29 March 2010

Paper Cutting: Easter cards

Those batik-stamped eggs have finally made it to "finished card" status. Here is how they came together.

Makes me think of the old saying, "what came first, the chicken or the egg" as I wanted for a chicken to accompany the eggs. Found: two different chickens on my Dover discs.

Wanted to keep it with a cheery upbeat so used my brights cardstock for this project.

Background Cuttlebug 37-1169 Bird Call embossing folder. Some lovely ribbon sent to me by a friend in the U.K. looked just right to show off around those eggs. It's such a pretty rainbow organza ribbon with silver threads running through. I'd saved it for a while before I could part with it.

Happy Easter greetings to my very special friends and blog readers.

11 March 2010

Stamping: Batik technique

Easter is just around the corner and I've been really looking forward to using my Michael Strong Easter Egg stamp for cardmaking. It's such a clearly etched 'cloisonne' stamp that works perfectly for this batik application.

A smooth white cardstock was used for these, but yes, a white glossy works so nicely also; in fact they both work well! The result is always rewarding, playing with colours, blending your favourites etc.

I've recently added this technique to my list of Helium "how-to" articles. Writing these how-to's kind of explains one reason, why my blog posts have been quietly put to one side (but not forgotten), for a time too.

For further reading of the steps involved: How to batik a stamped image is here.