Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Poinsettia Corner die Card - 2 cards

This time I am making two cards with 2 die cuts but mixing up the positive and negative parts to make them look different.

I start by getting two card bases and cutting out 2 card panels with a stitched square die, one white and one black.

I then cut out two of the die cuts, one in gold foil card and one in silver foil card. Saving all the poinsettia petals as well.

Next I stamp a sentiment on each card panel towards the top right hand corner, using silver embossing powder for the black one and gold embossing powder for the white one.  

I then glue the die cut outlines down onto the card panels, the silver one on the black panel and the gold onto the white panel.   

I now can start to glue all the poinsettia petals into the negative spaces on each panel, but putting the gold into the silver outline and the silver into the gold outline.  

Once this is done, all I need to do is mount some craft foam onto the back of each of the panels and then they can be stuck down onto the card bases.  

And that's the card finished.

Here is the video on making the card, if you would prefer to watch it in full HD then hop over to my You Tube channel here

The materials I used to make this card are:
White card base 5 11/16" by 5 11/16" or 14.7 cm x 14.7cm
A white panel 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" or 13.2 cm x 13.2 cm
Memory Box Plush Poinsettia corner
Stitched square die (any brand) 
Silver and Gold mirror card
Versamark ink
Ranger gold and silver embossing powder
Heat gun
Embossing buddy
Craft foam
double-sided tape
Cosmic shimmer glue
applicator bottle
Sizzix Big Shot

I hope you are enjoying making your Christmas cards, and this might have inspired you to do something like this.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Christmas series 2018 Christmas Shaker Card

The first card for my Christmas Card series for 2018 has a clean and simple look.

I have used an Impression obsession christmas die called Christmas Circle Cutouts die, it comes with 6 different cutouts which I thought would be great for making christmas tags, but for this card I will use just 3

I have a white card base and a red and white card panel.  I will do the die cutting on the white panel, so towards the lower half of the card, evenly spaced, I cut out the 3 circle dies.  

Before I put some acetate on the back of this panel, I will cut our the craft foam that will be sandwiched between the red and white panels, and will make the room for my shaker beads.  I drew around the circle cutouts onto the craft foam so that I can see where they will be, so that I can then cut out some circles slightly bigger than the cutouts. I will put a square of holographic foil paper behind each of the circles in the foam tape and then that can get mounted on the red panel, which I have mounted onto my card base.  

Lastly I can fill each of the circles in the craft foam with the same coloured seed beads that the foil is, and then the front panel can be stuck down.  

For the sentiment I have cut out 2 die cuts out of red card and one cut out of red foil card of a Merry Christmas die, glue them together on top of each other with the foil ones at the top and that will be glued onto the card panel above the shaker portion.  

That is the card finished, quite a quick one to do and nice and clean looking. 

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

The materials I used to make this card are:
White card base 5" x 7" or 12.6 cm x 17.6 cm
A red card panel  4 3/4" x 6 5/8" or 12 cm x 16.7 cm
A white panel 4 5/8" x 6 3/8" or 11.6 cm x 16.3 cm
Impression obsession Christmas Cutout die 
Poppystamps Folk Merry Christmas Die
Cottage Cutz stitched circle dies (any circle die will do)
Craft foam
double-sided tape
red, green and silver holographic foil
red, green and silver seed beeds
Cosmic shimmer glue
applicator bottle
Acetate strip
Sizzix Big Shot

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Watercolour flower card

Todays card is using an outline flower stamp and water colouring it with ink from an ink pad, cutting the flowers and leaves out, and then mounting them on a card inside a frame

I used the Altenew Garden treasures stamp set, but you could use any flower stamps that you have, as long as they are outline stamps you are fine.

I stamped them in clear ink and used gold embossing powder to heat emboss them, and then water coloured them with two tones of pink for the flowers and 2 greys for the leaves.  

Very loose water colouring using lots of water and let the water do the work of moving the ink, and you get beautiful results.  

I cut them out with the co-ordinating dies. I also cut out a frame using the largest size of the simon says stamp stitched rectangles for the inner die cut, then trimmed the card to the width of frame I wanted.  I mounted this onto the card base, then glued the leaves and the bottom flower to the card with glue, the other two flowers I used scotch tape to raise them slightly.  

Finally the sentiment on a scrap of pink card and cut that out to make a banner and mounted that on scotch tape too. and the card is finished.  

Here is the video on how I made the card.

