Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Crafty Card Makers - For a Special Woman

This week Woodware are sponsoring Crafty Cardmakers 

The topic Card for a Special Woman is of course an important card with Mothers Day fast approaching.   Something a little bit different is always appreciated.  So this week I have kind of stepped out of my comfort zone to use Clear Snap acrylic frames, alcohol inks and mica powders.

So here is my card

This is what you will need

1 A3 sheet of card
Small piece of white card
2 scraps of patterned papers
Clear Scraps Rectangular Deco Top medium frame
Stampendous Stamp and template set Fashion Dame NKStudio Jumbo
Alcohol inks - 2 greens, pumpkin and a blue and Gold Metallic
Olive Green organza ribbon
Versafine Black ink pad
Stampendous Detail Clear Embossing Powder
Heat gun
Applicator for alcohol Inks 

This is how I made it

1  Cut 2 pieces of card from the A3 sheet measuring 8'' x 10''  and 9'' x 10''.

2  Score the 9'' x 10''  so that the large area of the card is 8'' x 10'' the score line  should be folded and the smaller piece is placed inside and  and they are stuck together using either a strong double sided tape or a wet glue.

3  Take the scrap of white card and stamp the Fashion Dame lady using the Versafine black and cover with Detail Clear embossing powder and colour in using whatever medium you want. 

4  The suit is the next.  On to one of the patterned card/papers stamp the jacket part of the suit stamp using  the black Versafine inkpad, cover with the detail clear. embossing powder and heat

5  For the skirt piece I used some cream card that I had sprayed and used with a Dreamweaver large fern stencil .  I used 2 colours of spray ink in  green and pumpkin colour
You could use the same paper as the jacket or any other paper you may choose.  The image was stamped and embossed as in step 3.

6 Cut all the 3 pieces out, body, jacket and skirt.  The 3 pieces are then lined up and stuck together.

7  Next is the acrylic Clear Scraps Frame.  Take one of the protective layers off the frame. Load one of the blending applicators with 5 or 6 drops of alcohol ink and dab all over the frame. Repeat using the other 2 colours and then finally apply the gold metallic alcohol ink in the same way.  The colours will interact with each other and 2 frames will never be the same.  Put the frame to one side and allow it to dry.  This shouldn't take too long.
  8  Take a piece of lightly patterned paper and draw around the aperture of the frame and cut this rectangle of paper out.  This piece is stuck in the middle of the front of the base card, and then the message is stamped in Versamark and then a dark green mica powder is applied over the top.

9  The frame is now placed over the top of the sentiment piece and the space either side of the top centre is marked with a pencil.  Take a small hole punch and punch holes where the pencil marks are.

10  The ribbon is threaded through these holes and tied at the front in a bow and finally the lady is attached to the frame using a wet glue on the tips of the feet and the elbow.

There is the card completed .

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Thursday, 18 February 2016

Spring / Easter Greetings Day 4

Easter Greetings card this week and I thought I would go for a bright colour scheme and use yellows, orange and tan  with a touch of green.

Here is my Easter card:-

What is needed:-

A5 sheet of pale green card
White card
Yellow and orange pens
Black Versafine ink pad
Stampendous Detail Clear Embossing powder
Small piece of cream linen card
Dreamweaver Stencil LJ829
Clearsnap Premium Dye ink spray    Artichoke  
Clearsnap Premium  Dye ink spray   Tangerine
Stickles Green Glitter Glue
Dark Green Alcohol Marker or pen of your choice


1  Take A5 pale green card and fold in half and go around the edge with a dark green alcohol marker or medium of your choice.

2  Take the piece of white card and stamp the cross with the Versafine ink pad.  Cover the image with the embossing powder and heat with a heat gun.

3 On more white card stamp the 'Happy Easter' sentiment and the single daffodil 5 times and emboss with the Detail Clear Embossing powder.  All the pieces are coloured.

