Monday, 20 November 2017

Distress inked card with Poinsettia

I have another card which is fairly easy to make and can be made in any colour you want to, I wanted to have the ink colour and the embossed sentiment to be the same, and the only combination I had was red.

I inked the bottom corner to the halfway mark with Candied apple distress ink onto Tim Holtz water colour card, making the very corner the darkest and blending it out.  

I then stamped this beautiful script sentiment, it is an old wooden stamp that I have had for years, but it has stayed relevant and I love it, with versamark ink and red glitter embossing powder and then heat set it.  I then cut down the panel so that it was about 1cm smaller all the way around from the base card, and put some craft foam between the panel and the card base.

Next was to cut out a range of poinsettia from the Sue Wilson Poinsettia die set which comes with full flowers and outline flowers.  

I put them in a rough triangular pattern on top of the blended background, shaping each one slightly with my fingers to give them slight dimension and then glued them in the centres.  
Lastly I put a flatback pearl into each centre and that was the card complete

If you would like to see the video of me making the card then watch here, or if you prefer HD then click here.

The craft supplies I used to make this card were:
Card base 14 x 14cm
Card panel the same size with Tim Holtz watercolour card
Distress ink Candied apple
Ranger mini blending tool and sponge
Wooden stamp with Christmas sentiment.
Zing red glitter embossing powder
Versamark ink
Heat tool
Embossing buddy
Craft foam
double sided tape
Sue Wilson  poinsettia die from Festive collection
Quilled precision applicator bottle
Cosmic shimmer dries clear glue
White flatback pearls in 6mm & 8mm
Craft knife

I think the red and white looks very striking, but equally it would look lovely in a teal or a purple or a hot pink, it doesn't need to be in traditional colours.  

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Shabby Chic Poinsettia card

I thought I would throw in another Shabby Chic card into the mix for my Christmas card series this year.  I am using some Poinsettias I had made for making last years cards, so decided to do a white cream and gold theme.  

I started off with two scrapbook papers, one is a Kaisercraft paper from the Sea Breeze collection called 'Sea' and I used the side that had a lovely pale wood grain.  The second paper is a Teresa Collins paper called Noel, I used the music paper.  I cut them down to layer them, and distressed the edged and then stuck the woodgrain paper down first, backed the music paper with some craft foam and then stuck that down as well.  

Next came the poinsettias, that were made with an old die set from Marianne designs, I used three different sizes I think. There are lots of Poinsettia dies out there on the market, so just use what you have.  For the foliage I used the Impression Obsession Pine branch die and the holly branch also by Marianne Designs.  

I wanted to use one of the chipboard frames I had bought from 'Make it Crafty' in Australia some time ago, so I painted two coats of Gesso to make it white.  
I glued this down onto the music paper and then started arranging the poinsettia flowers and the foliage until I was happy with how they were looking. 
I made a string double bow and then a cream ribbon bow and tucked them under the poinsettias.  

I also had a brass looking metal snowflake embellishment, but decided to foil it with some gold foil, so I used some deco foil transfer gel and ran it through my minc machine once the transfer gel had dried.  I also had a paper clay frame I had made with a silicone mold, so I rubbed a little gold buff-it around the edge of that to tie it in. 

Lastly I made a sentiment banner and tucked one end under the paper clay frame, and curved it over the other side of the frame and stuck it down on the card with a glue dot.  

I stuck three bling star/flowers, one on the centre of the snowflake embellishment and two on the card to finish it off.

I always like to put my shabby chic cards into a handmade box, to protect the flowers and to allow for the dimension.  It just makes them look a little more special.  

So I decorated this box again with some left over foliage and some smaller poinsettia flowers from last year, these ones were made with the Cheery Lynn Poinsettia strip die. 

Here is a video on making the card or you can view it on full HD on my You tube channel here.

The materials I have used to make this card are:
Handmade box and card to fit it.
Kaisercraft 12 c 12 paper from Sea Breeze collection
Teresa Collins 12 x 12 paper called Noel
Marianne designs poinsettia die
Marianne designs holly branch die  
Impression Obsession Pine branch die
Gold micro beeds
Snowflake stamp set for sentiment
Ayleens Tacky glue
Versafine onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Heat gun
Metal snowflake embellishment
Deco foil transfer gel
Champagne deco foil
Cream satin and organza ribbon
natural hemp string
Frame silicone mold
paper clay
Gold buff-it
Quilled precision applicator bottle
Cosmic shimmer dries clear glue
Cheery Lynn poinsettia strip die
Craftwise bling star flowers
Make it crafty chipboard oval frame
White gesso
Mushroom sponge
3L glue dots
double-sided tape
craft foam 
Tim Holtz distress tool

I hope you enjoyed the card, something a little different for a Christmas card but a style I particularly like, lots of components but really easy to put together for stunning results. 

