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Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Cutout stencil with water coloured flower card & why I have been missing in action

I finally got some time to do another card and video, again using an Altenew stencil but this time I am going to cut it out with a die and use it as a framed background.  

I have recently discovered the Catherine Pooler ink pads, and bought myself 3 of the mauve colours to have a go with.  I have to say they are wonderful, they blend beautifully, such lovely rich saturated colours.  I will definitely be buying more of them.  I also used them to water colour the flower and they worked very well. 

Anyway back to the card.  I used the lightest colour sweet sixteen and the middle colour which was Pixie dust to blend from the outside of the stencil with the darker colour to the centre.  I then turned the stencil around so that the leaves were in between the ones I had just stenciled and then used the Pixie dust and the next darker shade Flirty fuchsia again going from light to dark.  I  could have done much better at lining the patterns up, but the effect is still lovely. 

I then cut out the stencil with a shaped die and also a frame that would go around the edge of the cutout.  This could be done with any shaped die frame.

I stamped a flower and leaves from the Wallpaper art stamp set with clear ink and white embossing powder and then using some of the ink from the ink pad of the Flirty Fuchsia i water coloured the flower and used some Altenew crisp ink the same way to do the leaves.  Once they were dry I fussy cut them out.  

I mounted the frame and stencil cutout onto some craft foam and put it on my card, stamped a sentiment at the bottom and lastly the flower and leaves with a mixture of foam tape and glue to the bottom left hand corner of the stencil frame.  

Here is the video on how I made the card. If you would prefer to see it in HD then go over to my You tube channel here.  

Also at the end of the video is an explanation and a short video on what I have been working on and why I haven't been posting as many posts and videos.  

Hopefully things will settle down a little now and I will get to make and video some more cards for you.  

The materials I have used to make this card is:

Card base 5“ x 7”
Spare piece of card for the stencil
A small piece of Bristol Strathmore smooth water colour card
Altenew Stencil Leaf burst
Altenew Wallpaper art stamp
Altenew Birthday greeting stamp
Catherine Pooler ink pads, Sweet sixteen, Pixie dust, Flirty Fuchsia
Altenew crisp ink cube Forest glades
Paint brush No 2
Versamark ink
Versafine Onyx black ink
Ranger white embossing powder
Ranger clear embossing powder
Heat tool
Powder embossing buddy
Sizzix big shot
Acrylic block
Painters tape
Stacking shaped dies
Foam tape
Craft foam sheet
Double sided tape
Nuvo deluxe adhesive
Tim Holtz blending tool and sponges

Monday, 20 May 2019

Stenciled background card

 Todays card is using a new stencil I have just purchased, one of the Altenew stencils called sunburst.

I started by doing the stenciling on a card panel that was just a bit bigger than my card base and used a make-up brush to have a go at the ink blending to see how different they are compared to the mini ink blending tools and sponges.

I used 3 distress ink colours, spun sugar, squeezed lemonade and tumbled glass and did a blend of the 3 colours from the centre of the stencil out.  The stencil was slightly smaller than the cards I make, so I blended some of the tumbled glass at the bottom also where my sentiment will go.  

I then stamped two of the flowers and one of the leaves from the Wallpaper Art stamp set, these are really big stamps and the way they have been designed they are not too daunting to colour.  I used my Zigs, which start off looking great when you first colour using them, but have been finding within a few weeks some of the shading has faded terribly, so I am not very please with how they have been lately.  I think I might go back to using copics a bit more.  

I fussy cut the flowers and leaves out, and then got onto making my sentiment, which was using the Simon Says stamp Wishing and Sending stamp set.  I have both the dies for this set, so I cut out the 'sending' with some blue card that matched the blending, and then stamped a strip with the secondary sentiment onto white card and put a heart outline each side of it, then cut out banner ends to the strip.  

Putting the card together, I stuck the top of the stencil to my card base, flipped it over and trimmed it to the card base, then stuck the rest of the front panel down.  I mounted the flowers and leaves with foam tape, and also my sentiment strip.  The sentiment die cut I mounted 3 of them on top of each other to give it a bit more dimension, then stuck that onto the card above the sentiment strip with glue. I coloured the two hearts with some sparkle gelly roll pen.  That completes the card.  

