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Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Silver and Pink Poinsettia Card

For the last card in my Christmas series this year, I did a somewhat different card than most of the others this year.  Not so clean and simple.


All the dies I have used other than the poinsettia die which is a Sue Wilson die, are aliexpress dies.  The frame dies and the stacking dies are.  

I used quite a variety to make a layered frame to put my flower arrangement on. I started off by cutting out a stitched square that was to cover my entire card base. Then I cut a scalloped inside square that has a stitched border.  Then I cut a scalloped inside circle and a dotted square into another piece of card that was a few millimetres smaller than than scalloped square, so that it could go in behind it. I then put all my pieces together in my Misti, to work out where I needed to stamp my sentiment on the bottom stitched square.  I went ahead and stamped that with clear sticky ink and then embossed it with silver embossing powder and heat set it. (unfortunately it went a little wrinkled)!  I then cut out a piece of craft foam and mounted that behind the largest stitched square and put that onto my card base.  Then I put thin pieces of foam tape all around the scalloped square and mounted it onto the scalloped circle  piece with the dotted square.  This was mounted onto the stitched background and that is my 'frame' ready.


I then cut out two of the large and 4 of the small poinsettias out of some white glitter paper, and 4 small out of silver mirror card. I inked the centre of the white glitter ones with a sponge dauber and some pink ink. I cut out some holly leaves out of white and a pale green card.  


I shaped all the leaves and individual petals a little with my thumb nails to get a bit of dimension and then glued pairs of the flower dies together with a dob of thick glue and then another dob of glue in the middle of the poinsettias and put a few white glittery beads into them and left them to dry a little.  I could then go ahead and make my arrangement alternating the pink and silver small poinsettias and having the bigger one in the middle. The leaves went in behind the flower.  


I think the card turned out very pretty and the pink and white although not traditional in colour makes a very pretty card!

I have a video of making the card.


If you would prefer to see it in full HD then hop over to my You Tube channel here.

The materials I used to make the card are:
Card base 5 3/4“ x 5 3/4“ or 14.5cm x 14.5cm
Spare piece of card for the frame parts 
white glitter paper, silver and green card
Square stitched die set - Aliexpress
Square dotted die set - Aliexpress
Square inside scalloped die set - Aliexpress
inside scalloped round die set - Aliexpress
Sue Wilson Poinsettia additions die set
Marianne creatables holly die
Kaisercraft mistletoe stamp set
Catherine Pooler ink pads, It's a girl 
white beads
small foam dauber
Versamark ink
Ranger silver embossing powder
Heat tool
Powder embossing buddy
Misti
Sizzix big shots
Foam tape
Craft foam sheet
Ruler
Craft knife
Double sided tape
Scissors
Aleenes Tacky glue
Spellbinder multi tool

Well thank you for coming along with me for my Christmas series this year. 
I want to wish you all a lovely Christmas and a Happy and safe New Year.
I am going to take a break now until the new year. It is our busy time with the cottage shop and all the Christmas crafts for that and the markets we do.
See you in the New Year 


Wednesday, 30 October 2019

JOY Card


Again another clean and simple card, this one was really easy to do. 





I started off making a poinsettia in red paper using the Sue Wilson Poinsettia die set.  This is going to by my ‘O’ in JOY.
I then used a ‘J’ and a ‘Y’ from a big alphabet set of dies, and on a card panel, I put the poinsettia flower in the middle then spaced the two other letters out until they looked right in spacing, and then cut those out with my die machine. 



I put some craft foam onto the back of the card panel, and then found a couple of scraps of Christmas paper and put them on the card base, so that you can see it through the ‘J’ and the ‘Y’.  I mounted this all on a red card base. And that was it finished.  Pretty easy one this time.  You could turn this into a shaker card with the two outside letters if you wanted to. 

I’m starting to second guess myself with all these Clean and Simple cards, is it getting a little boring for my watchers.  I will have to try and do at least one that is a bit more fancy!  I think it is a phase I am going through at the moment with my card making, so it has just overflowed into my Christmas Cards.  Usually I do really fancy ones!

I have a video of making the card.


If you would prefer to see it in full HD then hop over to my You Tube channel here.

