Wednesday 27 July 2011

August Subs Gift

I know, I know - the mag came out weeks ago... I am WAY behind this month. But in case you are thinking of subbing and wondering whether this month's sub gift is for you, I'm going to tell you a little bit about the Cosmic Shimmer Chalk Mists. The offer is for all six colours of mist - gorgeous bright shades they are too. I demo'ed these at the Newbury Artstamps show and learned that there is just so much you can do with them!

First of all if you are thinking this is just another kind of glimmer mist, you'd be wrong. The effect of these sprays is much different. They are quite opaque in finish (most of the glimmery sprays are transparent) and have a matt chalk-like finish which is quite tactile.

The colours are strong and vibrant but they can be blotted or spritzed whilst wet to give a much softer and more subtle effect - giving you lots of colour variations in the one bottle.

They are also fab on surfaces like wood - as they are less 'wet' than a lot of sprays you get fantastic colour coverage even without priming.

You can of course just spray them onto cardstock using a single colour or mix of colours to create either solid colour backgrounds or a lightly spritzed effect. As long as the original colour is dry and you are not too heavy-handed, you can spray another colour over the top because, once dry, the ink is fairly permanent.

Here are some of the samples I did for the show, showing some of the things you can do with these lovely sprays:

1 Fantastic spritzed through masks to create a pretty background. The colours will mix if not dried between sprays producing lovely effects. This is the same colours as example 4 but I blotted the colour off to give a more subtle effect.

2 Spritzed onto a mat and dipped repeatedly (think Wrinkle Free Distress) you can create a much more 'grungy' looking background.
3 You can heat emboss them! Tip over the powder while the ink is still wet and just heat to set! Awesome! (Discovered this purely by accident when messing about in my little room of craft).

4 Watercolour with them - spritz onto a mat, mix with water to dilute, and pick up the colour with a paintbrush (apologies for the rubbish colouring, not my forte!). On this card you can again see a stencilled background. This time the colour is not blotted.

5 Finally the background on this card was also created with the sprays but this time they are very watered down to make a soft wash. I spritzed already wet card and then mixed with a paintbrush before drying. Again colour is added by watercolouring with the mists. I coloured the flower heads with a white gel pen.

If you read all that then you must really want the sprays so get subscribing LOL!

You can sub via or by calling 01684 588599.

Friday 22 July 2011

Dying to try art journaling?...

But don't know where to start? Then you might like this new DVD by the fabulously talented Kate Crane!

Regular readers will be familar with Kate's stunning journals and on this DVD she teaches you how she creates her pages from start to finish. Including a guide to materials, details on how she builds backgrounds and layers, and prompts for getting started with your writing, there really is everything you need to know to get started with journaling. Tons of inky messy fun - what could be better!

The double DVD costs £19.95. Copies are available from or by calling 01684 588599.

Monday 18 July 2011

Job Vacancy - Re-advertisement

Traplet Publications is seeking an assistant editor to work on Craft Stamper magazine and any of our other papercraft-related publications.

Applicants must be passionate about papercrafting and demonstrate sound knowledge of a range of papercraft disciplines. You should also have an excellent command of the English language, good attention to detail and be able to work under pressure and to deadlines.

A reasonable level of IT literacy is essential as the post will involve using Microsoft Office and the Internet. Experience of copy writing and/or proof reading are desirable. It is not essential that the candidate has publishing experience, rather that they have suitable transferable skills.

The appointed candidate will work full time (37 hours per week), based in the Traplet Publications offices in Malvern, Worcestershire.

Please apply by email, enclosing a CV and a covering letter stating your suitability for the post, to

Please do not delay in sending your application should you be interested - as this is a re-advertisement we are looking to fill the vacancy as quickly as possible.

Sunday 17 July 2011

Some piccies for you from the Newbury Artstamps Show (I know, I know, but better late than never heh?). Newbury is always a nice show and we met lots of lovely readers of the mag. I demo'ed the Cosmic Shimmer Chalk Inks that are this month's subs gift and rather nice they are too. I got quite messy, hence the lovely Craft Stamper branded pinny. We were very busy and the time flew by :).