Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Wplus9 Modern peonies card

This card is using another of Wplus9's lovely stamps, this time the Modern peonies stamp set.  I have to admit, I was a bit daunted when it arrived in the mail, there were a lot of petals on the main image for the size of the stamp.  Gosh was I going to be able to manage the painting of it, as I had planned to do some no line water colouring?


Well I determinately stamped it with spun sugar and the leaves with shabby shutters distress inks, and made a start! 


I was doing a fairly easy style of water colouring, by doing a wash of the spun sugar first, making sure I left some white space around the petals where there was no fold over of the petal, so that it would keep each petal separate, otherwise it would look like a big blob!  I nearly gave up at this point, as I didn't think it was looking very good at all!



But I persevered and started my second layer, which was with abandoned coral, I went over the areas on each petal where it would be in shadow from a petal on top of it, and worked my way over the whole flower, and in the end I thought it looked OK.


To use them on a card, I used a memory box stencil and stencilled the bottom of a card panel with nuvo glimmer paste, and once dry, I mounted it onto a card base.


I made a background using a smooching ink technique with squeezed lemonade and spun sugar distress inks to make a top panel with a stitched scalloped edge to it. 




The sentiment is from the Wplus9 A kind soul stamp set. 

The flowers were mounted with a combination of mounting foam and glue.



I am not sure if It looks alright with the smooshed ink background, or if I should have kept it simple and just used white card? 

Here is a video showing how I made it.

The materials I used are:
Card base and two panels
Wplus9 modern peonies stamp
Wplus9 A kind soul stamp
Memory box .... stencil
Distress inks in Spun sugar, abandoned coral, squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, fossilised amber, shabby shutters, mowed lawn and bundled sage.
Versafine onyx black ink
acrylic blocks
No 4 paint brush
paper towels & water
foam tape
double sided tape 
quilled precision tip bottle
Cosmic shimmer dries clear glue
Nuvo glimmer paste - moonstone
palette knife
board and painters tape
Tim holtz non-stick mat
 spray bottle with water
pretty pink posh clear droplets 4mm & 6mm
jewel picker

I hope this card gave you some inspiration. 

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Wplus9 A kind soul copic coloured birthday wishing card

This Wplus9 stamp is such a gorgeous stamp and is looking like it will be very versatile.  I always like that when I buy a stamp.  I always look to see if there are going to be multiple ways and mediums to use a stamp. 


This one I decided to keep it simple and use it to do a border top and bottom and then colour it in with copics, and that would be pretty much it.  

I am fairly new at using copics, I enjoy colouring, but I am by no means an expert.  
I have used pretty much the only 4 colours of pink I have, three blues and three greens.  Then just a couple of browns and greys.  


The sentiment is the Wishing and sending stamp set by simon says stamp.  I love the brush lettering of the wishing.  I think I will be using this stamp set a lot.  


Here is a video of making this card.

The materials I have used for doing this card are:
Wplus9 A kind soul stamp
Simon says stamp wishing and sending stamp
A card panel that measure 4 1/2 inches x 7 inches
Card base 5 x 7 inches
Versafine onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Misti
My sweet petunia's acetate clear grid
Momento tuxedo black ink
Copics Pink: RV10, RV21, RV13 & RV04
Greens: YG00, YG03 & YG17
Blues: B32, B24 & B18
Browns: E37 & E59
Greys: C1 & C3
Gold glitter tape

I hope this card has inspired you to make a card 

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Floral wreath card with Wplus9 freehand florals

For some time now, I have been wanting to have a go at creating a wreath with flower stamps, and thought I would have a go with the Wplus9 freehand floral stamp set I have just purchased. One of my longest followers of my blog Carol, suggested this stamp quite some time ago, and I have had it at the back of my mind to get it some time, and finally decided to add it to a purchase I was doing.  I am not sorry, it is a lovely stamp and very forgiving with the positioning of the layers.  


