The Stamp Review Crew features Watercolor Wings

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Welcome to another blog hop from The Stamp Review Crew. This week we’re featuring the very popular Watercolor Wings stamp set. Along with many other stampers, this set was one of my ‘must have’ sets from the moment I saw it. You’ll find a lot of inspiration on today’s blog hop but I’d be very surprised if there is a similar post to mine out there. That’s right, I’m taking you beyond the usual comfort zone of papercraft so hang on to your hat!

Many crafty types dabble in more than one hobby and I am no exception. Several years ago I took a few months’ course in cake decorating and ever since, I’ve created the odd special occasion cake. This week I’ve been making a wedding cake for my sister-in-law’s sister, or my husband’s brother’s wife’s sister for those who want the detail. I’ll be blogging pics of the cake in a day or two so check back to see or sign up to my blog if you don’t want to miss it. It got me thinking about using stamps for more than their intended purpose.

I had the idea to use Watercolour Wings to stamp on fondant icing. I thought the butterflies would particularly lend themselves to cupcake decorations. So once the cake was done and dusted, I decided to give my idea a go.

The Stamp Review Crew features Watercolour Wings. Stamping on fondant icing. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

After a bit of trial and error with regards to how dry the icing should be, I achieved some pretty butterflies.

Step 1. Roll out your fondant until it is quite thin. Bear in mind that the thinner you go, the more elegant they will look but the more fragile they will be.

Step 2. Let the fondant dry until it is quite firm.

Step 3. Choose your desired food dye colours. You’ll want to dilute the base colour with water as there are three layers to the Watercolour Wings butterflies. Paint your stamp with a paintbrush and diluted food dye and stamp. Next use a little more intense colour for the second layer and then the undiluted colour for the top layer of stamps.

Note: In our house we only use Hopper Natural Colours. There’s no way I let nasty lab chemical colours near the mouths of my babes. This is my passionate (can you tell?) personal preference but you can use any food dye.

Step 4. Let your fondant dry out a little again.

Step 5. Grab your Bold Butterfly framelits and cut out your fondant butterfly with your Big Shot. Yep indeedy, you can use your Big Shot to cut icing! You could protect your icing with wax paper but I just used the framelit by itself and it worked fine.

Step 6. If your fondant is still pliable, you can fold up the wings to the desired shape and leave it to dry thoroughly on some foam (or anything that will keep it in the desired shape whilst it dries out).

Here’s my first attempt. Not bad. Love pink!

The Stamp Review Crew features Watercolour Wings. Stamping on fondant icing. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

I decided I wanted to try mixing up the colours a bit. Fortunately food dye is just like regular ink. You can mix and match and create new colours all you like. I decided to mix some pink and yellow for a peach colour for my next base. Then I added a layer of pink around the edges and finally dark yellow spots and centre on the top.

It went well… until I broke off a wing šŸ˜¦ Not to worry I thought. Originally my plan was to use buttercream icing and just stick the wings into the soft icing but I changed my mind. Inspired by the butterfly body in the stamp set, I molded my own little body out of some black fondant I used on the wedding cake. I also remembered that I had some black stamen somewhere around so they came in handy for the antennae. Perfect. I love when accidents turn out to be happy accidents.

The Stamp Review Crew features Watercolour Wings. Stamping on fondant icing. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

I love how this little guy turned out even better than the first one.

I hope I’ve inspired the creator in you to have a go at stamping on fondant. You should be able to get fondant in the baking aisle of your local grocery store. If not, a specialised cake decorating supplies store will have it by the truck load.

Now hop along to the amazing Heidi Baks. She has more inspiration for you!

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If you need to backtrack, click here to visit the fabulous Nancy Smith, or click here to return to The Stamp Review Crew home for a full list of participants.

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EDIT: When photopolymer stamps were first released, Stampin’ Up! stated that they were made from FDA approved, food grade material. I’ve since seen some information that questions this statement so until I can find a definitive answer, it’s probably best to treat your butterfly as purely decoration and remove before eating.

Jess x

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Crime fighting and cards

Yes I did only a couple of weeks ago say that I would never make another Lego card, but this morning I found myself with another Lego idea and well, you can’t stop the creativity train! I needed to make a card for someone who has a special love for a certain superhero. Recently this superhero featured in The Lego Movie and I thought I would use my Undefined Lego man stamp to create him.

Of course he needed to be accompanied by some Lego bricks. In between my last Lego card and now, I’ve had my Owl Builder punch returned and thus had more options for smaller circles to use for the bumps. As I wanted to create a cityscape at night, I decided that my Lego bricks should be black with those little round yellow light ‘blocks’ on the nubs. This meant two sizes of tiny yellow circles. Mid-size owl punch circles and a large holepunch to the rescue. Whilst I was making those, I truly decided NEVER to make another Lego card… and I’ll probably stick to it until the next brilliant idea.

I made my city buildings, stamped my Lego man and suitably decorated him complete with hand cut cape and mask. The last thing I needed was a sign. I created this superhero’s call signal from the Word Bubble framelits and cut out a second and hand cut it to the desired shape.

Have you worked out who the superhero is?

Lego Batman card. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! Supplies: Undefined (hand carved Lego man stamp), Basic Black, Basic Gray, Crushed Curry & Daffodil Delight cardstock & markers, Word Bubble framelits...Have a crime fighting day!

Jess x

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Little Letters Cross Tutorial

My framelit Easter Bunnies had me thinking about different uses for our tools. I’m (to put it nicely) thrifty. I like that when I invest in tools, I can do more with them than first thought or intended. Yesterday I had an idea to use the Little Letters thinlits to create a cross. Especially relevent and helpful at this time of year!

