Black is the new… Black

Cards, Imagine Design Create, masculine cards, Shimmerz Paints, Stencil

Today’s cards are 2 of the cards I made yesterday after learning so many ways to create masculine cards from Altenew Academy’s “For the Guys” course. One of the inspiration cards in the course was a pop art card, which led me to think of making this card.

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I  used my Shimmerz “Licorice Stick” Dazzlerz paste through the “Diamond Pattern” stencil from Imagine Design Create. I love this paste as its so creamy and smooth and so shiny once it dries!  The sentiment comes from Altenew and was heat embossed using gold Wow Embossing powder.


I had alot of paste still left on the negative part of my stencil and I didn’t want it to go to waste, so luckily I had watched the videos over at CAS Mix up challenge about Stencil monoprinting, and I just pressed another card over my stencil to pick up the leftover paste. I really like the mix media effect it gave to my card! For the sentiment, I used the leftover foil I had from yesterday’s post to give it a colourful shine! I first stamped the sentiment onto a black circle diecut, using iCut’s Transfer Gel, let it dry before running it through my laminator.

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Isn’t that shine awesome? I even love the leather texture the paste gave to my card! These cards were so simple to make, which one do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below.

Well, I hope you have a great weekend and do lots of things that make you happy. I’m off to Munich for the day with my teenage son… to bring him shopping of all things…or rather he’s going clothes shopping with his friends while I hit the museums!

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I’m sharing the first card with:

color throwdown.jpgThe Color Throwdown

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Make your own background

the male roomThe Male Room – My 2nd entry to their Birthday challenge

And the second card with:

moving along with the timesMoving along with the times – For the Boys

stamps n stencilsStamps & Stencils – Industrial/Grungy

CAS mix up.jpgI went with stamping, diecut & foiling

just add ink.jpgJust Add Ink – Photo inspiration


Altenew Educator Certification Program – Stencil technique

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Cards, Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers, Stencil

It seems a while since I posted but I’ve been busy learning new techniques, finishing paintings for gifts and my weekends have also been busy with parties, dinners…. The end of the school year is always quite hectic as we all try to cram and see each other before the 6 week summer break or say goodbye to those who are going back home or to their next adventure in a new country. Such is the life of an expat.

Colouring with Spectrum Noir

Today I’m sharing a card I made as part of my assignment for the Altenew Educator Certification program. I have 20 odd classes to create assignments for and this is only my 4th card but I hope to accelerate during my holidays when we visit my in-laws in Madrid for 3 weeks. Today’s assignment was to create a card using a technique taught during the Celebrations Stencil Technique course. There were so many techniques in that course so I went with the one I preferred the most, which was using embossing paste. As I wanted to use the colours in this month’s Altenew’s Inspiration challenge, I first coloured through the stencil using Momento’s London Fog before adding Lukas clear gel through it. I left the centre free of gel as I knew that’s where I wanted my flower to be.

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I removed the stencil and washed it immediately. While my card was drying, I took the outline stamp from Altenew’s Majestic Bloom & coloured it with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator Alcohol Markers which I bought from Crafter’s Companion in the UK. I made a video to show how I blended the inks together and some tips on shading too. You can find the video at the end of my post. I also used my Prismacolor pencils to add more detail to the flower.

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See how the transparent gel shines in the light! I think this would be a great background for cooking type stamps too. So once the gel dried, I added my coloured flowers and leaves with Tonic Studio Funky glue stick. I stamped the birthday sentiment from The Project Bin on vellum, stuck it on with Scraperfect Best Glue ever which dries clear, and my card was finished!

As promised, the video of the colouring of the gorgeous stamp. Colouring with alcohol markers is one of the new techniques I’m learning as part of my personal challenge during the current 30 day colouring challenge hosted by Kathy over at The Daily Marker. Last year it was watercolours, so this year I decided to see what the hype was about alcohol markers. I wanted to get Copics but for the price of 10 Copics, I could get 24 Spectrum Noirs, so it was a no brainer and I’m soooo happy with them that I bought more and I now have 72, but just like clothes, its never enough!

Well thanks for stopping by and I hope you liked my card. I would love to know what you think. Have a great day and create something today too!


I’m sharing this card over at:

the flower challenge.jpgThe Flower Challenge – I used Vellum, Use an older stamp, & Occasion

watercooler wed.jpg Watercooler Wednesday challenge – I went with Birthdays

my creative scoopMy Creative Scoop – Anything Goes with hand coloured image

altenew.jpgThe gorgeous pic from Altenew’s June Inspiration challenge


Creative with Stamps – Reminder Reindeer challenge

Cards, Creative With Stamps, Shimmerz Paints, Stamplorations, Stencil


Hi all. I’m back today to remind you about our on-going challenge at Creative with Stamps and the theme is Reindeer. So create any Reindeer themed card, and as long as there is stamping somewhere on it, you’re welcome to link it up here, and you might be the lucky winner of 3 digi stamps generously offered by our sponsor this month, Pattie’s Creations.

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For today’s post, I’m still having fun with my new sprays and pastes I purchased from Shimmerz Paints last week, to colour through my different stencils.

