Morning, I am incredibly excited to be sharing a post today for my own product launch. For a long while now I have been designing things for my own crafty stash or for friends. Now I have designed my own collection to share with all you wonderful crafters. I have ensured that it is unique as well as having many different uses to make the most of your investment.
The whole range can be used with anything you have in your stash already or things you might buy in the future. It’s been a journey of up’s and downs, I am so passionate about this, that it has been hard for me to keep it secret, so I can’t wait for my first Hochanda show at 4pm on 1st November.
Today, I am sharing a project I have made with one of the stencils and stamps. It would make a really smart card for any occasion a Birthday, Retirement or even a Get Well Soon card to lift the spirits. The collection is especially great for mens cards, which many people do find hard to make.
You will need:
  • Craftascope Stencil ‘Trent’
  • Clarity Landscape and Clouds Mask set
  • Balloon Shapes or Templates
  • Pebeo Drawing Gum
  • 7″ x 7” White Stamping Card.
  • 7 1/2″ x 7 1/2” Black Card
  • 8″ x 8” Centura Pearl White Base Card
  • Distress Inks: Chipped Sapphire, Blueprint Sketch and Shaded Lilac
  • Black Fine Liner pen
  • Alcohol Markers
  • Versafine Black Ink Pad
  • Tacky Glue
  • 3D Glue Gel
  • Glossy Accents
Step 1: Create your background design using the Landscape Masks from Clarity. Use your darker Distress ink for the front layer, then the lighter shade behind.

Stencil cityscape

Step 2: Position and trace a variety of balloons in the sky, getting smaller towards the corner for perspective.

Balloon traced onto paper
Step 3: Add a cloud or two in the sky, one large enough for the sentiment. Mask them all with Pebeo Drawing Gum.

Balloon filled in

Step 4: Build up your sky, using shaded Lilac and Blueprint Sketch, try not to be too even with this to add texture to the sky.
Adding colour to the background
Step 5: Remove the Drawing Gum and strengthen the line with a fine liner pen.
 Defining the balloons with pen
Step 6: Colour your balloons with your choice of alcohol markers and colours.

Colour in the balloons
Step 7:  Stamp ‘Let your Spirit Soar’ with Versafine black ink.
Stamping "let your spirit soar"
Step 8: Trace some more balloons , colour them and cut out with scissors.

Balloons coloured and cut out

Step 9: Using the stencil ‘Trent’, position over the balloons, ink through with Versafine black ink.

Stamped face onto balloons

Step 10: Layer your card onto  a black mat leaving a narrow border, then mount onto your base card. Secure the extra balloons in place with 3D glue gel, then coat with glossy accents for the beautiful shine.

Layered card onto black background

Thank you ever so much for joining my today. I really hope you have enjoyed the tutorial and the finished project. Do tune into my first show on the 1st and please be kind as I will be very nervous. I will share again before the big day. For now, take care and Happy Crafting.xx
  1. Wanda Bascombe says:

    What a fantastic project Nick. I love the look of your new Trent Stencil. I will be looking out for your show..

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