Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Birthday Card - themed View through a window

My DT card for the April Blog Challenge  over on  Let's Craft & Create  is themed  " Through a window "

I had some aperture A5 window cards which were just right for this months challenge.  To this I added a piece of 300gsm stamping card the same size, along with some acetate for the window pane.

To make my background I used Tim Holtz distress oxides in salty ocean and lucky clover for the sky and grass. I also find supermarket scourers really handy use for inkers. Chop up and make ink pads out of them.  The sponge side is perfect for blending the ink and if you want your ink to glide a little more, just add a little glycerin to your blending mat to mix in. A bottle of glycerin is pretty cheap from your high street chemist. 

I use my heat gun just to make sure the ink on my card is dry before I start to stamp.

I used this lovely stamp by Inkylicious - Wings of flight for the birds in the sky

I also used this free stamp set "Time for Tea" from a papercraft magazine that had a free tea cup die that I also intended to use.

I stamped the blue tit onto stamping card and the macaroons onto coloured card using black versafine ink. I also die cut the teacup onto a small piece of turquoise centura pearl card ( I did this with a pink piece but decided to go with the turquoise with accents of pink).

There was another free stamp set and die "Spring garden" from a papercraft magazine that was ideal for my card.

I cut my rabbit in half so that it would appear to be sitting in one of the flower pots as well as the flowers. I also stamped extra leaves from the hydrangeas, as I wanted them to appear to be growing behind the white picket fence.

I planned where I wanted everything to go before sticking it to my backing topper, making sure it could be seen through the window aperture.  I used some mixed micro beads for the spilt soil out of one of the flowerpots, which the rabbit was going to get the blame for.....

After sticking the acetate to the aperture window I added the blue tit, attaching it with a little red liner tape. I wanted the bird to appear to be perched on the windowsill looking in......probably at the biscuits on the other side.

I then made the net curtain for the window using a piece of rolled card for the curtain rail and a glue gun to attach the lace panels.

After adding the curtain, it just needed an embossed birthday sentiment in silver. My view through a window into a garden on a spring day, compele with wildlife.

Happy Crafting

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Crafty mdf plaque by the Dreamees

On one of the Dreamees workshops that I attended, I purchased a number of mdf pieces and this is one of the pieces I decorated.

The flowers have been stamped and heat embossed with silver metallic superfine Wow embossing powder with a Charming Cascade flower stamp set by the Dreamees using backing papers from their sensational flowers cd.

This plaque was made for one of the Dreamee Catchers in our monthly group swap and I normally make a coordinating bookmark to accompany my make.

To start with I used papers from one of the Dreamees paper pads Something Stitchy, which can also be found on a cd rom, Dreamee pearls and their craft mdf.

I also used one of my all time favourite flower stamps, by the Dreamees a Charming Cascade.
These have been heat embossed with silver metallic superfine Wow embossing powder using backing papers from their sensational flowers cd. 

Also, I have used two sets of the Dreamees dies; the butterfly dies from their Pretty Leaves & Flourishes and the large flourish from their Peculiar Leaves & Flourishes set. I have die cut the butterflies out of a piece of satin board purchased from Create & Craft (their own make, which comes in a set of pastels or brights and worth having in your stash).  The flourishes were die cut from a piece of apple green glitter card (soft for a glitter card) I bought from Poundland in a trio of colours.

After covering my plaque with one of the papers I used some thin organza ribbon to wrap around the plaque, using a glue gun to add spots of glue around the back to keep the ribbon taut.

This was just to create a little more interest on the plaque before adding the butterflies and flowers.

I added more organza looped ribbon under the flowers.

Finishing off with some Dreamees pearls.
As this was a Dreamee Catchers make I needed to use as many of their products as possible (which I have plenty of).  These group swaps are great as they give you lots of inspiration on using various different elements of their products.

And finally, my bookmark I normally enclose with each Dreamee Catcher swap I make.
I have used the other piece of backing paper to make this along with some green card.  As these papers are double sided the top bookmark (which has been layered onto the green one) has the flowers on the top and the green patterned side of the paper is on the back of the bookmark. 

 I have also stamped the wording using the Dreamees Calligraphy Alphabet stamp set. Then I used some glossy accent on the roses before finishing off the bookmark with Dreamees pearls and ribbon.

I will then wrap this make in tissue paper before popping it in the post to my lovely swap partner.

Happy Crafting

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Monochrome card - shades of pink

My DT card today was made for Daisy Chains challenges.  The theme this month is Monochrome and mine is in "shades of pink"

I decided to make this card out of a 12  x 12-inch double-sided scrapbook page, using a 1.6 cm flower punch and utilising the sentiment on the page for my card.  This time no inking and no stamping.

I also added a set of Dreamees dies. Their pretty leaves & flourishes set.  From the same cardstock, I die cut some flourishes and butterflies.

It was just a case of layering the card up using the design on both sides.

Then adding the flowers, butterflies and flourishes punched out / die cut from the same cardstock.  I finished the card off with some fuschia pink pearl drops and some shimmery accent from my spectrum noir clear sparkle overlay pen.

I thought that the sentiment made it quite a versatile card to send. A simple but quite effective card that didn't need any stamping or ink.

Added to the following challenges:-

Simply papercrafts - ATG challenge 56
Monochrome Magic  - ATG challenge 9
Creative Fingers - ATG challenge 144
Pammies Inky Pinkies - ATG challenge 1813
Crafty Friends - ATG challenge 80

Happy Crafting

Monday, 2 April 2018

Textured ATCs

Whilst shopping I came across some acrylic mist spritz sprays in a box and decided to have a play, making some ATCs for a group mixed media swap.

I started off with some sturdy card. A few days before I was looking at a shoe box ready to recycle but liked the vinyl feel to the shoe box so decided to have a chopping up session before recycling what was left.  I intend to use the other pieces I kept for another project.

I cut out a few pieces of text from the newspaper. I could have used any piece of newspaper really but at this point, I didn't actually have a plan as to what I was making and whether I wanted the print to show through the gesso I was going to use.

I used a little white gesso on the base of one of the pieces of cardboard and roughly stuck a piece of scrunched up newspaper, keeping in the creases as much as possible when I stuck it down.  I then gave it a light coat of gesso on top.

I gave the cards a little blast with my heat gun and then decided to leave them dry overnight to stop me fiddling with them whilst they were tacky.

Next, I used a page from an unwanted paperback book looking for short phrases I could use. I intended to use these on my ATCs once the background was spritzed.

These are my sprays -  The Crea Box Acrylic sprays came in a box of 4 (blue, green, red, yellow).  I decided not to use the blue on this occasion.

I gave the cards a gentle mist and really liked the effect, especially as they dried really quickly.

Now they looked like mini canvases.

Using some leftover decopatch glue, I adhered my phrases to the cards, giving them a light coat on top to seal them to the cards.

I thought the Butterfly Blots from Imagine Design Create would fit just perfectly onto the corners of my cards.  I stamped them onto a little piece of patterned tissue (which came out of the same shoe box I had earlier cut up) using jet black stazon ink (which is a permanent solvent pad). I used the decopatch glue to adhere them to the cards.

I also used a few of the tiny people silhouettes on the tissue paper, again giving them a very light coat of the decopatch glue to seal them to the card.

I then added some Treasure Gold metallic gilding wax in rose quartz. A tiny bit goes a long way. I passed my finger over all the raised parts of the cards as well as edging them in the gilding wax also.

They just needed to be framed onto some black card to finish them off.

Happy Crafting

Birthday Card - themed View through a window

My DT card for the April Blog Challenge  over on   Let's Craft & Create   is themed  "  Through a window  " ...