Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Ewe have my heart Valentine card - cutsie

This is my last Valentine card this year, a cutsie one this time, and quite an easy one to produce.

I started by stamping a small piece of card with the roses all over background stamp and then also stamped the sheep with the heart from the Ewe are the best stamp set and also a sentiment from that same stamp set.

Next I ink blended a background with spun sugar and squeezed lemonade distress inks onto Strathmore Bristol smooth water colour paper. In my opinion this is the best card for distress blending, it is so smooth and effortless!

I coloured in the sheep and the rose background with Zig real brush clean colour markers (a gift to myself for Christmas seen my channel is doing so well!). Not a lot of colour, and nothing fancy.  I fussy cut out the sheep and made the sentiment into a banner, I also cut a heart shape out of the rose background with a heart die

To put the card together by sticking the distress inked card panel down with double-sided tape, put some foam tape on the back of the heart, sheep and sentiment banner, and put them all onto the top third of the card.  I feel this is the most pleasing to the eye, instead of slap bang in the middle of the card.

A few clear sparkling sequins and the card was complete.

Here is the video of making the card. If you would like to see the video in full HD, then please click here, to take you to my You tube channel.

The supplies I used to make this card are:
Card base 5" X 7",
Card panel a little bit smaller in Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper, a spare piece also for stamping the sheep
a spare piece of card for rose background
Distress inks in Squeezed lemonade and Spun sugar
Mini distress tool and sponges
Zig real brush clean colour markers in Light Carmine, light pink, carmine,
light grey and dark grey.
Craft foam
double sided tape
SS acetate grid
MFT roses all over background stamp
NFT Ewe are the best stamp 
Versafine onyx black ink
Versamark ink
Ranger clear and white embossing powder
Heat gun
Wink of stella pen
Pretty pink posh clear sparkling sequins in 4mm & 6mm
Jewel picker
Cutter Bee scissors

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Foiled Valentine card

Hello, Welcome back and Happy New Year. Hopefully 2018 is going to be a great year, with lots of cards and chit chats.

I am starting off this year with a couple of Valentine cards, this one I am using foil and the wonderful Deco foil transfer gel I discovered last year.

I started off with a card base 5 X 7 inches in pink, a panel that was a smidgen smaller and another spare piece that I will foil and then cut my heart shape out. 

I started off by using the stencil and the foil transfer gel, and spread a thin layer over the stencil onto the front panel down the left side and on the small spare piece and set that aside to dry.  Once dry ( you can tell when it is, as it goes completely clear and shiney) I put a strip of red deco foil over each piece and ran it through my Minc machine.  

I cut out the red scalloped square with a die to go behind the foiled heart, cut the heart shape out from the spare foiled piece with a heart die, stamped a sentiment, made it into a banner and backed that with the same red card as the scallped square die cut. 

I stuck the foiled front panel straight down on the card base with double sided tape, put some craft foam on the back of the scalloped square and heart die cuts and stuck them on to the card panel towards the top half. Did the same for the sentiment.

Finally a little red satin bow and a tiny heart shaped gem and that was the card finished. 

Quite quick to do but the foiling makes it so sparkly.... I like sparkly!!!

Here is a video on how I made it, if you would like to see it in full HD, then click here to view it on my You Tube channel.

The materials I used for this card were:

Tim Holtz floral layering stencil
Deco foil - red
Deco foil transfer gel
Card base and panel in pink card and a spare piece of card 
red card
Couture creations scalloped square nesting dies
Heart die (not sure brand)
Palette knife
Paper extra sentiment stamp
craft foam 
double sided tape
small satin ribbon bow
small heart shaped gem from my stash

Thank you for dropping by, I hope this card inspired you to have a go at foiling, the results are amazing.  You could make this design in other types of cards too.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Winter Scene with Sleigh Card

This card turned out to be a little more complicated than I had first thought, as my cards often do,  when I dreamed it up in my head! I knew how I wanted the end result to look like, but the reality is often more than I think it is going to be.  