The materials I used to make the card are:
Red Card base 5“ x 7”
Spare piece of card
red card for poinsettia
scrap christmas papers for letters
Sue Wilson Poinsettia addition die
Stampin up Large letter dies
gold beads
Sizzix big shot
Foam tape
Craft foam sheet
Ruler
Craft knife
Washi tape
Cutter Bee scissors
Double sided tape
Scissors
Aleene's tacky glue
Nuvo deluxe adhesive




Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Blended Snow Scene with Christmas Star Card

This Christmas Card is a lovely clean and simple one.  When I first started my You Tube channel I did a card, which I thought was quite simple, and to date, it is one of my most watched and commented on cards.  It was quite similar, but instead of using masking and dies like I am with this one, I used some stamps, and I made it into a shaker card bauble.  So I thought why not do something similar but make it simpler still!


So I cut a circle out of a piece of masking paper, and stuck the negative portion on my card front, and used the positive piece to cut out some tree dies. 

I then stuck the tree masks down, with the smaller trees either side and the bigger one in the middle to be in the fore front.
I then used a variety of blue inks to do some blending.  Tim Holtz distress inks Tumbled Glass and Salty ocean, Catherine Pooler’s Something blue, and Altenew Sapphire. 



Once I was happy with the blending, I sprinkled some water on it, waited a few seconds then dabbed it off, this was to resemble stars in the sky, but I wasn’t happy with that, so I ended up using a white and stardust Gelly Roll pen to draw some dots for stars.

I hand drew a Christmas star, because I don’t have a die in my stash.  I then coated it in some gold liquid pearls, several coats and the on the last coat while it was still wet, sprinkled some biodegradable glitter onto it, and left to dry. 



In the meantime, I stamped a sentiment onto the card just under my blended circle and embossed that.  Then I just had to glue by star in the sky and that was the card completed


I have a video of making the card.


If you would prefer to see it in full HD then hop over to my You Tube channel here.

The materials I used to make the card are:
Card base 13cm x 15.5cm or 5 1/8 x 6 1/8"
Inkadinkadoo masking paper
Set of three tree  Ellen Hutson dies
Circle die
Tim Holtz Distress inks salty ocean and tumbled glass 
Catherine Pooler ink pads, something blue
Altenew crisp ink cube Sapphire
Versafine Onyx black ink
Painter tape
water and small paint brush
Ranger clear embossing powder
Heat tool
Misti
Sizzix big shot
Gelly roll pens white and stardust
Joy Crafts Banner sentiment stamp
Small scrap of white card for star
Liquid pearls gold
biodegradable gold glitter 
Ruler
Craft knife
Cutter Bee scissors
Double sided tape
Scissors
Pencil
Nuvo deluxe adhesive
Tim Holtz blending tool and sponges

Another simple card and something a little different for a Christmas card


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Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Christmas Bauble Shaker Card

Goodness it has been a while since I made a shaker card, I have to remember how to do them!
I got a card panel, that I have cut out with a stitched rectangle die, and cut out 3 circles staggered down the card panel with the snowflake die from the Impression Obsession Christmas die set.


I then stuck plastic strips behind them, and then put some double sided tape all the way around the die cuts, then added a piece of craft foam, that I had cut circles of where the baubles are, to the back of the panel.  I then put double sided tape on the back of the craft foam all around the circles again to make sure it will stick and seal perfectly.  

I then filled the 'baubles' with some red glitter and sequins and then covered those with some pieces of christmas paper that had red stars on it.  This seals off the shaker portions so that the card panel can be flipped over and stuck to the card base.  


I used a larger Christmas sentiment but only wanted to use the 'Merry Christmas' part of it, so I masked off the part I didn't want to use, then inked the stamp, took off the masking and stamped the sentiment onto the top right corner of the card.  

I have used a memory box snowflake die which has a bow to cut 3 bows out of gold foil card.I used some really thin foil tape (usually used in nail art that I had) but you could use thin strips of foil card, ribbon or even thread to do this, to be the strings of each bauble, then stuck the bow down just above each bauble.



