Playing with the Fairies

Hello everyone, Denise here with my very first post !

I am so thrilled to be part of this lovely team where I get to play with amazing Kaisercraft papers and fabulous Lavinia stamps. This month I have been using Freya a gorgeous fairy together with some other Lavinia stamps Fairy PodsZen Plant and Slender Mushrooms. I’ve made two cards..

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For the first one I stamped Freya with Archival ink then used Chipped Sapphire and Cracked Pistachio distress inks round the edges of the image. I then stamped around the edge of a 6×6 card with the top of the Fairy Pods stamp and coloured them in very slightly with a white pen. Freya was matted and layered using some papers from the Paper Pad ‘Oh So Lovely’ collection. I really like the paper pads as they are like a mini version of the 12 x 12 papers and perfect for cards. I then stamped the Zen Plant on white card and cut it out ( love a bit of fussy cutting ) and layered it at the side. A sentiment from the ‘Oh So Lovely’ collectables and some ribbon finished it off

My second card is a ‘twister’.

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I thought I’d go pink with this one as the other one was blue. It was covered using 2 inch squares from the Paper Pad again. I stamped the Fairy Pods with Black Archival, coloured them in with Fired Brick distress ink, cut them out and added some stickles to make them glisten. I then mounted them on foam pads onto the card. Using some more paper from the paper pad I stuck this on to the middle twister section and added some flowers and butterflies from the ‘Oh So Lovely ‘collectables.

Lastly, I stamped some of the  ‘Slender Mushrooms’ to the left at the bottom. The beauty of this type of card is it can be ‘twisted’ to show the sentiment either way and is something a little different to the norm.

I hope I’ve inspired you to have a play with these gorgeous magical stamps – there are so many to choose from. I can’t wait to get creating with some more now !

Denise

Mixed media layout

Hello everyone, Pam here:

I had a lot of fun making this layout with the ‘Oh So Lovely’ collection from Kaisercrafts. The photo is of me and my daughter on Prom night. It’s hard to believe this was 5 years ago…time goes by too quickly.
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So I’ll take you through the steps of making this layout. The base paper is called ‘Chic’. Onto this I glued some random strips of patterned papers from the collection.

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When that was dry I used one of the quarters of the Damask Quarters 12 x 12 stencil and applied some gesso in three places. I wasn’t after perfection here-I just wanted to add some texture and pattern. I also smeared some of the gesso across the patterned paper using my fingers!!

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When the gesso was dry I sprayed some pink Kaisermist spray ink over the gessoed areas. Until you see these mists for yourself you can’t appreciate the fabulous lustre. I’ve tried to do a close up photo to try to show you the rich shine.2015-05-02 11.09.44

next came some random stamping using the stamp set in the collection. I used red stazon ink for the stamping as I wanted it to blend into the background. I also began to add some embellishments that I wanted to be partly under my photo. I’ve used some plasterer’s  tape, some hat netting,  some washi tape and a leaf from the collectables.2015-05-02 11.42.04I layered up the photo on some patterned paper from the collection, and adhered it all on a bit of corrugated cardboard to lift it up from the background a bit. Then I made an embellishment cluster using some mini blooms, feathers from my own stash, and some collectables.

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At the end I decided some of the red random stamping got lost, so I added some more using black Stazon ink.

2015-05-02 12.25.02 Some more close ups:2015-05-02 12.25.07The dimension:

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And the completed layout:2015-05-02 12.24.49

I just adore this collection, and I love using mixed media on my layouts, so I am so happy that Kaisercrafts do mists and stencils, inks and paints!!

Pam

Mist and stencil tutorial layout

Hi everyone, It’s Pam here.

I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed working with Kaisercraft’s ‘Oh So Lovely’ collection this month. Oh so lovely just doesn’t do justice to this collection which provides just the right balance between pretty and rustic. It’s feminine with it’s colour palette and flowers, but also has a masculine distressed and country look.

So here’s a layout I made to showcase these old photos of my daughter when she was just a chubby baby.

