Monday, 10 April 2017

Layering stamps and mica powders ........

Happy Monday to you ......

I hope you all had a good weekend ...... mine was busy as usual.
We had a lovely workshop on Saturday ....... layered stamping using inks and mica powders.  The ladies loved it, especially the mica powders, and were so pleased with their results.
Grab a cuppa and I'll show you what we got up to .......

We used some Altenew stamp sets ....... Peony Bouquet, and Vintage Roses, to create pretty layered stamped designs.

Using these layering stamps enables you to create beautiful coloured blooms with depth and shading, and they're really easy to use.
Try them with coloured inks ...... 3 layers, 3 different shades.

I used Memento Dandelion, then Cantaloupe topped with the final layer of Wild Honey Distress for the roses ......

Then it was New Sprout,  followed by Pistachio and then Bamboo Leaves for the foliage (all Memento ink colours)

A few dots of glitter glue and some sparkly sequins add a bit more interest .....  and then a simple stamped and embossed greeting to finish off

I added in some pretty gold thread too and stamped more of those pretty roses on the inside

I don't usually go for yellow shades but I love how these turned out.

Next up we used the Peony set with the mica powders on coloured cardstock to give a lovely pearlescent look ....... so easy to do, with stunning results! (not easy to photograph though!!)

Thanks to the lovely Jennifer McGuire for the 'How To' on this technique ..... it's pure magic.

Again using the layering stamps ..... 2 layers on the above grey version, and three on the purple one

First layer (solid flower) was stamped in Versamark ink and then dusted over with mica powders. The second layer was then stamped in Versamark again, (the petal detail) and that's when the magic happens.  The Versamark takes off the mica powder leaving all that detail behind ......... easy!

I used Ranger's Perfect Pearl on the grey card above .... so delicate
And a pearl mica with a gold sheen on the purple version.  (I'm sorry but I'm not sure which brand ..... no name on the pot and I've had it for a while.  It might be from Imagination Crafts but please don't hold me to that!)

The grey version I left at two layers, but can you see on the purple card I added in a third layer, this time stamped with a co-ordinating ink (Majestic Purple I think it was)  This layer adds just that little bit more shading and depth to the flower.

A few sequins, pearls and dots of glitter glue add sparkle to the designs

And of course they needed some words on there ...... stamped and embossed on the one above,
or simply stamped in black ink for a more elegant look

The Peony Bouquet set also has a gorgeous outline stamp for the large bloom which we used to create a totally different look using mica powders again, this time mixed with water.

We stamped and embossed the image in white, onto watercolour card, then used a pink mica powder mixed with quite a bit of water, to create a wash of colour over the top

The more water you add to the mica, the paler the colour.

I then used the same mica powder to paint in the blooms .....

A sentiment, stamped and embossed .....

And a few splatters of mica here and there finish off the outside .......

And there's a little something on the inside too ......

I'm looking forward to the Easter weekend coming up ..... should be a nice relaxing one.  We've nothing planned except Lauren and Robbie's engagement party on Saturday night so I'm hoping to spend some time in the old craft room.  What have you got planned?

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time .......


  1. I am never quite sure about those Altenew stamps but you really do THE most amazing creations with them, I just love all the peony ones and that 'Be Yourself' sentiment is just wonderful! Beautiful work, as always! Hugs, Anne xx

  2. Beautiful cards Linda, the ladies must have really enjoyed this workshop. I've never used the Altenew stamps, but after seeing these I think I really must give them a try.
    Avril xx

  3. Beautiful samples using the Altenew "Beautiful Day" stamp set and all your mica powders. Love each design and can just imagine how happy your girls were with your projects. TFS Linda. Hugs...

  4. I love your posts after the crafting get-together, Linda, because I know I'm always in for a ton of inspiration and this time is no exception! This array of beautiful cards is outstanding and so lovely for spring! Happy Easter!! Hugs, Darnell

  5. WOW ... gorgeous samples of how to use the layering stamps and mica powders. Truly beautiful and elegant cards, Linda. I'm sure your girls were thrilled to learn these techniques and go home with amazing cards. xx


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