Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Embedded rose die card

This card is using the same die set as my last card, but this time I am only using the outline dies for the flower and leaf.
This card was a lot more complicated to do, and I wouldn’t tackle it if you haven’t got lots of patience.  It wasn’t hard, just time consuming, but sometimes it is about the enjoyment of making the card.  This card could be done with many many colour combinations, gold on white would be elegant, black on white would be very sriking, or some really bold colours would also look great.

I started out cutting out some of the roses and leaves from some hot pink card, and laying them out on a card base, to see how I could lay it out, Once I was happy with the amount of flowers and leaves and how it would look, I took a card panel, slightly bigger than the card base, and started cutting out the flowers and leaves where I want the embeds to go, making sure I saved all the little negative bits that came out, as I would need them to put back into the gaps later.  Where the flowers crossed over a leaf. I probably wouldn’t need all of the leaf negative pieces, but I kept them just in case I needed them later.

Now to put it all back together like a jigsaw.  I took some double sided sticky paper, as that meant I wouldn’t need to glue back all the bits, it was the same size as my card panel that I have cut the flowers out of, and peeled one of the layers of paper off to leave the sticky exposed. I stuck the card panel that had the flowers cut out of it onto this, then I started putting the coloured die cuts into the places where they needed to go, and then all the little pieces were found and put back into the appropriate places until it was all one complete piece, but with roses and leaves embedded into it.  Lastly I stamped a sentiment onto the middle of the card, using the misti, so that I didn’t mess it up, that would have been heart breaking.

Lastly I trimmed the card panel along the top, peeled the paper down from the top, put it down along the top of the card base, peeled the rest of the backing paper and stuck it on, turned it over and cut the excess off around the card base, then trimmed a small amount off one side, as it was looking a little lopsided. And there is a nice flat card to send in the mail. 

I am not sure if it was worth all the effort or not, but I like it!
The video on making the card is below, or if you prefer to watch in full HD then my You tube channel is here.

The supplies I used to make this card were:

White card base 5 X 7 inches
Two white Card panels, slightly bigger than the card base
Altenew layered rose die set
Double sided sticky paper (Jac paper)
Jewel picker
Embossing buddy
Ranger silver embossing powder
Versamark sticky ink
Heat tool
Craft knife
Metal ruler
Sizzix Big shot machine

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Altenew Layered Rose Die Card

This card I felt was a really easy card, I have used the new Alternew layered die set I have purchased recently. My next idea to use this die is going to be a lot more complicated, so you should look out for this one. 

I decided to start trying some different colour versions of this, I tried from light to dark and dark to light but definitely thought the lightest colour at the bottom and the darkest colour as the outline was my preferred version. Since I had different coloured roses in the end, I decided to make a card with them.

I made a coloured card base, this one I used lemon card.  I made a white card panel for the flowers to go onto, so I made a stitched scalloped edge using the memory box country stitched border dies.  I mounted this on some craft foam and onto my card base.

I then organised my 4 different coloured roses and some leaves into a diagonal arrangement leaving the bottom free for my sentiment. I glued the leaves and two of the roses down onto the card panel, and the other two roses I used foam tape or foam tape and glue to glue them on.

The sentiment I cut out two white and one gold die cut of the ‘Wishing’ die and mounted them on top of each other, with the gold on top. I stamped a secondary sentiment from the stamp set that goes with the Wishing die, on black card with white embossing powder, and put a tiny stripe of the gold card at the bottom of the trimmed sentiment. 

So quite quick and easy once I had made the roses with the dies.

The video on making the card is below, or if you prefer to watch in full HD then my You tube channel is here.

The supplies I used to make this card were:

Lemon card base 5 X 7 inches
White Card panel
Altenew layered rose die set
Simon says stamp ‘Wishing’ die
Simon says stamp Sending and wishing stamp set
Quilled precision fine tip applicator bottle
Cosmic shimmer glue
Jewel picker
Gold mirror card scraps
Black card scrap
Scraps of 3 tones of blue, yellow, pink and mauve card for roses
Versamark ink
Ranger white embossing powder
Embossing buddy
Heat tool
Craft knife
Metal ruler
Craft foam
cutter bee scissors
Double sided tape
Big shot machine

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Mother's beautiful Day

This is another Mother’s Day card, and only finished just in time, as it is Mother’s day here in New Zealand this Sunday. Nothing like doing them last minute LOL
I have used my favourite Altenew layering stamp – Beautiful day, its such a lovely stamp set.

