Colour Blast Shimmer Dusts & The Gel Press

Hello lovelies... I was inspired to get my Gel Press out after seeing Rachel Dutko's post on the Colour Blast Blog last week and have a play with my Colour Blast stash and share my process with you and hopefully inspire you to make some prints also. 

I love the Gel Press for so many different reasons, but most of all because no print is ever the same and the possibilities are literally endless... hence the name mono-printing. 

You can use a heap of art supplies you already probably have on hand for mark making but also tons of items lying around the house or on their way to the bin... and we all love recycling don't we?

I squeezed some white acrylic paint into my palette and added a little bit of the Colour Shimmer Dust in SunflowerAmberLush & Candy. Any acrylic paint will work, mine was just a cheap one I had lying around for ages. 

Mix the Colour Shimmer Dust into the paint really well until the colour is nice and even. You will end up with beautiful pastel tones and the more dust you add the more intense the colour will be. 

Now its time to get your Gel Press out... 
Add the paint to the Gel Press with a small popsicle stick, a palette knife or the end of a paint brush, just make sure you don't use anything sharp that could scratch the surface of the press. 

Using a brayer, roll out the paint and until you achieve a colour that you are happy with. You pull the print now on a piece of paper, cardstock, deli paper or tissue paper.  

This is the print I pulled from the above images. No mark making.. just the paint and brayer marks. Sometimes prints like these are just perfect if you want a matt for a photo on a layout or for a background for a card... or you can go to town and make some marks :)

Gather your texture stamps, foam stamps (if you don't have foam stamps you could die cut some fun foam using your dies), toilet paper rolls, register rolls, leaves, pencil with a rubber on the end, muslin, calico, stencils, string, ribbon, lace, doilies, scrunched up paper etc... literally anything with a cool texture that is not sharp is worth a try. 

Roll out some paint onto your Gel Press and start making marks. I love stamping off the stamps I press into the press onto a print to layer texture upon texture. Once you have some cool marks on your press, pull a print and repeat the process with another colour combo. 

Cleaning your brayer off onto paper creates a cool start to a print too so just have a stack of paper next to you and just keep playing. Above is a print with brayer marks & stamped off texture stamps. 

Here I have added a few prints after adding marks to the press with stencils. I also used muslin to add a bit more texture through the large opening of the gingko stencil. 

Side note: I have a number of Prima & Kaisercraft texture stamps that I don't mind if they get all messed up with paint and ink, but if you are worried about your stamps, wipe them off before the paint dries. 

I trimmed down my panel to fit into my small Dylusions Art Journal and inked up the edges with a Black Gelato and smudged it with my finger. 

I then gathered some of my favourite Dylusions & Darkroom Door stamps and had some fun. Lastly I got out the Colour Shimmer Cubes and added a little bit of shimmer to the leaves with the Dusty Charcoal

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my process and its sparked you to get out your Gel Press and the Colour Shimmer Dusts and have a play.

Ps.. Don't forget to have fun! xx Kasia

Penguin Pals Stamp & Colour Kit

Waaaaaaa!!!! Excitement plus right here with the second Stamp & Colour Kit release - Penguin Pals. This month the kit is focussed on these adorable little guys. Oh my!
Loved cracking out my Distress Oxides and Copics to create this fun card. The sentiment is from the All Occasions Stamp Set.. love love love that script!

The Penguin Pals kit from Uniquely Creative is packed full of goodies to complement these fun characters, including patterned paper, cardstock, cards & envelopes, bakers twine, the most adorable sequin mix ever which has tiny little snowflakes in it, iridescent pearls, glitter, acetate and of course the Penguin Pals Stamp Set, Fir Trees Die & an inspiration book chocked full of amazing ideas from the Stamp & Colour DT. 

This little card was coloured with Distress Inks & Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Cubes

I added the Stitched Nesting Rounded Rectangles die & the Banner Sentiment Builder Stamp set to create this little layered card. 

The First Christmas Stamp Set is just adorable, the little planks of wood can be used to build a stable and the little characters can be used together like in this card or by themselves.
The little Mary can be used as a little girl praying when used by herself. Joseph could be used as a shepherd coupled with the little sheep and the baby Jesus would look amazing with a beautiful gentle glow behind him. 

The kit also includes two super cool chipboard Snow Globe Bases, which work perfectly with the Cross Stitch Nesting Arches dies to create shaker cards as above. 

I couldn't resist using the little house from the Garden Guys Stamp Set from last kit's release together with the Woodland Creatures Stamp set to make this sweet little card. I cut apart the All Occasions Stamp Set to build the 'sending Christmas hugs' sentiment. 

This was such an insanely fun Kit to work with.. seriously I could have just kept on going and going.

Pop over to the Uniquely Creative website to check out the kit and add-on's, check out the list of Stockists or ask your favourite paper crafting store to get the stamps & dies in for you.  


Love Layout for Colour Blast

Hello lovelies, Kasia here today with a fun layout using just a few supplies and a whole lotta gorgeous blue. I love sticking to just a few colours when creating layouts and especially when I use a colour photo. For this photo of my daughter I pulled out the blue and black as the main colours I wanted to focus on and went for it. 

I gathered a few patterned papers with a black and white pattern and matted my photo loosely with the papers. I added some teal thread between the layers to pull out some of that teal colour in the moss on the rock and also to add a little more texture. 

Now for the fun part.. I had a misting bottle with a little bit of the Polar Colour Mica Powder left in it and I added some more water and about 4 little scoops of the Cobalt Colour Shimmer Dust to create a lovely bold blue spray. 

