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Hi I'm Clare, I live in the South West of England in the seaside town of Torquay. I adore playing with inks, paints and generally getting messy. It is the calm place which fits in between my hectic life whilst working as an outreach support worker, looking after my son, daughter, foster son and hubby. Not forgetting our gorgeous springer spaniel, Suzi.

Friday 4 December 2015

The 12 Brands and Designers of Christmas

Hello fellow bloggers. There is lots of excitement over at A Sprinkle of Imagination this month. Everyday there is a new blog post being posted. There are the 12 Brands of Christmas where we all share with you our favourite crafty products also there areThe 12 Designers of of christmas, now this is important for all of you mixed media fans. If you leave a comment for all of the 12 Designers of Christmas you could be in with a chance of winning yourself a fabulous prize of a mixed media kit. You can check out A Sprinkle of Imagination blog by clicking here.

This year I discovered Tim Holtz Layering stencils and I have managed to acumlate a small selection. These stencils are so versatile. There is a growing collection available with lots of designs for a variety of occasions and oodles of techniques and mediums to use alongside.

Here are a few projects using these delicious stencils in a variety of different ways.

For this card I spritzed my Tim Holtz Distress spray through the Burlap and Cargo stencil. I blended some Distress inks around the edge and then sprayed water with my mini mister through the Measured layering stencil. To create a border I blended black soot distress ink through the Splotches stencil. The stamp set used for this project is Warehouse District.

This card has seen my fingers pink for a number of days now. A messy technique but lots of fun. I applied various shades of Distress inks to the Lace layering stencil, spritzed with water and brayered onto some watercolour paper. To keep the theme, on the background I dabbed my versamark pad through the same stencil and heat embossed with embossing powder. I used the Finnabair Dont forget to fly stamp over my inky background.


I love adding texture to cards and canvases and these stencils really do the job. The Woodgrain layering stencil made a fabulous bough for Robin to perch. In the background I used the Splotches stencil once again but this time for a bauble effect. I used one of Dina Wakelys Scribbly birds for the robin.

Remember to check out the remaining Brands of Christmas for this month. Also running is the 12 Designers of Christmas, if you comment on all 12 of these blog posts you could be in with a chance of a fabulous mixed media prize!


Crafty christmas hugs to you all,

Clare x x x



  1. Your creations are very yummy Clare, I'm loving them, especially the little robin he's so cute. Hugs P xxxxxx

  2. Oh wow, how stunning are these - you are so clever :)


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