Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Club Scrap: A Paris Flea Market Blog Hop

This Month the Kit was "Paris Flea Market", and I am saying this is one of my favorites.  The hop is underway and if you are hopping in order,  You should have arrived from Deb,   If not, click HERE  to start at the very beginning.

Here a view of all my cards.  I am going to start with my favorite, then the more complicated one and finally, a clean and simple card.

Card 1:  This card represents my Technique Post.  I found this process and the resulting card to be something of "magic".  I think I was more impressed by the outcome than I have been in a very long time.  I just love this look.  It is an Acrylic Paint Resist Technique.

Even in the photo it looks amazing, but in real life, it has depth and interest that is not apparent here.  So how did I make it?  Well lets start with a close up.

The focus of the technique is the Birdcage and the bird.  I wanted the Paris stamp to act as a background and the birdcage to move to the front.  This is hard to do with stamping and heat embossing.  Often the heat embossing "stands out" and I wanted this to be flat.

Step 1: used Distress Paint in Picket Fence to cover my stamp and then stamp onto white paper and allow to dry thoroughly.  I have done this with other acrylic paint, but I chose this one for 2 reasons:
the dauber and it is easily cleaned off of my stamp.  Spray with water and wipe, all gone.  The other acrylic paint is hard to get off of the stamp.

Step 2:  Stamp the second image in a pigment ink.  Here I used Archival in Potting Soil.  Can you see the bird cage?  It is there!!

Step 3:  Ink.  I used Aged Mahogany and Peeled Paint.  For this to work, you have to rapidly wipe of the acrylic stamping to deep white.  If you look at the bottom of the birdcage, it is slightly darker, I wasn't fast enough, but it still works.  Go slow and layer gradually. This image is after the initial inking, I went on and added more.

 I think this works and is so stunning in part is because of the color combination.  Play with this and try different combos.  It is fast and easy.  The best part is that the acrylic stamping is perfectly flat.  If you don't tell how you did this, it would be hard to guess. When I felt it was complete, I cut to size and mounted.

I had wanted to use this as a background and add something on top.  I just could not.  The background needed to be the focus, so I set it off with layering and a simple silver ribbon.

Card 2:

This was more of a challenge.  The first one just happened, this one, well it is a mistake turned into a Pocket card!!

 Step one:  Cut the 12 x 12 into an 81/2 x 11, score at 4.25 and cut in half.
Step 2:  Turn these 2 pieces into a Tri-fold
 First add adhesive to what will become the back of the center panel,
Adhere them together to create a Trifold, easy!!

Step 3:
Cut from corner to fold.  I was intending to cut from top corner to bottom corner and create a criss cross card.  Well I got confused and cut from top of one to fold, but cut the second one from bottom outer edge to fold and got this!!
Oh goodness if that did not give me pause, oh well I just stopped and rethink it.  In this photo I have put score tape on the inside flaps, and covered them up with pieces cut from the lace mats in the kit.

Added the center part to flap and edging to sides.  Now what do I do with it.
I took one of the triangles I had cut off, and decided to make a pocket.  First I cut a pink paper and covered the back of the card, then added the pocket..Ok I can use it for a gift card.
Now to figure out the from so it made sense.
Here you can see the inside.  The flap with pink paper behind.

So I needed a Belly Band.  I cut a strip 1.75 inches and scored the ends, glued the flaps and added a flower.  
Here is a little trick:  Score the first line on the band, then 1/16th inch away score a second line.  This will form a box like end, that will fit the card better than just a single score line.  Double click to see this up close.
All I needed was a sentiment and another completed card!!!

Ok we are on the home stretch!!

Card 3:

This is the most simple of the cards but in some ways a bit more challenging.  Getting the printing so it looks right!!

Step one:
Trim that stamp so you have a nice straight edge and use this as a reference.  Easiest to do this to the top of the stamp, the Decenders in the lettering makes the bottom irregular.  That is partly how this gets challenging.

Step 2:
Use a stamp positioner with a black ink.  Take your time.  This was stamped in Versafine black onxy on the plexiglass, then the card stock was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed in clear.
It took several trys to get it right.  I staggered the lettering to get the desenders to fall in the text in a way to appear as a continuous writing.  
Step 3:
Once stamping completed, I inked with Pumice stone and Aged Mahogany, cut it down to size and mounted onto a white card base.

Step 4:  Stamped the sentiment in Black and heat embossed in clear, die cut and mounted it onto a black strip of card stock.  Finished.

That is all from me, your next stop is:  Jennifer
Happy Crafting,


Other supplies used:  Distress Inks, Distress Paint, Versamark, Versafine Black Onyx.  


  1. Hi Josette, totally beautiful cards here and such great techniques. These make the stamps stand out. Thanks for sharing all your instructions.

  2. Oh wow, such elegant cards, the first one is just sooo gorgeous!

  3. Oh wow, such elegant cards, the first one is just sooo gorgeous!

  4. Josette! WOW love the first card, what a fabulous technique. I am definitely going to try this one! Love all of your cards, such gorgeous work!

  5. Beautiful work. Love your color blending.

  6. Really pretty and I enjoy your techniques.

  7. Lovely cards...each so pretty in it's own way.

  8. In the midst of your very busy life, you managed to create three beautiful works of art. I adore each one! Thanks for hopping with us, Josette!

  9. Gorgeous, gorgeous cards! Your tutorial is so helpful! Have a great day Josette!

  10. Stunning cards! I think my favorite is the first's magical!

  11. Breathtaking cards, Josette! I love your use of different art mediums. I always learn so much from you!

  12. Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments. This is truly an amazing kit!!!

  13. Such beautiful cards! Each one has it's own magic.

  14. Those are really gorgeous cards, Josette. Thanks so much for sharing these ideas with us!

  15. Oh they are all fantastic, but my your favorite is my favorite, it's such eye candy and clever to say the least!

  16. I LOVE all your cards. I wil totally have to try the technique from your first card.

  17. Absolutely fantastic work...appreciate the materials that you used. I'll definite try the techniques.

  18. Beautiful work - especially the first one with the bird cage. A question: how did you do the background inking with Aged Mahogany and Peeled Paint? Were you using pads with a sponge applicator? or were you using the liquid stain?

  19. These cards are all so elegant! Cool techniques!
    Lilian DT teamie
    The Leaf Studio