The makeup brush turned out to be good with the stencil, and the great thing about them is that I didn't have to clean the brush in between, so that is always a bonus. I however found it was taking too long to do the bottom blending where the sentiment was to go, so I reverted back to the mini distress tool to do this.  It could have been that my ink pads weren't very 'juicy', I think it is time to get some reinkers!

I hope you liked this card, I have a video of making the card here.

If you would prefer to see the video in HD then click here to go through to my You Tube channel.  

The materials I used for making this card are:

White card base (5" x 7") a card panel slightly bigger than the card base
Scrap blue and white card
Altenew Sunburst Stencil
Altenew Wallpaper art stamp
Simon Says stamp Wishing and Sending stamp and die set
Tim Holtz distress inks, Spun sugar, squeezed lemonade, tumbled glass
Mini blending tool and sponges
Make-up brush
Cutter bee scissors
Painters tape
Zig clean color real brush markers:  028 pale pink, 026 light pink, 021 Light Carmine, 022 Carmine, 095 Dark grey, 041 light green, 045 Pale green
Versamark ink
Ranger gold embossing powder
Heat tool
Powder tool
Metal ruler
craft knife
Jewel picker
Nuvo deluxe adhesive
Gelly Roll starburst pen
double sided tape
scotch foam tape


Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Vintage Blue rose Card

This card I got inspiration from photos of Vintage blue wallpapers and fabrics, and thought when I saw the dainty bouquets stamp set it would be perfect for that.

I used a linen card but the reverse flatter side to do this card, because when I was stamping it, the slight pattern of the paper made the stamping look like it was on fabric, quite a cool effect.

I stamped the 3 layers of the rose stamp grouping using the blues from the cube set that has Caribbean Sky, Russian Blue and Sapphire.

The design of the stamp allows you to almost interlock the 'bouquets' into each other so that you get an all over pattern, quite a clever design, and this isn't always easy to achieve with some shaped stamps.  

Once I had done the stamping all over the card panel, I made a simple sentiment using a strip of Vellum.

I folded it over the left side of my front panel, and stuck that edge down along the fold line of my card base, and then turned the card over, and trimmed the rest of the card panel down to fit the card base. 

Once I had got it trimmed, I went back and folded the other edge of the vellum strip behind the card panel and then it was stuck down on the card base. 

Finally I put some sparkling clear sequins beside and above the sentiment, made a paper insert for the card, and that was it finished.

Here is a video of making the card. If you would prefer to watch it in full HD, then go to my You Tube channel here.

The materials I used to make the card are:
Altenew Dainty Bouquet stamp
Altenew crisp ink cubes; Caribbean Sky, Russian Blue & Sapphire
Card base 5" x 7" and a card panel a little bigger with Linen card
Mother's day sentiment 
(Time for Tea stamp from Australian Simply Cards & Papercraft 159)
Versafine Onyx black ink
Ranger Clear embossing powder
Double sided tape
Strip of Vellum
Nuvo delux adhesive
Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins 4mm & 6mm
Jewel picker
Metal ruler
Craft knife
Sheet of pale blue paper

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Dainty Bouquet Card with glittery background

This card is similar to ones I have made in the past, using the glimmer paste and stencil in the background, but decided to revive the idea to use this new stamp I have purchased from Altenew called Dainty Bouquet.

I start with doing the stencil background so that can be drying while I do the stamping and sentiment.  I tape a scrap piece of card down to a board with painters tape and then the stencil on top of that, marking with painters tape how far I want to do the stenciling so it will fit on my card base.  I am using the Nuvo Glimmer paste called moonstone, this is pretty much clear but with iridescent glitter in it.  This gives a pretty but subtle background to a card. Once I have done the stenciling I peel it off and wash that and my palette knife immediately in warm soapy water.  I left the card still taped to the board so that it will dry as flat as possible.

