26 July 2012

Build a Blossom

As my Blossom Petals Builder punch was still handy, I fished out my Build a Blossom stamp set and Rich Razzleberry and Pretty in Pink inks to create this design - it was one of the projects we made last week.  I used one or two other bits as well of course, like white vellum which was embossed using Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, a designer button with white bakers twine bow and the whole thing lightly sprayed with champagne mist shimmer paint.  We also used the Square Lattice embossing folder to emboss the large petals.  Also in Daffodil Yellow ;)

It can be tricky attaching vellum to your card as the glue will show, however, if you're very careful you can put glue just on the embossed areas then it won't be visible on the front.  You can just about see where the glue spread a little beyond the embossed dot - left edge of the Rich Razzelberry card.  I might stick a small butterfly there to hide it. 

25 July 2012

Faux silk blossom

This card was born when I had a play with the faux silk technique in different colours.  The Blossom Petals Builder punch happened to be within reach so there you are.  The green background (Certainly Celery I think) is the same technique as yesterday's post except I drew a squiggly line around this one to create a frame. I used the gorgeous Shimmery White as the base card.  You can see the shimmer even though my photo taking skills leave a lot to be desired. I'd like to blame the camera but I think it's probably me. Anyways, you get the idea.  Oh yes, the bee is from Nature Walk stamp set - cute.

24 July 2012

Sail Away

Another one for the guys.  My ladies made this one in class last week.  The background is achieved very simply by inking a clear mount block then 'stamp' directly on to the card.  I used Baja Breeze here on Whisper White card which is layered on Black card.  The boat was inked in Basic Black and stamped on the Baja Breeze background.  I stamped a second image, this time on designer paper (First Edition Speciality used here), then I cut out just the sails and glued it over the sails of the main image - otherwise known as paper piecing.  The birds is a stamp from Up, Up & Away stamp set which is in the current summer mini catalogue.
 I always finish off the inside of my cards, and this one is no exception ;)

7 July 2012

Motorbikes for the guys

I had forgotten about these cards which I made last year!!  The Square Lattice embossing folder is perfect for a background and the partially embossed corners add interest to the topper.

The motorbike is heat embossed in black embossing powder then coloured in Tangerine Tango to match the cardstock. I added Crystal Effects to the mirrors, 'metalwork' and coloured in areas of the motorbike.  

This motorbike was done in the same way as above except it's in Pacific Point. The Whisper White background however was done with the crimper. Cut your background card to size, fold the four corners to the middle then pass through the crimper.  Open out the folded corners and there you have it - very effective.

6 July 2012

Elegant Bird

A quick post today.  At last I had a chance to use this gorgeous new Elegant Bird die and I couldn't resist combining it with the beautiful Bordering on Romance stamp Set, in the same colours as before.  I used the Perfect Polka Dots folder to emboss the body of the bird and finished off with a crystal for her eye.

5 July 2012

French Foilage Resist

I demonstrated this resist technique some months ago but only got round to making a card with it a few weeks ago.  I taught the technique again at a recent class but we used different colours and when I can find the card I made I'll add a picture of it here.

Glossy card works best for this. I used cotton wool, or you can use a piece of sponge or what ever works best for you, to colour the whole area of the card in different colours. I used reinkers in Baja Breeze, Pretty in Pink and So Saffron here.  Next, gently rub your embossing buddy over the card to help prevent embossing powder from sticking where you don't want it.  Ink your stamps with Versamark ink and stamp randomly, overlapping is okay.  Apply clear embossing powder and heat with your heat tool just until the embossing powder turns shiny and raised. Next, ink your brayer well with Night of Navy and brayer over the whole thing. Let it dry a little then with a soft cloth rub off the excess ink. The embossed areas will resist the ink. You may need to apply a second coat with the brayer for best effect.

4 July 2012

Aviary birthday wishes

Another technique project from last month. We used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to achieve perfect placement of the stamped images. The colours used are Whisper White, More Mustard, Perfect Plum and Basic Black. I love this stamp set so watch out for more projects using this set coming soon. 

3 July 2012

Framing Bordering on Romance

The second project we made last month features the Labels Collection framelits dies and Bordering on Romance stamp set. A fabulous stamp set, especially if you love colouring in - which we did using blender pens and ink refills in Baja Breeze, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red and Old Olive. The image was stamped using black Stazon - a waterproof ink pad.

A Pretty in Pink layered butterfly, finished with a small pearl, accents the framed image nicely.  The butterfly was cut using Beautiful Wings embosslits dies. 

As you can see I used one of the stamps from the set to decorate the flap of the envelope.  We all made an envelope for the card - nice and easy using the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate.  


2 July 2012

Adorning Accents

This is one of the cards my ladies made last month. We had a play with the new Adorning Accents Edgelits Dies and Textured Impressions Embossing folders for one of the projects.

That gorgeous flocked paper in black and crumb cake is from the Mocha Morning Specialty designer paper pack.  Perfectly coordinated with the striped crumb cake designer paper from the Neutrals Collection paper stack.  Black satin ribbon and an antique brad from the Antique Brads collection finished off the card nicely.

But it doesn't quite finish there, you can just see in the background I also used the die on the flap of the envelope I made for this card.

The paper in this version is from the Beau Chateau designer series paper pack.  The card is finished off with Seam Binding Ribbon in Very Vanilla and a Designer Printed Brad in Pool Party.

1 July 2012

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