Monday, January 13, 2014

National Hobby Month - How To's

Happy New Year to all our wonderful Marion Smith Designs fans!  I hope 2014 brings you many happy crafting days!  And that is quite possible, given the amazing CHA releases that Marion is debuting this week!

January also happen to be National Hobby Month, so this month I thought I would share a few technique 'how to's' with you.  Let's start with this...

 Do you recognise this rose image?  It's one of Marion's Mad Tea Party stamps.  But I used it here a little unconventionally.  It's a page from the Mad Tea Party pop-up book I created (which is at Marion's booth at CHA this week if you want to stop by and see it).  Here's how I created this:
I call this my Stamp Stencil Method!
  1. Prepare your surface with a good quality gesso or similar and dry.
  2. Using a spatula, spread a reasonable amount of texture paste ( I used Reeves modelling paste) over the surface - the thickness should be about 1/8 inch and as smooth as you can get it.
  3.  Carefully press the stamp into the smooth paste, being careful not to press too hard which will 'smudge' the image.
  4. Again - carefully lift the stamp off the paste, and immediately clean your stamp (I used a soft nail brush to scrub mine clean).
  5. Let the texture paste dry naturally.  Using a heat gun to speed up the process may result in the paste bubbling.  Texture paste drys quite quickly anyway.
  6. Use your favourite mists to colour the image.  I applied a little mist flowing by a good spray of water, to help the colour spread and settle into all the little grooves.  Build up the depth of colour until you are satisfied with the result.
You could use anything to colour the image really, Spectrum Noir/Copic Marker, Gelatos, watercolours etc etc.
Now, as luck would have it, Marion has just released lots more stamps - and some more gorgeous floral ones amongst them - check these out...
I will definitely be using these, including the chicken wire and bumble bee, with the texture paste method!

I'll be back later this month with another How To for you!   In the meantime, please leave a comment and link us to your blog so we can see your wonderful MSD creations!



  1. Thanks for the demo! I will give it a try. :o)

  2. I think I'll try this technique. Love the final look. Thanks for sharing, Johanne Lacombe

  3. Ohhh soo pretty I have to try this!