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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
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!



Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Blended Ink Background Peony Card

This card is similar to my last, as in I have made a bouquet of flowers using the Altenew Beautiful Peony stamp set, but instead of doing a textured stencil background, I have done a blended ink background



I again used the Catherine Pooler ink pads, and the makeup brush I have done in the previous videos, this time I used a light pink and a yellow and blended it for a background that went from the bottom right across the card to the top left in a triangular pattern.


The stamps I stamped in Versafine Onyx black ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder, and then coloured them in with pink and green inks  I then fussy cut them out. I also stamped a sentiment onto the top of the card.



I fiddled around until I was happy with the arrangement I set about gluing the leaves down, and then the flowers with two different foam tapes, so that I got some different levels and dimension. 



Finally some Nuvo crystal drops dotted around 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.https://youtu.be/OWZcP40q2BQ

The materials I used to make the card are:
Card base 5“ x 7”
Two piece of Bristol Strathmore smooth water colour card
Altenew Beautiful Peony Stamp
Altenew Birthday Greetings Stamp
Catherine Pooler ink pads, Its a girl, Party Time mini set (Tiara, Lime Rickey and Party Dresses)
Makeup brushes
No 2 paint brush
Versafine Onyx black ink
Ranger Clear embossing powder
embossing buddy
Heat gun
Misti
2 depths of Foam tape
Craft foam sheet
Metal Ruler
Craft knife
Cutter Bee scissors
Double sided tape
Scissors
Nuvo deluxe adhesive
Nuvo Crystal drops - Bubblegum blush


Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Beautiful Day of Peonies


I have just got another stamp set of Altenews, this one is the Beautiful Peony, and it is so lovely.  I decided to colour some of the stamps from the set and the main flower from the Beautiful Day set, along with some sprigs from the Beautiful Day set and leaves from both stamp sets.  I used copics to colour them in, using pinks and yellows for the flowers.  


I used the leaf burst stencil and used some modelling paste to make a textured but subtle background on a extra piece of card that was a little bigger than my card base.  I then added it to my card base and then started to arrange the flowers and leaves and sprigs that I had fussy cut out.  



Once I was happy with the arrangement, I put some 'press and seal' over the flowers and leaves and then flipped the whole arrangement over to add glue to the back, then flipped it back as a whole arrangement and stuck it down onto my stencilled background and left them to dry for a bit while I got my sentiment strip made.  


For the sentiment I stamped it on a strip of black card, as I wanted it to be thin to go over the flowers at the top.  



I peeled the 'press and seal' off and glued any flowers and leaves that were still loose, and then stuck the sentiment over them.  A final bling with some clear sparkling sequins and that is it 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”
Spare pieces of card for the stamping and stencil front panel
Strip of black card
Altenew Stencil Leaf burst
Altenew Beautiful Day and Beautiful Peony stamp sets
Altenew Birthday greeting stamp
Golden light modelling paste
Copics: YG00, YG03, YG17, RV00, RV21, RV13, RV14,Y02, Y15
Press and Seal
Momento Tuxedo black ink
Versamark ink
Versafine Onyx black ink
Ranger white embossing powder
Heat tool
Powder embossing buddy
Acrylic block
Board
Painters tape
palette knife
Ruler
Craft knife
Cutter Bee scissors
Double sided tape
Scissors
Nuvo deluxe adhesive
Pretty Pink posh clear sparkling sequins
Jewel picker

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Poppies with Copics card

I have made another card using the Wallpaper Art stamps, they are so easy to colour, this time I have used Copics to colour them.  



I stamped a strip of the flowers with two of the flower stamps and one of the leaves out of the set and using some masks I stamped the row with leaves popping out from behind. 

I then coloured them in with copics.  I don't have very many of them but the colours I do have, I have tried to buy sets of three shades of, so this was using the red set, I had two different darker reds, and wasn't sure which one was best so used both, a grey set and a green set. I have the numbers I used in the list below.  


I coloured the flowers and leaves in and then fussy cut them out to the stamped line and went around the edge with a black pen to tidy the edges up.  

I then did some shading on the card base with some greys so that it would look like a shadow underneath the coloured strip when I mounted them onto the card with some foam tape behind.  A sentiment and some nuvo crystal enamel dots finished the card off.


I really enjoyed the colouring of these flowers, its been a while since I have done any copic colouring, so I will have to try and do some more.

Here is a video on making the card, if you would prefer to see it in Hd then go to my YouTube channel here.  


The materials I have used for this card are:

2 card bases 5“ x 7” 
Spare piece of card for the flower strip
Altenew Wallpaper art stamp
Kaisercraft save the date stamp
Momento tuxedo black ink
Versafine Onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Heat tool
Powder embossing buddy
Misti
Copic markers Reds; RV29, R46, R35, R22 Greens; YG67, YG63, YG17 Greys; C5, C3, C1 and blender pen
Craft foam sheet
Double sided tape
Scissors
Nuvo deluxe adhesive
Ruler
Craft knife
Rubber
Cutter Bee scissors
Black emboss pen, but any black marker will do
pencil

I hope this card has inspired you to use your flower stamps differently to make a border that can be used on a card.  This could be a card for any occassion and could be coloured with any colours or mediums.  Have a go!


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
Misti
Sizzix big shot
Acrylic block
Board
Painters tape
Stacking shaped dies
Foam tape
Craft foam sheet
Double sided tape
Scissors
Nuvo deluxe adhesive
Tim Holtz blending tool and sponges