Fun cards for the guys

Thought that I would give you a short break from all the butterflies posted up earlier.

 

I had 2 male friends with special birthdays this weekend so I came up with a couple of fun cards that would appeal to their sense of humour. Thankfully they loved them and I haven’t damaged my friendships – tee hee.

 

The first is for my friend who was 70 this weekend. We had a great party and he had his guitar out for a sing along too. He has fond memories of the 60’s so I thought that the Day of The Dead Collection from Sheena Douglass would be perfect, done in ‘Flower Power’ style.

AW Peter 70

 

  • The image stamps and dies are from Sheena Douglass (Day of The Dead) coloured with Spectrum Noir Aquatints and Distress Inks.
  • I added some foiling bling using a Zig 2 way glue pen and transfer foil. The foiled sentiment was done on the computer with toner sublimation foil and my Minc machine.
  • The curved ‘happy birthday’ , shaped card blank and bunting created with dies are from Tattered Lace. The letters cut using Create and Craft Couture dies.

 

The second card is very tongue in cheek. Shall I just say that my friend is renowned for being a bit ‘windy’!

 

AW Bill 65

 

  • I used an Embossalicious folder and coredinations card to create the background – sanding it back to reveal the ‘vintage’ sentiment panel.
  • The pipework and beer bottles were cut with dies from Robert Addams, the jug from Heartfelt Creations. The lettering dies are from Create and Craft Couture. The cogs dies are from a variety of sources including Robert Addams, Trimcraft, Sheena Douglass and Tattered Lace.

Wishing Tree Mixed Media Canvas created with Pebeo Fantasy Paints

AW Wishing Tree 3

Good evening (or is it morning?). I am sharing another mixed media canvas that I have just finished – playing with Pebeo Fantasy Moon and Prisme paints along with Vitrail (glass paints) and ceramic paints. I had fun with this one. I first spread my canvas with some left over acrylic texture pastes that I had coloured for another project.

AW Wishing Tree 1a

 

I then poured on various paints and gold Cerne Relief Paste, making a fantasy tree. I dropped some acrylic gems into the wet paint for sparkle. I called it the wishing tree.

 

AW Wishing Tree

 

 

I mounted it onto a 12 X 12 inch background canvas ‘textured’ with die cuts (Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create set). I painted the background canvas with acrylic paints, stamped the words (Sheena Douglass) and heat embossed with sparkly gold powder. I then rubbed over the edges and some of the texture with Pebeo Gilding Wax (love this stuff).

 

I was fairly pleased with the results and thought it framed the smaller canvas nicely. I hope that you like it x.

Easter Treat Box created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Easter Treat Box 1

AW Easter Treat Box 2

AW Easter Treat Box 3

 

Good afternoon. The recent shows on Hochanda featuring the Russian themed stamps and stencils from Chocolate Baroque were simply brill – great demos and such a lovely range of samples from my Teamies. If you missed the shows they do remain available online for a while so you can catch up on the FAB demos from Lesley Wharton.

I am sharing one of my show samples today created with the lovely Russian Floral egg and crackle stamps. These stamps are exclusive to Hochanda until the end of the month. After that they will be available directly from Chocolate Baroque.

Hope that you like my Easter treat box – ideal for filling with chocolates.

 

Materials:

  • Russian Floral Egg and Large Crackle Background (sold out individually on Hochanda)
  • 15 cm square egg stencil (Claritystamp)
  • 21cm square white card (box base) and blue card (box lid), gold mirror card (for decoration) and 15cm square grey board
  • Stazon Inkpad (Black)
  • Soft Form Relief Paste (Gold)
  • Pebeo Modelling Paste
  • Gesso (black), Pebeo acrylic paint (Iridescent Gold) and Martha Stewart satin acrylic (Indigo)
  • Pebeo Gilding Wax (Empire Gold)
  • Boxer Board (Crafters Companion)
  • Glossy Accents and PVA pearls (gold)
  • Satin ribbon (blue)
  • Happy Easter die (Heartfelt Creations Flowering Dogwood Collection)

How to make it:

