Saturday, August 31, 2013

Spot Lighting Father's Day

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I have been busy today on two counts - I belong to an online group on Splitcoast Stampers called Stampers Addicts, we occasionally have challenges amongst ourselves, and August's challenge was to use the spotlight technique.
I also needed a Father's Day card for DH for tomorrow. 
(Australia and New Zealand celebrate the day in September)
This is my card for both occasions.

I started by embossing the tan panel with a woodgrain texture and then applying Tea Dye distress ink direct to the raised areas of the paper .

I see an oops - I did not realise the paper had torn in the folder - to prevent that, mist the paper lightly before embossing.

Next I stamped the image in dye inks on white card, and then stamped and gold embossed it on vellum, and punched out two circles from the vellum and layered them over the base for the 'spotlight'.

That panel was then layered onto gold paper, then onto the embossed base.

The sentiment was computer generated and given the same as treatment as the tree panel.  I edged the vellum cut outs with gold pen to give them more definition. 
The embossed panel had some gold brads inserted and then it was mounted onto the cream card base.

Another look at the 'spotlights'.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Cup of Tea (while waiting anybody??)


 I thought I would share this card while I am waiting...

I am only waiting for confirmation of details now 

Well that's what I thought - looks as though they are keeping up the great track record of messing up, and I now don't know where I stand.

Finally - a communication breakthrough - maintenance is now booked in a private hospital for the 17th September.

I was playing with my spellbinder cups dies, and decided to create a stack.

I mounted these on an embossed card which I had rubbed distress ink over.

I then added the hand died seam binding and lace to simulate a table and cloth.

The sentiment was stamped, cut and sponged before being attached with a deep pink ribbon

The final details were the pearls, added after the card was mounted onto a deep pink base.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Maintenance rescheduled

Yes - I am still here.

I was about to be taken to theatre when I was told there was no anaesthetist available (they had five off, and another went off just before my 'turn').  

I was not happy, but I did get a ride back to my home town as there was another patient to be transferred.

The ambulance driver had a sense of humour, and put the siren and lights on as he drove up our drive 

I wonder what the neighbours thought!!

So I live to blog another day, sooner rather than later.

May your day be blessed.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Mosaics and and paint splats

Thanks for visiting my corner of blog-land again.

This will be my last post for a week or so as the surgeon and I have an appointment tomorrow for some much needed  maintenance....

This is a card I created for someone who loves butterflies.

I decided to use this mosaic technique for a feature panel.

The 'tiles' are scraps randomly cut up, adhered with craft glue and coated with gloss modge podge.

The  panel was mounted over a pink base (don't know what happened to this photograph) which I had splattered with water colour paint flicked off a damp brush. The sentiment was stamped with a slightly lighter distress ink.

The butterfly was cut with a cuttlebug die and embossed - I used a layer of pink card and mounted an embossed vellum layer over it, then added liquid pearls.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Red Roses

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I started this card by picking up the designer paper that was sitting on my desk and deciding to use it.  After cutting it to size I embossed it with a Spellbinders folder, and the sponged the edges with Spun Sugar distress ink- I liked the way the ink picked up the pattern, so then swiped the ink pad across the whole piece.

The roses were stamped in Espresso ink using some Firecracker Stamps I received in a RAK from Shelly of  My Creative Rumblings recently.  The stems were bent to help form the bunch. After stamping I painted them using Aqua crayons. (This photo is the truest to the colour of the card).
The image was then cut using a spellbinder oval, and sponged with the same ink I used on the edges. The bow was attached with a glue dot, and the die cut mounted over a floral oval die cut in deep red.

To finish the card I stamped the greeting in Espresso and cut and sponged it as I did the main image, and mounted it over a scalloped oval to match the main image.  This was attached over some more of the ribbon I used for the bow. The final detail was the rhinestone flourish.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

On Your Bike

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I was inspired by Libby Hickson and her series of posts on the Tour de France, and her general love of bicycles to buy a set of bicycle stamps recently from Hero Arts.  This is my first card using that set.

I know the recipient has ridden a lot, so this image was appropriate.

I stamped the image in black ink, and also the sentiment, and added the dark brown stitched ribbon to look like a road, adhering it under the bike.

The cream card stock was sponged with Desert Sand ink, and the brown with Cocoa ink - both inks are Memento by Tsukineko.

I kept the inside simple, but used the same card stock and sponging inks.

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Butterfly in the Negative

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I mentioned in my last post that I would show you what I have done with the negative die cut from the butterfly.

Initially I thought I would make a card with the band going across the short side of the card and hastily cut the band of double inked daisy paper, only to then change my mind, so I joined it and inked the join, but to my perfectionist eye it was still too obvious.

I went ahead and made the  card anyway, leaving it very simple, simply to show the class what could be done - the only adornment were some liquid pearls applied to the butterfly body.

I decided this weekend that it was rather severe for a birthday card, so some modifications were made.  Firstly I stamped some small butterflies onto the yellow in Versamark ink.

Subtle, but they softened the look of the card.

Then I wanted ribbon to distract from the join, and ended up making a tag with the sentiment on, and some ribbon hanging from it.  The pearls tied it is with the rest of the card, as well as the colours.

This is the finished card, which I am now happy with

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Floral Butterfly


I taught this card at card class this week - needless to say there was actually a lot of teaching - die cutting and embossing was the first step.

