Monday, August 24, 2015

More Heat Embossing

Stampin Up Endless Wishes heat embossed in silver.

The first card (above) keeps to a fresh silver and white combination.  

For the card base, silver with a matted white layer of embossed card (swiss dots), and then a smaller matted layer of silver and white.  This smaller white layer was heat embossed with silver snowflakes stamped randomly around it.    

I used the set Endless Wishes which is the first Stampin Up set I've purchased that is photopolymer.  I found it enabled easy placement, but was not so good for stamping – I’m used to applying a certain amount of pressure with the red rubber stamps and these ones obviously don’t need anywhere need the pressure applied!)   Fortunately I was planning on covering up some of these snowflakes with glitter cardstock ( shape punched with the SU designer label punch) , in silver of course, and then a silver heat embossed greeting.   

Stampin Up Endless Wishes heat embossed in white.

I wanted to make another card with this set for variety, and chose red and white – and a fairly simple design – 3 different snowflakes and a greeting in white on the red card.  I finished each snowflake with a little rhinestone for a bit of sparkle.

Stampin Up Evergreen, heat embossed

This card was cased from Pinterest using what looked like the SU Evergreen set, but it took look much peering at the monitor and wondering how it had been done!  This is what I did for mine - the result is fairly close.

Using the outline of tree stamp, I versamarked and then heat embossed in gold.  Then I used the solid tree stamp with versamark, sticky powder and a liberal sprinkling of  Dazzling Diamonds glitter ....  which is the best glitter mix… ever! (Well in my opinion at any rate!).     

Stampin Up Evergreen detail - love Dazzling Diamond glitter <3

The cardbase had been a deep burgundy and appeared to have a bit of a halo around each tree, which I came close to re-creating by sponging a similar colour ink onto my cardstock, along the top of the card and down to near (but not touching) the trees.    I then added little gold dots with a metallic ink pen, and added a ribbon with dark tones and  gold threads through it.

This card was layered with burgundy on cream and then on a navy cardbase (although it looks a bit more bright blue here in the photos).  A matching cream layer was attached inside the card for the greeting.

Till next :)

Monday, July 13, 2015

Making your own Patterned Paper

Sometimes you can’t find the right patterned paper as a background… even if you have thousands of sheets like I do!  This is the time you’ve just got to make your own!  The added bonus of course is that you get the right ‘look’ – whether it be colour or the pattern itself.

I love the look of old sheet music on Christmas decorations but am unwilling to cut up Grandma’s old sheet music!   So some time ago I bought a large background size stamp of music.   Unfortunately it looks even more ragged than some old sheet music lol, but if you only use a little it can look very effective.  
SU warm words, Whimsy music notes

For my first card I stamped some cream cardstock with the music background stamp and cut it into 2cm strips, from those I cut 3 x 7cm lengths and cut the bottoms like a banner.    

The cream cardstock looks like old yellowed paper and looks effective against the white background.   I stuck these onto the white at different levels, wrapped some white and gold string around and added some little adhesive pearl look embellishments, and one little red star as well.   The sentiment was a simple one but I think it goes with the clean overall look.  The silver-grey cardbase gives enough grounding without overwhelming the cardfront.

SU Wonderful Wreath, Christmas Lodge and Reindeer Print, Real Red & Gumball Green inks.

For this card I wanted to use the wreath stamp that I bought recently (we all need an excuse to use our new stamps!).   

I stamped white cardstock with Gumball Green ink and matted it onto a layer of Real Red cardstock.   However I wanted a regular size card and it needed more than the red cardbase or even another white matted layer.  The answer was to make a simple pattern on the white cardstock with a holly stamp from an old SU set, Reindeer Print and I used the same Gumball Green ink.  

To finish the card off I stamped a sentiment from SU Christmas Lodge in Real Red ink and attached it with dimensionals.   Then I added some little red rhinestones to the wreath as if they were little holly bunches.  On the inside of the card on the white writing card, I stamped another little holly stamp in the corner, tying it all together.

