Sunday 23 October 2016

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with special guest - Bibi Cameron

Welcome and thank you for joining me in a special Crazy Crafters team blog hop.

We are hopping with a special guest - The amazing Bibi Cameron.

The theme of this blog hop was to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) one of Bibi's cards.

Here are the cards of Bibi's that I chose to CASE:

I really loved the water colouring on these cards and wanted to give it a try myself.
To checkout Bibi's cards in more detail click here.

Here are my versions:

So, I've had a brand new Black StazOn ink pad for a while now which I was a little afraid to use. I was worried that the ink would stain my stamps so I just avoided water colouring and used Memento and my alcohol markers to colour stamped images.

Well, I really wanted to try water colouring without the black bleeding (which happens when you use memento I've found out previously), so I bit the bullet and watched a YouTube video as I'd also never used my StazOn cleaner either and worked out what I needed to do and just did it. I was surprised that my red rubber stamps cleaned up perfectly using the StazOn cleaner. Now I wished I'd tried this sooner as I really enjoyed the water colouring on these cards.

After overcoming my fear of using StazOn, I stamped my turtle image from the From Land to Sea set on to some watercolour paper. I used aqua painters to paint on the water around the turtles using Bermuda Bay ink (I tried my blender pen first and the result wasn't as soft). I coloured the turtles using Blender pens and Soft Suede, Wild Wasabi & So Saffron classic ink pads.

My sentiments are stamped on using Memento ink (once my water colouring had dried completely) and come from the Guy Greetings, Watercolor Wings & Rose Wonder stamp sets. One of my sentiments I only partially inked up as I was only after the "You're in my thoughts" part of the stamp.

 I then tore the bottom off each piece of watercolour paper and stamped the mesh like pattern from the Butterfly Basics set on the torn off piece. I matched the ink with the card base colours I was going to use for each card (Soft Suede & Bermuda Bay). These pieces were then layered to give the rough/torn look.

You too can make these ....... Here is a list of the supplies and tools used:

Click on a product link to head on over to my Australian online store to purchase your supplies.

Watercolour Paper (122959)

Bermuda Bay A4 Cardstock (131286)

Soft Suede A4 Cardstock (119982)

Jet Black Stazon Pad (101406)

Stazon Cleaner (109196)

Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' Pad (131171)

Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad (126978)

Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin' Pad (126959)

So Saffron Classic Stampin’ Pad (126957)

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad (132708)

From Land To Sea Stamp Set (Clear 139361)

From Land To Sea Stamp Set (Wood 138720)

Butterfly Basics Stamp Set (Clear 138816)

Butterfly Basics Stamp Set (Photopolymer 137154)

Butterfly Basics Stamp Set (Wood 138813)

Guy Greetings Stamp Set (Clear 138828)

Guy Greetings Stamp Set (Photopolymer 137178)

Guy Greetings Stamp Set (Wood 138825)

Rose Wonder Stamp Set (Photopolymer 140697)

Watercolor Wings Stamp Set (Photopolymer 139424)

Aqua Painters (103954)

Blender Pens (102845)

Snail Adhesive (104332)

Tear & Tape Adhesive (138995)

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I have also included some of these cards as my entry for this weeks Crazy Crafters Team Project Highlight.

Click Here to view the projects submitted by the very creative Crazy Crafters Team, and to vote for your favourite projects. (Link goes live 28th October at 7.30pm AEDT)

If you love my cards, I'd love it if you voted for me :)

The new holiday catalogue started on 1st September.

Make sure you check out the Designer Series Paper Sale.
During the month of October 2016, buy any 3 Designer Series Paper packs and get 1 free.
(excludes Stacks & Speciality Papers)

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my creation.

If you enjoyed my card, it would make my day if you left me a comment below :)

Don't forget to continue the hop all the way around to see what the very creative Crazy Crafters team have come up with.

You are currently visiting me - Kirsten Aitchison, so checkout the list below to see who is next in the hop.


  1. Beautiful, I can never bring myself to tear paper! this is just lovely xx

  2. I love the perceived simplicity of these Kirsten. The time spent can be seen with your gorgeous water colouring. Love them x

    1. Thanks so much Kim :) Yes, the colouring was time consuming but quite enjoyable and therapeutic.

  3. I love your set of cards Kirsten, and the watercoloring splash sets it off. Angexo

  4. You've created a beautiful set of cards Kirsten! Love the turtle on them how some are swimming up and some down. The torn paper is very effective and rustic too! I love your honesty about using black stayz on. As I was reading your post I had a little giggle. I too, was afraid to use it and the cleaner. I was also using memento in fear of ruining my stamps! How funny! But would you believe that my card for this hop was the first time I've used it too. How bizarre is that. And I only used it as I really needed to stamp onto acetate. 😂😂😂

    1. Thanks so much Louise. I've had my new sealed StazOn for about 2, maybe 3 years. Now that I've tried it I can't believe I was afraid to use it (Good to know I wasn't the only one :) ). Love your StazOn stamping on the window sheet - very cool idea :)

  5. Oh my gosh, I LOVE these little turtle cards! They are so beautiful! Love the ripped edges & honeycomb but the watercolouring is perfect! xx

  6. What a gorgeous set you've created Kirsten. Just stunning! xo

  7. Gorgeous set of cards Kirsten. Great case and beautiful watercolouring. It's so good you've embraced the black Stazon ink, I'm sure you'll be addicted now. There's just no other ink that can withstand watercolours unless you clear heat emboss over it. :)

    1. Thanks so much Juan. I think I am already addicted :) Heat embossing was going to be my backup plan, but I'm so glad I cracked open the StazOn and gave it a try. Probably should try out heat embossed water colouring too though :)

  8. Wow, Wow, Wow! So glad you've overcome your fear of Stazon and entered the world of watercolouring - you're just so good at it!! Love these cards!

    1. Thanks so much Stephanie. I too am glad I've overcome my fear of StazOn, water colouring is so much fun :)

  9. aww what a beautiful work . I found that design just perfect for nature themed cards, I'm glad you have choose it. x Bibi Cameron

    1. Thanks so much Bibi. I agree this layout is perfect for nature themed cards, I will need to try it out with some of my other stamps. Thanks so much for the inspiration and getting me to finally take the plunge into watercolouring - I really enjoyed making these. It was an honour to hop with you :)

  10. TURTLES!!!! Soo gorgeous, you have done an amazing job!

  11. Lovely cards Kirsten....the watercolouring looks great

  12. Really cute cards. Those turtles are adorable.


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