Saturday, 27 April 2013

Embossed less is more birthday card

I bought this embossing folder, Hobby Solution Ball Flowers, when I was at the SECC in March and this is the first card I've made with it. I love the shape of the flower and thought it would compliment the Inkylicious Allium stamps on some future project. I embossed the flowers on to thick pearl card, then added glitter to all the balls, although I'm not sure if that shows up. The sentiment is from an Anna Griffin set from QVC.

The seam binding has been added using a technique I quite like to do as it is really secure and requires no glue. Punch a hole in the card where you want the knot to be, then wrap the ribbon around the front of the card bringing the ends to the back, then through the hole to the front. Tie the ends around the ribbon at the front to form a neat knot.

Note how the mark left on the card by the edge of the embossing folder has been cunningly disguised with a couple of embossed lines!

The insert was embossed too.



Friday, 19 April 2013

Trying a bit of Frantage (well sort of)

This is one of those cards that evolved due to lots of 'opportunities for creativity', ie, lots of mistakes which needed disguised!

Initially I stamped and chalked the IndigoBlu Harlequin background directly on to the card blank, then continued stamping the Inkylicious Allium stamp and Anna Griffin sentiment over the top. So far so good. The stamped image was surrounded by a wide border of unstamped card blank. Lovely, minimalist...quite pleased so far. Until I noticed the big, black thumbprint on the lower right corner. Aargh. So then after spending some considerable time trying to cover the mark with various embellishments, die cuts etc, which just didn't work, I decided the only option was to cut the stamped image out completely and remount it on to white and then black card after inking the edges. Guess what? I smudged the new white mount too.

Reluctant to abandon a card I had at this point spent the whole afternoon making, I put my thinking cap on. I remembered seeing Fran from Stampendous demonstrating her Frantage embossing powders on Create and Craft and rather liking the effect, but as I had none of her powders I had to wing it. I sprinkled some gold embossing powder over a couple of the corners (covering the smudge), and heated from underneath, then quickly added some chunky glitter over the top, and heated again.

So there we have it. A finished card, thanks to the Frantage-ish technique! I have since purchased a set of the real Frantage powders, something like these, so watch out for more experimenting to come.


Sunday, 7 April 2013

Indigo Blu and Inkylicious stamped flower note card set

My mum asked if I would make her some notecards, and as it is her birthday coming up, I made this little gift set. I used Indigo Blu's Harlequin stamp, which was stamped with Versamark then dusted with different colours of chalk. Each card is different, as I couldn't decide which colours I liked best! I then used black Versafine to stamp some images from my new set of Inkylicious Allium stamps. The sentiment is an old Purple Onion one.

Here's a photo of one of the cards done in greeny blue tones. Each flower head has been glittered with Glamour Dust.

My initial experiment when playing with ideas for the notecards was to use Antique Linen Distress ink with purple over-stamping, but I didn't get the soft look I was after, so dusted off the chalks, which hadn't been used for a very long time. I managed to make use of my experiment by decorating the top of the notecard gift box with it. The image is mounted in purple to match the flower, but it seems to look more like black in the photo.

These were quick and easy to create and multipurpose depending on the sentiment added, so I can see me revisiting this design again.


Thursday, 4 April 2013

Anna Griffin stamped birthday card

I have a couple of sets of clear Anna Griffin stamps I've bought from QVC. I bought a set of vintage type flower, border and sentiment stamps a while ago, and made a rare and recent purchase of crafting goodies from QVC a couple of weeks ago, when I saw these lovely sentiment stamps pop up on Anna's show. There are three sheets crammed with sentiments, the majority of which are highly usable and not overly sentimental. I love the mixed fonts used to create the messages.

The background stamps are both Hero Arts.

The corner swirl is not an AG stamp, but one from a cheap little dump bin set I bought for a £1 at some show. I used it to decorate both the front and insert of the card.


Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Memory Box Prim Poppy 50th birthday card

I made a variation of the Prim Poppy aperture card I made a few weeks ago, to create this 50th birthday card. I was able to emboss the entire front of the card in one go with an A4 embossing folder in the Grand Calibur, and used classic and scallop circle Nesties to create the aperture and frame. The numbers and letters are Sizzix and the stamp is Hero Arts.