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.

Quick and Easy Floral Thank You card created for Chocolate Baroque

Here is another quick and easy card using a ready made aperture card and the flower stamp from the Spring Fairies April set (recently featured on Hochanda TV). I stamped onto watercolour card, colouring the stamp directly with watercolour pens. To activate the ink I lightly spritzed it with water just before stamping. I then used a damp brush to drag out some of the colour.

 

AW Floral Thanks CAS

Check out the Chocolate Baroque Design Team Blog for more examples of quick and easy cards from my fab Teamies

 

Materials:

Kingfisher Scene Cards created for Chocolate Baroque

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Good afternoon. Today I am sharing another couple of my TV show samples for Lesley Wharton and Chocolate Baroque using the Kingfisher Song and scene building stamp sets recently featured on Hochanda. The aperture ‘waste’ from one card was used to create the background scene on the other.

Materials:

  • Kingfisher Song, Sticks & Stones, Baroque Meadow, Silhouette Grasses, Words to Dazzle and Sparkle stamp sets
  • 15 X 18cm card blank (Kraft card), 18 X 20cm card blank (white), card for background mat & layers (white), white stamping card (Sheena Douglass), waste copy paper (for masks), scrap card (brown and green for foliage die cuts)
  • Inkpads: Versafine (Black Onyx), Memento (Tuxedo Black), Distress Ink (Victorian Velvet)
  • Ink sprays: Lindy’s Stamp Gang (Cocklebells Coral, Opal Sea Oats, Azure Sea Asters)
  • Spectrum Aqua watercolour pens (pinks, greens, browns)
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens (clear, gold, pink, green, and turquoise)
  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA pearls (Olympic Gold)
  • Fine tipped pen (brown) and Spectrum Noir alcohol pen (brown)
  • Soft Form Relief Paste (Gold and Silver)
  • Starlight Metallic Paints (turquoise, pink, gold)
  • Rectangle dies approx. 9.5 X 12cm and 6.5 X 3.5 cm (Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create set), dies to cut rectangular frame (Tattered Lace Rectangle Accordion), dies to cut twigs (Sheena Douglass) and ferns (Tattered Lace Floral Layers Leaves 1)

Creating the Kingfisher embellishments:

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The twigs and ferns were cut from coloured card and further coloured with watercolour pens (to give them more dimensional colour).

The cut out card kingfisher was stamped with Versafine and coloured with watercolour and sparkle pens. The kingfisher scene stamp was used for this, the rest of the scene being cut away and discarded.

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The larger dimensional kingfisher was created by spreading gold and silver Soft Form Relief Paste over the stamp. This was left to dry overnight before peeling off the stamp. Rough edges were trimmed away and further colour added using the Starlight Paints (leaving some areas of gold and silver paste showing through).

Creating the Kraft card blank:

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The frame and central background mat were cut from white card using the Accordion die (largest die). This creates an attached mat which was snipped away from the outer frame. Faux stitching was added with a fine pen using the pin holes as a guide. These were then glued to the Kraft card blank (finished size approx. 15 X 18cm). If you don’t have this die you could easily use other rectangle dies to produce similar.

Creating the background scene and scenic frame:

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An A4 sheet of stamping card was spritzed with inks, spraying blues nearer the top and golds at the base. The sheet was trimmed to slightly under 18 X 20cm and a sentiment mat cut from the excess (6.5 X 3.5cm).

Grasses and butterflies were stamped along the bottom edge using a mix of watercolour pens. Tip: Brush the colours directly onto the stamp then ‘huff’ onto the stamp before stamping. Moisture in your breath reactivates any partially dried watercolour.

The aperture was cut with the rectangle die (approx. 9.5 X 12cm). Edges were inked with Distress Ink.

Finishing the simple kingfisher card:

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Additional ferns were stamped in dark green along the base. Finished by gluing the scenic mat, kingfisher, branch and fern embellishments to the card front with 3D glue for added dimension.

Creating the scene for the frame aperture:

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Stamping card (larger than the aperture 9.5 X 12cm) was spritzed with inks in the same way as the other scene backgrounds.

The scene was built up working from the foreground base upward, stamping with Memento (waterproof when dry).

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Scene components were stamped onto copy paper and cut out to create masks. These were simply laid in place, covering the appropriate stamped images, before stamping the next scene layer. Tip: To stop masks moving while stamping you could use a couple of dots of zig 2 way glue on the back of the masks. Leave it to completely dry clear before placing the masks (the glue goes on blue and dries clear). This then acts as a temporary adhesive to hold the masks in place.

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I continued building up the scene using masks where needed.

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The scene was trimmed down to fit behind the aperture and coloured with watercolour pens. Silhouette grasses were stamped in the foreground with Versafine. The sentiment was stamped onto the sentiment plate.

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TV Shows on Hochanda today with Lesley Wharton and Chocolate Baroque stamps

AW Bird Pendant SPAW Blue Bird CAS SPAW Butterfly Stepper SPAW Crocus SPAW Daffodil Fold Back SPAW Vintage Bird SP

 

Good morning. Here is a sneak peek of some of my show samples using the lovely Spring themed stamps from Chocolate Baroque featuring on Hochanda today. I will be blogging more details and tutorials over the next month xxx.