I can now do my stamping of the layered stamp.  The dainty bouquet has two large ‘bouquets’, for this card I am going to do just one of them.  The suggestions and instruction sheets that are included with the stamp show to do the main stamp in a pale colour which then forms part of the shading of the main elements. In this case I did them with a pale grey, and then stamped the two other layers of the flower in puffy heart and purple wine, and two greens for the leaves and stalk and calyx of the flower.  I purchased the coordinating dies for this stamp at the same time, I don’t usually but this one is quite detailed and I also thought I would use a cut out version quite often on cards, so thought it was justified this time.  They cost so much to get stamps and dies here in New Zealand so I can’t usually afford to get both, much as I would like to.  So I cut out the bouquet with the die and will put that on my card alongside a sentiment I had stamped and cut out.  I mounted these with foam tape. I put a final scattering of white iridescent sequins around the flower stamp and that is the card finished.  Clean simple but pretty.

I have a video of how I made this card, or if you prefer to watch it on my YouTube video you can go here.

The materials I have used for this card are:
White card base 5” x 7”
Scrap card slightly bigger than the card base
Altenew Dainty bouquet stamp set and matching die set
Simon Says Stamp Sending and Wishing stamp
Altenew Crisp ink cubes Limestone, puffy heart, purple wine, Lagoon and Volcano Lake
Tim Holtz flourish layering stencil 
Nuvo glimmer paste Moonstone
Palette knife
Painters tape
Old board
Versafine Onyx black ink
Ranger Clear embossing powder
Cutter bee scissors
Double sided tape
Metal ruler
Craft knife
Scotch foam tape
White iridescent sequins
Nuvo deluxe adhesive

This card could be done with any flower stamp, any stencil and any sentiment or occasion, this is just to inspire you to do a similar card with what you already have, which is my main focus with my blog and you tube channel.  I don’t believe in purchasing everything that is going, more and more, I prefer usually to look at what stamps and other products I already have and think of different ways to use them.  In this case I did buy this new stamp and die, as I think it will be one I use a lot in many different ways, which I plan to show in the coming months.  Happy Stamping

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Roses all over background card

This card is a little bit different than the cards I have been making lately,
I have been feeling guilty not using some of my background stamps, so decided to use this MFT one and do a gold on Wine/burgundy card.

Other than the background stamp, I have kept the rest of the card simple. 
The stamp wasn't wide enough to go the entire background of the size card I make, so I had to do a join towards one side, so what I decided to do was wrap a plain strip around the card to hide this join, as it wasn't pretty!

Then for the sentiment I just stamped that onto a stitched circle I had cut out of a scrap.

Finally I stamped one of the Persian motif stamps from the Altenew stamp set, and coloured it in with my Zig Real brush markers.  I started doing a pink colour scheme, but then when I put it onto the card, it didn't go very well with the card colour, so I then coloured it over with a dark red pen and blended the colours and that looked much better.  I mounted this with some foam tape on the part that hung over the sentiment, the rest was glued on. 

Here is a video of me making the card

If you would prefer to see it in full HD, then pop over here to my YouTube channel.

The Materials I have used are:
Altenew Persian Motif stamp
Altenew Greetings stamp
My favourite things Roses all over background stamp
Cottage Cutz stitched circle dies
Wine coloured card base 5" x 7 "
extra wine coloured card
Scrap of white card
Ranger gold embossing powder
Versamark clear ink
Embossing buddy
Heat tool
craft foam
Scotch foam tape
Cutter Bee Scissors
metal ruler
craft knife
Nuvo deluxe adhesive
Zig Clean colour Real brush Markers: Pinks 026, 028 & 025 but changed to wine red 024, greens 041 & 045

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Blue Roses Valentine's Day Card

Welcome back, its my first card of 2019 and of course had to be a Valentine's card.  I have chosen to do blue roses, so that it would suit a male as well as a female.  

I started by cutting a card panel slightly smaller than my card base and cut out a heart shaped aperture using a die.  

I then stamped some roses from the Altenew Vintage rose and vintage flowers stamp sets, and fussy cut them out.