  1. To make the box using the boxer board, score around each side of the square at a depth of 3cm, choosing the box base and box lid score lines on the board. I used a 21cm square of white card for the base and blue card for the top. Using the score board makes it really easy. The score line measurements are slightly offset on the base side of the board so that it automatically makes a base slightly smaller than the top so that they fit together. Snip into the corners to create the gluing tabs. Before constructing the lid stamp the sides with the crackle stamp and gold paint.
  2. Coat the egg stamp with a layer of Soft Form Relief Paste and leave to fully dry. This can take 2 days depending on room temperature and humidity conditions. Gentle peel away from the stamp and trim off any rough edges. Paint over the whole surface with blue acrylic paint. Quickly wipe across the surface with a damp cloth to remove paint from the upper surface level, leaving the blue colour in the deeper level. When dry, mount onto blue and gold card and glue to the box top with 3D foam for depth. I also added Glossy Accents into the blue leafy swirls for added shine, and added some PVA pearls.
  3. Die cut the sentiment in both blue and gold card. Layer together slightly offset to create depth. Glue to the box top. Coat with Glossy Accents for added shine.
  4. Stamp the egg 5 times onto gold mirror card with Stazon (only need the central area with the flower and leafy swirls). Cut out and shape the flowers slightly. Glue to the box sides and onto the paste egg topper. Add small PVA dots to flower centres. Initially I wanted to make these embellishments with the Relief Paste but I ran out of time rushing to get this ready to post for the shows. I don’t have central heating so the paste takes 2 days for each layer to dry!
  5. To make the box topper coat the grey board with gesso to seal. When dry apply modelling paste through the stencil with a palette knife. Leave it to dry for around 10-15 minutes and press the crackle stamp into the paste to create texture. Leave to fully dry and apply another coat of Gesso. Stamp the crackle over the surface using gold paint. Rub over the surface and edges with gilding wax. Glue to the box top.
  6. Finish with a large ribbon bow.

Tribute to lovely Molly

AW Our Lovely Molly

 

Sadly we had to say goodbye to this lovely lady a couple of weeks ago – she was 17 years old and had remained happy and fairly healthy right up until her last night.

She was actually my neighbour’s cat but had simply moved in – sharing my bed for the last 2 years. My bed is so empty without her. As soon as I was ready to settle down she would come up and under the top cover with her little head peeping out and her whiskers tickling my face while we went off to sleep – tee hee.

The only good pic I had of her was looking over the top of my notebook while I was trying to type up a beading tutorial. I took the photo into Serif Craft Artist and set her into a garden peeping over the top of a garden wall. She was a mischievous little character so this setting fits her perfectly.

I used craft Artist to draw the arched frame. Printed it separately and used my Brother ScanNCut to cut it out. I glued several layers of card together for strength.

The decorative elements were created with the Flowering Dogwood stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations.

To protect it and make it longer lasting I used Crafters Companion Spray and Shine on the photo and frame, and Spray & Sparkle on the floral embellishments.

Now I have a lovely tribute to her sitting on my desk.

Sea Dragon card TV show sample created for Chocolate Baroque

Sea Dragon card – TV show sample created for Chocolate Baroque on The Craft Channel this week.

AW Sea Dragon Card

Materials:

  • Seadragon (sea dragon, mermaid, sentiment), Underwater Kingdom (mermaid), Underwater (starfish), Seashell Collage (Wheel and Anchor) stamp sets
  • 6 X 6 inch scalloped card blank, white stamping card
  • Versafine Inkpad (Onyx Black), archival dye ink (blue)
  • Brusho’s (Turquoise, Ultramarine)
  • Metallic paint (silver gold) *
  • Pebeo Drawing Gum
  • Watercolour pencils (yellow, golds, oranges) and brush
  • Alcohol ink marker (black)
  • Decorative Lattice Swirl Die (Heartfelt Creations). If you don’t have these dies, swirly or seaweed like foliage dies would produce a similar result.

* I used Starlight paint (Imagination Crafts) but the Aztec Paints featured in the shows this weekend would be perfect.

How to make it:

  1. Stamp the Sea Dragon with Versafine and mask with the Drawing Gum. Trim to approx. 10 X 14cm and edge with black pen.
  2. Drop Brusho crystals onto the card and spritz with water.
  3. Colour extra card with Brusho’s for die cuts. Cut out the swirly trellis with dies.
  4. Stamp the anchor, starfish and wheel with Versafine onto spare card and cut out. Stamp the sentiment with blue ink, cut out and edge with black marker.
  5. Stamp the silhouette mermaids with blue ink. Remove the masking from the dragon, colour the dragon and starfish with watercolour pencils. Add some shimmer paint to the dragon.
  6. Layer elements and glue to card front.

Quick and easy sea themed cards created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. Today I am sharing 3 quick makes using Seashell Collage stamps from Chocolate Baroque.

AW Must got to the sea CAS

I must got down to the sea

AW Smooth sea CAS

A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner

These first two were stamped onto the same background paper created by randomly spritzing an A4 sheet with blue, red and gold mica sprays.

AW Gull Scene CAS

Seagulls in Italy

My third project was stamped onto a patterned paper from Crafty Individuals.

