I don’t know about you, but it’s certainly feeling a lot like Summer here. And I’m finding the same issues in this heat that I found last year when I first started with Kaszazz. Actually today is my 1st Anniversary as an Independent Consultant. Woohoo!

Cards I made up last year just after joining Kaszazz as an Independent Consultant.
Cards I made up last year just after joining Kaszazz as an Independent Consultant.

But along with those issues (double sided tape is sticking to me as much as my projects) I’m also finding out how fun some techniques are to do. I’ve been a little stagnant over the last few months, but have decided while I’m getting stuck up anyway (that awesome double sided tape again!) I’ll actually stretch my wings a little and attempt a few new techniques. It helps having my Card Class this weekend, as there are 3 new techniques in there I had to grasp to be able to teach.

One technique I’ve been keen to try while at the same time been too intimidated to attempt is using Distress Paints/Dylussions Spray Ink on plain washi tape to create my own designs. Last night I bit the bullet in a manner of speaking. After doing up the Sample Cards for the weekend, I was feeling like Queen of the World…and before I knew it, I was making more mess and smiling like a dolt.

Kaszazz Workshop "Summer Background Cards" (2H1629) created by Jasmine Eccles
Kaszazz Workshop “Summer Background Cards” (2H1629) created by Jasmine Eccles

Obviously I’ve been overthinking it all this time while silently desiring the skill.

I decided, ok pain levels decided, last night I’d done enough so I’d allow the Distress Paints to dry overnight instead of using the Heat Tool to do the work for me. This morning I came out and right off the bat stamped my Merry Christmas message on the washi tape. I used Stayz On Ink Pad for the stamping, just so it would pop that little bit more. Then, following a Kaszazz Workshop that was the inspiration behind this endeavour in the first place, I transferred the washi tape to some cardstock. After arranging it all I inked up my Merry Christmas Stamp again, this time with Distress Ink Pad Picked Raspberry and plopped that gem right in the middle of my taped areas. This will be going into my Technique Journal before I do anything for an actual card or page. But I love it. I’m calling it my Troppo Christmas as it’s got that very Aussie Summery Christmas feel to it. Similar to watching a sunset over the Pacific Ocean.

Washi Tape & Distress Paint = Troppo Christmas
Washi Tape & Distress Paint = Troppo Christmas

I’ve also been working on some Birthday Cards this week which need to be popped in the post tomorrow. Four cards going out in the next mail drop for family across this great country. One of my faves is done with acetate sheets (also available via Kaszazz). The trickiest part is lining everything up on both sides of the sheet so it appears seamless. I love how the end result looks…something a little different to the normal cardstock. The techniques certainly require more attention to detail, and I do need to practice a fair bit to be able to stamp with Stayz On directly onto the acetate sheet. Coz that stuff won’t wipe off when I muck it up!! I actually had some of the acetate fall into one of my Distress Ink Pads this morning while I was ‘cleaning’ ink off some clear embossing. That thankfully did wipe right off! So over the weekend, once I’m set up and ready for Class, I’ll do some practice stamping with Stayz On and see how I go.

See through Birthday Card.
See through Birthday Card.

Think I better write myself a ‘Don’t think’ note so I don’t put it off. There’s another Kaszazz Workshop where you can colour in the actetate’s stamped image to make a faux stain glass effect for gift tags. See where I’m going with this?

And I’m in love with the three different stamping/embossing/rubbing techniques I learnt yesterday for the weekend’s Class. Super, dooper easy and very messy!! My fingers look like I’ve been fingerpainting all week…not that it would be a bad thing if I had been.

Messy hands = WOW Backgrounds
Messy hands = WOW Backgrounds

My Technique Journal looks like it’s about to get a few more entries over the coming days. Once I figure out how to not stick myself to everything with double sided tape.

Wishing you an amazing Thursday!

 

 

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