Since I stopped working almost 3 years ago (wow has it been that long!) I have had so much more time to pursue new activities. And like my mother who learnt how to swim at the age of 50 (and still does at 82), I too have acquired new skills since I turned 50 last year. I learnt how to make soy candles, paint, crochet, make cards and blog! I took up fit yoga with a great friend and teacher, (thanks Nina, because of you I can now do push ups!), swim weekly with a great bunch of gals, walk daily, detox regularly, and I feel fitter than I have felt in the last 10 years! Stress comes only once a year, when I am organising the school’s annual charity bash, and so I scream less at my kids, even though they have become teenagers! And to think that 3 years ago when I had to list hobbies in a personality test, I couldn’t think of any! So I guess the secret to teaching an “old” dog new tricks is just…time.
Another thing I hesitated on doing, was blogging. I always thought it would take up too much of my time, and it does, but I am so glad I started! I have learnt so much from visiting other creators’ blogs. Every time I get hit by a drought of ideas, a new challenge will come up with a technique I have never heard of, and inspire me to create something new. Today was no exception and I learnt 2 new techniques for card making. (I even learnt a way to debug Facebook so my automatic posts to Facebook from my blog, uses the image I want and not the images they choose! https://en.support.wordpress.com/facebook-image-thumbnail/)
My mum will see this before she gets it but at least she’s getting a card this year! Mother’s day was never the same day in Singapore, France and Spain so I could never keep track!
This first technique is called Stencil Monoprint from the Happy Little Stampers
CAS challenge. As they described it, basically you press ink onto your STENCIL, spritz with water and then press it onto your mixed media or watercolour card stock. I had also just received a set of Brusho paint powder, (which I ordered because of another blogger’s use of it) and was dying to use it!
So I first pressed “picked raspberry” distress ink on my Balzer Designs “mini bubble doily” stencil, spritzed water on it, sprinkled some purple Brushos paint powder, spritzed it again and then pressed my card (which looks like it has faint splotches of pink on it but it is just a shiny beige card!), which I had masked with a circle, onto the stencil. I used the same technique on my butterfly but added turquoise Brushos too and just watched the paint powders dissolve into a myriad of beautiful colours! I didn’t have any Mothers day stamps so I used a new set of Fiskars alphabet stamps. How I wished I had watched Jennifer McGuire’s quick tip on getting a clear stamp image before I did that! Maybe it wouldn’t have come out so splotchy.
I also entered this card in:
CASology Mum challenge
Addicted to Stamps #190 photo challenge where I was inspired by the purple colour, butterfly, and the word mom although we spell it differently!
Simon Says Stamp Monday Butterfly challenge
The next technique I learnt was also from Happy Little Stampers, but their
CASE the Designer challenge.
I always wanted to try a card like this but it looked complicated, I don’t know the name of the technique, they didn’t name it, maybe its double time stamping or double die cut…? Its basically stamping an image on 1 card, cutting out a a part of the image, colouring one part of it and pasting it back on.
I used a slightly different technique. I stamped my image onto a white card and a piece of black card stock at the same time with Versamark. I separated them, then poured Hero Arts white emboss powder on the black card and black emboss powder onto the white card and heat embossed it. I stamped Penny Black’s “hugs!” sentiment and heat embossed it too. I stuck the black card back on with foam adhesive…and then realised I had done everything on the black card stock crooked! Sigh…never mind I was still happy with my first attempt at this method anyway!
Hope you liked these two techniques. I loved them and I’ll be trying them often!