Craft guest Sue Baker is back with more hints and tips


Sue Baker Sue Baker of Imagination Crafts is back with more handy hints and tips for all you crafters!

To celebrate Easter and all the Royal love that's in the air at the moment, she's put together this special project using the brand new ‘From Me To You’ range of clear acrylic stamps from Imagination Crafts.

You can see this card and more great character stamps in our Crafting With Colour show, featuring Sue, on Tuesday 26 April at 2pm.  

A Flower Shower of Love…

A Flower Shower of Love card - click for a closer look



What you'll need:

Step-by-step instructions:

1. Peel the umbrella stamp from the backing sheet, place it onto an acrylic block and ink up with black archival ink. Then stamp onto white cardstock – stamp out twice.

2. Colour the images with the ProMarkers and cut into a circle or die-cut with Nestabilities.

3. Cut a piece of the pink cardstock into a matting circle, mat and layer together with double-sided tape.

4. To assemble the card, fold the white cardstock in half and mat and layer the pink and green cardstock and pink decorative paper. Then place the coloured image on the front.

5. From the second coloured umbrella image, cut out just the cover of the pink umbrella. Cut round the shape gently, using a ball embossing tool or the round end of a paint brush, and attach over the first umbrella image to decoupage the umbrella.

6. Ink up the sentiment stamp ‘A Flower Shower of Love’, with the black archival ink trim and mat and layer onto pink and green card.

7. Decorate with pink pearl gems, ribbon roses and a pink organza ribbon bow.

8. Send it to someone you love!

More hints and tips from Sue for perfect crafting:

1. Always gather everything you need around you before you start on a project.

2. Invest in good sharp scissors, good adhesives and double-sided tape.

3. Always work on a heat embossable non-stick craft mat.

4. Use good quality cardstock.

5. Using a guillotine will ensure that you're able to cut straight edges and mat and layer your cards to frame your finished image.

6. If you're using die-cut decoupage, silicone glue will ensure your images pop out of the page!

7. If you're rubber stamping, always lay your stamp flat onto your craft mat and take the ink pad to the stamp, not the other way around. That way you'll get the ink where you want it and not where you don’t!

8. If you want a raised image to colour in, try inking up a stamp with a clear Versamark ink pad, stamp onto good quality cardstock and then shake good quality, fine detail embossing powder over the top. Always put any unused powder back into the pot to use again as all embossing powders are reusable.

9. To heat-set the image use a heat gun. Always run your heat gun for a few minutes before you use it and heat the back of the card first. This ensures that the card bends one way first and then bends the other way when you put the heat gun over the image to finish heat-setting it on the right side.

10. Don’t hold the heat gun on the image. Just ‘flash’ over the image and check that the powder has turned glossy, so that you know it has set. This will give you a perfect raised edge so that you can now colour in the image and not go over the lines.

11. Use Spray Inks to create lovely soft spritzed backgrounds.

Don't miss Crafting with Colour with Sue on Tuesday 26th April at 2pm!

Check out our craft department for more inspiration.

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