The next 3 months are the busiest for me in terms of family’s & friends’ birthdays. I have 7 birthdays in September and several in October and November. Fortunately I have made most of the cards required – just finished this one for my nephew whose birthday is in November. I’ve used another current favourite stamp set – Stampin’ Up’s Sheltering Tree. Stamped images with Distress Inks (gathered twigs, spiced marmalade & fossilized amber). The background paper is also by Stampin’ Up.
Here are a couple of nice little projects I have been working on ready for my autumn classes at the WEA in Leicester – a concertina flag card and a concertina card in a matchbox.
For the flag card I used some mint green card which I stencilled over with a snowflake stencil and Cracked Pistachio Distress ink. I decorated the front with a stamped sentiment (stamp by Stampendous) and the flags inside with some die cut words and snowflakes. I used seam binding for the ribbon tie which I coloured using Dylusions White Linen spray and more of the pistachio ink.
I used a large matchbox for my second card, one that had contained extra long matches, although you can use any size and they are fun to make and to receive! I started off by giving the ‘drawer’ a coat of acrylic paint then covered the sleeve with patterned paper. The concertina card inside was made with cream card that has been stamped with trees (Sheltering Tree by Stampin’ Up). The houses (stamp by Crafty Individuals) were stamped on separate card, coloured and cut out, then added to the card. I have also applied some Polar White Flowersoft below the houses and in the trees for snow. The final touch was to decorate the top of the box: I have added a stamped greeting, some die cut foliage and a little bell attached to linen thread.
It seems very odd to be posting these cards when we are expecting a heat wave in the UK over the next few days! But, yes, I have made a start on my Christmas cards. This is partly because I am currently planning for my card making courses in the Autumn term and partly because I wanted to try out some new stamps and dies I have recently bought. These are two of my favourites so far.
This card was quick and easy to make, using various shades of Distress Inks blended onto white card for the sky (I used a punched circle as a mask for the moon), and blending very lightly over strips of torn paper for the snowy hills at the bottom. Then I stamped the trees (Stampin’ Up Lovely as a tree) and the sentiment at the top (this was from Woodware’s Huge Snow set).
The final touch was to add the die cut deer (die by Tim Holtz) – this was cut from cream card and then coloured with Distress Inks.
For my second card I started off by stamping Watercolour wash background stamp by Stampin’Up using 3 different blue DIs. Then I applied texture paste through a snowflakes stencil over the top. In this instance I used translucent paste into which I had mixed some glitter. Unfortunately it was impossible to get a good photo to show up the glistening snowflakes. This close-up shows them slightly better.
I die cut the word ‘wonderland’ (die by Tim Holtz) four times from white card, coloured three of them with blue ink and then glued them one on top of the other with the white word on top.
I got together with some friends on Saturday to do some crafting. We were trying out some faux metal techniques and bokeh backgrounds which are popular at the moment. Here are a couple of cards I’ve made with some of my results.
I have used Distress Inks blended onto white card for both of these backgrounds, although you can use a variety of mediums to create this first step, such as watercolours or spray inks. Then sponge through circle templates with white ink (Brilliance or pigment). I cut my circles from a piece of acetate which is handy as you can see precisely where you are putting them, but you could use card instead. On this card I have stamped the Doc Marten boots (by Deep Red) in black, used a die cut greeting, and finally added a few sequins. I will probably send this card to one of my friends as she told me she has always fancied a pair of pink Doc Martens!
On my second card I have added a die-cut ‘umbrella man’ (die by Tim Holtz) which was cut from card which I had covered with aluminium tape. then I embossed it with an embossing folder and finally added some colour using alcohol inks.
I love this technique using embossing folders & ink to print with, you can achieve some beautiful, loose watercolour effects. It’s very simple to do: open up the embossing folder and decide which side you want to use to print – depending on the design of the folder, it is usually best to use the side where the background is raised. Apply dye inks to the raised surface of the folder (I used Distress Inks), mist lightly with water, then press a piece of card onto the wet, inky surface.
On this first CAS example I have stamped the flowers (Lavinia Stamps) and sentiment in black.
I have stamped again in black on this second card – the quote stamp is by Tim Holtz and the flower by Visible Image.
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!
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.
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.
The latest challenge theme on Stampotique Designers Challenge blog is to use at least 3 layers and this gave me the opportunity to try out a technique I recently saw on Tim Holtz’s blog – using stencils with different mediums to build up layers. I started off by cutting a piece of watercolour paper to size and used texture paste through a stencil at the top right, and Picket Fence distress stain through a circles stencil on the bottom half of the card. After these were dry I added a layer of colour using Distress Stains: wild honey, picked raspberry and broken china, spritzing with water to allow the colours to mingle and blend. When the card was completely dry I added a third layer, using Distress Inks and two more stencils. For the stamping I have used Stampotique’s Arty and the flowers and words are from Paper Artsy’s JOFY collection (I have only just bought these so couldn’t resist using them!).