Monday, 21 September 2015

My Training Swaps

Hello, Crafters.

I hope you've had a really super weekend. Training yesterday was a great event as usual.

It's a great place to get new ideas, inspiration and business advice. Yesterday included some help regarding keeping the taxman informed of our activities.

Tomorrow, I will start to show you some of the projects that were on display and/or the swaps I received - so much to share at the moment!

This morning I'm doing a workshop for a craft club in Epsom. I have everything prepped, I just need to get packed and off - I have about 3/4 hour before I have to leave. Plenty of time to explain about my swaps.

You'll see that I based them on yesterday's video. While I was filming, I had a light bulb moment when I thought that instead of just putting a plain Marina Mist Tag behind my stamped image, I'd try and make it glimmer paper..............and it worked!

I decided that I'd share this with the  other demonstrators at training and the photographs show what I made and how many!

I started by stamping the image on a piece of Whisper White Card Stock and coloured it in using Lost Lagoon, Mint Macaroon and Pumpkin Pie marker pens. I then used my Two-way Glue Pen to apply glue on the mound of snow the snowman is standing on and random dots for falling snow.

I punched the image out using the Note Tag Punch. Then I punch out one in Lost Lagoon and one in Mint Macaroon. I covered both of these with glue from my Two-way Glue Pen and covered both with Dazzling Diamonds. The result is beautiful.

One word of advice if you do this. I don't recommend that you do 40 tags - as I did for my swaps - it isn't what these Glue Pens were designed for. I damaged the tip of one of my pens and two dried up.

I layered the three tags together and punched a hole in the top
e using my 1/8" Handheld Punch. I threaded some white Baker's Twine through. I used Glue Dots to splay the layers out - sometimes I had to layer one Glue Dot on top of another because the first one picked up too much loose glitter!

When I was at training yesterday, someone gave a tip about "splashing" the background of a card. The process was to put down a small amount of Tombow onto a Silicone Mat or Clear Block and add a drop of water. I will give this method a try and let you know how I get on!

In the meantime, until tomorrow, happy crafting.


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