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Foiled snowflake card

This card is an easy easy card, but requires a laminator or minc machine and some toner activated foil.

I got some plain black snowflake clipart from the internet, (making sure they were copyright free) and made them various sizes and arranged them onto a document in a rough panel, printed them on a photocopier, or you can do it on a laser printer (it can't be an inkjet printer, as the foil doesn't work on ink). I then trimmed it down on the left side to where I thought it would look best on the card. (Just eye balled it)

I then cut out a piece of Minc foil in the hot pink that was the same size as my snowflake printout, with the coloured side up, I ran it through the minc machine.

I cut out a strip of some hot pink glitter card and put it down the left hand side of my card base, and trimmed it to the card base. 

i put a piece of silver foil washi tape down the left hand side of my foiled piece, and then stuck that down to the card base, overlapping the glitter card just very slightly, with double-sided tape, and then turned the card over and trimmed it to the card base.  

The sentiment is a Kaisercraft clear stamp called Mistletoe, I stamped this onto a scrap piece of card with versamark ink and then embossed it with silver embossing powder, put some craft foam on the back and stuck it to my card towards the bottom. I put a few iridescent stars dotted between the snowflakes just to fill in a few spaces.

Taadaa, the card is finished, very quick and easy.

Here is a video on how I made this card or view it on my video channel here.

The materials I used to make this card was:
5" x 7"card base
Snowflake clipart
White card for printing
Hot pink toner reactive foil (minc)
Minc machine
Hot pink glitter card
Silver foil washi tape
White irridenscent star sequins
Kaisercraft stamp set called Mistletoe
Versamark ink
Ranger silver embossing powder
Heat gun
double-sided tape
craft foam

Not all cards need to be complicated and sometimes it is just nice to do a really quick one, especially at Christmas when there is a hundred and one other things to do.  

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Snowflake Wreath Card

Welcome to the first of my Christmas cards in the Christmas Card series 2017

This first,  one I saw a card with a snowflake wreath in a Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine about a year ago. and thought it looked lovely, stored it away in my memory banks, and dragged it out of the depths for this years card series.  Their card was white a blue, I decided to do a silver and white one, as I think that colour scheme is very elegant, but really this card leads to any colour combination. For some reason I love snowflake cards.  They aren't exactly appropriate for Christmas here in New Zealand, as we have a summer Christmas, but I just love snowflakes, so I make them anyway!

I started out by doing my card base. I put some stick-it double-sided sticky paper on the whole front of the card base, and then went around and peeled just the bottom centremetre  or so and sprinkled some white glitter onto it and burnished it in with a piece of scrap backing paper.  This makes the glitter really stick into the stick-it paper.  I left the middle part of the backing paper on and put it aside to work on the front panel for the time being.

For this, I traced around a circle die, to give me some idea of where the wreath was going to be, so I could work out where to put my sentiment. (The front panel is about 5mm smaller all the way around than the card base).  I cut out the 'happy' with a die out of silver mirror card and backed it with craft foam so that it stood up a little.  I stamped the 'christmas' with versamark ink and then embossed it with silver embossing powder.  Once that was done I backed it with craft foam and double sided tape, I then stuck it down onto the card base after I peeled off the remaining backing paper, but I did go around the edges with some glue to make sure it stuck to the glitter around the edge if it.   

Now I could work on my snowflake wreath.  I had cut out lots of snowflakes using two snowflake dies I had, they can be any you have.  I cut them out of a variety of cards, silver mirror, plain white card, silver glitter card, holographic silver card and white glitter card.  

I then proceded to stick the snowflakes down around the drawn circle, alternating the two sizes and the different 'colours'. I only glued the very centre of each snowflake, as I wanted it to have a loose dimensional look.  I kept doing layers of them, until I was happy with how 'full' it looked. It ended up being about 5 layers.  

Lastly I made a organza double bow and stuck a pearl star embellishment into the centre, and that was the card finished.  