Once I had worked out where I wanted my sprigs from the Altenew Garden treasures stamp set, to go I stamped them directly onto the card base and card panel and then coloured them in quite simply with my Zigs.  

I also stamped a sentiment and fussy cut that out too. 

I put some speckles and spots of gold metallic paint onto the card base, after masking off the flowers roughly with some painters tape.  

Finally I put the card together with one rose stuck on the card base on top of the sprigs, then the rest either glued on or raised up with scotch foam tape to make a nice arrangement.  

Here is a video on making the card. 

If you would like to see it on HD then go to my YouTube video here.

The materials I used to make the card are:
Nellie Snellen Heart die
Altenew Vintgage Flower stamp
Altenew Vintage Roses stamp
Altenew Garden Treasures stamp
Simon Says Stamp Thoughtful messages stamp
Altenew crisp inks cubes : 
Glacier Caves set; Sapphire, Persian Blue, Caribbean Sky & Actic
Green Fields set; Frayed leaf, Forest Glades, Evergreen
Momento Tuxedo Black ink
Cutter Bee scissors
Zig clean real brush markers: 041 light green, 045 Pale green,
 050 yellow, 051 lemon yellow
Decorart Gold Metallic paint
Old brushes
Old tooth brush
Scotch foam tape
Double sided tape
Craft foam
Nuvo deluxe adhesive
painters tape

 I hope this card has inspired you to try something different for a valentine's day card. 
Or really this card could be done with any shaped cutout for any occasion.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Snowy deer scene card

This card I have kept quite simple with the ink blending using one colour only, but you could do a blended background with multiple colours and it would look great, I just chose to have a more simple and clean look to the card.

I started off by stamping a sentiment on the bottom of the card, then used some masking paper to make a snowy bank mask to put along the bottom of the card.  I wanted to try the Tim Holtz Distress Oxides, which I have resisted buying up to now.  I had seen reviews that they blended very well and went on very 'creamy', so wanted to try and see if they were that different from the normal distress inks.  So for this card I used the blueprint sketch colour and blended onto Tim Holtz watercolour paper from dark to light from the masked area up.  I kept going over and over it, until I was happy with the 'strength' of colour, because I was using just one colour, I wanted it to me quite a contrast to the white on the rest of the card.

So once I was happy with the ink blending (I did find the oxides to be lovely to blend, but took some more time to build up the colour, as they seemed to be more pastel in colour), I cut out two of the larger trees and two of the smaller trees and one of the standing deer from the set I had purchased from aliexpress.  

Then it was a matter of sticking the trees onto the card and the deer between them. Final touch was a star shaped sequin I had in my stash for years, I thought that would make the scene a little more 'Christmasy'.  

I also did another colour variation to see how that ink went as well.  Not exactly traditional colours for a christmas card, but I like to push the conservative card makers out there!

Here is a video on making the blue card. If you would prefer to see the video in full HD then go to my YouTube channel here.

The materials I have used to make the card are:
Card base 5" x 7" from Tim Holtz water colour paper
Distress oxides Blueprint sketch & Wilted violet
Mini distress tool and foam
Inkadinkadoo masking paper
Joy Crafts sentiment set
Painters tape
Versafine onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Embossing buddy
Heat tool
Tim Holtz craft mat
Deer and trees scene die set
star sequin
Nuvo glue
Bigshot die cutting machine

Well that is the end of my Christmas card series for 2018. It has been an epic year with my blog and YouTube channel.  I made a decision to do less videos this year, so that I could concentrate on coming up with a range of styles and mediums for my cards, but still trying to keep to the philosophy that the cards I make can be done with what you might already have so that you don't have to keep going out and buying more and more supplies, like some video makers seem to expect!  It takes a lot of time to come up with ideas at times, as you don't always feel inspired, but when I do, I usually come up with a few at a time, thank goodness! I also passed a milestone on my YouTube channel of 10,000 subscribers, which blows me away, I never thought I would get anywhere close to that when I started my channel, I just wanted to try and inspire and encourage other card makers to try different things.  
I hope everyone has a lovey and safe Christmas and New Year this year, and I will see you in 2019 with some more inspiration (well hopefully)!