Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Water colour Beautiful Day Card



I have made another card using the Altenew Beautiful day Stamp set.
This time I have kept it simple with some water colour done with distress inks.

 The outline stamps of the large flower and leaves are stamped onto Ranger water colour paper with versamark ink and Ranger white embossing powder first then I used Wilted violet, squeezed lemonade and mustard seed for the flowers and a combo of bundled sage and mowed lawn for the leaves. 


 To finish off the card, I trimmed the card about a centermetre in from the edge with a craft knife, leaving the flowers and leaves, which I fussy cut around, and backed the panel with some violet card so it left a fine border around the cut areas, and the leaves and flowers overhanging this slightly.  This was then stuck onto a black card base.  

Here is a video to show the process



The products I have used to make this card are
Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set
Ranger Water colour paper
Distress Inks: Wilted violet, bundled sage, mowed lawn, squeezed lemonade, mustard seed
No 4 paint brush
Versamark watermark ink
Ranger White embossing powder
Heat tool
Full sticky Post-it notes
Violet card
Black card base 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
Double sided tape
Misti tool
Acetate clear Grid
rubber
Tim Holtz ruler
pencil 
Cutter bee scissors


I am not a water colour artist by any means, but I love how this card turned out. 
I hope my video gives you some inspiration to have a go at doing water colour painting, it is very rewarding.  
Happy Card making


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

A beautiful day card

I have made my first card using the new stamp I have just got called Beautiful Day by Altenew.  It is such a gorgeous stamp.

I did the stamping of the main flower in the set and the leaves using the pink and green sets of Crisp ink cubes from Altenew, but I coloured the smaller and longer flower stamps with copics and other alcohol markers I have.  I then did a partial cut of the circle die, so that I only cut an aperture up to the flowers, and then fussy cut around the bouquet .



I have made a panel to go behind the aperture using a stencil and some gel medium mixed with some sparkle glitter.  This is great, because when it dries, you only really see the glitter and not the medium.  

The sentiment was done with the Altenew Calligraphy Alpha stamp set and then fussy cut out.  



I am really please with how the card came out, I wanted a soft look with the flowers.  I am sure I will be using this stamp set a lot!

Here is a video on the process of making the card.


The products I have used to make this card are
Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set
Altenew Calligraphy Alpha stamp set
Gel Medium (translucent) 
Sparkle super fine glitter
Tim Holtz flourish stencil
Cottage Cutz stitched circle dies
Fun foam
Altenew crisp inks in frosty pink, cotton candy, coral berry, frayed leaf, forest glades
Vesamark watermark ink
Ranger gold embossing powder
Heat tool
Full sticky Post-it notes
Reno art alcohol markers in Yellow 223, 225, 226, Greens 23, 27, 30 
Pinks 211
Copic marker R02
Double sided tape
Misti tool
Pretty pink post clear sparkling sequins in 4mm
6mm lemon clear sequins (no brand) 

I hope you got some inspiration from this card, 
Happy card making


Wednesday, 14 September 2016

MFT Ewe are the best card

Do you ever have days when you are making cards that you make lots of mistakes and you begin to think maybe you should not be making this card!  Well this was one of those!


I started out making a frame with some stitched square dies, and then proceeded to stamp out a scene with the hills and fence stamps out of the set.  I then masked off the hills and created a sky with a freehand made mask of clouds and tumbled glass distress ink.  I then used the negative parts of my mask and masked off the sky and proceeded to ink the hills with twisted citron and mowed lawn, that's when I discovered my first mistake, I had used versafine onyx black ink, when I should have used memento tuxedo black ink which is waterproof, so the ink on the grassy parts started smudging.  So I took great care not to rub that too hard.  

I stamped out the two sheep, a couple of trees and the little flowers, and decided to fussy cut them out right to the line, so that they looked like part of the scene.  But when I came to do the flowers, they are so tiny, when I tried cutting around the stalks, they fell apart.  Luckily I was able to glue them back together when I put the scene together.  So then I decided I wasn't going to fussy cut out the sheep with the balloon right to the line, as it would be impossible with the balloon string, so that one I left a small white border.

