Thursday, 12 October 2017

Faux Silk is Great for Male Cards

It was my husband's birthday last week and it is always a bit tricky to think of a card for him. 
He works in the recycling industry and was a Biochemical Botanist in his previous work, so I often tend towards plants and nature for cards for him.

I've been very busy and must confess his birthday snuck up on me so I went to my stash and found this one.

It uses the Faux Silk technique which is a cool technique where you stamp your images then cover them over with wrinkled tissue paper.
And here we are with our grandchildren, enjoying a birthday picnic lunch in the park. Doesn't that cake look delicious? One of our daughters made it - chocolate and mint - she is so clever and it was so yummy.

Finding the card inspired me to teach the technique to a new group of crafters last week and I stepped it up a bit by using the Baby Wipe technique to create our own multi coloured ink pads for the leaves. 
Colours I used are: Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Tangerine Tango and Fresh Fig. 
The leaves from the wonderful and versatile Colorful Seasons stamp set are perfect for both these techniques. The card base is Crumb Cake and the highlights are Fresh Fig and Copper Foil.
I stamped the leaf vein images along the bottom of the card using Fresh Fig, which is rapidly becoming a favourite for me. 

A list of products for the lower card can be found below.
Please feel free to order any products via my On-line store and if you would like further information on the techniques you are welcome to contact me.

Until Next time
Happy Crafting!

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Beautiful Bouquet & Detailed Gate Thinlit On Glossy Card.

The Detailed Gate Thinlit was the original inspiration for this card, and then I decided I wanted to place it in front of a beautiful dusk sky. The best way I know to do that is to brayer the sky so I looked out my sponge brayers and some of our returned Glossy White card stock and took it from there.

I don't know about you, but I love to let cards evolve as I'm working on them. I have a picture in my mind, then search my vast collection of Stampin' Up! products to find what will help me achieve the result I'm looking for.

This card is for a wedding - but that is purely because of the greeting. It would work equally well for a friend, sympathy or birthday.

I have to admit that I didn't like the sponge brayer at first, however with the re-introduction of Glossy White to the Stampin' Up! card stock range, this little piece of equipment is coming back in to favour! 
I've used Soft Sky, Mariner Mist and Sweet Sugarplum for the background.

And those gates! I'm in love.
They can be a little tricky to cut out so before class I experimented a few ways and the best I could do is:
Use the new Sizzix Platform - the one with the ridge down the centre, add a card stock shim under the bottom plate, place the thinlit sideways and roll through SLOWLY twice. Then change the orientation of the thinlit to portrait view and roll through slowly again, another 2 times. This will give you fabulous definition and easy to remove bits. 

The garden of flowers behind the gates is created with one stamp from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set by Stampin' Up! It has just been stamped in all the colours of the background plus Pear Pizzazz and a little black.

I fussy cut this and adhered it to the glossy white, than added the gate Thinlit. An easy way to adhere the thinlit is to squeeze a little Multipurpose glue onto a paper plate, take a slightly damp sponge and pat the glue onto the back of the cut out. It's probably a good idea to do this on a Silicone Mat so that it doesn't stick to the grid paper .

The greeting is from the Beautiful Bouquet set and you will find it has a lovely array of greetings. I love the font in this set - it is a such a nice mixture of styles.  I used the new Everyday Label punch on the greeting and coordinated that with one of the Lots of Labels Framelits - not a perfect match but this combination still creates a nice little shape.

To complete the card choose any ribbon that matches your colours or use the lock and key Thinlits to make embellishments.
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Until next time
Happy Crafting
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Thursday, 5 October 2017

Watercolour Garden Girl is Gorgeous

OK, so once again I come back to water-colouring, but my only excuse is it is the perfect medium to use on this very cute stamp set - Garden Girl.
The images are perfect for colouring so you could use your favourite technique on this set too.

I used the inks from the lid of my Stampin' Up! ink pads with an Aqua Painter. This allows for a freedom of application that the water colour pencils do not, however if you are a "pencil preferer" then this set will work beautifully for you with the addition of a Blender Pen or the Aqua Painter brush.

The 7 images provide plenty of opportunity to create gorgeous cards for many occasions.

And this is how I used the stamp set...

The card is a gate-fold design with the oval not fully cut to allow for the little girl's boots to protrude out the bottom. It is stamped on watercolour paper using Archival Black ink and using Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight ink for the dress. 

The Designer Series Paper is from Delightful Daisy - one of the many papers included in this month's special of Buy 3 Get 1 Free. 
Check out the other papers included in the special and place your order at my on-line shop

I thought I'd like to create a little blondie to go with my brunette, and I chose Wisteria Wonder as my base colour. In the dress I combined the Wisteria with Melon Mambo to add some life to the fabric.

Below you'll find a list of the Stampin' Up! products I used in creating these cards.
If you'd like further information on the technique, please contact me.

Best Wishes and happy crafting.

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