Good morning. Sharing a couple of cards created for a friends special birthday.
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.
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).
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:
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.
Add further colouring detail to the foliage and leave to dry. Shape using a ball tool and embossing mat.
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.
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).
Stamp the Autumn Medley onto stamping card using Versamark and emboss with detail gold powder. Colour with watercolour and sparkle pens.
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.
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.
Finish by adding Glossy Accents to the stamped berries, acorns and some hair strands to give added shine.
I embellished this plain scarf with die cut flowers as a gift for a friend – she was delighted.
I used Tim Holtz Tattered Florals BigZ die to cut flowers from felt. I chose pastel colours and used the smallest of the flowers to give a delicate and pretty spring feel which co-ordinated with the soft and delicate yarn. I stitched them in place with a small sequin and seed bead in the centre to give a little shimmer.