Embossing the white layer and then attaching it correctly, and how to remove it without damaging anything when it's not put on correctly and the tape shows through the window!
The tip is to warm the card with the sticky tape with the heat gun, and it peels off cleanly.

How to cover-up poor embossing (by layering a new panel over the error on the base) - and what washi tape is and how to use it.

How to gain dimension by placing a die cut so it pops up slightly....

Then the really fun part - the 'double inking' or Joseph's Coat Technique, although I varied from the instructions given in the link by randomly sponging the first layer of colour on.

I also taught how to use the negative die cut, but that will be another blog entry as the resulting card is worthy of it's own post.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Green, Gold and Trees

It's great to be here again, and I hope you think that too.

This is the third of the sympathy cards that I had to make recently.

I started with the deep green base and after spraying it with a silver glimmer mist, I ran it through the cuttlebug with one of the dies from the boarderabilites sets by Spellbinders. 

The image is an old SU one, Lovely as a Tree, and was stamped using two brown inks and some green.  I also tried running a blending pen over the images to slightly blur the trees, but the pen was a bit dry and it is barely visible. Chalks were then added to give the sky and grass some colour.

The sentiment is an Our Daily Bread one, stamped and silver embossed and cut using a labels die, and attached using silver brads.

When I went to assemble the card the dark brown behind the green was too severe, so I added the layer of golden brown paper and the card 'came to life' as it were.

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Whimsical in Pink

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I had to make a card for a one year old recently - as I don't actually know the child, I went with a whimsical card - and hope her parents like it!

I started with an offcut of pink card, which made a square card - not my normal to start with.

The ribbons I initially chose were not these, but by the time I had coloured the images, they definitely did not 'fit'!

The images are by (the now defunct) Layers of Color, from the set Rise and Shine.

I coloured them with Prismacolor pencils, but did not blend them - one day I will be brave enough to blend them on a card.

Love the expression on the face of the sun.

After I embossed the sentiment, and attached the ribbons, I then pierced and faux stitched the edges to finish the card.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Classy Lady!!

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I needed a card for a young woman who is very fashion conscious, and reached for a set of stamps by Firecracker Designs (now defunct), and chose the image of a woman in a very classy looking wrap.

I chose to use pink, mauve and blue as I do know those are the recipients favoured colours.

I stamped the sentiment and cut it with the #3 die from the floral ovals dies 
by Spellbinders.  This was then mounted on some lace sent to me as a
 RAK from Kary of Papercrafting and Travel.

The image was stamped in a dark gray ink, firstly on white card, and then onto gray and blue vellum, which I paper pieced onto the base. I puffed up the collar and gave it a slightly different look to the main part of the wrap by embossing it with a stylus from the back. 

To give her even more dimension she was popped up on foam dots when mounted on the die cut .
( I do not know why this photo is so discoloured )

To finish the card I got out the Crystal Stickles and emphasised the frills on the skirt, her necklace, and added some dots on the edges of the die cuts.

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Orange Poppies

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I made this for a birthday this week, and was pleased with the outcome, but unfortunately the camera did not pick up the colour of the poppies correctly - they are a lovely soft orange IRL!

The image was stamped onto some encyclopaedia paper (bought for the purpose, second hand) which was then scrunched and distressed with tea dye ink before being coloured with chalks and mounted on the dark brown panel.

I finished the card by mounting the stamped feature onto a white panel with a green bow and the sentiment embossed onto a tag I made.

The final touch were the brown pearls.  
A CAS card for a family member who is not into 'fussy' things.

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Chalk and Vellum Flowers

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I wanted a fairly simple card with flowers on, and this is the result.

It is not quite as dark as it appears in the photograph, but this is the way the camera picked up the colours.  The embossed vellum layer is a light green layered over a forest green base.

For the feature I started with a stamp which is a retired Layers of Color one, shaped to fit into a spellbinders labels die cut.  As I don't have that set of dies, I improvised with the Couture Creations die of similar shape and size.
The panel was mounted on foam dots to give some dimension

The stamp was inked with Versamark ink, and then the impression coloured with chalks, using a cotton bud (Q-Tip). The blue background was chalk applied with my finger. The butterfly is one from a Sizzex Framlets die, and I highlighted the embossing with a silver pen.

The sentiment was embossed in gold, despite it looking copper in this photograph.  The stamp is from The Crafts Meow, and originally the words were on top of one another, but I cut it apart to fit another card, and I think I have used it more like this than the original way.

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Summer Heat (but it is only spring)

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The weather here is slowly warming up as spring approaches.  The 'summer heat' title is because of the colours on this card.

I made the background some time ago using distress stains on watercolour paper, then spritzing it with a glimmer spray.  I then cut the sheet into four smaller pieces, and decided that 
I did not like it!!

The other day I was wanting to make a card for a young man and this peeped out from under a pile of stash as I pulled out the brown base.... I grabbed it and set to.

The image is a very early purchase of mine from Kiwistamping that appears to have been retired.  I moistened the stamp lightly, coloured it with watercolour crayons, sprayed with water and stamped it. 
It did not transfer very well, so I added some colour with a fine brush.

The sentiment was embossed directly onto the background and some pearls added for emphasis. I also ran the edge of the watercolour paper across a gold ink pad before mounting it onto the brown base.

This photo shows some of the shimmer when the light hits the card at the right angle.

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