Saturday, March 7, 2015

Herself, Her Majesty??

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When I saw this image that Paulette at TLC Creations shared for Valentines day, I loved it immediately.  I have not used it as a Valentine, but as an encouragement card.


I wanted to mount it on an angle, and although I printed it fairly large, it worked - I used a brown card immediately behind it, as it bought out the colours in the image.


I then placed that over a blue layer.  it was a reject piece from another project, so I used the debossed side and it worked perfectly to add interest as well as pick up the dash of blue in the image.


All the edges were sponged with gold Delicata ink, which gave it a slightly grungy look.


Lace and bling was used to finish the card - there was a mistake in the (hand made by me) lace, you can see the start of it at the extreme right edge of the photo -  which I left in there deliberately, and stated why to the recipient when I sent the card.
I had thought of the person I sent it to as soon as I saw the image, and she loved the card.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Bling, Ribbon and a Rose

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This card started with modelling paste through a stencil onto water colour paper. It was coloured with water colour paints, and a layer of Tattered Angels Grape Chalkboard spray followed - it gives a very subtle sheen to the background, and deepened the overall colour quite unexpectedly.


I then stamped an image from  Layers Of Color (now defunct) in cocoa ink onto off white card, and coloured it with chalks and cut it with a S/B die, Labels 14.  After creating the clouds, I then stamped and embossed the greeting.


Some bling from Prima was added,


and a piece of hem binding with a bow and flower added to complete the card.


I did try to take a photograph of the flower, which I had sprayed with Perfect Pearls Perfect Red, but the camera kept focussing on the background not the rose.

The main panel was mounted on a cream base, and the edges sponged with pink ink to complete the card.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

We Are No Evil Owls

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I chose to use this "We Are No Evil" image - love these owls!


I started by printing the image onto Cryogenic paper, which has a very subtle sparkle that shows through whatever medium you colour with - in this case my   prismacolour pencils.


To enhance the sparkle/glitter theme I then mounted them over a part sheet of glitter card, and used Stickles on the leaves.


I repeated the glitter card and corrugated layer on the foot of the easel card.


The buttons were coloured with silver mixative (alcohol ink), and the edges of the off white base sponged with green inks.  I used two inks to get the shade I wanted.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thank you Butterfly

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I was recently asked to make a large thank you card that would take a lot of signatures, and this is the result.  I started with an A4 sheet of card and simply folded it in half - which made a card double my 'normal' size.


The butterfly is a Tim Holtz sizzix die cut, that was part of a package I received for an online class I took in January.  I had coloured it using Inca Gold Pastes in Gold, bronze and silver.


The sentiment is formed by stickers that I have had for years.... I am not a great fan of stickers, but this was one occasions I was glad of them. 


The background  panel was made by using molding paste through a stencil onto water colour paper.  It was coloured first with watercolour paint, and then some inks, finishing with Perfect Blue Perfect Pearls spray, and some silver shimmer spray.  The camera only picked up the blues, when IRL it is a gorgeous light turquoise with some hints of light brown accenting the vines. 



The panel was mounted onto dark green card to give a frame, and the card base itself is a lovely cream colour, rather than the light tan the camera captured.
The pearls on the body of the butterfly were the final touch.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Washi, bling and a Flower

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I would like to welcome my latest follower Kelly Deal - thank you for your support Kelly. Unfortunately I cannot find a blog to invite you to visit her.

I have had a busy time in the studio now I have got back there, and this is one of the results.


I started another card with the same gray base card and green paper, from the Prima pad Fairy Fauna, and had almost finished when I binned it after salvaging some of the elements, and started again....
(Of course none of you readers would ever do that!)


I overlapped the washi taped banners to add some subtle interest, without dominating the card.


The flower is a Poinsettia from Kiwistamping.  The local company that is responsible for my addiction to stamping and card making.  This was one of my earliest stamps, purchased way back,  longer than I care to remember.

I stamped and embossed it three times on patterned paper, then fussy cut and layered it using dimensional foam dots. 
On the top layer I also cut out some of the petals.


The sentiment was also embossed onto the gray card and embossed in green, cut using a s/b tag, sponged and adhered to the base with gem brads. All the paper and card was sponged with Bundled Sage DI.

The finishing detail was the green rhinestones.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Colour Change Dots

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I finally managed to spend an afternoon in the studio (life has been conspiring against me recently,) and I completed several cards, this one amongst them.


I started with the Whole Lotta Dots  border stamp by Reverse Confetti. Stamped with Versamark ink and then rubbed chalks over it in graduated colours.


I then stamped the lighthouse from an ODBD set Keep My Lamp Burning in Memento Rich Cocoa Ink, after masking off some of the edges to make it fit on the card.


Here is a close up of the chalked dots - the sentiment is an old Hero Arts stamp, and I made the tag myself, rounding the corners with a punch, and using bakers twine to 'suspend' it.


The final detail was the bakers twine to the right of the image.  Both the white layer and the blue base were edged by running the card over a blue ink pad.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Welcoming Butterfly

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I so enjoyed working with the Bugaboo butterfly for the CCC Digi Challenge that I made another card with it, this time to welcome a German visitor. 


I changed the size to what I wanted, and again used my prismacolor pencils to colour it.


A thick layer of stickles was placed around the wings,


and a wee touch added to the leaves.


The sentiment was printed onto vellum and embossed in silver, the edges of the vellum were torn, and the ends wrapped around the edges of the white panel.

The corners of the white layer were punched, and the edges sponged with Broken China DI.
The final touches were the sequins.

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