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I first coloured a piece of 250g multi technique paper from Clairfontaine with my Brusho paint powders and spritzes of water. Once it was dry, I spread the incredibly sleek paste called Dazzlerz “Foiled Again”, through the star stencil from Newton’s Nook and let it dry. I didn’t tape the stencil down well enough so a little paste spread underneath the stencil, sorry! I might actually spray some glue on the underside of my stencils and let it dry overnight, so that they stay put all over…

Once the stars were dry, I just spread some Texturez gold paste through my Stamplorations reindeer stencil and created the bumpy effect by lifting my spatula when I was spreading the paste. The thickness of this paste covered whatever was originally there, meaning the stars and painted background!

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To create my scallop border, I diecut a silver card stock with MFT scallop rectangle die and adhered a piece of acetate underneath it. I then stamped my sentiment from Penny Black with Stazon ink onto the acetate… I’m not sure how I got the smaller texts crooked when the main text is straight… I then adhered this acetate panel onto my stencilled panel and pasted the whole thing onto a card base.

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Well, I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to hear what you think about my card! Do hop over to the other DTs at Creative with Stamp and leave them some love too!


I’m playing along at:

addicted to stamps n moreAddicted to Stamps and More -Make Your Mark

sssmchallengeSimon Says Stamps Mon challenge – Christmas/Winter Holidays

stamplorations sketchn theme.pngStamplorations Theme and Sketch – Gold

Gem of Inspiration.jpgA Gem of a Challenge – Anything Christmas goes


New Discovery – Shimmerz Paints!

Cards, embossing paste, Shimmerz Paints, Stamplorations, Stencil

Hi all! You know how I’m always looking for new products or new techniques to make my cards with, well today I’m so excited to share a range of products I just bought from Shimmerz Paints. They are a company that make watercolours, sprays and pastes, and so far I am incredibly happy with the products I’ve used! In fact, I so regret not having ordered more products.


In today’s card, I used the green “Don’t Citron Me” non vibrant spray called Colorinz, through a snowflake stencil from Stamplorations. The colour is really intense and I was quite surprised by that. This card doesn’t show it very well, but I’ll be making a scrapbook page this weekend to show off the vibrancy of all the sprays, so make sure you come back! Todays’ card is more to show off the incredible texture of their paste called Texturez.


Once the spray ink had dried, I used another Stamplorations stencil and added the gold Texturez paste called Mari-Gold Digger through it. To create the “craters” like texture, I just lifted my spatula when I was smoothing on the paste. I just LOVE the effect this paste creates and it really shines too!

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I stamped the sentiment from Penny Black with Versafine ink, cut the edges of my panel with craft scissors and adhered it to a green card base.

Well I hope you like my card and I look forward to reading your comments. Do come back soon to see what I created with the other products from Shimmerz.


I’m sharing this card with:

CRAFT STAMPER_TIMI CHALLENGETake It Make It Challenge – Anything Goes

stamplorations sketchn theme.pngStamplorations Theme and Sketch – Stamps and Gold

STAMPlorations-anythinggoes Stamplorations Always Anything Goes with Stamplorations products

CAS mix up.jpgCAS Mix Up Card Challenge – Use stamps and 2 others. I used stencilling and embossing paste

HLS Christmas.pngHappy Little Stampers Christmas challenge – With the optional twist of using a Stencil

PCM-challenges.pngParu’s Cardmaking Challenge – Christmas

Adding shine to Embossing paste + Video

Brushos paint powder, Cards, Stamplorations, Stencil

Hi all! I’m writing a really quick post today to share a video with you on how I made this card shine, using embossing paste with Brushos and Glimmer spray! This is also the first card I’m making for a sick child as part of a program I just joined called Zippy Zebra’s Smiles & Hugs. I’m so happy I now have a place to send my cards instead of having them clutter decorate my home.

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(My apologies for the lighting as it’s not the best in my photos, but I wanted to show you how it shines under the light!)

To make this card, just add embossing paste (or texture paste, either will do) through your stencils, sprinkle Gamboge Brushos watercolour crystal inks, spray glimmer spray, spread and remove. Real easy and quick and the whole process took me all of 6 minutes! Once it was dry, I cut it with MFT scallop rectangle stitched die. I added Stamplorations Cutplorations Layered Butterfly (only the top layer) and the sentiment Beautiful, which were also coloured using Brushos, carded it up on an orange card base and my card was done! Oh I hand wrote in “you are” as an after thought but should have left it out I think, or wrote it in red…



Well I hope you enjoyed my video and if you did, please give me a thumbs up, and subscribe to my channel if you want to get notifications for my next video. Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to knowing what you think of my card!


I’m sharing this over at:

die cuttin divas.jpgDie cutting Divas – Random act of kindness.

stamplorations.jpgStamplorations Cutplorations challenge – I was inspired by the fall colours

STAMPlorations-anythinggoesStamplorations never ending Anything Goes, as long as its with Stamplorations products

Paru Paru’s cardmaking challenge – A touch of gold