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Sunday, 7 February 2016
For starters, I masked off the centre section of a piece of square card, roughly 5"x5", using some torn copy paper. For the Blue and purple card I used Broken China, Tumbled Glass & Mermaid Lagoon blue D I's, with Dusty Concord and Shaded Lilac purples to sponge between the torn edges of the copy paper.
These were left to dry out thoroughly, as I wanted to heat emboss the lettering, but didn't want the Embossing Powder to stick to the sponging as well.
The Christmas Words stamp is by Visible Image, and on the blue/purple card I used Salty Ocean to stamp with. I generally find on all but the most porous of cardstocks, Distress Inks are wet enough to emboss with, and if in any doubt, I tap clear embossing ink on the stamp first, then the coloured ink, and that works just fine. Barn Door was used on the red/green base.
In both cases, the masks were replaced so the word stamping was only visible on the sponged areas.
Both were heat embossed using WOW! Clear Hologram Sparkle Embossing Glitter. They were now matted onto a matching cardstock, then attached to the card front with DST.
I'd cut some Christmas trees out, using the Tim Holtz Woodlands die set, and one of these was added to each card front with a Zig glue pen. I lay an acrylic block on top of each, and left them to set overnight.
The snow effect on the branches was created with White Opal Liquid Pearls, with Glamour Dust glitter sprinkled over the top.
Final addition was another Tim Holtz die, Holiday Words Script 1, using Merry Christmas cut from white card for a white on white look.
I think the Snow Words stamp has been retired now, but you could substitute any words stamp, or indeed use a few small stamps, mixed with some snowflake stamps.
You could even use the words die to cut some words from fun foam and make your own word stamp- just remember to cut them out back to front.
So, I'm now up to 21 cards finished, and I have the fronts for another 10 on my desk.
Wednesday, 3 February 2016
Not a lot happened with the UFO box, but I did concentrate on another couple of half made Christmas designs, and they are in the posts below this one.
Last week saw a couple of very strange coincidences, both featuring the same person. You may have seen on Zoe's blog(CraftygasheadZo), that she had had a new tattoo, and the wording read: She believed she could, so she did.
Well, the previous Saturday, Beloved Hubby took me up to Pink Tulip Crafts, near us, and I may have purchased a few items.(cough). One of them was an Impression Obsession stamp, pointed out by Beloved Hubby. Guess what it said?
Polar stratospheric clouds or PSCs, also known as nacreous clouds, and are normally only seen in the Antarctic, and occasionally in the Arctic. In the Northern hemisphere, usually only massive mountain ranges cause the low temperatures in the stratosphere required for the formation of these clouds-below −78 °C (−108 °F). It was a truly incredible sight to see in the evening sky.
Monday, 1 February 2016
Two colourways, one red, one green, both going really well with the chosen background.
This was a Kay & Co vellum I bought quite a few years ago now, I think it was being retired- don't you just love how 'retired' has replaced 'discontinued'? Anyway, it's a very thick embossed vellum, and is gorgeous. I think I bought half a dozen sheets and decided it was about time I used some, instead of hoarding it. Isn't it funny how we do that? Buy something really nice, then save it 'for a special project'.
This is what it looks like as a full sheet, the NOEL and the reindeer are embossed, as well as the holly and a few other bits.
The NOEL die cuts I did from chipboard weight cardboard,this was covered in PVA glue and sprinkled with glitter. I gave the glitter plenty of time to settle, then patted it down well.
They were left to dry thoroughly for a few days, then I covered the fronts of four 6"x6" card bases with the embossed vellum.
I sponged some Walnut Stain DI around the edges, and built it up a little in the corners.
To attach the NOEL to the card front I used foam dots.
This was the point I realised adding anything else in the way of embellishments was going to go horribly wrong, but I realised it did still need something, just not too much.
For the greeting, I turned again to my Peel-offs, and coloured two with a red marker, and two green.
