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Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Ombre emboss resist - water bottle inspiration.

This card was to show that you can get inspiration for card in all sorts of places.
My daughter recently bought this water bottle and I looked at the flower design on it and the ombre effect and thought I could make a card like this!


So I got a piece of Strathmore Smooth water colour paper a bit bigger than my card base, and I stamped some flowers and leaves all over it with versamark ink and white embossing powder.  I then did some 'filler' lines and small 'daisy' flowers with an embossing pen, so that I got an all over stamped effect, like the bottle has.  Once I had heat set all of the embossing, I used some Aquatini ink to ink blend from the bottom and fade it out towards the top, to give the ombre effect.  


I then stamped a sentiment onto a scrap of white card, cut a strip of silver card to use as a banner for a sentiment.  The final touch was another single flower stamped out, and then coloured in with alcohol markers.  I also stuck a pretty pink posh clear droplet into the centre of the flower.



For a simpler version of this card, I stamped a strip rather than doing the whole card front.  I stuck that down onto my card base and then stuck a sentiment I had stamped and embossed then fussy cut out, onto the card part way across the panel with foam tape. Three clear droplets arranged above the sentiment finished it off.  


So I guess what I am trying to show here, is there is inspiration to be found in all sorts of places.  In nature, in other products such as the water bottle.  I have a coffee mug with a lovely oriental look to it, that I have been wanting to do in a card at some stage, so just keep your eyes and imagination open to possibilities.

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 and affiliate links of same or similar are:


Card base 5“ x 7”

Two pieces of Bristol Strathmore smooth water colour card
Strathmore Bristol smooth card


Altenew Perfectly Perfect stamp

---- http://shrsl.com/260pf ----{altenew}

Altenew Peony Scrolls

----- http://shrsl.com/2620f -----{Altenew}

Altenew Birthday greeting stamp

----- http://shrsl.com/260py -----{Altenew}

Catherine Pooler ink pads,
Minis – Life of the party - Aquatini

Catherine Pooler Ink pad – Aquatini


Versafine Onyx black ink

Momento Tuxedo Black Ink


Ranger white embossing powder


Ranger clear fine embossing powder


WOW Heat tool

 ----- {Krafters Cart NZ}

Couture creations Goodbye static pad


Cutter Bee Scissors


Gina K foam tape



Double sided tape



Pretty Pink Posh 6mm clear droplets
Pretty Pink Posh 4mm clear droplets




Simon says stamp sending and wishing stamp set
Ruler
Craft knife
Acrylic block
Scissors


DISCLOSURE


All the products used in my videos and on my blog are purchased on my own for my own use.  I however am affiliated with several companies and show the links to these for your own convenience at no cost to you.  I do make a small commission when you shop using those links.  I do not work for any companies for money, and am not paid to make my videos.  I try really hard to bring you quality videos based on my own personal experience. I choose to make these videos as I would like to pass on my knowledge of about 20 years of crafting and card making and feel we can all learn from each other.  Thank you for watching my videos or visiting my blog.  





Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Floating Frame Technique - 2 cards

This year I am trying some techniques I haven't tried before. I did the eclipse technique for a valentine's day card, and this one today is one I hadn't tried before. 

Its called the Floating frame technique. You stamp a series of stamps of whatever you want, then arrange them on a card panel.  Then you cut out a rectangle from the middle, so that you have an outside frame shape and an inside rectangle that you can use on another card.  You raise the stamp pieces with foam tape and stick them on the front of your card, which forms a 'floating frame'

This challenged me a little.  I found once I got the frame cut out, it wasn't easy to position the pieces back onto your card panel and get it all straight!


I used the Altenew Garden Treasures stamp set and stamped the main flower out in pinks and the daisy flower out in mauves, and did some masking so that I could stamp some leaves 'behind' each of the flowers.  I then fussy cut them out and arranged them on my card panel. 

The next thing to do is put a piece of Glad Press and Seal on the top of them so that they stick to the press and seal so that they stay in place while you cut out a rectangle in the middle with a die. 

