The Eclipse technique and stamps from Crafts Beautiful Magazine

Classes have now resumed after the Christmas and New Year break. We had fun on Thursday all catching up with our news and chit chat, it was so lovely to see everyone. The kettle went on and we tucked into the biscuits and started a crafty session. Recently I received some resources from Crafts Beautiful magazine, which they very kindly sent to me for use at these classes. One of the issues, below, came with a 27 piece stamp set called Vintage Rose.

 

Some ladies in the Thursday class haven’t tried the Eclipse technique before so I thought these stamps would work well for what I had in mind. Below is a tutorial of how I made one of my sample cards. I started by trimming a piece of smooth stamping card to size, to fit the front of an A6 card blank. I thought about the layout of my card and by placing the dies down, I could then visualise where I wanted my stamping to be in relation to the frame I wanted to die cut. I used my stamp press for my stamping along with Versafine Clair Glamerous ink pad. I love these inks and colours, they give such a crisp stamped image.

 

Once stamped I used two dies from a nesting circle set to cut a frame from the stamped card.

Using low tac tape to keep in place I then added some colour with my pencils.

After colouring I then blended some worn lipstick distress ink around the edges.

 

I then removed the inner die cut circles and took a slightly smaller piece of white card that would layer behind. Using a pencil I lightly drew around the circle so I coal see where to blend some distress ink colour.

This was then fixed on the back of the stamped card with double sided tape.

Small foam pads are used to fix the frame in place.

The inner circle of the frame can then be fixed in the centre with double sided tape or glue.

To finish I wanted to add a sentiment from the same stamp set.

 

The ladies loved this technique and as always came up with their own ideas, a few of which can be seen along with work in progress below. Some took homework away with them. We then started work on a second design, I will share this technique in my next blog. Both certainly proved popular, lots of possibilities and designs that can be created for all sorts of occasions.