I’ve put together a super quick (and thus not perfect) picture tutorial on how to do it.

Stampin' Up! Little Letter thinlits cross tutorial. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Yep – it’s that easy! I hope you find it a handy little addition to your Easter crafting!

Jess x

 

P.S. Did you find my team’s recent Easter blog hop? Loads of Easter ideas and inspiration. Click here to start.

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Loving the holidays… while I’m CASEing the Catty

We’re enjoying school holidays in my corner of the globe and I love having my little Mr.’s around all day. I’m also enjoying the new Holiday Catalogue from Stampin’ Up! and dreaming of all the lovely things I can create for Christmas this year. The theme this week at CASEing the Catty Challenges is so CASE a tag from the Holiday Catalogue. The concept artists at Stampin’ Up! have given us a large array of samples to choose from, and most are super simple that you could whip up in a minute or two. Very handy for occasions where we give multiple gifts!

I chose a couple of different tags to CASE. The first was based on the black tag from page 28 of the catalogue, but I swapped the stamp set. I’ve also attached it to the new petite cafe gift bags which I just LOVE. They are so cute and I have big plans for some homemade Christmas gifts. Even better, they are totally food safe. Yay!

Homemade Holiday tag for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details at www.thepapercaper.com.au and www.facebook.com/papercaper

My second tag is an almost exact CASE of the Holiday Home tag on page 16. It’s featured on a box made with the gorgeous Under the Tree specialty DSP and the new Gift Box Punch Board.

Homemade Holiday tag for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details at www.thepapercaper.com.au and www.facebook.com/papercaper

 

Both tags are actually very similar but I was inspired by different projects. I hope you’ve enjoyed them and been inspired to do some creating for yourself. Check out the PDF of the Holiday Catalogue over there –> in the sidebar and don’t forget to visit CASEing the Catty Challenges for more inspiration and to join in!

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Artistic Expression… while I’m CASEing the Catty

I’ve loved the notebook Flower Patch project on page 155 (South Pacific catalogue) since I first saw it. The project inspired me to make a gift for a friend that included a block of chocolate. I used my wonderful envelope punch board to create a custom size box and then set out to decorate.

Not having the strip[ey mask at the time of creating my project, I improvised with a sponge dauber and white craft ink. They give a not-so-perfect touch hich is a little more my style anyway.

Having done that, I just CASEd the rest of the project fairly closely and just swapped the LOVE letters over for my friend’s name.

I just love the way it turned out.

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I decided that I needed a matching gift card and CASEd a card from Chloe Evans using the Flower Patch set. Pictures to come!

I hope she liked it as much as I did.

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Creating for Friends… while I’m CASEing the Catty

After a small hiatus, I’m back for another week of CASEingthecatty.blogspot.com.au. This week, we’re CASEing the Card Giving section which is just huge with so many samples to choose from. This week my projects were also used at a recent workshop which was based around the Little Letters Framelits. I wanted to showcase their versatility so ended up making four cards, each with a different twist on the original sample.

Little Letter FRIEND Framelits for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details at www.thepapercaper.com.au & www.facebook.com/papercaper

The closest to the catty sample (page 125 South Pacific Catalogue) is the card on the bottom left. It features window sheets and confetti, making it a shaker card. I then made some similar cards using the ‘confetti’ designer series paper sheet from the Gold Soiree pack (top left) and also some strips of coordinating washi tape from the Sweet Sadie and Watercolour Wonder packs (bottom right). The card on the top right was inspired by fellow demo Rachel van Rij who demonstrated this technique at our annual convention in May. I’d been dying to try it ever since. The rest of the card was cased from page 124 of the catty. Do I get double points??

Now when one has a coordinating collection of cards, one has to make a coordinating gift box, right? My gift box was inspired by Teneale Williams and used one of the Tag a Bag gift boxes. A bit of slicing and dicing the acetate sleeve results in a ‘lid’ for the cards. Too cute.

Little Letter FRIEND Framelits for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details at www.thepapercaper.com.au & www.facebook.com/papercaper

I had a happy accident (love those) while making this where the letters didn’t actually fall out of the thicker kraft box like they do with cardstock so I left them in for another different technique with the Little Letters Framelits.

And here they all are together..

Little Letter FRIEND Framelits for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details at www.thepapercaper.com.au & www.facebook.com/papercaperNow to find the perfect friend to gift them to – the best part!

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Hey There faux watercolour

I’ve been enjoying seeing watercolour projects everywhere lately. There are some beautiful stamp sets in the Occasions Catalogue, not to mention the Watercolour Wonder DSP, but what if that’s still on your wishlist? Stampin’ Up! recently published a video tutorial on Creating Watercolour Backgrounds Using Your Clear Block which was so easy, I immediately had to have a go. In short, you colour a clear block with whatever colour markers your little heart desires, spritz with water and then stamp it down onto some cardstock. I used Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder and Marina Mist markers on Whisper White cardstock. The results are always different and I love that!

This technique became the background of my latest workshop which also featured a couple of alternative uses for the Scallop Tag Topper Punch. The punch was used as a closure for the card and a cute little box which we filled with speckled Easter eggs. I got a little bit artsy with my card elements and just took them all along with a few different stamp sets. The result was that everyone had different ideas and put theirs together differently. I love when people let their creativity flow and don’t feel they need to copy the sample exactly.

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Jess x