You could do this with any bauble dies you have, you would just need to cut out a circle that was slightly smaller than the outside of your die, and mount that onto your card front.

Use what you have got, be creative, you certainly don’t have to use the exact dies I have. 

I have a video of making the card.


If you would prefer to see it in full HD then hop over to my You Tube channel here.

The materials I used to make the card are:
Dark red Card base 5“ x 7”
Spare white piece of card cut with rectangle die
Impression obsession Christmas circle cutout die
Versafine Onyx black ink
Misti
Sizzix big shot
Craft foam sheet
Memory box snowflake die for bow
Cutter Bee scissors
Double sided tape
Scissors
Nuvo deluxe adhesive
Nail art foil strip rolls
red sequins and glitter

I hope you enjoyed this card and have got some ideas for your own Christmas cards.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Recessed Snowflake Card

This card I am using one snowflake die, which I particularly like for its detail, but just use whatever you have. 



I cut out a snowflake in gold foil card.  I then stuck some craft foam to a card panel I had cut out with a rectangle die, and cut the die out again, slightly in from the edge, popped out the die cut to use on another project.  I then flipped over my front panel, and slotted the gold die cut upside down into the negative space, and put liquid glue over both negative and die cut.  I then flipped front panel over and placed that on my card base, centering it nicely.  I then used a pokie tool to push the gold die cut down in to the recessed portion of the negative space of the die cut front panel, so that it was glued down onto my card base.  This method seemed to work really well! 




Finally I stamped a sentiment onto a scrap piece of card and put that onto the front card panel just below and over from the snowflake.




That is the card finished.  I wanted it to stay clean and simple.  
You could do this with any snowflake dies, or even some other Christmas dies if you wished.  The possibilities are endless

I have a video of making the card.


If you would prefer to see it in full HD then hop over to my You Tube channel here.

The materials I used to make the card are:
Card base 5“ x 7”
Spare piece of card cut with rectangle die
spare piece for sentiment
Piece of gold mirror card
Snowflake die (impression Obsession)
Versamark ink
Ranger gold embossing powder
Heat tool
Misti
Sizzix big shot 
Washy tape
Metal adapter plate
Stick-it double-sided paper
Craft foam sheet
Ruler
Craft knife
Joy craft sentiment stamp
My sweet petunia acetate grid sheet
Spellbinder pokie tool
Double sided tape
Scissors
Nuvo deluxe adhesive

I hope this card inspired you to make something different for your Christmas cards this year.
This wasn't hard to make at all but turned out to be very elegant.



Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Stenciled Cards = 3 cards

These cards turned out to a bit more of a mission than I thought, but in the end I made 3 cards. 
I wanted to make two stencilled and foiled cards with the Kaisercraft stencil called Holly. 

I used some deco foil transfer gel on a separate piece of card with a palette knife over the stencil and then foiled them with my Mink machine.  The green holly one turned out fine, but for some reason the poinsettia portion of the stencil oozed underneath the stencil, so looked awful when I foiled it.  I had several more goes, but with the same result…. Agggghh!
I think the stencil has a bit of a buckle in the plastic, so it just won’t sit flat. 






Soooooo… I ended up using the same stencil and did inking through it, with a darkish red (Altenew Coral Berry) and that worked fine.  



Then I decided instead of wasting the foiled ones that I had done, I cut out some of the better poinsettias out of the cards I had done, and stuck them all over a card panel. 





To make up the three cards, I cut the bottom of the card panels on an angle, then mounted that onto my card front, stuck a strip of co-ordinating foil card along that and trimmed off the ends. 

Then on another piece of scrap card, I cut the same angle and stamped my sentiment onto that, and stuck that to my card front.

Lastly on the inked stencilled card, I stuck some flat back white pearls into the centre of all of the poinsettias, and for the cut out foiled poinsettias, in between them, I put dots of liquid pearls dotted around the break the white spaces. 

So three cards with a similar look but all done a little differently!  Sometimes when things go wrong, there is a way to selvage the card, you just have to think outside the square!


I have a video of making the card.


If you would prefer to see it in full HD then hop over to my You Tube channel here.

