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.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Purple lace and flowers shabby Chic card

Today's card is a little bit different than I have been making lately.
I have made a shabby chic card. Me and my husband make shabby chic and vintage home decor products and upcycle old furniture, and I like to have a few cards in the same style when we have a fair to go to. I really enjoy making these cards.

I recently bought one of the Joanna Sheen Card collection boxes, this one is Issue 2 and has a lace and cameo theme.  I used three of the papers and the border die out of the kit to make this card.  I always make a box for the card to go in, because usually I have quite a bit of dimension with the flowers and it makes it a little more special.

I started off by putting one of the plain papers onto the card base after I had distressed it around the edges and put a couple of tears into the paper.  I then glued the border die along the right hand edge and then layered that with one of the lacy papers with craft foam on the back to give it some dimension.  Next I put a heart shaped doily onto this and started arranging some mulberry paper flowers, roses, magnolias or gardenias, lillies and sweetheart blossoms.  A bow of white seam binding and some leaves around the arrangement.  Then the final touches of a paper clay cherub and a molded butterfly, to make it look a little more special.  Finally a sentiment cut out with a scalloped die, and some little bling dots to finish it off.  

Here is a video on making the card

The materials I used were: 
Joanna Sheen Cardmaking collection Issue 2
(Plain and two lace papers and the border die)
Tim Holtz distress tool
Double sided tape
Craft foam
Hot Glue gun
Quilled precision tip applicator bottle
Cosmic shimmer dries clear glue
Heart doily
White seam binding
Mulberry paper flowers, magnolias, roses, lillies & sweetheart blossoms
Die cut leaves, mixed
Paper clay cherub
molded butterfly
Sentiment and die cut oval
blingy dots
Card box 150mm x 150mm
Card base 140mm x 140mm

I hope you enjoyed seeing this card and feel inspired.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Emboss resist beautiful day rainbow background card

This time I have done a simple idea for a card, and something you can use any floral outline stamp for.  I had seen a lot of really lovely floral background stamps, but didn't have any, I have patterns, stripes and flourish ones but no florals.  So I got thinking, why can't I use one of my outline flower stamps to give the same effect.  So I thought I would have a go, and used the Altenew Beautiful day stamp set.


It worked out well, I stamped the outline stamp all over a piece of Strathmore bristol card with versamark ink and then heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  I made sure the flowers 'jigsawed' together and went in a variety of directions and also make sure I stamped some off the page.  

I then used some distress inks to water colour over the background to make the embossing stand out.  I did one card with blocks of the colours, and the second one I did each flower a different colour.

Next I made a couple of banners with the sentiment, mounted the trimmed down background onto a card base, and then put a few 'enamel dots' with Nuvo crystal drops in the gloss white and that was the card finished.  Easy!

Here is a video of making the cards

The supplies I used for this card was:
Altenew beautiful day stamp
Altenew birthday greetings stamp
Strathmore bristol smooth water color card
two card bases 5 X 7 inches
Versamark clear ink
Ranger white embossing powder
Heat tool
embossing buddy
Acrylic block
Distress inks in squeezed lemonade, salty ocean, picked raspberry, carved pumpkin, twisted citron, and wilted violet.
Ranger non stick mat
versafine onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Scraps of pink and white card
Scotch foam tape
double sided tape
Nuvo crystal drops Gloss white

I hope this inspires you to have a look at your floral stamps and have a go at making a background with them.  

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Pastel Pearlescent water colour on Black card

This card is quite an easy card, I bought an inexpensive palette of watercolour  paints that are pearlescent/metallic to look at, from the craft section of a department store here.I thought I would give them a go to see how they performed, and thought they would look best on black card.  

So I made a card base and front panel in black card.  

On the front panel I stamped the Wplus9 A kind soul stamp in the top right hand corner and the bottom left hand corner.  I also stamped the sentiment while I was doing embossing

The paints were just like any other water colour palette, these were quite creamy, and covered the black card quite well. Some of the paler colours only looked silvery and didn't show their colour very well, but they probably would on white.  I did notice that the paint did cover over some of the embossed lines, where I thought it would have resisted, so I had to go back at the end and draw over some with a white gel pen to brighten them back up.  But overall I was quite pleased for something that only cost me $4.  

I cut the panel down by a 1/4 inch and mounted it onto black craft foam and then onto my card base and that was the card done.  Nothing fancy at all, but quite effective on the black.  

Here is a video on making the card

The materials I used were:
5 x 7 inch card base and panel
Wplus9 A kind soul stamp
Simon Says Stamp thoughtful messages stamp
Versamark Ink
Ranger white embossing powder
EK success embossing powder tool
Embossing buddy
Heat tool
Artwise pearlescent Water colour palette
Size 2 & 4 paint brushes
Black craft foam
Double sided adhesive sheets (Jac paper)

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Freehand Floral Spray card

 I decided to do another card using the Wplus9 Freehand floral stamps, they are so forgiving for layered stamps, and so pretty.

I made my own stamped background using a flourish background stamp, which was stamped in versamark with clear embossing powder, so it has a tone on tone look

Next I stamped a number of yellow and blue roses, and then two different leaves out of the stamp set, using Altenew crisp ink cube sets.

The white panel for the front of the card, I cut a curved edge on the bottom right, which is where I will arrange the flowers once fussy cut out. 

Once the card was put together and the flowers where glued down or on two different foam tape squares, so they were different levels. I finished the card with a few sparkling clear sequins in two sizes. 

Here is a video on how I made the card

The materials I used are

Blue card base 5 x 7 inches
White linen card panel 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches
Impression Obsession background stamp - Flourishes
Wplus Freehand Floral stamp
Simon Says Stamp thoughtful messages
Altenew crisp inks
Buttercream, mango smoothie, warm sunshine, frayed leaf, forest glades, arctic, Caribbean sky & Persian blue
Versafine Onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Heat tool
Acrylic blocks
circle die (Spellbinders)
Cutter Bee scissors
Craft foam
double sided tape
Foam squares
Scotch foam tape
Quilled precision applicator bottle
Cosmic shimmer dries clear glue
Pretty pink posh clear sparkling sequins 4mm & 6mm