The next mistake was even though I used my misti, I still managed to get my sentiment crooked!  I always seem to ruin my cards lately when I add a sentiment (maybe I will start making cards without sentiments LOL) That is why I added the two gold hearts (diecuts from another project) so that hopefully they distract the eye a little away from the sentiment. 

I had also drawn a line around the square die, so I knew where to stamp and colour the scene, but I forgot to rub the pencil out before inking the sky, and you could see the line through it.  My fix up, was to lower the frame on the scene a little, but then the stitching at the bottom of the scene showed from cutting it out with another square die.  So that was why I used the grassy border die, to hide that.  Phew!



The rest of the card went fine, the scene came together OK in the end, and it turned out to be quite a sweet card.  

Hopefully the next card will go better!

Here is a video on making the card.


The supplies I used are 
MFT Ewe are the best stamp set
Original Misti
Memento tuxedo black ink
Versafine Onyx black ink
Distress inks: tumbled glass, twisted citron & mowed lawn
full sticky post-it notepad
Plaid patterned paper from Pebbles 6 x 6" 'front porch' paper pad (12cm x 12cm)
14cm x 14cm card base
 Scrap card in green and two pieces of white
Reno art alcohol markers, blue 257, cool greys 271, 272 & 273, warm greys 259, 260,261,
yellows 224 & 225, purples 192, 193 & 197
Copic markers R22, R35, B00, B02, YG 17, YG63 E35 & E37
Cutter bee scissors
3M scotch foam tape
double sided tape
Poppy stamp designs fresh cut grass border die

I hope you enjoyed the video and card
Happy card making 



Friday, 9 September 2016

Share the Love of Altenew

One of my favourite stamp companies is Altenew, and they have a video challenge going on where people can submit videos on why they love Altenew so much.
I have done a couple of videos to enter the challenge.

I started off card making because of discovering stamping, and especially the heat embossing, it is such a magical thing.  Through the years I had moved away from stamping, I might stamp the sentiment, but that was sometimes all I stamped on a card.  

Then two years ago, I saw a stamp and some cards made with it, on pinterest, it was the Vintage Rose stamp set my Altenew!  I fell in love with it and just had to have it.  It cost me a fortune with the postage from USA and the exchange rate, which wasn't good at that stage.  Anyway I bought it and absolutely loved it.... and that was the return and love of stamping that I have now.  

So here is the video



Altenew is such a innovative company, combining old ideas with a modern twist.  They produce stamps that are quite different than any other company, including sentiment stamps in other languages.  Not many companies do that.  But their layered stamping system is unique and takes stamping to a whole new level, they look so professional and amazing!
I think my cards have also moved to a whole new level because of these stamps.  

They also produce some fantastic inks, and they sell them in colour families, so if you want to do a particular colour for your flowers, then the ink colours are there for you, starting from a pale shade, right up to the darker shades for the darker layers of the stamp.  A well thought out product, and they keep doing this.  

Their latest product is some kits for doing particular types of cards like wedding invitations or thank you cards, these have all the products and instructions you need to make the cards including the card blanks, envelopes, stamps, inks and ideas sheets.  What a fantastic idea!

I look forward to seeing what they produce next.... I can't wait!


Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Handmade Daisies Card


Sometimes when I make cards, I have an idea in my head, I make the card and mmmm it is Ok but nothing startling, and sometimes you make the card, and its wow that turned out better than I thought!  Well this card is a bit like that, I think it turned out better than I saw it in my head, I think it is the blue and yellow together!

I started by making daisies in a range of colours, which if you make them with 120 - 160gsm card they turn out to be really quite strong for your cards.


I decided to make a variety of cards with different colour combinations, so I started off with sponging some stitched rectangles with Distress inks in a variety of colours that complimented the daisies I had made. 


I set to and made one on video and then some other colour combinations.




Here is the video on how I made them.


