Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Hearts Come Home & Hometown Greetings #3

Keeping to my Night of Navy & White theme....

Two of the three house lined border dies in the set used here... both panels cut centrally and then hand cut to the end

Glimmer trees die cut using the same border dies and added...and small glimmer pieces stuck behind the windows for a bit of extra shine...
Nightsky panel achieved using the Baby Wipe Swoosh (or Swipe) technique and then die cut using the Card Front Builder dies... I used this die twice across the top - starting at the right hand side so that I didn't end up with 2 moons!!

There is a small starry die in the Hometown Greetings set that can be used... but I was feeling lazy and the other dies were still out!
Finished off with a white embossed greeting...

And the one thing I would do different next time... put a piece of silver glimmer behind the moon aperture to get that "by the light of the silvery moon" effect....
And some simple instructions for anyone not familiar with the Baby Wipe Swoosh technique...

(1) Grab a Baby Wipe and an ink pad...
(2) Press the top of the closed ink pad so that ink transfers onto the inside of the lid...
(3) Open up the ink pad and dab your baby wipe onto the lid to pick up the ink...
(4) Swoosh (swipe or wipe!) your baby wipe across your piece of card... 
(5) Swoosh & build up colour & texture until you are happy...

Hearts Come Home & Hometown Greetings available from 1st September... but Card Front Builder dies and co-ordinating Carols of Christmas available now... in wood or clear mount


The Clearance Rack has just been updated

Clearance Rack
Lots of lovely retired Spring Summer catalogue goodies just added today... Just click here to go straight to the Clearance Rack page....

And a quick Tip for you: Select NEWEST in the SORT BY drop down field at the right hand side... then all the newly added items pop to the top of the list...

Feel free to order anything else whilst you are there... I would love to send you a gift in September!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Hearts Come Home & Hometown Greetings #2

STOP PRESS... The Clearance Rack has just been updated!! Click here to go straight there... and remember you can add anything else to your order whilst you are there...

And a quick Tip: Select NEWEST in the SORT BY drop down field at the right hand side... then all the newly added items pop to the top of the list...

Back to today's card ... Bit of a series coming your way with these... as I have just had a few hours to "play"... and I am loving what these Hearts Come Home and Hometown Greetings dies do... from a super simple card to something more fancy...

There again the architectural element of this bundle is right up my hometown street!!!
Front die cut Glimmer panel... Middle die cut Smoky Slate panel with a stamped Smoky Slate house covering the Slate house to the right... 

2" Circle punched moon in the Back Night of Navy panel... with Santa and his sleigh stamped in black . Finished off with white embossed wording... and a Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon & bow 
And seeing as it Tuesday Tips day! A quick tip about the glimmer panel... I hand cut the top curve to the left... that way I could see my Slate snowman and the curve was in a downwards direction instead of an upwards!


Monday, 14 August 2017

Hearts Come Home & Hometown Greetings for Merry Monday

Spoiler alert!!!

I can't wait to share a sneaky Autumn Winter (aka Holidays) catalogue peek with you today... using the coming soon set Hearts Come Home with co-ordinating Hometown Greetings dies... which I know will be a VERY popular bundle!

Available to all from 1st September... while stocks last.... as I have that feeling about this one...
So I mentioned that I had created a Snow Rama scene when I shared the details on my Dino Rama scene a few days ago... click here for that as I have used the same method...

Well I had to quickly make a snowy U Fold Card with the beautiful house die-cuts dressed up as chalets in the snow... care of the Wood Textures papers... Click here for the U Fold Card Tutorial... though I only used one box insert this time... (Note that this card fold is also called Bridge Fold or Centre Box Fold...)
Now as an avid skier for most of my life this little glittery scene around a lake in the snowy mountains gives me a lovely warm feeling and makes me very happy! And I am sure that some of you can relate to that....

One thing I particularly love with these dies.... is that you can cut a card strip with a die and then move the die along & line it up again to extend your houses with a second cut... as I have done for the front part here... Or you could use a different die for the second (or third) cut... I can see a 12" house strip on a scrapbook page coming sometime soon...
Want to see more of these stamps and dies... well you can... click on the picture below for a video introduction from the Home Office...
And I will be back with more Hearts Come Home creations pretty soon....

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Father Christmas meets Lovely as a Tree

A trio of cards for you today using Lovely as a Tree with Father Christmas... all of which caused a real WOW in the flesh for my Christmas in July class... though I don't think you will get the full glitter shine across the room from these photos! Which is what realistically what causes the WOW...

