Alchemy in the craftroom!

As part of my commitment on the Guest Design Team at Bugaboo Stamps I was asked to make a technique tutorial. I have never done anything like this so . . .Image result for bear with me meme

Just to make you aware of a couple of things before I dive in. Firstly this will be very heavy on photos – so much easier than trying to describe each step. Secondly this is a very ‘warts and all’ account and things did not exactly go to plan.

One of the disadvantages of digital stamp over physical ones is the lack of ability to stamp over some of the background techniques there are because the paper has to be able to go through a printer. If you print out the image first then it makes it harder to put in the background while avoiding the image.

I have pondered over this for a while and think I have a solution – literally – to the problem and that is masking fluid. (I expect many of you have probably already thought of it but this is a first of me!)

Print out the image on watercolour card. I have used Silhouette – Butterfly flowers


Cover the image with artists masking fluid and leave to dry. I used a circle die as a guide to get a crisper circle.


When the image is dry remove the circle die and start work on the background. I used Brushos to make mine. I chose the colours I wanted to use and sparingly sprinkled them on the card.


Lightly spritz the page until the Brusho crystals have reached the intensity you want. At this point you can add more crystals if you want to. Set aside to dry before carrying on.


When the card is completely dry gently rub away the masking fluid to reveal the printed image.








My plan now is to use Adirondack inks to add colour to the image mirroring the Brusho colours used.


Verdict – I don’t like it!  However I know now that the masking fluid does work and will let me add a background while preserving the stamp so I may use the technique again in the future.

So I now have a coloured image which I do not like and need to redeem the situation. I decided to print out the image again, this time on X-Press It card and colour it in with Copics.


I am much happier with that. Final step to trim down the watercolour card and attach to the the front of an A5 card blank matted on gold mirri card. Cut out my coloured image with the circle die and attach it to the front of the card using foam pads and covering up the mess! Then adding the gold mirri card die cut greeting.


So not quite according to plan but I did learn that masking fluid would work and to always have a plan B just in case!

The next challenge would be to try the masking fluid on a more complicated image but that is for another day I think.

Bugaboo have two regular challenges on their Catch the Bug blog so why not visit and take a look, hopefully it will inspire you to have a go and enter yourself. Hope to see you there.

Thank you for dropping in. Take care.





About Pippa

I started crafting at an early age though not always successfully, my pillowcase tennis dress has, thankfully, disappeared into history. Funnily sewing is not something I enjoy! My favourite crafty activity has to be card making, especially stamping which I have been doing for over 20 years and am still a beginner, there is always something new to learn. I also enjoy knitting and crochet. I am not an artist, cannot even draw a straight line with a ruler, but I love colouring in, which is why stamping appeals so much. I am married, have recently retired from being a part time HLTA at a local village primary school, have two grown up daughters, both married and a mad cat called Finnegan. That, in a nutshell, is me.
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3 Responses to Alchemy in the craftroom!

  1. What a great post. I enjoyed the pictures and inspiration

  2. Lola says:

    What a great tutorial, especially because you shared what you did and did not like about your creative journey. Things we usually try to hide. I have never heard of the masking fluid – so interesting. Or your coloring medium with the crystals – such a pretty effect – also, never heard of this! Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Lynn aka Lynnpenguin says:

    Love your card and tutorial Pippa!!!
    Lynn aka Lynnpenguin, Bugaboo DT

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