2015-04-07 17.28.57copyThis month I also got to play with a new stencil and the new Kaisercrafts mists in pink.2015-04-07 13.44.46 I wanted to ensure no stray ink escaped onto my clean white card stock, so I ran a row of repositionable adhesive around the stencil, and adhered some copy paper to protect my card stock.

Make sure you give the mist bottle a good mix to ensure even distribution of glimmer. I find the best way is to hold the bottle at the top and keeping it upright, swirl the bottle round and round. Resist the temptation to shake it up and down, as you will get lots of air bubbles and possibly the spray will be uneven and result in blots. Hold the spray about 20 cms from the page and move the bottle over the stencil while spraying. Take care not to add too much spray at once as you don’t want the ink to puddle and seep under the stencil. Either allow the ink to dry between applications, or use paper towel to mop up any excess before adding another layer of spray.2015-04-07 13.45.32 It’s a real shame that you can’t see how glimmery these mists are. They have a real metallic lustre along with gorgeous colours.2015-04-07 13.47.55 Having allowed the mist to dry I began to add some different elements: Some fussy cutting of the ‘Woman’ paper, and some rectangles of map paper from the ‘Lass’ paper.2015-04-07 14.26.25 I then began to embellish the layout using some of the die cut collectables.2015-04-07 14.45.31

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a couple more close ups:
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2015-04-07 17.28.57copyI do hope this layout has whet your appetite for this beautiful collection.

Pam

Oh So Lovely

Hello everyone, It’s Pam here!

I was so excited to be sent the “Oh So Lovely’ collection from Kaisercraft to play with this month. It is so so pretty and I loved having the opportunity to do some fussy cutting and using some soft colours. Also in my package this month was a bottle of the new Kaisermists so I’ve had fun playing with that too.

So here’s my first layout this month:2015-05-01 13.36.53The first thing I did to make the layout was to add some colour to the ‘Lady’ gloss embossed paper. If you click through to the link you will see the embossed paper looks as though it has black gloss embossing, but this is just so the embossing is visible on screen. In reality the embossing is white. It is very pretty and subtle as it is, but I wanted to make it pop a bit. So I took a large soft watercolour brush and put a few
drops of water into a cup, added a couple of squirts of Kaisermist spray ink and painted the ink wash all over the paper:

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While that was drying I took a craft knife and cut the middle out of the Mademoiselle frame paper:

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I wanted to give the frame some dimension-to lift it off the background bit. To do this I cut strips of cardboard to size to reinforce the frame. I used two pieces on each side of the frame, one on top of the other to add extra height. Apologies for this poorly focused photo, but I hope it helps you understand what I just described:

2015-05-01 12.46.00Then I began assembling my layout. I placed the frame on top of my background as I did the assembling to ensure that everything was in the right place, but I didn’t adhere the frame until the end.

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When I had adhered all the inner elements I finally placed the frame over the top and adhered it.

Here are some close ups:

Don’t you love those wee epoxy sticker hearts?

2015-05-01 13.37.08You can see how the addition of the cardboard underneath adds dimension to the layout:2015-05-01 13.38.14So there it is, my dimensional framed layout of my daughter using Kaisermist as a watercolour wash to colour the background.

2015-05-01 13.36.53I hope you love ‘Oh So Lovely’ collection as much as I do!

Pam

April 2015 Collections now available

This month we have three brand new Kaisercraft collections to enjoy.

Our first collection, Oh So Lovely, features flowers, beautiful lacey patterns and a unique softness. We also have Captured Moments cards (called Pretty Little Things) to coordinate with this collection.

Our next collection, Antique Bazaar, features vintage inspired patterns and a rich colour palette.

Our third collection, Chase Rainbows, features bright, trendy colours and bold, abstract patterns.

We also have new designs of Kaisercraft Decorative Dies (compatible with most embossing and diecut machines), new Templates and brand new KaiserMist Spray Inks (in ten beautiful colours).

We hope you enjoy the new April 2015 products. Happy crafting !

Paul & Chrissy  xXx