Sunday, 10 March 2019

Hand Made Mothers Day Card with Die Cutting and Paper Roses

Hi Everyone, another Mother's Day card for you, and a chance to try out a new die set, the oddly named Festive Frames - Eve die set which has nothing at all to do with Christmas on it !! Anyway it's a fab set of 6 dies that cut various shapes, which can be combined as I have done here or used separately. I think this one will go to my Mum :)

Hand made Mothers Day card with die cut doily background, flowers and leaves cluster and stamped greeting

Start with a 6 x 6 square white card, layer it with cream pearlescent card and peach card. Die cut the doily shapes from the same cream pearlescent card and adhere to the card front using a fine tip glue applicator.

Die cut leaves from cream pearlescent card and leaf and berry stems from peach card and adhere to the left side of the doily. Leave the ends of the leaves unglued so that they lift a little and add some extra dimension. Take three red paper roses, wind the wire stems round a bamboo skewer or thin pencil to create the spirals and trim most of the stem off a cluster of cream coloured, mini grape hyacinths. Glue the hyacinths on top of the leaves and the paper roses arranged in a triangle over the stem of the hyacinth.

Cut a strip of cream card (I didn't use the pearlescent card for this as it is quite difficult to stamp on) and stamp the Mothers Day greeting in Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide ink. Once the ink is dry add a piece of ultra high bond double sided tape to each end of the strip. Fix one end just under the flowers and the other at the edge of the card, curving the strip upwards.

All the supplies used are linked below, thank you for visiting, I hope you like the card.
Debbie x

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Saturday, 9 March 2019

Hand Made Mothers Day Card with Stamped, Inked and Die Cut Flowers

Hi Everyone, for this Mothers Day card I chose a slightly unusual colour scheme, inspired by the patterned paper taken from the Paper Flowers 6 x 6 pad. I also experimented with painting with Distress Oxides using a water tank brush pen, I like the soft look that the Distress Oxides give. The gold heat embossing adds a bit of glamour to the appearance. For me it's a very pleasing result, I hope you like it too. All the supplies are linked at the bottom.

Hand made mothers day card with stamped, inked and die cut flowers

Start with a white A6 card blank and layer this with light turquoise card and patterned paper. Die cut a rectangle of white card with a stitched edge design and ink around the edges with Crushed Olive Distress Oxide ink. Stamp the Happy Mothers Day greeting and heat emboss with gold embossing powder, adhere the rectangle to the card front.

Stamp the flowers twice with a clear embossing pad, on white card and heat emboss with gold embossing powder. Using a craft mat, smoosh some of each of the ink colours, then with a water tank brush pen pick up tiny amounts of the ink and "paint" the flowers and leaves.

Die cut the painted flowers and using 1mm foam pads adhere one across the bottom left corner of the die cut rectangle. Cut the smaller flowers off the second die cut leaving a large flower and the attached leaves and again with 1mm foam pads adhere this to the top right corner of the die cut rectangle.

Thank you for taking the time to visit, if you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment.
Debbie x

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Friday, 8 March 2019

Hand Made Mothers Day Card with Lace and Flowers

Hi Everyone, here's another Mothers Day card, using lace and flowers, very traditional. I use. d patterned paper from a new in stock paper pad, which has such lovely colours and designs and made a really pretty card. I chose one with a flower design across the top and bottom and used this for the bottom portion of the card.  The plain area was perfect for stamping the greeting and the flower pattern on the bottom edge just finishes it off.

Hand made Mothers Day card with patterned paper background, lace, paper flower and stamped greeting

Start with a white A6 blank card and a piece of dark purple card cut slightly smaller than the card front. Cut two pieces of patterned paper from the pad, one about a third of the height of the purple card and the other about two thirds. Stamp your greeting in purple ink on the bottom piece of paper and adhere the two pieces on top of the purple card.

Cut two flourishes from dark green card and glue to the card front .

Cut a piece of white lace, wrap it around the back of the purple card and use ultra high bond tape to secure it.

Adhere the purple card to the card blank and finish it off with a paper flower on the lace at the point where the two flourishes meet.

