Saturday, April 30, 2022

Black and White, Plus One


This card was made for my New Zealand swap group, where the challenge this month was to make a black and white card, with a pop of colour, and this video by Natasha Foote was the the technique inspiration....

I made this earlier this month while still at my friends place, but could not share it until it had been received by my swap partner.

My original idea didn't work, so I chopped up the piece of card I had been using, turned it over and used Black Soot DI through a stencil that had four sizes of stars on it - I only used three sizes.
Placed on the white card, they looked absolutely chaotic initially, then I wiped the edges of the pieces over the ink pad, and it calmed it down and made it way more appealing.

My pop of colour started with the flower die cut, sprayed with firelight TH mica spray.
Next came the button, which I threaded two strands of pearle cotton through, then tied a bow.
There was a void at the base of the flower, so I added three gold rhinestones which finished it nicely.
The finished panel was mounted onto a white card, that I had made a border on by using the direct to card technique with the Black Soot ink.

I finished the inside with a thin strip of gold washi tape - unfortunately the camera did not pick up the true colour or sparkle.

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Ombre Greens


I am back from my trip.  The travelling was exhausting, as the travel time was about 8 hours, but the visit with my friend was enjoyable, and well worth the travel.

The new challenge at Word Art Wednesday is sponsored by Really Reasonable Ribbon with a selection of ribbon and other accessories for the winner.

This card was started with brushing through a die (belonging to my friend) using peeled Paint and Mown Grass DI to give an ombre effect

I die cut the sentiment (which is available free over at Word Art Wednesday) with an oval die, and brushed the same inks onto the edges in the opposite orientation.

After mounting the oval over the background, I added some green rhinestones and some May Arts leaf ribbon

The inside was finished with some variegated green washi tape.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Butterfly Sympathy


I am finally home, for two nights, and then I am away again - this time I am flying and travelling with a cabin bag only, so the computer is staying home... so you won't 'see' me here for a while. 

I enjoyed making the background for this card - I blended Memento Bamboo Shoot and two Catherine Pooler inks, 

Then placed an ARTplorations Flutterby stencil over it, and dabbed water through it to remove the die ink and create the  soft images

The sympathy stamp, a very old one, was silver embossed on dark blue card, the panel mounted to one side of the same blue base, and a strip of some 'chrome' rhinestones adhered on the side of the base, and various others were added to the butterfly 'heads'

To complete the card I stencilled a butterfly onto the corner of the envelope in the same green ink

And finished the inside with some silver washi tape

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

An Easter Card...


I am running late with this post for the new challenge at Word Art Wednesday.

I had a four day weekend at the coast with my two closest friends, which threw my 'days of the week' totally out of whack, as we did not return until Monday afternoon... and then
last night my friend and I spent an hour or so at the local hospital E.D. after a fish meal, and a bone that decided it did not want to go down a throat, and got stuck.... 

Our sponsor this fortnight is Heartfelt Creations  who are providing a $20 credit to their store.

As I am still at my friends place, I made this card using up some of my crafting scraps, aligning them diagonally across the white card, adhering them, and then embossing them. 

This wonderful Easter Scripture is available free over at the Word Art Wednesday blog. I sized and printed it, trimmed it down, and ran the edges over a blue inkpad to frame it.

For a little bling and pizazz, I added some loosely coiled silver thread to one  end of the panel

An also to the top.  The copper toned stipe has a metallic sheen to it also.

This inside was decorated with two more stripes, off cuts from those on the outside of the card.

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Friday, April 8, 2022



This card started with a piece of purple foiled card, a NBUS Altenew 3-D folder and a sanding block.

I have had the folder for a while now, and decided it was time to break it out!!
So I embossed the card and then sanded the raised edges of the pattern.

To let the embossing really show, I decided to finish the card with a beautiful M.B Die cut - it is an older die that appears to have been discontinued.  I cut it using cream card to match the base.

The sentiment was stamped onto more cream card in purple ink, and a few matching gems added to the hand cut fish tail banner shape

The inside sentiment was stamped with another older stamp that was NBUS

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Bittersweet ........

(Edited) This will now be altered to a sympathy card - they didn't make it... by 10 days.
Why should an anniversary card be bittersweet - because this will be the 63rd, and last, barring a miracle, anniversary for this couple, as one has a terminal diagnosis... 

The background was made using the SS Simply Love text stamp

The flower was stamped, gold embossed and fussy cut and had some Mustard Seed DI brushed onto the base of the petals

The leaves were die curt from some paper that I had brushed various green watercolour paints on,  and then sprayed with a gold mica spray.

I stamped the sentiment with the same green ink in the background stamping, trimmed and then I wiped the edge over the Mustard Seed ink
I tied some sparkly gold thread around the stamped base three times, and mounted the sentiment over that.
The main panel was mounted over white card that I had inked direct to paper in the green along the edges, than it was mounted over the yellow base

The inside was finished with some washi tape in greens and yello0w. 

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Monday, April 4, 2022

A Retro Fashionista, and Alcohol (Inks)


Another A.I. on shaving foam background, and another ARTplorations ATC Colourable/Ephemera card from a set called Retro Fashionsita

The die cut was made using a die of my friend, cut from a snippet of white card I had inked with DI Mowed Lawn ink. 

 I added very pale green to her pinafore, and lemon to her collar, and coloured her hair to be a fashionable auburn. (Unfortunately the green in her pinafore shows yellow in the photo.)

The sentiment was computer generated, printed and then mounted over a final snippet of the green card.
A few clear rhinestones were added to various parts of the card.

The inside was decorated with a snippet of the background card, and the rest of the sentiment added. 

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(The clock faces)

Friday, April 1, 2022

Recycle and Steampunk


A change of genre today , this was made for a young man who is fascinated by steampunk.
It was a difficult card to photograph as the background paper is actually a sheet of  paper from my spray box, with layer upon layer of mica spray.... so lots of glimmer and shine... and some wording from whatever is was originally showing through. 

I was able to emboss, using Platinum E.P. the vertical Happy Birthday 
The edges of the paper and the base card were also embossed with the same embossing powder

I used the cut outs from a 3/4 Designs paper pack called Gizmo Escapades

And a few die cut, dull gold cogs from an old Marianne die set

I finished the inside with a strip of the background paper

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(The background paper)