Stamping Techniques 101 – Watercolor Resist

It’s time for another Stamping Techniques 101 Blog Tour with the Global Design Team and this month we are using the Watercolor Resist Technique.

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I love doing these blog tours each month as I love doing different techniques and sharing them with you!  It also means I add another page to my Technique Book too!

Watercolor Resist

I love to do the embossing resist technique and this is just another spin on that.  Here’s my card for this month …

Watercolor Resist Balloons by Leonie Schroder Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Australia

Hopefully it’s not too bright for you … I’m having terrible trouble with Lemon Lime Twist!  It seems I need to use it on just about every card I do!

Watercolor Resist Quick Steps …

  1. Swipe Embossing Buddy all over your card (this removes static and oils so your powder wont stick where it’s not supposed to)
  2. Ink up stamp in Versamark Ink and stamp onto card.
  3. Sprinkle white or clear embossing powder over where you stamped. Shake off excess & tip back into pot
  4. Heat set your images
  5. Using an Aqua Painter and the ink from the lid of the ink pad and paint over the images.
  6. Watch those images pop!

Watercolor Resist Balloons by Leonie Schroder Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Australia

You can do this with all sorts of images – large texts or sentiments are great for this technique but I wanted to do something a little different with this technique.  So you really can use it with all sorts of images.

All my stamps came from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp set except for the little ribbons on the balloon strings – that little stamp came from Swirly Bird.

Now lets hop around and see what the other girls have created for you this week

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Enjoy hopping around and marvelling at what the ladies have made for you this month.

Thanks for stopping by …

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Stamping Techniques 101 – Heat Embossing

Good Morning and welcome to another Stamping Techniques 101 Blog Hop

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This month we are all doing a little Heat Embossing for you!

Heat Embossing

I do love Heat Embossing as there’s so many different ways to use this technique and people just go “Wow” the first time they see it!

For today’s post I’ve used the emboss resist technique …

Emboss Resist with Flirty Flowers by Leonie Schroder Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrtor Australia

I love this technique as it’s easy to do and the images just pop.

How did she do that?
  1. Gather your supplies – Cardstock, Embossing buddy, Versamark Ink, Embossing Powder, Sponges, Stamp (solid images work best) and Heat Gun.
  2. Swipe your piece of cardstock with your embossing buddy and shake off excess.
  3. Stamp image in Versamark onto cardstock.
  4. Cover image with Embossing Powder, shake off excess and pour back into pot. Heat set embossing powder till melted.
  5. Allow image to cool and sponge over you image lightly in your chosen ink colour and watch those images pop!

Heat Embossing tips … 

  • use the embossing buddy to remove any oils or static from cardstock
  • if you have any odd embossing powder remain after shaking off use a soft paint brush to remove
  • do not hold your heat gun too close to your cardstock as it will burn.  Hold about 4″ or 10cm from your work
  • start your sponging lightly – it’s easier to add colour than it is to take it away

I used a vanilla card base and just used clear embossing powder to bring out the vanilla foliage. I sponged first in Soft Sky then went over that around the edges in Island Indigo. Using the two colours in my sponging creates more depth to the card.

The foliage Stamp comes from the new Flirty Flowers Stamp Set and the sentiment comes from the Beautiful You Stamp Set.  Be sure to check at the end of my post for all the supplies used.

Now it’s time to check out what the other ladies have made for you ….

I do hop you enjoy all the gorgeous creations the girls have for you this month and hope, too, that if you havent done heat embossing before to give it a go.  If you need to ‘see’ it let me know and I’m more than happy to do a video for you – I may even do it at my weekly Facebook Live video’s on my Stamp A Latte Facebook Page on Tuesdays at 11am Sydney time.

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Stamping Techniques 101 – Thumping

Hello and Welcome to another Stamping Techniques 101 International Blog Hop and this month we are sharing ways to do the Thumping Technique .


I love the Thumping Technique as it’s so easy to do and you just need a few supplies.  You just need Stamps, Markers and Cardstock – that’s it!

I’ve done many cards using this Technique over the years and you always get such a different look with each one.  I do always tend to go back to the old faithful Lovely as a Tree stamp set …

Thumping Technique ..
  1. Colour Tree Trunk with Early Espresso Marker
  2. Colour leaves/foliage with your Crushed Curry Marker
  3. using a ‘thumping’ or tap your Pumpkin Pie marker on the side of the brush end randomly on your stamp.
  4. Repeat step three with your Cajun Craze Marker.
  5. Huff onto stamp then stamp onto cardstock

This technique is great for all sorts of images like trees, leaves, flowers or sentiments – anything you want a ‘mottled’ type look on.

Now it’s time to see what the others have made for you this week using the Thumping Technique ..

