Tuesday, 24 May 2011

A new dry embossing technique

I'm quite chuffed with these cards, not because they are anything fantastic, but because I've come up with a new way of dry embossing. I doubt I'm the first to think of it as there isn't much new under the sun, but I haven't seen it done anywhere else.
I used two tools -the Mandala board and the Hougie board to create a defined decorative border to embossed lines. Firstly, I created a decorative border directly on to the card front by embossing with the Mandala board. With the second card, I also embossed a central sentiment panel, again using the Mandala board. I then transferred the cards to the Hougie board and embossed inside the border of the first card, and outside the border of the second, at 1cm intervals, rotating the card and embossing the other way until I had a diamond grid design.
My head is buzzing with lots of ways of using this technique. I think it will be good using decorative nesties instead of the Mandala board as a guide to creating a decorative edge to the Hougie embossed lines too.
Apologies for the truly awful photos. I find it so hard to photograph white card so it looks white, but hopefully you can see what I was doing in enough detail to get the idea.
I'm entering the first card in to the following challenges:
Less is More challenge blog: butterfly/butterflies
Crafty Cardmakers: embossing 
Joanna Sheen Forum: flutterby magic

Friday, 20 May 2011

Anna Griffin birthday card

I've made this card with an Anna Griffin stamp from the set I bought the other week, and my current favourite flourish die and Hero Arts stamps (details in  this post).
I didn't have any purple seam binding, so I coloured some white binding by puddling it about on a craft mat in some  Distress ink and a squirt or two of water.
I absolutely love Pinflair glue gel to provide dimension on cards. If you haven't tried it yet, please do, as you'll never go back to foam pads or stinky old silicone glue again.
I am entering this card in to the following challenges:
Papertake weekly: bloom and grow
Crafty Catz  Weekly Challenge: anything goes
The Ribbon Girl: colour challenge - pink and lilacs

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Hero Arts digital wedding card

This is something a little different from me. I have only very rarely made hybrid cards, and only since I bought Serif's Digital Scrapbook Artist, a fab program, which has since been superseded by Craft Artist. DSA is the only program I've been able to understand, as it is so intuitive and packed with features, with pop-up idiot assistance throughout.
I needed to make a wedding card, and having been inspired to go digi by Katina and her wonderful digi cards, I found a great value digikit over at Two Peas called HA Wedded Bliss. It is one of many real rubber stamp images Hero Arts are now producing as digital images. At £2.41, I reckon it was an absolute bargain. I had a lot of fun messing about with various designs, but eventually settled on this one. I made the tiny roses after having a rare flash of inspiration. These rolled roses are so easy to do, but I needed really teeny tiny ones. Having faffed about trying to hand cut some small enough spirals I remembered I had this long forgotten Woodware spiral punch and it was perfect for the job. I added some pearls, small black beads for buttons and a bit of glitter. The inside has a pop-up centre (created with a Karen Burniston Sizzix spinning 3D platform die) with another of the digi images from the kit, which forms a pocket for a cheque for the happy couple. The champagne glasses have glossy accents on them.

I am entering this card in to the following challenges:

PaperPlay Challenges: sparkle galore
Penny's Paper-craft Challenge Blog: anything goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog: glitzy and bling

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

In my thoughts

I've made this card for a friend who lost her dad a year ago today. I wanted an unfussy, plain card so turned to my embossing folders. I rolled the top of a piece of card through so far, then reversed back. Then embossed the bottom of the card with another folder. I embossed a couple of lines to edge the embossed sections, a trick I learned at Ikki's Cuttlebug Cupboard. The top section didn't emboss crisply at the lower edge where I stopped the rollers, so I put the card back in to the folder,  lined up the pattern and hand embossed the shallower embossed bits to deepen them. The sentiment is Hero Arts.
I'm entering this card in to the following challenges:
Incy Wincy Designs: clean and simple
Card Cupids Blog: no patterned papers 
Lily Pad Cards: embossing

and just for fun, I've linked my card at Clean and Simple Stamping

Saturday, 14 May 2011

50th birthday card

I've made this card for a few of us to sign, as we are taking our friend and neighbour out for her 50th birthday. I've used an 8"x8" Craftwork Cards card blank as the base. This is a great size for working with, and gives plenty of space for lots of names inside.
I've used DCWV Nana's Kitchen papers, one of my favourite Sizzlet dies for the leaves, a butterfly die,  retro flower punches and Craftwork Cards card candy. Some edges are inked with Distress ink to make them stand out better from the background. The '50' was cut on my Craft Robo.
 I am entering this card in to the following challenges:
Crafts and Me Challenges: punches
Crafty Creations  Challenge Blog: anything goes
Incy Wincy Designs: Mother's day/ girlie
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenges: dies
Papertake Weekly : punches
Penny's Paper-crafty Challenge Blog: anything goes 

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Hero Arts orange poppies sympathy card

I had a sympathy card to make this week and they are always such difficult cards to make. These lovely poppies seemed appropriate, and I've kept the card simple. It is stamped with Versamark then coloured with Prismacolor pencils. The blue background is the only part that has been blended with Sansodor. The oranges blended well just by going over the same areas repeatedly till smooth. Shari Carroll has a great tutorial on using coloured pencils here on the Hero Arts website.

I'm entering this card in to the following challenge: