Saturday, 30 April 2016

A couple of couple cards

Today I have two cards I have made for Fat Cats Card Corner.  They are made with the Lea'bilities Couple die.

The first is done using paper piecing to do the couple.  I cut the dies out with white, black, red, beige and grey card, and then cut all the different parts of the dies out except the white ones which I kept whole as a base. I inked the faces and hair in on the white die cuts, and then glued all the parts of the clothing on top.  

The gold panel is made with the Spellbinders radiant rectangles die set and this has been put on a piece of a pearlised gold damask paper and then this was matted in gold. Then glued onto the card base, which is 5 x 7 inches.

A bow made with white seam binding and a pearl heart embellishment finished this card off.  I have purposely not put a sentiment on this one, as I am not sure what occasion I will use it for, so will put on the appropriate sentiment at the time I use it.  

The second card is using the dies cut out of black card, and I have used the Creative Expressions Sue Wilson embossing folder Victorian Tiles ( I love this embossing folder) two ways.  I embossed some white card and cut it a little bit bigger than the couple and matted it with black card.

I then used the folder again to make a strip panel by inking the embossing folder and embossing it on to white card, and then putting clear embossing powder onto it and heating it with my heat tool. I then cut out the strip that was a little shorter than my card base and matted it with black card and mounted it onto my card base.  Before I stuck down my white panel I put some black satin ribbon down the length of the panel and put a black satin bow at the top.  

I glued my couple onto the white panel, put a trio of black pearls onto the top right hand corner, used the Elizabeth crafts best wishes sentiment on the bottom right hand corner and that completed the second card.

I hope you liked these cards. You can check out my card tutorial below.

The materials I have used are:

First Card
Lea'bilites Couple Die (LeaneCreatief)
Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles Die
White linen card base
Gold foil card
pearlised gold damask paper
Scraps of Black, White, Red, Gray and Beige Cardstock
Altenew crisp inks Perfect Peach and Dark Chocolate
White seam binding
Pearl Heart embellishment
Sakura Startdust Jelly roll pen

Second Card
White and Black card
Lea'bilities Couple die
Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Victorian Tile Embossing folder
Black satin ribbon (10mm)
Cream pearls
Sharpie black permanent pen
Versafine Onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Heat tool
Glue dots
Elizabeth Crafts Best Wishes sentiment die

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Distress Ink water colour Panel card

This card was a fairly easy card to make, and a great one to have a go at if you are new to using distress inks to watercolour.

I started off by stamping the two of the flower stamps from the Hennah Elements stamp set with versamark ink and embossing them with white embossing powder onto watercolour paper.
I then did a wash of water colour over the entire piece with picked raspberry and squeezed lemonade distress inks.  I took a wet baby wipe and rubbed some of the colour off where the flowers were, then put a heavier wash of the picked raspberry ink over the flowers.  

I trimmed the panel down and mounted it onto some hot pink card and then onto my card base.  I finished it off by making a banner with a sentiment, put a few droplets around the sentiment and it was done!

The supplies I used for this card are:

Bockingford Artist grade Watercolour pad
Altenew Hennah Elements stamp set
Paper Xtra Happy Birthday sentiment stamp
Ranger White Embossing powder
Heat tool
No 4 & 8 round paint brushes
Distress Ink Picked Raspberry
Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade
White card base 5 X 7 inches
Hot Pink Trophee card
Double sided tape
foam mounting tape
Pretty Pink posh 4mm & 6mm droplets

Monday, 18 April 2016

Altenew Hennah Elements Card

I have made this card with the lovely Hennah Elements Stamp Set by Altenew, I love their stamps, and this one is a little different with big bold flowers and leaves, and other elements in the very cool Hennah/Doodle style that is so 'in' at the moment.  This stamp set has such a huge range of possibilities.  I have kept my card fairly simple this time.

I have used gold embossing powder to make an arrangement of the flowers and leaves in to go over the bottom left hand corner of a piece of watercolour card.  I have coloured them with distress inks, fussy cut the top edge and mounted it with fun foam onto pink card cut out to be the same size as my card base which is 5 x 7 inches.   

I used a wooden stamp I have had for quite some time (sorry it doesn't have a brand name on it), I love the script writing on this sentiment.  A few pink iridescent sequins and some pretty pink posh droplets to finish the card off.

Supplies I have used are:

Altenew Hennah Elements Stamp Set
Bockingford Artist Watercolour card
Ranger Gold embossing powder
Embossing heat tool
Distress Ink picked raspberry
Distress Ink dusty concord
Distress Ink squeezed lemonade
Distress Ink salty ocean
Distress Ink tumbled glass
Distress Ink cracked pistashio
Distress Ink spiced marmelade
Distress Ink mowed lawn
White card base 5 x 7inches
Birthday sentiment wooden stamp (sorry no brand name)
Bazzil Basic Paper Chandler
Pink fun foam
tape runner
Double sided tape
4mm pretty pink posh droplets
pink iridescent sequins

Hope I have inspired you with this card.
Happy Card making

Friday, 25 March 2016

Altenew Vintage Roses Panel Card

Another card made with this lovely stamp set.

I got my inspirations from a card I saw on Pinterest, that I thought was really lovely, with a clean and simple look, but really showed off the floral design.  It was by a lady called Jules from her blog ', and was for a DT card for STAMPlorations, so I give her full credit for the design of this card

I simply stamped a left over piece of card with a range of the roses and leaves from the Altenew Vintage Roses stamp set, in a range of colours and adhered it flat to the card base.  I then cut a couple of top panels to fit either side of the panel, glued a thin strip of pink card down the inside edge of each, adhered them to some fun foam and onto the front of the card.  I stamped another flower and leaves on to another piece of scrap card, fussy cut them out and mounted them with foam tape.

I ended up having to do the flower centre  with 3 layers of foam tape, I only had a thin foam tape, and the leaves are on a single layer, so it sat lat over the recessed panel part. Then just a sentiment  by the flower to finish it off.  

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Purple Vintage Roses card

I have finally managed to finish a card using the Altenew Vintage Roses Stamp set. It isn't perfect, as some of the flowers and leaves aren't perfectly lined up, but it has still made a very pretty card I think.  

I had a few issues with making this card, because of its construction, I stamped the roses and leaves on a die cut stitched circle, and made some of the stamps go off the die cut.  I then placed it on where it was going to go on my card base,  and matched up the stamps of the one rose and 3 leaf stamps and stamped them onto the base.  I used a home-made stamp-a-ma-jig, so that I could line up where the stamp was to go.  

However, I ended up having to make 3 of the backgrounds and almost had to do the circle part again.  It really wasn't my day!  The first card base, I somehow completely misjudged the top layer stamp of the wee two flower stamp at the top right hand corner, and it turned out about 5mm below where the base stamp was....ahhhggg!  So I started again and got to the stage where I was almost finished and dropped one of the ink cubes I was using onto the lovely clean area below all the stamping!!!!  So I started it again for the third time!

I almost had to start the circle die again.  I was just finishing my last purple rose at the bottom, and dropped a ink cube just below it, and nearly cried!!!  With some quick work, I was able to clean off some of the ink with a baby wipe, put it aside until it dried, as I wasn't sure how the card was going to look, as it had started to pill slightly, and I hadn't got all the ink off.  When it dried, it didn't look too bad, so decided to stamp a leaf over the area, and luckily it didn't show too much.  Catastrophe averted!!

The colours of inks I have used for the flowers is the Adirondack Denim ink for the darkest, a little cube of purple pigment ink, I bought a set of purples and mauve's ages ago, but can't remember the brand, and they don't have it on them, for the next layer.  The middle layer was a Versa color cube called violet, and the lightest layer is another one from the cube set that I don't know the brand of.  I would like to get one of the Altenew purple sets of mini cubes, but with the last 3 orders lately, I better wait a while to get that.
The greens are done with the Altenew Green fields mini ink pad set. 

I mounted the stitched circle die cut onto fun foam, and then mounted it onto the card base, matching the design on the bottom.  A few of the pretty pink posh 4mm droplets to finish it off. 

This is a close up of the roses and leaves in the circle die part.  Some of the leaves, despite using the stamp-a-ma-jig, still weren't lined up perfectly, but it will have to do.  Hopefully with more practice, I will get better at that.  I was wondering if it would be easier with a Misti stamping tool, but I just can't afford one, the exchange rate and postage is just so expensive to get it to New Zealand. Oh well I am sure I will get better at it.  

I decided at this point, not to do a sentiment on the card, as I think I could use it for a variety of occasions, such as Birthday, Sympathy, Thank you or Mother's day or anything like that, so I will put it aside, and put the sentiment on it once I decide to use it. 

