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Teepee Twist

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.

Front Canvas

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.

Side 2

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. 20160726_132610.jpgI 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. 20160726_132520.jpg

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.

Side 3

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. 20160726_132430.jpgThe 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. 20160726_132325.jpg

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


  • Pearls
  • Pearl Drops
  • Aurora Borealis gems
  • Flower Punch
  • 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

What I have actually been working on…

Rather than the HunkyDory Challenge I have instead been playing around with new stuff… naughty me…

The Under the Sea Stamp is from the new Heartfelt Creations range and although I have not used it here, it also has a matching die. The image is stamped onto Neenah Desert Storm card, which I have also cut using a Tonic Die frame. Both the frame and the background are inked-up in distress inks and I have also stamped some more fish onto the background using the same distress inks. The fish itself is coloured in Spectrum Noir and although it does not show on the picture, I have gone over the top with a Wink of Stella pen to make my fish sparkle

Daisy Girl is a stamp that I actually bought for the frame, however the little girl is quite pretty too 😉 The whole thing is coloured in distress inks with  little bit of Wink of Stella on the sentiment and the girl. The girl herself was stamped with Momento black ink however all of the other stamping was also done with distress ink with the flowers being done in first and second generation stamping as well as in a couple of different coours. For anyone who does not know what is meant be generation stamping, it refers to the number of times that you stamp an image before you re-ink it; so second and third generation stamps will be faded in colour and not necessarily a complete image depending on how evenly inked the stamp was to start with

The other two SJ images follow the same principle, however the main images were coloured with Spectrum Noir rather than distrss inks.

Hidden Pocket

One of my favourite types of card is an easel card. I like them because you can make the top section flow into the bottom section and its fun. Unfortunately I do then have a habit of forgetting to put in a space for the giver of the card to write their own personal message. While my favourite place for this on an easel card has become the section behind the easel (which is then hidden when the card is ‘up’) this became a slight problem on a wedding card I was commissioned to make as there were several people who would need somewhere to write their message and frankly,not much space in which to do it. so I came up with this:


It is a small pocket on the back wall of the card (so still hidden by the front of the easel) and inside are individual cards for the people to write their messages on. The pearl which is giving Mickey a really large piercing is actually run through the cards so that they can all be lifted out together as a little book.

Mickey is coloured in Spectrum Noir; colours as follows:

  • Black (Duh!)
  • TN1-3
  • DR1, 4 &7
  • CT1 & 4
  • OR1 (depth to the yellow)
  • Blender

His hands are with twinkling H20’s as I don’t like to leave naked card in a fully coloured image, however this is a watercolour paint which meant that I needed to go back over the black lines on the gloves with a micron pen.

And a couple more!


I like this one,I have used acetate to make a fun spectrum noir background which is then matted against HunkyDory rainbow mirri which in natural light makes it look very metallic. The sentiment is the same mirri, but I have also shadowed it with black. Super quick, super easy 🙂


Another quickie, this one is kraft card, some papers I had lying around, a nice cogs die for non-flowery detail and…wait for it….distress inks!!

Part Cinq?!

Well I am not completely sure what number weirdchild got up ton in her mega-man mission, but she has been doing extremely well and has definitely won the challenge again this month!

April is not quite over, so I am adding in the couple of cards I have managed to make that are more male orientated 🙂


This one is really simple, the stamp is (shockingly) by Sheena and coloured with Spectrum Aqua pens. The Mat for the card should have been brown, however my printer appears to have decided that it doesn’t want to use the black cartridge anymore, resulting in a mixture of oranges and reds printing out on my last run… The Stamp and Sentiments mats are kraft card and I have used Soot black and pumice stone distress inks.


This one was not quite so simple, but still really easy; I have die cut a 7×7 card blank to a circular shape – if you want to do this, then with the card folded, run it through your die-cutting machine making sure that your die overhangs the folded edge.

I have then used Create and Crafts’ Topsy Turvey card for the blue circles and the die-cut sentiment; the inner circle of each is then embossed with an Embossilicious script embossing folder. As is often the case, I have also used a mixture of distress inks, a ‘sand-it’ tool and some gilding wax to highlight and enhance both the edges of the circles and the embossed detail.

The stamp featured here is from Crafter’s Companion (I think its called ‘time to relax’) and coloured with spectrum noir alcohol pens; I have then finished off with blue gems and pva dots. The blue gems are actually only there at all because when I stamped the sentiment onto the topper it picked up an ink line underneath which I have now hidden with the gems 😉



Updated Aquatints

Further to yesterdays’ post with the Aquatints, I have now added stamped images to the backgrounds and this is what I ended up with:


Both Images are from Sheena Douglass stamps ( I am a fan :)); ‘Have a wonderful day’ is very simple, just the sentiment and some swirls heat embossed in two different colours. I suspect that it will end up with some butterflies though as there was some unfortunate smudging from the stamp – I think I am adding mega rockerblocks to my wishlist as I appear to have noticably less smudging when I use a rockerblock with the rubber stamps – though interestingly not so much with the acryllics….

‘Be Happy’ turned out quite well, though I think I will try adding hills into the background on the next one I do as I completely forgot to do so on this one 😉 In retrospect I also believe it would have been more effective to heat emboss the ivy as this would also have then resisted the paint. (the leaves are painted with aquatints also)

Aquatints – Hurrah!

After a tragic wait my lovely new aquatints by Spectrum Noir have arrived so today I have spent some time playing 🙂

I have the ‘Essentials’ and ‘Beautifully Grunge’ sets which I have used to create a couple of backgrounds. Below are some snaps; I have also used my spectrum aqua pens to colour the poppies. All of the stamps used are by Sheena Douglass.