Thursday, 23 March 2017

Blended textured background Peony Scroll Card

I haven't used any of my Altenew stamps in a while, so I thought I would do a card using one of the older sets, the Peony Scrolls stamps.

I made a background using a stencil and texture paste, and then left it to dry while I made some flowers to go onto the card.

I used the misti, as I new I would need to restamp the flowers and leaves,once I had coloured them, so I put the stamps from the set that I wanted to use, and then stamped them onto vellum with white Hero arts Unicorn ink. I then dried them with my heat tool, just to make sure the ink was dry before colouring them, as it is a pigment ink.

I had intended to colour them in with copics, but when I started doing this, the ink just moved around on the vellum, and made a 'hot mess', so I had to re-think my idea, and decided to go with my Stabilo 68 pens, not sure how they would work.  They ended up working really well, as long as I let each layer dry inbetween, and not to use too wet a paint brush, otherwise it pilled the paper.  

So I ended up doing 3 layers with 3 shades of blue pens, and two shades and layers for the leaves, I love how pigmented the pens are, they turn out very vibrant.

Once I had finished colouring my flowers and leaves, I dried them again with my heat tool, used my powder tool to make sure I cut down the static and then reinked them with the unicorn ink and then embossed them with white embossing powder, this neatened all the lines where I had coloured over them, and finished them off.  I then fussy cut them out right to the edge of the white line.  

In the meantime my textured background had dried, so I put the stencil back on, and with distress inks and a finger sponge dauber, I blended three colours onto the texture paste softly.  

Then I made a sentiment strip on black card with white embossing powder, and mounted both flowers and leaves and sentiment strip with foam tape.  

Here is a video showing how I made the card

The materials I have used are:

Card base 5 X 7 inches
Card panel trimmed down an 1/8 inch all around
Kaisercraft damask square 12 x 12" stencil
Ranger texture paste
Palette knife
Altenew Peony Scroll stamps
Hero arts Unicorn white pigment ink
versamark watermark ink
Ranger white embossing powder
Embossing powder tool
Heat gun
Distress Inks tumbled glass, shaded lilac and spun sugar
Tsukeneko sponge daubers
Stabilo 68 watercolour pens
Tape runner
Scotch foam tape
Cutter bee scissors
Altenew Birthday greetings stamps
Painters tape

Thank you for dropping by, and I hope I inspired you to maybe have a go at something similar.  

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Rainbow butterflies card

I realised when looking back at the recent blogs and all my videos, that I hadn't done a butterfly card in a video, even though butterflies always feature a lot in my cards. So I thought I had better do one.  

This one is a clean and simple card, with some blended colours behind the die cut butterflies.  You can use any dies that you might have in your stash, a random selection or just a couple alternated down the front will work.  


I arranged the dies I had down the right hand side of the card, spacing them out ascetically, and then cut them out, making sure I saved the die cuts as well as the card front with the negative part.

Next I picked some colours from my Distress inks to make a rainbow down the front of my card base, so they will peek out under the butterflies.  

I stamped the sentiment on the front panel next to the butterflies, and then mounted the front panel on to the blended card base with some tape runner and then put the die cuts back into place in the negative space, but only gluing the centre of each butterfly, so that I could raise the wings slightly.  A few pretty pink posh clear sparkling sequins to add some sparkle and that is the card finished.  

Here is the video showing how I made the card.

The supplies I used for this card are:
Card base 5 x 7 inches and a panel the same size
4 different butterfly dies
Distress inks - Raspberry ripple, Candied apple, mustard seed, twisted citron, carved pumpkin, salty ocean & wilted violet
Ranger Mini blending tool and sponges
Uhu tape runner
Quilled precision applicator bottle
Cosmic shimmer glue
Sentiment stamp
Kaisercraft save the date stamp
Spellbinder tool-n-one

versamark watermark ink
Ranger gold embossing powder
Heat gun
Pretty pink posh sparkling clear sequins
EK success tweezers

Thank you for stopping by my blog, I hope you give this card a go

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Baby rattle shaker card

I was kindly sent a Cheery Lynn shaker card kit from Fat cats card corner, and I have made a card and video using this kit.

The kit comes with everything you need to make the shaker portion.  It has the front and back die parts, the acetate, the foam sheets, the shaker material.  So all you have to do is choose what card you want for the back and front and go for it.  

The card I am putting the shaker onto, is a white card base with a background paper that is done in a pink plaid pattern.  The 'quilt' pieces were made with the Couture creations scalloped square die and four different scraps of baby pink papers.  I went around the squares and the background paper with a sukura stardust gelly roll pen, which gives a subtle detail to the background.  Then I cut a white scalloped circle and a centre circle in another pink patterned paper, for the shaker part to go on.

