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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

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I had a play with my MFT Blueprints 15 today to create a layered card with vellum.

I love adding vellum to my layers as it stops the card from looking too 'heavy', even with a few layers.

I white embossed a piece of 5.5 by 4.25 inch watercolour cardstock using the Wavy Colouring Book background stamp and then did some ink blending with my Distress Inks, I've listed colours and products at the end of my post.

Once dry I cut into the piece with the larger angled die from the set, giving me 2 pieces. I then cut a piece of heavyweight vellum with the largest die and layered that between my 2 inked pieces, covering the hole left in the base.

I added a die cut strip of cherry lustre cardstock to the side, white embossed a sentiment on a scrap of the vellum and cut that with the sentiment strip die.

I cut out my word once in cherry cardstock and several times in white and layered them together with adhesive and then lined the letters up above my sentiment strip.

Finally I finished with a few sequins.

Items used
Cold Pressed Watercolour Paper
Distress Inks - Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet, Aged Mahogany
Smooth White Cardstock
White Detail Embossing Powder
Cherry Lustre Cardstock

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Technique Tuesday - Embossing and DI colouring on Kraft.


The other night as I was walking home from the bus stop on what had turned into a nice sunny evening, I had to smile when I saw 2 community police officers on bicycles.

It was lovely to see them and they were pleasant and smiling, but as I passed them I did have to give pause to think......."I wonder if they know they're breaking the law by cycling on the pavement?".

Somewhat ironic.

But nothing to do with today's post, just the kind of random stuff that rattles around in my brain......let's get on with today's post.

Today's technique had me embossing and then colouring with distress inks on Kraft cardstock, something I admit I'd never attempted before. Because I didn't have anything fancy like buff coloured watercolour paper, or Neenah Desert Storm, I had to resort to plain old Bazill Kraft cardstock, which is quite delicate and very easily marked, so in an effort to make things a little easier on myself, I chose to do it in just one colour - Frayed Burlap.

It wasn't too bad actually, although I did err on the side of not adding too much and blending with an almost dry brush. I probably could have gone even darker letting it dry in between, but I really liked the look of it and I didn't want to spoil my hard work lol.

I used MFT's Funky Flower stamp set and matching Die-namics. I stamped quite a few of just the one type of flower plus leaves, and in the end I had enough for 2 cards.

For this 2nd card I switched thinks around and reversed the kraft and white cardstock on the base and frame, cutting a smaller layer of the white.

In the end this was quite a simple technique but I feel it looks really effective.

I've listed what I used below with links where I have them:

Bazill Kraft Cardstock
Smooth White Cardstock
Distress Ink Marker - Frayed Burlap
MFT Funky Flowers Stamp Set
MFT Funky Flowers Die-namics
MFT Pierced Rectangle Frames
MFT Blueprints 15
MFT Blueprints 20
Detail White Embossing Powder
Little Things from Lucy Jewels - Sparkling Vanilla Mix
Little Things from Lucy - Champagne Sparkly Shaker Selection

That's all from me today, enjoy your day and thanks for visiting!

Monday, 24 April 2017

CASE a card Monday #2


Since Kristina Werner was my Saturday Spotlight, I'm casing a make of hers for my CASE a card Monday today.

Here's a reminder of some of the ways you can CASE a card.

Just match the color combo.
Change the theme/sentiment.
Flip it horizontally.
Match how they used an embellishment.
Try the technique they taught.
Use their card as a “sketch” to start with.

Any or all of the above.
If you do CASE someone's card, please link back to the original in your post to give credit for the inspiration.

So this is what I made

and this is Kristina's make and I stayed pretty faithful to her original inspiration, stenciling on Kraft.

I used different stencils and some colours were similar and some different.

I backed my kraft pieces onto black cardstock, because I didn't white emboss my large word. Also I used a word die rather than a stamp using some lustre cardstocks that went with my inks, and I left a narrower gap around my kraft cardstock, but looking at them together now I think I prefer Kristina's larger 'frame'.

I did white emboss the rest of the sentiment onto black cardstock as Kristina did, but I just used one or a few small words on one small piece of cardstock rather than the 2 long pieces that Kristina uses, but the design is very similar and has taken a lot of inspiration from Kristina's work.I  I did also add a few sequins to my finished cards because...well know me 😉

This is what I used for my cards:

Plain Black Cardstock
Kraft Cardstock
Distress Ink Pads (I used 3 shades in a colour group on each)
Various stencils from my stash
Whimsy Shapeology Die Set - Sympathy, Heartfelt and Condolences
Versamark Ink
White embossing powder
Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sequins

I used word stamps from various sentiment collections, but if you wanted a good set to go with these word dies, the new Deepest Sympathy Set from Whimsy Stamps is perfect, I just don't have this one yet.

Here's some individual photos of my cards for a closer look

If you would like to see how Kristina made her cards, I have also included a link to Kristina's YouTube post below.

YouTube Link

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I cased Kristina's work, I'll be back tomorrow with another Technique Tuesday.

Thanks so much for dropping by!