I ended up making two colour versions.
I cut a circle in masking paper and stuck it onto a card panel, and then stamped the large and next rose in a rough triangle, masking them if necessary, and then did another triangle with the leaves, then used the sprig and lilac stamps as fillers for between the other stamps, and finished it off with stamping some of the tiny roses in blue on the sprig.  Then I peeled off the central mask and that left the wreath shape.


The sentiment I cut three of the 'wishing' die out and glued them together, then stamped a complimentary stamp under it for each card.  


I embellished the blue version with some sparkling clear sequins.





I embellished the pink version with some nuvo crystal drops in the Carnation pink gloss.  Each one was mounted onto the appropriate coloured card base.  

Here is a video of me making the pink version.

The supplies I used for these cards was
Wplus9 Freehand Floral stamp
Altenew Crisp mini ink cubes.
Frosty pink, cotton candy & coral berry
Frayed leaf & forest glades
Buttercream, warm sunshine and paper bag
Soft lilac and lavender fields
Arctic, Caribbean sky & Persian blue
Cottage cutz circle die
Inkadinkadoo stamping masking paper
2 card panels cut down to 12.5cm square
Two card bases 14cm square
Scrap card in both colours
Versafine onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Heat tool
Misti
EK success tweezers
Simon Says Stamp Wishing die
Simon says stamp sending and wishing stamp
Nuvo crystal drops Carnation pink gloss
Pretty pink posh clear sparkling sequins in 4mm & 6mm

I hope this inspires you to have a look at what flower stamps you have and if you can do something similar with what you have. You certainly don't need this stamp specifically to do this layout.  



Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Molded butterfly card

I had a wonderful surprise the other day, I was contacted by http://blog.feedspot.com/cardmaking_blogs/ to say I had made the top 100 Cardmaking blogs on their site. It was a lovely surprise, especially when I see who else's blogs are in the list. I am in good company! Do check out the link to see the other cardmaking blogs.

I have recently discovered a way of using cake decorating or Sugar Veil molds and mats to make lace for my cards. 
I discovered this by coming across a lady called Colleen from her you tube channel called 47CMC.  She had been experimenting with all sorts of products from modelling paste to DIY caulking.  So I bought a few molds online and had a go, with a variety of success, but overall I think they are wonderful.  I will be posting a video at my youtube channel on what products I found worked best for me, but in the meantime this is about using a butterfly mold, some molding paste, and I made a card using the result. 



This is the mold I used and I used some Golden light molding paste, (although any flexible moulding paste would probably work), I spread it on to the mold and scraped the excess off, and left to dry for 24 hours.  I then used some rubbing alcohol on a cloth, (or we call it isopropylene) and rubbed over the surface, which took away any, what is called 'hazing', or the remains of scraping off the excess.  Then I was able to carefully take them out of the molds and was left with some very pretty detailed butterflies.  I then sprayed them with some glimmer mist to give them a little sparkle.


To make the rest of the card I used the Flourish Tim Holtz stencil and some nuvo glimmer paste and did a panel up the right hand side of a card front panel, and put that aside to dry.

I then made a bow and tied it around the bottom of the card panel which I had trimmed down, securing it onto the back.
The panel was then stuck down onto the card base.  



Finally the butterflies were added to the front of the card along the stencilled panel with some foam tape. I then added some nuvo crystal drops on the bodies of the butterflies.




I have purposefully left off the sentiment at this stage as I am not sure how I will use the card, so I will add the appropriate sentiment at this time.  

Here is a video on how I made the card.


I will have a video shortly which will explain the different products I have tried with these cake lace molds, and some do's and don'ts using them.  

The products I used for this card were 

Butterfly cake lace mold
Golden light moulding paste
tattered angels glimmer mist
Nuvo moonstone glimmer paste
Nuvo crystal white gloss drops
Tim Holtz Flourish stencil
palette knife
foam tape
White seam binding ribbon
ribbon maker
Craft foam

I hope this card might have inspired you for a layout or ideas for your own card making.  You definitely don't have to do this molding to make butterflies for your card, you could just as easily use some die cuts.  But if you are anything like me, I love to discover new techniques and ways of making embellishments for you cards, so keep an eye out on my youtube channel for the video I am doing on making molded lace for cards.



Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Masked Focal Point one layer card

I have started making Mother's Day cards, and thought I would use the Peony Bouquet stamp set for this one.



I started off by masking a card panel with a sheet of masking paper that I had cut a circle in the middle with a circle die.  That meant I could see the area I was stamping and it kept my front panel nice and clean.  I started stamping the 3 flowers in Altenew crisp inks and then masked them off and filled up the spaces with two different leaf stamps out of the same set.  Once I had done all the layers I was able to take off all the masks to reveal the clean front panel with the stamping in a circle
.

As I don't have a Mother's day stamp I decided to use the Altenew Calligraphy Alpha stamps and make the word 'Mother's', and then used a Happy Birthday stamp and stamped the 'Happy' and then the 'day' from birthday.  

Finally I stuck the front panel onto my card base, did some dew drops with the Nuvo crystal drops and that was the card finished.

Here is a video of making the card


The supplies I used for this card are:
Inkadinkadoo stamping masking paper
Card base and panel 5 x 7 inches
Altenew Peony Bouquet stamps set
Altenew Calligraphy Alpha stamp set
Altenew Birthday greetings stamp set
Altenew Crisp ink mini cube sets Glacier caves, Green fields and Shades of Purple
Individual colours were Caribbean sky, persian blue & sapphire, frayed leaf, Forest Glades, evergreen, lavender fields & Midnight violet.
pencil & rubber
Misti
Vesafine onyx black ink
White gel pen
Nuvo crystal drops Morning dew



Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Spotlight Beautiful Day Card

I have been wanting to do a 'Spotlight' card for some time, I have been seeing them on Pinterest and images on the internet and Instagram, and decided that I might have a go at one. It is where you have part of the card in colour and the rest of the card just black and white.  I thought a layering stamp, such as the Altenew Beautiful day stamp might work well for one, because it has the layers but also an outline stamp.


I used my misti to do all the stamping, but you could use an acrylic block to do the front panel, but it is best to use a stamp positioning tool to use for doing the outline stamp part on both the front panel and the base card, so that you get them in the same place for both and that way they line up perfectly.  

I started by stamping the coloured layers on the front panel, being conscious of overlapping the flowers and the leaves, so that when I did the outline stamps there were parts on both the panel and the back base card.  

I then once I had finished those, I then stamped the outline of each part onto the front panel first, and then replaced the front panel with the back panel and stamped the same stamp before moving onto the next.  

I finished off by stamping a couple of the filler stamps onto two white areas I had on the base card stamping.  


Finally I stamped the two parts of the sentiment and then mounted the front panel onto some craft foam, and then mounted that onto the base card, making sure I had everything perfectly aligned.  


The last finishing touch was to put 3 sparkling droplets onto the card and that was it finished.


Here is a video showing how I did it.



I am really happy with how it turned out, give it a go, I am sure it would work with all kinds of stamps, and especially outline stamps that you could stamp on both, and then just colour the front panel in with whatever colour medium you like to do.  

The materials I used are:
Misti
Card base 5" x 7"
Front panel 4" x 6"
Altenew Beautiful day stamp
Altenew Birthday greetings stamps
Altenew Crisp inks cube sets, Red Cosmos, Green field and Four scoops
or Cotton Candy, Coral Berry & Grapevine for flowers
and Frayed leaf and Forest Glades for leaves
Versafine Onyx black ink
Pretty Pink Posh sparkling droplets 4mm & 6mm
Craft foam
Uhu tape runner
microfibre cloth


Thanks for dropping by my blog today, 
Happy card making



Thursday, 23 March 2017

Blended textured background Peony Scroll Card

I haven't used any of my Altenew stamps in a while, so I thought I would do a card using one of the older sets, the Peony Scrolls stamps.



I made a background using a stencil and texture paste, and then left it to dry while I made some flowers to go onto the card.

I used the misti, as I new I would need to restamp the flowers and leaves,once I had coloured them, so I put the stamps from the set that I wanted to use, and then stamped them onto vellum with white Hero arts Unicorn ink. I then dried them with my heat tool, just to make sure the ink was dry before colouring them, as it is a pigment ink.

I had intended to colour them in with copics, but when I started doing this, the ink just moved around on the vellum, and made a 'hot mess', so I had to re-think my idea, and decided to go with my Stabilo 68 pens, not sure how they would work.  They ended up working really well, as long as I let each layer dry inbetween, and not to use too wet a paint brush, otherwise it pilled the paper.  

So I ended up doing 3 layers with 3 shades of blue pens, and two shades and layers for the leaves, I love how pigmented the pens are, they turn out very vibrant.


Once I had finished colouring my flowers and leaves, I dried them again with my heat tool, used my powder tool to make sure I cut down the static and then reinked them with the unicorn ink and then embossed them with white embossing powder, this neatened all the lines where I had coloured over them, and finished them off.  I then fussy cut them out right to the edge of the white line.  

In the meantime my textured background had dried, so I put the stencil back on, and with distress inks and a finger sponge dauber, I blended three colours onto the texture paste softly.  



Then I made a sentiment strip on black card with white embossing powder, and mounted both flowers and leaves and sentiment strip with foam tape.  

Here is a video showing how I made the card


The materials I have used are:

Card base 5 X 7 inches
Card panel trimmed down an 1/8 inch all around
Kaisercraft damask square 12 x 12" stencil
Ranger texture paste
Palette knife
Altenew Peony Scroll stamps
Vellum
Hero arts Unicorn white pigment ink
versamark watermark ink
Ranger white embossing powder
Embossing powder tool
Heat gun
Distress Inks tumbled glass, shaded lilac and spun sugar
Tsukeneko sponge daubers
Stabilo 68 watercolour pens
Tape runner
Scotch foam tape
Cutter bee scissors
Altenew Birthday greetings stamps
Hardboard
Painters tape
Misti

Thank you for dropping by, and I hope I inspired you to maybe have a go at something similar.  



Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Rainbow butterflies card

I realised when looking back at the recent blogs and all my videos, that I hadn't done a butterfly card in a video, even though butterflies always feature a lot in my cards. So I thought I had better do one.  

This one is a clean and simple card, with some blended colours behind the die cut butterflies.  You can use any dies that you might have in your stash, a random selection or just a couple alternated down the front will work.  

 

I arranged the dies I had down the right hand side of the card, spacing them out ascetically, and then cut them out, making sure I saved the die cuts as well as the card front with the negative part.


Next I picked some colours from my Distress inks to make a rainbow down the front of my card base, so they will peek out under the butterflies.  


I stamped the sentiment on the front panel next to the butterflies, and then mounted the front panel on to the blended card base with some tape runner and then put the die cuts back into place in the negative space, but only gluing the centre of each butterfly, so that I could raise the wings slightly.  A few pretty pink posh clear sparkling sequins to add some sparkle and that is the card finished.  

Here is the video showing how I made the card.


The supplies I used for this card are:
Card base 5 x 7 inches and a panel the same size
4 different butterfly dies
Distress inks - Raspberry ripple, Candied apple, mustard seed, twisted citron, carved pumpkin, salty ocean & wilted violet
Ranger Mini blending tool and sponges
Uhu tape runner
Quilled precision applicator bottle
Cosmic shimmer glue
Sentiment stamp
Kaisercraft save the date stamp
Spellbinder tool-n-one

versamark watermark ink
Ranger gold embossing powder
Heat gun
Pretty pink posh sparkling clear sequins
EK success tweezers
Ebosser
Misti

Thank you for stopping by my blog, I hope you give this card a go



Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Baby rattle shaker card

I was kindly sent a Cheery Lynn shaker card kit from Fat cats card corner, and I have made a card and video using this kit.


The kit comes with everything you need to make the shaker portion.  It has the front and back die parts, the acetate, the foam sheets, the shaker material.  So all you have to do is choose what card you want for the back and front and go for it.  