I then made the shaker rattle but added a range of sequins to go with the shaker material that comes in the kit.  There are two sheets of shaker material.  One saying 'It's a girl' and one saying 'It's a boy'.  

Finally the sentiment I used a Memory box scrip die and stacked three of the dies on top of each other to make a bit more substantial die and then stamped the daughter in silver and cut it out leaving a white border.  Finally a tiny satin bow and a little iridescent gem in the middle to finish the card off.

I get asked a lot for baby cards by my colleagues, so this one I think will be quite popular.  

Here is the video showing how I made the card

The materials I used are

Cheery Lyn Baby rattle shaker kit
Couture creations scalloped square die
Memory box baby script die
Spellbinder scalloped circle die
Cottage Cutz stitched circle die 
Card base 5 5/8 x 5 5/8 inches or 14.5 x 14.5cm
scraps of baby pink patterned papers
small piece of light pink card & patterned paper for rattle
Rosie crafts family sentiment stamp
versamark watermark ink
Ranger silver embossing powder
Heat gun
Tape runner
Quilled precision glue applicator bottle
Cosmic shimmer glue
small satin bow
small iridescent gem
Sukura stardust gelly roll pen

I enjoy making baby cards, so this will be another one for my collection. 

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Flower punch heart Valentine card

For this Valentine's card, I decided to drag out some older products that I haven't used in a while and do something a little different.  I am using an old heart die and some flower punches.  Its been a while using any punches, I tend to go for the dies now.  

So this card I started off making the card base by doing some partial die cutting with a rectangle die to make a square front panel on a square card base.  I cut out a border with the Joanna Sheen signature border die, and trimmed it to fit the square panel.  I then cut out a heart die, this could be any heart die you have, I just happened to use the Nellie Snellen hearts and swan die that I have had for ages.  It has a pretty lacy edge to it.  

Next I cut out a swag of sukura blossom punches and some tiny star flower punches and made up a lot of the main flower where I have stacked one of the tiny stars on top of the sukura flower.  I also made some of the tiny star flowers, which will be a filler for where the larger flowers don't meet.  Also cut out just a few of the tiny leaf sprigs to pop around the circumference of the heart.  

Then I set to and filled up all the heart with the flowers, and left them to dry.  I went back and used the cosmic shimmer gold pearlised pva drops to fill in all the flower centres and left that to dry.  As an alternative you could use any of the liquid pearl type or nuvo drop products in whatever colour you wanted.  You could also use tiny seed beads or pearls instead, they would look great too.

Finally I made a banner and embossed the sentiment in gold embossing powder and raised it above the flowers with foam tape, added a organza bow, and that is the card finished.

Here is a video of how I made the card

The materials I used to make the card are:

Card base 5 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches or 14.7 x 14.7cm
Joanna sheen signature Harriet Lace border die
Nellie Snellen Hearts and Swan Die
Sue Wilson stitched lattice frame die
Joy craft banner die
Carl punch Medium Sukura
Sullivan tiny star punch
Un-named small leaf sprig punch
White and green papers for flowers and leaves
Cosmic shimmer dries clear glue
Cosmic shimmer gold pearlised PVA
Quilled precision applicator bottle
Paper Xtra sentiment
Versamark watermark ink
Ranger gold embossing poweder
Heat tool 
Scotch foam tape
Tape runner
White organza ribbon
Pearl heart embellishment

I hope you go through some of your old products that you might not have used in a while and give this one a go.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Floral Lace Heart Valentine card

Happy New Year to you.  I have been having a break from doing my blog and Youtube channel over the Christmas New Year time.  Well I say a break, I may have had a break from doing the posts, but I worked all the way through, except having 2 days off for each Christmas and New Year weekends, plus I have been doing quite a bit of crafting, just a different kind of crafting instead of cards.  My husband and I do quite a bit of vintage upcycling of furniture and thrift shop finds, so I was doing some of that, plus I stripped the wallpaper off my laundry, ready to redecorate, so I wasn't exactly sitting around for any of it, but I am glad to be back to doing cards, blogs and videos, and hopefully the break from that has made me refreshed with ideas for some new cards.

I am starting off with a clean and simple card for Valentines.

I purchased this Impression Obsession Design Die, as I thought it should be quite versatile, but for this card I have kept in simple with a blended background.  This was done with the colours picked raspberry, wilted violet and salty ocean distress inks, but because I was doing it on regular white card, I didn't get a perfect blend, but it was alright as you wouldn't see much behind the die cut anyway.  

I glued the negative space and the die cut onto the blended background, stamped a sentiment, and put a sprinkle of Pretty Pink posh clear sparkling sequins and that was the card.  