Have you made your own patterned paper in your projects?

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Brushstroke stamps for a handmade look

I love cards to look professional, but they also have to have that quality about them that you can tell makes them handmade – whether that be hand colouring, additional techniques or simply weight.
The Work of Art stampset was brought out by Stampin Up last year and when I saw it I really wasn’t sure about it.  Surely someone could do those strokes themselves, rather than have a stamp for it… but the more creations I saw made with it the more I wanted to try it out.  Eventually I succumbed and bought the set :)  (It doesn’t take an awful lot for me to succumb though!)

Here are the first cards I have made with the set – Christmas cards – and I can foresee many more uses for this set down the track…

Work of Art & Bright Christmas by SU, Gumball Green & Real Red inks.

For this card I used the short double brushstroke and round stamps

 To make the mistletoe, I inked, stamped, inked, turned the stamp 60 degrees, stamp and repeat.  Then using the circle stamped three little berries in red ink.    

Add a sentiment and mount on a red card base to make it pop!   This card literally took 5 minutes to make yet it looks great .

Work of Art & Bright Christmas by SU.  Gumball Green & Elegant Eggplant inks, Dazzling Details and embellishments

This card uses one of the stamps in the set that looks like a long curved brushstroke.   

I simply stamped it above itself and edged it slightly to the left on each stamping, giving it the look of a tree.   Stamped a sentiment and  added some snowflakes and rhinestones and a little swipe of dazzling details.  Card front is mounted on a deep purple card base.    


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Masking, Sponging, Heat Embossing and Glitter Xmas Cards

Stamps: Stampin Up
Since our seasons are upside down to the Northern Hemisphere we usually sweat it out on Christmas Day, go swimming or hide under a shade tree and eat cold foods… but we can’t help but have a hankering for a white Christmas.   Since our cold winter weather is in July, I thought some Christmas cards might be in order!

This first one uses sponging, masking and heat embossing… my craft table was full of embossing jars, pieces of paper and pieces of sponge lol.

I’ve rarely done masking before but it was certainly easy enough.  Using a torn strip of paper, longer than the cardstock,  hold it there in position while sponging above it.  I started at the top :)   Then move the piece of paper around a bit, angle it etc., and repeat, ensuring your sponging doesn’t reach the top of the previous line.   Repeat. 

Sponging using a mask
To sponge, it’s just a matter of dabbing the ink pad with the piece of sponge and dabbing it on.
The tree was heat embossed in white (stamped in versamark, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heated) and the red decorations on the tree were done with a red sparkly embossing powder.    

The embossed tree over the background sponging before the red dots were added

In hindsight, I needed the sponging to be darker behind the tree so it would stand out more.

At the base I added a silver heat embossed sentiment and then a silver ribbon added just under halfway to finish the card front.

The white cardstock was attached to a grey card base and a white cardstock layer added on the inside for writing on.

Stamps: Warmth & Wonder, inks: SU crumb cake, wild wasabi, always artichoke.  Glitter: SU Dazzling Diamonds , Dazzling Details Silver.

Card two used a little bit of embossing, stamping and glitter ( I <3 glitter - even though you can't see the sparkle in this photo)

I started with the hill – once again tearing a sheet of paper as a mask, I used the edge of the Versamark pad to dab along the edge of the mask, sprinkled  with sticky powder, heated and then quickly added glitter.  

I then stamped the deer and tree images and on the one green tree I added dots of silver sparkle with Dazzling Details (a glitter glue I think).

The sentiment was stamped, punched and attached – whilst I could have stamped straight on to the card, I got a bit of ink on that part, so punched and stuck on was the only option!

This card front was attached to a chocolate brown card base and as before a white cardstock layer added on the inside for writing.

Have fun experimenting :)

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Ribbon, Buttons and More with Baby Cards

As the weather has turned colder and the jewellery biz slows down to a manageable level I like to participate in some card swaps so that I have a valid excuse to get to the card table.  

