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Melissa Kennedy

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Faux Embossing – Using Baby Wipes

January 22, 2019

When it comes to mixed media – really anything goes.

But how many of you have used baby wipes on your pages.

In the video below Baby Wipes when used through the stencil design, not only can help you blend colours together but it also REMOVES a layer of the paint, giving you a faux embossed feel.

When it comes to mixed media here are really no rules and almost anything goes – you just need to play and experiment.

Watch the video below to see how I have made the above page. 
Add a photo to it if you want to use as a scrapbook page or cut down and use in a art journal.  Better still you could do the same technique direct into a journal.  


 

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You’ve Been Spotted – December

January 3, 2019

Happy New Year.

Welcome to 2019.  Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and festive season. 
I see that many of you have been busy scrapbooking whilst enjoying the break.

For some of us we are now back to work.  Its lovely and quiet in the design area as we have only skeleton staff in the whole office so I have had the opportunity this morning to go through our facebook page – KAISERCRAFT CORNER and spot a few projects using our last months releases.

I really am enjoying looking at your creations – and here are a few layouts that took my eye.

DEEP SEA Collection

This first layout is by Ngaire Ashdown with a great layout that features paper tearing.  This is a great technique to use for beach layouts.  She has also done a process video that you can follow along and create one for yourself.  You can check out the video HERE.  Well done Ngaire.  

The second layout is from Michelle Van Whk

The netting she has created in the top right corner – captured my attention immediately.  How effective is this…
Michelle and her friend Jenny Spicer manage the Scissor Sisters Kaisercraft Kit Club in South Africa – so if you want to be inspired you can head over to their blog.

 

EVERLASTING collection

We only had two posts using this collections and both these gorgeous ladies
are design team members at Merely Impressions in the UK.

The first project is three cards that Denise Holmes created for a magazine that
feature stitching on each card. – aren’t these gorgeous.

and the second one from Chrissy Tingey
“Hi Everyone, here is a layout I’ve created using papers from the gorgeous “Everlasting” Kaisercraft
collection, I have fussy cut some of the beautiful flowers (that coordinate with my photo)
– and the birds and foliage from the “XO” paper.
I have also fussy cut the doily edges from the “One and Only” paper
and layered them up, to finish I have added hand stitching and a few rhinestones. xXx   

 

Thank you ladies for contributing to KAISERCRAFT CORNER and helping it become a little haven for all those who want to share and connect with other Kaisercraft lovers around the world.  

Remember if you want to be SPOTTED – upload/post something you have made using the current releases during the release month into this page and next month we could be sharing one of your projects.

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Deep Sea Templates

Turtle Template Tutorial

December 13, 2018

The new turtle template that has been released with this months Deep Sea collection, is fast becoming one of my favourites.

Why you may ask?  Well you only have to look at this collection to see I love turtles, but more on that later.
So what can you do with this template and how?

Why not make your own turtle embellishment to add to a scrapbooking page or add to a card.

 

SHADED effect.

Using a blending tool, swipe (blend) through a combination of coordinating coloured inks and shade areas as desired.

OPAQUE textured effect

Mix pigment ink into Derivan Light Modelling Paste (or similar product) and spread through the template like icing a cake.
Over the shell areas, lightly pat the pallet knife to give a raised textured effect.  Allow to dry or speed up using a heat gun.

GLAZED shaded effect

In this example, like the first, I have shaded the turtle by blending inks through the template but before
removing the template I have given the shell of the turtle a coat of Gel Medium creating a glazed shell effect.

(PS: the brown in the above is NOT ink – this is what happens when you put 
your heat gun too close to your paper… great effect though)

TRANSLUCENT effect

As with the Opaque turtle above – I have used ink to colour the medium.  But this time I have mixed our dye based ink into
Derivan Gel Medium.  As this medium drys clear you can create your own awesome shell effects.

    

Experiment with different colours to  create more realistic shell effects or just to play with colours that you love.

Below is a quick video showing you how I created these effects.

 

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You have been “Spotted” – Kaisercraft Corner Creations

November 28, 2018

Kaisercraft Corner is our facebook page that shares the wonderful world of Kaisercraft!

This is a fun space is for YOU to share all of your special handmade creations,
ask questions,
gather inspiration
and connect with other Kaisercraft lovers from all over the world!

Whether you are a seasoned crafter or just starting out,
we’d love you to join in the fun!

Each month I will be choosing a creation that grabs my eye that uses the previous months collections and feature it up here on our blog.

 

We  have enjoyed looking back at your projects using the First Noel and Peachy Collections that were released in October.

The two projects below were ones that caught our eyes.

 

Chissy Tingey, is one the design team for Merly Impressions and  has created a couple of awesome cards using the FIRST NOEL collection

Here are a couple of Christmas cards I’ve made using the gorgeous “First Noel” 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and the beautiful “Snow Crystals” decorative die.
I used the darker colours of paper and the rose gold foiled paper, (from the paper pad) and also layered up the snowflakes, which I think gives an opulent feel to the cards. xXx

 

These cards are stunning.  Thank you Chrissy for sharing them with us.

 

The second project, that caught our eye this time was a layout from Irene King using the PEACHY collection.

What caught my eye was the title first. 
Yes i actually stopped and tried to pronounce it as it was written F  W O W U S !!! 
– How cute is this?

We accompanied my daughter and 20 month grand-daughter to Table Cape Tulip Farm for the annual Tulip Festival.
Meg loves fwowus and had a lovely time smelling, running and “tip toeing through the tulips” – and we loved watching her enjoy it all.

I used the Peachy Collection as the colours were a perfect match for the rows of tulips.
Also the pattern on Peachy Aura was reminiscent of the shape of tulips. I used some collectables and some mists and paint spatters as well.”

Thank you Irene for sharing this in the Kaisercraft Corner.

 

For your chance to be “spotted” – make sure you upload your projects using the latest collection to our facebook page KAISERCRAFT CORNER

and who knows you could be featured here next month.

 

 

 

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Card Making Christmas DIY Die Cuts Machine

Everyone loves a present…

October 31, 2018

Who doesn’t love presents?

Give a stack of them to someone special by creating one of these cards this Christmas.

Kasia has created three awesome cards using the new STACKED PRESENTS die.  
This is one die you will want to have in your stash before we sell out!

 

You can see from the three cards below, depending on what paper you cut the present stack from,
you can end up with an entirely different looks.  Download full instructions by clicking the above image.

This one is just cut from plain white cardstock and a variety of different printed papers adhered behind the cut outs.

     
        In this card the present stack has been cut from Glitter cardstock.
Kasia has been very clever and created little shaker boxes behind each cutout using acetate and filling with sequins.  
Make sure you download the instructions so you know how to recreate these.

In this last one, the leftover glitter inside pieces have been adhered to the white die cut to add dimension to the card.

With so many pretty Christmas papers out this year you can imagine
how this card would look created using a different collection.

Why not upload your creations into the comment section below or
show us what you have created by posting in our Kaisercraft Corner on Facebook.

 

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