Thursday, 30 October 2014

Frosted Baubles Greetings Of The Season Card - Merry Monday #132

There's a great challenge this week at Merry Monday - to use snowflakes, dry embossing and neutral colours. 


A while ago I received the IndigoBlu 'Frosted Baubles' stamp as a gift and I hadn't used it - this challenge gave me the perfect opportunity to get the stamp inked up!  I stamped the image and inked the edges using Crumb Cake ink and I stamped the sentiment in Soft Suede ink.  I embossed a piece of Crumb Cake CS with a snowflake folder and added white pigment ink over the embossing using a sponge dauber - I loved how that looked on LeAnne's card so I nabbed that idea!  I added a strip of Soft Suede CS and glued my panel to the front of a 5 1/4" square white card base.  To complete the card front I sprinkled on a few rhinestones.

Here's the inside and the envelope front.  I love a kraft, white and red combo for Christmas cards but I don't recall ever making just a kraft and white Christmas card so I was interested to see how that would turn out - and I really liked it!  

Stamps: IndigoBlu 'Frosted Baubles' & 'Snowflake Lace', SU! 'Greetings of the Season' set, Penny Black 'Beautiful Season'
CS: SU! Crumb Cake, Soft Suede & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Crumb Cake & Soft Suede Classic inks, SU! Whisper White Craft ink
Tools: Cuttlebug snowflakes embossing folder, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: SU! rhinestone jewels

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Monday, 27 October 2014

Embossed Snowflake Floating Front Card

Angela and Janet are coming round tomorrow to make a Christmas card and I decided I'd show them how to make a floating front card.  I was given a Sizzix snowflake die and embossing folder set a few months ago and it occurred to me the large snowflake would make a good floating front card element.  

I cut a piece of Core'dinations CS, die cut and embossed the snowflake, scuffed the shape with sandpaper to bring out the embossed detail and glued a Night of Navy circle behind the snowflake shape.  I cut a piece of Whisper White CS to 11" x 5 1/2" and scored at 2 3/4", 5 1/2" and 8 1/4" to make the card base.  I cut some pieces of Authentique blue patterned paper which has a lovely ombre, graduated colour effect and adhered the paper pieces to three of the card base panels.  I  glued the snowflake to floating hinges (punched circles folded in half), placed a 3/4" navy circle in the centre of the snowflake and added the fancy embellishment.  To complete the card front I added four Night of Navy die cut photo corners.

For the back of the card I stamped a sentiment, added some punched snowflakes and made a punched circle and slit closure.  I simply stamped a snowflake border on the front of the envelope. Full instructions for making a floating front card can be found on my Tutorials page HERE

Stamps: Hero Arts 'Holiday Cheer' clear set, My Cute Stamps 'Let It Snow' set
CS: SU! Night of Navy & Whisper White, Core'dinations 'Harborside' CS

Patterned paper: Authentique Classique Elegant Ten
Ink: SU! Night of Navy
Tools: Sizzix 'Snowflake #4' Bigz die & embossing folder set, Nestabilities circle die, circle punches, X Cut snowflake punch, SU! Simply Scored board

Embellishments & accessories: SU! Frosted Finishes embellishment, jewel rhinestones, ultrafine sandpaper

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Friday, 24 October 2014

Pine Trees Winter Scene One Layer Card - 52 {C}CT Oct Recipe Challenge

Some new SU! goodies were delivered to me a few days ago and amongst them was a pack of Whisper White note cards and envelopes.  I find SU! Whisper White CS a bit flimsy to use for card bases but the note cards are made from thicker Whisper White CS which is fab!  The note cards measure 5" x 3 1/2" so are able to go through the mail and I think they'd be wonderful to use for gift sets.  

I recently stood down from the 52 {C}CT design team but I decided to join in as a player for the current recipe challenge to make a one layer card.  I so rarely make a one layer card as they have to be perfect - there's nowhere to hide any boo boos!  However, I'm really enjoying creating inky scenes and I think they look great on a one layer card so I gave it a go. 

Yeah, not really a great choice - an 'inky' scene, my first attempt had to be abandoned due to unsightly ink smudges but attempt number two was successful!  I die cut a rectangle from a panel of CS and used that as a reverse mask.  I applied Tumbled Glass Distress Ink using an ink duster brush to the rectangle first, temporarily adhered a 1" punched circle as a moon mask, dusted more Tumbled Glass ink and followed with Faded Jeans and Dusty Concord inks.  I removed the moon mask and dusted more ink over the moon to give a cloudy look.  I used Post-It notes to mask the outside of the rectangle and stamped the pine trees.  While the Post-It notes were still in place I applied some snowy droplets by dipping a paintbrush into a bottle of Perfect Pearls mist and flicking the paintbrush over the rectangle.  A stamped sentiment completed the card front.

