Mixed-media paper crafter; stamper, freelance craft tutor, designer of PaperArtsy JOFY stamps

27 March 2016

Teaching and Learning

PaperArtsy recently ran a Retailer Training Day where several of their designers (including me) taught mini classes to retailer/stockists from around the country - it was a great day... lots of inspiration for everybody (we all learn something new every day!).
Kim Dellow (www.kimdellow.co.uk) demonstrated a technique that was really interesting/inspiring - a way of creating a background that I thought created a sort of 'screen printed' effect.
Kim created A4 sized pieces but it got me thinking that the same technique could be used for smaller pieces - greeting card sized pieces....

I created mini panels on 3x5in plain index cards using 4 colours - Bougainvillea, Coral, Blush and Copper...
(the dainty line of Kay Carley's stamp on the right got a bit lost against the Copper bubble wrap print so I filled in the ends with a black pen)

This is one of the panels without the bubble wrap print:

one of the panels with a die-cut motif - this is what I love about the technique - its so versatile - you can stamp on it, die-cut the created panel, journal on it or lay die-cuts over the top:

 I tried the technique on heavyweight watercolour paper - dragging the paint over the textured paper gives an interesting effect... (paint didn't drag as far or as easily over this paper as it did on the index cards)

and speaking of the index cards here they are before and after being made into cards....

A really nice technique - a big thanks to Kim for sharing it with us.


EDIT:  The effect is created by dragging small amounts of paint across the page using a plastic card  tool...or your OLD credit card!  (with the emphasis on OLD) or a store loyalty card... anything smooth and flat... could also use a spatula...


  1. Very interesting, love the colours, great inspiration. I will be giving these a go.

  2. Looks lovely jo! How's it done?

  3. I loved this technique too Jo. Have used it like you on smaller projects and plan to teach it at my craft club next month. Loved every bit about the weekend. Thank you too for your inspiring projects. I've added the finishing touches now and love them both. Xxx

  4. Love the way that you have adapted and developed Kim's idea Jo! Great results....was a great day too! Xx

  5. These are very beautiful. Hugz


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