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Whilst Xmas was happening in one room…

… I was trying to be a good bunny in my room!

The Challenge this month is to use something new, however both WC and myself are also trying to be really good and finish off projects that have been started and toppers which have been made but then not added to anything. I already had a small backlog of toppers which has since been added to because I have taken to doing some colouring when away from home; so yesterday I took some time to go through my ‘starts’ tray and divided everything up into ‘Coloured’ ‘Half Coloured’ ‘Not yet coloured at all’ and ‘Completed Toppers’. I am now trying to work my way through them before starting something new, though I have to admit to working on a reward system; having completed the ones that will be shown below I allowed my self a new bit of colouring…

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This Is the other Crafters Companion Stamp by Donna

That I bought a few weeks ago which I have coloured with SN alcohol pens and some distress ink. I am also quite pleased with myself because I have used up a piece of backing paper that I didnt like (yay me) and then created a bead trail all over using liquid pearls. I plan to do a more overtly steampunky version but have not yet reached that reward level…

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Technically this one still is not finished because it needs a sentiment, but apart from that it all finished! Colouring mediums as above although this one also has twinkling H20 over the top of the flowers – this is what I used before there were sparkle pens 🙂

This next one I started for Mothers Day this year but it got sidelined because I had an order come in which took priority; after which Mothers day was over so I never finished it.

The base of this card is all computer generated

I also printed off a second Daffodil image so that I could colour it; the leavs under the coloured image are actually the same daffodil image coloured in green. I have then foiled the word ‘Mum’ in gold and added several green flicks with my colouring pencil to add to the bouquet along with gems and liquid pearls.

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When I originally did the foiling there were some gaps where the glue has not pulled the foil, so I have filled in the holes with more of the 3d paste creating quite a nice ‘bubble’ effect on the word ‘Mum’ although I am not sure how well it can be seen on the photo!

And Finally, this one could also do with an additional sentiment to bridge between the two sections; I have included it here though because the dragonfly topper I have used has been sitting in a drawer for 2 years…

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Another Wedding Card

Good Morning everyone, some of you may remember the wedding card I did several weeks ago using the Tattered Lace accordion dies. This one is also using the accordion dies and for a wedding, but in a completely different style.

The brief was ‘old style film cameras’ and not ‘lovey dovey’ so this was what I came up with.

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Side one has papers from my ‘all occasions’ USB, I have then imported camera images onto the top of the backing papers prior to printing. I have also used the colour mixer on ‘My Craft Studio’ to warm up the paper and then distressed it after printing with Rusty Hinge. The main image here is a Lily of the Valley Digistamp coloured with Spectrum Noir pens/pencils and with wink of stella over the top of the flowers and veil. On this particular digistamp there is no drawn bottom to the dress so what I have done to finish it off is run the bottom of the stamp through my die-cutting machine using one of the tattered lace torn edges dies (which means its also eligible for the challenge!). All of the ‘film’ is printed onto vellum and then strategically glued. I would strongly recommend to anyone doing this type of glueing that you invest in some small pegs as they are perfect for holding things like this in position whilst you carry on.

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The papers for the reverse is a repeat of the front panels and the mid-section is left unembellished for the personal message. I have then tried to make the left-hand side mimic a dressing room.

The whole of this card is very solid, the base was Sheena Stamping card (300gsm) to start with and then the whole of the frame has a double layer of both black card and vellum. I like the frames being re-enforced as the structure of the card does mean that the frame edges can be a bit flimsy, especially if the centre panels are then heavily embellished.

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This Stamp is a Sheena Douglass stamp from the ‘Remember When’ collection. I had originally hoped to use this on the card itself but the image was too large for the style of card I went with. Since my client also very much liked this stamp, it made it’s way onto the box instead ;).

I really enjoyed this card and am proud of the result.

Thanks for reading!

 

Yesterday Afternoon

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Yesterday afternoon I set myself the challenge of completing x4 A6 cards. I was aiming to be quick but as followers will probably have noticed, I am really not very good at ‘quick’ cards.

I also wanted to do  couple of male cards as the majority of mine tend towards a feminine cast.

