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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Gilding flakes birthday card

This is DH's birthday card.  I stamped the tree image (Hero arts) with Indigo Blu Flitterglu then used IB gilding flakes in their 'Yorkshire Dales' colour mix.  Well, he is a Yorkshireman :-)

Trouble is, the gilded image is so hard to photograph!  This is the SAME CARD:

See what I mean?

I die-cut round the image with nesties Labels One in the largest size, then made a card blank from the smallest size in the Grand Labels One set.  I also tried gilding the edges of the topper, I think it works quite well, though it was a little fiddly :-)

He liked it!

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Beat the Christmas Rush - July

I have managed to be a little more organised for Krafty Karen's BtCR this month!  I have made five cards, yes five!!! That must be a record :-)
I decided that I really should use some Christmas stamps bought last year, which have never seen ink......!!  This snowflake lace stamp from Indigo Blu was stamped and embossed in white on kraft and also silver on white.  I matted the kraft onto red cardstock and the white onto silver mirri - which I don't usually use but I had got some free samples at work, couldn't waste them, could I? LOL.
My original plan for all five cards was this:

But after I had attached all five images to their mats and card blanks, I saw there was a small space in the design which was perfect for a tiny sentiment, so I did the other four cards like that.  The silver is difficult to photograph, I promise it is more 'silvery' in real life :-)

Five more for the box :-)

Monday, 3 August 2015

Pin-spired: white embossing & colouring on kraft cardstock

I made two cards inspired by this Pin - though I stamped the flowers from memory and then had a look to see how the card was assembled and realised I hadn't stamped them close enough together!  That'll teach me to look at the Pin first, next time!

The flowers, cardstock, sentiment and pen are all SU.  I stamped/embossed the flowers in white on Crumb Cake cardstock, then coloured with Real Red pen.  The card on the left is a more or less direct card-lift from the Pin, but I then tried something different with the rest of the cardstock I had stamped.  I cut three panels, they didn't quite line up due to the way I had cut the first square (didn't think that one through!) but I covered the non-aligned bit with a punched band (Martha Stewart) and a punched flower.
I am not keen on the cardstock, I know kraft is supposed to be bland and used as a background, but ...... it is a bit blah ...... maybe I do need to stamp the flowers closer so there is less background coming through!
I definitely must do more panel cards, simple yet effective... my favourite kind of card :-)

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Playing with stamps - birthday cards

I stamped these collages a while ago, but at today's crop I finally got around to making them into cards :-)

For the first card, I used SU's Lovely as a Tree for the main image, which for some reason I always think of as 'Lonely' as a Tree, no idea why, that's just how I read it the first time I saw it and now my brain can't get rid of it!  I started by stamping the splat from the Gorgeous Grunge set in light green and blue, then over-stamped with the trees - having inked the trunks with a little brown and the main tree with dark green.  Today I matted the collage onto some Bazzill in Jacaranda, using a lace scallop punch (Martha Stewart) at the base for some detail.  The sentiment stamp is from Woodware, I think.

The second card has stamps from SU Gorgeous Grunge, the butterfly is also SU but I can't remember which set LOL.  The flourish is an old Artemio stamp and the sentiment is from Stamping All Day.  I stamped and masked the butterfly, then stamped the splat, the lines and the flourish in that order.  I finished it off today by adding the sentiment and matting onto the same Jacaranda cardstock as previously.

Really pleased with these two, I especially like the scalloped edging to the mat.