Whoots

Birthday Cards, Critter Cards

It was my best friend’s birthday the other week and this is the card I sent her. She likes owls, I like  puns…

I LOVE Art Impressions stamps but this is only the second one I’ve bought so far. I started by stamping and colouring him with Copics, then fussy-cutting him and adding clear Wink of Stella to the green bits on his party hat.

Whoots

I set him to one side and started working on the background. This is the Distress Ink ‘smooshing’ technique that I’ve fallen in love with.

You stamp your ink on to an acrylic block and spray with a water mister (I use the Ranger mini one). Then get some acetate and dab it over the ink. You can squash it down so that a lot of ink goes on or just dab it for splatters here and there.

Then you ‘smoosh’ it over the card! This  particular background was done with Peacock Feathers and Broken China colours of Distress Ink.

I die-cut a circle out of this background to make a window for the owl to peek through. I then stuck a bit of white card behind him as I didn’t want the patterned paper to show through. I then layered this on top of my patterned paper that you can see peeking out at the sides.

Finally I stamped and heat-embossed my sentiment.

Whoots! I’m off to Rhodes today so will be quiet for a week. Everyone (in the UK, that is) enjoy your bank holiday!

Products Used:

White card and patterned card – hobbycraft.co.uk

Copic markers, Wink of Stella & Distress Inks – amazon.co.uk

Whoots owl stamp – http://www.artimpressions.com/

Circle die cuts – https://www.docrafts.com/Features/xcut-dies-bursting-with-possibilities/30

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Manly Card Monday #12

Birthday Cards, Manly Card Monday

I’ve had something of a card-making frenzy this weekend, so this is the first of many cards I’ll be posting this week!

To make this card, I first created the distress ink background with a blending tool on white cardstock, then mounted it on black glitter paper and trimmed it close. When blending the ink, I left a white section for my sentiment: ‘It’s not how old you are, but how you are old.’

how you are old

I adhered this embellishment then started stamping around it in black ink. I chose balloons, candles and presents for a birthday vibe. I really like the monochrome with the splash of blue in the middle.

Products Used:

Tim Holtz Distress Inks, ‘Peacock Feathers’ & ‘Broken China’ –http://www.countryviewcrafts.co.uk/tim-holtz-130-c.asp

Present, balloon & candle stamps – www.clearlybesotted.com

Black glitter paper, white card stock & ‘how you are old’ stamp – www.hobbycraft.co.uk

D is for … Distress

Alphabet Series, Birthday Cards

Like most crafters, Tim Holtz’s Distress Inks have been on my radar for donkey’s years. It’s only recently that I’ve actually started using them, though.

You’ve seen me blending these inks on my blog before (and have probably noticed that I still have very few colours!) so today I tried something different – the ‘squashing’ or ‘smooshing’ technique. (Technical terms are rife in cardmaking.)

D is for Distress

This is quite a technique-happy card for me! Bit of die-cutting, bit of embossing, and a bit of distressing. Nothing too difficult but then I’m not so good at the difficult stuff!

Anyway, the way to do the squashy technique is to grab some acetate and stamp your distress ink pad on to it, then spray with some water. Then you can press that inky acetate directly over your card and it will transfer in this splotchy way. You can either press the whole thing down or just dab so that only certain spots will transfer.

I did this first with Antique Linen and then once that had partly dried, I did the same again with Peacock Feathers. Then I die-cut a heart out of the distressed card and laid it on my blank card to mark the inside of the heart out, so I would know where to stamp my sentiment.

Then I adhered the distressed card with foam adhesive so it would stick up and the heart would frame the sentiment. I could have left it as it was, but I wanted to use my new embossing folder! So I embossed a piece of white card and cut out the oval.Then I stamped ‘happy birthday’ and heat-embossed in silver. Finally I added a few sequins.

You can do so much with Distress Inks – not only can you create amazing backgrounds, but they also work for colouring stamps in, as they can be used like paints. They are definitely worth collecting!

Products:

Tim Holtz Distress Inks in ‘Peacock Feathers’ and ‘Antique Linen’ – http://rangerink.com/?product=tim-holtz%C2%AE-distress-ink-pads

Birthday sentiments stamps – clearlybesottedstamps.com

Sequins and X Cut hearts dies – www.hobbycraft.co.uk

Fancy Flourish embossing folder – free gift from http://www.papercraftmagazines.com/ (Issue 135 of Simply Cards & Papercraft – still available to buy!)

“A Little Note of Thanks” distress ink card

Thank You Cards

Some partial die-cutting for you today, to which I have already admitted my lack of expertise! It took a few goes but I like the finished product.