I had a browse in my ribbons, and sure enough, there was a green that matched nicely, with some gold woven through it. So, the peel off went on the right hand side, and the ribbon was wrapped around the front next to the spine, and the ends overlapped inside with a glue dot.
By some stroke of luck, and I'm guessing I bought these ribbons with Christmas in mind, I had a red ribbon of the same pattern.
So, job done.
Sunday, 31 January 2016
The method was pretty much the same as previous ones, that is, the stencil taped down all around with low tack tape, then Black stencil paste added with a spatula.
I removed the stencil and added Black holographic glitter to the wet paste, giving it a gentle pat the make it stick well.
I left them overnight to dry, then next day trimmed down the image and rounded the corners. They were matted onto black card, and the corners of that rounded too. A torn sheet of Christmas backing paper, from a pad bought a few years ago added to the 6x6" card base, with some blue ink added around the edges.Mounted the images, then used peel-offs again for the greeting. And job done. I'm up to 18 cards made, I think, so I do have a few more to blog yet, and a couple or so designs in process. But I really need to start thinking about birthdays/weddings/anniversaries and of course Valentines day, so Christmas is going on the back burner for a while. Just keeping my fingers crossed I don't lose interest in them.
Wednesday, 27 January 2016
In the process of moving stuff on my desk in order to clean, I found these, under my UFO tub, which I'll show in a minute. They are Brusho experiments, and I'd clearly stacked them up and put them under said UFO box to flatten. And promptly forgot about.
This is the UFO box, and it gets all sorts stuffed into it. Things that didn't work, or went wrong somehow, leftovers, things I'm not sure where to go next with, and so on and on.
This is just a small handful of the UFO's it holds- some things need finishing, others are there to be cut up- like the Baubles done in Gold Flake. It just didn't work, not sure why, I've had more detailed images come out fine, so I may have to try it again. But, I can punch squares out of it, and have some mosaic Christmas cards, combined with other stuff.I could get myself a whole bunch of cards done here, if I get myself doing something to finish these off.So thats going to be my project for the rest of the week, I think. See what I can make from this little lot, and empty the box a bit.
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Wednesday, 20 January 2016
Some inked backgrounds left to dry thoroughly, so I can stamp and heat emboss over them.
The plastic bag contains some die cuts- reindeer, 25's,Christmas Trees, some NOEL's,and some Christmas stockings. The dreamcatchers at the front I bought off E-bay.12 for £1.35, a bargain. I thought they may make some nice cards. I buy quite a few of these die cuts from E-bay, as sometimes you'd like a certain die cut, but know that you would not get enough use from it to justify the purchase, if you know what I mean?
So we'll see where that goes. I'm still on a roll with my Christmas cards- though I'm only going to post up one a month now- but while I've got the flow I'm going to run with it. I'll run out of steam eventually, hopefully I'll have most of them done by the time that happens.Have a good day, I'll see you all later.
Friday, 15 January 2016
Right then, just a couple of versions of this card, then I'll give the Christmas Card posts a break for a while. The Holly Wreath is a Sweet Poppy stencil, and I did two versions, on black card and on white.
You can see the holly looks a little variegated, and that came about quite by accident.
I used white stencil paste, and a dark green glitter to start with, on the white card.
I maybe should have patted the glitter down a little harder at this stage, as after it had dried, and I was brushing off the excess to reduce the shedding, I ended up with quite a few white patches. Which led me to a couple of solutions.
Firstly, for the next card I coloured my white stencil paste with a green re-inker. Be very sparing with the ink you add- you don't want to make your stencil paste too runny. So try to pick a reinker close to the colour you want, rather than the usual method of starting light and adding ink to get darker.
Have a tub with a lid handy to save any excess paste in too.
I also decided to patch up the bare spaces using Indigo Blu's Flitter Glu through the original stencil.
I re- attached the stencil, then worked my way around the bare patches.
Then I added a brighter shade of green glitter than I used the first time.
As you can see, there are lots of places for holly berries, and this was where I used up most of my red acrylic gems.
I used a mix of 3mm and 4mm ones.