Anyway, I won't bore you with the details, If you want to see the circus that unfolded, then watch the video attached, I will give you the details of how to go about making this card here. 

I started off by cutting out a card base with a large stitched square die, and then cut two frames out using 2 stitched dies and one inside and outside stitched die, Making one a bit fatter than the first one.  

Next I cut a variety of trees with dies, it doesn't matter what kind you have, any of the tree dies that you might have will work.  Also I cut a couple of snow slopes out of white glitter paper, with two slope border dies, but again if you didn't have these dies then you could just freehand cut them with scissors.  
Next I put some liquid glue around the edges of the tree, and sprinkled some chunky glitter onto that and put them aside to dry.  

Once they were dry, I was able to take each frame, half the trees and a snow slope, and glue them together to make a scene when I put the two frames together later.  I just needed them made, so that I could decide where I wanted my moon and sleigh for the background.  

The background I made a mask with a circle die and some masking paper, and decided by putting the frames together, where I wanted the moon to be, stuck that down on my background card, and then did some distress inking to make a blended background.  I made sure I didn't go too dark, as I wanted the sleigh to still be seen.  

Once that was done, peeled the masking off and left it to dry, but you could hurry that up by drying the ink with your heat tool.  It needs to be totally dry before doing the stamping and embossing.  

I stamped the sleigh with black ink using the misti, as I wanted a really dark image, so stamped it 2 or 3 times.  Then embossed it with clear embossing powder.  While the misti was out, I stamped the sentiment on a scrap piece of card and cut it out to make a banner.  I cut out the background with the same outside sized square die the same as the frames. 

This is where it went a bit pear shaped, as the thin foam tape I used for dimension between the frames was super sticky and I got in a bit of a mess!

Anyway with foam tape between the first and second frames, and between the second frame and the background gave a little bit of dimension. Once they were done, I could stick the scene onto the card base, and the sentiment on with some foam tape as well and that is the card finished.  

I see I still have the pencil line for where I wanted to put my mask on this last photo.  I did go back and rub that out LOL.

If you would like to see this video in full HD then click here to go to my You tube channel.

The supplies I used to make this card are:

A set of stitched square dies
A set of inside outside stitched squares
A variety of tree dies.
White card base and 2 more sheets of card
White glitter card
Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue
Quilled precision tip applicator bottle
Strathmore Bristol smooth water colour paper 
Distress inks, chipped sapphire, dusty concord & blueprint sketch
Ranger mini blending tools and sponges
Santa sleigh stamp
Versafine onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Scotch foam tape
2mm foam tape
Snowflake stamp for sentiment
inkadinkadoo masking paper
Circle die
EK success tweezers
Creative expressions iced snow glitter
double sided tape

This card shows the versatility of having some basic dies such as square nesting dies, slope dies and trees to make a scene, this could equally be a general card not necessarily a Christmas card. I like to put my money into dies that I can used for a variety of purposes.

Thank you  

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Blended ink panel Snowflake cards

This card is another fairly easy one, and if you like doing colour blending like I do, it is a quick and enjoyable to do.

Both cards are done with the same technique, just the blue one I have done a rectangular panel and the purple one I have done a strip panel.

I masked off the area I wanted to do the ink blending, with either post-it notes or masking paper, to give a nice crisp edge to the blending and to protect the white spaces of the card.

I have blended the colours with distress inks and a mini blending tool, and have used Strathmore bristol smooth water colour paper to do the fronts so that it would blend nicely.  

Once I had done the ink blending, I did the sentiments with black ink and clear embossing powder.  Finally I stamped the snowflake stamps onto and overhanging the inked panels with clear versamark ink and gold glitter embossing powder, using the misti, so that I could stamp them all at once.  On reflection, I think maybe the snowflakes would have stood out more if I had used just ordinary gold embossing powder, so there was more of a contrast. Not sure.
Finally I stuck the panels onto the card bases with double sided tape and the cards are finished.  

