Wednesday, 28 October 2009


you will need some beeswax and a means of heating it - if you don't have a melt pot an oil burner with a nightlight will work perfectly ok. I keep a pan for my melt pot especially for beeswax. I also use a brush kept again just for beeswax

A photo and some cardstock

Paint the beeswax on - gradually bulding up the layers until you can hardly see the photo

I scraped the wax away from the faces then soften the wax with my heat gun and stamped all around with swirl image.

Gorgeous smell in my craft room - I'll probably use this piece on the front of one of my books

Friday, 18 September 2009

Masking Tape Background

You will need:-

Card stock
Masking tape
Dye inks
Clear embossing powder
Heat gun

Start by tearing up your masking tape and putting it on to your card stock

Cover the whole of the card stock leaving no spaces

Ink over the card stock - I used Butterscotch

Sponge some contrasting ink on - I used ginger

Add another colour if you want to - I added a bit of lettuce

Cover the whole sheet with clear embossing powder - no need for a holding medium

Use your heat gun to melt the powder

The finished piece all ready to cut to size and use on your cards, atc's or whatever

Monday, 17 August 2009

Peeled Paint Magazine Rack

You will need

magazine Rack - I got mine at Ikea
Acrylic paint - 2 colours
Torn Papers
Kitchen Roll

I painted my Rack with Gesso and left to dry

I then coated it with watered down acrylic in yellow and let dry

I stuck on pieces of torn paper

I put vaseline over some of the paper and here and there on the paint

I then painted a coat of green acrylic all over - allow to dry

I wiped off all the vaseline with kitchen roll - a bit messy but I like the finished result

This is the spine

And this is one I have done using yellow and brown acrylic and leaving out the torn paper stage.

They are both ready now to add embellishments of your choice

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Slide Mount Box

Supplies Needed: Silde Mounts (approx 8), Acetate, Main Image, Backing Paper, Cuttlebug, Embossing Folders, Sanding Block / Paper, Window Lead or Metalic Tape, Scissors, Glue

Place a slide mount into the cuttlebug folder being careful where you place is as this pattern will create the top of your box - I did a couple
Run it through
And you should end up with something like this
Choose the one you want to use and sand it down

Using double sided tape (or other glue), start to prepare some of the slide mounts ready to be stuck together
Cut a piece of backing paper big enough to cover the hole and stick it down on one of the slide mounts - This will be your back piece

Stick another slide mount directly over the top to create a sandwich - Put to one side for the moment

Take your embossed slide mount and a plain one. Stick a piece of acetate on the inside of each one

Take your image and place it on the acetate side of the plain slide mount. When you have it in the right place, stick it down

Then take your embossed slide mount and stick it over the top of the plain one with the image on - so in effect you have sandwiched your image between two pieces of acetate - set aside for the moment
Go back to the slide mount with the backing paper on and mount another 5 or 6 slide mounts on top, thus building up a stack

Once these are all stacked, take your top embossed piece with the image sandwiched in acetate and stick it on top of your stack

From a side view, they should look something like this

And from the top, like this

Using a range of different products you can enhance the embossing or leave plain if you wish

I chose to use the gold rub n buff

To make the edges of the box I used a piece of window lead. It is very, very soft, goes though the cuttlebug and bends very easily. But as an alternative you could use metalic foil tape

I measured the amount I needed

Chose an embossing folder and ran through the bug

Turned it round and did the same to the other end, unfortunately they didn't meet in the middle and there was a space of about a centimetre!!!

I peeled the backing tape off and then began to carefully wrap the lead around the stack of slide mounts

Finished edges

Final piece - obviously you can add any further embellishments or colours as you wish

This tutorial was created and inspired with the permission of Sue Abbott formerly of Paper Paraside. Please take time to check out her blog for other inspiring creations

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Acetate in your Cuttlebug

Supplies Needed: Cuttlebug (or alternative), Embossing Folders, Alcohol Inks and Applicator, Acetate

Ink up your acetate until you have your desired colours

Cut the acetate into pieces to fit in your embossing folder(s)

Place the acetate in the embossing folder

Run throught the Cuttlebug or alternative

Take it out the folder and voila, you have a piece of coloured acetate with an embossed pattern ready to create a background

Check out what I did with mine here