All the supplies used are linked below, thank you for visiting, I hope you like the card.
Debbie x

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Monday, 4 March 2019

Hand Made Mothers Day Card with Pixie Powder Background

Hi Everyone, we recently got a range of colours of Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powder in stock, so keen to try it out I decided to use it for the background of this card. There are a number of ways you can use Pixie Powder, for this card I opted to wet the card, apply the powder then spritz with water until I was happy with the results.

The colour is very intense and also has a slightly metallic sheen to it which is really difficult to show in the photograph but is very effective on the card itself.  All the supplies used are linked at the bottom.

Hand made mothers day card with Pixie Powder background, heat embossed flowers and die cut greeting

Start with a white A6 blank card and a piece of white water colour card stock a few millimetres smaller. 

Randomly stamp the flowers around the edge of the water colour card with a clear embossing pad, heat emboss with opaque white embossing powder.

Spritz the water colour card all over with water to dampen it and allow the Pixie Powder to stick. Gently tap the bottom of the Pixie Powder bottle, holding it sideways to allow small amounts of the powder to fall onto the card. Spritz again with water and see the powder react and spread and change colour depending on how much water you add. Dry with a heat gun then add more powder and water until you are happy with the results I used Lava Red Pixie Powder and added a few touches of Rich Gold.

Die cut 'Happy' from white card three times and glue them on top of one another to create a dimensional greeting, adhere this to the centre of the card with glue. Stamp Mothers Day onto a strip of black card in clear embossing ink and heat emboss with opaque white. Adhere this below the 'Happy', across the loop of the letter Y use a 3mm foam pad at one end and glue at the other to lift it above the die cut word.

I am pleased with the way this turned out, I like the effect created by the Pixie Powder, slightly different to Distress Oxides with the metallic sheen. I am looking forward to playing with the other colours now.

Thank you for visiting, I hope you like it too.
Debbie x

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Saturday, 16 February 2019

Hand Made Card using Bluebell Bloom Dot and Drop Die

Hi Everyone, here's another card using one of the Tonic Studios Dot and Drop dies, called Bluebell Bloom. As with my earlier post using the Arching Twirls die, the shape is cut out of the card along with dotted lines for you to position the Nuvo Drops, to achieve the perfectly shaped swirls and flourishes.

Hand made card using Bluebell Bloom Dot and Drop Die and Nuvo Drops

Start with a white A6 blank card and envelope, layer this with bright green, dark blue and white card, but don' t stick the white card down. Position the Bluebell Bloom die in the centre of the piece of white card and run it through the die cutting machine. Carefully put a Nuvo Drop pearl on each dot that is marked on the card. Set this aside to dry for about 24 hours.

Once the Nuvo Drop pearls are dry, ink all around the edge of the white card with blue ink, bringing it in to the white space to soften it and add some colour to the corners. Adhere blue card behind the cut out bluebell flower heads and bright green card behind the cut out leaves and stems, then adhere the whole thing to the card front. 

Stamp the greeting in dark blue ink on white card, ink all around the greeting with blue ink and adhere in the bottom right hand corner using foam pads. The cutaway design and Nuvo Drop pearls add so much texture and dimension to the card that very little else is needed, and although there is the waiting time for the Nuvo Drops to dry the rest of the card doesn't take very long to complete.

That's the last card of my current adventure into Nuvo Drops and the different ways you can use them. I have enjoyed trying out one or two different techniques with them and am happy with the results. I hope you like this card, please leave a comment if you have a spare minute, I would love to hear from you. All supplies are linked below.
Thank you for visiting.
Debbie x

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Friday, 15 February 2019

Hand Made Happy Thoughts Card with Stencilled Nuvo Drops

Hi everyone, continuing my Nuvo Drops adventure I decided to see what else could be done with them, besides creating the drops themselves. I used two other techniques on this card, to create a stencilled design and painted on to a die cut butterfly.
The texture and pearly finish looks beautiful, I hope you can get the full effect from the photo.


Hand Made Happy Thoughts card with stencilled, painted and pearl Nuvo Drops

Start by making a stencilled panel, I chose three colours of Nuvo Drops to blend together.

