Sunday, 16 July 2017

Media Plates...

Happy Sunday,

Firstly I would like to thank all my wonderful Blog family for the fantastic comments and reception of my new brand!  Its been truly overwhelming  If you have emailed me I will reply however I am struggling through them all at the moment I will get to you as soon as I can promise!

I thought I should start sharing some of the techniques that are possible with my new Media Plates and stamps so I thought I woulds share this Christmas card that looks complex but is really simple to produce!  The technique used is with the oval media plate and the resist technique ( there is a you tube video for this however I am waiting for it to upload!)

I stared by adding the inks to the media plate in the press to impress stamp tool.  I then went over this with a brayer to soften the colours ( all of this is explained in the youtube video for basic techniques available HERE  ) Next I used the snowflake stamp from the Winter Trees set and inked it with perfect medium then I stamped this first onto the media plate to remove the ink and secondly onto the card to stamp the coloured snowflakes.  Using this technique i removed the ink form the plate and was able to stamp multicoloured snowflakes around the card.

I then stamped the media plate onto the card ( by closing the lid of the press to impress) I added the tree stamp onto the lid and stamped this followed by the pot.

Finally I added more of the snowflakes and the sentiment.  A mat of blue card and just add this to an 8x8" card blank and finished.

A card that looks like it takes hours of shading, an oval reverse snowflake stamp and lots of hard work.  However with the stamp press and the media plate it takes 5 minutes!

Dont forget if you want a sneak peak of the orange before Tuesday's Hochanda shows then I will be at Crafting Live in Doncaster all day!



  1. Thank you John.
    Just beautiful.
    Take care Kitty.

  2. That's lovely John. Need to see the video though to follow it properly. Anyway, look forward to seeing you later today. xxx

  3. Gorgeous card. Can't wait for the video. Hope you're having a great time in Doncaster.
    Happy crafting.
    D xx

  4. Hi John
    Love the idea of your Media plates.This card is beautiful.

  5. Morning John, another gorgeous creation - I watched the video on You Tube and the live demo you did at Doncaster yesterday, both brilliant, these stamping platforms (yes I know there are a few out there now) are really so easy to use and line up your work, best thing ever invented in my opinion especially for crafters like me who used to struggle so much when stamping that I got put off trying to do things and my boxes of 100's of stamps lay untouched. An example of this was a card I made yesterday, I cut out the die first then positioned it on the stamping base, I positioned the stamp exactly over the top and closed the lid, then opened the lid, inked the stamp and closed the lid again (or door as you say in your video's), it was perfect I was so, so pleased, an amazing tool, a must for any crafter.

    Oh dear am I waffling again, sorry.

    Have another great day at Doncaster, and yes I have mailed you but know you are busy and will get back to me at some stage, hugs my friend.

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  6. Hi John
    A lovely card.
    I had a play with my oval media plate yesterday in my Tim Holtz stamping platform - it doesn't have a foam mat and my first impression wasn't great, so I placed a couple of pieces of kitchen roll underneath the paper and got much better results. I will need to play some more!
    B xx

    1. Try a piece of craft foam in the platform. SuzzieQ

  7. What a beautiful card. It looks as though I may have to invest in the stamping system!
    So pleased you've had a great response to your launch.

  8. Hi John. Fab card. Right up my street. Loving your new products. Will come to see one of your live demos at Doncaster later. SueL x

  9. Good morning John,
    Another brilliant card, I love the elegant simplicity of it.
    Definitely one for me,I just HAVE to get the Mixed Media Moulds I NEED them.
    I was playing yesterday trying to get a similar effect to what you did on your Video but it needs the moulds.
    Have a wonderful day with all your fans and friends.
    Patricia xxx

  10. Hi Sorry, so pleased for you that you got such a well deserved reaction to your launch yesterday.
    Your card today looks great and with your instructions didn't take long at all. I can hear my credit card groaning.
    Love Valxxx

  11. Hello John,

    what a lovely card! I also love the video. Where can I get those Madia Plates? I'm from Germany. Are they also available in round or as a square or rectangle?
    Best Regards