The card I am putting the shaker onto, is a white card base with a background paper that is done in a pink plaid pattern.  The 'quilt' pieces were made with the Couture creations scalloped square die and four different scraps of baby pink papers.  I went around the squares and the background paper with a sukura stardust gelly roll pen, which gives a subtle detail to the background.  Then I cut a white scalloped circle and a centre circle in another pink patterned paper, for the shaker part to go on.


I then made the shaker rattle but added a range of sequins to go with the shaker material that comes in the kit.  There are two sheets of shaker material.  One saying 'It's a girl' and one saying 'It's a boy'.  


Finally the sentiment I used a Memory box scrip die and stacked three of the dies on top of each other to make a bit more substantial die and then stamped the daughter in silver and cut it out leaving a white border.  Finally a tiny satin bow and a little iridescent gem in the middle to finish the card off.

I get asked a lot for baby cards by my colleagues, so this one I think will be quite popular.  

Here is the video showing how I made the card


The materials I used are

Cheery Lyn Baby rattle shaker kit
Couture creations scalloped square die
Memory box baby script die
Spellbinder scalloped circle die
Cottage Cutz stitched circle die 
Card base 5 5/8 x 5 5/8 inches or 14.5 x 14.5cm
scraps of baby pink patterned papers
small piece of light pink card & patterned paper for rattle
Rosie crafts family sentiment stamp
versamark watermark ink
Ranger silver embossing powder
Heat gun
Tape runner
scissors
Ebosser
Tweezers
Quilled precision glue applicator bottle
Cosmic shimmer glue
small satin bow
small iridescent gem
Sukura stardust gelly roll pen

I enjoy making baby cards, so this will be another one for my collection. 

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Flower punch heart Valentine card

For this Valentine's card, I decided to drag out some older products that I haven't used in a while and do something a little different.  I am using an old heart die and some flower punches.  Its been a while using any punches, I tend to go for the dies now.  


So this card I started off making the card base by doing some partial die cutting with a rectangle die to make a square front panel on a square card base.  I cut out a border with the Joanna Sheen signature border die, and trimmed it to fit the square panel.  I then cut out a heart die, this could be any heart die you have, I just happened to use the Nellie Snellen hearts and swan die that I have had for ages.  It has a pretty lacy edge to it.  

Next I cut out a swag of sukura blossom punches and some tiny star flower punches and made up a lot of the main flower where I have stacked one of the tiny stars on top of the sukura flower.  I also made some of the tiny star flowers, which will be a filler for where the larger flowers don't meet.  Also cut out just a few of the tiny leaf sprigs to pop around the circumference of the heart.  



Then I set to and filled up all the heart with the flowers, and left them to dry.  I went back and used the cosmic shimmer gold pearlised pva drops to fill in all the flower centres and left that to dry.  As an alternative you could use any of the liquid pearl type or nuvo drop products in whatever colour you wanted.  You could also use tiny seed beads or pearls instead, they would look great too.

Finally I made a banner and embossed the sentiment in gold embossing powder and raised it above the flowers with foam tape, added a organza bow, and that is the card finished.


Here is a video of how I made the card


The materials I used to make the card are:

Card base 5 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches or 14.7 x 14.7cm
Joanna sheen signature Harriet Lace border die
Nellie Snellen Hearts and Swan Die
Sue Wilson stitched lattice frame die
Joy craft banner die
Carl punch Medium Sukura
Sullivan tiny star punch
Un-named small leaf sprig punch
White and green papers for flowers and leaves
Cosmic shimmer dries clear glue
Cosmic shimmer gold pearlised PVA
Quilled precision applicator bottle
Ebosser
Tweezers
Paper Xtra sentiment
Versamark watermark ink
Ranger gold embossing poweder
Heat tool 
Scotch foam tape
Tape runner
White organza ribbon
Pearl heart embellishment

I hope you go through some of your old products that you might not have used in a while and give this one a go.