Friday, 26 February 2016

Mothers Day Card with Lace and Flowers

Following on from my previous two posts I am still using the Dovecraft Garden Party paper pad to make Mothers Day cards. I liked the design of the previous card but wanted to make something a bit more decorative as this one is going to my Mother in Law ;)
The card blank is a 14 x 14cm square, I cut a piece of cream card to be slightly narrower than and just under half the height of the card blank and cut a piece of patterned paper the same size of the card blank. I joined the two pieces together, inked the edges and covered the join with a piece of green lace.

The topper is three layered die cut shapes mounted on top of each other with the edges inked and the Mothers Day greeting stamped in the middle. The flower arrangement in the corner is a combination of die cut flower and leaves, a couple of mulberry roses and a green satin ribbon. I made the die cut flower from pink paper with inked edges and an adhesive pearl in the centre, the wire stems of the mulberry roses were twisted round a wooden barbecue skewer to create spirals.

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Seems like a long list of materials but it didn't take that long to make, it's in the mail now hope Mum in Law likes it.
Thanks for dropping in, your comments are always appreciated.
Debbie x

Handmade Mother's Day Card with Cotton Ribbon

I already had the Dovecraft Garden Party paper pad open from making the pop up cox card in my previous post so I decided to carry on using it of another Mother's Day card, this time with a more traditional feel.
I used an A6 blank card and layered it with cream card that I had embossed and inked around the edges. I die cut green, cream and patterned decorative rectangles then cut the cream and patterned ones horizontally and joined a patterned half to a cream half, I wrapped the distressed cotton ribbon around the shape to cover the join and tied it in a bow. This was then glued to the green card shape and the whole thing adhered to the card base using foam pads to give a little depth.

I must say I love using the distressed cotton ribbon, it sticks really well either with glue or double sided tape and makes lovely bows that really hold their shape. 

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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Pop up Box Mothers Day Card with Die Cut Flowers and Leaves

This is my first try at a pop up box card, I wanted to do something different for my Mum this Mothers Day so this seemed like the perfect choice.
I followed the instructions given on the Secret Life of Paper  blog for the dimensions and structure of the box. I have to say it turned out a lot smaller than I had imagined, that said if it had been a lot bigger I wouldn't have had cutting dies for big enough flowers to make the box look full. Obviously the given dimensions can be adjusted if you want to make a bigger box. One thing I would do differently to the instructions given would be to stick the decorative paper to the various box panels before assembling the box, that would have made life a little easier.

I then die cut the flowers from a patterned paper pad and from plain card and leaves from green card, I used adhesive candies for the flower centres and inked the edges of all the petals. The leaves and grass are die cut from plain green card, and the greeting is stamped onto a die cut shape. Flowers and leaves are all assembled onto strips of acetate using double sided tape and these are then stuck to the inside of the box again with double sided tape. The trickiest part was positioning the flowers and leaves so that they filled the box sufficiently but didn't cover each other up.
The nice thing about the structure of this box is that you can flatten it to put it in an envelope and the recipient can simply push the sides to open it up again.

Happy Mothers's Day everyone, thanks for visiting, hope you like the card.

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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Gilded Skull Birthday Card

This is something a little bit different for me, I had the idea for the card and the recipient as soon as we got this great skull clear stamp in stock. The card was made for my daughters 18th birthday and I am happy to say she loved it.
I wanted something that was both grungy and a little bit glamorous so I chose this black and gold colour scheme.

I started by making a 15 x 11.5cm card base out of black card and layered this with gold card that I had inked the edges of with black ink. I used the largest of the Spellbinders Majestic Labels 8 die cutting set and die cut a piece from black card, I inked the edges of this with a gold ink pad. The skull is stamped with Indigo Blu Flitterglu and gilded with gold flake. This panel was then layered over the gold. 
To add some decoration and dimension to the card I die cut two flourishes from black card and roughly inked them with gold and stuck them to the top corner. I used the same gold ink pad to ink four brown mulberry paper roses, I removed the leaves and cut off the stems and glued three of them in a cluster over the flourishes. The fourth was glued to the birthday greeting which was hand cut from black card, the edges inked with gold and the peel off message put in place.
I used a gold pen to write inside the card but you could also add a white insert to write your message on.

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Thanks for dropping in, hope you like the card.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Embossed Metal Heart Valentine Card

We have had packs of craft foil in stock for quite a while, this is the first time I have had chance to play with them. I die cut, embossed, colored and sanded the foil to create the heart embellishment for this card.

I have called it a Valentine card but you could do the same thing with any shape for any kind of card. The foil comes in a range of colours which all have silver on the reverse side, I wanted the heart to be red and silver so when I die cut and embossed it I was careful to make sure that the little hearts were raised on the silver side. If you are die cutting and embossing always die cut first, if not, the die cutting will flatten out your embossing.
I coloured the whole of the heart with a red Pro Marker pen taking care not to flatten any of the embossed hearts. I then gently sanded the raised areas of the heart to remove the red ink and reveal the silver foil.
The rest of the card is very straightforward, starting with a 12cm square white card blank, layered with red card and a die cut decorative square of kraft card. I used a white Gelly Roll pen to make the faux stitching around the die cut shape, stamped the message and tied a metal heart charm into a bakers twine bow. Silver self adhesive Metals at each corner finished it off.

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The foil was easy to work with and created a unique embellishment for this card, I hope you like it and look forward to hearing your comments.
Thank you for visiting.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Hand Stamped Birthday Card with Chalkboard Greeting

I like this chalkboard style and thought it would be a good way to make a card for a man, of course you could do the same thing but changing the colour scheme would soon give it a more feminine look.
The card was really easy to make as the greeting in the centre is a single stamp. I started with a 15cm square card blank, trimmed a sheet of chalkboard card to 14.5cm sq and a piece of red card to 14cm sq and die cut the fancy square shape out of the red card. White ink blended over the surface of the chalkboard gives it a sort of dusty look. I layered the chalkboard card and the red card as shown and stamped the greeting in white ink. Charcoal pearls at the corners finished it off.

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I am pleased with the way it turned out, hope you like it too.
Debbie Wild