Friday 8 February 2013

Craft Stamper Blog Challenge

Over on the Craft Stamper blog there is a challenge running to create something using the faux airbrush technique featured in the Distress to Impress article by Joanne Allison in the March issue of the magazine out now.

What can I tell you... for me this really was a challenge! I am not a neat and tidy crafter, and being left handed I tend to be rather heavy handed too so the lightness of touch needed for this technique did not come at all naturally.

With the benefit of hindsight I would also recommend careful choice of card or paper for this technique. If you've visited my blog before you'll know my craft is experimental and somewhat unplanned. I use whatever comes to hand, including the first sheet of plain card I come across when I need one and usually this is OK. However, for this technique, to deliver the desired dotty effect, you need card that isn't too absorbent. I'm sure smooth coated stamping card would be reliable but I'd recommend you do a test on any general cardstock you are planning to use to make sure the ink doesn't bleed - otherwise no amount of care will stop the ink blending into a solid area.

Any way after a few (how many is a few?) false starts I eventually mamaged to create a piece of airbrush style background using a Crafters Workshop template and Distress inks in shaded lilac and peackock feathers.

I then used the same technique to colour a stamped image (from Dark Room Door Venetian Vol.2), added a punched trim and some bling to creat a simple card.

Visit the Craft Stamper blog to join in the challenge. I look forward to seeing what you create.


  1. Love this Kate... and I think you and I are very similar, I struggled LOADS with the neat and tidy, clean white space aspect of this, and I'm left handed too! Must definitely be connected then!! T xxxxxx

  2. Thank you very much for your lovely encouraging comment on my blog, Kate! Your faux airbrushing is so much neater than mine (I didn't count the takes that went into the dustbin ;)! You are absolutely right about the paper!

    Greetings from Vienna,

    die amelie x

  3. Hi Kate, oh my goodness you are right, we did use the same template! I love yours, it is much more defined than mine, the colours you chose really show the technique off to it's best advantage. Love that stamped image too, it's gorgeous. Thanks for your visit, much appreciated. Anne x

  4. Lovely card Kate, I had to make my own template for the first card, I don't know if I am too late to enter another which I will find a different template for. I am another leftie, and also terribly untidy always, and I am an accountant like you, except I took early release over a year ago and haven't worked since, I might eventually!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a lovely comment.

  5. Striking card, love the background.