Here are my cards for a “baby” theme …

I tend to like pretty plain cards most of the time, as you know, but baby cards are kind of an excuse to let fly and add more embellishments than I would normally.  

Stampin Up Swirls & Curls, Curvy Verses, jewellery tag punch.

The first card uses lots of layering to build colour interest – a white cardbase, then a layer of card then pink spotted paper and a strip of blue spotted paper and yet another smaller strip of a lime and purple paper that I found in my offcuts box.    The stamped sentiment has been given specific baby meaning with the word baby stamped onto a tag (cut with the jewellery tag punch) and attached with a pastel green split pin.   I’ve added two little birds, one in strawberry slush and the other in Pacific Point inks.     

The large area needed to be filled in a little more so I used a silver inked pen and ruler and added some stitch sort of lines as a border.     I then added in a ribbon in pretty Blushing Bride, tied in a bow   The whole effect is rather pleasing – what do you think?

Stampin Up So Many Scallops, Scallop Punch

For the second card I went for strips of the same patterned paper in different colours – I was limited in colour choices here but settled on pink, blue and orange, keeping it as neutral gender as I could!   As the paper isn’t thick like cardstock it wouldn’t give the sturdy, heavy feeling I like with a handmade card,  so I added a matted layer of more white cardstock to place the papers on.   I stuck these on as evenly as I could (not easy!) and added a white satin edged organza ribbon .    

Pretty polka dot buttons were added in contrasting colours to the bottom of the paper strips.  As I didn’t have a blue button I thought the green was a good compromise and this led me to stamping the sentiment  in Green Galore ink to match.  

Stampin Up Punches Three, Extra Large Oval Punch

The last card I decided to go for a pretty pastel blue and for something different rather than a standard card, this is simply folded with an overlap in the cardstock.   To do this I cut a strip off an A4 sheet of cardstock 10cm wide.   I scored it twice – once at one mark under 5 inches (on my imperial scoreboard) and another 5 inches later  (the top full layer is just that smidge shorter so it will lay flat.  This left an overhanging piece which I edged with a scallop punch. 
To decorate there are multiple layers – white over the blue card base, then a pastel blue patterned paper, some white shimmery cardstock and a final layer of the patterned paper.   The sentiment was stamped in Bashful Blue and punched out with the extra large oval punch.   A layer of white cardstock was added to the inside for writing on and to finish a blue ribbon tied shut that can be slipped on and off to open the card.   

I think I now baby-carded out, but hope these will someday become a part of some little person's memory box :)

Till next,
Annette :)

Monday, June 1, 2015

Ink and Water

I’m in shock … I managed to get to the craft table twice in one week!      

The creating bug has hit again with my last post and I decided to experiment with ink after suggesting it to my daughter.  She was after a more “splat” look to each colour, just slightly overlapping, but I quite like this gradual cloud of colour :)

This was easily created ( I couldn’t believe HOW easy when I did it)…. watercolour paper, a few bottles of ink and a small spray bottle with water is all you need (and a couple of layers of some scrap paper behind to protect your work surface).    

Line up the colours in the colour progression you want, put droplets of ink with some clear space in between and then spritz with water till you like the look of it and then leave it to dry.  Cut it to size if required and you’re done!    You might like to try it out on some smaller watercolour paper scraps first so you can see how it spreads.

In the sample above I did droplets of ink diagonally along the card endeavouring to leave a little bit of the card blank for the sentiment stamp, and to encourage that I spritzed at a bit of an angle away from the corner.

To create the card I mounted it on embossed paper and mounted that on a plain white base.   I added a few little embossed butterflies on slivers of dimensionals and stamped a plain happy birthday sentiment.   Inside has one matted layer of white card and another little butterfly (stuck with doubled sided tape not dimensionals so it will lay flat).

Why don’t you try out some ink and water ‘painting’ next time you're feeling crafty! 

Till next,
Annette :)