Tuesday 13 September 2011

A tutorial and a challenge..

Well... it's Tuesday today, so that must mean it's time for the My Time to Craft Challenge again.. and the theme for this weeks challenge is a Kaleidoscope of Colour. Here's the card that I've made for this week.

I've used the -now infamous! - technique that people who come to my demo's, call the 'Splodging Technique'.

Here's a little detail from the card. My Kaleidoscope of colour was made using chalks and an embossing folder.
Here's how I did it...

You will need - 

  • Embossing folder of your choice (I used the Me to You new Christmas embossing folder)
  • Decorative chalks (I used the pastel Papermania chalk set)
  • Some cotton wool
  • Clear pigment ink
  • Embossing machine (ie. Sizzix Boutique or Big Shot both work well.... as does a rolling pin or shaving brush!)

Ink up the plain side of the embossing folder with the pigment ink. Give it a heavyish coating of ink.

When you have inked up your folder, place your piece of card inside and close the folder over the top. Run this through your chosen embossing machine, or go over with a rolling pin to create an embossed effect.

The ink is now transferred onto the card, along with the embossing.. so take your scrunched up cotton wool and rub it into the chalks. I work from light to dark, but just start with your chosen colour.

Then just bounce your cotton wool and chalk onto the cardstock. Mix the colours up across the card. When you have a thin layer of colour around the card, you can then rub over very lightly to finish.

Layer up the cardstock onto a piece of coordinating cardstock, and attach a piece of ribbon around the base of the card.

Choose the topper that you want to use on your card. I chose to use this lovely Tatty Ted from the Winter Wonderland Ultimate kit.

When I started to decoupage my Tatty, I started off with layer two, and I can then use layer one to create a topper on another card. You can see this below.

When I layer up my Tatty, or any other decoupage, I like to curl the papers between my fingers so that they lay better together.

This is how the layers look when they're all together.

And here he is in place on my card. The colours of chalks matched in with the image.

Add a few gems along the ribbon to add  a little shine and bling.

Now, apply some glitter glue around the hood.. I like to apply a great big blob...
...... then I spread it out with my fingers to give a nice even coverage. Yep.. just call me scruffy!

And that's how I created my card at the top of the page.. I hope you found the tutorial easy to follow.. it should have been a video, but the camera was out of poof! Never mind.. one of those coming soon!

I hope you give the tutorial a try. I'd love to nip over and see what you've created, so leave me a comment and I'll nip over and visit.. Happy Crafting everyone!!


  1. love it :0)Tatty Teddy is soooo cute x

  2. Love how you did the colors on the card. Beautiful, and thanks for the tutorial. I'll have to give it a try.

  3. You never cease to amaze me Sis!!!! Love ya!!! Love the tatty teddy card!!! xoxoxo Lesley

  4. Oh super job Jo and great tutorial. Love the backing you made, so soft and lovely.
    Hugs Fi xx
    P.S going to send you a email

  5. This is beautiful! The colours are so soft and delicate and go so perfectly with Tatty Ted!
    Great tutorial, thanks!

    Debs x


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