fragments and a generous sprinkle of Aged Rose Embossing Enamel. These gorgeous jewels can be found in the Pink Encrusted Jewel Kit.

Now, let’s get ready for…Summer!

Oh, I so love Summer evenings in a garden full of wonderful flowers. Sadly my garden is not very inspiring, so perhaps this gorgeous Seed Catalogue stamp will inspire me to fill my garden with beautiful blooms. Just so I can see the world that will be Beautiful :). With the Summer season in mind, I ‘seasoned’ my page with Aged Hunter and Aged Rose embossing enamels and added Champagne glass glitter and Rose Colour Fragments.

And now, Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you… Autumn! Or Fall, depending on your point of view :D.

My Autumnal page is swept with a gentle brush of the Ruffled Butterfly‘s wings and the leaves falling off the trees, dancing in the wind. Can you see all those golds, coppers and bronzes sparkling in the Autumnal sun? That’s the sparkle of the Vintage Mahogany embossing tinsel, Bronze Glass Glitter, Golden Sand embossing powder and Aged Copper embossing enamel – from the Bronze Encrusted Kit. (also available soon in the US)

I hope you enjoyed my Stampendoulicious seasonal symphony :). Stay tuned for the 2nd part with the step by step assembling  instructions for the accordion book.

Until then…

Big hugs