Showing posts from June, 2014

Handmade Handbook

Hi, folks! Bibi here with a fun hands-on project! I was flipping through some old stamp magazines the other day when I saw a card in the shape of a hand. It was made from a template, but hey - who needs a template when you already have one at hand? I traced my hand on a piece of cardstock, cut it out and used that template to make three more hands. If you trace your own hand four times, chances are the cardstock hands won't look exactly the same - but maybe that's what you want. All the hands were cut out of white cardstock. I smooshed some Distress ink using foam applicators to color the hands, then lightly misted them with water for the speckle effect I like so much. I also used the Face-lifting technique to highlight some areas. The hands were bound together using eyelets and a string of cotton lace that I dyed with Distress inks. Before I added glitter glue to the nails, I painted them with a white marker to keep the ink underneath from seeping through t

Gold Embossed Cats

Hi there, Bibi here with a few quick, easy and fun techniques for you to try out! I became so inspired by Judi Kauffman's Fifteen Cats the other day that I whipped up a few of my own.  Meeeow! All my cats are embossed with gold on watercolour paper. Some of them are coloured in using watercolour pencils (top row), which gives you control of the colours, and some are sprayed with ink (bottom row) on wet watercolor paper - which gives you less control, but it's fast, cool, and ridiculously easy!  When I use watercolour pencils, I like to scribble some colour on the side of the paper and pick colour up with a waterpen or paint brush. That way I can also mix the colours before adding them to my stamped image. This is what my sheet of ink sprayed cats looked like before I cut the images out. I love how the colours mix and blend together, usually in a very surprising manner leaving some interesting patterns. I like letting go, having little or no control of what