Saturday, 18 April 2015

Vintage Rose Birthday cards

I haven't posted cards for quite a while, I haven't actually been making much in the way of cards.  I have been doing other crafts, I have been having a go at doing some mixed media canvases, which I have loved, and it has been a great break, and I have come back to card making zinging with ideas.  

I have been feeling like getting into a bit more stamping, as I have moved away from it lately, and do a lot more die cutting.  A few months ago I purchased the stamp set called Vintage roses by Altenew.  This is a stamp set where you build up the rose in layers using a progression of inkpads from a light shade to a deeper shade.  Now I don't have many inkpads, and here in New Zealand there are not a lot of choices in things like the shadow inks and pigment inks in colours.  A only ones that seem to be available are the Tim Holz distress inks or just the black stamp pads in various different brands and versamark, or I can buy the Brilliance ink pads but they only seem to be available in pearlised colours which don't seem to be suitable for this method.  Anyway I did manage to put together a selection of pinks and mauves, but I have struggled to find yellows and blues in the right shades to do these roses.  I will keep hunting and trying to come up with some.  

Now I also have to say, I didn't find it very easy at first, doing the stamps on top of each other, and getting them lined up, I kept throwing attempts away, until I managed to do some I was happy with.  There are some great you tube videos to watch on others using them, which were very helpful, as there were some that did them in a different order, so eventually I found a method that worked for me.  Another thing I seemed to do quite often was I would somehow get ink somewhere else on the card I was doing my arrangement with. I think it was from my acrylic blocks, as I only have about 4 blocks and some of them were quite big, so not very suitable for doing this method.  So for those ones that I had got ink somewhere else on the white card, I have had to strategically place some sequins or have had to cut them out and mount them on another piece of card.  Anyway, I got some I was happy with.  

So here is two cards I have made with a selection of pinks to plum, and mauve to purple.  

This one I did an arrangement of roses in different sizes on one piece of card, and then stamped some more randomly on a strip of scrap card, so that I could create this border.  Then some strategically places sequins and clear gems to bling it up a little.

This one I have done two strips of the roses and leaves stamped randomly, and then I have cut a central panel with two of the spellbinder A2 scalloped border dies, a piece of pink ribbon going through the centre, and finally the sentiment done on the middle die of the Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles die set  A few pearls to finish it off.  It has made such a pretty card.  

I love this stamp set, I love all things vintage and flowery, so this combines it perfectly.  I would love to get some more of the Altenew stamp sets, as they are a little bit different, but it is so expensive to have them sent from America, the international postage is very prohibitive.  I will have to wait and see if I get some money for my birthday, and I might treat my self to another one!  Here's hoping!!

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Some more special Birthday cards

Carrying on from the last post, I am also trialling this new design, to see how they will go for popularity.  I have again, done one for display purposes, and then left two cards in different colour options, that I can make to order.  

These ones I have used the Spellbinder Radiant Rectangles dies, these are one I really love, and definitely a 'go to' die for many cards.  I have used various digital papers, again flowers I have made and then contrasting ribbon and pearls.  I have done a border around each of them with the pearl PVA by creative expressions.  

I made a box for each and used the same die for the aperture.

I think the middle one is my favourite, so pretty with the pop of darker colour with the ribbon.  

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Special Birthday cards

have been having a session on making flowers, to build up my stash, and decided I needed to use the Seville die from the Spanish Collection of Sue Wilson dies, that I purchased part way through last year, and hadn't really done much with.  

I love the cards Cristina Griffiths from 'flowers ribbons and pearls blog' makes and so decided to make some cards similar to the ones she did with the Seville die, but to use the flowers I had made.  I have made 4 different colour ways, but kept 3 of them blank, so that I can make them up as requested, and one made for a special birthday, so that I had one finished, to show people. 

So the are pretty much the same as each other, other than different colours behind the main die.  I have made a box for each one, and have done the Seville die, without the outer die (which cuts it away from the card) so that the die stays in the card for the lid, and then lined it on the inside with thick acetate.

These are the other three colour combinations, the purple I have done like the burgandy card, the pink and yellow I have used glitter card.

I love how the flower arrangements have turned out, I used some loops of either gold or silver fine cord, poking out from behind the flowers and foliage.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Butterflies everywhere!

I have been making some butterfly cards, as they are so popular and I love them.  Flowers and butterflies are my thing!

The first two are the same design, but different colours and slightly different backgrounds.