Starting off with a simple... Small Square card (10.5cm or 4 1/8" to be exact or 4 1/4" if I had US Letter Size cardstock!)
And then mounted up onto a Large Dapper Denim Square Card (14cm or 5 1/2") with either glittery white embossed trees or black trees...
Which caused me some amusement as everyone had a very definite favourite between the two... and were almost arguing over each other as to which was the most WOW!
Stamped panel basically all made the same... Top part of frame white embossed for the Emboss Resist Technique. Trees white embossed or stamped in Archival Black. Bottom frame part stamped in Archival Black. 

Snow line masked and Dapper Denim sponge brayered over the top. Layered onto a Whisper White mat or card blank... And a sprinkling of Dazzling Diamonds over Fine Tip Glue to finish it off...

So which one do you prefer???
And a time saving tip for you... though not one I actually used on these cards!

Although I am definitely a Wood Mount girl... I specifically bought the Father Christmas stamp set in Clear Mount... that way I can carefully position and mount the 2 parts of the beautiful frame image on the one clear block when using the same colour ink... and then ink up & stamp away in one action! Love this frame!!



Saturday, 12 August 2017

Sponging & Masking a little scene...

When I posted my DinoRama U Fold Card tutorial yesterday... I had some people ask me how I had created the scenic backdrop... so whilst I do not consider myself an artist in any way, shape or form... this is what I did...

And I have to admit that there is also another one waiting in the scenes... got to love those mountains behind a lake for a Christmassy scene!!!

1. Brayer Soft Sky across the whole panel. Don't worry about streaks and missing bits... they just add some texture!I  prefer a brayer for speed but you could use sponges...
2. Rip some pieces of scratch paper so you have undulating mountain peaks on one... and a raggedy straightish edge on the other. You will use both halves of the ripped papers.

Though note that you can't make loads of cards with one set of these papers... as eventually the ink bleeds through and ruins your scenic masterpiece!! I reckon about 3 cards with the one set... OR have a set for each colour... in which case rip through two at the same time so your shapes are the same!! Now why didn't I think of that before!

3. Mask your panel so you cover some sky area at the top and have mountain shapes about 1/3 of the way down... 
4. Grab your Wisteria Wonder ink pad and Stampin Sponge... and dab, smoosh, swoosh, wipe & swipe as you fancy to add colour and texture... I tend to lightly dab all over first and then swoosh/wipe at the peaks to add definition...

Move your masks along until the whole width is sponged...
5. Reposition your masks so that you have more peaks behind your mountains... this is where your 2nd torn half of scratch paper comes in useful to cover your first lot of mountains (though unfortunately I forgot to photo that in place! So please use your imagination...)
6.And sponge again...
7. Reposition your mask and apply more depth of colour to form the sides of some of the mountains...  again I swooshed/wiped down from the edge to add the depth... Little thing that makes a big difference!!
8. Position your 2 raggedy straight line masks to create a narrow horizon below the mountains and above the lake.... and sponge Pear Pizzazz ink over...
9. Voila land in front of the mountains...
10. Grab a Peak paper and raggedy straight edge paper and position at the sides to create hills...
11. Sponge with your Pear Pizzazz ink...
12. Now I carried onto create more of a scene but most of this gets covered up in this card fold...so optional! 

So place raggedy straight edge paper about 1" from the bottom
13. Sponge Pear Pizzazz ink over to create land in front of the lake...
14. Peak papers back on to create some more hills to the font of the scene...
15. Sponge Pear Pizzazz ink (definitely the least artistic bit of my little repeat scene!!) but works OK when cut up...
16. Ink up & stamp Old Olive leaves to the top right and left...
17. Cut as required (see yesterday's tutorial pt.8 for measurements)
18. Ink up & stamp your greeting on the central panel in Old Olive...
19. Assemble the card as per yesterday's tutorial... until you get to pt. 25 at the end...

20. Grab your card and embellishments.... and stick them all on... ... note that my Brontosaurus had his tail chopped and is rearing upwards (like a dog on back legs!) to achieve the Loch Ness monster look I wanted!
The Card Front Builder trees are die cut in Old Olive and then stamped in Old Olive using the Background Bits stamp for more texture (click here and scroll to the end of that post for a close-up pic)

All of the dinosaur, greetings and other images are in the No Bones About It set...

The 2 dinosaurs at the front in the shot above are inked up in a paler colour and then the stamp is stamped with the same Background Bits stamp inked up in a darker colour... adds great scales! 