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Stamping Techniques 101 – Sponging

Hello and welcome to another Stamping Techniques 101 International Blog Hop ..

This month we are sharing quick and easy ways with Sponging.  Sponging adds so much to your projects and can give them lots of depth.

For today’s card I’ve actually made two cards for you – one without sponging and then another with some sponging added so you can see the difference.

Without Sponging …

sweet friend card using Awesomely Artistic Stamp Set created by Leonie Schroder Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Australia

I’ve used the Awesomely Artistic Stamp Set and stamped the Dragonflies in Island Indigo, then the leaves in Bermuda Bay. Lastly I stamped the speckle dots in Pool Party.  The sentiment is stamped inside the frame and adhered with Dimensionals with a little bit of Gold Metallic thread behind.   That Gold Metallic Thread – as much as I loathe it – really does pop on this card.

Now to add some sponging …

stepped up card with a little sponging using Awesomely Artistic Stamp Set created by Leonie Schroder Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Australia

Just by adding some sponging its now given this card more depth and what looks like another layer.

Would you like to see how I did it?  Check out my Facebook Live Video to watch the tutorial …

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I do hope you liked today’s card and I just know you will love what the Stampin’ Techniques 101 Global Design Team has created for you this week.  Click the next button below to head over to Carmen’s blog

Here’s a complete list of all the Stamping Techniques 101 Global Design Team in this month’s Hop …

I know you will love all the projects they’ve created so be sure to hop around and get all the different ideas!

Now today I’m off to the city (Sydney) for On Stage and I’m really looking forward to seeing some dear demonstrator friends and getting my hands on the new Annual Catalogue!

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Stamping Techniques 101 – Using Washi Tape

Hello and welcome back to another Stamping Techniques 101 Blog Hop!  This month we are sharing quick and easy ways to use Washi Tape in your projects.

I am not sure what it is about Washi Tape but everyone loves it right?  I know I do but why? who knows? but it’s cool and we all have to have it don’t we?

Is your supply overrunning like mine is?  Well I hope the Stamping Techniques Team give you some great tips and ideas on ways to use your Washi Tape.

You’ll need these products to make today’s card …
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Here’s my card …

Here’s how to make it …

  1. You’ll need three pieces of Shimmery White – 297mm x 105mm, 80mm x 70mm, 77mm x 67mm. Fold the long piece in half and burnish with bone folder.
  2. Cut your patterned piece of Designer Series Paper to 100mm x 144mm and adhere to card base with Liquid Multipurpose Glue.
  3. Place the larger of the two white pieces into the Candle Border Punch and line up in the middle and punch.
  4. Now select three rolls from the Tasty Treats Washi pack. You’d want a yellow to go behind the flames but the choice of which to use are yours.   Using the top layer (the one you punched the candles from) as a guide stick three rows of washi tape down.
  5. Stamp Happy Birthday in Chocolate Chip Ink above your candles and adhere these two layers together with Liquid Multipurpose Glue.  Straighten as required.  If you have any of the bottom layer showing under the top simply use your snips to trim it off.
  6. Get a long piece of White and Blushing Bride Baker’s Twine and tie around these two layers and into a bow at the front.
  7. Affix the top layer to your card with Dimensionals.

How easy was that?  I hope you find time this week to sit and create some cards and I’d love to hear how you went with this tutorial.  It’s a fun and easy card to make!

Now it’s time to hop over to Carmen’s blog and see what she’s created for you today with Washi Tape

Here’s the complete Stamping Techniques Design Team ….

Thanks for stopping by and I do hope you like all the creations made for you this month!


Stamping Techniques 101 – Faux Frame

Hello and Welcome to another round of the Stamping Techniques 101 International Blog hop!

This month we have a super simple way to add depth to your cards – the Faux Frame Technique!

This is a technique that I tend to forget about but using this technique adds dimension very easily to your cards.  It’s simply drawing a frame on one of your layers either with a template or using a ruler and a marker.

Here’s what I’ve created for you this month …

How did she do that?

  1. Stamp your images in Basic Black Archival or Jet Black Stazon in opposite corners.
  2. Using a template or ruler and Stampin Write Marker draw a rectangle to create an even frame ensuring you dont draw the frame through your images.
  3. Colour as required.  I used the gorgeous new Watercolor Pencils.
  4. Adhere your layers together

Tip: This technique is great on single layer cards creating the illusion of layers.

I really enjoyed making this card and it was nice to create with Birthday Blooms again. It’s a great stamp to colour and use your Watercolor Pencils with – if you’d like to learn more about the Watercolor Pencils why not come along on Sunday to my ‘Ways to use Watercolor Pencils’ Class.

