Thursday, July 24, 2014

{Spotlight Project} Monika Plays with Stamps and Shrink Plastic...and She's Got 2 Craft-Along Videos Too!

Hello, everybody. It's Monika and I am back with a couple of projects for you using the Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments set focusing on the lily stamp this time round.

Did you know that Lilies are a symbol of purity and refined beauty? Well, I didn't, until I looked it up for some inspiration and I came up with the following which would make a great card for an anniversary.

For my first card I stamped the lily onto a piece of white card, lightly coloured her with Promarkers, and attached my image to a piece of black card. For the background, I applied some yellow ink to my Splodge Away mat, spritzed with water, and lifted a print off. I repeated the process with some pink ink. Once dry, I stamped my sentiment in yellow and attached my panel to a piece of pink card and my white base card before stamping the lily again in black onto two pieces of Shrink Plastic (5 x 5 cm), which I then heated to shrink. I arranged my lilies, attached them to my card, and finished off with some sequins and gems.

My layout for this card was inspired by our current Sketch #16 Challenge and the cupcake card I am referring to in the video is my DT project.

There is also a craft-along video for you enjoy. It is a bit longer this time -- approx. 25 minutes -- and it covers the simple printing technique I used plus the stamping onto and heating of the Shrink Plastic.

My next card is a very speedy one to make. I used a stencil or mask, as they can be called depending on whom you're talking to, some inks (yellow, orange, and pink) and some shaving brushes (for applying the inks) to create my background. If you don't own a stencil like mine, you should be able to create your own using a piece of card, pencil, ruler, and your craft knife plus cutting mat. All you have to do is make sure that one square approximately fits the square of the boxed bloom you're working with.

Now back to how I made this card. I attached a white piece of card (14 x 14 cm) to my stencil using low tack masking tape, picked up some ink with one of my brushes, and swept it in long strokes across one area. I then repeated this with the other two colours. Next I inked up my lily in pink and stamped it into position before inking up and stamping my sentiment in a darker yellow than I used before. To finish I rounded off some corners, layered it up as shown and attached a few sequins.

Again, there is a craft-along video for you to enjoy. It is only about 15 minutes in length.

The card below was the original one I made, and it has a slightly different layout. I thought I'd share it as it is sometimes quite nice to see the difference subtle changes can make.

Hope you enjoyed stopping by. I shall be back with another Spotlight Project in a couple of weeks time after Vicki, Nonni, Shery, Cornelia and Shirley had their turn.

Until then, happy crafting!!! :-)


  1. WOW Monika – your duo of cards here are nothing short of stunning! Your colour combinations are wonderfully sunny, and the magic you’re working with the STAMPlorations images has me jiggling with excitement; such incredible inspiration! Off to check out the videos – a most delightful bonus!


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