So this T. Rex is inked up in Soft Suede and then stamped over with Early Espresso and then stamped onto card...

And this Stegosaurus is inked up in Pear Pizzazz and then stamped over with Always Artichoke. An Early Espresso marker on the fins finished the inking off and then he was stamped...

21. Dino Rama U Fold card finished....
Enjoy!






Friday, 11 August 2017

Dino-Rama U Fold Card Tutorial...

Thought I had better come back to this one pretty fast with a Tutorial! Especially as my 3 posts over last Friday & Saturday means some of my regular visitors may have missed this card all together... click here to see both cards I shared last Friday night...

Today's is decorated slightly differently... as I couldn't resist having the Loch Ness monster rising from the lake when I re-made for this tutorial!! But here are the two versions side by side...
But first a shout out to fellow Global Stamping Friend, Ellen Woodbridge who christened this card as a Dino-Rama card... got to love that name...

Craft Spa Recipe 
Main Card: A4 Thick Whisper White 22.5 x 10.5cm (8 7/8" x 4 1/8")
Base Section: A4 Thick Whisper White 15.5 x 2.5cm (6 1/8" x 1")
Scene: A4 Thin Whisper White 20 x 10 cm (7 5/8" x 3 7/8")
Box Sections: Old Olive 10.5 x 2.5cm; 12.5 x 2.5cm (4 1/8" x 1"; 4 7/8" x 1")

Noe that the inches measurements are literally converted from the centimetres version. I think the back/central area would be too narrow if resized to suit US Medium ( A2?) Envelopes) so I have not resized to suit US Letter card/envelopes I don't know anything about...

And here is what you need to do...

1. Place the largest Thick Whisper White panel LANDSCAPE (ie long side along top) on your trimmer


2. Score at 3.5, 7, 15.5 & 19cm (aka 3.5 & 7cm from both sides) (1 3/8"; 2 3/4"; 6 1/8", 7 1/2" ie 1 3/8" & 2 3/4" from each side)

3. Bone Fold Mountain/Peak, Valley, Valley, Mountain
4. Basic Main Card done! 

5. Sponge/brayer the Base Section in Pear Pizzazz ink (I did also try using a piece of Pear Pizzazz card... and Old Olive... but a sponged panel was the best match! The Old Olive panel surprisingly being the next best) 



6. Ink up & stamp as necessary (greeting in Soft Suede & footprints in stamped off Soft Suede)
7. Mask & sponge/brayer the scene panel (Soft Sky brayered all over, Wisteria Wonder mountains, Pear Pizzazz grass & hills, Old Olive greeting and leaves) Come back tomorrow for a step by step pictorial ie Part 2 The Decoration!!!
8. Cut the LANDSCAPE sponged scene panel into strips of 3, 3, 8, 3 and 3 cm (all 10cm high) AND now stamp the greeting as required (1 1/8", 1 1/8", 3 1/8", 1 1/8" and 1 1/8" - all 3 7/8" high)
9. Adhere these cut panels to the Main Card blank
10. Score your 2 LANDSCAPE Old Olive strips. Shorter at 1 cm (3/8") from each side. Longer at 2cm (3/4") from each side
11. Peak Fold
12. Adhere to each other back edge to back edge (ie 1cm (3/8")sections within the 2cm (3/4") sections)
13. Make sure it all lays down flat!
14. Grab your Main Card, Base Section and this Double Box Section...
15. Apply glue to left hand side of Double Box Section
16. Adhere to inner left hand side of Main Card
17. Open out Main Card to left and apply glue to right hand side of Double Box Sections
18. Fold right hand sections of Main Card down to stick onto Double Box Section
19. Grab your Base Section

20. Fold up the left hand sections of the Main Card with the right hand sections open 
21. Apply glue to front left section of main card (NOTE - think about where your glue needs to go... or rather not go!!)
22. Adhere left side of Base Section to left hand side of Main Card ... making sure that the two left hand sides are neatly lined up and that the bottom of your Base Section lines up all the way along the bottom edge of the Main Card 
23. Open out the left hand side and fold up the right hand sides of the Main Card so all flat
24. Adhere the right hand side of the Base Section to the folded right hand side of the Main Card (again - think re glue positioning!) Make sure that the card can lay flat in both directions (better to have a flat card and trim off the Base Section to the right hand side if necessary!)
View from the Top...
25. Finish decoration... See Part 2 tomorrow!!