Saturday, March 10, 2018

March Leading Lady Lisa Lahiff | Take Two

Our March Leading Lady Lisa Lahiff is back for her sensational second performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE.   Today's bevy of amazing cards go beyond paper and are sure to make you want to try something new!

Ladies and gentlemen, Lisa...

Hello!  I am so happy to be back with all of you again!  If you were able to catch my first Winnie & Walter Spotlight post here, then you might remember that I am planning on having a theme for each of my posts through the month of March.  Today's post I am titling "Off the Page",  and I am going to focus on various mediums you can stamp on besides paper.  Don't get me wrong I love paper, and my collection can totally attest to that (as can my husband! lol), but there are lots of mediums out there that give beautiful and unique results that you may not have considered using.

For my first off the page project I'm going to share stamping on cork.  This tends to be a more common medium when stamping, and with good reason as it is easy to come by, gives great results, and adds fun texture...

 For this card I stamped this coffee cup and steam from the Warm Wishes to You Stamp Set right onto a piece of adhesive backed cork.  I then die cut both with the coordinating Cutaways.  I then added this onto a few sheets of patterned paper.  As a final touch I added glossy accents to represent the liquid in the cup, and I love the touch of shine too!

For the next medium I chose to work with adhesive Wood Veneer.  I love the look of wood and woodgrains on projects, and so I decided to see what else this medium had to offer in two very unique ways.  First, I wanted to stamp so sweet little critters and color them in. Here is what I came up with...

Isn't she too much fun?!  This image comes from the Purrfect with Evelin T Designs, and I've used the matching Cutaways too.  My cat is always trying to fit in the smallest boxes, or game boxes when we have them out, it's just too funny!  Now I knew I wanted to color my images in, but I also knew that wood soaks and spreads with the touch of inks so markers were out.  The same went for watercolors, obviously they would spread as well and I wanted a nice clean image.  That's when I looked over and saw my Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils, and I have to say I'm hooked!  I was surprised at how easy it was to blend my colors as well.  After creating this card I already have all kinds of plans on coloring in some of those larger floral images onto this Wood Veneer, doesn't that just sound lovely?

As I stated before I knew that inks would spread easily on the Wood Veneer so I wanted to give it a little test.  Alcohol inks are all the rage right now, so I thought why not start there?  And friends I LOVE it!  They blend and spread like butter...

 For this card I started by blending purple and pink alcohol ink colors over an entire piece of Wood Veneer.  Since the ink dries quickly I was able to die cut my hearts from the True Dotty Heart Cutaways right away.  And of course I had to fill all of those little dots with a fun mix of flat back gems.  While these were drying, I created my background panel by stamping various sentiments from the Sentimental: Love Stamp Set.  And viola!

I have one final card for today that mixes the Wood Veneer with a new medium: Craft Metal.  I have used Craft Metal before to emboss and die cut with, but I had never tried stamping on it so I gave it a go... and it worked!

I wanted to color my stamped flowers in with Alcohol Markers so I used a Alcohol friendly ink and set it to dry for a bit before working with it.  If I were to stamp onto this Craft Metal and try to color on it right away it would do nothing but smear the images.  I also heat set the images just to make sure they were fully dry (make sure you use tweezers or something besides your hand to hold it when you are heating it up, or the metal may burn your hands).    While you may not be able to layer your coloring on Craft Metal or blend colors, it will give you a watercolor look as the coloring dried, and I love it!  For this card I used the In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans, and it's coordinating cutaways, as well as left over Wood Veneer heart from the True Dotty Heart Cutaways.  I then finished it off with the Hugs and Kisses Cutaway layered in black and silver.

Whew!  And there you have it!  Lots of ways for you to go off the page with your crafting.  Do you have a favorite medium other than paper to work with?  Make sure to share it with me over on my blog!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Happy Crafting!



  1. Pretty cards! I love that Warm Wishes set!

  2. Fabulous, Lisa!!! I love these wonderful effects....esp with the wood veneer! (That kitty is too cute!!) Thank you for sharing your lovely art with us. I am inspired to get out my craft metal which has been sitting unloved in my stash for at least a couple of years!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  3. Wow, some fun ideas here. Love the texture with the wood and the cork. Hugz

  4. Amazingly creative! Love your projects!

  5. These are great cards !

  6. Fabulous cards. I like your use of unique materials.

  7. Wow Interesting ways to incorporate various materials ,loved them :)

  8. Fantastic 'experiments'! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Oh my goodness, that kitty squeezed into a cardboard box is just adorable..and SO much like a cat! Love these creative cards

  10. Awesome cards with really fun techniques!

  11. Beautiful cards Lisa..Love the idea of stamping on veneer and cork..


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