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.
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.
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 …
It does have the lid. I have decanted some remover into it and hey presto …………….
While general tidying I can put messy tools into pot and let soak for a few minutes with no extra mess.
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.
She is coming back to work on Monday so have made her an extra special card.
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.
I was not going to Xmas craft today other than to possibly put inserts in and where needed make envelopes, but as they say ‘all good plans’……….
I unwrapped a pack of stencils and the swirly mat was the packaging, couldn’t resist crafting with it. It is a Hunkydory little book image with the top & bottom borders removed (they appear later) My current favourite die cut. The berries are tonic nuvo drops that I made on my glass mat and once set transferred to card.
Hand fussy cut decoupage that I found in the Xmas box, that die again 🙂 . A couple of HD tags and just a simple gold mat.
As simple as it gets. The slightly brown on the bottom has been removed and replaced with filler and sparkles.(The glue although it appeared ‘clean’ obviously had some brown from pin in it, will use a different glue next time)
And finally those two borders added to a gold mat. Backed with some mottled dark red paper and topped with a left over HD topper all from the Xmas scraps box. It needs something else but cannot decide what.
I have also done what I set out to do and all Xmas cards now have inserts and envelopes
So firstly had to tidy ‘the room’. To be fair it has been a work in progress for a couple of weeks especially since a shelf fell down creating havoc. The shelf is back in situ and various re-arrangements later I am in a good place again.
Hadn’t really decided to xmas craft today but was having a quick look through my xmas HunkyDory stash and immediately thought “that would be perfect for xxxx”. I then got out ‘The Xmas Craft Box’ i.e.. All the bits left over last year, and found some toppers I made and never used.
Not bad for one afternoon 🙂
The card that started it all today, mostly HunkyDory goodness with a corner snowflake and single snowflake die cut added.
Decoupage toppers found in box now turned into little cards. Various glitters added but not clear on photos. I will have to make bespoke envelopes but that will be easy enough.
I also found some digital crafting images which again made but not utilised .
These were made using Serif. I have added sparkle and glitter mainly because I can. They can of course be easily repeated (in fact I already have more than one of each but as I did more or less exactly the same embellishment on them only included one of each)
And finally today the ‘tidying up card’ (please tell me I am not the only one that does it)
Base is the off cut from card one. Then the other main topper on HD sheet. Frames are all on 3D pads or pinflair gel.
That is me done for today but feeling slightly smug that some of xmas is done.
On my last project, I used a couple of special effect embellishments which do not necessarily photograph well on the main picture, so I am adding them in here in close up so that you can see how they look.
This is in some respects, a difficult one to apply, purely because when you first put it on, it looks like a smooth glossy finish and you may be forgiven for thinking you picked up the wrong bottle. The crackles develop as it dries, in this particular example I have stamped the image with Versafine, then distressed the clock face a little bit.
As it comes out of the bottle, the crackle accent behaves like glue, so you apply it directly to where you want it and the surface has enough tension to hold itself in place. Take your time and make sure that each ‘line’ of goop has connected to the line before it so that you don’t have any gaps.
Even on close-up this is still difficult for the camera to pick-up, but essentially the effect is glass in sunlight; I also used this on the Chicks valentines card on both the boat and the water again to show sunlight shimmering against the various textures. It’s a very subtle watercolour, but really effective as in general, although you add it to the surface of your work, the mica embeds into your colouring medium as it dries so unlike glitters, it doesn’t look like its sitting on top of the image but instead produces a nice depth of twinkle.