Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Throwback Thursday - Most Wonderful Time

 Oh my goodness! Have you ever had one of those days when everything you touch goes wrong? Well I have almost every day for the last 2 weeks! It's just been crazy! I will get out of whatever it is stopping me from progressing and getting on with some kind of normality!

Meanwhile this last few weeks I've been trying to work with the lovely stamp set and papers from last year which I am so pleased to say has returned this winter season too. There are some lovely patterned papers which have Gold within the print on one side but not on the other side. They really are beautiful papers. It also has Die cut sticky shapes, stick on stars, pre printed card fronts with gold patterns on, gold and white tinsel trim, 6 piece set of dies and the included stamp set too! Then, once you have the kit, you can buy a refil kit which has more of the papers, stars, trim etc. Perfect.

I made this card last week using a C6 card base but I cut off 5cm from each of the sides only on the front of the card. I added patterned paper and a white message mat and made the 2 easel cards very easily. 

I know, I said it again. Another very simple card but it actually was. I kept the 2 pieces that I cut off and used 1 for the centre to support the mat of gold foil and patterned paper. I used one of the sheets of deers and added it to some more gold, fussy cut around it and added that to the centre panel too. The main message was added and raised onto foam adhesive to give the easel space to stand.

I used the stamp set Wrapped in Christmas for the messages on this one but the messages in the stamp set are equally as good.

Watercolour Wednesday - Most Wonderful Time

 It certainly is getting close now! I apologise for not showing any project yesterday and the day before. Life has been so hectic that time has just escaped me! Well, have you started making your Christmas cards yet? No? Well we have started to make some examples to get us going. So here goes!

I made time today for some watercolouring. Using a large acrylic block, and most of the Subtles Ink Pads (the paler shades) I inked the block about 2cm at a time so that all of the colours were along the block. I spritzed a piece of Watercolour Paper with water and also spritzed the block so that the colours would merge on it. I'm really quite pleased with the result. I love watercolouring this way as I'm not good enough to watercolour designs, this way, not even I can go wrong. I tried by using the marker pens but couldn't add enough of the ink to make the colour strong enough. Once the paper was lovely and wet, I placed the block ink down onto it. Then slowly dragged it from one side to the other. Once dry I used the HAPPY die. I repeated it using Gold Foiled paper and used wet glue to add it to the gold like a shadow. I repeated the same with the Christmas die. The Happy was fixed using black sticky foam and the Christmas with wet glue. I fussy cut the parcels and ribbons which were stamped in the gorgeous Blackberry Bliss Ink. I embossed the card front with the Woodland embossing folder. All in all a very simple watercolour card.

Here's my piece of watercolour card that I played with.

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Watercolour Wednesday Don't Stop Believing

 Well I'm not sure if the tequnique I've used for today's Don't Stop Believing card is a real watercolour one. But it does use water and colour sooooo.....

I first die cut the rectangle and gathered my bits together. I used an acrylic block, a classic ink pad and a water filled spritzer.

I then placed the acrylic block directly onto the ink pad. Once it had some ink on it I spritzed it liberally with water. Then in one quick motion I placed it ink side down onto the card. Below are some photos and a short video of these steps.

To highlight the focal point of the card I kept everything else white. To add texture and that something else I have used some gorgeous flocked vellum and a snowflake embossing folder both from Stampin' Up!'s winter catalogue. 

I hope you'll have a go at this fun watercolour technique 😉 

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Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Tip, Tricks and Techniques Tuesday Don't Stop Believing

 For today's Tip, Tricks and Techniques Tuesday post I thought I'd share a super easy technique that is great for those who don't own a die cutting or embossing machine. The simple line drawn image of Santa from the Don't Stop Believing stamp set needed some texture for the background and this is what I came up with 1 traditional in colour and the other more contemporary in colour.

This quick and easy technique uses strips of card stock in the same colour as the card. All you have to do is cut a number of strips. Then lay them out in a design that appeals to you. I used 1cm for the cherry cobbler red card and 0.5cm strips for the Bermuda bay blue one. The size of the strips can be any size and will help create different effects.

Once I had decided on the layout I then used wet glue to stick them down. After trimming the over hanging bits,  I use scissors and cut from the rear so that I could keep my cuts clise to the card edge, I stuck my textured layer onto my card base. 

I stamped my image and sentiment in black memento ink and colour in using the corresponding colours.

So my question for today is do you prefer traditional cherry cobbler red or contemporary Bermuda bay blue? 

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Monday, 21 September 2020

Make it simple Monday Don't Stop Believing

 wow what a weekend!! An all day class via zoom with some amazing people on Saturday.  Followed by a creatively inspiring zoom mystery card challenge on Sunday afternoon! As well as crafting some cards to share with you all this week using the Don't StopBelieving stamp set.  . I'm super happy it's #simplestamping today 😅 

So for today's easy cards I've focused on the fun images and sentiments in the set. I've only coloured selected parts of the images just to give a pop of colour. 

The images in the set are great on their own but teamed with the super fun sentiments they are sure to be a great success with the recipients for sure! I have to say my favourite is " Sadly...Frosty's first hot cocoa turned out to be his last."

Which sentiment is your favorite? 

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