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Holidays are coming!

Hello to all!

Its been a while since I had a chance to post anything; with Christmas on the horizon I am sure that we are all looking at our Christmas stashes with glee and becoming reacquainted with stamps/dies which we had forgotten that we have 🙂

Today I am bringing you an MDF project; this is my first attempt at one as I wanted to move into working with something more durable than a card and MDF seemed a reasonable priced option with the added benefit that if you really hate what you have done, you can sand it back and start again!

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Ingredients:

  • MDF door hanger
  • Spectrum sparkle pens
  • Sheena Douglass Ivy stamp
  • Sheena Douglass Christmas words Stamp
  • Dona Ratcliffe christmas pixie’s stamps
  • Sheena Douglass Twinkling lights die
  • Sheena Douglass poinsettia die
  • Spectrum Noir alcohol pens
  • clear glitter embossing powder
  • Pebeo 3d relief paste and silver foil
  • Pebeo silver gilding wax
  • Fomarian
  • Liquid pearls / glitter glue
  • Black embossing powder
  • White Gesso
  • fine micron pen

Base:

  1. Cover the whole base with white gesso and leave to dry
  2. splodge your choice of spectrum sparkle pens onto a glass matt
  3. pick-up with a damp sponge and dab freely onto the whole of the base.
  4. leave to dry(!)
  5. repeat from step 2 until you are happy with what you have
  6. Apply gilding wax all around the edges, bringing some of it on into the corners (you can do this later, but then you will have to navigate around stuff)

1st Layer:

  1. Stamp your base images (words and ivy) in black ink; I used versafine because it is so very juicy and the surface of the MDF is not as smooth/flat as a piece of card
  2. use a micron pen to fill out any bits that didn’t quite make it
  3. Stamp the toadstool house with an embossing ink and heat emboss

2nd Layer:

  1. Trace over various lines with the 3d paste; I chose to do the stems on the ivy and the line running through the words ‘sparkle’. I also did a couple of extra foil stars to match in with the word.
  2. leave the paste to go off (I recommend either walking away, or doing all the prep work for layer 3) if the paste has not turned clear, it is not ready.
  3. apply the foil

3rd Layer:

  1. On separate card, stamp out, colour and cut out your decoupage elements. This is the leaves for the ivy and the flying pixie. You may have noticed that I did not mention colouring the ivy on the first layer, this is because there is no point, you are going to cover it up with the decoupage anyway
  2. Die cut your additional elements. These are the twinkling lights and poinsettia elements. I have used foamarian for the poinsettia which will cut through at 3 layers of foam in one go (yay)
  3. Colour your elements – I have used sn pens for both; in addition I also drew on some vein lines in the flowers with a micron pen.
  4. Shape elements as required
  5. Cover the fairy lights (the actual lights only) with clear embossing powder and heat emboss with clear glitter embossing powder. I have done 2 layers of this, but you can do more.
  6. Layer up your elements onto the base (I’ve used 3d glue gel)

To finish:

  1. Add liquid pearls to the centre of the flower and as desired over the whole of the base
  2. Add gold glitter glue to areas of the flower for extra sparkle

And that’s it – happy crafting!

 

Tidying ……. Honest

You know when you start to tidy and find fun things?

Technically first card was intended but changed format because of the initial tidy.

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It is an engagement card for my son. The front is a shaker card using wedding table decorations for the ‘shaker’ part. Had intended to make a joy fold card but stuck the first bit wrong so changed the plan.

 

Tried again on the tidy thing and came across some toppers 🙂

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Didn’t get too carried away but did make them different to each other. Mostly decoupage and mats and layers. First one I distressed edges and made use of a HD ‘little Book image.

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Again some starting image but different interpretation.

Messy Craft

Well I thought I would have a play…………..

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Did this late one day about 3months ago (no rush then) its water and mica powders just randomly put on a A4 piece of card and left to dry.

At some point I have used half but today using the left over half.

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Cut to size and then I have used a stencil and distress ink to complete the background. I have several stencils and am trying to make myself use them more as I do (mostly) like the results.

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Added a HD topper and a couple of die cuts. Not clear but Gold Wink of Stella used on the butterfly elements of the die cuts. Added a punched flower, all cut elements are from purple layer of card used to mat onto HD mirri layer.

While faffing also found a use for those containers we all think “surely I have a use for you” I use nail polish remover to clean tools but its always a bit of a faff. Was doing that today and noticed this on my desk …

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It does have the lid. I have decanted some remover into it and hey presto …………….

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While general tidying I can put messy tools into pot and let soak for a few minutes with no extra mess.

50 Years

Needed to make a 50th Birthday card and thought I would share.

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Using a Hunkydory base card and matching topper. I have achieved the lettering by first cutting them out of the card base, I have then also cut them out of basic white card. The white card die cuts have been placed back into the base card with the patterned ones then added on top. ( Note it pays to put a piece of copy paper between face of base card and cutting plate to avoid marks from cutting plate spoiling the base card.) For the shaker element I have put the topper flat on card and the created the shaker with circular part of topper, the shaking bit being some ‘wedding crystals’ from Home Bargains and some little pink stars from Printable Heaven. I have also dotted a few of the stars on the front of card. The pink flowers are bought ones (Amazon £1.49 for 144) and added some die cut flourishes. The ivory flowers are from Printable Heaven with d’diamond’ gems from my stash. Pink novo drops at top finish it all off.

Need to also make a box.

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For a change I kept it simple. Topper is from the same HD kit, I have double cut the lettering from the waste from making the box, added a different flower but put another of the ivory flowers in its centre to tie it all together.

 

Weird March

I also have not been a good blogger.

I have the problem that most of my recent makes are for people who may see this before they receive their cards.

These are three sent to a friend who has been off work so I have sent a card every couple of weeks just to say I am thinking of her. The flowers was the first one, hot water bottle during the snow and the middle one was old stuff I found.

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She is coming back to work on Monday so have made her an extra special card.

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It is a box card using a HunkyDory box kit. The box itself needs no explanation, the frame is part of the HD kit along with the stand on the back.

The image is from HD Little book, fussy cut three layers of decoupage. Sparkle and Nuvo drops added for interest, along with some curled wire and stamen.. The acetate is the heat resistant kind that has been stamped and heat embossed. I like working with acetate but despite the fact I bought the heat resistant about two years ago I have never used it. As the experiment worked I think I may be using it again, it is not really construction weight but I will still find uses. The flower embellishment I created on a scrap of mirri card so only had to stick the card to the front. This again was an experiment as I usually just create these types of embellishments directly on the card. This I found to be reasonably successful as it meant I could see easily if it worked without ruining the card. Bow, die-cuts and pearls added to finish off.

March

Well hello to all!

Its been a bit quiet on the blog front recently, but we have been busy busy busy 🙂

This is a small selection of our most recently commissioned pieces; if anyone wants to know specific products/techniques etc please ask 🙂

However the majority of the stamps are by Sheena Douglass/Donna Ratcliff with most of the colouring being various items from the Spectrum Noir Range; I have however tagged other products which have also been used.

I hope everyone is having a happy 2018 so far; I plan to spend a couple of happy crafty hours today so will quite possibly post some of the new goodies which have mysteriously arrived at my door….

 

Music to my eyes

Its now a holiday week for me too, which has happily coincided with the launch of some lovely new music themed stamps designed by Donna Ratcliff.

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There are six stamp plates altogether in the set featuring X4 different musical centerpieces and then a variety of co-ordinating detail and sentiment stamps. This post, however is specifically a card building post so I am going to go through the above card step by step.

Step 1

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I have used my Lyra Polycolour pencils here, but choose your preferred medium. You will notice that this is literally just the sax, this is because at the time I stamped it I just needed an image to take out and about with me to colour, so the rest of the stamping was an afterthought!

Step 2

Add detail to your main image

This is also the point at which I make decisions about overall size of the topper. Everything except for the flowers has been stamped over the top of the saxophone. I masked the saxophone off using Hunkydory’s masking paper but you can use a post-it or copier paper if you have something such as stick and spray to make it adhere to your card. Remember you do not necessarily need a full mask; on my topper it is only a small section on the body of the sax that actually needed to be covered. You could also use pebeo drawing gum however do take into account whether or not the card you have used for your topper will happily take a liquid being applied to it; because I used pencils here I also used momento to stamp rather than Versafine/Stazon so for my topper there would also be the risk of an ink bleed if I used the gum.

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I have then used an edged ruler to tear all four sides of the card and used distress ink around the edges; to finish I have then mounted it onto black card.

The flowers are x3 of the same image stamped and then coloured with the same colours as the flowers on the saxophone. I have then fussy cut them, shaped them and layered them onto the corner of my topper so the they hang outside of the frame. Without the flowers, this topper would fit a 5×7 card base, so its important to decide on your base card size before adding overhanging accessories or you may find yourself making a larger card then you intended(!)

Step Three

Base Layer

As I have already said this topper is roughly 5×7 which means I will need an 8×8 base or the topper to sit nicely. Obviously, I could just dig out a paper that looks nice with it, but frankly, that involves rummaging…. instead, I have made a matching base layer which allows me to repeat the same colours as the topper which will help it all tie together.

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This is the topper laid on top of an 8×8 base; as you can see, less than half of the base card needs to be decorating. To help with positioning, draw a light pencil line down the edge of the card (use the edge of the card as you would a ruler). Personally, I don’t want to faff around later trying to rub this line out, so I will shift the edge slightly further back before I draw the line- this means that the topper will cover the line when I stick it on, but I still have a guide as to where the edge of the topper will fall.

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This then, is my base. The stamps that will be coming out from under the topper are only partially stamped – why waste the ink?! – and the music notation joining the corners are 2nd/3rd generation stamps. I have used the tearing ruler again for the tears into the base layer.

Step Four

Put it all together

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As a further tie-in between the base and the topper, I have added some light pencil colouring against in the same shades as on the topper. On my example, the base is supposed to be more faded than the topper however if you wanted it to be a more equal balance you would just need to do the base layer stamping in the same black as the topper (I have used brown). I have also used a metallic pen to go around the edges of the white card on both the topper and the base; as before, using the edge of the card as a ruler to run the pen along. In addition I have coloured the underside of the tears with the same pen. To finish off, I have extended the gems which were originally just in the hearts of the flowers to connect the topper to the base; additional swirls would also look quite good, but I went with just the gems in this instance.

And that’s it, this is now ready to go onto a card base 🙂

Now the keen observer will notice that the finished card is slightly different… this is because when I looked at it the following day I decided that it needed tweaking; so using a black micron pen I have gone over the first bit of all of the swirls coming out from the topper for an extra bit of definition and also the bottom line of the left hand music corners. I have then added eyelets down the left-hand side using my cropadile  and threaded a dark purple ribbon through it. Which just goes to show that there is always time for a tweak 🙂

I hope you have enjoyed my little tutorial and find it helpful in creating your own works of joy!

 

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