Friday, March 31, 2023

Abstract Blue Birthday


I recently taught a card class where I followed a tutorial by Natasha Foote to make some abstract backgrounds.   

I used Semco mica paints (a very cheap set) and diluted the blue to three shades to add variety.
We only made backgrounds in class, and this is one I finished into a card

The mica paints added interest with the shimmer and shine, and then I randomly stamped and embossed with a silver hologram embossing powder, an abstract 'doodle' .

The sentiment was stamped in blue (using a magazine freebie stamp), die cut using an oval die, and then sponged with the same blue before removing it from the die - I then doodled some faux stitching around the edge with a silver pen.
The feature panel was wiped over the blue ink before being adhered to the base, as was the inside panel.

Friday, March 24, 2023

Birthday Rat


This card was made for a friend's grandson who is turning 12...

I started with the background - I had embossed the orange base when trialling a new embossing folder (Altenew Checkered Diamonds 3D folder), and then abandoned it...

I had given these strips of light weight card waste from a friend who was cutting the sheets down for a book making project.

The strips were woven to form a mat for the focal image - a Katzelkraft City Rat, which I stamped in Memento London Fog ink, and coloured with my Polychromo pencils, he was then die cut and the circle edged with more London Fog ink.

The sentiment was computer generated, trimmed and the edges inked with a black marker
The inside of the card was finished with some Washi tape and another image of the rat

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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Brrrrm - or Should That Be Roar?


My brother recently had a birthday, and I had to make his card in a hurry as I had got behind... seems to be the story of my life of late.

An old magazine set of freebies entitled For The Boys came to the rescue yet again - my brother has ridden motorbikes for approximstely 58 years, and has just recently had to give up due to health reasons, so this was a very appropriate image to use, and the card itself came together quite quickly.

I used some silver paper for the background, embossing it with an old Cuttlebug folder.  The images were silver embossed on a snippet of black card and fussy cut, I also ran a silver pen around the words. 

To ground the motorbike I added some folded red organza ribbon and layered silver ribbon over it.
The motorbike image was mounted on foam dots, with the wheels sitting just above the silver ribbon.

The inside of the card was finished with some silver washi, which does not photograph well.
My brother appreciated the card!

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(The black card was a snippet)

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Spring Pansies


Another harbinger of spring is the humble Pansy, and I recently 'christened' a set of pansy stamps for this card for the Mid-month inspiration post at We Love Stamping, 
for the March challenge, where the optional theme is Spring

I started by embossing a white background panel with a Brutus Monroe EF, blossoms

The blooms, buds and leaves were all coloured with my Polychromo pencils, and fussy cut.  When they were adhered to the card I popped some of the elements up for some subtle dimension, and also left the ends of the leaves 'free' to lift.

The images, and this gorgeous sentiment were stamped using Memento London Fog ink.  I edged the main panel and this small one with Memento Dandelion ink

The inside was finished with a floral washi tape.  It was quite pale, so I placed a second layer on the panel, making sure I lined up the wee flowers as I did so. 

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Thursday, March 16, 2023

No 1 Teddy


This is my first ever Teddy Bear stamp, and I still love it, so when stuck for an idea for a first birthday card for my youngest G Grandson, it came to the rescue - again.

The teddy was stamped and embossed, then watercoloured, with blue being added to his paws, and blue gems for his eyes and tummy button.   The image was fussy cut before being mounted on foam dots

I sat him just above the sentiment banner, and popped a candle to indicate his age beside him.  It is a two layered die cut, so I used gold behind, as well as gold embossing the sentiment and layering the banner over the same gold paper.

The background panel was sitting on my desk... it is in need of a tidy...

I stamped another bear, almost as old as the first, on the inside, and as he was a different stamp, he was coloured differently.

I also used the second image for the envelope - partially because I could not see the original for looking - needless to say I found it as soon as the card was finished!

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There are three gems on teddy.
(The focal stamp of the Teddy is close to 20 years old)

Friday, March 10, 2023

Floral Paraphernalia


I made this card for a special friend, and spent an enjoyable afternoon water colouring it.
The stamp is the  Chocolate Baroque stamp, Floral Paraphernalia slim line, and it is so long, I couldn't fit  the last part of it on the panel!

It was stamped and black embossed before painting

When it was dry, I added some silver splatter

The sentiment and edges of the main panel were silver embossed. I used an embossing pen on the main panel edges, then dipped them in silver ep and heated.  I matched the edges of the sentiment panel by running a silver pen around it. 

The inside was finished with two layers of washi tape. 
Unfortunately the silver tape did not photograph well.

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Monday, March 6, 2023

A Spring Rose


There is nothing more welcome to me than the first rose of Spring, so that is what I chose for my card for the We Love Stamping Challenge this month, where the theme is Spring.

The stamp is an Altenew layered rose, that I stamped using the Altenew Rose Petal bundle of die inks, and the leaves in assorted green inks that I had on hand.
The images were then fussy cut, and adhered to the card using foam dots for some subtle dimension.

The edges of the panel were foiled using a glue stick and adding bronze foil over that
The sentiment, an Hero Arts greeting from the Handwritten Messages Set  was heat embossed using a mixture of copper and gold ep, mixed until I got a colour close to the foiling. 

To finish I added some pink iridescent adhesive gems on the rose and near the sentiment - you can just catch the sparkle in the above photo.
The panel was them added to a pink card stock base

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Washi Galore


Also a warm welcome to my newest follower, Faith A of Daffodil Cards, who makes the most beautiful cards - do pop over and take a peep.

On Saturday I was one of seven (self appointed) bridesmaids at a wedding of  friends over the weekend, which was a lot of fun.  We also helped do the final preparation of the food on Friday and Saturday morning, and the serving, as they were catering it themselves. 

I had hoped to be here sooner, but have also been hit with a cluster of migraines, which have left me somewhat lethargic and lacklustre.  (Thankfully not over the weekend)  Subsequently I have not been  blog visiting - I hope to get back to it tomorrow.

Now to the card - this I taught last year as a way to use Washi tape

I layered bronze dotted, silver chevron, black and white music and red and white washi tape adhered diagonally over a piece of (thin) white card, leaving a narrow strip empty

I stamped the sentiment in red across the blank space, centring the stamps, then stamping on either side.  The stamps were freebies from a magazine.
The decorated panel was then mounted over another white layer, then the red base, and black rhinestones added

I used the music patterned washi for the inside.

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