Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sticky Barc and it’s endless uses

Have you used Sticky Barc before?
I hadn’t and I was curious to know just what it could do.
So I gave it a test drive.
First step was to cut a piece to A4 size and run it through my printer.
It cut just like butter. I was afraid it might “shatter” but it didn’t.
I thought the printer ink might smudge. It didn’t.

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Free Printable found
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I cut out one of the images and decided to make a journal page with it.
(You can read more about that on my blog).

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I used one of the images and painted over it with some water colour paint.
I love the way the printer ink feathered out as it bled through the wood grain.

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Now because the Sticky Barc is adhesive I thought it would make great deco tape.
I cut off a scrap and stuck it flat using some double sided tape.

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Then I simply stamped a repeated pattern over the Sticky Barc.

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Easy as that!
Another gift idea that was a great way to use up the leftovers was to stamp a tag shaped stamp onto the Sticky Barc.

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I then cut out the shapes and they were ready to be used.
You could write on them, run them through the typewriter or printer, or add some alpha stickers.

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Great for gift tags or labels on bottles (the adhesive backing makes it super simple for that!).

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You could emboss some too or even use a die cut machine or electronic cutting machine to make other amazing die cut shapes.
Here is the journal page I made using the bird image that I printed onto the Sticky Barc.

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Hope you give Sticky Barc a test run too. It’s fun medium to play with.
Have a creative week
Sharmaine.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

X-Press It: Glitter Paint

Today's tutorial takes us to a place close to many hearts…. glitter!  I am sure we all have a little, or not so little, stash of glitters in our drawers, some perhaps even unopened like the glitter I unearthed to make Glitter Paint!  It is a given in life, that all things are easier with X-Press It TripleTac, and in this case there is no need for expensive glitter glues, just supplies on hand and your trusty TripleTac… here is what I started with today:


You have seen me transform chipboard with Copic Markers before, below is the standard treatment of colouring the chipboard directly with a marker that co-ordinates with your patterned papers:


But when you are getting shabby, you don't necessarily want a matt coloured piece of chipboard, so get your TripleTac out and find a little dash of co-ordinated glitter, I use equal quantities of both, but you can mix the density of the glitter by changing the ratio of TripleTac to Glitter:


Simple mix the two together with a paint brush, the glitter paint will look milky as the TripleTac is white until it dries:


The it is a simple case of using your paint brush to apply the Glitter Paint to your pre-coloured chipboard, with this density of Glitter Paint I needn't have coloured the base first, but I always like to give some assurance just in case any little pieces are peeping through:


Disburse some of the left over Glitter paint on your planned embellishments and card layers, it helps to tie in the elements:


Then it is a simple case of putting your elements together on a card front:


From bland to glam in a matter of minutes:



Here are the X-Press It Products I used in my tutorial today:

X-Press It TripleTac Glue
FabScraps Crafty Girl Die Cut Chipboard
FabScraps Industrial Chic Collection





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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

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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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