The materials I used to make the card are:
3 Card base 5“ x 7”
Spare piece of card for the bottom sentiment
Strips of foil card
Red Decofoil foil
Heidi Swapp mint foil
Decofoil Transfer gel
Mink machine
Carrier sheets
Kaisercraft 12 x 12 stencil Holly
Versamark ink
Ranger Gold embossing powder
Ranger Silver Embossing powder
Versafine Onyx black ink
Heat tool
Kaisercraft mistletoe stamp
Joy crafts sentiment stamp
Altenew Crisp ink Coral Berry
Ranger small blending tool and sponge
Ruler
Craft knife
Cutter Bee scissors
Double sided tape
Scissors
White flat back pearls
Rouge liquid pearls
Nuvo deluxe adhesive
Tombow mono eraser



Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Spotlight Flower Card

This card I have done something similar before, and I really like the effect, so decided to do it again.  There are lots of them like this out there, and I have seen quite a few done with the Beautiful Day stamp set, but this time I decided to use the Wallpaper Art stamp set.

The main thing you need to do is have your front panel and your card base the exact size and you need to use a stamp positioning tool to make sure you are stamping in exactly the same position on both card base and front panel.

So decide where you want to have the stamps and start stamping each part of the arrangement, masking as you go, and swapping between the card base and front panel, making each one an exact replica of the other one.  

Once you have finished the stamping then take the front panel and cut this down to what size you want the coloured portion to be, this can be whatever you like.  I decided to just cut 2cm off all the way around.  

Then colour what is left of the front panel only.  I used copics and used a flicking method with 3 shades of the purple and greens.  

I then found a piece of card that was a good match for the purples I had used, and stuck my front panel down onto this and then trimmed so only a few millimetres of the colour was showing as a frame.  I also used this to stamp my sentiment on and then cut this out in a strip.  




That's pretty much it... and such a cool effect. The last time I did one of these cards, I did the flower stamping just at the top, I have seen lots of variations to this idea.  Check them out and have a go.


I have a video of making the card.


If you would prefer to see it in full HD then hop over to my You Tube channel here.

The materials I used to make the card are:
Card base 5“ x 7”
Card panel also 5" x 7"
A small piece of purple car
Altenew Wallpaper art stamp
Altenew Birthday greeting stamp
Versamark ink
Momento Tuxedo black ink
Misti
Copics Purples: V12, V15, V17 Greens: YG00, YG03, YG63 Greys: C3 & C5
Craft foam sheet
Metal Ruler
Craft knife
Double sided tape
Scissors
heat tool
Ranger clear embossing powder
White & Sparkling Gelly roll pens for going over stamens.  

Thank you for dropping by, I hope I have inspired you to have a go at this technique, there are lots of possibilities and another way you can use your stamps in a different way.



Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Clean and Simple Peony card

This card was a quick and easy card to do, and I have purposely not put a sentiment on it, so that I could use it for various occasions.  


I started by cutting a piece of card down and putting that in my misti, just because I had it out, you certainly don't need to use it for this card, an acrylic block would be just fine. 


I stamped the flower and then masked it, and used the stalk from the Altenew Wallpaper Art stamp set, which turns out is the only stalk I have in any of my sets!
I stamped that and then stamped one leaf as well.  
I coloured the flower, stalk and leaves with copics.
I made a double bow with my bow maker and wrapped the extra strip of ribbon around the back of the panel and then attached it to some craft foam and then onto the card base. 


And that is the card finished! 



I have a video of making the card.


If you would prefer to see it in full HD then hop over to my You Tube channel here.

The materials I used to make the card are:
Card base 5“ x 7”
Extra piece of card the same as my base cut down to 8.5 x 13.5 cm or 3 3/8" x 5 3/8"
Copics Y02,Y15,YG00,YG03, R22 & R35
Altenew Beautiful Peony Stamp
Altenew Wallpaper Art Stamp
Momento Tuxedo Black ink
Misti
Craft foam sheet
Metal Ruler
Craft knife
Double sided tape
Scissors
Yellow organza ribbon 2.5cm wide
Handmade bow maker

I hope this card has inspired you to make a simple card, they don't always have to be complicated or overdone, simple is sometimes more beautiful!