I have a video here on how I made the card.  If you wish to see the video in full HD then see my youtube channel at

The materials I have used are:
Card base 14 x 14cm
Card panel of 13 x 13cm
Stick-it double sided paper
Iridescent white glitter
Circle die
Paper smooches Christmas sentiment dies
Scrap of silver mirror card
craft foam
Kaisercraft stamp Yuletide
Ranger silver embossing powder
Versamark ink
Heat gun
Silver mirror card, holographic silver card, silver and white glitter cards, plain white card.
Snowflake dies
Quilled precision applicator bottle
Cosmic shimmer dries clear glue
double-sided tape
EK success tweezers.

I hope you enjoyed the first of my 2017 Christmas cards

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Treeline Men's card (easy)

Another card on the theme of Men's easy cards. This one could equally be another type of card, just by changing up the colours,  even a sympathy card, as it is quite a tranquil and peaceful card.

I have a Christmas stamp set called Vintage Christmas, which has a stamp in it that is a line of trees, and I thought it would make a great masculine card.

A very easy card to put together, I used some paper from a Lemoncraft paper pack that was woodgrain, and stuck it onto my card base.  I stamped the treeline stamp from the Christmas stamp set, onto Strathmore Bristol smooth watercolor paper with black versafine onyx black in and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I then coloured it very lightly with tumbled glass distress ink, just to give a hint of colour.  I made a bunting with a piece of hessian fabric and cut a fish tale into it, stuck it onto the woodgrain paper.  Next i backed it with some left over grey card that I had when I cut our my card base, leaving a little bit top and bottom. 

Next I made a sentiment in the same bristol watercolor paper, made it into a banner and tied a bit of hemp string around one end. 

Stuck that down with foam tape and that is literally the card done and dusted.  
A very simple card for me, but the men in my life don't like fussy cards, so it will be great for them.  

Here is a video on how I made the card. If you want to watch it in full HD then check out my youtube channel at

The materials I used to make the card were:
Vintage Christmas stamp
Lemoncraft Heart painted 6 x 6 paper pack 
Grey card for card base
post-it notes
Versafine Onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Heat gun
Tumbled glass Distress ink
Ranger mini blending tool and sponges
Craft mat
Craft knife
metal ruler
Altenew birthday greetings stamp
Natural thread
Hessian fabric ribbon
Quilled precision applicator bottle
Cosmic shimmer dries clear glue
double sided tape
Scotch foam tape

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I hope you will look at your Christmas stamps and see if there are any you could use for other occasion cards.   

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

2 mens cards from 1 die cut

These card are really easy basic cards. I seem to have lost my mojo with card making at the moment! I think I have too much other stuff on, so don't have time to dream up ideas for cards to do videos. I had to make a couple of cards for my Nephew's birthdays coming up, so I thought this would be suitable as they are adults, and not really card guys, so I didn't want to put too much work into them.  

These cards, I was able to do one set of die cutting with an alphabet die and make two cards from them, using the negative and positive parts.

So I start off with two A6 size card bases and two card panels the same size.  I cut the bottom off one card panel and a narrow section just slightly narrower than the height of my letters out of the other one. 

I then stuck on the word happy with the letters from the alphabet die set onto the card panel I cut the bottom off, and spaced out the letters, I substituted the second 'P' with an 'R' seen it was the same size, just to get the spacing right, took the 'R' off and die cut the other letters, then put the 'P' back in the gap and cut that out too.  I now have 'HAPPY' cut out of my card panel, and I have saved all the other pieces, including the centre of the 'P's' and the 'A' to use. 

Next I did two narrow panels of distress ink blending using blues to black, which will go behind the negative die cut letters and behind the letters on the second card. 

I stamped the work 'birthday' underneath the negative die cut word, and also a second one onto a scrap of blue card, and then started putting the first card together.  I used a stamped piece of paper that I had stamped a diagonal stripe in black with a MFT background stamp, so I stuck that down on the bottom of my card, put some foam tape around the letters and the back of my card panel, stuck down the blended strip on the card base, where my letters will be, to be behind them, and then stuck down my negative card panel on top of that.  Lastly I put in the centres of the 'a' and 'P's' and that is the first card finished.