Now it’s time to start hopping and see what the other awesome Stamping Techniques 101 Design Team have created for you this week.  Your next stop is the lovely Carmen from The Netherlands

Here’s complete list of Designers …

Enjoy hopping around and seeing all the awesome projects and please dont hesitate to leave us a comment or ask any questions you might have.

Thanks for stopping by ..

Special Reason

Hi and Welcome!

I know I’ve been a bit absent the last week but I’ve had a terrible time coping with the heat and just getting the important things done.  Not that sharing my cards with you isnt important to me – it is … actually it’s very important to me but sometimes my health and getting through the day with my Fibromyalgia sometimes has to take priority.

That being said I did manage to whip up four sweet cards for last weekends Special Reason Class.  Now you may say you dont need another flower stamp set or framelit die set but I’m telling you now this bundle is not like any flower set we’ve had before.

Special Reason Bundle

This die set is awesome.  I’m so in love with this set as you can use them to cut out the stamped flower, or you can use them to fine cut out the flowers and leaves or as a stencil like I’ve done on this card …

All I’ve done is cut out the flower stencil in the two sizes and I’ve popped a white layer behind it with dimensionals.

Using dimensionals gives your card depth and creates the shadow …

How awesome is this Stamp Set?  It comes with 14 stamps including flowers and leaves in two different sizes as well as quite a few sentiments.  Now the sentiments can be used on their own or as a front & inside sentiment.  I’ve used the sweet sentiment ‘I’m lucky to have a friend like you’ on this card and really who wouldn’t want to receive a card with that on it?

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Now I also have a very special offer for you … when you purchase this bundle from me you’ll receive the class tutorials absolutely free and I’m sure you’ll want it after you’ve seen all the cards I’ve made with it and I have more ideas to come as well!

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Stamping Techniques 101 – Panel Card

Welcome to another new year of Stamping Techniques International Blog Hops ..

This month we are doing a card style rather than a technique and it’s and easy and fun style to do – we are making Panel Cards!

Panel Cards are a great way to use you Designer Series Paper and you can just add a sentiment and you’re done however for this month I’m doing mine a little different.  As soon as I saw the Builder Birdcage Stamp Set in the Occasions Catalogue I had to have it …

Builder Birdcage

I do love birdcages and especially vintage ones like these and I knew it was perfect for the Panel Card this month ..

How Did She do that?

  1. On a piece of Shimmery White (14cm x 10cm) do a Watercolour Wash in your chosen colours – I used Daffodil Delight and Peekaboo Peach.
  2. Once card is dry stamp images in Basic Black Archival ink – you can speed up they drying process with your heat tool.
  3. Cut card into panels and layer onto coordinating cardstock panel.
  4. Adhere your layered panels to your base card.
  5. Add Sentiment and decorate as desired.

I wanted a small sentiment so the ‘for you’ worked perfectly and thought the linen thread bow worked as you’d see tags tied to a cage in an antique store.  I then flicked Gold Wink of Stella over the panels to give it an aged look.

Don’t forget to head around and see the panel cards the other ladies have created for you today …

Simply click the button below to start your way round being Carmen’s blog …

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Stamping Techniques 101 Blog Hop


Welcome to another Stampin’ Techniques 101 Blog Hop!

This month we are showing you different [but simple] ways to use your Aqua Painter and the Ink from the lids of our Ink Pads.

With my trip to Canberra on the weekend I took the opportunity to ink up a set I dont have and went for the sweet Merry Mice stamp set.


This one is so much fun to colour – the mice come to life with some colour.   It turned out rather sweet dont you think?

So how do you colour with an aqua painter and ink pads?  Well you simply squeeze the ink pad while it’s closed and this will create a pool of ink on your lid.  You then use your Aqua Painter (filled with water) to lift the ink and colour your image/s.

Use your images as a guide to colour.  If you’ve chosen one that has extra lines inside the image this is where you want to make your colouring a little darker which will give your image more depth.

Here are my top 5 steps for colouring with Aqua Painters …

  1. ensure you have plenty of water in your aqua painter
  2. gently squeeze it to start the flow of water
  3. pull some colour away from the pool and water it down slightly so you can start light – you can always add more colour but it’s very hard to take colour away if its too dark.
  4. If you have too much water coming through your Aqua Painter take these steps
    • Use a tissue or cloth to dry off excess water from brush
    • hold your Aqua Painter upright with brush at top and squeeze – this will draw excess water back into the chamber.
    • dry off again and continue.
  5. Always have a tissue or scrap piece of paper to clean off brush before changing colours.

I hope you’ve found my tips helpful and liked my little Merry Mice card.

Now it’s time to pop over to Heike’s blog and continue with this month’s Stampin’ Techniques Blog Hop.


Here’s the complete list of all the talented ladies sharing their tips and ideas with you this month ..

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the Stamping Techniques 101 Blog Hop!

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