Category Archives: michael strong

Sleepy cat black and white ATCs

sleepy cats B_W

Black and white is the theme for the UKstampers April ATC swap so I have gone with; the same stamp, same colours and the same embellishments but keeping each one unique.

Inks: versamark (with white opaque embossing powder), Brilliance graphite black, alcohol ink pitch black
Card: white glossy, plain black, plain white
Stamps: Michael Strong’s Cloisonné cat, Stampers anonymous Urban tapestry
Other: gelly stardust pens black and white, black gems, black feathers, black velour cord

I used compressed air on drops of black alcohol ink and glossy white card to make the black and white splatter background ( Tim Holtz technique) then randomly stamped the tiny splatters.
Can you spot the mouse?

Mothering Sunday


My Mother’s day card for Harry’s mum.
The frame is stamped and embossed then coloured using copic pens. The centre is cut out to reveal the message.

Inks: versamark with pearl violet embossing powder, green and yellow copics
Cards: white card, old olive for base layer
Stamp: Michael Strong’s cloisonné frame
Other: blue ribbon and Scottish thistle, computer generated message


urban frenzy mum urban frenzy mum2
And a slightly different card for my mum. I thought I would go for a bit of urban grunge for my mum for a change. Mum is an artist and is very creative so I hope this will appeal to her.

Inks: versafine onyx black, Distress inks; tattered rose, mustard seed, fired brick, peeled paint, Brilliance lightning black, bleach,
Card: white textured, acetate, yellow vellum, luggage tag
Stamps: Stampers anonymous (Tim Holtz) Urban tapestry and Fairytale frenzy, Stampin up canvas background, RS tapestry nature plate 5 (butterfly)
Other: ribbon, washers, brads, large eyelet

The images are stamped first then the colour is added using colour dusters (small bristle brushes). Small areas are then highlighted with bleach. Edges are distressed using sandpaper block. The tag is made using the same technique with the addition of stamped wording on the top and on an acetate tag behind, fastened together using the large eyelet. The greeting is computer generated onto vellum which is then torn and layered with stamped, coloured and distressed card. The washers and brads hold the greeting together and this forms the pocket for the tag. Some tiny areas are highlighted with a bit of sparkle.




The ukstamper’s ATC swap this month has the theme of friendship so here are my 3 to swap.

Inks: black versafine, various Prisma pencils and sansador, silver highlight pen
Stamps: Stampin up Loads of love (and accessories)
Inks: black versafine, various Prisma pencils and sansador, black gelly glaze pen, silver highlight pen, black stazon
Stamps: Stampin up sanded background, part of Hero Arts friends forever, Woodware (Francoise Read) a dog’s life
Other: silver metal foil
Inks: black versafine, red Marvy pen, green Marvy pen, Distress ink peeled paint
Stamps: Magenta small border stamp, quote is from a stamp sheet of quotes (unknown origin)
Other: silver wire butterfly embellishment