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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