The Supplies I have used to make these cards are:
Couture creations Intricutz die called 'Falling blossoms' 
(but you could use any daisy dies if they have a variety of sizes)
Elizabeth crafts Designs 730 Curvy leaves dies
Cheery Lynn Sweet Christine die strip
Simon Says Stamps stitched rectangle dies
Paper Xtra sentiment stamp set
Altenew Crisp Inks: Arctic, Carribean Sea, Persian Blue, Soft Lilac, Lavendar Fields, Deep Iris.
Distress Inks: Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Scetch, Wilted Violet, Squeezed lemonade & picked raspberry.
Ranger blending tool and sponges
Tsukineko Sponge dauber
Scraps of white 160gsm card
Scraps of pink, blue, mauve & yellow card
Flat back pearls in gold, pink, blue and mauve
Crystal Dazzlers in 13mm & 9mm
Fun Foam
Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue
Quilled precision applicator bottle
Versafine Onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Versamark Watermark ink
Ranger Silver embossing powder

I hope you enjoyed the video and maybe got inspired to make some of these daisies and smaller flowers.  As I said they are surprisingly strong once made, and are so pretty on a card.

Happy Card making! 

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Graciellie Design September Blog hop and Giveaway

Hello, I was asked again to take part in the September Blog hop which is to celebrate a mini release of a selection of digital stamps that compliment the present fall collection. 

To be in to win a digital stamp of your choice, just leave a comment on the blogs as you hop along.


Graciellie Design Digital Shop




The design I was given was this beautiful poppy image and the lovely digital sentiments, and this is that card I made


I coloured the 4 of the Poppy images in with Copics and then fussy cut them out, using different parts of the image, so that I could make the poppy three dimensional.  I was rather pleased with how it turned out


I used distress inks antique linen, twisted citron, squeezed lemonade and mowed lawn to blend a background, then put some water droplets to slightly distress the look, then put an inked script background stamp over it all, making sure that it was a bit distressed looking as well.  

I made a frame with a stitched rectangle die, for the centre, and the paper smooches stitched border dies around the outside to continue the stitched look.  

The sentiment was printed out using one of the digital stamps available with this set, and then used a little ink in the twisted citron and the antique linen to colour the two ends on a diagonal and made it into a banner.  Both the banner and the frame were raised with some foam tape to give it a little dimension.  

And that is my card finished.  

Here is a video of how I made the flower and card.  


The materials I used for the card are

Poppy Wishes digital stamp
Copics R22, R35, R46 YG17 & YG63
and a Reno art pen light green 23
Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle dies
Paper Smooches Dots and dashes border dies
Distress inks: Antique linen, twisted citron, squeezed lemonade & mowed lawn
Ranger mini blending tool
MFT romantic script background stamp
Altenew Crisp ink Caramel toffee
3M scotch foam tape
scissors
Ebosser


A second card I have made using the same digital stamp, this time I printed the image onto some water colour paper that would go through my printer,  I have also printed the sentiment 'Best Wishes' under the image.



I water coloured it this time using distress inks, so I used abandoned coral, candied apple with some fired brick for the darker areas, and I used shabby shutters and mowed lawn for the stalks, buds and leaves.



I started by doing a wash over the entire picture with the abandoned coral ink and the shabby shutters ink and left that to dry.



I then used the candied apple and the fired brick to build up some dimension on the flower and some stronger colour of the shabby shutters and the mowed lawn on the foliage.  




Finally I went around the image with a light wash of tumbled glass to make a shadow, or halo around the flower and foliage, so it would 'pop' from the page and not look so flat.  



I then cut an aperture out around the poppy flower leaving a small white border around the actual flower, so that I could put a bit of a water coloured background behind the main part of the flower.  This I did with peacock feathers, salty ocean, evergreen bough & mermaid lagoon distress inks.    

  
Then I put some foam tape behind the poppy and the frame and the rest of the card below the frame, so that I could pop it up a little on the card base, that was a little wider than the flower panel.  I put some gold glitter tape down both sides of the card base, so it poked out beneath the flower panel, just to brighten it a little and that is the card finished.   



The materials I used for the card are

Poppy Wishes digital stamp
Copics R22, R35, R46 YG17 & YG63
and a Reno art pen light green 23
Canson Watercolour paper
Poppy wishes digital stamp
Distress inks: Candied apple, abandoned coral, fired brick, mowed lawn, shabby shutters
Peacock feathers, evergreen bough, salty ocean, mermaid lagoon
No 4 paint brush
Craft knife
Metal ruler
3M scotch foam tape
scissors
Gold glitter washi tape
Black shiny card (for strips)

Hopefully this has given you some ideas of ways to use digital floral stamps and especially the gorgeous ones form Graciellie Designs.  Do go and check out the selection of stamps available, I am sure you will find one you will fall in love with!  Remember to add a comment to each of the blog hops along the way to be in the draw for a free digital stamp and the next stop on the Blog hop is to Lena.
Thank you for stopping by on the Hop and thank you for persevering on such a long blog this time.