 

Show times 7am, 11am and 3pm – if you miss it you can watch them online at Hochanda.

Spring Iris Card created for Chocolate Baroque

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AW Iris Card SP

 

Good morning. Today I am sharing another of my TV show samples using the Kingfisher Song stamp set from Chocolate Baroque. The new stamps are now available directly from Chocolate Baroque. I hope that you like this Spring themed card.

I so enjoyed the shows and Demos with Lesley Wharton on Hochanda. More shows coming very soon! I am beavering away to finish the next set of samples. I feel hugely privileged to be on the Design Team for Chocolate Baroque. It can be hard work but I get to play with some wonderful stamp sets – yay!

 

Materials:

 

How to make the Stepper Card blank:

Cut the A5 card blank through both front and back panels starting approx. 8cm in from the left side and stopping 3cm up from the bottom. Score the front and back sections equally, 3 and 6cm in from the edge. ‘Mountain fold’ at the 3cm score line to create the side stepper.

 

How to make the card:

  1. Lightly spritz the card blank with blue and gold mica sprays. Tip: if the card curls a bit I tend to pop mine under a stack of die cutting mats while I work on the rest of the card.
  2. Cut the blue background panels and glue to the card. Cut the leafy sprig from green card. See below for how to create the die cut Iris.
  3. Cut the main panels from stamping card and lightly spritiz with blue mica spray. When dry add faux stitching with the fine tipped pen.
  4. Stamp the sentiment and image with Versamark. Colour the Iris image with watercolour pens.
  5. Glue the sentiment and image panels to the card using 3D foam for added depth. Glue on the leafy sprig and 3D Iris to finish.

How I created the 3D Iris Flower:

AW Spellbinder Iris

I created this using the Spellbinders ‘Create an Iris’ die. I cut it from approx. 180gsm card and coloured it with Spectrum Noir alcohol pens. I shaped it using ball tools and an embossing mat/foam mat. Colours used: DG3 for leaves, CT2 and 3 for larger petal centres, LV2 and 3 for outer petal edges, LV1 and 2 for inner small petals, and the blender to add highlights.

Artistic Love card created for Chocolate Baroque

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Here is another romantic themed card using the Harlequin Rose stamp set and the Belle Flowers background from Chocolate Baroque. The flowers were cut using Tattered Lace dies.

In my last post I used friendly plastic to create a textured heart. Here I have used texture paste.

 

Materials:

 

How to make it:

  1. Trim Kraft card and glue to the card front. Add ribbons to lower section.
  2. Spray stamping card with ink sprays to create background. Stamp the Belle Flowers background with black ink and colour with aqua pen and a water brush.
  3. Stamp the sentiment with sepia ink.
  4. Trim out the background and sentiment panel. Add Distress Ink to the edges and roughen up (using the edge of your scissors). Glue to the card front.
  5. Spread the texture gel over the stamp and leave to fully dry (overnight). Peel paste from stamp and trim around the heart with scissors. Brush over with starlight paints and then quickly wipe over with a damp cloth to remove paint on the upper surface levels (reveal the gold paste and leave the paint in the crevices). Leave to dry.
  6. Glue a doily and the heart to the card front. Add sticky pearl borders.
  7. Die cut the butterfly and flowers from coloured and waste background (ink spritzed) card. Touch up with inks to add some shading and texture.
  8. Shape flowers using a ball tool and foam mat. Glue to the card with 3D glue gel. Use 3D glue gel to add flower centres and sprinkle with glitter.

Belle Flower Card created for Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge 31

AW Belle Flower Colour Challenge 31

 

I love this gorgeous background stamp (Big Bold Backgrounds – Belle Flower). I stamped it with Versamark onto white card and heat embossed the image with pearl green embossing powder. I then over stamped the border (from Harlequin Rose) and sentiment (from Rose Stem Script) and embossed with glittery pink powder. I drew around a large flower die with pink glitter pen to create the sentiment plate. Then coloured the image with watercolour and glitter pens.

Materials:

  • Big Bold Backgrounds – Belle Flower, Harlequin Rose and Rose Stem Script stamps
  • 6 X 6 inch card blank, white stamping card
  • Versamark Inkpad
  • Embossing powders: Pale green with mica and bright pink with glitter
  • Watercolour pens and water based glitter pens (greens and pinks)
  • Fine tipped glitter pen (pink) and alcohol markers (deep pink and pale grey)
  • Large floral shaped die (or template)

Step By Step:

  1. Stamp the background with Versamark ink and heat emboss with green powder.
  2. Over stamp the sentiment and border with Versamark and heat emboss with the pink powder.
  3. Draw around the floral template with the fine tipped glitter pen. Colour the background image with watercolour and glitter pens using a water brush to blend out colours.
  4. Use the grey alcohol marker to add a little shading under the sentiment plate to make it appear 3D.
  5. Trim the stamped image. Edge the card blank and topper with alcohol marker to frame and glue down.