Flora Musica card created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. This was one of my recent show samples using the Flora Musica stamp from Chocolate Baroque.

 

AW Framed Flora Musica

Materials:

  • Flora Musica stamp
  • White card blank (10.5 X 15cm), black card, pink metallic card, decorative background paper (blue/lilac)
  • Versamark Inkpad
  • WOW Embossing Powder (Gold Rich)
  • Fine tipped pen (black)
  • Gouache paints (white)
  • Watercolour pens (Spectrum Aqua – pink, burgundy)
  • Sparkle pen (Spectrum Noir – green)
  • Pebeo Gilding Wax (Empire Gold)
  • Oval die (Tattered Lace), Decorative frame die (Tonic) and harlequin embossing folder

How to make it:

  1. Trim and emboss the black card with the harlequin embossing folder. Lightly rub over with gilding wax and glue to the card front. Add faux stitching with the fine tipped pen.
  2. Stamp the Flora Musica onto patterned paper and heat emboss with gold powder. The embossing makes colouring really quick and easy. Colour with watercolour and sparkle pens and drag out colour with a damp brush. Use some white gouache to add highlights. Gouache paints are semi opaque so are great for covering over patterned or precoloured areas. Note: the watercolour beneath will dissolve and move when painted over with wet media and so will tint the white gouache.
  3. Cut out the topper, edge with a little gilding wax, and mount onto decorative mat cut from metallic card. Glue to the card front using 3D foam for added depth.

Special birthday cards using stamps and dies from Sheena Douglass

Good morning. Sharing a couple of cards created for a friends special birthday.

 

AW Ralph birthday 1

A friend commissioned me to make this one. She remembered so well the little boy (now 70) that used to call around to play with her sons when they were all young boys.

I used the Fields of Gold stamp set from Sheena Douglass and cut out the fence using the matching die (Original Perfect Partners die set). The leafy stamp in the background is from the Take it or Leaf it stamp set from Chocolate Baroque. The foliage was cut with Sizzix dies (Tim Holtz set). Size 8 X 8 inch.

 

AW Ralph birthday 2

He really loves his allotment so I made this one for him (12 X 4 inch). I used various stamps and dies from the Sheena Douglass Home Life Collection. The smaller pots and lavender  were created with Spellbinders dies (Lavender die set).

Winter Shaker Card created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. Today I am sharing another of my recent show samples using one of the lovely seasonal ladies – Winter Dawn. I just had to go over the top with sparkle and bling for this one – tee hee.

This one does make a nice Christmas card (sorry to use the ‘C’ word) – but it could just as equally make a nice winter birthday card too.

 

AW Winter Dawn Shaker

 

 

 

Materials:

  • Winter Dawn stamp
  • Seasonal Elements and Seasonal Journey stencils
  • 16 X 13cm card blank, smooth blue card, holographic mirror card, blue glitter card, heavy acetate (recycled packaging)
  • Versamark Inkpad
  • WOW embossing Powder (Metallic Silver Superfine)
  • Colouring pencils (white, blue and grey)
  • Fine tipped markers (black and opaque white)
  • Glitter glue (pale aqua) and loose glitter (extra fine pale blue)
  • Crystal glitter (Pinflair Iced Diamond – for inside shaker)
  • Acrylic texture paste (Pebeo concrete relief paste)
  • Viva Décor Kristall Gell (Hologram)
  • Snowflake dies (various suppliers)
  • Foam tape and strong double sided tape (red liner)

How to make it:

 

AW Winter Dawn Shaker 1

  1. Stamp the image with Versamark and emboss with the silver powder. Colour with pencils and use fine tipped black pen to darken eyes. Use the white pen to enhance highlights. Add glitter glue to snowflakes. You could stop at this stage and simply mat and layer onto the card front.
  2. Cut a frame from holographic card. Using texture paste add the lettering through the stencil. Quickly coat with loose glitter. When dry enhance the lettering by drawing on a drop shadow with black pen.
  3. Trim the acetate to fit behind the frame. Add snowflakes using Kristall and applying through the stencil. When dry glue to the back of the frame with strong tape. Apply the framed window to the card with 3D foam tape ensuring that there are no gaps. Before sticking down add a pile of crystal glitter to the middle of the card.
  4. Finish with die cut snowflakes.

Cards for my little friend Daisy

Daisy dance 3

Good afternoon. Today I am sharing a couple of cards made for my lovely little friend who was 7 this week.

The remit was something with dancing and something with a horse.

The first card was from Daddy. It is an extra large A4 size. I found the lovely silhouette of dad and daughter dancing in the Silhouette America store and cut out using my Silhouette Cameo. I added some clear embossing over the top for shine. The background was created with an 8 X 8 inch Embossalicious embossing folder and Spectrum Noir water based inks.

I inked some more panels for the sides. Scored the edges so that they folded inward slightly. I then cut border strips using some edger dies from Crafters Companion.

On the back I attached an 8 X 8 card blank – so it opened like a standard card and gave somewhere for Daddy to write a message etc.

The large lettering was cut with TODO dies. The bunting banner, stamp plate, curly foliage and birthday girl were cut using Tattered Lace dies. The butterfly was cut using a Create and Craft Couture die. I then embellished with a variety of flowers and foliage created in silicone moulds using air dry paper clay or moulding paste. The Lets Dance stamp was from Creative Expressions.