This one I have used some flock cream paper (actually wallpaper) for the background, mounted on a white card base, and put some corners using the Nellie Snellen corner dies.  The frame is done with the Spellbinder Gold labels four which I cut two of.  One I cut the inside out of with the standard Labels four die which was mounted with foam tape, on the top of the designer paper which was stuck to the base full second gold label four.  The sentiment is done with the centre die from the Gold labels four set too.  The paper bow is done withe the Sue Wilson filigree bow with a crystal brad in the centre.  Finally the butterflies are the Memory Box Kaleidoscope butterfly.  

This second one, has turned out to be my favourite card at the moment.  You know how sometimes you do a card, and somehow just the colours and patterned paper you combine, somehow makes it special without realising it until you finish it, and then you think wow!  Well this is one I think is very pretty, if I say so myself.  
have used a spotting pink paper for the background, matted on a white card base, and then stuck some bling corners and strips to create a border. I have done the same frame as the one above, but used a pretty rose paper for the inside of it.  The same sentiment and butterflies.  

The next two I did some stenciling for the backgrounds.

This one I have used the Memory box stencil called 'Butterfly Vine' which I brushed with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink on white card, and then mounted it on some mauve mat and then on a white card base.  The flourish is the Cheery Lynn Fanciful flourish.  The butterflies are the same as the two above.  The sentiment is some silver peelcraft stickers on the Memory Box Pastry Label die. 

This one has the 'Modern Blooming Frame' stencil which I did with Spun Sugar Distress Ink, then mounted on mauve mat, and then a white card base.  I kept the rest very simple with the Kaleidoscope butterfly, a bling flourish, a ribbon triple bow with a diamante bow slider/buckle.  I cannot take the credit for this bow, I saw a You tube video by Christina Griffiths doing this loop bow and thought it was great, The link is here.

All of these cards were all relatively quick to make, and are the sort of cards that would be good to have in your stash, without sentiments, that you can then add at a later time, when you have to find a card quickly and can make it any type of card.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

3 more Christmas cards

Here are three more Christmas card, this time they are pretty much the same just with subtle variations.

The die I have used is the Cottage Cutz Nativity ornament.

The first two are pretty much the same layout, but I have just altered the colour of the nativity ornament and the ribbons and sentiments.

This one I cut the ornament out of black card to look like a silhouette and then backed it with a piece of card I had sponged distress inks on.   I used mustard seed, tumbled glass and salty ocean.  The holly sprigs are the Marianne Creatables Holly die LR0244 and the embossing folder is the Craft Two Christmas ornament. The sentiment is the Cheery Lynn Merry Christmas sentiment but I trimmed off the snowflakes.  

This one is the same configuration, but I have cut the ornament out twice.  One in white and one in black.  I was just going to do it in white only, but I felt it didn't stand out from the background, so I cut the second ornament out in black glued it to the back of the ornament, once I had glued on the background.  It gives it a shadow effect.  I also raised it up with some foam tape.  The background and sentiment are done with distress inks, mustard seed, spiced marmalade and fired brick.  

This last one I left off the holly sprig and bow and kept it much simpler.  I did the ornament differently (was an accident, as I forgot to put the distress background on before gluing on the black ornament to make the shadow) So instead it was glued on behind the white and black ornaments.  I rather like this effect.  This one the background was done with mustard seed, spun sugar and Victorian velvet.  

I think this is a really nice ornament die, the detail is amazing.  I think I might have a go at cutting it out in quite a few colours and then piece the different parts of Mary and Joseph and the manger, star, bow etc.  

Christmas ornament cards

I have been making some Christmas cards with a set of Christmas Ornaments called "3 Lacy ornaments" by the Paper Artist company

Each one I tried to use them in a different way.  
The first is a very simple card.  I made a base card and put a piece of Christmas Holly paper on to the base.  Next I cut a piece of white card narrower than the width of the base card.  Overhanging the edge of this, and towards the bottom I cut out one of the ornaments so that I was left with a aperture, the shape of the ornament.  I then raised this on Foam tape so that it was raised up above the Holly paper.  I also added a thin gold strip down the left hand side just to lift the plainness a little.  I then cut out another ornament with gold mirror board and inset it into the aperture.  Finally some red ribbon and a bow.

The next one I used the two other ornaments in the set, I cut out one of each from a scrap piece of card, and a sprig of holly with the Marianne creatables Holly die LR0244 and lightly sponged the background with Tim Holtz distressed ink "mowed lawn".  

I then cut two of each ornament, one in silver glitter card, and one in red mirror card.  I popped out all the little pieces into a box lid.  I stuck some silver thread to the back of each ornament and then glued the ornament onto the background.  I threaded the silver thread over the top of the background piece of card and stuck that down at the back.  I then went through and glued in all the little pieces from one ornament into the alternative colour, so that they each had a contrast.  This mean that I had two sets of ornaments, so I was able to make two of these cards.  

