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

Manly Card Monday #9

Birthday Cards, Manly Card Monday

I went on a shopping stampede recently and treated myself to a few sets I’ve been wanting from Lawn Fawn for a while. This was one of them – probably their most reasonably priced, considering how many stamps you get and their versatility.

My card today is more boyish than manly, though the design is quite gender-neutral.

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First, I die-cut two polaroids out of white card, put them against a blank piece of card and drew inside the lines, so that I had a frame ready for my stamping. Then I went a bit stamp-mad, happily combining my monsters with a birthday stamp set from Clearly Besotted. The monsters set comes with a little party hat which fits perfectly on pretty much all the monsters and makes for a great birthday scene.

I coloured some and paper-pieced others. Once finished, I stamped my sentiments and started working on my background.

This is a great technique if you’re lazy, like me! (Or if your paper trimmer is going blunt, like mine!) I just ripped the patterned paper rather than cutting and laid them on top of each other until I got the effect I wanted.

Lastly, I coloured over the balloon with some clear Wink of Stella for a sparkly party effect.

The googly eye was a must as well!

Products Used:

Lawn Fawn “Monster Mash” stamp set, & Lil’ Inker Designs “Instant Camera Die” – http://www.makethedayspecial.co.uk/

Birthday sentiments, balloon and present stamps – http://www.clearlybesottedstamps.com/

Googly eyes and patterned papers – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/

Wink of Stella brush – http://www.thehandcraftedcardcompany.co.uk/

Manly Card Monday #7

Manly Card Monday, Masculine Cards

I like the almost sporty look this card has without actually being about sports! I think the banner and stripes give a celebratory effect.

First I die-cut 2 circles, one in white and one larger one in patterned paper. Then I took the same patterned paper and die-cut ‘BEST’ using alphabet dies.

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I trimmed off the top of the larger circle and put the two circles together so the white one stands higher. Before adhering, I stamped ‘wishes’ under ‘BEST’, and ‘birthday boy’ at the bottom, as well as sticking a strip of ribbon across the larger circle and creating fake stitched lines with white gel pen.

Lastly, I trimmed down some black paper so that it made a strip down the middle of my blank card, and cut it into a banner. Then I drew some more stitch lines and stuck everything down.

Products Used:

Cole’s Alphabet dies & Let’s Polka paper – lawnfawn.com

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

Paula Pascal double sayings stamps – http://www.natalieandamy.co.uk/ourshop/prod_2320038-Clear-Stamps-Paula-Pascual-Double-Sayings-Personal-Impressions.html

New Buy Alert! – X Cut Balloons Dies

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Although I’ve been making birthday cards for years, I recently realised I don’t have any of the staple balloon dies or stamps that make it so much easier to put together a last-minute birthday card. To remedy this as soon as possible, I ordered these X Cut balloons dies and have been itching to use them.


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The set comes with 6 different balloons plus strings and  bows. The amount of dies you get for your money is brilliant, but I found there’s really no way to avoid unwanted imprints while using these. The shine marks are attached, so you get an unsightly line from the shine to the outside of the balloon.

I made several cards using the dies and decided to share these ones.

Red & Gold Birthday Balloons

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I cut 3 balloons out of red card and 2 out of gold “happy birthday” patterned paper from my leftovers stash. I stuck some Elizabeth Craft sticky paper on the back of some gold paper and die-cut the strings out, so when I peeled the Elizabeth Craft paper off I was able to adhere it directly on to my card base, trimming off the excess.

Alternating red and gold, I laid down the balloons on top of the strings. As it was a white background, I was able to leave most of the shine marks as they were, but on the two top balloons I had to stick some white card behind them as I didn’t want the other balloons to show through.

Finally I stamped ‘Happy Birthday’ in red ink in the top corner.

Balloons in the Sky Card

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I blended Distress Ink quite messily over my card, using masking tape to ensure I had a clean edge once I was finished. I was quite rough with this – the only thing I kept in mind was to  keep one space of the card light for sentiment-stamping.

I die-cut 3 strings out of black paper and chose my balloons. I went for the small balloon as I wanted the effect of it being further away. While I was choosing patterned paper, I came across this starry paper from a Tiny Tatty Teddies paper pack and thought it would be perfect for party balloons.

I stuck white card behind all of the shine marks to stop the blue background showing through. When I was adhering everything I tried to add to the effect of the higher balloons being further away, so I stuck the top balloon down with double-sided tape, used one layer of foam adhesive for the middle balloon and 2 layers for the one at the bottom. Finally I stamped my sentiment in black ink.

Products Used

X Cut large dies – balloons – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Docrafts-10-Piece-Balloons-Carbonised-Steel/dp/B00NEXMTQ8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1424557733&sr=8-2&keywords=xcut+dies+balloons

Elizabeth Craft Designs adhesive paper – http://www.ecraftdesigns.com/collections/double-sided-adhesive/products/elizabeths-transparent-double-sided-tape-sheet-8-5-x-11-5-pack

Tiny Tatty Teddies paper pack – http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/191493408928?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