Friday, 18 August 2017

Birthday Blossoms Aster Cards for September Birthdays

Hi Everyone, the birth flowers for the month of September are Aster and Morning Glory, when I looked for Morning Glory craft supplies I drew a blank, so have made three Aster cards,  I used different supplies and techniques for the cards to create some variety, I hope you like what I have come up with.

For my first card I used an Aster print which comes from a sheet of 6, that you can cut out however you want. The color and style of the print has a bit of an antique or vintage feel to it so I used that as the basis for the design.


I started with a piece of white card cut slightly smaller than A6, scruffed up the edges, inked them with Tea Dye distress ink and layered this on to an A6 blank card. 

Also from white card I die cut the largest shape from the Majestic Labels 2 die set and inked the edges of this with Tea Dye distress ink too.

I die cut one of the Aster pictures from the sheet using a Decorative Rectangle die, inked the edges with Violet pigment ink and stuck this on top of the die cut label. Then I tied a length of purple organza ribbon around the two die cut layers, tied it in a bow and stuck the whole thing on top of the card layers.

I used a copper colored Sharpie pen to color some 5mm adhesive pearls and stuck them around the die cut layer as shown.

Finally for the birthday greeting I die cut two tiny tags, inked the edges and stamped the greeting with Tea Dye distress ink and tucked them up under the bow and glued them in place.

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For my second card I used some of the Mulberry Paper flowers that we recently added to our stock and a couple of sheets from the new Sweet Nothings paper pad. I love the peach and turquoise color combination and I think the gold foil sets it all off perfectly.


I trimmed a piece of turquoise card from the Sweet Nothings pad to be slightly smaller than the square blank card, then cut a corner piece from the peach colored card using a border die to create the shaped, decorative edge and attached this to the bottom left hand corner of the card.

I die cut flourishes from gold mirror card and attached these and the paper flowers in the bottom left corner too. 

The greeting is from a sheet of gold foiled greetings on white card which are die cut and pop out of the sheet. Sometimes when you pop them out little notches of card remain on the shape, you can smooth these out with a fine sanding block. I inked the whole greeting with Tattered Rose distress ink to soften the white background and added a small turquoise bow.

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The third card uses an Aster stamp and cut set and some fussy cut plant pots from our collection of free downloads.




The brick wall background was stamped onto cream card using Tea Dye distress ink and trimmed to fit onto a square white card blank.

The flower and butterfly were stamped onto white card, die cut and colored with marker pens. The two plant pots were fussy cut from a download sheet, the bigger pot was attached using foam pads to raise it up from the card and positioned over the bottom part of the Aster plant. The second, smaller pot was also attached with foam pads and positioned on it's side and slightly overlapping the larger pot.

The greeting was stamped with Violet pigment ink.

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Thank you for visiting, I hope you like the cards, please leave your comments and let me know what you think.
Debbie x

Thursday, 3 August 2017

2 Ways to Make Cards with a Gifts Peel Off Stickers

Hi Everyone, here are two ways to use the Gifts peel off stickers to make eye catching cards. The first card couldn't be simpler and is a great way to whip up a card in a hurry. The design would work well for male birthday card or with a different color scheme and greeting would make a fab Christmas card.


Obviously the instructions for this card are brief! The white card blank is a tent fold A6 card, layered with black card with the peel offs applied directly to the black card. I have overlapped the parcel peel offs slightly to add a bit of interest but otherwise that's it 😊😊.

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My second card uses the same Gift peel off but in a different way to achieve a completely different effect. 


For this card I stuck the gifts peel offs onto colored card and fussy cut them to create the centre piece for the card. (Sorry about the photo quality, I can't find the original so this is all I have at the moment).
Again I have overlapped the two peel offs to add extra interest, they are mounted onto colored card. A strip of gold satin ribbon and a bow, coordinate with the gold peel off design and the greeting.

The greeting is also made using peel offs, this time the peel off Lower Case Alphabet to spell out happy birthday. Again with a different color scheme and message this would make a lovely Christmas card.

Hope this has given you some ideas for your own cards, please leave a comment to let me know what you think. Thanks for reading.
Debbie x

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Tulip Vase Peel Off You're The Best Card

Hi Everyone, here's a lovely bright card using a peel off to create a unique card topper. The Tulip Vase peel off in silver was stuck to white card, colored using marker pens, and fussy cut leaving a tiny margin all round to create the card topper.




The cut out card topper was mounted on white and green card using foam pads. The card base is a white A6 card blank with a layer of red card on top. The red card has been dry embossed using a leafy embossing folder which is now discontinued, the Spellbinders Flowers and Leaves embossing folder would be a perfect replacement. 

The greeting is stamped in black on white card and heat embossed in silver to coordinate with the silver peel off. The white card has been edged with silver ink and mounted on green card to match the layers under the card topper.

This design could be used for all sorts of cards, it would be ideal for birthdays and Mothers Day.

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Birthday Blossoms Poppy Cards to Celebrate August Birthdays

Hi Everyone, the birth flowers for August are poppies, such a beautiful distinctive flower, it is easy to make colorful attractive cards with them. As a well known flower it is not too difficult to find poppy related supplies, giving you a wealth of options for your poppy cards.

The first card uses a poppy clear stamp and the traditional black and red poppy colors.



