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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Distress Oxide Ink Pads First Try

Hi Everyone, Well after a long wait to get stock of these new Distress Oxide ink pads I couldn't wait to try them out and see what all the excitement is about. I decided to start with a simple blended/layered background. One of the main properties of these new stamp pads is the ability to blend or layer them without ending up with a muddy mess! Basically if your colors are wet they will blend together just like the original distress inks, but if you add wet ink to dry ink it will create layers  instead.

Hand made friendship card with distress oxide inked background, stamped grass stem and greeting.

A bit of a timid start I just used three colors, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio and Broken China. I smeared some of each onto the craft mat and sprayed a little water on to them, when you first put the ink down on the mat the colors look quite dull but when you add the water they become much more vibrant. I had pre-cut a piece of white card slightly smaller than an A6 white card blank and dragged this through all three colors of wet ink, then dried it with a heat gun and repeated the process two or three more times. By drying the ink in between it makes the colors form layers rather than just continually mixing, you can carry on doing this until you are happy with your background. Before the final drying I, again rather timidly, dripped some water onto part of it (above and to the left of the flower head) you can see some marks where the water has oxidized the color out of the ink, if you dab with an absorbent cloth it will exaggerate this effect.

Once the whole background was dry I used a foam ink blending tool to add extra color here and there using the ink directly from the ink pad this time and went around the edges of the piece of card with Broken China to finish it off.

The background has a lovely creamy, matt finish that looks as though it would rub off if you touched it but....it doesn't. :)

I stamped the leaf stem and greeting directly onto the background in black pigment ink.

I was very happy with the way the inks performed and reacted with the water to create the lovely effects. I will be a bit bolder next time!

Thank you for visiting, I hope you like it, please leave me a comment to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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Friday, 16 June 2017

Birthday Blossoms Larkspur and Waterlily to Celebrate July Birthdays

Hi Everyone,
The two birth flowers for July are both relatively unusual, certainly in crafting terms, meaning that there is not an abundance of larkspur and waterlily craft supplies available, however,  I found a lovely waterlily die cutting set from Heartfelt Creations which I used for the first card and a larkspur stamp and die set which I used for the other two cards.

I have been meaning to have a go at making an easel card for a while and this card seemed like the perfect opportunity, using the die cut waterlily as the 'prop' for the upright part of the card.

Hand made easel birthday card with die cut waterlilies and dragonflies

There are three main elements to this card so I have split them up so you don't have to read the whole thing if you are only interested in part of it.


Card Base
I cut two pieces of blue card for the base, one measuring 12 x 24cm and another 12 x 12cm. I scored the longer piece at 12 and 18cm and folded the card on both these score lines to form the base.  I forgot to photograph the base at this stage to show you how it is folded, so I have borrowed this photo from Pinterest. This shows the base with the smaller piece of card attached, but I didn't attach mine straight away as it was easier to make most of it first. You can make the card any size you want the main principle is that the longer piece of card is scored at the half way and three quarters marks and folded to make the support for the upright part of the card.

How to make and easel card

I cut two pieces of white card 11.5 x 11.5cm sq and used Broken China and Old Paper distress ink pads to color them. I wanted the card to look like a lily pond with sky above so I used Broken China all over the card and added Old Paper to the area that would be the pond to give it a greenish hue.

Waterlily Flowers and Lily Pads
The gorgeous lilies and lily pads are all die cut using the Heartfelt Creations Waterlily and Frog die cutting set. Waterlilies can be both white and pink so I chose pink card for mine. Once cut, I inked the edges of the petals with pink ink, then pinched them to almost fold them in half and curled the ends over. There are two sizes of flowers in the die set so I cut one of the bigger ones and a few of the smaller ones, each one has self adhesive pearls on the center for the stamen. The lily pads (or leaves) are cut from green card and the edges inked with a slightly darker shade of green.
The dies cut a range of sizes of petals which you can combine in any way you like.

Dragonflies
I have been wanting to use this lovely dragonfly die cutter for a while, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. 

Die cut dragonfly close up


The die set cuts a whole dragonfly as well as a separate set of wings and a separate body. I wanted to make the dragonflies look as realistic as possible so I cut a whole body from green mirror card, and two further sets of wings one from blue card and one from acetate. I covered the acetate ones with clear Wink of Stella to give them a bit of sparkle. I glued the blue wings underneath the green body so that they show through the green wings and the acetate wings over the green body to give the iridescent shimmer. I bent the green and acetate wings up slightly so that they were raised from the background. I am very pleased with the way they worked out.

The final step was to make the greeting and assemble the card. For the greeting, I inked a small piece of card to match the colors of the pond area of the background, stamped the message in Stormy Sky distress ink and also used that to ink the edges. 

hand made waterlily and dragonfly gift tag


I had a couple of lilies left over so I used them to make a matching gift tag. I thought the die cut dragonfly would be a bit big for the tag so I stamped one using the dragonfly stamp from the Cardio Dragonfly Garden stamp set. I stamped it in Broken China distress ink and heat embossed it with clear crystal powder so that it had a little bit of sparkle. 

I'm pleased with the results! The easel part was very easy and the card looks just the way I wanted it to. 

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Hand made birthday card with stamped and die cut larkspur flower

For my second card I used the Larkspur stamp and die cut set. I stamped the flower in black ink, colored it using marker pens, die cut it and mounted it on a die cut oval of white card and then on an oval of purple card to match the color of the flowers. 

I used a 12.5cm square white card blank, layered that with more of the purple card and then cut a piece of white card to make the stamped background layer. I used the Scratches background stamp stamping first with Tea Dye distress ink, then rotating the card 90 degrees and stamping again with Tea Dye, then rotating again and stamping a third time but this time with Old Paper. Once all the stamped layers were dry I inked over everything with Bundled Sage. I attached the purple and stamped layers to the card front using our new Glue Dots Tape Runner which made it very quick and easy. The Oval was attached with adhesive foam pads to raise it a little.

