Sunday 1 December 2013

DDCC challenge 3 - My technique + Christmas

Hey guys, SO excited for this post, go head on over to Dreamtime Designs Craft Challenge to see our new challenge... if you have visited from there, you may have already seen my sneak peek which looks a little something like this:

So ill jump right in and show you the finished project:

Technique? well, our challenge was to create a project revolving around Christmas and expanding our skills, with a technique we haven't tried before but have always wanted to try...

well, me personally, there's always something i want to try! that's for sure!! so in this little project alone there is three, but my main one, and the reason i have kept the card pretty simple is not to detract from my main technique.... the background paper! Made it myself i did!

So HOW?? i hear you cry... with a glue gun of course!
So, i dont own any stencils, nor do i own the plastic type stencil materials to make my own... but i do own a portrait and i know i can cut just about anything i wanted to... but i found the only materials i had to hand, was card, and eventually, after using it over and over with inks and paints... it got soggy and messy, smudged at the edges, broke onto my work, just a mess....

So i looked around and spotted my trusty glue gun... and my heatproof mat.... and a lightbulb moment! So i drew pretty shapes with my glue gun, onto the mat, this was quite fun itself! I waited for them to cool and go hard, and lifted the shapes off... and there, i have my very own, re-useable, wipe-clean... stencils!

Then I followed my DT sisters tip to use my Distress Stains Inks, into a spray bottle... (cheaper than buying all those mists they sell!) and i sprayed the heck out of some card with my stencils... waited for it to dry, lifted the glue stencils off and i was in love with the results, such a funky design... and each design will be different.. depending on the card, the colours, the design of the glue... endless options!

On a side note, I also had a very quick play with some Shrink plastic, i used the one rubber stamp i owned, a christmas tree, added a spot of colour with my Promarkers, and then set my heat gun onto it until it shrunk... this can be seen in the lower right corner of my project.... i didnt play long with the shrink plastic, but i will be having another go in the future!

Another side note was inspired by a DT sisters first every project for the challenge blog - GILDING FLAKES... can i firstly just say, however amazing these little things are... they do get EVERYWHERE... see my 'Oooops' section below for more details ;)

I didnt have any stamps, from the tutorials i saw, you basically are meant to use special glue on a stamp, (like you would use ink) stamp it... throw the flakes on it... smush it down... and use a special pad to brush it all away, and your left with what the glue holds

Well having a shortage of stamps i felt REALLY restricted on what i could design... then i had another brainwave (thats me done for the year, by the way!!) i used my portrait to cut a snowflake and some letters, basically like a stencil on some card... placed the card onto more card... used a sponge to sponge on the glue (which is quite thick)... careful... removed the card, and dumped my flakes on... smush it down and wipe away... oh, you also really dont need to buy the special pad they suggest to wipe the flakes away.. i lightly used a normal sponge kitchen scourer (the rough side) it was perfect

here are my examples:

then i just cut out the snowflake and stuck it on - its real fun and shiny, the pic doesnt show this very well though...

So thats me and my few weeks - i LOVED playing, and theres more i want to do with the techniques i just touched on... along with i know my other DT sisters will be doing something i'll wanna try too!.... so i have a busy few weeks ahead and probably a massive christmas list for santa!

I coloured the image from REDONKADOODLES with my promarkers, I love the image and really pleased with my colouring here

I added some bling in the form of stickles to my letters, once again keeping things quite simple

Head over to my DT sisters, check out their work, and play along! no matter what the technique - try one, and enter! the prize is too good to miss! come on, we want YOU to try something new.... how can you not go play along?

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Im known in the DT group for being a bit
silly... i making horrid typing errors that make me say things i dont even mean... and then i just say the wrong things totally... i thought my sisters would love to read how silly ive been during this challenge so here I go...
     TIP for Gilding flakes... DONT you dare sneeze, yawn or fan yourself with paper when they are out - absolute CHAOS... they fly everywhere!  
Also, dont get the glue on your finger and then rub your eye... gilding flakes will stick to the glue, and your eyes do not look pretty with the flakes
     When your using glue gun stencils... and your wanting the spray mist to dry quicker... dont use your HEAT gun to quicken the drying time... turns out, glue melts... lol!


Gem Challenges = winter wonderland
Allsorts challenge blog = inspired by a christmas song - i just love the digi image here and the way shes hugging santa makes me think of 'Oh i wish it could be christmas... everdaaaayyy' lol
As You Like It = Fave digi - this one! my first christmas digi ever, my first chriatmas make, and she reminds me of me and how i would act if i met little santa lol
Challenges for everybody = Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers = Anything goes


  1. Emms, Your technique and card are totally you! So fresh and fun....I love it!!!
    The coloring you did on that fab image is out of this world. You should be so proud! And many new things you tried for this challenge.
    Your oops section is hilarious. Glad there were no permanent injuries! And who knew that glue from a glue gun would melt?! lol.
    Queen Bee Paper Crafts

  2. Oh Emmey you crack me up! I would have so much fun crafting with you, although I don't think I would get much done LOL.
    I love your card! And what a brilliant brain wave you had with the hot glue! When I saw it, It reminded me of Sparklers, when you wave them around in the sky and get those wild patterns. I will have to try it! Thanks for sharing a great background technique! Hugs Julie xox

  3. EXCELLENT!!! A super technique and it is all yours! I love it, such a brilliant idea. Your card is amazing, I love the colors, so nice. Adorable image too, and all areound perfect project! WTG! xx

  4. wow what a fab project Emmey I just love this technique, so simple too! :) it must go on my to do list! your colouring is gorgeous, I love Redonkadoodles images ;) Gem x

  5. Wow I want that background!!! This has turned out fantastic, not just the effect, but I love the colours you used too! Your colouring of the image is stunning Emmey and that's a great image too. Glad you tried out the guilding flakes, they are so much fun. I use a general sponge too. Also they are great on double sided sticky sheets, so you can cut shapes out of double sided with your portrait, stick it to card etc peel off top layer, add flakes (you may already know, but thought if share). I'll def be trying out the glue stencils :) and can I just say it took me a couple of minutes to compose myself before writing this after reading your oops LMAO especially the last bit about drying your ink lol. Hugs x. Little Pear Tree

  6. What a beautiful card and sounds like you had fun making it too! Great image and beautifully coloured. Thanks for sharing at AYLI and Good Luck.#

    Thanks for joining us at the I ♥ ProMarkers challenge.. and good luck
    tracey x

  8. What a great idea! I am certainly going to try this one time! Hugs, Cindy

  9. Brilliant.
    Thanks for sharing with us at a gem of a challenge
    Hugs Kelly

  10. Loving this creation - Great technique! I invite you to join the Arts & Crafts Challenge here:

    Win prizes & support the pigs :)

    Corrinne Quinn