Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Hand Made Notecard with Mermaid and Shells

Hi Everyone, continuing my under the sea theme, this card uses another stamped and die cut mermaid, on a stamped and inked background along with some real shells that I collected on the beach. It's a cute, fun card that could be used for many occasions. I stamped the 'Just a note to say' greeting on the front but left the inside blank for now, I will put something suitable inside when I have an occasion to use the card.


Hand Made Notecard with Mermaid and Shells

Start with a white 12.5cm blank card, cut a piece of plain white card 12cm sq, stamp this with the Rolling Waves background stamp using the Pool to Navy ombre ink pad (with these larger background stamps I find it easier to ink up the stamp and then press the card on to it).When the ink is dry use a foam blending tool to ink all over with Tumbled Glass distress ink, adhere the panel to the card blank using double sided tape.
Cut a piece of Kraft card stock to 12cm wide, using a curved border die cut one edge to form the sandy bottom of the ocean. Stamp and heat emboss the greeting on this in white and use double sided tape to adhere it to the bottom part of the background panel.

Stamp, colour and die cut a mermaid and adhere to the card front with adhesive foam pads to add some dimension. Die cut three fronds of seaweed from marble paper and adhere in a cluster, leaving the fronds unglued so that they look as though they are waving around. Adhere a cluster of shells, below the seaweed, by layering up adhesive foam pads in the hollow part of the shell.

Finish the card off with a tropical fish embellishment, a crystal cluster and whatever greeting you want to add to the inside of the card.

I like this card, although it is fairly simple there are lots of different textures and effects. I hope you like it too. Thank you for reading and if you have time please leave a comment to let me know what you think. I have linked to the supplies used below.

Debbie x

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Monday, 11 June 2018

Inside Shadow Box Card with Mermaid

Hi Everyone, I saw the technique for making Inside Shadow Box cards demonstrated by Jennifer McGuire on Youtube , there is a great video tutorial which you can see here. I didn't want to do a repeat of Jennifer's video, but a step by step tutorial with photos, along with measurements in centimetres designed for A4 paper. Here's a quick look at the finished card so you can see what I am talking about.



What you don't see in that little video is that I had to quickly pull the card apart because I had put the inside image in the wrong place so when you opened the card there was nothing to see! Imagine my face when I proudly opened the card and it was blank, I am still laughing, anyway I managed to salvage it sufficiently for some photos and this video, however, some of the photos that should accompany the step by step instructions have been deleted as they showed the wrong thing!! I am very pleased with the finished card, despite it being slightly damaged at the back.

Make the card base
Start with a sheet of white A4 card stock, trim off one end to make it 21 x 29cm, cut it in half to give you two pieces 21 x 14.5cm. Take one of the pieces, score and fold it at 10.5cm to make a blank card, trim 1.5cm off the back flap.

Take the second piece and score and fold it at 1.5cm, 10.5cm and 12cm, this will form the box.

Decorate the card
For the front of the card, (the widest half of piece 1), using a stitched circle die, cut a frame from dark blue card and a circle from white card to fit inside it. Blend Cracked Pistachio and Broken China Distress Oxide inks to make the background for the circle. Stamp, colour and die cut 3 pieces of seaweed and a shell. Adhere these to the circle along with a Fish embellishment and some blue adhesive crystals. Adhere the circle and frame to the front of the card and stamp congratulations below it.

For the area that you see through the window (the back of the shadow box) you can either make this on a separate piece of card and adhere it to the card blank or create it directly onto the card blank. This is where I made my mistake, thinking that this would be on the second piece of card but it actually goes on the the first piece of card, inside on the shorter flap. At this point it helps to die cut the window from piece 2 so that you can position the embellishments more easily to make sure that they are visible. You can also stamp the second part of the greeting and adhere the mermaid beside the greeting partly over the window



Again blend the blue and green Distress Oxide inks to create the ocean background, stamp, colour and die cut two more pieces of seaweed and a mermaid. Create the scene that is shown through the window by adhering the seaweed, two more fish and a small strip of crystal clusters. If you made this on a separate piece of card, adhere it to the inside of the card blank.




Assemble the card
Add a strip of strong double sided adhesive tape to the 1.5cm flap on piece 2.


Put piece 2 inside piece 1 right up to the fold, remove the red tape from the adhesive and close the card front down to adhere them together. (I should have realised at this point that my image was not showing through the window....but no!



Turn the whole thing over and put a couple of strips of double sided adhesive tape on the back panel of piece 2.


Now close the card and wrap the whole back panel including the scored strip across the back of the card and adhere. The card should be flat when closed, opening the card pulls the shadow box into shape. Sorry there is no photo of this last step as I was too busy trying to pull it apart again!!!