  12. Eh up John
    Seems like we're telepathetic as I've posted a card using your Christmas tree and pot today lol.
    The media plates are a must for avid stampers.
    This splendid card is one example of what you can achieve so easily.
    Have another great day at Donny!
    Ang x

    PS.....thank you to everyone who popped over to my blog yesterday. I will be featuring John's stamps and masks for the next few days.🐥 x

  13. John. I think stamping will be coming back big style with the help of your media tool and mats. I must go down and see if Adrian is getting them in or even better got them already. All the comments yesterday were justly deserved as you are a brilliant crafter with lots a great tips and folk have missed you not being on TV and showing them theses things. Hochanda's rating will be through the roof on Tuesday.

  14. Simply exquisite! A beautiful christmas card.

  15. Beautiful card John, back from two week holiday last night and looks like I have a lot to catch up on.
    Marion S x

  16. Clean, simple and stunning. I love it John.

    Love and Hugs
    Helen xx

  17. Lovely card, really gorgeous.


  18. This is so beautiful, John. Ideal for batch making and posting at Christmas. Congratulations. Have a good day.

    Anne (Northampton)

  19. Good morning John well you've certainly created a storm but in a good way. Your video explains everything so well that we ate all going to be expert stampers before too long. Have another great day at Doncaster love from Jackie xx

  20. Morning John, a fantastic card as someone said great for batch making.
    Nancyd xx

  21. Morning John,
    Love the look of your new range, the media plates are so clever.

  22. Wonderful card John, looking forward to Tuesday

  23. Beautiful card These media plates look amazing and at first I thought "and...?" But when I watched your video I thought "brilliant I need them in my life!) Such a clever concept

  24. Hi John, I just love this card which ticks all the boxes for me. Sorry I missed you yesterday at Donnie - but I just wanted to wish you good luck in all you do. Will we be seeing you on the telly again at some point?
    Maggie (Yorkite)

  25. Hi John,
    Beautiful and elegant card. Looking forward to seeing the media plates on hochanda.
    Thanks for sharing,

  26. The card is great I love it
    June's right if you struggle with stamping as I do this concept of yours is brill John love it thank you John so happy for you xxxxxx junexx

  27. Good morning John,
    Another beautiful and very elegant card.
    Shall watch you on Tuesday on Hochanda.
    We moved from Spain to Germany, hope I can buy your new products here somewhere.
    Looking forward to tomorrow's card!
    Take care Jane B.

  28. Beautiful card John, I watched you yesterday on the live demo and Youtube i must say you using the media plates it did look easy , i will be looking to get them for my next purchase as i have a beautiful collection of stamps { not used } because i found i was no good at stamping .{ could it all change ? }
    Have a lovely day .
    Elaine H X

  29. Hi John, what a stunning card, love the effect. I really need to look into these media plates, as I think it would help my stamping a lot. Which I was going to Doncaster. Have a great day everyone. Bx

  30. So beautiful. Love the sound of this technique, Cant wait to see it on Hochanda.. Pleased you have had a positive reaction to your new products.
    Annette x

  31. Love the new look too and the vids were great, looking forward to Tuesday, xxx

  32. Hello John, lovely to see you yesterday and see some of your new range. I hope you did not have the mask Mrs D has used today on the stand at Doncaster or I will be kicking myself as I thought it was a new 'must have embossing folder' as it has embossed so well. I thought the price of the range was great. Oh well as you bring out the more products I am sure my disappointment will be replaced with joy. Have another great day at Doncaster and best wishes for the launch on Tuesday on TV. WakeyL

  33. Hi John
    Such a great card for Christmas batch making. Going to give this one a go for my cards this year. I already have the small circle and rectangle gelli plate so looking forward to getting your oval one soon. Loving all your new stamps too, can't wait to get some. Looking forward to your demos on Tuesday. Good luck.

  34. Absolutely stunning, beautifully designed and coloured, Kate x

  35. Morning John, what a fabulous card, really think I have to have these plates.
    Video is great so looking forward to seeing what else you have to show us.