If you prefer to see the video in full HD, then hop over to my YouTube channel here.

The materials I used to make the card are:
Card base i5" x 7 "
Piece of white glitter card & a scrap of pink card
Altenew Garden Treasures stamp
Altenew Birhday greetings stamp (sentiment)
Versafine onyx black ink
Versamark ink
Ranger gold embossing powder
Ranger clear embossing powder
Heat tool
Embossing buddy
Altenew crisp ink cubes in Cotton Candy, Grapevine, Silver stone & industrial Diamond
No 2 paint brush
double sided tape
craft foam
Scotch tape
Cosmic shimmer glue
Applicator bottle 
Sizzix Big shot

I hope this has inspired you to have a go at this card.
Next week I will start my Christmas card series for this year, so look out for that.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Masked Panel Card

This weeks card is a simpler one, it has a 'sketchy' look and can be done with any flower stamps. I am using the Altenew Garden Treasure stamps set, and just using the 3 outline daisy stamps in the set.

I started my masking off a panel towards the bottom of my landscape 5" x 7" which was left flat and unfolded, with painters tape,  I just eyeballed the panel.  

I then stamped the daisy stamps across the whole panel, overlapping some onto the painters tape, stamping in sets of 2 or 3 at a time and then putting embossing powder onto them, before stamping the next ones, until the panel was all stamped and had embossing powder on it. Finally heat embossing them all at the same time. 

I then coloured them in using the zig clean colour real brush markers.  I did a interrupted pen line around the panel, and a second one just slightly out from the first one.  

The sentiment I used because it had a 'sketchy' font which I felt suited the style of card.

Folding the card in half finished it, such an easy card to do, and you get a different look using different flower stamps and colouring them differently.  I also did a blue variation which I used the other layered stamps in the stamp set, and then did some pen drawing on the top to make the centres 'pop' a little more.   

Here is a video of me making the card. If you would prefer to see it in HD, then you can watch it on my Youtube channel here.

The materials I used to make the card are:
Card base in Strathmore Bristol smooth water colour card 5" x 7 "
Painters tape
Altenew Garden Treasures stamp
Wplus 9 Modern peonies stamp (sentiment)
Versafine onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Heat tool
Zig Clean colour real brush markers
050 yellow
052 bright yellow
023 Scarlet red
060 Brown
Artline 200 0.4 fine black pen
Uniball Signo gold pen

I hope this has inspired you to have a go at a panel card, to look at what outline stamps you might have and try those.  

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Modern Peonies recessed sentiment card

I started off by making a card panel with the water colour card using a larger stitched rectangle die by partially cutting it, made it fit my standard card base
I then stamped the sentiment using the sentiment stamps from the peony set.

I then went around the perimeter of the card using the peony stamps and some of the leaf stamps. Masking some of the flowers when I stamped the leaves, so they would appear behind the flowers slightly. 

I then did some basic water colouring with the zig markers  to make some yellow and blue peonies (yes I know peonies don’t come in blue, but they do Yellow…artistic licence)
Once I was finished the colouring, and it was dry, I cut out an oval around the sentiment …. Aaaaarghhh…this feels so wrong after doing all that colouring... through some of the flowers as well!

I then put some craft foam on the back of the outside part of the card, and stuck that to my card base with double sided tape, just to give the card a bit of dimension and interest.Then stuck the oval down inside that, matching up the flowers all the way around, this was to the card base without any foam tape, so it is lower that the outside.  Things like this take a fairly ordinary card to another level I think. 
That’s the card finished.  Fairly simple and because the stamps have such small petals, it really was pretty basic colouring.

Here is a video of making the card. If you would prefer to see it in Full HD then go over to my You tube channel here.

Supplies I have used in this card are:

Wplus 9 modern peonies stamp set
Sue Wilson stitched lattice frames die
5” x 7” card base
Extra piece of Tim Holtz water colour card for front panel
Versamark ink
Versafine onyx black ink
Ranger clear & white embossing powders
EK success powder tool
My sweet petunia acetate grid sheet
Zig real brush clean clear markers
Greens 045 pale green & 046 mid green
Yellows 050 yellow, 051 Lemon yellow and 061 light brown 
Blues 036 light blue and 037 cornflower blue
Water brush
Inside outside oval die (not branded)
Craft foam
Double sided tape
Pretty pink posh Sparkling clear sequins in 4mm & 6mm
Jewel picker

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Mayfield Corner Card

I have recently purchase on of Poppystamps beautiful corner dies, I have loved them for a while now, and decided I really  should buy one, at the same time I purchased a couple of the Sizzix 3D texture fade embossing folders, I had been 'humming and haaaing' for quite some time and so thought I would get them at the same time and save on postage… well that is what I am telling myself to justify it!  I bought the timber one and the botanical one, that is what I am going to use today with the card, as well as the Mayfield corner die.