Nuvo drops ready to be stencilled

Randomly squirt the colours over the stencil.

Nuvo Drops squirted randomly on to the stencil

Then use a palette knife to spread the Nuvo Drops all over the stencil. You can add more Nuvo Drops if there are any gaps.

Nuvo Drops spread on the stencil.

Carefully lift away the stencil and set the panel aside to dry for 24 hours. Die cut a small butterfly from white card, squeeze a small amount of Nuvo Drops onto a craft mat or tile, dip a paintbrush in water and mix into the Nuvo Drops and use it to paint the butterfly, leave this to dry for 24 hours too.

The Nuvo Drops had blurred slightly at the end where I hadn't fixed the stencil down with masking tape, so I trimmed this off. I used a 5 x 7 inch blank card but cut this down to 6.5 inches to match the panel, which I glued to the card front. Cut two pieces of white card approximately 2 x 6.5 inches and 1 x 6.5 inches. Stamp your greeting on the wider panel and add some Nuvo Drop pearls, above and below.

Adhere these panels, using foam tape, to the outer edges of the card leaving the decorated panel visible in between. Glue the butterfly to the top of the wider panel.

Three different ways to use Nuvo Drops to create a perfectly co-ordinated card. Details of all the supplies are linked below.
Thanks for visiting
Debbie x

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Friday, 8 February 2019

Hand Made Best Wishes Card with Nuvo Drops

Hi everyone, if you read my last newsletter you will know that I planned to make a short video about using the Tonic Studios Dot and Drop dies and Nuvo Drops. When I started making it I realised that it was actually going to be a bit boring 😂 so I took a series of photos instead to illustrate the process, and will find something a bit more exciting for the next video project. I chose some bright fresh colours for the card which would be lovely for Spring when it eventually arrives.

Here's the finished card.

Hand made best wishes card with dot and drop die cutting and Nuvo drops.


 And here are the steps to make it:

White Card Cut with Dot and Drop Die Arching Twirls


Cut a piece of white card 10.7 x 13.2cm, use the Arching Twirls Dot and Drop die to cut the design into the card. The dots are the guide for positioning the Nuvo drops.


Apply the Nuvo Drops along the dotted lines. I used Apple Green and Caribbean Ocean, I also needed a few practice runs to get the hang of creating evenly sized dots. The trick is to squeeze a dot out of the bottle then touch it down onto the card, pull the bottle away vertically so if there is a little trail it will fall down into the dot and not to the side, spoiling the shape. I also found that it helped to try and keep a steady rhythm. It is recommended to let the Nuvo Drops have 24 hours to dry so set this aside for a day or so.

Distress Oxide background using Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio

 In the meantime you can make your background panel. Cut a piece of white card 10 x 13cm. On a craft mat smoosh some of each colour of ink then spray with water, drag the card and dabble it in the ink until you have the coverage that you want. Dry with a heat gun to set. Add more colour with a blending tool if necessary.

Best Wishes stamped with Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink

 Stamp the greeting in Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink on a strip of white card and layer with turquoise card to match the ink.

Dot and Drop die cut with Nuvo Drops on Distress Oxide background

Once the Nuvo Drops are dry glue your Distress Oxide background behind the die cut then layer the whole thing onto turquoise card.

Dot and Drop die with Nuvo Drops and Ribbon


 Tie a length of green sheer ribbon around the panel from top to bottom, tie in a bow near the top and trim the tails neatly.

Best Wishes card with Dot and Drop die cut, Nuvo Drops, Distress Oxide background and ribbon

Take a 5 x 7inch white blank card and trim about 1inch off the height, cut light green a few mm smaller and glue to the card front, glue the ribbon tied panel to the centre of the card and use 1mm adhesive foam pads to attach the greeting in the bottom right hand corner.

Love the effect of the Nuvo Drops and the guides make it so easy to create the flourishes, I would never have been able to do it by eye! Love these colours as well, so fresh. I hope you like it too, please leave a comment to let me know what you think. All supplies are linked below.
Thank you for visiting.
Debbie x

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