Card No 1 was really easy, this is just a backing paper with a tag, some string and some pearl drops. The tag is stamped with a new Docrafts ‘Happy Birthday’ stamp that WC and I found in the Range a couple of days ago; I have then used clear embossing ink (you could also use black on black card) and gone over it with gilding wax. To finish off, I have then put in an eyelet for the string to go through.

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The second of the male cards is made using the same Docrafts stamp, but also some Sheena Stamps. Apart from the sentiment, the rest of the stamping is in distress inks. For both the microphone and the guitar I have then used water to pull some of the ink to create some shadow colouring, then to make the guitar pop a little more I have outlined it with a grey pencil, making sure the ‘dark side’ of the guitar has a wider shadow band.

For Embellishments I have used Brads; 1 per corner, 1 to hide a hole I made in error and the lock and key brads

The Guitar and Microphone are also glittered, which you can sort of see on this photo.

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Card no 3; This one is also coloured using distress inks. I have used a Heartfelt Creations Hisbiscus stamp; an Inkadinkado humming bird stamp and a Personal Impressions sentiment stamp.

Method

  1. Stamp the flower image
  2. Stamp the bird image
  3. Add your background distress colours and blend together.Here, I have used the flower image to determine where I wanted the pickled raspberry colour and built the rest of the background from that.
  4. Smoodge the same distress colours as your background onto a glass mat (or similar)
  5. Use either a damp paint brush or a sparkle pen to pick up and apply the distress ink to the bird image

I have also mixed the colours together a little which has given me a second green and the orangey colour. The rest of the card is finished off with pearl drops and punch flowers (edged in the same distress inks). Please bear in mind that if you intend to colour with a waterbased product (i.e. distress inks) you will need to use and alcohol based ink to stmap your image. I have used versfine smokey grey.

For people who can count, you will notice that this is only 3 cards rather than 4, this is because I had two that went badly enough to throw away 😦

Never mind, more fun for next time 😉

Part 2 – Of a previous one…

A week(?) or two ago I did a mini tutorial on using aquatint inks and hinted that I may get round to posting the finished card, so here it is! Apologies for the wonky end photo, I forgot to take a snap before sending it on its merry way so I have had to steal this one from a friend.

So this is where we left it… imageThe card was specifically for the seventh birthday of one of my bands (I’m a musician for anyone who didn’t know). I had already made a number seven out of chipboard (decorated with scraps, ribbon and foiling); once the background was dry I traced around the outline of the number 7 to give myself a guide and then started stamping (hehe).

imageNow at this point, it does look a bit of a mess, but what you have to remember is that the 7 will be covering the messy bits in the middle

all I need to worry about is what will be poking out at the sides. The stamps that are gold in this picture are heat embossed and the extra gold bits on the trumpets and music are foiling. You may also notice that on the edges some of the card has ripped away – this is where I have removed the tape, but is also why I made the base a little bigger than needed, so I have just trimmed this down, inked the edges and then stuck my number 7 on top – simples!

All of the stamps used on this particular piece are Sheena stamps; variously from ‘ageing beautifully’ ‘Dance Macabre’ and one of the rock’n’roll sets.

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Happy Crafting!

Twinkling Lights

This is a quick and easy card, but very effective. Please note the picture is slightly brighter than the original as I had to use the flash on my camera to take a halfway decent image.

Kit List:

  • Sheena Stamping Card
  • Twinkling lights embossing folder
  • Twinkling lights Die
  • Distress inks
  • Sentiment stamp
  • Black Card
  • Versamark/embossing powder
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Dry wet-wipe
  • Spectrum Noir pens
  • Tag Dies

Method

1.) Run your Sheena stamping card through your embossing machine. I had already cut my card to size because I already knew what I wanted to do with it, however if you want to play it safe, use a bigger piece of card so that you can line it up to the hinge edge of the folder and then cut is to the required size.

2.) Do a blanket ‘wash’ of background colour. I have use Antique linen and applied it using a soft brush, this is just to take away the stark whiteness of the card to give it a more rosy glow.