I was winging it as far as the design for the card.  I started off by having a go at the 3D texture fade embossing folder, that is really beautiful, so textured, it is amazing!  I then cut out  and embossed the two corners on the bottom of a flat card base, and coloured the embossed area with a sponge dauber and some mauve ink.  I then folded the card base in half and worked out that the embossed card would look alright above the corner area on the card base, so stuck that onto it and trimmed it to fit. 

I wrapped a piece of Mauve satin ribbon around where the join was and fastened it with some glue dots.  This didn’t need to be neat, as I am going to decorate it with some flowers.

I hunted out a paper rose I had made ages ago, which was the right colour, and found some ready made flowers that I had and made an arrangement with them where the ribbon met in the middle to hide the join.  I had a ready-made sentiment tag which I used and popped a bling dot onto the top of that and each corner of the embossing and that is the card made. 

I wasn’t entirely pleased with the arrangement of flowers, I think it was that the rose sat flatter than the other flowers, so I had trouble making it look aesthetically pleasing, but ended up having to settle for what I had managed to do.  I don’t know if others feel that way sometimes when you make a card, sometimes they come together really well, and others your struggle with and aren’t so pleased, this is one of those for me. 

Here is the video on how I made the card. If you prefer to see full HD video then here is my You tube video.

The materials I have used for this card are:

White Card base 6 ½” x 5 ½”
Extra card for embossing folder
Poppystamps Mayfield corner die
Sizzix 3D texture fade embossing folder – botanical
Sue Wilson Dainty rectangle frames and tag die 
Spellbinder rose creation die
Altenew Lavender fields crisp ink cube
Tsukineko Sponge daubers
Mauve satin ribbon
Handmade bow maker
Double sided tape
Bling dots
Craft knife
Metal ruler
Mix of mulberry paper ready made flowers

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Dimensional Flower card

This card I wanted to give more of an impression of dimension, but the rest is basically stamping and colouring
I stamped two flowers for each of the main flowers I wanted to put on the card, and then quite a few leaves as I didn’t know how many I would need and then a couple of the flower sprigs. 

I coloured them with my zig real brush clean colour markers, but this time I didn’t use water to blend the colour, I used the lightest of whatever colours I was using to do the blending, but had a paper towel next to me in case the brush got too much of the darker colour on it, so that I could keep parts of the petals paler. Two of the larger flowers, I only coloured the flower to the first set of petals. 

I then fussy cut all the flowers and leaves out, and went around the edges with a black pen, to neaten them up.  Finally I did a little bit of shaping with my fingers to give the leaves and flowers some dimension.  The two large flowers, I cut one of them to the first set of petals, and the second one I coloured and cut the whole flower.  Then the smaller part of the flower was put onto the second with some scotch foam tape between, this gave the flower a great look of dimension. 

Finally the card base, I used a dark red card base, then made a front panel to fit that but cut a scalloped border at the bottom,  stamped my sentiment onto that towards the top, then mounted it onto the card base with some craft foam.  Then I just needed to make an arrangement with the flowers and leaves between  the scalloped border and the sentiment. 

I am happy with how it turned out,

Here is the video of making the card, if you prefer to watch it in HD, on my You tube channel then click here


The materials used to make the card are:

Altenew beautiful day stamp
Versafine onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Zigs  Pinks 025 pink, 026 light pink, 028 Pale pink, purples 080 Violet, 083 lilac, greens, 045 Pale green, 047 May green, 044 Deep green, 060 brown, yellows 050 yellow & 052 bright yellow
White card for front panel
Spellbinder A2 scalloped border die
Dark red card base 5” x 7”
Strathmore Bristol smooth water colour paper
Black Emboss pen
Craft foam
Scotch foam tape
Cutter bee scissors
Time for Tea stamp set
Double sided tape
Quilled precision applicator bottle
Cosmic shimmer glue
Acetate grid sheet downloaded from 'My sweet petunia'

I hope this card inspires you to drag out a border die you might already have and use some flower stamps you also might have and use them a little differently.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Flower die cut aperture card & 10,000 subscribers on You tube giveaway!

