Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Thanks, in a Green Frame

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This is a card made on commission, with  specific detail requested.

I kept it CAS as it was for a gent, with just a wee bit of added dark brown bling.


I started with the frame cut by using two Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Dies, and although it was a cream coloured card stock, I painted it with Peeled Paint DI, dried it, and then painted with Ranger Crackle Paint.  I probably did not wait long enough for it to air dry properly (it was a cool, damp day) before I put the heat gun onto it - with the result there was not much crackle occur, but for all that I rubbed Gold Delicata ink over the frame, and liked the subtle result.


I stamped and gold embossed the cross onto pale gold vellum, and fussy cut it.  Part of it was popped up with very thin foam squares, and part was on the frame, which gave it some dimension.


The 'thank you' was also embossed, on a torn scrap of the same vellum, and adhered across the bottom corner of the frame.


The final detail was to add some dark brown flat back pearls.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Baby Carriage

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I would love to take this time to introduce my newest followers
 Mac Mable of The Sweetest of Peas - please pop over and visit her - her work is wonderful and you will be inspired,
and Monica of Handmade Cards With Love For Charity, who is the queen of making beautiful cards with  up-cycled elements.


The background of this card was one I made at my class this month, where I used a technique called reverse stenciling - I altered the technique slightly and after brayer-ing the dye onto the stencil, I moistened it with a spray of silver shimmer mist.  I can be seen, but the camera did not pick it up in the photos as it is quite subtle.


I inked the edge of the stenciled layer with one of the colours I used on the stencil, and the the purple layers with the other ink.  The white embossed sentiment was an unmarked stamp.
 

I finished the card with a die cut of a baby carriage in the purple, painted with WoS, which you can just see here.  The die is Ornate Pram by Wild Rose - and was a RAK from the lovely Kary at Papercrafting and Travels

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

A Blue Daisy

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I have been loving the current trend of spotlighting with an inlaid die cut, and was inspired to make this card using a sketch challenge as my starting point.


The daisy stamp is from a Stampin' Up set, Infinite Goodness, and I coloured the images in the spotlight with Prismacolor pencils


My circle dies are not stitched, so I added faux stitching.


The sentiment is from Rubbadubbadoo Stamps (a New Zealand Company),
and silver embossed.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Hugs for a Friend

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I made this card for a friend who has been going through a really difficult time.


Started by planning the card, and cutting the word hugs from the card base - I later cut it from patterned paper and layered that over the cut out, and painted it with WoS.


I then die cut the centre panel with a stitched rectangle MB die, then embossing the balance of the background with a floral folder.


I stamped this wee image using a freebie stamp from the Craft Stamper magazine on the central panel and then on a scrap, with London Fog ink, and lightly coloured the bear with Prismacolor pencils, and used a brighter colour on the flower to make it stand out.


I then stamped and coloured another flower, and layered the cut outs up over the central panel


The wee heart above the bear was coloured the same as the flower, and given some dimension with Glossy Accents.  

The central panel was then re-inserted, followed then by the Hugs - I ran a glitter pen around it as it was not very noticeable - unfortunately the pen slipped in one spot....  this whole reconstructed panel had the edge sponged with a deep pink ink, and was then mounted over a white base.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Simple Tree Sympathy

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This is the last for a while (I hope) of the sympathy cards.


Again it was commissioned, with the request that it be very CAS and suitable for a man.

The featured image is from the Stampin' Up Lovely as a Tree set, this time the single oak image. I coloured the stamp with die inks before applying.

 

The edge of the image panel was first swiped with a silver ink, but it looked grey and muddy, so I added silver embossing powder and heated it, adding more as I went, to get a lovely, irregular silver border.


The unknown sentiment was silver embossed directly onto the Midnight Blue card base.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Maple Leaf Sympathy

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I made this card for my own use this time - it was difficult to make as I do not know the person it is going to - the wife of a work colleague of DH.


I decided to keep with a simple card, and initially used just the sentiment, 


and the leaf and flower embellishment.  The leaf and flower came as part of a RAK from MariLynn DeGroot (of the Mississippi McGyver blog - do pay her a visit, her work is wonderful).


The lines were drawn using a Signo Bronze pen.

It looked rather sparse, and after digging around in my butterfly jar, I found three gold butterflies cut with a sizzex thinlets die, and managed to match the rhinestone on the flower with some from my stash for the butterfly bodies.

The card base is actually a rich cream, but the camera washed it out and I have not been able to adjust it.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Sympathy Season

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It seems that funerals, and requests for sympathy cards, seem to come in batches, and this is one time where I am making numerous such cards for myself, and a customer, to use.


This was a request for a card for a male college of my customer who had lost his father recently, and the request was for something CAS. 


I reached for my Lovely as a Tree set by Stampin' Up, and inked up the large stamp with Memento Bamboo Shoot, Dark Cocoa, Cantaloupe and then a Red variegated ink pad by Serendipity.  


I stamped it on a snippet that was just wide enough to take the stamp, trimmed the ends, and then ran the edges over a Versamark pad before dipping it in gold EP, as I was heating it, I added more EP until I had this wonderful, grungy embossed edge.


Before adhering the image panel, I embossed the ODBD sentiment directly on the card base.

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