Thursday, 12 April 2018

Garden Treasures Mother's Day Card

This card I have used a new stamp that I have just purchased called Garden Treasures, another of Altenew's beautiful layering stamps.  

I always get asked a lot for Mother's day cards from my colleagues, so its always a good idea to have a few made, although I think this one might be for my Mother.

I stamped a number of the flowers and leaves, as I wasn't sure how many I was going to use in the arrangement on my card.  

I loosely watercoloured them with my new set of Zig clean colour real brush markers.
I love these pens, they flow beautifully, they blend beautifully, the brush tip is great and is so fine, the colour is so pigmented!  

I put a layer of the palest colour for each flower or leaf, and then did some shading with the darker colour where the petals overlapped or at the base of a petal, but really wasn't being too fussy or exact.  

Once I had coloured them, I cut them out with the coordinating die set, and had a play around on the card, to see what arrangement looked best.  Once I was happy with that, I did a few stamps of the leaves and the flower sprig with a light gray ink to give it a bit of depth and fullness to the arrangement.  I call this shadow stamping (I'm not sure what it is really called). 

I then was able to start sticking my flowers and leaves onto the card, some of the background flowers and leaves were stuck down with glue, the others nearer the top were raised with foam tape.  

My sentiment was done with the 'Love you' from the Simon says stamp 'thought messages' stamp with white embossing powder on black card, and then I fussy cut it out.
The Mother was stamped with a 'cheepie' stamp I bought from a Warehouse department store, and this one I cut out normally, mounted them both with foam tape, the black card I used Kool tac tape and the 'mother' I used scotch foam tape.

Finally some dots of Nuvo drops (sweet lilac) to finish it off. 

I am quite please with how pretty it turned out.

Here is a video on making the card. If you would prefer to see it in full HD then please check out my You tube channel here.

The materials I used for this card were:
White card base 5" x 7"
Altenew Garden Treasure Stamp
Altenew Garden Treasure coordinating die
Simon Says Stamp Thoughtful messages stamp
Rosie crafts family sentiment stamp
Strathmore bristol smooth water colour paper
Zig Clean colour real brush markers: Violet and lilac, Light carmine, pink and light pink, yellow and lemon yellow, persian blue and cobalt blue, Deep green, light green and pale green
Kuritaki water brush
Altenew Crisp mini ink cube silver stone
Versafine onyx black ink
Versamark clear ink
Ranger white embossing powder
Ranger clear embossing powder
Heat gun
Big shot
Quilled precision glue applicator bottle
Cosmic shimmer glue
Scotch foam tape
Kool tack clear tape
Acrylic blocks
Jewel picker
Nuvo crystal drops - sweet lilac

Thank you so much for dropping by
Happy Cardmaking

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Flower Arrangement Border Card

Today's card is a card for a friend and I am using the new Altenew stamp I have called Flower Arrangement.  This is a layering stamp, which can sometimes be a bit of a challenge to line up perfectly, but this one is super easy. 

They have made a little bump in the middle part of the larger flower and a pointy bit on the medium flower, so they match up easily.  Also the style is quite loose and un-perfect anyway, so it doesn't matter if you get it a little wrong, they still look great!

I am using the Altenew crisp ink mini cube sets, so the colour combos are already done for you.  I have used the Red Cosmos, Shades of purple, glacier caves, Green fields, summer afternoon, Mango smoothie from the four scoops set, and the pinks out of the northern light set. 

I am using a 5" x 7" linen base, so I drew  out a rectangle slightly smaller than that on a piece of card, so I could use that as a guide to where I wanted the stamps, and where I was eventually going to trim it to. 

 The misti makes these layering stamps so easy, so I used that, and worked my way around the entire border of the card, using the large and medium flowers and all the layers and mixing up the colours.  Some few of the areas, I left a bit of a gap between flowers, to allow for more of the foliage, but some I masked off and stamped overlap, so that it would look like some flowers were behind others.  Once  the flowers were done, I went around and stamped the two parts of the flower centres for both sizes with acrylic blocks, as that was quicker. Then back to the misti and using masks stamped some of the two sizes of leaves, mostly poking out underneath of the flowers. 