I used a 15 x 15cm white card blank, cut red and white card into layers, then die cut circular apertures in the centre of the red and white card.

I stamped the poppies in the centre of the die cut apertures directly onto the card blank using black ink and colored the poppies with a red marker pen.

Again using black ink, I stamped parts of the poppies around the bottom of the white layer of card.

The greeting is a small black peel off Happy Birthday inside the circular aperture.

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For the second card I used a die cut card topper from the Hunkydory Pretty Poppies set. I mounted the circular topper on two larger circles of gold mirror card then trimmed off one side to give a straight edge. 


I layered dark red textured card and gold card onto an A6 white card blank and positioned the card topper at the right hand edge of the card. 

The card topper sheet comes with another printed sheet which you can fold to use as a card blank, however I decided to cut a strip from this instead to make the greeting co-ordinate perfectly with the background of the poppies. The message itself is a black peel off.

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For my third card I used the same Swirly Poppies stamp as for the first card but chose a different color combination this time. 


I cut a strip of white card and blended distress inks to create the background using Fired Brick and Scattered Straw. Then I stamped the poppies repeatedly across the panel in black ink. The panel is mounted on black card and then on a white A6 card blank with a black peel off message below. A simple but striking card.

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I hope you like these three poppy cards, I certainly enjoyed making them and am pleased with the way they turned out.
Thank you for visiting, please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Hand Made Card with Distress Oxide Stenciled Background and Stamped Flowers

Hi Everyone, found another new technique for this card but still using the fab Distress Oxide ink pads, the background color has been applied using the same method as described here, I won't repeat all that here as I want to explain how the stenciling was done and don't want to bore you with a massive post. The distress oxide ink colors for the background are Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber.

Hand made friendship card with distress oxide stenciled background with stamped and heat embossed flowers

Having created the colored background I sprayed water all over a flourish stencil, then placed it wet side down on the inked background, I used a paper towel to quickly dry up excess water that was pushed out from under the stencil, then lifted the stencil off and used a paper towel to immediately dry off the stenciled area. The water from the stencil starts to lift the ink color from the background drying it prevents it from going too far and blurring the outline of the stenciled design.

Once the background piece was completely dry I trimmed it to size and  inked around the edges with Wilted Violet using a foam ink blending tool. I stamped the Agapanthus flowers in watermark ink and heat embossed with gold. I mounted the completed panel on gold card and then onto an A6 cream card blank using adhesive foam pads to lift it.

The greeting is also stamped with watermark ink and heat embossed with gold onto a piece of colored background that I had trimmed off the main panel. This in turn is mounted on gold card and attached with foam pads at one end and double sided tape at the other.

I really like the subtle stenciled image in the background and will be experimenting further with stencils and distress oxides. Hope you like it, would love to hear your thoughts.
Debbie x

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Friday, 30 June 2017

Hand Made Birthday Card with Blended Distress Oxide Ink and Emboss Resist Stamping

Hi Everyone, I used a different technique for this card, the distress oxide ink is blended with a foam ink blending tool directly from the ink pad without adding any water. Before I used the ink I stamped the flower with a watermark ink pad and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I then used three colors of ink starting at the edge with Fired Brick, followed by Spiced Marmalade and finishing with Fossilized Amber to create an ombre effect. These inks blend beautifully together, they are creamier than the original distress inks which seems to make them softer and easier to blend. In fact if  you accidentally get a hard edge of color just keep blending away and it will smooth out and disappear. Using the undiluted ink makes the colors stronger too.

Hand made birthday card with blended ink background emboss resist flowers and die cut and stamped greeting

For the rest of the card I smeared a little bit of each color of ink on my craft mat and added a small amount of water then dipped a paintbrush into each color separately and flicked the ink over the card.

I die cut 'Happy' from black card, glued this in positions as shown then stamped 'birthday' in black pigment ink underneath. This was all then mounted on black card and then onto a white A6 card blank.

I'm really pleased with this card and with the way the distress inks blended so well. I hope you like it too, leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Thanks Debbie x

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Hand MadeThinking of You Card with Distress Oxide Background

Hi Everyone, here's my second go with the Distress Oxide ink pads, after my first go I wanted to be a bit bolder, go for stronger colors and play with the inks a little bit more.

Four colors this time, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber and Wilted Violet, I did the same as last time, smeared some of each ink onto my craft mat but this time I put down more ink and added less water so the colors have come out much stronger. I followed the same process of dragging the card through the wet ink and dipping and 'paddling' it into the individual colors and drying between each application with a heat gun. Before I dried each layer I put some water in the palm of my hand and used my fingers to flick it onto the card, this creates the lighter 'spots', dabbing them with an absorbent cloth makes them appear lighter still.

Hand made thinking of you card with distress oxide ink background and stamped fairies and dragonflies

Once the final drying was finished I trimmed the background down to 11.5 cm square and stamped the grass border, fairies, dragonflies and greeting with black ink. The whole thing is mounted on a 12cm square piece of black card and then a 12.5cm square white card blank. 

These are almost the same color inks as the last card but adding the Wilted Violet and keeping them more concentrated has created a completely different look. I'm very happy with the results and looking forward to my next experiment :) Thank you for visiting, I hope you like it too feel free to leave a comment to let me know what you think or ask any questions you might have.
Debbie x

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