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Happy Flowers

Hi All – my name is Kate Palmer and I’m totally thrilled to be a part of the Paper Temptress Design Team for 2011.  I’m here for a slightly off-centre perspective on using cardstock (my brain doesn’t work quite the same way as most other people – both a good and bad thing!)  so bear with me, you may see a few things and ask ‘She is doing what?’ lol – I like to play, is the simple answer :O)  I started out making cards about 15 years ago now, have created altered books, mixed media art works, scrapbook pages, journals, trading cards, off the page projects and more – but I always come back to projects involving paper (I love the feel of it!).

So a little about me, I live in a hot and humid part of Queensland in Australia (the part that gets the floods and cyclones!),  I have to be careful what I use in my art as products often have weird reactions to humidity.  I’m married, no kids, but have 2 beautiful Birman cats who I spoil.  I work full time, and can only craft on weekends.  I’m a craft teacher at my local craft store and love colour, copic markers and anything that sparkles.  I’m a qualified teacher and I have my own craft Blog @ www.katepalmer.net and a YouTube channel where you can watch me in teaching different techniques and methods @ CraftyKatePalmer .  I’ll be putting up my PTDT projects on YouTube as I can, so keep a look out.  I love playing with color and most of my projects have sparkle – I just can’t help it, I’m a Sparkle Tart :O)

So for my first Paper Temptress project I just had a play and made a simple card with sparkle.  I HAD to use the Cryogen White Iridescent (one of the most beautiful sparkly card stocks I’ve ever seen) and the first thing I saw in my paper pack when I opened it – it has the oooh ahh effect and I just had to use it!Kate's Happy Flowers

What I used:

  • Cryogen White Iridescent from Paper Temptress
  • Citron Brawny RC 100 from Paper Temptress
  • Distress Stains: Spun Sugar, Wild Honey & Faded Jeans
  • Distress Reinker in mini mister – Dried Marigold
  • Water in mister bottle
  • Distress Ink – Weathered Wood
  • Judikins Amazing Glaze
  • I-Kan-Dee chalks – Pastels
  • Sponge applicator
  • Coarse sanding paper or block (or any rough surface – even rubbing against paper will work)
  • Versamark Watermark stamp Pad
  • White scrap paper (uncoated)
  • Unity Stamps – Insightful Meadows
  • Design Adhesives – Happy Birthday
  • Design Adhesives Foil – silver stars
  • Adhesive white Pearls (coloured with Copic marker)
  • Stickles – Diamond
  • Blue ribbon and white ruffled ribbon (coloured with Distress stains)

What I did:

  1. Randomly stamp flowers on to Cryogen White Iridescent using versamark pad and emboss with Amazing Glaze.  Heat embossing powder to set.
  2. Rough up Cryogen White Iridescent and stamped flowers using sandpaper or other rough surface.
  3. Dab Distress Stains over Cryogen White Iridescent – Spun sugar first, then Faded Jeans -  then drag across scrap paper to absorb some ink, spritz with water to blend and lighten colour then while wet spritz with Dried Marigold to add a golden tone.   Blot with paper towel to lighten further (you can skip this last bit if you prefer stronger colours).
  4. Stamp additional flowers inked with Wild Honey Distress stain randomly over coloured Cryogen White Iridescent, spritz with water and pat with paper towel to lighten colour (if desired).
  5. Leave until dry and then edge embossed images with chalks.
  6. Flip image and iron off embossing powder (like you would with batik).
  7. Cut main colored Cryogen White Iridescent panel to size, use sponged on Weathered Wood Distress ink on edges to enhance.
  8. Embellish and layer onto Citron Brawny RC100 to complete.

Now for a better view of the sparkles, check out this super short video clip it’s filmed in High Definition, so if you want to you can select 720p and full screen and get right up close and personal with the sparkle!


Have a great week,

Kate P.

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