There is also no greeting in this stencil, and I solved this by using a green marker to colour some silver Christmas Peel-offs. I'll get down them one way or another!
This was the wreaths on black card after a touch up.
Final addition was a torn corner of Christmas Paper- something else I have way too much of- and a little green ink sponged around the edge.The image was matted onto black card, both had their corners rounded, then mounted onto a 5x5 card base.
Wednesday, 13 January 2016
Behind them, my reading glasses.The photo album actually contains metal stencils, mainly my Sweet Poppy ones. Past that, you can see the makings of another couple of Christmas card designs. The acrylic gems are still in their little packets- I now need to have a look online for the clear plastic containers I have my others in, as there is no room for them. Behind them, a penguin, and he was a Christmas present from my Grandchildren. He has a little solar panel in the back of his head, so his eyes will light up When we get enough sun to charge him up, lol.Beyond that, it's just a general collection of 'stuff'- postage stamps/scalpels/odds and ends, you know the drill.So thats me, not too bad for once, I must admit.
Anyone else been keeping an eye on whats coming soon from CHA 2016? From what I've seen from Tim so far, this release is going to get expensive,lol. Mini Crazy Birds, and dies, a white Distress pad, some great mediums, and a lot of great stamps. The only thing that doesn't grab me is the 4-way Archival pad. Most of my stamps are too big to make it practical.
Have a good Wednesday all, I'll be around later.
Sunday, 10 January 2016
This one came about whilst I was putting away some white card scraps, and came across the white pearlescent strips that I've used here. I've used this basic design of resist embossing before, and it seemed like a good way to get at least 4 off-cuts out of the way.
I began by stamping randomly the Christmas Words stamp and then coating with White embossing powder. My powder of choice is the WOW! Embossing Powders Opaque Detail White, as it really is a proper white. I used Versamark ink for the stamping, and the pad I was using was the Versamark Dazzles pad in Frost. Yes, I fell for the hype when they came out, but frankly, I really don't see any difference between them and the original, so I just use any.
Heat set, then added Some imprints of the Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year stamp.
I heat set these, then just roughly masked those areas with Post-Its, so I could stamp various sizes of the Snowflake Set.
When I decided I had enough stamping on there, I took a selection of Distress Inks in blues and purples for one set, and reds and greens for the second.
I used Broken China, Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon blues, Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord purples. The Reds were Fired Brick and Festive Berries, the greens Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn. I gave them all a buff up with a piece of kitchen towel to take any ink off the embossing.
My card bases for these were A4 sheets of Pearlescent white card, scored and folded in half. I also wanted to create a little extra textural interest by having an embossed line down either side of my stamped and inked strip. For this, I simply lay my strip on the INSIDE of the front of the card, and made a faint line either side of it. Then I lay the card base on my scoring board, in this case the Hougie, as it has more lines to choose from.
I scored down the lines nearest to my mark, in both cases just outside my pencil line to give me room to place the strip on the outside.
The strip was attached with dst, and the Sentiment stamped in Memento Bamboo Stalk ink on the red/green combo.
The strips were longer than the card, so I trimmed off the excess and put to one side, as I have a way to use these too.
The blue/purple combo had the sentiment stamped in Archival Ink Cobalt Blue. The green one wasn't stamped in Archival, as I realised I don't have a green or red Archival pad. But Memento works just as well for clear imprint/drying time etc.
With the stamped strip and sentiment in place, it sort of seemed like it still needed something. Then I remembered this die set I was enabled into by a WOYWWer!
In the end I used one of each of the snowflakes on each card, using a Zig glue pen to attach them, and placing an acrylic block on top to make sure they stuck.
Final touch was the addition of some clear acrylic gems in the centre of the snowflakes, and around the greeting.
A4 sheet of Pearlescent white card
Strip of pearlescent white card
Stamps: Christmas Words, Snowflake set and Christmas Greeting
Die cut snowflakes,3 sizes
Distress ( or other Dye ink) in blues, purples, reds and greens
Versamark, or other clear embossing ink.