  36. Good morning John, A brilliant card, I love the elegance of it. Oh dear I have never done much stamping at all and this looks like a technique I would really like to try! Really looking forward to seeing your demo on Hochanda but am beginning to feel the old credit card moaning already!

  37. Hello John,
    So pleased you got such a lovely, heartfelt response yesterday! Lovely card today with lots of interesting stamps and techniques used. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Love Myra x

  38. Hi John,Lovely card today,and video very interesting.I am not much of a stamper I must admit,and I only have the Tim Holtz platform which according to one of the ladies doesn't work as well,so maybe think about it for a while.Looking forward to Tuesday and again many congratulations and I hope the launch is successful. Stay healthy and happy Lots of Love Barbara D xxx

  39. OH Wow John i am loving this, the card looks amazing.
    I am off to watch the video.
    If i can produce a card as beautiful as this i will be one happy lady lol

  40. Lovely to see all the positive comments. I love this card and look forward to seeing what else you have to show us.

  41. Absolutely stunning John, love the design.
    Hugs Julie

  42. WOW! A five minute card. Now that would be an awesome feat for me. You make this looks so easy. Looking forward to your Hochanda shows.

  43. Hi John, just watched your video with your new Media Plates and the card you made is really beautiful. I wish you all the very best in your new adventure ... you deserve everything and well done. My very best wishes Cxx

  44. Hello John,
    Fabulous, and your video is brilliant (I watched it yesterday). Looking forward to seeing you on the "large" screen on Tuesday. I would email you but I don't have your email address - probably a good thing - and the "press here for the email" thing on the top left hand of the page doesn't work!!!
    Maureen xx

  45. Hi John
    Your card is stunning I'm loving your new products. The media plates are on my wish list.
    Wishing you every success with your new venture. So pleased your back on Hochanda looking forward to seeing you Tuesday. I'm sure you will have some sell outs.
    Will you be at AP in September 😁
    Hug's Lynda xx

  46. Hi John. Really looking forward to seeing you on TV again, Love the effect you have created using your new products, all the cards look so professional.


  47. Brilliant card John. Thank you for your inspiration. Must get the stamps now. Hope you have done well at Doncaster this weekend. Take carexx

  48. Hi John
    Love this card, and loving the stamps. Must remember to set the recorder on Tuesday to see how the Media plates work. Perhaps I'll be able to watch the video before that with a bit of luck.

  49. Hi John, It was fabulous watching your demo's yesterday at Doncaster, your new line is fantastic and the effects you are getting with your media plates are fabulous !! I adore this card !!
    I hope your day went well today at Doncaster, you will be ready for a good rest now.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  50. Hi John
    A beautiful card must look out for those Media plates .
    Catherine xx

  51. Hi John oh wow I love this card can't wait to see your demos on Tuesday
    I know we are in for a treat!

  52. Good evening John
    Oh I love this card so very clever effect I must have this new equipment! Thank goodness I have been saving my pennies!
    Margaret xxx

  53. Evening John. Congratulations on your new business venture which is a roaring success. Just watched your video and your media plates are fabulous. Look forward to seeing you on tv Tuesday. x

  54. Fabulous card John, I love the clean, crisp look of the design and I am so looking forward to trying the media plate(s) amongst everything else you've designed!

    June x

  55. A fantastic card John I love the C AS design. Congrats on your new products I can't wait to see you demo these on Hochanda. Xxx

  56. A lovely card John. The more I see With my very limited vision) The more I realise what a novice I am. I even have trouble posting comments as I often cannot prove that I'm not a robot.

  57. Hi John, love your new crafting line, any chance you could turn up the volume on your videos, had to hold the speaker to my ear to hear you.

    Lori from Canada

  58. Terrific start to your new lines John - love them - really looking forward to see what unfolds for us :).

  59. WOW how gorgeous is this chritmas card! Great inspiration for my cards! Thanks a lot to share! Kinds regards Isabelle Cumbali from Lausanne Switzerland

  60. John I enjoyed meeting you again at Stoneleigh where I was introduced to the gel pads, stamping pad etc. Can you advise me however, I keep getting bubbles in my work and can’t see a way round it. I have not bought the new ink pads which will have to wait a little ( due to overspend at show)