Finally some silver thread bows at the top and a sentiment which was stamped with versamark ink and then embossed with a red glitter embossing powder, and then cut out with a frame die.  The background was glued onto a matt of red mirror board and then onto a white card base.   

This final one was done with the two larger ornament dies, which I cut out of white card, then inked them with versamark ink and then embossed them with a pearlized cream embossing powder.  I also did the same with the sentiment which is the Cheery Lynn Merry Christmas sentiment, but it came with a snowflake on the M and the C, but I didn't want it, so I trimmed that off.

The green designer paper was stuck on some gold mirror card and then stuck to a white card base. The music is a photocopy of printable that I got from pinterest, which I then tore around the edge and distressed it with some brown ink.  The holly sprig is from the same ornament set and I popped on some glitter balls for the berries.  

All three cards are quite different, but with one set of dies.   

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

I have just discovered Creative expression dies by Sue Wilson and was lucky enough to get one to try.  I got one of the Californian collection called San Francisco, so have done a few cards for Fat Cats Card Corner.

The first one I kept quite simple, using the outside frame to make a aperture embossed it with the Ecstasy craft delicate hearts embossing folder, and raised it out with foam tape, and then set the die into the aperture. I lightly inked the edge of the die cut before taking it out of the die.  

I made a banner with a sentiment that I made on the computer, with a turquoise gem on each end.  I then cut a strip of white card and embossed it with the same folder, put a tiered bow on to it with a diamante centre to finish it off.  I wanted it to be very simple and elegant.  

Another card I did was a very simple but elegant card that I could use for an Engagement, Wedding or Wedding Anniversary, so I kept the insert blank but cut a lovely border down the edge with the Martha Stewart heart border.

For the front I cut out the fancy filigree die from the set, into a piece of white card stock and embossed it, and matted it onto some cream pearlised card and then raised it with some foam tape onto another piece of white card mounted on the cream pearlised card.  I cut the centre part of the die set, and glued this onto some cream pealised card and then cut around the edge and mounted that into the centre of my filigree frame with some foam tape.  
Lastly I dotted some tiny pearls onto both die pieces and tied a double bow with some cream satin edged organza ribbon and a pearl brad in the centre .  I just love this card, and I am sure I will make more of them, with different colour combinations, I think it is such a lovely die.

This next one I embossed a piece of mauve card with the ecstasy delicate hearts embossing folder and cut a slightly curved piece off the bottom.  I put some designer paper behind it and trimmed it to fit onto the card I wanted to use.  I then put tiny pearls into each junction on the embossing folder.  This was then matted onto white card, mauve card and then raised with some foam tape and put onto my card base.  The sentiment is the outside cutting die with the filigree die cut and embossed and then sponge around the outside edge and the inside part where the sentiment is.  The sentiment was done on the computer.

I then made some rose which I cut the petals out with the Spellbinder rose creation dies, using the second to smallest die in the set.  I love love love this die, it makes such lovely roses.  Before I put them together I sponged the outside edges of all the die cuts with the Tim Holtz dusty concord inkpad.  I glued them along the join of the embossed card and the designer paper and put some white leaves which are from the Marianne creatables Anja leaves 1 die.  

The last one I have done, I got the inspiration by one of Sue Wilson's you tube videos where she made a background using the centre die, and had put the crystal snow behind it with double sided adhesive strips which looked really gorgeous.  I decided to have a go at using it as a background but decided to see if I could make it more masculine looking.

So how I made this, was to cut out two strips of card about 5mm wide and stuck the first on the top of a card I had done a sentiment on the computer and printed out.  It is about 7cm down from the top.  I cut out 4 of the centre dies and embossed them.  I glued two of them below the strip, centering them horizontally.  I then cut up the other two up, and glued them around the other two, continuing the pattern and to fill in the gaps.  Finally the second strip was glued under the die cuts.  Three pearls that I coloured with an alcohol pen which matched the burgandy card.  It was so simple, and think very striking.  It would be great in blue or green as well for a man.  

I love this die set, and hope to get more of her dies in the future.  They are really gorgeous and have been really well thought out, so that they are very versatile.  I think we fail to use our dies to their full potential, as they can be used for so much more than just one way.  Think about using them for backgrounds, or in a different way for the focal point!  And that is something Sue Wilson does well on her Creative Expression you tube channel.  She shows other ways of using her border, frames and has some great stamps to use with the dies.  Watch this space, I am sure you will see more ways to use this and any others I might buy in the future.