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Welcome to our second Around the World on Wednesday (aWOW for short) Blog Hop. I’m so glad that you are here. If you missed our first blog hop, you can see it here

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Our theme this month is All Things Crafty, with a focus on our favourite colouring tools. From colouring mediums such as Stampin’ Blends, Stampin’ Write Markers, watercolour pencils,  inks, ink refills and tools such as Aqua Painters, Blender Pens, Sponges to types of paper – it was always going to be a hard choice. 

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of watercolouring using my aqua painters and ink refills and I played around with that idea in my head, while Stampin’ Blends was up there too. Finally, brayering won out as I hadn’t done it in a while and I love the shaded effect that can be achieved with it. I have been inspired by a layout I saw in the new catalogue (Pg 33). Oh, I am teasing you aren’t I? Not long to go, just a few weeks. 

Handmade card with Kayak, canoe with By the Dock stamp set, Stampin' Up!

For my card base, I used the Magnolia Lane Memories & More Cards & Envelopes. These have an elegant silver rectangle on the front which fit the Memories & More cards but for my card today, I have no evidence of silver – just earthy!

I started off by taking a 16cm x 11cm piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamping the leaves in Versamark ink. Then I heat embossed this in Copper embossing powder. I then used a sponge brayer to add So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Terracotta Tile and Cajun Craze – working on the long edge. Taking a piece of tissue I rubbed back the colour off the leaves to bring out the copper. The entire panel was then embosssed with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder.

I cut this into panels of various sizes to create an interesting background. Cut panels should be 13.8cm x 8.8cm once completed. Using a sponge dauber, I went over the embossing with Terracotta Tile on certain strips to bring out the wood look. 

Create an interesting background with strips of embossed cardstock

I loved the background and felt it was just perfect for a masculine card. By the Dock bundle seemed to fit with it’s nature theme. I’ve also used the dies from Catch of the Day. Both of these bundles, are great for making men’s cards or for anyone who enjoys some fishing and canoeing. 

Stampin' Up! Catch of the Day stamp set with canoe

The circle has been partially embossed with the High Seas embossing folder. Then I used a sponge dauber to add some Bermuda Bay over the water. Sponge daubers are one of my favourite tools as they blend colours so easily. They are great for adding colour to edges to give a distressed look to images, you can also use them for quick colouring-in and because they are designed to slip over your finger,  they are easy to control. Some additional die cut pieces and a kayak coloured in with Stampin’ Blends completes the focal image of this card. 

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You are currently visiting Rochelle Laird-Smith in Australia. Thank you for stopping by my part of the world and I hope this inspires you to try out brayering and sponging, if you haven’t done so before. All the products I have used and measurements are listed at the bottom of this post so I hope you give this card a try at home. By the Dock bundle, Catch of the Day bundle, Label me Bold stamp set, High seas Embossing Folder, Copper embossing powder and trim are all retiring. Last Chance Products are available while supplies last so if there’s any products that you want, don’t delay.

Next on our hop is lovely Cazz Boylan. Click on the ‘Next Blog’ button to see her beautiful project and follow the hop right through for lots of colouring inspiration. As you follow our hop, we would love for you to leave us a comment as we love hearing from you.

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Angela Meiritz-Reid  – NZ

Tatiana Tobin – AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith – AUyou are here

Cazz Boylan – AU

Cheryll Miller – AU

Satomi Wellard – JA

Melissa Gifford – AU

Danielle Kassing – NL

Manuela Geiswinkler – AT

Ximena Morales – DE

Aurélie Fabre – FR

Emma Goddard, Special Guest – UK

Mikaela Titheridge – UK

Tina Zinck – CA

Annette Ball – CA

Angie McKenzie – US

Mary Deatherage – US

Shel Anderson – CA

Chris Smith – US

Brenda Nelson – CA

Tricia Butts – US

Elaine de Montmorency – CA

Sharon Burkert – US

Teri West – US

Cheryl Hamilton – US

If you live in Australia and don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would value the opportunity to share your creative journey with you. 

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Measurements

  • Cajun Craze – 14.8cm x 9.8cm
  • Early Espresso – 14.2cm x 9.2cm, 6.5cm x 6.5cm (circle), scrap (sentiment)
  • Old Olive -8cm x 10cm
  • Whisper White – 6cm x 6cm (Circle)
  • Very Vanilla – 4cm x 5.5cm (canoe)
  • Copper Foil – 8ccm x 10cm 

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