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.

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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

Kurt Vonnegut Cards

Inspirational Cards

We all love a good quote. This is one that I heard years ago and loved, and I never realised it was from Slaughterhouse Five. I need to read that book one day.

The quote works nicely with both a feminine design and a masculine one, so I made 2 very different cards using the same sentiment.

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The pink card was made using a distress ink background in Victorian Velvet, mostly blending but then also using the ‘squashing’ technique with acetate for a bit of added interest. I created the strip on the more masculine card in the same way, with Antique Linen. I used masking tape on both for the white borders.

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I stamped my sentiment and cut the words out into singles, then stuck them down on my pink background. Then I added a few sequins.

I stamped the quote a second time, this time on the Antique Linen background. Then I covered my blank card in this patterned paper from my stash and stuck the strip down.

Products:

Lawn Fawn’s Jessie’s ABCs – http://www.makethedayspecial.co.uk

Sequins & patterned paper – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk

Tim Holtz Distress Inks, ‘Antique Linen’ & ‘Victorian Velvet’ – http://www.countryviewcrafts.co.uk/tim-holtz-130-c.asp

Manly Card Monday #4 – Distressed Balloon

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My card is clean and simple today with a distressed vintage look courtesy of Tim Holtz and some old patterned paper I found in my collection.

I used masking tape around the edges and blended Distress Ink in “Antique Linen”, keeping it darkest at the top and bottom and leaving the middle space mostly free of colour so that I could stamp my sentiment there.

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This “happy birthday” is from a wooden stamp with a car image, so I just selectively stamped the sentiment. After peeling off the masking tape, I was left with this vintage background.

I grabbed the classic balloon shape from the dies showcased in my last post and die-cut from this stripy patterned paper that I thought worked really well against the parchment-like background.

To adhere the string, I first drew where I wanted it to fall in pencil and ran glue along it, carefully using tweezers to adhere the string down along the pencil line.

Before sticking the balloon down with double-sided foam, I also cut out some white card and stuck that behind the shine-mark for added effect.

Products Used:

Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Antique Linen”
http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/tim-holtz-distress-ink-antique-linen/573401-1000

X Cut balloons die –
https://www.docrafts.com/Products/xcut/large-dies-10pcs-balloons/92377

Lawn Fawn string –
http://www.lawnfawn.com/collections/lawn-trimmings/products/retro-triple-pack-cord

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