Finished Front
Under the Sea Inside Shadow Box card front cover

Finished Inside

Under the Sea Inside Shadow Box card inside view

Thank you for reading, sorry about the lack of clear photos, I hope you like it and would love to hear your comments if you have time to scroll to the bottom and click where it says No Comments.
Debbie x

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Friday, 8 June 2018

Hand Made Card with Die Cut Seahorse and Embossed Background

Hi Everyone, beach and sea themes are really popular at the moment and perfect for this time of year so I thought I would make one or two under the sea cards to demonstrate some of the new stamps, dies and embellishments that we have in stock. I love the striking colours of this card and the way the embossed background looks like bubbles floating up.

Hand Made Card with Die Cut Seahorse and Embossed Background


Start with a white A6 blank card, cut a piece of turquoise card a few millimetres smaller, emboss it with the Garlands embossing folder and apply Diamond glitter glue to the majority of the circles, leave it to dry.

Cut a rectangle frame from white card stock and the seahorse, seaweed, coral and starfish from a variety of coordinating colours. Use the Diamond glitter glue to add sparkly accents to all the die cut pieces except the white frame. Leave them to dry.

Once the glitter glue on the background piece is dry attach it to the card blank with double sided tape. Position the frame in the centre and use 1mm foam pads to fix in place.

Glue the seahorse to the upper right hand part of the frame, one of the starfish to the bottom right corner of the frame and the remaining die cut pieces to the bottom left corner.

Stamp the greeting onto a strip of coordinating card, the same colour as one of the die cut pieces, heat emboss with white embossing powder, cut the ends a a slight angle and adhere across the left side of the frame with adhesive foam pads.

You could change the colour scheme and greeting to suit different occasions, although the colours are one of the things I really like about this card. All the supplies used are linked below. If you have time I would love to know what you think of it, you can leave a comment below.
Thanks very much for visiting.
Debbie x

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Friday, 25 May 2018

Gold Hot Foil and Die Cut Birthday Card

Hi Everyone, I was asked to make a birthday card for an elderly lady who's eye sight is failing, I wanted to put a big Happy Birthday at the centre of the card and keep the rest of it fairly simple. The hot foil Happy Birthday stamp seemed the obvious solution and I was very happy to give our new Spellbinders Labels 59 die sets a test run too.

Hot foil happy birthday card with gold die cut border

Start with a cream 12.5cm sq card blank, trimmed down to 12cm sq. Add a layer of gold mirror card and a layer of cream card.

Die cut the fancy frame from gold mirror card and adhere to the centre of the card using double sided tape.

Heat up the Go Press and Foil machine until the green light shows, lay the Happy Birthday hot foil stamp on the heating platform and leave it to heat up for a minute or so. Cut a piece of gold heat activated foil slightly bigger than the stamp and trim the corners off, cut a piece of cream card to approximately 10 x 11cm. When the stamp has had chance to heat up, lay the foil over it, coloured side down, the card on top of that and a couple of sheets of card to act as shims on top of that. Close the lid and run the whole thing through your die cutting machine (you don't need any of the plates or platforms in the die cutter). Run it through quite slowly a couple of times then remove the platform and return it to the base unit, remove the card and the stamp carefully as the stamp will still be hot. Before removing the excess foil, gently rub over the foiled words with your finger to make sure the foil has fully transferred, then peel away the excess foil.

Die cut the foiled Happy Birthday using the die from the Labels 59 set that fits inside the fancy frame. Adhere this to the centre of the fancy frame. (I used glue to adhere it so that I had chance to slide it around a little to make sure it was positioned perfectly). Add a gold self adhesive gem in each corner of the card and you're done. I think it's turned out very well, I like the cream and gold combo and love the new die sets. Hope the recipient likes it and you too, please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Thanks for calling in.
Debbie x

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Saturday, 12 May 2018

Hand Made Fathers Day Card with Heat Embossed Star

Hi Everyone, this is the last in my Cards For Men mini series 😉
After trying the embossing powder melting technique a couple of weeks ago I wanted to use it again as I love the effect it creates. I thought black and silver would be a suitably masculine colour scheme and a star would be a good shape for a Fathers Day card. I am happy with the result even though the greeting is not what I originally planned.

Hand made Fathers Day card with die cut, heat embossed star and stamped greeting

Start with an A6 white blank card, layer with silver then black card.

Die cut two star shapes one in silver card and a smaller one in black card. adhere the silver star to the card positioning it to the left side. 

Put the black star on a sheet of scrap paper on top of a heat resistant craft mat, pour clear embossing powder generously all over the star.