I dusted more inks on the inside of the card and on the envelope front, stamped a sentiment and stamped more pine trees to finish.

Stamps: Inkylicious 'Northern Pine' set, SU! 'Four the Holidays' set, Hero Arts 'Holiday Cheer' clear set
CS: SU! Whisper White note card
Ink: Tim Holtz 'Tumbled Glass', 'Faded Jeans' & 'Dusty Concord' Distress Inks, Memento 'London Fog' & 'Tuxedo Black'
Tools: rectangle Nestabilities die, Inkylicious ink duster brushes, SU! 1" circle punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig
Embellishments & accessories: Perfect Pearls 'Perfect Pearl' mist, paintbrush, Post-It notes

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Sparkly Meadow Flower To You From Me Card - Inkspirational Challenge 67

The Inkspirational 67 Challenge caught my attention the other day while I was web surfing, it's a purple with grey/silver colour challenge.  I love purple and silver together on a card but I think I've only ever used the combo for Christmas cards so I resolved to make a non Christmas card with the colours.


Stencils are popular in card making at the moment and I'm having fun using them.  Actually, I enjoyed using them many moons ago when they were the in thing for home decor!  I stencilled three walls of my neighbour's bathroom and I decorated loads of bits and pieces and small furniture items for our home - I still have a couple of pieces!  

For this card I used a Meadow Flower stencil, Memento inks and Sparkle Medium embossing paste.  I used low tack tape to mask areas of the stencil and I stippled Memento London Fog and Grape Jelly inks through the stencil using ink duster brushes.  I removed the stencil, heat set the inks by blasting the panel with my heat tool and carefully repositioned the stencil.  I then applied Diamond Sparkle Medium embossing paste and allowed that to dry - because the glitter in the Diamond paste is suspended in a clear gel the colour shows through the sparkle.  I made a 5 3/4" card from SU! Elegant Eggplant CS and added the stencilled panel plus white and silver striped paper to a mat layer of silver mirri CS.  I attached the die cut and dry embossed ribbon and bow and added the sentiment element.  I punched two Eggplant flowers and placed those on the silver mirri CS label and I added a rhinestone to the centre of each flower.  A Small Circle Dazzler embellishment on the bow completed the card front.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I may add a sentiment inside at a later date when I know what occasion I'll be using the card for.

Stamps: SU! 'Best Yet' set
CS: SU! Elegant Eggplant & Whisper White, silver mirri CS

Patterned paper: First Edition 'Silent Night' 6" x 6" pad
Ink: Memento London Fog & Grape Jelly, SU! Elegant Eggplant
Tools: Imagination Crafts 'Meadow Flower' panel stencil, Creative Expressions 'Classic 3D Bow' die set, SU! 'Apothecary Accents' Framelits die, 1 1/4" circle punch, Woodware multi flower punch, Inkylicious ink duster brushes, heat tool, palette knife, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: Imagination Crafts 'Diamond' Sparkle Medium paste, Creative Expressions 'Small Circle Dazzler, SU! rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Flower Patch Floating Front Birthday Card For Gill

Our wonderful friend Gill is celebrating her birthday today and I made a floating front card for her.  I've used feminine, lacy paper and a blue and aqua colour combo as I know those will go down well! 

The Island Indigo card base measures 5 3/4" square.  I stamped the largest flower in Island Indigo ink, the smaller flower in Pool Party ink and I used Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive inks for the leaves.  After I'd finished die cutting I adhered the flowers and leaves together so it formed one element and I stamped and die cut the sentiment element.  I attached both elements to butterfly hinges (punched circles folded in half) so the elements float when the card is open on display.  I added white ribbon and a bow, two butterflies and placed a sparkly embellishment in the centre of the flower.  I punched and shaped two tiny flowers and placed them over the 'oo' in the word 'blooming' - I thought that was a fun touch!  To complete the card front I sprinkled on some rhinestones. 

If you'd like to make a floating front card yourself, I have instructions on my Tutorials page HERE.

This photo shows the back of the card with the sentiment panel and the punched circle and slit closure.

These fab floating front cards fold flat to go in an envelope - I love that!  Here's the card ready to be slipped inside the envelope.