The next thing was to stamp my sentiment.  I then embossed a stitched line just inside my pencil line with a stitched border die.  I did this first before cutting, as in the past when I have cut it first then done the stitched line, the edge of the card can get stretched and out of shape, if you do it first and then trim, you get a lovely neat stitched line. 

Finally just to stick on the trimmed panel to the base card, and it is finished.  I didn't put any sparkles on this one, I wanted to keep it as a single layered card this time.  I have been doing a lot of dimension in my cards lately, so was nice for a change. 

Here is a video on making the card.  If you would like to watch it in HD on my You tube channel, then click here.

The materials I have used in this card are:
Card base 5" x 7" linen card
A5 piece of linen card
Altenew Flower Arrangement stamp
Simon says stamp thoughtful messages stamp
paper smooches dashes and dots dies
Altenew crisp ink mini pad sets: Red cosmos (frosty pink, coral berry, ruby red), northern lights (rose quartz, puffy heart, purple wine), shades of purple (Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris), Glacial caves (arctic, Caribbean sky, Persian blue), green fields (frayed leaf, forest glades, evergreen) & summer afternoon (butter cream, Warm Sunshine, caramel toffee and Paper bag)
Acrylic blocks
Versafine onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Big shot
Craft knife
Metal ruler
double-sided tape

If you enjoy layering stamps, you might enjoy using whichever ones you have to do something similar.  Any of them will work with this border design, so give it a go. I love the mixture of colours, although you could do it with just a couple of colour combinations, I am sure that would look good too.

Happy Card making!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Box for floral card

I have made a video on how I make my boxes for my floral shabby chic cards. 
I don't have any measurements to give you, as I make the boxes to fit the cards I have already made. I work out how high the sides need to be depending on the depth of the flowers on the card, and then use the card to measure the size the box needs to be.

Here is a video of how I do it. If you would like to see the video on HD then my you tube video is here.

The extra materials I used for making the box were
two sheets of A4 white card
Scraps of the scrapbook paper used for the card
Grid Square ruler
metal ruler
Craft knife
Sheet of acetate
double-sided tapes
Extra flowers from the card
Leaves left over from the card
Aleenes tacky glue

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Floral Shabby Chic Card

I have another of my floral shabby chic cards, 

The background paper I have used a paper out of the Lemoncraft Painted Heart 6 x 6 pad, they are such pretty papers.

I gathered up another couple of papers that I thought went with it and tore one of them and the bottom of the floral paper and ruffed them all up around the edges. 

Then glued them on on top of the other but put a border die between the top and second papers.  A doily die cut on top of that and I was ready to start doing my floral spray.

I have used a selection of Wild Orchid mulberry flowers and some tiny paper rose, and then some die cut leaves in a couple of green papers and arranged them around the top right of the doily.  

Lastly a sentiment on a scalloped oval tag, a butterfly die cut, a few pink gems and a resin angel and the card was finished.

If you would like to see the video of me making the card here

If you prefer to see the video in full HD then go here for my you tube channel.

The materials I used to make this card are:
Card base is 14.5 x 17.5 cm
Scrapbook papers: Lemoncraft painted heart 6 x 6 paper pad
two older scrapbook papers from my stash
Joanna sheen border die from her April 2017 card kit or you can buy it seperately
called Joanna Sheen signature range Philippa Lace Ribbon SD193
Un-named doily die
Variety of leaf dies including Elizabeth craft designs curvy leaves
Un-named butterfly die
Resin angel
Aleene's Tacky glue
Quilled precision applicator bottle
Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue
Double-sided tape
Sentiment scalloped oval tag
Pink stick on gems
Craft knife
Metal ruler

I hope you enjoyed the card, I will have a video next time on how I made the box for this card and how I decorated it.  

Happy Card making

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