WOW! opaque white embossing powder
Friday, 8 January 2016
I'm in to January and the Christmas stuff is still out, and armed with my plan to make 4 or 6 maximum of any design, it seems to be working. In this last week, I've made a total of 18 cards, which I will blog over the next few days. First ones up to be blogged are the first set of cards made with some Visible Image stamps. Tomorrow I'll blog the second set.
The hardest part of these cards has been getting a photo that showed the sparkle from the Glamour Dust!
I will say right at the start that the Christmas Words stamp AND the Snowy Scene stamp are now discontinued, but there are many similar types of stamp to be found.
The card bases are the pre-scored type available from a number of places, the only issue I had with them is that the label says they are 7"x7". As you will see later, it became clear that this is not the case.
My first step was stamping the Snowy Scene onto White Pearl card. I used Versafine Ink in Onyx Black and Majestic Blue, stamping 2 of each. Then I laid over them a sheet of Double Sided Adhesive , from Stix2. I used an old brayer I keep for this sort of thing to make sure it was stuck down well with no air pockets.
Tip here: When you come to put down your adhesive sheet, DO NOT peel the covering layer off completely. Just peel it back an inch or so, and stick that edge to the edge of your card. Then slowly pull back the backing, smoothing it down as you go.
Now you have your adhesive sheet down, cut the images down to size, either with a knife & ruler, or your cutting system. This way you only put Glamour Dust on your image, and not waste it on scrap you will cut off and throw.
Next,peel off the cover sheet on your image, place on a sheet of scrap paper, and sprinkle with Glamour Dust. I advise burnishing well with your fingers, to make sure the image is covered, and also that when you tip away the excess, what is left on the image will not shed.
Using the same Versafine Inkpads, and two more sheets of Pearl card, I stamp up the backgrounds. No Stamp positioner needed for this step, it's easy to do by eye with a clear stamp. If I was using a Rubber stamp, a Stamp Positioner may be a good idea, to make sure you don't leave any gaps.
Two sheets finished, and before attempting any trimming/cutting, give it a blast with your heat gun, as the Versafine takes a while to dry on the Pearlescent card, so it smudges easily. Guess how I figured that one out?
My next step was to cut the background down to size, and believing my card bases to be 7"x7", I cut 4 of each colour in 3 1/2" squares.Then I ran around the edges with the corresponding ink pad.
As you can see, my pieces didn't fit.The corners at the centre should have just butted up to each other, not overlapped. So I had to cut a little off one corner to keep it flat.
Good job I tried out a 'dry fit' first.
I double checked my measuring, and yes my pieces were the right size. Checked the packaging on the card pack, and yes, 7"x7".
So I measured the actual card. Not 7"x7" at all it turns out. 6 3/4" square it seems.
Which is why my pieces wouldn't fit. I would have been really annoyed if I hadn't been covering up the centre with the focal image.
I assume that the cards have been subjected to conversion to metric sizing, and the packaging doesn't reflect that, as when measured with a metric ruler, they are 170mm.
Anyway, back to the cards. All four have the words background stuck down with double sided tape.The focal image is added with foam pads, to raise it slightly. I stamped the Merry Christmas greeting in the lower right corner in matching ink. This greeting by the way, is usually all on one line, but I needed it to have the Merry above the Christmas to fit, so I just snipped between the two words.I could have done it by masking off the word I didn't want with tape, but this way was quicker and easier. Final addition, just for balance, were a couple of snowflakes from the Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Snowflakes set of dies.I stuck these down with a Zig Glue pen, and lay them down with an acrylic block on top to make sure they stuck.
Visible Image stamps, Merry Christmas, Snowy Scene and Christmas Words
Card base, 7x7.
3 sheets of pearlescent card.
Versafine in Black and Majestic Blue
Pieces of black & blue cardstock to matt image onto
Stix2 adhesive sheet
Sue Wilson Snowflake die set.
Double sided tape and foam pads.