I have the video of making the card here

The materials I used were
Card base and front panel 5 x 7inches
IOD Floral lace heart die
Magic tape
Distress inks
Ranger mini blending tool and sponges
Spellbinder tool in one
Uhu glue tape runner
Cosmic shimmer glue
Quilled precision applicator bottle
brushed lettering sentiment stamp
Versafine onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Heat tool
PPP clear sparkling sequins 4mm
EK success tweezers

I hope you got some inspiration and have a go at this one.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Glitter Snowflake Card

I also couldn't do a Christmas card series without a snowflake card.  I love snowflake cards, there is something very beautiful about the shapes, symmetry and the variety.  
This card I have done with non-traditional colours, really it would look good with any colours, you could do it in pink, soft blue, electric blue, it would look stunning in red and white, lots of possibilities. 

I have used a range of snowflake dies, there are lots out there, and arranged four of them onto a card panel that is slightly smaller than the purple glitter card piece I have to go behind it, which in turn is just slightly smaller than the card base.  

I ran the dies through my Ebosser, but I made sure I left all the dies and pieces still in the dies.  I flipped it over and put glue on all the internal pieces and the circumference of the dies and card and then flipped it back over and stuck it down on to the glitter card, making sure it was centred.  

Then came the tricky part,  I used my pockey tool to push through the holes of the die, to stick the little internal bits onto the glitter card, so that I just pulled off the snowflake die cut leaving all the negative pieces.  If they came away, I stuck them down using the snowflake die to align it where I could.  This was a bit fidly especially with the large die, as it is very intricate, but I managed to do it, and I think it looks beautiful!

The next thing I did was cut out a few more of the dies and then glued the die cuts onto and around the negative snowflakes to fill in the areas.  

Finally a purple satin bow and a sentiment and then gluing the panel onto the card base and the card is finished.  

If you would like to see the video of making this card it is here

The materials I have used for this card are
Range of snowflake dies in different brands
Card base White linen card 5 x 7"
Purple glitter card slightly smaller than this
White linen card panel 4 5/8 x 6 5/8"
Spare card for the snowflake die cuts
SSS Warm Wishes stamp set
Versafine Onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Heat tool
Misti stamping tool
Cosmic Shimmer glue
Quilled precision glue bottle
Washi tape
2cm or 3/4 inch purple satin ribbon
Pockie or Deet tool
Quick stick tool
Rubber, pencil and scissors
EK success tweezers
Double sided tape

I hope you enjoyed this card and video,
I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season
I will be back with more posts and videos early next year.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Christmas Scene Bauble Card

I couldn't do a series of Christmas cards without doing a shaker card.  This one I have tried to create a winter tree scene for inside the bauble and to have snow for the shaker material.


I started doing my shaker background with a piece of Tim Holtz water colour card, and masked off an area for a snow bank at the bottom, and the moon/sun and then blended a background using tumbled glass, salty ocean and blueprint sketch distress inks.  Then removed the snow bank mask at the bottom and lightly with the tumbled glass blended in another slightly different shaped snow bank below the first one.  

Then I replaced the top snowbank mask and stamped two trees using an old wooden tree stamp I had, and then removed that snowbank mask, and replaced the second one and stamped two more trees, so they looked like they were more in the foreground.  

Finally I put some snow using a Simon says stamp stencil called falling snow and some texture paste mixed with some iridescent glitter.

To make the actual card, I cut out a circle with a circle die out of the front of my card panel and also with a slightly bigger circle die, I cut a circle into a piece of craft foam.  I stuck down a piece of acetate over the back of the cut circle on my card panel, and then stuck down the craft foam onto that.  I made sure I went thoroughly around the aperture with double side tape on both sides of the craft foam, as I didn't want any of my chunky glitter to fall out.  I had forgotten to put my sentiment onto the card front, so with my misti I stamped the sentiment.

Finally I put the background onto my card base, filled the card panel up with some chunky white glitter that looked like snow and adhered them together.  

Finally I used the very top 'hanger' part of a Christmas ornament die I had to make a hanger for this bauble. and that was the card finished.

If you would like to see the video of making this card it is here

The materials I have used for this card are

Spellbinder Circle die in two sizes
Card base and panel is White linen card 5 x 7"
Small piece of silver foil paper
Paper Artist 3 Lacy ornaments dies
SSS Warm Wishes stamp set
Versafine Onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Tim Holtz water colour card
post-it notes for masking
Distress inks tumbled glass, salty ocean & blueprint sketch
Ranger mini blending tool and sponges
Misti stamping tool
Craft Foam 
Ranger Non stick mat
Stampfantastic wooden tree stamp
SSS falling snow stencil
Ranger texture paste
Iridescent glitter
White chunky glitter for snow

I hope you will have a go at making something similar to this card, it was really quite easy, and everyone loves a shaker card at Christmas.  
Happy card making