Saturday, September 30, 2017

September Recap - Lots of Inspiration

Hi my dear stamping friends!

September is over and we can look back onto a ton of stunning inspirations from our blog this month!
Our team did an amazing job, again!!!

Here we go! Enjoy all the fabulous projects of September!
Let's start with our guest designer Daniela who joined our September Theme Challenge, with her awesome mail art using her favourite stamps: 

Thank you for this beautiful envelope!

Here are the creative projects our Design Team has made:


created this amazing mixed media piece with our Giraffe stamps and Distress Oxide Inks 


made stunning mixed media projects
with a lot of texture


created these super beautiful cards 


played in her art journal and made a
wonderful card and tag


Made a super pretty vintage wall hanger, a cool tag and 
a cute card


 played in her art journal and made
a beautiful tag, ATCs and a card

               Video Tutorial is here


stamped amazing cards with gorgeous background


shared some super bright and colourful
mixed media creations


made brilliant watercolour cards

created amazing mixed media projects


Video Tutorial is here

All the stamps used in our projects can be found right here:

... and many of our stamps are stocked by shops around the world:

Thanks for stopping by today.
Visit our blog tomorrow for a new Colour Challenge!

Friday, September 29, 2017

How to use your stamps to create a still life.

Hello Everyone Debs here today to show how you can use your stamps to create a still life painting. I chose to do one of flowers, (of course) but any object stamp would work.

Getting your composition- plan what you want in your painting but keep it simple. You can see below that I chose to use the flowers from Fav Flowers which I stamped and cut round. Using it as a guide I drew my pot, and to add some depth I added a painting in the background.

Choosing your colours and Medium- keep you palette simple but use some contrast colours, (those opposite on a colour wheel) to give interest. I used watercolours as I love how you can play with the colour by adding or taking away water, but it’s your choice.

Balance- I actually drew my pot too big so added a few flower stems to give balance, otherwise it looked wrong. My pot is slightly left while the painting  is to the right. There is no wrong or right way, so play around to see what works for you.

Building it up- you can see above how I’ve used a neutral colour on the flowers and a light tone for leaves. It’s useful to build up your colour with translucent layers as this adds dimension to your objects. I used the white of the paper for a high light on the pot.

Shadow and light- I wanted my light to come from the top left, so the shadows were on the right. I first painted in my Core shadow which is the darkest area on my objects, then the cast shadow, shown best by the pot on the table. I repeated this where possible on the flowers. I added a stem to table again for balance. And finally I added white pen, here and then for that lovely sparkle. 

What I used
Sennellier watercolours                                                                          Fave Flower

I hope I have inspired you to think about your stamps in a different way.

Take care everyone 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Spring Flowers by Dot Leathbridge

It is Spring in my part of the world and was the inspiration for this card.
The strip of colour was made using torn copy paper, attaching it to the card and then applying some colour with Distress Oxides.
The flower is from the Textured Spring stamp set, with extra detail added from the Weed Love set.
Little extra colourful stars are from Merry Magpie.  This set has so many little gems in it that can be mixed and matched with any of the other stamps.
And the sentiment is from Beautiful You.

I have a friend going into hospital soon for an operation so I think this will be the perfect card to lift her spirits.

The flower is painted with watered-down Distress Oxides. I love how they are so opaque.  
These stamps are so easy to colour!

The Weed Love stamp was stamped in multiple oxide colours that match the background strip.

Rubber Dance stamps that I've used are:
Textured Spring
Merry Magpie
Weed Love
Beautiful You

If you are in colder areas of the world, then I hope this card brings a reminder of what is to come once the cold and ice clears away.

Thanks for taking the time to look,
Dot x