I used the SU! Envelope Punch Board to make a 6" x 6" envelope with the beautiful, lacy paper and simply added a name label to the envelope front.

Stamps: SU! 'Flower Patch' & 'Papillon Potpourri' sets, Hero Arts 'Special Birthday'
CS: SU! Island Indigo, Pool Party & Whisper White

Patterned paper: Authentique 'Classique Elegant - Three'
Ink: SU! Island Indigo, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz & Old Olive
Tools: SU! 'Flower Fair' & 'Apothecary Accents' Framelits dies, 'Bitty Butterfly' punch, circle punches, Simply Scored & Envelope Punch boards, Woodware multi flower punch, Petite Oval Nestabilities die, sponge dauber

Embellishments & accessories: Creative Expressions 'Crystal Sparkler', SU! Whisper White stitched ribbon, rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Sparkly Pine Cones Aperture Season's Greetings Card

This lovely Christmas card made by Maree Streeter really caught my eye when I saw it on Pinterest and I saved it to my 'Cards to CASE' board.  I love the mix of the Hardwood stamp with the winter foliage, the square aperture and the fact that the card has a wow design, but being flat, is perfect for posting.  Maree used the new SU! 'Ornamental Pine' set for her card but my trusty, long retired 'Peaceful Wishes' set was a good alternative!

I stamped the Hardwood stamp onto a panel of Soft Sky CS using Smoky Slate ink, inked the edges with Smoky Slate ink and glued the panel to a Soft Sky A6 sized card base.  I cut out the square aperture, inked the edges, stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso ink and added three punched snowflakes cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. 

Here's the inside of the card.  I cut a panel of white CS, placed my mountain/valley plastic stencil down, dusted Summer Sky ink at the top and stamped the foliage, pine cones and sentiment. I inked the edges of the panel with Smoky Slate ink and glued it to the inside of the card.  Lastly, I applied Star Dust Stickles to the foliage and  pine cones for that all important seasonal sparkle!

I used stamps and punches to make the circle element to decorate the envelope flap.

Stamps: SU! 'Hardwood' background stamp & 'Peaceful Wishes' set, Hero Arts 'Holiday Cheer' clear set, Hero Arts 'Joyful Christmas Season' cling set
CS: SU! Soft Sky & Whisper White, SU! Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
Ink: SU! Smoky Slate, Old Olive & Early Espresso, Memento Summer Sky
Tools: Square Nestabilities die, circle punches, X Cut snowflake punch, Inkylicious ink duster brush & mountain/valley stencil, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: Star Dust Stickles 

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Sparkly Stencilled Holly & Ornaments Card - ATSM #117 Challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More have a 'Make Your Mark' challenge running this week which was the perfect nudge for me to use a new technique I learned from the amazing Alison at my local craft shop.  Using alcohol based markers, colours are applied through a stencil and then Diamond Sparkle Medium paste is applied over the top of the stencil.  Because the Diamond paste is translucent the colour shows through the sparkle.  Colour can also be added by applying inks through the stencil - but the inks MUST be dry before the paste is applied or the colours will run and discolour the paste.  Using alcohol markers which dry quickly means you can apply the paste straight away.  It took me a while to find the 'right' CS to use, with some CS I found I had issues with colours from the markers bleeding under the stencil so I wasn't getting a crisp, defined design.  A thick, smooth, white CS provided the best results for me. 

I taped the Christmas Holly stencil down, coloured the design using Marsh Green, Ruby and Gold ProMarkers, applied the Diamond Sparkle Medium paste and then impatiently waited for that to dry! Once dry the marker colours appear muted and softened due to the paste being translucent.  I trimmed the stencilled panel to size, layered onto a red mat and added a brad to each corner.  I stamped and punched the sentiment circle element and popped that up.

I used punches to add holly decorations inside and on the envelope to complete the card.

Stamps: Stampendous 'Small Merry Christmas', Hero Arts 'Holiday Cheer' clear set
CS: IndigoBlu White Perfect Stamping Card, SU! Wild Wasabi & Whisper White

Patterned paper: Bo Bunny Strawberry Double Dot Paper (plain side used)
Ink: SU! Wild Wasabi, Marsh Green, Ruby & Gold ProMarkers
Tools: Imagination Crafts 'Christmas Holly' panel stencil, circle punches, Martha Stewart Holly punch, palette knife, paper piercer
Embellishments & accessories: Imagination Crafts Diamond Sparkle Medium paste, SU! brad bases & Crushed Curry Candy Dots, Dimensionals, low tack tape

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