Materials:

  • Seashell Collage and Words of Inspiration stamp sets
  • A4 sheet of thick cartridge or watercolour card, 11 X 14cm cream card blank, 15cm square card blank in cream and white, cream stamping card, Crafty Individuals 6X6 inch backing paper (Travels in Italy)
  • Inkpads: Archival (Coffee), Versamark, Versafine (Onyx Black), Distress Ink (Antique Linen)
  • Mr Huey’s Ink spritzers (blue/grey, red, gold with mica)
  • Alcohol marker (black), fine tipped marker (brown, black)
  • Polychromos pencils (brown, grey, white, black, red, orange)
  • WOW embossing powder (Blueberry)
  • Glossy Accents
  • PVA pearls (gold)
  • Die to fit sentiment panel (Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create set) or hand cut and use a corner rounder punch.

Step By Step – ‘I must go down to the sea’

  1. Trim the randomly spritzed sheet to fit the card front (11 X 14cm) leaving a small border.
  2. Stamp the gulls with Archival Coffee ink. Edge the topper and card with black pen and glue down.
  3. Stamp the sentiment onto cream card with Coffee ink. Edge with Distress ink and brush over with some of the spritzer ink. Cut out and edge with black ink. Draw faux stitching with fine pen. Stick down with 3D foam.
  4. Finish by adding Glossy Accents to the stamped image (this enhances it and makes it stand out from the background).

Step By Step – ‘A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner’

  1. Trim the randomly spritzed sheet to fit the card front (15cm square) leaving a small border.
  2. Stamp the boat, anchor and small sentiment with Archival Coffee ink. Stamp the inspirational sentiment with Versamark and heat emboss with the powder. Draw in sun rays, and extend the scene, and add faux stitching with fine tipped pen. Edge the topper and card with black pen and glue down.
  3. Finish by adding Glossy Accents to the stamped images, and PVA pearls.

Step By Step – ‘Seagulls in Italy’

  1. Trim the printed sheet slightly to fit the card front (15cm square) leaving a small border. Edge with black marker.
  2. Use Versafine ink and partial stamping to create the scene across the card by leaving ink off parts of the stamp e.g. omitting the seagulls from some of the posts. No complicated masks needed for this but clean the stamp well between stamping to avoid residual ghost images where you don’t want them. Use the fine tipped pen to hand draw missing sections from the top of the posts.
  3. Quickly colour the posts and gulls with pencils. No need for fancy colouring as the stamps already provide shading details.
  4. Stamp the sentiment and glue to the card front.

I hope that you like them.  Anne x.

Secrets of the Deep Card created for Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge 24

AW Secrets of the Deep Colour Challenge 24

Here is another project created for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge 24. I am a little unsure about this one but it is certainly Fairy tale and vibrant. If I made it again I think that I would make the sea colour and the mermaids little paler. This would give a little more depth and less clash.

Materials:

· Underwater, Underwater Kingdom, Sea Dragon and Mermaid Queen stamp sets.

· Spectrum Noir Aqua markers, glitter pens.

· White card, yellow card (for die cuts), glitter card (orange), white stamping card.

· Zig 2 way glue pen.

· Pebeo Drawing Gum.

· Midas touch gold foil (for cold foiling with glue).

· Inkpads: Versafine (Onyx Black) and dye based (violet).

· Stickles glitter glue (Diamond).

· Circular nesting dies, largest 15cm (TODO Basic Circles), branch dies (Heartfelt Creations Leafy Branch), eyelet die (Sizzix Originals Red die – Eyelet Washers #1).

· 3D glue gel and foam pads.

How to make it:

1. First create a card blank using an A4 sheet of card folded in half. Cut through both layers with a 15cm circular die, overhanging the die at the top folded edge so that an attachment fold for the front and back stays intact. I also cut an extra circle of card to glue to the back and add strength. Trim the base of the card slightly to give a straight edge at the bottom so that the card stands up ok.

2. Cut a ‘port hole’ frame from glitter card using a 15cm and 11.5cm circular die. I glued another plain card frame to the back to give extra strength.

3. I used some scrap mount board and the Sizzix BigZ die to cut the thick eyelets. Alternatively you could glue together a few layers of ordinary card to make the ‘chipboard’ eyelets. Apply Zig glue (blue when wet) to the eyelets and leave to dry and go tacky (dries clear). Press foil, shiny side up, onto the tacky surface to add foiling. Glue to the port hole frame with 3D glue gel.

4. Cut another circle from stamping card. Stamp the foreground scene with Versafine ink and paint with Drawing Gum to mask. Stamp the embellishments onto spare card and cut out.

5. Colour the scene background with watercolour markers and a water brush. Stamp the background mermaids with dye ink. Dry.

6. Remove the masking fluid. Colour the scene details and cut out embellishments with watercolour markers.

7. Cut branches from yellow card. Add a little shading with pens.

8. Glue the scene flat to the card. Apply the frame with foam pads.

9. Shape the cut out embellishments slightly with fingers or a ball tool and foam mat. Glue with 3D glue gel. Finally finish with a little glitter glue for added sparkle.