This would be quite an easy card to mass produce and is a little more modern for a Christmas card.

Here is the video of making the cards.  If you prefer to watch it on full HD on my You tube here

The materials I used for these cards are:
 2 Card base 5 x 7 inches 
2 card panels with Strathmore Bristol smooth watercolour paper
Post-it pad
Inkadinkadoo masking paper
Distress inks Blueprint sketch, peacock feathers,  chipped sapphire, dusty concord and wilted violet.
Ranger mini blending tool and sponges
Ranger non-stick mat
Painters tape
Snowflake stamp
Gold glitter embossing powder
Versamark ink
Versafine onyx black ink
Ranger Clear embossing powder
Heat tool
Sentiment from snowflake stamp set
Simon says stamp Warm wishes stamp set
double sided tape

 I hope you enjoyed another snowflake card.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Deer Scene Bauble card

This card can be done with any Christmas scene dies you might have, I have used a deer scene die, but really any of them would look great, something like a hillside with trees, or a nativity scene, or a snowy village or cottage, anything like this would work.

This teal coloured one is the one I did the video on, but I had done a previous version with an ombre effect with pinks and foiling the background.  I did do craft foam between each layer, and it ended up being quite dimensional, so the one I used in the video I simplified quite a bit for teaching purposes, but it really depends on whether you are going to post it or not.

The background I have used a snowy stencil and have stencilled Deco foil transfer gel and then let it dry and then foiled it with Heidi Swapp teal foil with the minc machine. 

To make the bauble, I cut out 4 circle frames and 1 full circle using 4 consecutive dies from a die set, making each one larger than the one before, to give an almost tunnel effect. The last one is the background.  The first one was in white, one in craft foam, and the rest were in teal.  

I then cut out the deer scene also in white and glued the white circle frame over this and trimmed it around the frame.  Then glued this with onto a frame cut out of craft foam each remaining frame and backing together. 

The foiled background was trimmed down,  I then wrapped some gross grain ribbon onto the top of the background and down to where the bauble was to be glued. and stuck that down, then glued the background onto the card base with foam tape between to give some dimension.  Then the bauble was glued over the end of the ribbon.  A bow made out of the same ribbon to go on top of the bauble and that is the card finished.  I didn't want to spoil the clean look by putting a sentiment on it, I think it speaks Christmas all by itself.  

Here is the pink version that I had done as a prototype.

Here is the video of making the card, if you prefer to see full HD then watch the video here on You tube.

The materials I used to make the teal card are:
Card base and panel 14cm x 14cm
Simon says stamp Falling Snow stencil
Deco foil transfer gel
Palette knife
Teal Heidi Swapp minc foil
Minc machine
Bassil blue calypso card
Circle dies in 4 sizes
craft foam
Deer & tree scene die (aliexpress)
Quilled precision tip applicator bottle
Cosmic shimmer dries clear glue
Craft knife
Builders tape
Ranger non-stick mat
Double sided tape
teal ribbon
Bow maker 
Glue dot

Monday, 20 November 2017

Distress inked card with Poinsettia

I have another card which is fairly easy to make and can be made in any colour you want to, I wanted to have the ink colour and the embossed sentiment to be the same, and the only combination I had was red.

I inked the bottom corner to the halfway mark with Candied apple distress ink onto Tim Holtz water colour card, making the very corner the darkest and blending it out.  

I then stamped this beautiful script sentiment, it is an old wooden stamp that I have had for years, but it has stayed relevant and I love it, with versamark ink and red glitter embossing powder and then heat set it.  I then cut down the panel so that it was about 1cm smaller all the way around from the base card, and put some craft foam between the panel and the card base.

Next was to cut out a range of poinsettia from the Sue Wilson Poinsettia die set which comes with full flowers and outline flowers.  

