Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mixed Media Card with Blending Cardstock

Robyn Wood - Happy Birthday
Hello! It’s Robyn joining you today with a project featuring X-Press It Blending Card. Blending Card is perfect for this project as it can happily take a bit wet media without dissolving into a mushy mess. My card features an image stamped onto white tissue paper which is then collaged over stamped/painted Blending Cardstock and further embellished with Copics and glitter sprays.
  • Firstly cut some Blending Card to about A5 size. This is much larger than you need for the finished card but it will give you room to play with the background.
Robyn Wood - WIP
  • Using a flourish/swirl stamp, stamp each of the corners using two shades of blue archival ink.
  • Roughly paint the edges pale blue and the centre yellow.
  • Stamp dragonfly onto the middle of an A5 sized piece of white tissue paper using Momento Tuxedo Black ink.
Robyn Wood - WIP-001
  • Crinkle up the tissue paper, then adhere to Blending Card with X-Press It Triple Tac. Don’t smooth out all the wrinkles, they add lovely texture. Allow to dry well.
  • Colour dragonfly with Copic Markers, blending so that the outside of the wings are darker. Coat wings and dragonfly body with Glossy Accents to give them dimension and protect in the next step.
  • Spray with glitter spray – yellow in the centre and blue around the edges. Allow it to drip and spread, then dry well.
  • Trim image down to suit card front and sponge edges with blue archival ink. Embellish the dragonfly with glitter glue.
Robyn Wood - WIP-002
  • Layer image with blue cardstock and some patterned paper onto a 15cm square black card front using X-Press It Double Sided Tape. As the card may have buckled a little – use more double-sided tape than usual to ensure it lays flat on your card.
  • Add a layered greeting, raised with X-Press It Foam Tape and you are done!
Robyn Wood - Happy Birthday close
  • X-Press It Blending Card
  • X-Press It Triple Tac
  • X-Press It Double Sided Tape
  • X-Press It Foam Tape
  • Momento Ink Tuxedo Black
  • Copic Markers Y04, Y18, YR16
  • White tissue paper
  • Stampendous Dragonfly Vine, Fall Tendril, Happy Messages
  • Ranker Archival ink Manganese Blue & Forget-Me-Not
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Acrylic paint in yellow/blue
  • Glitter glue, glitter sprays in yellow/blue
I hope you enjoyed learning how to create this lovely shimmery dragonfly card. I’d love to see your creations posted to our Facebook page if you make something similar.
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Journal To The Stars And Back

Hi there, Sharmaine here! Guess what?!  It’s time for a blog hop! Together our team of designers have created some really fun projects using some of our favourite products and the best part is that you have OVER TEN opportunities to win!

When asked what my favourite X-Press It product is I always find it hard to pick.
So I thought I would do a post using some of my favourites.
The first is the Blending Journal.
I love the sturdy pages and the ring bound spine means I can fill it up with lots of layers and it has loads of give.
For this page I layered up some strips of FabScraps pattern paper and gesso.
I then stamped and covered the lot with some green Atelier Free Flow Acrylic paint (also from X-Press It).
I then added some stars with a stencil and some gesso, which I then covered with some glitter.
Next I used a FabScraps chipboard piece as a stamp.
This is a simple task of covering the chipboard with paint
and then stamping.
Another fabulous X-Press It product is the Clear Gel Glue.
I used it to adhere some Hazel & Ruby sequins to my page.
And lastly my all time favourite X-Press It product, double sided tape.
Ever since I started scrapbooking, back in 2005, the X-Press It double sided tape has been my trusty friend.
I now use the 3mm for all my journal strips and that’s what I did here.

I hope this inspires you to create and to see that X-Press It have a huge range of products that can help you to be creative.

So.. do you want to win some goodies of your own to play with?
We want to know what inspires you! Leave a comment on this post and you could win an awesome bundle of goodies like this one.*

For more oppertunities to win, make sure you hop over to the other blogs and The Inspiration Lane facebook page where you could win the goodies above, as well as these AMAZING Copic Sets!

The next stop is Edna's Blog and be sure to visit all of the other blogs too!
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Be STILL my SILVER Loving Heart

This week I am having a lot of fun and many frivolous moment with Silver Leaf and the many ways to adhere it to your projects... enter X-Press It Adhesives….

I started this little mixed media with Hazel and Ruby Grey Polka Tissue Paper, adhered to the X-Press It Canvas with TripleTac.  A mixture of Texture Paste and Paint is then strategically placed using plastic stencils:

I LOVE Silver Leaf, it really adds an authentic wash of silver to our little patches of creativity and X-Press It Adhesives are the perfect way to mix up the application of this great product:

Let drops of Clear Gel Glue semi-dry, and brush Silver Leaf across their surface, for little raised bumped of silver loveliness:

Strips of Silver Leaf are added to the skirt pieces with X-Press It 3mm Double Sided Tape, the tape takes a bold impression of the Silver Leaf, a totally different finish to that achieved with the Clear Gel Glue:

The dress form on this piece has an extra little piece of Hazel & Ruby Tissue Paper adhered with TripleTac Glue.  I added a touch of red paint to white Gesso to give the chipboard a bit of colour, prior to adhering the tissue atop, this gave the text on the tissue more definition as it would be muted if adhereing direct to grey chipboard:

I have also taken bolder statements of Silver Leaf to the background, this was achieved with X-Press It Double Sided Adhesive Sheets, cutting these makes for even application of the adhesive:

Silver is the best finishing touch, and it is made super easy to apply with X-Press It adhesives, use what you have in your stash and give this great product a go, you won't be disappointed with the pep it puts in your step!

