Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Double Sided Bliss

Sometimes it is great to return to basics, to use what you have and to make the most of everyday supplies… and what better supply than double sided tape.  The great thing about X-Press It tapes is that they come in a variety of sizes, of course you can always split you tape to make smaller sizes, but the cost is moderate, so why not have a variety of sizes all pre-cut ready for use.

Today's project uses two sizes of tape 3mm and 6mm across the front of a card.  Of course I used double sided tape to adhere layers all the time, but thought it would be nice to see the tapes in action today for more display purposes…


Another fabby X-Press It range is that of Hazel & Ruby, especially their extra fat Washi Tapes, I have used a strip of washi on basic white card to form a band for the front of today's card project:


And then onto the fun of confetti, made from scraps of card that tie into the colours of the washi tape above, with a simple whole punch:


Once the confetti is prepared, it is time to run the tape across the front of the card base, heading in different directions with the two sizes of tape…. to make lift of easier I actually used my scalpel to remove the tape at each overlapping point:


Then I stuck the washi strip down and commenced dressing with the confetti, removing the 6mm tape first as I wanted to keep the confetti to the 6mm lines:


It really is as simple as giving the confetti a good rub, and the tape adheres and holds all the tiny pieces firmly in place:


This technique is repeated with fine glitter on the 3mm strips of tape:


And a little word die cut coloured with a Copic Marker to match the card/washi colours:


And then it was about finishing off the card with a flower and leaves…


Simple everyday products like double sided adhesive tape have many uses, try using your tapes on the outside of your projects next time you are in your creative space, it's affordable and fun!


Until next time, 





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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Follow Your Heart

Hi everyone
Sharmaine here with another page from my art journal.

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The X-Press It Wide Glue Marker was very handy for adding some strips of tissue paper to my pages.

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I just tore strips of Hazel & Ruby tissue paper and stuck them down as my foundation.

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I then covered the paper with some yellow paint

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and some thin strips of Hazel & Ruby washi tape.

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Next I used some Chromacryl texture paste with a stencil.

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Before stamping with a FabScraps chipboard (as I did on this page)

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The image didn’t stamp completely but I worked with that.
I love the sneaky bits of white and I added some more paint to create a skirt.
I added some sequins to the skirt, using the X-Press It Glue Marker.

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I also used the X-Press It Glue Pen to add some spots of glue to a FabScraps butterfly, before adding some glitter.

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The results are texture

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and sparkle.

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Have a creative week
Sharmaine.

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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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!
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Supplies:
  • 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.
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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).
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I then added some stars with a stencil and some gesso, which I then covered with some glitter.
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Next I used a FabScraps chipboard piece as a stamp.
This is a simple task of covering the chipboard with paint
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and then stamping.
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Another fabulous X-Press It product is the Clear Gel Glue.
I used it to adhere some Hazel & Ruby sequins to my page.
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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.
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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
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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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