Monday, 23 September 2013

Experiments in Miniature

Today is my recovery day from visiting Ally Pally at the weekend. I have to say, getting a ticket for two days was much more relaxing, more time to watch the demos and to remember what I saw. I am exhausted, I blame the hike up that hill from the carpark but its a good excuse to do nothing today other than play in my craft room.

I revisited brayered backgrounds this afternoon, its been some years since I used this technique. I have to say, its much easier when the end result is a 2 inch by 2 inch square.

Kaleidacolor dye inkpad : Caribbean Sea
Moon stamp : Stampscapes
Mushrooms : Lavinia Stamps
Make a Wish sentiment : Papermania

I will enter this one for the September Twinchies Challenge where the theme is "Anything Goes".

My second experiment was a technique I saw at the show yesterday using distress ink and water. I used Adirondack Woodlands dye ink for the background, I don't know why, I have plenty of distress ink but it is water based so the technique works.
Spritz the rubber stamp with water and stamp it on the background then dry it with a heat gun. The result looks like this:

The water removes the ink and leaves a fuzzy impression, a bit messy at this stage but the next bit is really good. I overstamped it with Adirondack dye based ink in Red Pepper and this is the finished leaf. I like this. Credit to the demonstrator on the Stamps Away stand for this technique which I will try out again on something bigger.

The September theme at the Show us Your Twinchies blog is "Autumn and Autumn Colours" so this fits the theme for that challenge.

I hope you enjoyed my experiments and hopefully I will not leave it so long before posting again. September has been a busy month!


  1. oh I love your twinchies - thank you for sharing

  2. Lovely results Julia ! It's nice to work small (hence the small hexagons) must be why I enjoy inchies & twinchies & moos - nice to see you are still in there with the twinchies too.


  3. Fabulous technique used on the leaf twinchie, both Twinchies are fabulous. Thank youfor joining us for the Show Us Your Twinchies Challenge.

    Sylv xx
    Show Us Your Twinchies DT

  4. Beautiful twinchies! Love the colours on the first inchie particularly.

  5. Great technique on the second inchie, love the effect. Love the colours on the first one.

  6. Fab Twinchies, thank you for entering the Challenge and good luck, hugs xxx

  7. Love your twinchies, the brayered one is stunning.

  8. So glad you had fun at Ally Pally last week. I was so sad not to get there this time - I will make it one day! Love the brayered twinchie - those tiny mushrooms are beyond adorable, and the double leaf stamping is really effective - look forward to seeing more!
    Alison xx