I put them in a rough triangular pattern on top of the blended background, shaping each one slightly with my fingers to give them slight dimension and then glued them in the centres.  
Lastly I put a flatback pearl into each centre and that was the card complete

If you would like to see the video of me making the card then watch here, or if you prefer HD then click here.

The craft supplies I used to make this card were:
Card base 14 x 14cm
Card panel the same size with Tim Holtz watercolour card
Distress ink Candied apple
Ranger mini blending tool and sponge
Wooden stamp with Christmas sentiment.
Zing red glitter embossing powder
Versamark ink
Heat tool
Embossing buddy
Craft foam
double sided tape
Sue Wilson  poinsettia die from Festive collection
Quilled precision applicator bottle
Cosmic shimmer dries clear glue
White flatback pearls in 6mm & 8mm
Craft knife

I think the red and white looks very striking, but equally it would look lovely in a teal or a purple or a hot pink, it doesn't need to be in traditional colours.  

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Shabby Chic Poinsettia card

I thought I would throw in another Shabby Chic card into the mix for my Christmas card series this year.  I am using some Poinsettias I had made for making last years cards, so decided to do a white cream and gold theme.  

I started off with two scrapbook papers, one is a Kaisercraft paper from the Sea Breeze collection called 'Sea' and I used the side that had a lovely pale wood grain.  The second paper is a Teresa Collins paper called Noel, I used the music paper.  I cut them down to layer them, and distressed the edged and then stuck the woodgrain paper down first, backed the music paper with some craft foam and then stuck that down as well.  

Next came the poinsettias, that were made with an old die set from Marianne designs, I used three different sizes I think. There are lots of Poinsettia dies out there on the market, so just use what you have.  For the foliage I used the Impression Obsession Pine branch die and the holly branch also by Marianne Designs.  

I wanted to use one of the chipboard frames I had bought from 'Make it Crafty' in Australia some time ago, so I painted two coats of Gesso to make it white.  
I glued this down onto the music paper and then started arranging the poinsettia flowers and the foliage until I was happy with how they were looking. 
I made a string double bow and then a cream ribbon bow and tucked them under the poinsettias.  

I also had a brass looking metal snowflake embellishment, but decided to foil it with some gold foil, so I used some deco foil transfer gel and ran it through my minc machine once the transfer gel had dried.  I also had a paper clay frame I had made with a silicone mold, so I rubbed a little gold buff-it around the edge of that to tie it in. 

Lastly I made a sentiment banner and tucked one end under the paper clay frame, and curved it over the other side of the frame and stuck it down on the card with a glue dot.  

I stuck three bling star/flowers, one on the centre of the snowflake embellishment and two on the card to finish it off.

I always like to put my shabby chic cards into a handmade box, to protect the flowers and to allow for the dimension.  It just makes them look a little more special.  

So I decorated this box again with some left over foliage and some smaller poinsettia flowers from last year, these ones were made with the Cheery Lynn Poinsettia strip die. 

Here is a video on making the card or you can view it on full HD on my You tube channel here.

The materials I have used to make this card are:
Handmade box and card to fit it.
Kaisercraft 12 c 12 paper from Sea Breeze collection
Teresa Collins 12 x 12 paper called Noel
Marianne designs poinsettia die
Marianne designs holly branch die  
Impression Obsession Pine branch die
Gold micro beeds
Snowflake stamp set for sentiment
Ayleens Tacky glue
Versafine onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Heat gun
Metal snowflake embellishment
Deco foil transfer gel
Champagne deco foil
Cream satin and organza ribbon
natural hemp string
Frame silicone mold
paper clay
Gold buff-it
Quilled precision applicator bottle
Cosmic shimmer dries clear glue
Cheery Lynn poinsettia strip die
Craftwise bling star flowers
Make it crafty chipboard oval frame
White gesso
Mushroom sponge
3L glue dots
double-sided tape
craft foam 
Tim Holtz distress tool

I hope you enjoyed the card, something a little different for a Christmas card but a style I particularly like, lots of components but really easy to put together for stunning results.