Cover this with a piece of ordinary greaseproof paper (to prevent the embossing powder blowing away) then heat with a heat gun. You will need to apply the heat for a few minutes in order to get all the powder to melt. Lift off the greaseproof paper and whilst the embossing powder is still molten sprinkle a small amount of Midas Touch silver glitter embossing powder over the star and reheat to make sure it melts into the clear embossing. You don't need the greaseproof paper for this step as the glitter embossing powder sticks to the molten layer so will not blow away. Set the star aside to cool and for the embossing powder to set hard.

Hand made Fathers Day card with die cut, heat embossed star and stamped greeting close up

I hope you can see the lovely enamel effect on the star.


Cut a narrow strip of silver card and stamp the 'You're the Best' greeting in black ink. Heat set this as it can take a long time to dry on metallic card. Trim the ends on a slight diagonal and adhere to the bottom right corner of the card with 1mm adhesive foam pads.

Once the star has cooled and set use silver peel off letters to add the word 'DAD' in the centre and adhere this to the silver star on the card.

I am sure any Dad would be pleased to receive this card, I love the effect of the melted embossing powder ( I might have mentioned that before lol) it adds something special to an unfussy card.

Many thanks for visiting, it would be great if you could leave a comment to let me know what you think. Details of all the supplies used are linked below.
Debbie x

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Friday, 11 May 2018

Hand Made Football Birthday Card

Hi Everyone, here's another card for a male recipient, with the World Cup only a month away it seemed appropriate to have another football themed card. You can personalise this card by using the colours of the recipients favourite football team and you could easily change the message to suit any occasion including Fathers Day, which falls on June 17th this year.

hand made mans birthday card with die cut football player

Start with a white 12.5cm square blank card. Cut a piece of green card to 12.1cm square, emboss with a polka dot embossing folder and adhere to the card blank with double sided tape.

To make the stripes cut three white and two red strips of card to 12.1 x.5cm, cut a piece of paper or thin card to 12.1 x 2.5cm and adhere the card strips to it. I used a glue stick for this so that I had time to position the strips and get them exactly lined up with each other before the glue set. Adhere the stripes a little way in from the left side of the card.

Die cut two circles one from red card and a smaller one from white card, die cut the football player from the centre of the white circle and adhere this on top of the red circle. Die cut a strip of grass from green card, position it across the bottom of the circles, lay the larger circle die over it and use stencil tape to attach the die to the grass strip. Run this through the die cutting machine to create a piece of grass that fits the bottom part of the circle perfectly. Adhere this to the circles with a glue stick. Adhere the circles to the card using 1mm foam pads on the right side of the circles to lift it up to the same level as the panel of stripes and double sided tape on the left side.

All that remains is the greeting, stamp it in white ink on to red card then fussy cut. Adhere this with a 3mm foam pad on the right side and a 1mm foam pad on the left to keep it level as it overlaps the striped panel.

There you have it, I am sure any football supporter would be pleased to receive this card which is pretty quick to make. Thank you so much for reading, it would be lovely if you could leave a comment to let me know what you think. All the products used are linked below.
Debbie x

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Monday, 7 May 2018

Steampunk Gears Birthday Card with Coloured Embossing

Hi everyone, I wanted to show you a technique for colouring the raised areas of embossing  which is really easy and adds another dimension to embossed backgrounds. I have been wanting to try my hand at video tutorials for a while now so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it a go!
The steampunk gears card is the one that I used for the video and is also part of my series of Fathers Day and cards for men.

steampunk gears embossed birthday card

I have included this owl birthday card as another example of this technique, where I added brown ink to the embossed wood grain (full details of this card can be found here).

Birthday card with stamped owl and embossed woodgrain.


To see this technique in action watch the video, or you can read the instructions below.





Start with an A6 white card blank , cut a piece of silver card slightly smaller and a piece of dark blue card smaller again. Put the blue card into the embossing folder and run it through your die cutting machine in the usual way.  Tap the end of a Darice foam ink pod on to your ink pad to pick up some ink then gently rub it over the raised areas of the embossing in a circular motion. You don’t need to press hard as the ink transfers easily.

Die cut two circles, one from the dark blue card and a slightly bigger one from silver card, stamp the Happy Birthday greeting in silver ink on to the blue circle, adhere this to the silver circle close to the left hand side.

Using the card blank as a tent fold, adhere the silver card to it with the blue embossed card on top of that and finally the circles towards the left side of the card.

It's an easy card to make but I really like the effect of the inked embossing and it would  make a great card for a male recipient. Hope you like it too. Let me know what you think of it and also of the video - it sounds a bit serious to me!!!
Debbie x

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