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Best of the Basics Series

Hi all! I am still quietly building my Best of the Basics Series on my website – Adhesives and Heat Embossing pages have been added to the list (which already lists Cardstocks, Inks for Stamping, Die Cutting Machines & Trimmers).

I wanted to create a bunch of handy reference pages covering the basic techniques and supplies for New Zealand Crafters – tell me if you’d like to see something specifically covered.

Come and check it out – they even include shopping links so you don’t have to spend all your evening Googling πŸ˜€

There are still a couple more pages to come – covering Colour and Handy Tools – so follow my blog to see the updates.

Thank you so much for visiting!

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Best of the Basics Series

Ever felt a little overwhelmed about just how many different things are required for cardmaking? Wondering where to start? Where to find some of the things you’ve seen on YouTube? Or maybe you’d simply like to update some of your supplies. Check out my new series covering the best of the basic supplies for cardmaking and where to get them – a resource for New Zealand Crafters.

I have started this little series Best of the Basics and it will be a permanent fixture on my website for future reference. Here, I will add articles over the coming weeks about the basic cardmaking supplies with which I have found the most success. It will be a great place for beginners and seasoned crafters alike as a handy reference, and hopefully help with deciding on which products are worth the investment to you.

When I started out in this cardmaking hobby, I searched the internet and Facebook for information – turns out I was hunting for the Stamp Junkies mere weeks before they existed! If you’re not a Junkie, come and join us already!

New Zealand is a small country and we have just a handful of brick and mortar craft stores to see things first hand for ourselves. Finding the products that have worked for me has been a journey of trial and error – and much money was spent in the process! I have learned A LOT from Jennifer McGuire and happily purchased products she has recommended – often with great results. (She is a great resource and releases incredible YouTube videos – I highly recommend her blog).

So with all that in mind, I have been wanting to create a resource for us Kiwi Crafters here at InkyandStampy – somewhere to go and find information about products available, which ones are worth the money, and more importantly, where to get them!

The first two articles are available – I look at Cardstock and their purposes, which are best for card bases and interactive cards, which are great for markers and waterbased products. I also look at basic Inks for Stamping – when to use which black ink where?

I encourage you to take a look. If there’s something you’d like me to cover in the coming weeks, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

Shop owners – I’d like to include you in my list for crafters to find you – please enquire about being included in the directory.

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Gift Tag Class

I taught a cardmaking class over the weekend, where 12 participants came along to Scrapbook Central in Petone to make a set of Christmas Gift Tags. The class was all about using dies to create beautiful impressions on cardstock rather than cutting, achieved by using a rubber embossing mat. Plus we had a bit of fun splashing and spritzing Nuvo Shimmer Powders!

Products we used:

  • Spellbinders/Sizzix Rubber Embossing Mat
  • Nuvo Shimmer Powders
  • Watercolour cardstock
  • Nuvo Glitter cardstock (gold)
  • Memory Box Snowflake Ornament die
  • Lawn Fawn Mini Wreath die set
  • Lawn Fawn Tiny Tag Sayings
  • My Favorite Things Deer Love die set
  • My Favorite Things Joy die
  • BoBunny Nesting Gift Tags die set

All products used in this class can be purchased at Scrapbook Central

Using dies to emboss rather than cut opens up so many possibilities! We used a nesting set of tag dies, and in the above photo, I am showing how embossing the smaller tag die gives a pretty frame on their gift tag which you can see on the tag below. To do this, you need to set up your die cutting machine as if you were going to use an embossing folder (Tab 1 on the BigShot, Plates A, B & B on the Cuttlebug). Place the rubber mat, cardstock and die (or dies) facing down between the plates and roll through.

In this extra example, I have used a Memory Box small circle burst die to emboss the cardstock and the Lawn Fawn wreath sits perfectly in the middle. This technique is great for your background dies, borders, frames, nesting die sets and even your image dies to emboss outlines to gently highlight your images.

You aren’t limited in which side you emboss either! Two tags were embossed using the front and back of the Memory Box Snowflake Ornament Bauble. This first one, we embossed the BACK of the die, painted the impression with shimmer powders and glued the die cut bauble into it. Because a die is always going to be slightly bigger than the actual cut out, you can use this technique for any of your symmetrical shaped dies (circles, hearts, snowflakes etc).

The same bauble die was sent through again, this time facing down and the intricate lines were embossed.

Below are a few more pictures of the day – you can see the ladies used different colours and combinations. Everyone went home with a set of five tags and a whole new outlook on their die stash at home!

As this was my very first class, I sent everyone home with a little gift bag (perfect for carrying gift tags!) and some sweet treats. I had a lot of fun, and a big thank you to Philippa at Scrapbook Central for having me! Also, a huge thank you to my mum for all the help getting this class underway!

Hey you got to the end of my first proper blog post! Well done! If you want to be in the know about future classes, markets and general how-to’s, please follow πŸ˜€