You then need to flip the frame over and put foam tape onto the backs of all the flowers and leaves, peel the backing paper off the tape, then flip it back over and place it carefully onto your card panel.  This is where it all went wrong for me, but i was able to trim the card panel back a little to straighten the frame.  


I stamped a sentiment into the middle of the frame, and then attached it all to my card base.  

The second card was made with the rectangle you cut out for the frame. I mounted this onto a card base, then made a 'frame' by using two rectangle frames, one slightly bigger than the other.  This I put some foam tape on the back so it stood out around the centre 'floating' flowers.  This idea for this frame came from Jennifer McGuire who did a video of this technique a couple of years ago.  


I then stamped a sentiment onto some hot pink card and stuck that over the frame and flowers.  


Two cards out of one process, great!



I am really happy with how the colours and flowers look on this card.  You can do this technique with a variety of stamps, they don't have to be flowers.  I have seen a few done on Pinterest that were done with shells.

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.


Supplies and affiliate links 

Card base 5“ x 7” and a card panel

Spare piece of card for the frame and some hot pink card for sentiment

Altenew Garden treasure stamp 
------ {Krafters Cart NZ}

Ranger letter it clear stamp - Birthday
 ----- {Krafters Cart NZ}

Altenew Birthday greeting stamp
 ---- {Krafters Cart NZ}

Altenew crisp ink cubes
Cotton candy (Four scoops)
 ----- {Krafters Cart NZ}

Coral Berry, Ruby Red 
Red Cosmos
 ----- {Krafters Cart NZ}

Firefly & Grass fields
Green Valley
 ----- {Krafters Cart NZ}

Soft lilac, Lavender fields, Deep Iris
Shades of Purple
 ----- {Krafters Cart NZ}

Frayed leaf & Forest glades
Green Fields
----- {Krafters Cart NZ}

Versafine Onyx black ink
 ----- {Krafters Cart NZ}

Ranger fine clear embossing powder 
 ----- {Krafters Cart NZ}

Original Misti
 ----- {Krafters Cart NZ}

Nuvo deluxe adhesive
 ----- {Krafters Cart NZ}

Cutter Bee Scissors
----- {Krafters Cart NZ}

Any rectangle dies for initial frame centre and then two, one slightly bigger than the other to make the frame for second card.

Heat tool
Sizzix big shot
Foam tape
Ruler
Craft knife
Scissors
Double sided tape



I hope you will give this technique a go, although a challenge to make, the end result looks amazing, very effective.  It is a technique I will certainly be trying again with some other types of stamps.  








Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Stitched Circle window Card

This card has a very simple design to it, but you can change it up depending on your card making ability. I have had quite a few newbies reach out to me through my videos, and comment that they would like something easier to do.  

So I plan to try in most cases if the card design is for more advanced card makers, to have an easier option.  I think this card is quite achievable for most card makers.

So all it is is a stitched circle (it can be any circle or even any shape) and I have raised it up with some craft foam, and stamped some flowers to go behind the panel with the circle cut out of it, which will also be raised on foam, and then you look through that to the sentiment.


Pretty simple concept.  I chose to do some layered stamping for my flowers, but you could go as simple as you liked, or use what ever you might have, colour them in how you choose. 





The second card I used some stamps that are just block colour, that you can stamp on top of each other to make different looking flowers. Also this one I chose to use a patterned paper to put behind my 'window' and stamped the sentiment on top of that.  



So really your choice as to what level of stamping you want to do to make this 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 and panel 6" x 6"
Marianne Creatables inside out circle die
Altenew Garden Treasure stamp
Altenew Beautiful day stamp
Altenew Birthday greeting stamp
My favourite things modern blooms stamp
Altenew Crisp ink cubes: Pink diamond, pinkalcious, Rubelite, Firefly & Grass fields, buttercream, warm sunshine & paper bag
Catherine Pooler ink pads, Party collection minis
Versafine Onyx black ink
Misti
Craft foam sheet
Foam tape
Cutter Bee scissors
Double sided tape
Scissors
Clear droplets
Nuvo deluxe adhesive
Lemoncraft House of roses 6 x 6 paper pack
Simon says stamp wishing and sending


Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Valentine's Love with eclipse technique

This card I am using the Eclipse technique. I haven't done this before, but see lots of examples on pinterest and you tube.  Jennifer McGuire has just done a video on it, so check that out on her channel.

I am also using a new product to me, the vibrant spray Die cut tape, this is gorgeous, and can make so many varied and beautiful cards with it, so thought I would use it to make this card.  


I couldn't decide to start with if I wanted to have the die strip towards the top or down the bottom, so that the letters were white with just a bit of the floral design, but ended up going with it right through the middle. I will have a go at the other options at some stage.  

I stuck down the strip onto a card panel the same size as my card base, and then cut out the word 'LOVE' with some large alphabet dies.  

Being careful to save the die cuts and the centre of the 'O'.  I then cut out another set with some black craft foam.  You could alternatively cut out 4 or 5 sets out of black or a darker colour (need a contrast) and then glue them stacked on top of each other.  

I glued the die cut letters onto the craft foam ones. I then stuck the card panel down onto the card base making sure I put some strips of tape runner across the section where the letters will be, so that I could stick down my craft foam and die cut letter into the negative spaces of the letters.  



I made a secondary sentiment and stuck that down under the letters with some foam tape.  



It was a really easy card to make and looks gorgeous with the water coloured flower strip!
I think the trick to this technique is to make sure you have a contrasting colour to mount behind your letters, so that it stands out.  The possibilities are endless for these cards, you can do them on a plain background and make a feature of the colours behind the letters, you can do it on a stamped image, a picture of some kind.... lots of possibilities!

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 and card panel 5“ x 7”
Scrap of red card and black craft foam
Altenew Vibrant Spray Die cut tape
Stampin up Large alphabet framelet dies
Simon Says Stamp thoughtful messages stamp set
Versamark ink
Ranger white embossing powder
Heat tool
Powder embossing buddy
Misti
Sizzix big shot
Washi tape
T-square ruler
Foam tape
Gina K dotted tape runner
Nuvo deluxe adhesive




Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Sweetheart Roses Valentine's Card

Well it is 2020 already, I don’t know where my time off went, I seemed to be busy with market,s either doing them or going to them


This card I am using an older stamp of Wplus 9 called freehand florals. I think of it as sweetheart roses, small and sweet. Although it is a layering stamp it is a great one for now having to be very exact. You can be quite varied with how you layer it, to get different looking roses. 

I start off by drawing around a heart die, smaller than the one I am going to cut out for my sentiment, so that I can stamp my roses around the shape to try and get a slightly heart shaped stamped background.

I used the red cosmos stamp set of mini cubes from Altenew and one of the greens from the Green fields set as well.  I stamped a range or roses and sprigs until I was happy with how it looked. 



I then stamped a sentiment (I don’t have many suitable for Valentines cards!) and then cut it out with the larger heart die then mounted it with craft foam so that it looked like it was floating on top of my stamping. 

I felt there was a bit of a gap at the bottom of my card, so I cut out 3 outline hearts out of gold foil card, and put those in a group of 3 underneath my stamping and a couple of the inner die cuts from these around my sentiment.  I think finally I am happy with this.



You could do this card with any floral stamps, it certainly doesn’t need to be the wplus9 stamp set I have used.  I think it would look great with other stamp sets as well. 

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 out with a rectangle die (any)
Wplus9 Freehand Floral die
Paper Xtra sentiment stamp
Heart nesting dies (Darice)
Memory Box mini heart collection die
Altenew crisp ink cube Forest glades, Cotton Candy, Coral Berry, Ruby Red & Grapevine
Acrylic block
Versafine Onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Heat tool
Powder embossing buddy
Misti
Sizzix big shot
washi tape
Craft foam sheet
Marvey Jewel picker
EK success tweezes
Scrap of gold foil card
Nuvo deluxe adhesive







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