Friday, 27 March 2009

Card requested by a friend

A friend at work saw the card in my previous post and asked if I could make something similar for her Mum's 65th Birthday and this is what I came up with.

Again it is an A4 sized card in a lovely ivory pearl. I used Brilliance tricolour inkpad Twilight to stamp the gorgeous scroll corners and embossed them with detail clear EP. I stamped the main image onto rainbow card using Smokey Grey Versafine ink and embossed this with detail clear EP. Because the Versafine dries quite quickly the EP didn't stick to the whole of the image which gave a rather distressed look (intentional). I added touches of Sakura Stardust with my waterbrush and when it was dry I used my Versamark pen and the clear EP over certain parts of the image. I then trimmed it and edged the card with a Marvey Metallic Mauve Pen and mounted it onto a piece of Artylicious paper from my Guild pack having first created the decorative edge using another of my much neglected punches. I stamped a selection of flowers onto the remainder of the printed paper using Brilliance Pearlescent Lavender and embossed with detail clear EP, again added touches of Sakura Stardust with my waterbrush and then cut them out. I used my Harlequin CB folder again and sanded and distressed the edges of the cor'dinations card and layered it onto co-ordinating pearlescent card. Finally I made a sentiment from peeloffs coloured with a permanent marker arranged on a scrap of the rainbow card. I then assembled all the elements onto the card.

I did also decorate the inside with another stamped image from the same themeplate and decorated the envelope with the scroll corners too but as my friend came to collect the card just as I finished it, I only had time to photograph the card.

All the stamps and materials used for this card are more or less the same as the card in the previous post.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

A Card for My Lovely Mum

This is the card I made for my Mum for Mother's Day. I'm afraid the colours look a little dull in the photo but that's my poor photography.

This is the first 'big' card I've made folding an A3 size base card in a soft pearlised grey into an A4 card and I blended Brilliance inks in Pearlescent Orchid, Lime, Lavender and a touch of Ice Blue and then stamped the gorgeous scroll corners. For the life of me I can't remember which inkpad I used for the corners or the main image and flowers but I did clear emboss everything but the individual flowers. I stamped the main collage image onto some rainbow card and the separate flowers onto a piece of Artylicious paper from my recently received Graphicus Guild pack and then added touches of Inktense pencils to the centres of the flowers. I embossed a piece of Cor'dinations and lightly sanded it and distressed the edges and then matted this and the main image onto some co-ordinating pearlised card. I used a Kreaxions punch to create a pretty edge down the remainder of the printed paper and layered this over a strip of pearlised card to make it more noticeable.

I did this in a bit of a hurry so I didn't have time to decorate the inside as I usually do but Mum loved it just the same. But then she would because she's MY MUM!

Materials Used

All stamps from the Elusive Images Butterfly and Daisy Collage Themeplate, Derwent Inktense Pencils and Brilliance Inkpads from Graphicus.

Cuttlebug embossing folder and Cor'dinations card from Once Upon a Stamp.

The pretty punch and pearlised card were purchased from various papercraft shows and, as usual, I haven't a clue who from.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

I've got a Lovely Award

I've been having a few problems with a gremlin in my computer (not a full blown virus thank goodness) which has stopped me from carrying out certain proceedures for a while. A lovely lady called Sarah has been today and sorted it out for me so thanks Sarah.

Anyhow, now I'm firing on all pistons again I can post this lovely award which I was given by Kath (Muckypaws). Please give her blog a visit because she makes some beautiful cards and usually adds a bit of a giggle to her posts as well. The rules are to pass this on to 10 people but I don't really know that many bloggers who haven't already got this award so I am giving anyone who is kind enough to visit my little bit of web space permission to take this award for themselves as a thankyou from me for looking. I know how much I appreciate the time people take to visit and perhaps leave an encouraging comment and that's why I try to leave comments on all the lovely blogs I visit. Well done to everyone for adding something to enjoy and to smile about to our crafty world.

Thankyou Kath for passing this award on to me.

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Birthday Card for my Lovely Son

This is a card I've just finished for my son's birthday which is the day after his daughter's later this month. My friend Jo loaned me the Stampotique image. I think he's great and cries out for something a bit grungey. This is something I've not done before but it's not turned out too badly.

I used Distress Inks in Worn Lipstick, Brushed Corduroy and Black Soot, blended along the left side of the card and then used a background texture stamp from Elusive Images inked up with Versafine Onyx Black over the top. I stamped the Stampotique image several times using the Versafine and coloured him in by putting the DI colours onto my craft sheet and using my waterbrush. I cut the images out and mounted them on foam pads. I then coloured the Grungeboard wings with the Brushed Corduroy (which came out very dark but I didn't mind) and the crown with Brilliance Copper. I then used ultra thick EP to emboss the wings but only put 2 coats on because I liked the dimpled surface. The crown I did with two coats of ordinary clear EP. The sentiment stamps are from a set I found in a rummage box at Hobby Horse Crafts earlier this year and to finish off, I cut another image out and inked round the edges of the rectangle for the inside of the card.

The grungeboard and the DIs came from Once Upon a Stamp.

I hope Jamie likes his card. It has an air of cultivated scruffiness which is exactly his style Lol!

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