Stamping Techniques 101 – Painted Acrylic Block

Good Morning & Welcome to another Stamping Techniques 101 Blog Hop!  This month we are all doing the Painted Acrylic Handle/Block Technique.

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Now when I first saw the name of this technique I wondered what on earth an Acrylic Handle was!  Then I found out it was our Acrylic Blocks – funny how we all have different names for one product!

Here’s what I’ve created for you today ..

Painted Acrylic Block Technique by Leonie Schroder Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Australia

Painted Acrylic Block Technique

This is a quick and wonderful technique and quite easy to do with just a few a products required.

What you’ll need …

  • Acrylic Block
  • Stampin Write Markers
  • Stampin Spritzer (with water)
  • Shimmery White Cardstock or Watercolour Paper

Technique How to  …

  1. Clean your block and colour randomly with markers – use 2 or 3 colours
  2. Spritz block with water & tilt block to blend colours
  3. Stamp block onto cardstock and give it a good press all over
  4. Lift block and leave to dry or dry with Heat Tool

Once you’ve done your background piece you simply work out what stamps to use over the top.

Painted Acrylic Block Technique by Leonie Schroder Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Australia

I used Peekaboo Peach, Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist markers to colour on my block then I stamped the Rose from Graceful Garden and heat embossed with copper embossing powder.

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Now lets head over and see what the other girls have created for you using the Painted Acrylic Block/Handle technique …

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Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy this month’s Blog Hop and give this Technique a go.

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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 – 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 ..

Thanks for stopping by …

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 …

Maybe you’d like to ‘like’ my Facebook Page while you are there as I do a Live Video every Tuesday at 10.30am (Sydney Time) and demonstrate a technique or card each week.  Be sure to click the ‘Following’ tab and check for notifications so you know when I’m going live each week!

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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Fluttering Hello

Good Morning … just Fluttering in to say Hello on this Sunny Sunday!

I have another card for you today from my Ways to Use Embossing Folders class using the Fluttering Embossing Folder and the Butterflies Thinlits ..

Fluttering - Inked Embossed Folder Technique - Leonie Schroder Independent Stampin Up Demonstrator AustraliaThe technique I’ve on this card is the inked embossing folder technique.  It’s quick and easy and gives such a wow – it really makes the embossed images pop!

Fluttering - Inked Embossed Folder Technique - Leonie Schroder Independent Stampin Up Demonstrator AustraliaSimply ink the embossed folder with a brayer, pop your cardstock in and run it through the Big Shot and it’s done.  I’ve used Sweet Sugarplum ink with Sweet Sugarplum cardstock for the tone on tone contrast.

It really is that easy and you do want to use a rubber brayer and you ink up the side of the folder you want inked so for this one I inked the side that has the background raised.

Fluttering - Inked Embossed Folder Technique - Leonie Schroder Independent Stampin Up Demonstrator AustraliaMy butterfly is done in Vellum and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

I’ve used vellum with the Bold Butterfly outline die which fits perfectly behind the cut out butterfly which I’ve done in the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

Remember when cutting out dies with our Glimmer paper to turn the Glimmer paper over so you are cutting direct into the card backing and not through the glitter on top.  This works for all dies except letters, numbers & words.

My next Ways to Use class is Saturday 1st April and it’s Ways to Use Markersclick here to RSVP or contact me to arrange your class by mail.

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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 ..

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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Stampin’ Techniques 101 – Colouring with Markers

Welcome Welcome … it’s the first Wednesday of the Month so that means another Stampin’ Techniques Blog Hop!


This month we are stamping in black and colouring with our Stampin’ Write Markers.

Now I will admit when I first read this technique I thought whatever I’d make was going to look horrid as I really dont like using markers direct onto the cardstock to colour. Well, let me just say, I ‘didnt’ and I totally love what I created! I’m loving this technique so much I’ve been reaching for the markers more and more!

Party Hats …


I love how funky and bright this one is.  I opted to use the lovely Better Together set as it has some sweet little images and lots of sentiments.

I love these party hats and they are so fun to colour with your markers and you can get some great colour combinations happening and these ones go so well with this paper from the Morrocan Designer Series Paper pack.  The combo’s I used on my hats are Peekaboo Peach & Tempting Turquoise,  Flirty Flamingo & Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight & Bermuda Bay.

Pretty Flowers …


Oh my … I love how this one turned out … and the flowers! I think I even worked out a better way to colour them too!  Now you can go with a single colour if you wish but I opted for two tones to show you that you can give your images more depth with the markers.

Originally I coloured the whole flower in a light colour (Pink Pirouette) then dotted darker colour where I wanted it and then used a blender pen to blend them.  Then I thought back to the good old ‘Blendabilities’ days and just thought I’d try doing the darker dots first and the using the lightest colour to blend it in.  Well you could have knocked me over with a feather when it worked!  The flower on the bottom right was done with Rose Red dots then I used my Pink Pirouette to fill and blend – it may just be my favourite combo and flower on that card!  The flower on the top right was coloured in Pink Pirouette then I used my Calypso Coral to dot and the blender pen to blend it in.  The flower on the left was done dotting with Flirty Flamingo then filling & blending with the Pink Pirouette.

Here’s a video I’ve done to show you how you can colour with your markers and get some great results …

The leaves …

Flower on the left is straight coloured with Pear Pizzazz.  Flower on the bottom right has just the outter edges done in Pear Pizzazz then blended with the blender pen.  Flower on the top right – I love how these leaves turned out!  I did one side in Pear Pizzazz and then the other side in So Saffron and then blended the two with my Blender Pen.

Be sure to follow the links and hop through to see what the other Stampin’ Techniques Girls have done ….

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Thanks for stopping by and please, if you have any questions at all, be sure to comment or send me a message as I’m only too happy to help.

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