Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Anniversary Blues

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Yes, another anniversary card - I hope you don't mind.

The inspiration for the colours came from the original wedding colours.


Although this is a CAS card, it fought me, right down to a smudge as I was about to assemble the whole....


My trusty stamp was employed again, and I gold embossed it (again).


The flower is a Spellbinders die, and I cut three layers of vellum and two layers of blue, and painted them all with silver mist (rather than spraying them). 
I attached it over an image of an owl that was in the embossing - I wanted to use the flourishes, but not the owl.


The only other colour was Tumbled Glass DI which was sponged on the edges of the embossed top layer, and the blue rinestones.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Ruby Anniversary

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We had a ruby wedding anniversary dinner to attend a few weeks ago, and this is the card I made for the couple.


I started with these (very) old stamps from All Night Media, and stamped them in Delicata Golden Glitz Ink.


These were trimmed and mounted on red card, and then a layer of gold paper.


My old faithful anniversary stamp was gold embossed in one corner


The background hearts were stamped with Versamark ink, but once dry, they did not show up. When I saw this a few days later I tried to liven it up and discovered that they caught and held some Perfect Pearls powder.  It was not the best, so I fiddled around with a stamp positioner and masking, and managed to re-stamp the images, added the Perfect Pearls again and was happy with the result.  
I also learnt that the best way to remove the surplus Perfect Pearls was to wipe the card with a normal tissue, and volia, the excess is barely noticable!!

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Side stepping Trees

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I recently made my first side step card - I had been putting it off as all the measurements I could find were in inches, and we here in the Antipodes use metrics, and our card comes in a slightly different size to the American sizing.  
I finally 'bit the bullet' as it were and worked out the correct measurements for the card and getting the folds to work - thankfully the 'steps' are covered with paper and you cannot see the one 'oops' that I had.
(I have typed up the dimensions - if anybody wants them, just let me know)


This is the final result, with which I am very happy.

I used the stamp set Lovely As A Tree by Stampin' Up, and varied the colours by mixing inks on the stamps, and fussy cutting the images.


The patterned paper is from the Kaiser Craft After Five pack.


Some of the inking is a bit odd as I ended up having to use a linen textured card as I was running out of plain card....


The sentiement is a (retired) Crafts Meow Stamp, that I cut to put the words side by side. It was embossed with dark green ep.


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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Fancy Fold and Victorian Ladies

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This is another 'different' fold that I taught recently. I first found it here, and it was linked to the tutorial on this blog. (You have to scroll down for the tutorial).

It makes quite a large card, but folded, it fits in a standard  business envelope.


I started with an A4 piece of recycled card (it has a grey tone to it, with a darker gray fleck).
After making the folds, I stamped the main panel, using this set from Kiwistamping.


The small stamps were used to make a background with London Fog ink.
The ladies were stamped on a snippet of white cardstock and coloured with chalks, fussy cut and adhered, along with some sequins.


As I was teaching this fold, I kept the inner fold embellishment simple with a half doily on either side.


The outermost panels had patterned paper attached, and then a layer of lace, with the footside to the edge so the picot lace edge does not get folded in the envelope.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Monochromatic Kitty

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Today marks the start of another challenge (#25) over at CCC Digi Creations, and this time it is a Monochrome theme , using a Digi image.

Our sponsor this fortnight is Auroroa Wings Stamps, and the winner will receive US$10 worth of stamps from the store.


I used the Kitten in a Tea Cup image, and decided to leave the kitten white and make the flowers around it, and on the china, orange.


The image was coloured with prismacolor pencils. To mount it, I cut away the blank part of the image and then mounted it over a brown piece of card covered with some net, to mimic a table and cloth.


The image panel was then mounted over an embossed piece of yellow card that I had used the letterpress technique with orange ink, but the ink did not colour the yellow as well as I had hoped.


I placed some ribbon around the panel before adhering it to the base.  The designer paper was from an Amy Tangerine pad Ready, Set Go.
Some flat back pearls were added as the finishing touch.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sympathy and a Poppy Diecut

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This was one of the projects I taught in my card class today.  Although the result is CAS, it was quite a challenge, especially not to smudge it - as I and one other discovered!!


The first step was to stamp the sentiment (from Our Daily Bread Designs)  in black ink, in a position that the Prim Poppy die cut would cross.


I coloured the die cut using water colour markers, 
then re-inserted it into the void, holding it in place with sticky tape.


The final detail was to add the strips of washi tape before mounting the feature panel over the orange base card - I toyed with the possibility of adding sequins, but decided against it.

I made this on Sunday, ready to have a sympathy card 'on hand', not knowing that I would need it by late Monday. 

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

The Butterflies Strike Again!

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Yes, another dose of butterflies :-)


I started with a piece of paper I had used to "mop up" the surplus from my monoprint a few weeks ago, and love the way the colours had dried on it.


I used the STAMPlorations butterfly stencil to sponge Versamark ink onto the card, then embossed it using white powder.  To define the butterflies I sketched around them with a very fine brown micron pigment pen.


The sentiment was stamped and red embossed onto a Spellbinders  Fancy Tags Three Die cut that I thought echoed the butterflies - the tag was sponged with Spiced Marmalade DI before removing it from the die.


It looked a wee bit lost, so ran the brown micron pen around it and although it is not immediately visible, it defined and grounded the tag beautifully.


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