3) Using your dry wet-wipe, apply circular areas of colour to each of the lights. Remember to dab off the excess before applying to you card; for each one I started on the light itself as this was where the colour needed to be strongest and then moved outwards to where I wanted the lighter glow. The colours I used, were: Candied Apple; Lucky Clover; Pumpkin and Chipped Sapphire. Bear in mind that to keep the colours separate you will need to change which bit of the wet-wipe you are using when you change colour!

4) Ink up the light strings. There are lots of different ways to do this, however I chose to highlight the stings a little with Hickory Smoke distress ink. I have also kept in uneven rather than a flat colour to indicate light and shade. I haven’t done anything extra with the mini-lights although one could use gilding wax or foil to make them shine.

5) Warm up the edges. I have used Honey and Black Soot distress inks just to go around the edges to warm them up and draw attention to the centre of the image.

6) Apply Ranger Glossy Accents to each of the lights which will give them an authentic plasticky texture – leave this to dry!!

This card was inspired by one of Sheena’s design team samples on hochanda when these embossing folders were released

7) Die-cut your twinkling lights die. The colour it, I have used my SN markers as the idea was for the die cut to be a stronger set of colours than the background. I have also then applied the Glossy accents to these lights as well.

SN Colours:  DR2,7; CT1,OR2; GT1,3; JG6,2

8) Stamp and heat emboss your sentiment. I have used gold embossing powder, again for warmth, and then distressed the edges of the tag die-cut and layered it against black.

I have used a black card base which reduced the number of layers needed to create the same effect as a white card layered with black; looking at my picture, the white outline is actually the envelope and not part of the card 😉

9) Stick it all together!

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Twinkling Lights

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, remember, even if you do not have the same items that I have used, the technique can be carried across to a variety of projects!

The Challenge continues…

Even though I have had my copy of the new Crafters Companion magazine, I have still continued to focus my energies on the actual challenge for this month… However I have allowed myself to incorporate the magazine ideas a little bit…

My first was inspired by the gilding wax section in the magazine. I enjoy using gilding wax but tend to use it more at Christmas;

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Gilded snowflake

I wonder if this is because everything is gilded at Christmas??

This is a 5×5 black card base, I have then embossed black card using one of Sheena Douglass’ embossing folders from last year. Smeared over the top are all three colours of the Pebeo gilding wax (Empire gold, Renaissance gold and silver) with a gilded die-cut snowflake to finish.

This next one is similarly inspired however I have used die-cut poinsettias and snowflakes corners. This is a break from the norm for me as there is no colouring at all, just dies black card and wax! The background snowflakes on here are not really needed, I kind of did them before I had really decided on what I was doing. If I were to do the same card again I think I would either remove them altogether or do them in a matching colour.

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Giled poinsettias

This card is slightly less than A5; with several layers to the poinsettias.

I also experimented with whether or not I could get a raised dome from glitter glue – apparently not – however Weirdchild suggested using pearl drops nd sprinkling them with glitter to acheive the desired result!

And finally, my white sheep amongst the black! Very simply made, this one is a pretty Christmas paper from a paper pad; with a die cut snowflake and a couple of smaller punched snoflakes. A little bit of gilding wax in the middle of the larger snowflake and liquid pearls in the smaller.

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Oh yes, I almost forgot, I stamped and embossed a sentiment too!

 

 

Dies List:

  • Large Snowflake – Sweet Dixie
  • Poinsettias – Sweet Dixie
  • Merry Christmas – Creative Expressions
  • Snowlfake corners – Creative Expressions
  • Snowflake Stamp – Honey-Doo
  • Gilding Wax – Pebeo
  • Snowflake punch – Xcut
  • Silent Night stamp – Indigo Blu
  • Liquid Pearls – Ranger

Christmas Challenge ahoy!

I’ve made a start with some very simple stamping techniques along with heat embossing and distress inks 🙂

I enjoyed the simplicity of both however I am now quite tempted to do the first one again but include a die-cut poinsettia to the bottom right-hand corner… possibly in vellum… maybe a couple of swirls…