First I blended Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers over white card, leaving a lighter space where I  planned to stamp my sentiment.

A little note of thanks

Once my background was ready, I trimmed the sides of the card down so that it would be slightly less than my blank. Then, I drew a straight line across the top in pencil, and stuck my ‘thanks’ die down with post-it tape, keeping the bottom edge just below my pencilled line.

I fixed my plates so that it wouldn’t cut the whole thing, and (after a few goes!) I cut the remaining parts with a craft knife so the word sticks up from the edge of the card.

I stuck the swirly borders on the card to get a faux-embossed effect. Then I stuck the ‘thanks’ card down with foam tape.

The borders were in my scrap pile from when I die-cut a load of them a while ago, and I used removable adhesive to stick them. If I were doing this card again, I would die-cut from scratch and used adhesive backing paper for a smoother finish.

Products Used:

Scripty Thanks die & “A little note of thanks” sentiment – http://www.lawnfawn.com

Swirly dies – http://www.craftsuperstore.co.uk/Papercrafting/Die_Cutting_and_Embossing/Xcut_Dies/Xcut-XCU503188.html?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=Shopping&utm_campaign=Xcut+Large+Dies+(7pcs)+-+Floral+Flourishes&gclid=CjwKEAjw25SoBRCMn7Gc97Knj0ISJAC7vaMrGqbDNcZf-hcR0I5X3ZwxTT9mw6-2VkPjX1VcnsP_FxoCcDLw_wcB

Distress ink – http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/search/tim-holtz#c328

Mother’s Day Tag: “I Look Up to You”

Gift tags, Mother's Day and Father's Day

I got the Mama Elephant ‘Bear Hug’ stamps recently and knew I wanted to use them for Mother’s Day. I already have a card ready that I made ages ago, so I decided I would use the bears on a gift tag.

Mothers day

First I die-cut the base shape twice, with pearly blue card and then with plain white. Then I put those aside and stamped the bear and cub on separate card.

I used Copics in E43N and E44 to colour the bears, and Spectrum Noir marker in FS3 for the ears. Then I embossed the sentiment (cutest sentiment ever!) with Wow bright white powder.

The green paper is Lawn Fawn and is die-cut with an Elizabeth Crafts Design border die. I stuck everything  down and started on the back.

The “from” comes from a very old set of Christmas stamps which has probably been the best card-making investment I’ve ever made. They cost around £5 but they have about 20 different stamps and a few can be used all year round.

Mother's day tag2

I took a flower stamp (I think it’s meant to be holly or mistletoe or something but it looks more flowery to me) from the same set and stamped in blue ink, then took a similar smaller stamp that came free with a Lawn Fawn purchase and stamped that in coral. There was no rhyme or reason to anything on the back of the tag!

Finally I wrote my message, hole-punched the tag and threaded yellow baker’s twine through.

Products Used:

Quote Cards

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NO copyright infringement intended – I am not making money out of my cards. I do this for fun.

I am a huge Disney fan and think quotes are just perfect for card-making. I have plans for many more movie-inspired cards (they work great at Christmas) but these are my favourites so far.

“Winnie the Pooh” Graduation Card

Winnie the Pooh graduation

This is a very simple card but took ages because I had to assemble a pretty long quote from scratch. Using Milo’s ABCs to do this, I stamped it in 3 sections vertically down the card.

I trimmed around that, leaving enough room for the Congratulations which I die-cut out of dark-blue paper along with adhesive paper. Then I was able to peel off the backing and stick it straight on to my card.

These stamps are from Hobbycraft and only cost 50p-£1 each. Hobbycraft have lots of bargains on clear stamps like these – some of them are exactly the same images as their more-expensive wooden stamps, just a little bit smaller.

Using coloured pencils and Gamsol, I coloured the hat in and did some subtle shading on the scroll. I stuck it all down and voila! A custom-quote graduation card.

“Frozen” Christmas Card

%22Frozen%22 Xmas card

The popularity of Frozen has to be more extreme than any Disney film before it. Even with beloved films like The Lion King, I don’t remember the merchandise being in nearly every shop.

My niece loves Frozen, like most little girls, so this will probably be her Christmas card next year. I wanted to try some partial die-cutting, which I have to admit I struggle with. It took some effort to get the snowflakes how I wanted them.

Then I cut some more snowflakes out of glittery silver paper, and glued them on the white background. Again, I used Milo’s ABCs for this sentiment, though I decided to switch it up and use some more playful alphabet stamps for the word “worth”.

