I have been trying out some ideas using stencils to create backgrounds and here are a couple of cards using the results. I have used Distress Inks throughout to add colour.
I have used three stencils on this background: a clocks mask used all over, then the chevrons in two areas and in a different colour ink. Finally I used texture paste through a stencil for the numbers across the top.
The main image is one of Tim Holtz’s blueprint stamps.
For this card I used a chicken wire stencil and three colours on ink. While the stencil was still in place I stamped some text through randomly to add a little more texture.
Finished off with a stamped greeting and a die cut butterfly.
Both cards were relatively quick and easy to make – the most time spent waiting for things to dry!
Well the temperature is dropping and it’s time to get out the thermal vests and woolly jumpers! With that in mind here are a couple of winter warmers for him and her… in card form! I recently bought a Claritystamp stencil called ‘Cable Knit’ so thought it would be perfect for my cardigan and jumper cards.
The lady’s cardigan has a little greetings tag in the pocket.
I usually buy at least one new Christmas stamp each year and my latest purchase is a Stampin Up set called ‘Ornamental Pine’. Over the weekend I had fun trying out the stamps in a variety of ways to make some cards – from clean and simple to heat embossing.
Earlier this year Craft Stamper magazine featured a tutorial on making cascade cards (the easy way). I have been meaning to have a go at this for ages … finally made two for Christmas ( I am currently in full festive mode!).
The pink card was stamped with snowflakes before folding and then I added lots of punched and die cut snowflakes. I used Woodware ‘Huge Snow’ stamp for the hanging letters – these were cut out separately and then attached with thin strips of acetate on the back so that they float.
For the other card I used a sheet of lovely double sided printed card (so no added decoration to the surface required) and used die cut poinsettias to decorate.
I enjoyed making these cascades but I wouldn’t want to make hundreds for Christmas!!
I feel really guilty that I have not posted anything for ages! I seem to have had a very busy summer, and I have just spent a week on a calligraphy course at lovely Knuston Hall in Northamptonshire. The course concentrated on Versal letterforms, from formal to modern ‘free’ versals, and filling in the letters with various patterns. These are a few of the projects I made, including ‘lace’ letters where the outline of the letter is drawn with a pointed pen and the inside decorated with fine patterns using a very small pointed pen. I tried this out with gold gouache on brown paper, but the white on black is the most effective.
Our Knuston Hall class.
I have been having a play making faux washi tape using strips of paper with inking, stamping and stencilling. I made some on which I used a ‘chicken wire’ stencil, using wild honey Distress Ink and, as it reminded me of honeycomb, it inspired me to make this card. The background was created by stamping with an embossing folder (another technique I have been meaning to try out for a while). I used a honeycomb folder by Stampin Up and dabbed wild honey DI inside, then pressed the card onto the surface. The lovely day stamp is the freebie with the latest (April) edition of Craft Stamper magazine.
After half term my card making class will be making cards for men – at their request! So I have made a start on making a few examples to provide some ideas and inspiration (I hope). When I am making a card I usually reach straight for the rubber, but not everyone loves all things inky as much as I do, so I try to include a variety of techniques.
The card on the left was made using items from a Do Crafts pack of papers, toppers, borders and decoupage elements – this was a good bargain I picked up at my local craft shop at just over half price! The pack also included some alphabet stickers so I rolled up the paper at the bottom corner and added the recipient’s name.
The card on the right was inspired by one of Trish Latimer’s cards which was in Craft Stamper magazine a few months ago. I have used a stencil on the left side of the card, stamped a panel and added the die cut ‘umbrella man’. Stamps used are by Tim Holtz and Stampendous.
For the card in the centre I used a gorgeous Clarity Stamps image – I love this, it is a distressed landscape which has a hole in the middle so that you can add a greeting or a quote (here I have used another quote stamp by Tim Holtz). The feather stamp was a Craft Stamper freebie.
This challenge on the Stampotique Designers Blog is not early for me as I have already made quite a few Christmas cards! But it did give me the opportunity of using my two new stamps Birdy Up and Splatter, to create a Christmas tree (of sorts). The background is simply three shades of Distress Inks blended onto white card and then Dylusions White Linen spray flicked over for the snow.
This is a little triangle book I have recently made – it is simple to make using a square of folded paper. I have written a quote by Helen Keller inside the pages and decorated them with stamps by Stampin’ Up. The covers were made from card covered with handmade paper.
I love Craft Stamper magazine, it always includes lots of new ideas and techniques to try out. The August edition featured one called ‘Fold and stain background’ which I liked the look of and, as the new Stampotique Designers Challenge theme is to try a new technique, it was a perfect opportunity to have a go. I have used Stampotique’s Jasmin as my main image on this card, together with some Tim Holtz’s remnant rubs. So, here is how to do the background: take a piece of text weight paper, fold in half and crease with a bone folder, fold in half again and crease, repeat in the same direction until you have a narrow strip. Unfold the paper and repeat the folds in the opposite direction. Open the paper out and refold randomly along the fold lines until you have a small folded square or rectangle. Select a few colours of Distress Stains that will blend well together (I used blues and greens). Hold a Distress Stain bottle over the corners of the folded paper and press down until the ink soaks through. Unfold the paper and fold again so that ‘un-inked’ creases are at the corners. Take another colour of Distress Stain and repeat the inking process. Continue in this way until you have good coverage of ink along the creases of the paper. Leave the paper to dry flat and then use a Distress Ink pad and ink applicator to colour in any white areas. The finished background reminded me of camouflage fabric so it would be good for boys’ and men’s cards if you used the right colours.