I just had to add masses of glitter glue for sparkle.

 

Daisy horse

I used a variety of stamps to create the background scene for this one. I think that the horse is from Stampman. I used watercolour pens and Distress Inks to colour.

The sentiment was computer printed and cut out using a Tattered Lace die.

The tree frame and background tree were cut using dies from Sheena Douglass. Some of the foreground branches were cut using TODO dies.

The flowers, pretty branches and bird were stamped, coloured and cut out using coordinating stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations (Flowering Dogwood).

Autumn Medley Stepper Card created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Autumn Medley Stepper 1

AW Autumn Medley Stepper 2

 

Good afternoon. This is another of my show samples using the Autumn Medley stamp from Chocolate Baroque. This is a variation of a previous project but this time I used some of the new stencils too.

I have used acorn and foliage dies from my stash but elements could be cut out and decoupaged from the stamped image too.

Materials:

  • Autumn Medley and Mackintosh Sentiments stamps
  • Useful Leaves and Seasonal Journey stencils
  • A5 ready made stepper card (Hunkydory), white stamping card, A4 thick cartridge paper and waste shredded paper
  • Ink Spritzers: Reds, oranges, yellows and greens – some with gold mica (Mr Huey’s and Lindy’s Stamp Gang)
  • WOW embossing powders (extra fine Gold Rich, White and Metallic Gold Sparkle)
  • Inkpads: Versamark, Distress Ink (Vintage Photo)
  • Dye based inks: Orange and yellow (Spectrum Noir Aquatints)
  • Watercolour and sparkle pens (reds, oranges, yellows, browns and greens)
  • Fine tipped marker (brown)
  • Paper raffia (yellow)
  • Dies: Acorns (Spellbinders), foliage with berries (Sizzix Tim Holtz), leaves (Sheena Douglass), square and mini tag (Tattered Lace)
  • 3D glue gel

How to make it:

  1. Spritz the cartridge paper with autumnal coloured inks and leave to dry. Trim the background panel. Die cut the tag, foliage and acorns from the remainder.
  2. Add further colouring detail to the foliage and leave to dry. Shape using a ball tool and embossing mat.
  3. To finish the background panel apply Versamark through the leaf and sentiment stencils and heat emboss with sparkly gold powder. Use the fine tipped pen to enhance the lettering (adding a bit of a drop shadow). Blend a little Distress Ink in from the edges to frame, and glue to the card front.
  4. Stamp the sentiment onto the tag with Versamark and heat emboss with white powder (‘with love’ – tricky to see in the photo). Add raffia ribbon and glue to the back step of the card (right hand side).
  5. Stamp the Autumn Medley onto stamping card using Versamark and emboss with detail gold powder. Colour with watercolour and sparkle pens.
  6. Lay the square die onto the image and mark the position of the overhang with pencil and trim around with a craft knife or scissors (i.e. the foliage and hair that extends beyond the die edge). Lay the overhang behind the die cutting edge (so it won’t cut through) and cut out the square. Edge with Distress Ink, blending in from around the edges of the square mat.
  7. Scrunch up a bundle of the waste paper strips and raffia and lay the die cut topper over the top. Put everything together using 3D glue gel.
  8. Finish by adding Glossy Accents to the stamped berries, acorns and some hair strands to give added shine.

Summer Poppy card created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Summer Poppy

 

Good morning. Today I am sharing another of my TV show samples created with the gorgeous Summer Fayre stamp from Chocolate Baroque. This is a variation of one of my earlier cards. I added more colouring using watercolour pencils, and created a leafy background using one of the new stencils.

Materials:

How to make it:

  1. Cut the background mat from stamping card to make a panel to go behind the decorative frame. Create the background by sponging Distress Ink through the leaf stencil. Edge with black marker and glue to the card front.
  2. Cut the decorative frame in black card, placing a white mat behind. Draw faux stitching with white pen and colour some elements with red glitter pen. Glue to the card front with foam pads for added dimension. I also glued down some of the black die waste pieces.
  3. Stamp the image with Versafine and cut out to layer onto the decorative frame mat.
  4. Colour with watercolour pencils, using a damp brush to blend out the colour. Add some areas of sparkle with water based sparkle pens.
  5. Glue on the flower and leaves. I created mine with dies but a ready-made flower embellishment would also work.
  6. Add Glossy Accents to some areas of the foliage and hair strands to give shine.
  7. Finish with PVA pearls.

Teneriffe Lace TV show samples for Gina-B Silkworks

Good afternoon. Here is a quick peek at my samples for the Teneriffe Lace show on Create & Craft today at 5pm. Freeview Channel 23 (UK) or watch online from the website (they keep videos online for a week if you miss it).

 

AW Lace pincushion 1

AW Lace pincushion 2

Clover Motif worked on Loom 1 – from Total Trimmings book 1 (Teneriffe Lace)

 

AW Lace xmas card 3

Christmas Motif – worked on Loom 1

 

AW Oriental lace canvas

Mixed media canvas – Large and small circular lace motifs from Total Trimmings book – Loom 1. The butterfly was one of my experiments on Loom 3.

I will blog more details soon.