Thursday, January 12, 2017

Magical Watercolor Cards Re-Visited

Today I am sharing over at Lindys ....
As some of you know, I regularly teach classes here in Australia, educating people on
all the awesome things that you can do with Lindys Stamp Gang products!
One of my most requested and popular classes over the last 18 months
has been my watercolor cards.
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I originally created them back in August 2015 and they are just so much fun.
You can see the original post here.  Back then I hadn't quite figured out the whole You Tube
thing so I decided that I'd give it a go again but using some of the new Prima stamps
I recently got my hands on.
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Here are a few simple steps to create these cards but please check out the You Tube channel
for an in-depth look at how easy it is!
Mix some Magicals with a little water in a palette.
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Use Obviously Black Embossing powder to Heat Emboss the stamped image
onto 300gsm Watercolor paper.
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Wet the paper then use a size 10 round brush and add the Magicals to the stamped image.
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Because the image is heat embossed, it creates a 'barrier' for the color to stay in.
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Set them aside to air dry.
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Add a second coat of color to add intensity, then start a watery wash on the background -
lots of water will help the color move around.
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Here are a few more shots of the cards with the Magicals I used for each card.
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You can watch these being created right here or over on the Lindy's YouTube Channel.
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Lindy's Products

Embossing Powder: Obviously Black

I hope that you enjoyed that little tutorial and my cards and I look forward to popping back soon!
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Christmas Scrapbooking Kit

Do you love a kit? 

Seriously Scrapbooking have this great kit I designed ... 


In this awesome collection kit in a box is enough great stuff 
to make 6 super Layouts and 10 quick Cards!!!


You will receive a selection of fantastic papers from 
Echo Park, cardstock, ribbons, decorative brads, 
Christmas flowers, Imaginarium Designs Chipboard 
& an ink pad! 
The kit includes instructions with step by step photos. 


And I think $50 is a pretty great deal 




Monday, January 2, 2017

New Years Giveaway!

It's time for a

 GIVEAWAY!!!! GIVEAWAY!!!! GIVEAWAY!!!!

To Celebrate the New Year ... I am Giving away this 
great little pack featuring 
the NEW Copic Blending Pad, the NEW 2 in 1 Glue Pen & Brush 
& the New Foam Mounting Squares from XPress It!
Plus ... I'll be adding a few BONUS bits from my 
stash ... think chipboard and stencils!


To Win it ...
all you need to do is 

1. SUBSCRIBE to my Newsletter
and
2. Share on Facebook & Instagram using 
the #xpressitau and #nataliemay
and
3. Leave a comment here to say you have done so!

It's super easy!

Winner will be drawn on January 9th

***the boring bits ... 

This promotion is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by Instagram or Facebook. Open to Australian residents only due to the ridiculous costs of posting overseas ... sorry guys!***

2017 Lindys Team and a Blog Hop!


Hi there!

I am super thrilled to be back on the Lindys Stamp Gang Design Team for 2017
 and to celebrate this INCREDIBLY TALENTED new team, we are having a Blog Hop!
💛Will you have a look at this fine bunch of artists 💛

For those who dont know me ... I'm Natalie ...
I am a full time papercrafter working out of Adelaide, South Australia and absolutely
LOVE what I do – especially working with Lindys products,

 Versatility is my biggest asset … from grungy, simple, sketches and shabby through
to mixed media, art journaling, canvas art and cardmaking –
I love to dabble in it all!

 I work in a Scrapbook store, teach 15+ classes a month
and live and breathe
Paper, Ink & Lindys!

Here is a snippet of my fave projects from the last 12 months!

BLOG HOP DETAILS
• Hop starts 7am on 1st January 2017 and finishes at midnight 3rd January 2016.
• Click on the DT members' name to connect on FaceBook and click on their
blog address to see their amazing art!
• Please leave our new DT members a little love on their blogs to join in the hop! 
For those who play along, you will need to leave a comment on this post
and on each of the blogs, to go into the PRIZE draw.
• Prizes drawn randomly include - 1 x $50 Gift Voucher and 4 x $25 gift vouchers
to the Lindy's Store.
• Prize winners will be announced on the 4th Jan!!!!!

Good luck to everyone and enjoy getting to know our 2017 Winter/Spring Design Team




























Have fun and thanks for leaving me a little love!




Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas Angel with Lindys....

Hi there,
It’s Natalie here sharing a little Christmas Angel Canvas I created using the December Color Challenge Set, Jingle Bells Shimmer Sprays.
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I have a slight obsession with stamps and last month came across this stunning Carabelle Studio stamp which was perfect for that idea I had floating around in my head!
Here are a few easy steps to recreate this project…
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What do you think?  Not too complicated? This could really be a canvas for any time of the year … not just Christmas but it will sit amongst my Christmas display once the decorations go up.

I love this color set … Golden Sleigh Bells gives the most gorgeous shimmer – I tried to capture it outside in the sun but the photos just didn’t do it justice!

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Here are a few detailed photos of my canvas …. I love all the little elements … the way the Glass Pebbles shimmer and the wings glisten in the light.
I have also prepared a little video of the process and you can watch it over on the Lindys Stamp Gang You Tube Channel.
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I thought you might like to see a few close-up photos.
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You can watch the video below or over on the Lindy’s YouTube Chanel.

Lindy’s Products

  • December Color Challenge Set: Jingle Bells Shimmer Sprays  (Rudolph’s Nose Red, Frosty Forest Green, Frolic in the Forest Green, Silent Night Silver, Golden Sleigh Bells)
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope that you have a happy & healthy Christmas.
Much Love

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Cause it's all about fun and colour ....


Sharing a little of what I have been up to lately :)
And a little of what is planned for 2017 ...

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Cruise Mini Album for Flutterby Dsigns




The 'Mad About You' Everyday Etc cards were perfect for showing off a heap of photos I had from the cruise that we went on earlier this year so I decided a mini album was in order!

Starting with some white cardstock cut to various sizes, I created textured backgrounds using Gel Medium and Texture paste and a variety of Flutterby Stencils. Once they were dry, the Lindys Stamp Gang colours were added leaving the stencil images standing out on the backgrounds.
 Add a little stamping … a few punched out words, some vellum, acetate and the 'Mad About You' Everyday Etc cards and you have a bright little album! 
 The use of the stencils gives each page an individual look and keeps the focus on the photos!  
The veneer hearts take on the colour of the Magicals beautifully and are the perfect finish for the pages
For the cover of the album, I filled the Sticky Notes packaging with gold pebbles and created a ‘shaker’ behind the Polaroid frame … too easy!

 Flutterby Products Used:

Thanks for having me Guest for you this month Anita and the Flutterby Designs team!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Flutterby Guest Designer

I have another project up at Flutterby Designs today!

I was inspired by the '&' card from the 'Mad About You' Everyday Etc cards
when creating this Art Journal page.
Istarted off with some layering of paint, added some hot pink 'On the Plus Side' stencilling followed by some 'Got Letters' stencilling in white Liquitex paint.
Adding some punched out ampersands and some stamping created an element of dimension before cutting out the Ampersand Everyday Etc Card and adding it to the page.
The project is then finished off by the addition of some Dina Wakley Media tape and some deli paper.
 
Flutterby Products used: