…because I love her too much to see her fail, I have decided to extend the challenge!! (i’m sure she’ll be grateful)
In the meantime, a couple of shares from me as my beautiful kiddies are now back at school so I have more crafty time available 🙂
This is a lovely Crafters Companion stamp which is coloured with oil pencils, distress ink and foiling for some pretty accents which was commissioned last week; however I am also including it a one of my challenge entries.
My second is another wedding card featuring a Lili of the Valley digi-stamp; a Sheena stamp and a variety of dies which I will list below. I have also used a mixture of sequins, gems, hard pearls and liquid pearls; the tag in the small pocket die is also removable both for added interest and to make it easier to write on.
Another commission; this one was rather easier than the wedding card I posted previously!
The brief was just for a 60th birthday and dog related.
The background is from the My Craft Studio ‘Occasions’ USB. For anyone who has been watching create and craft over the last few days, you may have noticed that there have been several demonstrations using the My Craft Studio software. I have previously posted items created using both Serif and My Craft Studio however one of the demo’s showed something I had not tried (ooeer) so I thought I would give it a go. The emboss function on the software is what I was playing with; I have used it before but it had not occurred to me to layer the same image over the top to maintain the colour. This is what I have done here and I quite like the result 🙂
The main image is a Mulberry Wood digi-stamp (sourced by Crafters Companion) which I have coloured with my Spectrum Noirs. Very observant people will realise that it is largely the same colour palette as for Barnaby Bear, this is because I really like how the bear turned out, so thought I would use the same again 😉
This card is one of my most intense commissions of the year so far; it features the Tattered Lace accordion dies and a variety of other bits and pieces.
There are three sizes of the die and I thought it would be nice to mix them together. Anyone familiar with accordion dies will notice that the middle sections are not joined together. This is because with the size difference they can only be joined if you make the smaller squares the same width as the largest one (otherwise the whole card warps) either by adding extra card of by extending their width with ribbon. I didn’t really like either option so instead I went with having the middle sections swinging free.
The brief for this card was a tricky one;
I was asked for decoupaged Forever Friends Wedding bears; Something to do with Music; Something to do with sport and a mix of both Western and Oriental influences in the general feel of the card.
We later narrowed down the sport to ‘tennis’ and the music to ‘the piano and violin’.
This is the back:
The base of the card is from double-sided centura pearl, I have also used the centura for all of the embellishment die cuts. One of the things I really like about using CP is that the sheen of the card comes through once it has been coloured. The sports and music items are both digi-stamp builds so they are printed on some nice paper with a decoupage layer to allow the images to be beyond the size of the swing square. There is also a matching box however I failed to take a photo of it!
Brush Script Kanji (I think that’s right)
I am listing everything used below; please feel free to comment/ask questions 😉
Tattered Lace accordian dies
Tattered Lace Torn edges squares
Tattered Lace hearts (both from mini assortments)
Tonic ‘Secret Whispers’ mini envelope
Crafters Companion Lanterns
First Edition Letters (these are part of Docrafts)
Delightful Daisies Sue Wilson
Sapphire set tag die
Self Adhesive Lace
Musical embossing foler
Clear liquid Drops
Assorted paper flowers
Forever friends (sourced from Docrafts)
Sports and Music sourced from My Craft Studio Designer Directory digi-stamps
Background image for text is from the Crafters Companion Kimono collection
Distress inks (Peacock Feathers and Dusty Concord)
Whilst watching Create and Craft a little while ago, Weirdchild and I saw a Teepee card demo’d and we both went “..oooh…” so on a recent commision I took the opportunity to have a little play 🙂
The basic idea behind this one was was to create an artists easel. Obviously I could have gone with a standard easel card however that wasn’t really the look that I wanted so I have used a Teepee card as my base but then attached a square front piece to mimic a canvas on an easel.
This is a printout from Designers Directory “All Occaisions” USB, which I chose because it is a nice watercolour image and the theme for this card was watercolour painting. I have only added the one photo, but this one actually has two layers; the second layer is exactly the same as the first except that I have added a sentiment to it, which also makes it the area for the giver to write their personal message.
There are several elements to the side view, the basic mat and layer I will mention below. The ‘with love’ is a heart stamp which I think is papermania but I am not sure(!) which I have stamped onto Sheena stamping card and heat emboseed. I have then wash coloured it using my Spectrum Aqua pens and to finish, have highlighted some of the flowers with my Wink of Stella. The Glass jar is a free stamp from the front of a papercraft magazine, which is again on Sheena Card and then coloured with the Spectrum Aqua pens. I have also gone back over the top with the Wink of Stella, which I tend to do for anything that is supposed to be glass. The paint brushes are from Designers Directory Digistamps USBand I have re-sized them a couple of times soas to have different sized brushes.
Unfortunately, my printer is rubbish when it comes to printing on anything heavier than parchment;
I can sometimes get light card through at no bigger than A5 which is intensely annoying as I have a lot of beautiful images and digistamps, so I was delighted when I found that the Craftwork cards digital paper will take my Spectrum Noir Alchohol markers (YAY!!!). As this paper is only 150gsm and I needed the brushes to stand up I have backed them onto some card scraps. The rest of this side is then embellished with an assortment of pearl drops, gems, punched flowers, die-cut buttons and hard pearls.
The ‘Happy Birthday’ is another stamp and one of my favourites! Again I have heat embosed it and then coloured it using my Spectrum Aqua’s – the ‘Happy’ has the letters individually coloured and the ‘Birthday’ is washed the same as the ‘With Love’ stamp. The flowers I have made using copier paper, Spectrum Aqua Tints for the colours and a Tattered lace flower die. The flower die is from one of their magazines – the one with several different flower shapes on the front – I didn’t actually follow any of the instructions, I just cut several and layered it up, but it is important to mention that the stymen is not part of the die; I have just cut a strip of paper, feather-cut it down one side and rolled it up. The Butterflies are all tattered lace, the smaller ones are from a mini die set and the larger are from the Butterfly Trio (D466) and the ‘NAN’ is cut from the alphabet dies that came with the Tattered Lace Shutter Die set.
Colour Kit List:
Spectrum Noir Alchohol Markers – TN1-6; Darker shades for the brush handles, lighter shades for the bristles
Spectrum Aqua Pens – Aquamarine; Heather and Blossom. I also blended these together a little.
Spectrum Aquatints – No 53
Wink of Stella glitter pen
Candied Apple distress ink
Tattered Lace Dies:
Butterfly Trio D466
Buttons and small buterflies from a mini kit assortment
Flower die from Magazine
Alphabet Dies from the Shutter card set
Copier paper – the flowers
Craftworks digital paper – Background paper; front image and brushes
Sheena Stamping card – ‘With Love’; ‘Happy Birthday’ and the Jar
Topsy Turvy Card – Teepee base
Satinboard card – Mats and some of the embellishments
Aurora Borealis gems
Sticky Velcro dots – The card lies flat for boxing; the velcro dots are to fix the sides of the card together to form the upright Teepee shape