Thursday, August 30, 2012

sticky fingers

One of my favourite glues is Claudine Hellmuth Studio multi-medium.  It is a mixed media gel useful for several purposes. I use it for resist colouring techniques and gluing 3D items to my cards. It is one of the glues I would call 'strong' for my kind of art, great for holding metal items and wired flowers in place on cards for a start.  It comes in a pot with a wide mouth that makes it easy to use paint or foam brushes for application.

Not wanting to be opening the pot too often which would lead to it drying out if I didn't use it quickly enough I put some in an old glitter glue squeeze bottle with a twist top.  It is easy to squeeze out a little or a lot depending on the gluing task and the twist top is self cleaning.  For safety  and easy identification the squeeze bottle is labelled with it contents.
Actually no more sticky fingers!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


There was lots of fun and experiments with colour yesterday with the return of Technique Tuesday.  We had some regular participants, one back from travelling and two new people who had travelled to join the group.
There will be a bit of colour for me to wash out of the cloths.

After some discussion about timing I have agreed to post the useful tools for Technique Tuesday on the Sunday before each session.
Next week the topic will be Watercolour Stamping.

Monday, August 27, 2012

tools for technqiue tuesday

For Tuesday 28th August 2012, 10:30 am
This week we are returning to Technique Tuesday with making Distress Ink Backgrounds. They can be dark and grungy, soft and watery or bright and peppery.

Tools to bring along:
  • non-stick craft mat
  • spray bottle loaded with water
  • old rag to wipe up e.g. piece of old towel, flannel
  • collection of Tim Holtz Distress Inks
  • sense of adventure ... priceless
There will be tools for use in class.  The advantage of working with your own tools is you are already familiar with them and you will have an opportunity to learn more about their use and care.  

For class bookings and payments please call Marisa at Create On Ormond on 03 5222 1449 or email 

Monday, August 20, 2012

tools for tuesday card class #6

For making this layered card with stamped images tomorrow you can bring the following tools and supplies:
Paper trimmer
Steel ruler - inch measurements
Pencil - sharpened + eraser
Scoring board + bone folder
Memento ink pad- tuxedo black
Memento ink pad - London Fog
Hero Arts stamp + die-cut set - Butterflies 3
Acrylic blocks for large flower, med. + sml butterflies
Non-stick craft mat
Double sided sticky tape - 3mm recommended
Temporary repositionable tape/glue

Monday, August 13, 2012

tools for tuesday card class #5

For making this pop up card 'Wheels Go Round' tomorrow you can bring the following tools and supplies:
Paper trimmer
Steel ruler
Craft knife
Pencil - sharpened + eraser
Scoring board + bone folder
Archival ink - Sepia
Tim Holtz applicator + foam pad for sepia ink
Non-stick craft mat
Foam pad + piercing tool
Glue stick / Tombow multi glue/craft glue
Double sided sticky tape

Saturday, August 11, 2012

thursday technique topic 105

Next Thursday's technique topic is about messing/creating with embossing powders. There is the normal stamp, dust on embossing powder then heat set sort of use for the powders.  Then there is also the UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel) type of embossing, stamping, layering sort.  This is what we will be working with on Thursday, August 16.  Technique suitable for both card making and scrapbook embellishments.

Friday, August 10, 2012

um stamp

An UM is an unmounted rubber stamp.  Once upon a time they only came stuck to a layer of sponge foam and a block of wood.  The static cling adhesive foam for stamps means your stamps are less expensive to make, cheaper to ship and smaller and lighter to store along with your other craft supplies.

So how do you mount your rubber stamps?
Here are some easy steps.
First gather your tools.  A pair of scissors similar to the Tonic brand Tim Holtz scissors or the KAI blessed scissors and an adhesive eraser (the crepe rubber sort). To cut the rubber you need strong short blades that don't twist and have serrated edges.
Trim around the design about 2 mm from the edge of the design.  After you have done short amount of cutting have a look at the results. There shouldn't be any undercutting.  The design needs to be well supported.
Lay the trimmed rubber image on a piece of EZ Mount.  You may choose to roughly cut the stamp from the main bulk of the foam.  Carefully re-cover any of the unused foam sheet with the backing paper.  It is wise to store it between two sheets of card board so other craft supplies don't press into the rubber or the cling surface.
 Peel off the backing paper which protects the cling surface.
 Attach the stamp to an acrylic block.
 Clean off the stamp surface by inking up the image and then stamping off on scrap paper or wiping with stamp cleaner suitable for rubber. This removes any oily type chemicals from the manufacturing process.
To protect both the stamp face and the cling surface store in a container like a CD case.

To finish off clean your scissors with the eraser and put the cover on the blades.  With their sharp points and strong blades they are brilliant scissors for cutting rubber, grunge board and chipboard.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

card class #5 - wheels go round

Working with some papers from the new KaiserCraft Sears & Son collection this card design uses old fashioned icons and smudgy masculine colours.  The old jalopy is a die by Tim Holtz for Sizzix.

This is a flexible construction both in terms of the event you might present it for and papers. Use it 'as is' for birthdays and Father's Day or change the colours then add different design elements such has some of the Crafty Individuals stamps of rows of town houses.

This card class will be held on 14 August at 10.00 am.
For class bookings please call Marisa at Create On Ormond on 03 5222 1449 or email

Monday, August 6, 2012

tools for tuesday card class #4

For making this flip fold card tomorrow you can bring the following tools and supplies:

Paper trimmer
Steel ruler
Craft knife
Pencil - sharpened + eraser
Scoring board
Bone folder
Hero Arts stamp set Wish Big + acrylic blocks
Double sided tape - 6 mm and foam tape or dots
Small scissors for fussy cutting
Memento ink - Tuxedo Black
Black marker such as Tombow or Memento (to colour edges)
                                                    Glass cutting mat ... if you choose

Thursday, August 2, 2012

just a bit late - tools for thursday technique class

Those attending tonight I suggest you bring along any pots of Tim Holtz crackle paint you have .... especially the open ones! I will explain tonight