I heat-embossed this  and stuck it on white glitter card, which I then cut around with decorative-edged scissors for a pretty border. I love the wintery feel of the snowflakes along with all the glitter.

Finally I stamped this little snowman head and shaded him with Spectrum Noir pens, before sticking everything down on a blank blue card.

Products Used:

Milo’s ABCs – http://www.lawnfawn.com/products/milos-abcs

“Congratulations” die – http://www.ecraftdesigns.com/collections/dies/products/congratulations-1

Graduation, alphabet and snowman stamps – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/

Gamsol – http://www.inkyantics.com/acc1.htm

Spectrum Noir coloured pencils – http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/251754072065?limghlpsr=true&hlpv=2&ops=true&viphx=1&hlpht=true&lpid=108&chn=ps&device=c&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0-L&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=108&ff19=0

Adhesive paper – http://www.makethedayspecial.co.uk/shop.php#!/6-x-6-Double-sided-Adhesive-Sheets-5/p/43736701/category=11123782

Big Shot die-cutting machine – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/sizzix-big-shot-die-cutting-starter-kit/584439-1000?gclid=CjwKEAiAyMCnBRDa0Pyex-qswB0SJADKNMKAnJPF-V6vnC9Ki-irhlPyLDt5XXQE0QK_Ko9c1cHD5RoCHfHw_wcB

Manly Card Monday #2 – Oscar Wilde

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Not every man likes fishing, cars, football and gardening. I’d be offended if women’s cards only ever showcased saucepans, sewing needles and lipstick, so let’s branch out!

There’s nothing wrong with a hobby card as long as the man you’re giving the card to actually enjoys that hobby. But I’m trying to think more about masculine colour schemes and layouts rather than embellishments.

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First, the background: I used masking tape around the card to keep it in place and get that nice clean white edge. Then I started to blend Tim Holtz Distress Ink in ‘Peacock Feathers’ all over, keeping the darker parts at the top and the bottom.

The great thing with Distress Inks is how they react with water. I used a paintbrush to flick some water over the ink and dabbed at it with tissue to leave this blotchy effect behind. Then I hurried the drying process along with my heat tool and peeled off the masking tape.

The embellishment in the middle is the fiddly bit. It takes a lot of die-cutting and at one point my Big Shot handle flew all the way across the room!

I ran the Lawn Fawn stitched journaling card through my Big Shot a grand total of 4 times – once with patterned paper and thrice with white card. I cut two of these in half – the patterned one and one plain one.

The two plain ones left intact are backing sheets to keep the embellishment secure. I took 1 patterned half and 1 plain and stuck it over one of the backing sheets. I then put that to one side and got out my alphabet dies.

I lined the remaining halves up and stuck them to my final intact card. Then I taped down my die and ran it all through my machine. Then I stamped just the “wishes” from a “Birthday Wishes” clear stamp.

Using foam pads for dimension, I adhered this to my other half-and-half card. Then I took some white cotton, wrapped it around until I was happy with the look and glued on a button to top it all off.

Before sticking everything down, I took some ribbon that I’ve been dying to use. It has this Oscar Wilde quote:

“I can resist anything, except temptation”. A card for the cultured man in your life!

Products Used

Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Peacock Feathers” –https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/220595700/tim-holtz-mini-distress-ink-pad-peacock?utm_source=google&utm_medium=product_listing_promoted_en_gb&utm_campaign=supplies-everything_else&gclid=Cj0KEQiAr9ymBRDdqYrH6Mj5170BEiQAcRUsiwIjtYNshhI1Cyp8pnWXEa3bx3PmiY8XKQcnHMxzqg8aAl_z8P8HAQ

Blending tool –
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/281570523620?limghlpsr=true&hlpv=2&ops=true&viphx=1&hlpht=true&lpid=108&chn=ps&device=c&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0-L&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=108&ff19=0

“Let’s Polka” paper pad –
http://www.lawnfawn.com/products/lets-polka-petite-paper-pack

Stitched journalling card die –
http://www.lawnfawn.com/products/stitched-journaling-card

Cole’s ABCs –
http://www.lawnfawn.com/products/cole-s-abcs

Oscar Wilde quote ribbon –
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Oscar-Wilde-I-can-resist-everything-except-temptation-Ribbon-Colour-Choice-/190884030898

Curiosity Corner button –
http://www.hotshotcraft.co.uk/catalog/dovecraft-curiosity-corner-plastic-buttons-p-2715.html

Double Sayings stamps –
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005LBDDW0?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00