I sprayed a white sheet of cardstock through a stencil with my spray and tilted the sheet to get some nice drips. 

I then stamped the background using black Archival ink with a fun mixed media stamp from Carabelle which included a cluster of doodled circles and a few single circles. 

When the spray & stamping were nice and dry I got out the luscious Dusty Charcoal Colour Paste and added some texture.

I then gathered a few black and white embellies like chipboard hearts, stickers, enamel dots, paper clips and epoxy stickers to finish off my layout. 

I loved creating this layout and with such few easy steps, I'm hoping you'll give it a try. Pick your favourite colour and gather your black and white supplies and have fun. 

Have Fun!! 
xx Kasia

Mint Wishes Creative Kit Club

Hello lovelies.. popping in quickly to share my layouts for the Mint Wishes Creative Kit. This month was super crazy busy as Uniquely Creative released two scrapbooking kits, a card making kit and also the Stamp & Colour Kit later in the month. We couldn't decide between the two Kaisercraft collections so we decided to do two kits. I got to play with the gorgeous Mint Wishes.

My first layout was this super girlie layout.. yes I used florals.. but I was so so sooooo very excited to use the Uniquely Creative Doodled Flower Outlines die as it was one of my doodles that I got to turn into a die. It's kind of surreal having my drawing as a die so I went to town and got my girlie on.

You can purchase the UC Doodled Flower Outlines on the Uniquely Creative website or just ask your local scrapbook store and they can get it in for you. 

My second layout was quite gender neutral and I loved that UC Little Snowflakes die, which is included in the kit, so much I made these guys the major embellishment used. I just love the softness of these coupled with the glassine paper & muslin. 

A little bit girlie again with my third layout, but I just couldn't resist those white spots on mint. I used the UC Doodled Flower Outlines die here together with the Kaisercraft Festive Circle die to frame the photo.

Lastly this layout with my little tiny guy in his adorable beanie.. oh how I wish he was still this tiny. I used a lot of the cut-apart sheet for the sentiments as it was a winter layout and not a Christmas one as such. I also used the clear texture paste and star stencil which both came in the kit to create a resist in the background, and then went in with my distress oxides and inked over them. 

I so loved this kit.. we referred to this as the Kasia kit in the UC warehouse as Tracey got to play with the Rose Avenue kit this month.. aka 'Tracey's Kit'. They are both absolutely stunning kits this month packed full of goodness so pop over to the Uniquely Creative website and check them out. 

xx Kasia

Clean & Simple Colour Blast Cards

Hello lovelies... Kasia here again with a set of cards this time. I was lucky enough to attend Paperific in Melbourne in August and had a little power shop for new background stamps which I bought with this specific project in mind. Can't go past a Darkroom Door background stamp.. and maybe the My Favourite Things background stamps either.. 

With so many amazing colours available in the Colour Embossing Powders the colour combos are endless.

I first cut down a few pieces of watercolour cardstock to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and used my stamp platform to stamp the background stamp with versa fine ink. 

Shake your shake your little pot of embossing powder first so that the glitter and embossing powder mix well, then cover the stamped area with Bling Colour Embossing Powder & heat set it with my heat tool. Although this is a mixed media embossing powder I find that if I give the pot a good shake I can still get quite detailed results. 

Gather your background stamps and have a play with different colours as your base. Here I've used the Darkroom Door Mesh stamp, Darkroom Door Circles stamp & the MFT Abstract background stamp. 

I used BlingSnow WhiteSteelDusty Charcoal & Stormy Weather Colour Embossing Powders. Leather & Sienna also look great as a neutral base colour. 

I then got out my.... wait for it... Colour Shimmer Cubes and Colour Mica Powder and painted the embossed backgrounds. Above I used Apple of My EyeEnvyDeep WaterSinging the Blues & Just Blue Colour Shimmer Cubes and PolarCool Mint & Olive GroveColour Mica Powders.

I then gathered some cardstock in complementing colours and cut it down to 4 1/4" x 11" to create a top folding 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base. Using a cross-stitched rectangle die I cut the embossed and coloured panels and then die cut a heart from the centre. You can use these cute hearts as embellishments on your layouts or other cards. Each of the following cards are based on the same basic design which is super versatile for many different occasions. 

I was also super excited to use the sentiment stamps I designed for Uniquely Creative on these cards. 

This card was coloured with a mix of Tangereen DreamFire EngineBlushPunchRose Petal & Lipstick Colour Shimmer Cubes and embossed with Dusty Charcoal Colour Embossing Powder. The sentiment was stamped on white cardstock and backed with vellum. I also tucked some silver thread behind the sentiment and added some grey rhinestones to finish the card off. 

The Bling Colour Shimmer Cube was used to paint the background of this card and the Bling Colour Embossing Powder for the stamping. I heat embossed the sentiment onto black cardstock and embellished the card with gold sequins, gold thread and black rhinestones. 

Apple of My EyeEnvyDeep WaterSinging the Blues & Just Blue Colour Shimmer Cubes and PolarCool Mint & Olive Grove Colour Mica Powders were used to colour this card. I then added a plain stitched heart to front, stamped the sentiments and added some black enamel dots.  

I left the this background with just the Steel Embossing Powder, backed the heart opening with vellum and heat embossed the sentiment with Fire Engine Colour Embossing Powder, added some pink thread and pink rhinestones.

So thats it from me this week. I hope I have inspired you to get your background stamps and Colour Embossing Powders out and have a go at making these cards and also joining in with the September Colour Blast Challenge - Stamping Gone Crazy. 

Have Fun!  xx Kasia