Happy Card making









Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Trio of scrunched flowers card

I have made a card and video using some flowers I have made using the scrunching method, which makes them textural and quite strong.





I use coloured photocopy paper for these, just 80gsm weight, you could use a slightly heavier paper, but I wouldn't go any higher than about 100 - 120gsm otherwise I think it would be difficult to get the folds and volume. I think even 120gsm might be pushing it. 

So what you do is cut out some die cuts, or punch out some flower shapes, and really it doesn't matter which you use, or even what shape the petals are.  The end result will vary depending on what shape you use, and the more petals there are in the flower shape, the more work it will be, so a good one to start off with is a 5 or 6 petal flower.  Generally I would use two sizes and I cut 2 of the outside petals and two smaller petals.  If you flower punch or die has narrow petals you may need to do one or two more of each layer. 

Then I lay them out on a paper towel and spritz them with a little water, turn them over and spritz them again, you want them damp but not sopping. Then wrap each petal over the barrel of a pencil or pen, or even a handle of a paintbrush (not too thin) and then holding the petal over the shape of the pencil/pen, you take your fingernail and push the outside edges of the petal towards the middle, mostly it will concertina, but it may scrunch as well, that is OK, and press so it keeps its scrunched shape. Once you go around all the petals, put the flower aside and do it for the rest.  Allow them to dry, and then if you want, you can pull the petal out a bit, so it isn't so tight.  Turn them over so the curved shape is facing down, and I shape them a little with a ball embossing tool, to shape the middle of the flower a little, this also helps to turn the flower up a little at the ends of the petals.  Then it is simply a matter of glueing the petals one by one on top of each other, working from the biggest and then the smallest, alternating the petals so that it fills in the gaps between the petals.  Then you can stick something into the centre like a flatback pearl or an embellishment of some kind as your flower centre. 

With my card I made two flowers with the same die cut pieces and the yellow one I wanted it a bit smaller, so I used the two smallest die cuts from the other flowers and then used a smaller die I had for the two petals at the centre, this changed the look of it a little, but not too much.  Just experiment with different shapes of die cuts and punches that you might have and you will get some very cool results.  You can also colour the centres it you want more colour to your flowers, especially if you are doing white ones, but I felt I didn't need to do that with this card, as I wanted some pastel but pure colours for it. 




Now to the card, I made a card base 5" x 7" out of 'Hazel' Bazzil card, and then cut out a doily die cut out of Mauve card.  I glued the doily onto a piece of white linen card and then cut this out with a stitched rectangle die leaving a little bit of a white space on the right hand side, so in essence it is half a doily but it has the stitched border all the way around, and put that onto my card base with some fun foam to give a bit of dimension. 

Then I just glued my trio of flowers on top of the doily at the edge, tucked some leaves, which I had cut out with a couple of different dies out of scraps in a couple of different shades of green. Finally I popped a few Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins in the 4mm around the arrangement for a bit of sparkle.  

Please check out the video if you would like to see the flowers and card being made



The supplies I used to make this card

Card base Bazzil 'Hazel' 5" x 7"
A piece of white card and mauve card
scraps of yellow blue and pink photocopy paper
Simon Says stitched rectangles dies
Kaisercraft Doily die
Spellbinders foliage die set
Sue Wilson delicate fronds die set
Cheery Lynn floral dies for blue and pink flowers
Cheery Lynn Cherry Blossom die for centre of yellow flower
halfback pearls in pink yellow and blue for centre of flowers
Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue
Quilled precision tip applicator bottle
3M scotch foam tape
Joy Crafts Banner die set
Paper Xtra sentiment stamp set
pretty pink posh sparkling clear sequins 4mm
Scissors
Ebosser

I hope you have a go at making these flowers, the possibilities of colours and looks are endless.  You can sponge them with colour, you can put any embelishments into the centres of them and depending on what punch or die you use, you will get a different effect
I would love to see some of your flowers if you make some!

Happy card making everyone