I love love love this stamp set, so I have another few ideas of how to use it for some cards, so will post them when I have done them.   

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Peony scroll simple and fancy

I have made two more cards with the Altenew Peony Scroll stamp set. One is very clean and simple, and the other is a little more fancy.  

For both cards I stamped the flower stamp and selection of leaves onto Tim Holtz water colour paper with vesamark ink and embossed them in Ranger white embossing powder.  I then water coloured them with my Stabilo 68 pens and a watercolor brush.  

This one I very simply embossed a stitched square die onto a piece of card, and then cut it so it was 5mm smaller all around than my card base.  I had the hello sentiment hanging around from quite a while ago when I cut some sentiments out on my silhouette cameo, but you could use any die cut for it and you can have it say anything really.  I then mounted some leaves behind the flower, and mounted it all with some foam tape and then mounted it into the corner of the stitched square impression.  

The close up of the stitched square, as it wasn't very easy to see it in the first photograph.  It is a very simple and quick card to do.  

This one I cut 2 stitched rectangles out of card and one into the centre of a card base.

I mounted a die cut of the Taylored expressions Circles cutting plate onto the inside of the card base with the right side of the die facing out to the front.  I then adhered one of the negative pieces of the stitched rectangle die cuts over this matching the stitched border and trimmed it to the card base.  This was to neaten up the inside of the card.  The last negative die cut I trimmed to be 5mm narrower all the way around than the card base, mounted it onto fun foam and stuck it to the front of the card base, again matching up the stitched border.  

I cut two stitched cloud border pieces out of vellum, and then cut the edges with the stitched rectangle die again to match the front of the stitched rectangle window and mounted it with some clear matt glue to the stitched edge on the top left and bottom right edges of the window.  The sentiment is the Happy Birthday from the Altenew Persian Motifs stamp set.

With the flowers for this card, I actually did 3 stamps for each flower of the bottom ones, and two stamps for the top one.  I coloured one of the stamps for each flower in fully, then for the second and third layers for the bottom two flowers, and one layer for the top flower, I only coloured in the central parts and cut them out and mounted them with foam tape so they are dimensional.  I hope you can see the dimension in the photo, it looks great in real life.  Finally they were mounted flush to the card so they overlapped the vellum slightly.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

More Altenew lacy scroll cards

I have done another couple of cards with the Altenew Lacy scroll stamps.

This time I have stamped them with ink and then coloured some shading and definition of the petals with a mixture of coloured pencils and or alcohol markers.

This first one I stamped the solid stamp of the main flower with a versa color pigment ink in mauve, and then coloured the shadows on the petals with a mixture of alcohol markers and pencils. I made a card topper with some white card, which I sponged on some of the mauve ink with a blending tool so that it just peaked out from behind a doily I cut with a couture creations doily die. I mounted the topper onto a purple mat and then onto a card base.  
The doily I mounted onto fun foam, so that it gave shadows onto the background.  The next layer is a vellum circle cut out with a stitched circle die, and then a smaller stitched circle die to cut out the circle for the sentiment, which again was mounted on some fun foam.  
Finally the flowers that I had fussy cut and mounted on foam and arranged around the doily.  A few sequins in white and iridescent mauve to finish it off.

The next card, turned out a little bit different than I had in my head.  I think it was mainly down to the fact that the smaller stitched rectangle dies I had (Simon Says Stamp) where narrower than I was looking for, so the card ended up narrow and tall.  
I stamped a wood grain stamp onto vellum and embossed it with Ranger white embossing powder and cut them out with the No 2 die in the stitched rectangle die set.  I stuck them down to the card base with tape runner and luckily it doesn't show on the front.  I stamped the lacy scroll flower stamp with altenew cotton candy dye ink and then coloured this one in with alcohol markers.  The leaves I stamped with shabby shutters and then coloured them with alcohol markers too.  I stuck the leaves to the back of the cut out flower, and then put some foam tape on the back.  I did a messy nest of gold thread and stuck the flower onto the card over the messy thread, so that it stuck it down to the card.  Finally a couple of shades of pink and white  iridescent sequins to finish it off.  The sentiment is a hero arts rubber stamp with versafine black ink.

The next cards I am going to make is some with the peony scroll stamp set I think.  I am still waiting on some green inks to come from altenew before I can do the Vintage rose cards I want to do.  I already have some ideas of layouts for that so I will be ready to go when they arrive in the next few days.