Mosaic Card

All Occasion Cards, Uncategorized

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I recently got some Kuretake Gansai Tambi Japanese watercolour paints and wanted to give them a go with these lovely Clearly Besotted flower stamps.

First, I masked off the edges of my Ranger watercolour card and I stamped the flower images using Versamark onyx black ink (in retrospect I should probably have used a dye ink since this did bleed in some places). I then used a normal black ballpoint pen to add longer stems and an extra leaf to the flowers, as otherwise it would’ve looked like they were floating in mid-air.

I did some very basic watercolouring as I’m only a beginner – as you can see, I’ve tried to do some shading, but I think I need more practice! Then I did a grey-black background and peeled off the masking tape.

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Next, to create the mosaic effect, I used my paper trimer to cut the final image into 6 pieces that I then arranged on the page until I was happy with the layout. I used double-sided tape to stick them all down on my blank card.

The ‘fabulous friend’ sentiment is from a Clearly Besotted stamp set but I can’t find it on their site so it might be discontinued. I stamped this on white card and then coloured in some Anita’s vellum paper with a purple Copic marker and mounted the sentiment on top. Then I cut around the edge with some craft scissors to get the wavy edge.

Finally, I covered all of the flower petals in clear Wink of Stella and then went over this with some Glossy Accents and left that to dry.

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Free Haul! – Clearly Besotted Stamps

Mother's Day and Father's Day

Recently, I subscribed to Simply Cards & Papercraft Magazine and my free gift has now come through! I don’t really have any flowers stamps so was excited to get to work on more elegant cards than I usually make.

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Colouring isn’t really my forte, so I decided on a simple design so I could concentrate on my watercolour technique. After heat-embossing the flowers in white powder on white card, I started painting with a cheap paint set from my local stationery shop. Embossing in white like this creates a really nice effect with the watercolours.

Mother's Day card Clearly Besotte

Again, I wanted to keep it simple, so I used very few colours, bringing in darker shades here and there for dimension. (Didn’t work very well though!)

Then I cut apart this patterned paper which I chose because it would pick up the purple and green colours of the flowers, and stuck it down on two blank cards so that it left a strip of white at the top.

Follow your dreams Clearly Besotted

I stamped and embossed the greetings and having fussy-cut the flowers, stuck those down too. (On the Mother’s Day card, I stuck one flower down with double-sided foam so that it is a bit higher than the one underneath.)

Simple and quite quick, apart from the fussy-cutting. Flowers always add a pretty touch!

Products Used:

6×6 patterned paper pad – http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/361178234641?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

Clearly Besotted assorted stamps – http://www.clearlybesottedstamps.com

Watercolours & blank cards – http://www.theworks.co.uk/

White embossing powder – http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/321265206419?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

Heat tool – http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/191241171346?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

Versamark ink, clear – http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/craft-essentials-c2144/inks-and-inkpads-c2145/tsukineko-versamark-watermark-ink-pad-small-p25158/s25258?gclid=Cj0KEQjwuI-oBRCEi87g0K3O8OoBEiQAb25WAe2O3DxsEUICIuYHQ1EmSKvklvDRpCloKkJWmu_RhlUaAtA-8P8HAQ

Muse Challenge – Circle Card

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This Muse Challenge caught my eye straight away because I LOVE circle cards. I’m new to these challenges so don’t know if there are any rules as to who can take part, but if I’m not allowed I’m sure they’ll let me know!

I saw these paper flowers in a magazine recently and wanted to give them a go, so decided to combine the two. You can have a go at this week’s challenge here: http://musecardclub.blogspot.ca/2015/02/muse-challenge-103.html

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I used a large circle die to cut down my square card, leaving it hanging a little off the top so that it still folds.

Then I took a circle die 2 sizes smaller than the one I just used and cut 6 circles of this pink mulberry paper. I trimmed each of the circles to be more petal-shaped and slit each of them with scissors. I slotted them all against each other and secured with glue.

I glued the button down to hide all the messy parts, and then curled up the sides to make it look more like a flower (it didn’t look much like one before I did this!). Then I grabbed the first stamp I ever bought, a rose with four leaves. Selectively stamping the leaves in green Versamark ink, I cut them out with scissors leaving a white border around them.

I took the next size up out of my circle dies and cut this white circle to stick the flower on to, then adhered the leaves. I cut some more pink paper the same size as my blank card and stuck it all down.

I was tempted to leave it as it was, but I wanted to be a bit more in keeping with the Muse card. So I die-cut the word ‘thanks’ out of patterned paper, having first stuck down some adhesive paper so that it cut out sticky and I could just peel it off to adhere to the card. I left it hanging off the edge a little so it stands up better.

You could use this design for all kinds of occasions. It’d be lovely for Mother’s Day, birthdays or Valentine’s. I’ll definitely be duplicating this one.

Products Used

Mulberry paper –
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/121451114092?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

Dovecraft Curiosity Corner buttons –
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/191063513423?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

Rose stamps – (I can’t find the one I’ve got but these look similar)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Silicone-Stamps-14×18-Rose-sheet/dp/B009ZSCH7W/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1423425548&sr=8-6&keywords=rose+stamp

X Cut circle dies – https://www.theglitterpot.co.uk/products/X_Cut_Nesting_Dies_Circle/24630/1395

Scripty Thanks die –
http://www.craftie-charlie.co.uk/lawn-fawn-cuts-scripty-thanks-universal-custom-craft-cutting-dies-lf690.html