The second one is even more simple.  I worked out where the cut out piece is going to be on the card base, stuck the second distressed ink strip down, then mounted the two pieces of the front panel onto craft foam, and then onto my card front.  The next thing to do is put a tiny bit of glue at the top and bottom of each letter, and starting with the middle 'P' I worked either side of it, spacing each letter out glueing the letters onto the top and bottom panel pieces, but leaving the middle of the letters 'floating' over the inked strip.  Lastly I cut the second stamped sentiment on the blue card scrap out to be a banner, and that was stuck on the bottom piece of the panel, under the 'HAPPY'. and that is the second card finished.

If these instructions are a bit confusing, here is a video showing you how I did it.

The supplies I used are:
Alphabet die set
Card base and panels 6 1/4" by 4 5/8"
Scrap of blue card
Altenew birthday greetings sentiment stamp set
Versamark ink
Versafine onyx black ink
Clear embossing powder
White embossing powder
Distress inks: Blueprint sketch, Faded jeans, chipped sapphire, Black soot
Strathmore Bristol smooth watercolour paper
Ranger mini blending tool and sponges
MFT diagonal stripe background stamp
EK success tweezes
Quilled precision applicator bottle
Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue
Scotch foam tape
Craft tape
double sided tape

I hope this card has inspired you to use alphabet dies that you might have differently. These cards could be used for any occasion, by changing what the letters say, such as 'MERRY' for a Christmas card or a child's name, and maybe changing the colours you have behind the letters.  The options are endless!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Beautiful Day Vellum Card

This card in essence is quite simple in idea, but in my opinion turned out very pretty.  Sometimes the reality of an idea doesn't always come to fruition, but this one I think did.

I started with my usual card base, and cut a panel about a centimetre smaller all the way around. I then cut a piece of vellum to be a bit bigger than the card panel but slightly smaller than the card base size.

I then stamped the outline flower of the Altenew beautiful day stamp all over the vellum, alternating the way it faced, with sticky ink and white embossing powder as I went, so that I could see where the stamps were, then heat set the embossing powder. I then made a mask and masked each flower while I stamped two sets of leaves per flower and removed the mask and used it for the next flower. Putting embossing powder on as I went. Once the leaves were all stamped and embossing powder put on, I heat set them all.  It melts really quickly on Vellum, you just have to be careful you don't leave it in one spot too long, as you can warp it very easily. 

Then came adding some colour.  I wanted to use some gelatos that I hadn't used before.  I tried it on a piece of scrap vellum to see if it would work my using a wet wipe, but the vellum sucked up all the moister from the wet wipe and warped very badly, so that wasn't an option.  So I did try a brush, but I couldn't get that to work very well, even though the set of gelatos came with a brush.  I will have to practise more with that.  In the meantime, I ended up using a paper towel, and had to keep using a different part of the towel as I kept putting my fingernail through it.  But it did work quite well rubbing the towel onto the gelato and then rubbing it onto the reverse side of the vellum.  I was able to spread it nicely, it was very creamy, and then build up the colour until I was happy.  It looks a lot lighter on the right side than it did on the back. 

Once I was happy with the amount of colour, I was able to glue it onto my card panel, which had been stuck onto the card base with some craft foam between to give it some dimension. I put the glue strategically onto the centre of the flowers so that you couldn't see it, and then in a few places around the edge of the card panel, so that the vellum wouldn't curl up in time. 

The sentiment was made with the 'wishing' die that goes with the Simon Says Stamp sentiment stamp called 'sending and wishing'.  I cut 3 of them in white scrap card, and glued them together one on top of each other, again for dimension, and then did a complementary sentiment from the stamp set with white embossing powder on black card. I cut this out into a banner.  I think I probably should have done the die cuts in pink or black or something, as I think the white is a bit lost.

Finally I ended up putting a few pretty pink posh sparkling droplets dotted around the card, but mainly to cover a couple of tiny green marks that I discovered on the back part of the card, after I had glued it down, so was unable to do anything about it. 

That completed the card, here is a video on making the card

The materials I uses was:
Card base 5 x 7 inches
Card panel smaller than this
Altenew beautiful day stamp
Versamark ink
Ranger white embossing powder
Embossing buddy
Heat tool
Faber Castell Gelatos, metallic melon and metallic green
paper towels
Quilled precision tip applicator bottle
Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue
Craft foam
Pretty pink posh sparkling droplets in 6mm & 4mm
Simon Says stamp 'Wishing' die
Simon Says Stamp 'Sending and wishing' stamp
Scraps of black and white card
Double sided tape

I hope this card has inspired you to use the stamps you already have and use them a little differently.