The greeting comes from a sheet of gold and white die cut greetings which I inked around the edges with a Violet pigment ink and attached with foam pads at one end and a dab of glue at the other. The last thing was to add some adhesive gold metal dots to the corner.

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Hand made birthday card with water color background and emboss resist larkspur

I wanted to do something different with the larkspur stamp this time so chose to emboss resist on a watercolour style background.

I stamped the larkspur flowers onto watercolor paper with watermark ink and heat embossed with opaque white embossing powder.

Working on a craft mat I spread some Dusty Concord distress ink and spritzed it with a tiny bit of water, using a 1.5cm wide paint brush I painted a strip of purple across the top of the stamped image. I then added a bit more water to the ink to lighten the color and painted a second strip and repeated this until the flowers part of the stamp was covered. I repeated the process with Old Paper distress ink over the leafy area at the bottom of the flower. Once the 'paint' was dry I wiped over the stamped image with a cloth to remove any ink from the embossed areas.

I trimmed the watercolor paper to 8.8cm and scruffed the edges, then mounted this on a 9.2cm square piece of lilac card and in turn mounted this in the centre of a 12.5cm sq white card blank.

The greeting is stamped in black at the bottom right corner of the card blank.

It was nice to do something different, I love the watercolor effect of the background.

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Thank you for visiting, I have thoroughly enjoyed making all these cards, I hope you like them too, please leave me a comment to let me know what you think or if you have a question to ask.
Debbie x

Friday, 2 June 2017

Embossed Wedding Card with a Pearl Cluster Border

Hi everyone, it's ages since I made a wedding card and when we got these new pearl clusters in stock recently I immediately thought wedding! I wanted to make the lovely pearls the main feature of the card so kept the rest of it very simple.



I chose a white square 6 x 6 card blank and cut a square of white card very slightly smaller than it. I cut the white card into roughly one third/two thirds. I dry embossed a design onto the two thirds piece and sprayed it with Pearl Glimmer Mist spray (which I don't think you can really see in the photo but it looked great).

I adhered the two pieces of card to the card front as shown and used the pearl clusters to cover the join. the pearl clusters come in packs of three strips with a large pearl at each end, I cut the large pearl off the end of one of the strips to join them together and have a large pearl at either end.

A gold Congratulations peel off finishes it off.

I love the simplicity of the card, I think it would look equally good in different color combinations too.
Thank you for looking in. I hope you like it and look forward to hearing your comments.
Debbie x

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Hand Made Anniversary Card with Die Cut Greeting

Hello There! It's been in the back of my mind for a while to use the negative area of a die cut make an aperture rather than a shape, finally got round to it with this anniversary card. I thought with the simplicity and the colors this would make a good card for a woman to give to her husband.

Hand made anniversary card with die cut aperture and greeting

I used a standard A6 white card blank for the base and cut a piece of white card about 4mm smaller all round, then die cut a heart shape from the white card.

I cut a piece of patterned paper bigger than the size of the cut out heart and attached that to the card blank where the heart shaped opening will be. The paper is lovely pearlised paper from one of our new paper pads you can't really see that in the photo. I attached the white card with foam pads so that it is raised up from the base.

The word 'happy' is die cut from black card and attached across the bottom of the heart shape and the word 'anniversary' is stamped in black ink.

I really like this card and the possibilities for switching up the patterned paper and the die cut word to cater for lots of different occasions.

Thank you for calling in I hope you like the card too, please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

Debbie x

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Diamond Wedding Anniversary Card

Hi Everyone, here I am with a card for a diamond wedding anniversary which could of course be adapted to suit any wedding anniversary by and changing the numbers and if necessary the color scheme.

Hand made diamond wedding anniversary card with crystal numbers

This is a tent fold card which I cut and scored from white card, I forgot to make a note of the exact dimensions but the white embossed area is A6 so the silver card is a couple of millimeters wider than that and the card is approx 1cm wider again. Sorry if that's all a bit vague!

The hearts are die cut from white and silver card, this silver one was attached to the embossed layer using foam pads and ribbon wrapped around all three layers and tied in a bow. The white heart was also attached with adhesive foam pads over the ribbon.

I love the diamante numbers and they are perfect for this diamond wedding card and really add some glitter and dimension to the card. Some extra adhesive crystals  and a white and silver Congratulations message finish it all off.

I hope you like the card, the recipients did :) Please leave your comments to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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Silver and White Hand Made Wedding Card with Flowers

Hi Everyone, here's another wedding card, I wanted something with flowers this time as they are such  an important feature at weddings. You could change the color scheme of the card to match that of the wedding or you could use it as an anniversary card in the appropriate colors.

Hand made wedding card in white and silver with hearts and flowers

I started with a 15 x 15cm square card blank and trimmed silver card to be slightly smaller and white card slightly smaller again. The white card is stamped in silver ink with a Damask design background stamp. I tied white organza ribbon around the stamped layer and tied a bow to the right side then glued these layers together.

I die cut three heart shapes from white and silver card and layered these up and positioned them in the centre of the card over the ribbon using adhesive foam pads.

The bigger flowers are ready made white Mulberry paper flowers and the smaller ones are die cut from white card using the smallest ones from the Heartfelt Creations waterlily die cutter. Both types of flowers have been sprayed with silver glimmer mist to give them a bit of glitz and adhesive pearls added for the centres. The leaves are die cut from silver card.

Finally the greeting is from a sheet of white and silver die cut greetings. I have used these a lot recently, I like the size and the different fonts and the fact that you can ink the white background to make them match your project.

Thanks for reading, I hope you like it, please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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