#GDP002

#GDP002 I Global Design Project I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica Williams

Wow, wow, wow! What a huge response we had to the first Global Design Team challenge. Thank you all SO much for your wonderful ideas, projects and comments. We are so thrilled that so many of you could join in with us. If you missed out, here’s another opportunity to jump on in.

This week at GDP, we have a sketch challenge for you to try. I LOVE sketch challenges. They are my favourite and the easiest challenges I think. Just choose your stamps and colours and away you go.

#GDP002 I Global Design Project I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica WilliamsHere is my version…

#GDP002 I Global Design Project I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica Williams

I decided to replace the feature circle with a big stamp and it’s been a long time since I inked up Blended Bloom. I also love playing around with watercolour and all of Stampin’ Up!’s specialty papers. This week I decided to try watercolouring on filter paper. As it’s very absorbant, I heat embossed the image first in order to help the ink stop where I wanted it to. Then I used my smallest paintbrush and the very beautiful Blackberry Bliss ink (why do I always fall in love with the In Colors in the year that they will retire?) to watercolour each petal. It’s best if you go one at a time. I regularly sped up the process by using my heat tool so as to stop the colours running. It also helps stop accidental colour coming through from the scratch paper you’re working on top of because this WILL get colour on it that seeps through the filter paper.

Once finished, I went about putting together the rest of the elements from the sketch. I used the new wide Very Vanilla Subtle Stripes ribbon as my rectangle and used Gold Cording Trim and Gold 1/8″ Ribbon as my accents. The flower, once cut out was beautiful and delicate but I wanted it to stand out off the page so I made three more un-coloured versions, but still heat embossed in gold, and used them as a sort of petticoat.

#GDP002 I Global Design Project I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica Williams#GDP002 I Global Design Project I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica Williams

I finished off by adding a simple Vanilla and Black insert on the inside to match the front.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my project. Make sure you visit all the rest of the international design team for inspiration and then play along youself. Add a photo of your project on the GDP website to share your creativity with us.

Note: Did you know that you don’t need a blog to play? Last week we had entries that were linked to Pinterest and Splitcoast Stampers member galleries as well as blogs. So what are you waiting for?

 

Jess x

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Boxes, Butterflies, Bling & Boards

On Sunday I was invited around to Amanda’s house to run a Stampin’ Up! workshop. At a previous workshop I had demonstrated the Envelope Punch Board (EPB) and Amanda was keen for me to show her friends just how versatile this tool really is.

Yeah, yeah – it can make envelopes and has measurements for 66 sizes! Yep, 66! But still, that’s a little predictable.

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Here are some file tabs I made for my son’s teacher with the EPB…

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Want more? How about my favourite use? Christmas Crackers…

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Not sold yet? Here’s Amanda’s favourite. The humble gift box.

Amanda's Gift Box. Workshop make & take. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Envelope Punch Board, Elegant Eggplant & Sahara Sand cardstock, Papillon Potpourri stamp set, Elegant Butterfly punch...

You can make them in all sorts of shapes and sizes depending on the size card you start with. We started with a 21cm x 21cm piece of card which is simply just a piece of A4 cut into a square. You can find loads of YouTube tutorials on making these boxes simply by Googling something like “envelope punch board box”.

After using the EPB to create our box shape we used a Dotty Angles stamp to add some confetti type dots to the sides of the box in VersaMark ink. Then we used SNAIL to adhere our box together. Next we made a belly band, simply by wrapping a piece of 1 1/2″ x 12″ piece of Fancy Foil Silver Vellum around the box, creasing it at the corners and adhering it back on itself where it meets at the top. Then, to hide the ends of the belly band, adhere a decorative piece of card across the top. We used a die cut from Lots of Labels Framelits in Sahara Sand.

Amanda's Gift Box. Workshop make & take. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Envelope Punch Board, Elegant Eggplant & Sahara Sand cardstock, Papillon Potpourri stamp set, Elegant Butterfly punch...

We then stamped and coloured a butterfly from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set using black StazOn ink and Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder and Sahara Sand markers. Tip: You’ll want to use permanent ink to ensure that the water based markers don’t make the ink run and bleed.

We punched out the coloured butterfly and layered it on top of two more layers of vellum butterflies just to make him a bit more ‘fluttery’.

Amanda's Gift Box. Workshop make & take. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Envelope Punch Board, Elegant Eggplant & Sahara Sand cardstock, Papillon Potpourri stamp set, Elegant Butterfly punch...Amanda's Gift Box. Workshop make & take. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Envelope Punch Board, Elegant Eggplant & Sahara Sand cardstock, Papillon Potpourri stamp set, Elegant Butterfly punch...

I had a fabulous time teaching Amanda and her friends how to make this beauty. It’s simple when you know how and totally re-creatable at home. In fact more than half of the attendees bought an EPB to use at home. I think that means they liked it!

At just $32, including 2 x punches and a scoring tool/bone folder, you can’t beat the value for something so versatile. Questions? Email me at jess_williams@optusnet.com.au. Sold? Buy one here for delivery to your door!

Jess x

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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