Here are the X-Press It Products I used in today's project:
X-Press It TripleTac Glue
X-Press It Clear Gel Glue
X-Press It 3mm Double Sided Tape
X-Press It Canvas
Hazel and Ruby Grey Polka Dot and Text Tissue Paper
Chroma Texture Paste
Jo Sonja White Gesso
Atelier Paint
Silver Leaf

I am sure I will be finding little slivers of Silver Leaf around my house for some time to come, but that's half the fun of it all.... Enjoy!

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sticky Barc Cards

Hello crafty people! It's Teresa here, and I'm excited to bring you a couple of cards I made using the amazing Sticky Barc.

This amazing product is really actual wood! It's sliced extra thin, making it flexible and easy to cut with any die. It also loves being coloured and today I've used Copic markers. Being translucent, the natural wood grain pattern still shows through.

Here's the first card:

 First of all, I cut a piece of White Birch Sticky Barc to 7.5 x 9.5 cm and die cut the silhouette and wreath from it:

Next I coloured the individual parts with a different Earth tone Copic marker. I left the silhouette shape uncoloured for contrast:

I assembled the card using some double sided tape to adhere Hazel and Ruby Crazy for Chevy wrapping paper for the card front. Adding the Sticky Barc to the card was a simple matter of removing the backing paper - this stuff is also adhesive! I wanted to create a parquetry effect, so I added a couple of coats of Tripletac for shine:

The sentiment at the bottom is some of the Colourbock Quotes Fat Roll Washi Tape stuck on some cardstock and attached to the card with foam tape.

Being so flexible, I wanted to see how Sticky Barc would cope with being embossed. Lovely! Here it is cut out with a feather die. I coloured one feather with a Copic marker and sponged some Distress Ink on the other to bring out the detail.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you've seen what a wonderful product Sticky Barc is. I look forward to using it to add the on trend wood veneer look to many more projects.

Products I've used today:
Sticky Barc
Copic markers
Hazel and Ruby Crazy for Chevy wrapping paper
Foam tape
Colourbock Quotes Fat Roll Washi Tape 

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Define Joy – A Card Featuring Double Sided Adhesive Sheets

Joy - Robyn Wood
Hello! It’s Robyn Wood with you today sharing my first project on the X-Press It blog and I’m so happy to have been invited to join the team! I’m really looking forward to inspiring you. You can learn more about me in the welcome post on the Inspiration Lane blog.
My card today features X-Press It Double Sided Adhesive Sheets. These handy, sticky sheets are perfect to use when you need to stick tissue paper or lightweight paper as I have done for this project. The sheets come in a handy A4 size so are perfect for projects of all sizes.
The first step is to create a rosette which will be a feature on the card. Usually I would only create rosettes out of cardstock or heavy weight paper but this little trick with have you using our gorgeous Hazel & Ruby tissue paper as well!
· Trim a strip of X-Press It Double Sided Adhesive Sheet approx 4 cm wide from the long edge of the sheet. Expose one side of the adhesive and adhere to the long edge of Copic Blending Cardstock. Expose the second side of the adhesive and adhere a strip of Hazel & Ruby tissue paper cut to the same size. Trim the strip to 3 cm wide. The extra width in the beginning allows you some room to line up the pieces. The flimsy tissue paper is now reinforced by the cardstock making formation of the rosette easy.
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· Score along the strip in 1 cm increments and then fold to make a concertina. Bring the ends together, making sure you match the folds and adhere with double sided high tack tape.
· Punch a 1 ¾” circle from the Double Sided Adhesive Sheets, remove one side of the adhesive and carefully set aside. Form the rosette by pushing the edges together into a circle shape and adhere using the punched circle of adhesive.
· Make a second strip about 4 cm wide using the Hazel & Ruby Pretty Floral paper and the technique described above. Use a border punch to give a decorative edge.
· Select a definition from the roll of Hazel & Ruby Define It Fat Roll Washi Tape and adhere to some coloured cardstock which tones with your base colours. Trim closely.
· Create a small tag approx. 4 cm x 7.5 cm using cardstock scraps and add a brad in place of a hole. Add some Double Side Adhesive Sheet to the back of a scrap of tissue paper that has been cut to fit the bottom of the tag. Tear one edge and adhere to tag. Overlay with a scrap of layer colour and trimmed definition.
· Using a 14 cm square card base, assemble card as shown. The tag is raised with X-Press It 6mm Foam Tape High Tack. A button tied with twine finishes the card.

X-Press It A4 Double Sided Tape Sheets
X-Press It 6mm Double Sided High Tack Tape
X-Press It 6mm Foam Tape High Tack
X-Press It Clear Gel Glue
Copic Blending Cardstock
Hazel & Ruby Pass the Tissue Teal Then/White Polka Dot
Hazel & Ruby Wrap It Up Pretty Floral Paper Roll
Hazel & Ruby Define It Fat Roll Washi Tape
Other – border punch, cardstock, brad, button & twine

I hope you have enjoyed learning how this project came together and one of the ways to use X-Press It A4 Double Sided Tape Sheets!

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

X-Press It Glue Markers

I just love my X-Press It glue marker. I also love that there are now 3!!
Have you seen all three yet??
Do you know how great they are??
I put together another little video,
Showing you the “Glue Marker Family”.


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Friday, April 11, 2014

Would you like to be part of the X-Press It Design Team?

We are so excited to announce that we are looking for some talented new crafters to join our family of blogs! If you are a talented papercrafter, scrapbooker, card maker, mixed media artist or anything in between – then we want to hear from you! 

To find out how to apply please visit The Inspiration Lane Blog!

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