I am doing my stamping on a separate card panel, as I intend to cut it out and mount it on craft foam in the corner of my card. 
I stamp all the layers of one flower, then mask it with masking paper, and stamp a second flower, so that it looks like the first one is slightly in front of the other one. Once both blooms are stamped, I mask both, and then stamp some sprigs and leaves to form a triangular arrangement on my card panel.  I also had to mask the leaves, so that I could get two more sets of leaves under the flower stamps to full in the corner. 

Unfortunately I hadn’t thought about the fact that the sprigs are not coloured, I should have stamped them onto water colour paper, so I could colour the sprigs with inks, but I made sure I kept my paintbrush fairly dry, so that it didn’t warp the card I had used and it worked out fine.  The colours in the crisp inks I used for this will be listed below in the supplies list.

Once the panel was finished I fussy cut out the top edge of all the flowers and sprigs, mounted it on craft foam and put double sided tape on it ready to go on my card base, but first I have to do the sentiment and some ink blending.

I kept the sentiment really simple with ‘Happy’ and ‘Mother’s day’ from a freebie stamp in a Simply cardmaking and papercrafting magazine from last year sometime. 

I then wanted to do some inking under the sentiment, so it looked like a slight glow from under the flower panel, so I kept it simple with tumbled glass distress ink blended very lightly in an area underneath and about an inch out from where the flower panel is going to be stuck down. 

I could then stick down the panel and just prettied it up with some sparkling clear sequins dotted around and that was the card finished. 

Here is the video of me making the card. If you would prefer to see it in full HD on You tube that is here.

The supplies I used to make this card were:

White Card base 5" x 7"
Card panel 5" x 7"
Altenew Beautiful Day Stamp
Time for tea stamp for sentiment
Altenew Crisp mini ink cubes; Rose Quartz, Puffy heart, Purple Wine, Frayed leaf, Forest Glades, soft lilac & Lavender fields
Versafine Onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Heat tool
No 2 paint brush
tumbled glass distress ink
Ranger mini blending tool
Quilled precision fine tip applicator bottle
Cosmic shimmer dries clear glue
double-sided foam tape
Craft foam
Cutter bee scissors
Pretty Pink posh clear sparkling sequins 4mm & 6mm
Jewel picker

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

ANZAC Day Video Blog Hop Friendship Card

Today here in New Zealand and Australia is ANZAC day, and I am participating in a Video hop of friendship cards.

ANZAC stands for Australia New Zealand Army Corp, and it is a day where we commemorate our soldiers who fought at Gallipoli together.  Since then we have continued to have a friendship between our services and continue to work together in a  peace keeping capacity at some of the modern wars.  So why not do a Video hop making friendship cards to commemorate our day!

My card I have used the Flower Arrangement layering stamp from Altenew.

I started by doing a stenciled background using Nuvo glimmer paste and once that was dry I trimmed it and put it onto a card base.

I stamped the 'hello' sentiment from the same set onto a scalloped rectangle die cut and mounted it onto the card with craft foam.  The flowers I stamped with Altenew crisp mini cube ink pads and fussy cut them out then mounted them onto the two corners of the scalloped rectangle sentiment with foam tape.  

All the links for the rest of the video hop is below

Video Hop ListAlicia – Youtube Video here
Ali F – Youtube Video here
Ali H – Youtube Video here
Dianne – Youtube Video here
Eloise – Youtube Video here
Helen – Youtube Video here
Jo – Youtube Video here
Karren – Youtube Video here
Therese – Youtube Video here

Here is the video of making the card or if you would prefer to see it in full HD, then check it out on my You Tube channel here.

The materials I have used to make this card are:

White Card base 5" x 7"
Extra sheet of A5 card
Tim Holtz Floral layering stencil
Nuvo Glimmer Paste - moonstone
Altenew Flower Arrangement  Stamp
Simon Says Stamp Thoughtful messages stamp
Altenew Crisp mini ink cubes; Rose Quartz, Puffy heart, Purple Wine, Warm sunshine, Paper bag, Frayed leaf, Forest Glades & Evergreen
Versafine Onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Heat tool
Palette knife
Couture creations scalloped rectangles nesting dies
Scotch foam tape
Quilled precision fine tip applicator bottle
Cosmic shimmer dries clear glue
double-sided foam tape
Craft foam
Painters tape
Cutterbee scissors

Thank you so much to Therese Calvarid from Lost in Paper who invited me to join the Video Hop, please check out the other hoppers, as some are having prizes!

Happy Cardmaking and Happy ANZAC day!

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