Friday, December 23, 2016

Digi Topiary

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Firstly I would like to wish all who visit a blessed and joyful Christmas

I have need of numerous' thinking of you' cards at the moment, having just heard of two more extended family members who have been hit with serious illnesses.  I HATE CANCER!!


The image I used was a freebie from Ginny Maxam,  here at her blog


I coloured it with chalks/pastels, distressed and sponged the edges of the panels. 
 

The floral part of the image was initially pink, but then I realised that the butterfly was also pink, so I added a layer of purple...


 then masked the floral part of the image and sprayed it with a silver glimmer mist.  It can be seen in the above photo, and also the fact that I coloured the butterflies with metallic pens.  The finishing detail was the lace at the bottom of the card.

I used this as a class card to demonstrate how digi images can be re-sized, as the class images were smaller, and I also encouraged the class to colour and mount the images as they wanted too, so each card was different.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Negative Smile

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Needless to say after I taught the class how to use die cuts in a back ground, there were lots of negative 'smiles' left around, and I was able to use these two as the feature on a card.


I also tried my hand at a shaker card, using layers of card for the 'walls' of the shaker box, rather than tape. It worked, albeit a fiddly exercise on this card, as some of the margins were very narrow.


I could not find my packet of gold sequins, so I sat and fiddled and picked out the gold ones from a mixture of odds and ends that I have on hand, then added some gold glitter and gold micro beads, which has made a really nice mix.

The sentiment was designed and computer generated by moi.

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Monday, December 19, 2016

A Poppy, Bees and Beads

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At the class I ran last week I taught how to use a die cut as a background.  I saw this technique used on a card in a blog that I follow, but cannot find the post now to give credit to the  artist . If anyone recognizes it, please let me know.

I altered the word and placed it on an angle in the background, offsetting each row.


After some thoughts, and watching how someone else modified their card, I added some wee bees to the flower and background, (all fancied up with some Kindy Glitz on their wings), and some beads to the centre of the flower (an old one {10 years or so} from Hero Arts). What cannot be seen in the photo is that I also painted the flower with WOS.


Here is a photo of the finished card, with an embossed sentiment on a hand cut banner.


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Friday, December 16, 2016

CAS Masculine Birthday

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This card was made for one of three birthdays I have on one day in December!! 
It was made for a man who can only be described as a minimalist - he hates clutter and anything "fancy shamancy"!!


The kraft card was embossed with a shadow diamond folder after gold (heat) embossing the simple sentiment


The kraft panel was cut on an angle, and then I die cut and adhered some gears in a blue/green card to the orange base, tucking them under the panel as needed. 

I tucked a gift card into the card and voila, one birthday done and dusted!!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Die Cut Sparkles

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I made this card for an elderly friend recently, using  NBUS die set by Ultimate Crafts


I die cut all the pieces in silver glitter paper, and adhered it to a matt green piece of patterned paper


I stamped and silver embossed the sentiment on a snippet of grey card, the same as the card base, sponged the edges with London Fog Memento ink, and added a bow in silver cord.


I was able to capture some of the glitter in these photographs


Unfortunately the green paper still shows as gray.
The recipient loved it and thanked me numerous time for it.
Note to self: next time use a firmer card for the die cut as the frame is very narrow and hard to get straight.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Lighthouse Birthday

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My 'invisible' new follower is Sue, of Sue's Card Craft - do pop over and have a look at her wonderful cards.  Thank you for following me Sue.

This card was made for a family member who loves lighthouses


I started with the main stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs set Keep My Lamp Burning, and stamped it in Memento London Fog ink on a grey recycled paper from my local printer.  I stamped using my Misti, thankfully, as it needed several applications, but even then it is not perfect - I should have been more patient.


This was mounted over a striped paper, which also has a clear sparkling stripe in it. I used my vertical birthday greeting, embossing it in a nautical blue ep.


The silver cord was knotted and adhered and three brads placed in the wide end of the cord. 


The brads were initially 'gold', but I tapped them onto my versamark ink pad, then into the blue ep, then heat set it - I repeated this several times.  I love the results.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

This Year's Christmas Card

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I would also like to extend a warm welcome to my latest follower - I cannot see a new photo, but the total number has gone up one.  If you would like to introduce yourself, that would be wonderful.


When Our Daily Bread Designs introduced their Christmas dies back in October I feel in love with them immediately, and bought this nativity set, and the word Peace.


I started the card by loosely painting the background with Rich Cobalt, Ocean Wave and Sunflower Twinkling H2O's, then masked the bottom of the card and sprayed it with Lindy's Blue Hawaiian Blue mica spray.


The word, star and angel were cut from gold paper and the nativity from thin black card and glued onto the base. 


This shot gives an idea of the sparkle this has. 


I made two prototype cards, and DH decided which one he would prefer.  This alternate one has just a sprayed background, which looked quite 'arty farty'. To be honest it was my favourite, but as his name is on the cards, I chose to honour his choice.

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