4  When the pieces have been coloured the panels and the backing layer are edged with the same pen as the outer edge of the card.  The Koi brush pens would work

5 The backing layer was made from a piece of cream linen card that has patterned .  I used spray and a Dreamweaver fern stencil and kept moving the stencil and  changing the colour of the spray. The card was left to dry and then used when required.

6  Trim the cross image to the size required and matt this on to the card described in step 5.Step 6 is repeated for the Easter sentiment.

7 The single daffodil flowers are cut out.

8  The pieces are all layered together, the daffodil heads are applied on to the edge of the sentiment panel.

9  The final step is to apply some of the diamond Stickles glitter glue.

There you have it the card is complete.  I hope you like it.

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Friday, 12 February 2016

Resist Technique Day 5

Spring is starting to come with the daffodils showing their colours,  even though the weather is still 'stormy'. This week on odd occasions there has been sunshine coming through my craft room window - its amazing how different it makes you feel.

The resist technique is a process where colour is applied and the image resists the colour.  For my card today I have used the detail clear embossing powder.

So here is my card

These are the things you will need

A4 sheet of white card, plus a scrap of white
Biege patterned paper from Craftwork Cards Butterflies on Parade
Scrap of patterned paper for back layer
Piece of black card
Versamark ink pad
Detail clear embossing powder
Clear Magic stamp JGS409 Floral Vine
5mm white pearl self adhesive stones
Green stickles glitter glue
Cosmetic sponges
Heat Gun
Olive green with white dots organza ribbon.

The method:-

1 Take the scrap of white smooth white card and stamp the image using Versamark ink pad
and cover with the detail clear embossing powder and heat with the heat gun.

When the powder has melted the card colour can tend to look a little discoloured,  but when coloured with the chalks this does not affect the overall image.  The embossed design tends to pick up the chalk more strongly.

2  Take the cosmetic sponge and the chosen colours of the chalks and wipe the sponge over the chalk and then lightly blend over the stamped image. 

Use the colour randomly

3  Trim the panel to the size you want, and the cut a black matt for the second layer and the scrap of patterned paper for the third layer

4  On the image there are O shapes on the top of these I placed the white pearls.  The  centres of the flowers and the small dots around the big floral section have small drops of the green stickles glitter glue.

5  The base card is the A4 sheet of white folded in half and a strip  measuring 2'' cut from the front edge of the card.

6  I cut the 8'' x 8'' in 2 so that the inside outer edge and the front panel would be covered.

7  The panel is attached to the front and the I tied a piece of olive ribbon with white dots, this was tied in a double dot and a separate bow of the the same ribbon was added to the top.


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Saturday, 6 February 2016

Just one layer Day 6

Just one layer - no extras -matts or layers.  Matts and layers add dimension to cards, so put the design straight on to the card means the design has to be the dimension as well.

This week for the one layer card I have stamped an image and sentiment and then through the use of lead pencils the dimension has been developed.

Here is my card

This is what you need

Clear magic Stamp JGS444
Lead pencils B9, B4 and B2.  I used these 3 pencils from the 12 Graphic Bruynzeel Design pencils.
Kneadable eraser
Tombow Mono Eraser
Paper Stumps
Black Micron pen
Versafine Black ink pad

1  Take the white base card stamp the floral stamp using the Black Versafine ink pad I stamped towards the top of the was gone round card,  I then stamped the sentiment on to the base card

2 The inner line of the frame is decorated by using the Black Micron pen and doing a wiggly line  around the stamped line.

3  The colouring of the stamped image is done simply using the 3 pencils the kneadable rubber and the Mono Eraser.  One areas are coloured the kneadable eraser can be dabbed and tapped to remove the graphite.  So as much can removed as is required.  The paper stumps can be used to blend the different  depths of colour, and the graphite is blended and removed by the paper stump can be used for very light colouring.  On my card the base colour of the buds is only the pencil on the paper stump.

That is it once all the colour has been applied the card is done.  I really enjoyed the technique of colouring with the pencils.  There are detailed instruction of the technique in the Pencil Magic book by Marie Browning.

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