This card is quite an easy card this time.  I don’t usually buy the co-ordinating dies to go with stamp sets, but this time I did, so I wanted to try a different technique where I cut out the flowers with the dies, and then have the stamped flowers behind the die cut panel.  I am using the Altenew Garden treasures stamp and dies. So I gave it a go.  It took some thought, I wasn’t sure which I should do first, the die cutting or the stamping. If I did the stamping first then I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to see where to do the cutting, so I decided to do that first.

So I cut out a stitched rectangle card base, and a stitched rectangle card panel smaller than the card base.  Then taking the card panel, I cut out the daisy flower and then one of the sprigs of flowers and leaves on either side of the daisy.  I then stamped the sentiment onto the card panel so that was finished with for now.

The next thing to do was put the card base and the card panel, how I am going to have them into the misti, and then laid the daisy stamp onto the cut out daisy on the card panel, closed the lid to pick up the stamp, and then took away the card panel, to stamp the flower onto the card base.  I did all three layers, masked the daisy stamipng, then repeated the process for the sprigs, although there is only the outline stamp for this one, so I then coloured it with some zig real colour brush markers.

Then back to the die cut card panel, I put some craft foam onto the back so that it would be raised off of the stamping on the card base and then stuck that down.
For this technique I think you need to keep it simple, so that you don’t have problems get the die cutting and stamping to line up.     

That is the card complete. Here is a video of me making the card, if you prefer to watch it in full HD on my Youtube channel then that is here

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The materials I used to make this card were:
Altenew Garden treasures stamp
Altenew Garden treasures die set
Altenew Birthday greetings stamp
Sue Wilson stitched lattice frames
Simon says stamp stitched rectangle dies
Versafine onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
EK success powder tool
Altenew crisp ink mini cubes, Frosty pink, Coral Berry & Grapevine
White card base
Wite card for front panel
Sweet petunia downloaded grid acetate sheet.
Double sided tape
Craft Foam
Zig clean colour real brush markers
044 Deep Green
045 Pale green
050 yellow
051 lemon yellow
070 Orange

I hope this card might have enspired you to use you co-ordinated stamp and dies in a different way. Happy Card making

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Colour on colour floral card

This card is much simpler than the last card in the fact that I am only going to be stamping the outline stamps with white, and using one colour of card for both the card base and the card panel.

So I have chosen purple to do this card, as I thought the white would stand out beautifully on it. So I stamped a range of leaf and flower outline stamps. I used this from the Altenew Garden treasures stamp set, as it had a lovely range, but you could use any stamp set or a mixture and would get similar results.

I started out by stamping a range of the flowers and leaves, quite a few, as I wasn’t sure how many or what I was going to use on this card.
I cut them out with the co-ordinating die set, you could also fussy cut them out. 

I got the card base ready, I made a card base with the purple card, then cut a silver rectangle (110mm x 164mm) in some silver mirror card, and then another card panel of the purple card that was  108mm x 159mm. I stuck down the silver onto the card base with double sided tape but left the top purple panel until I had done the sentiment. 

This I stamped on a white card strip with the stamp to say ‘You are’ and ‘cherished’, then trimmed it down so it was a thinner strip, stuck it down on the purple card panel and trimmed it to fit, then stuck that down onto the silver card with double sided tape also. 

That is my card base ready for the floral arrangement.  I fiddled around with how I wanted that to look, then when I was happy I used a piece of ‘press and seal’ to stick onto the arrangement, so that I could keep it all together, then flipped it over and started putting clear foam tape on each piece layer by layer, flipping it back onto the card front until all but the last few flowers were remaining, then used a combination of foam tape and glue to stick the last top flowers down. 

The last touch was to scatter some purple sequins around the perimeter of the floral arrangement, some poking out underneath and some fully. 

That is the card complete. Here is a video of me making the card, if you prefer to watch it in full HD on my Youtube channel then that is here

The materials I used to make this card were:
Altenew Garden treasures stamp
Altenew Garden treasures die set
Simon says stamp Thoughtful messages stamp
Versamark ink
Versafine onyx black ink
Ranger white embossing powder
Ranger clear embossing powder
Purple card base
Purple card panel
Silver mirror card panel
Acrylic block
Metal ruler
Craft knife
Double sided tape
Kool tak clear foam tape
Quilled precision applicator botte
Cosmic shimmer dries clear glue
Purple sequins
Jewel picker