Sunday, 26 September 2010

Pink and Yellow card

An unusual card for me as it uses very bright colours which I do not often do. This was made for a challenge a few months ago.
The background is made from 3 sheets of paper taken from an Artylicious CD ROM. They were cut into strips and woven together, trimmed to the required size and stuck together to make sure the strips did not move.The front panel was made by stamping a paisley stamp from Elusive Images, using Versamark ink, and the pale orange and lilac embossing powder was applied and heated to set the pattern. A small piece of black card was stamped and heat embossed with the sentiment and layered up with matching card. The ribbons were a freebie from a crafting magazine some years ago which I always knew would come in handy one day.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Flower and Butterfly Card.

Another exercise using Alcohol Inks. Don't you just love them. The top and bottom layers were both done with the inks with the top layer being stamped with the flower and butterfly stamps. The flower stamp is the same one as used on the Glittery Flowers card that I posted a few days ago, with a different butterfly stamp which was also designed by myself. They were coloured in using Promarkers. The top layer was matted onto some gold paper before being layered onto the other inked surface. Gold thread rounds off the look down the spine of the card.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Butterfly Card

This was an exercise in using Alcohol Inks. Three different sheets were made on glossy card using different colours and gold mixative. The stamp that was used is from a collection from "The Stampman". It was stamped directly onto the top layer of the card using black Stazon Ink. An olive green organza bow completes the look.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Heritage Scrapbook Page (Digital)

This is the sort of page that is would be almost impossible to do in traditional scrapbooking. The photo, which dates from around the early 1930s is of my Dad's Mum. There is no way, in the traditional sense, that you could put the faded image of the photo onto the backing paper like that. Well, not without having the negative and putting it onto the paper through photographic processes anyway. I always loved this picture when I was little. The long string of pearls and the dress were fascinating.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Columbine Card

Another example of rubber stamping. The main picture is an Elusive Images stamp applied to white card and coloured with Promarkers. This was cut out and mounted on a bronze coloured mirror card, both having been cut out with Spellbinders Nestabilities.
The background paper is one of my old bits of kitchen roll that was used for mopping up excess glimmer mists. The top layer of the kitchen roll was applied to a piece of spare card and stuck down with Modge Podge (matte). Another coat was applied over the top.
The three embellishments were made from Fimo clay. The pattern was applied with another stamp and before the clay was baked they were given a dusting of Perfect Pearls mica powder.
All the elements were assembled onto an A5 size card, with the embellishments being mounted on a separate strip of the backing paper and a layer of white card for contrast.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Glittery Flowers

The colours are not shown here quite as bright as they actually are but here is a card I made a while back. The images are from rubber stamps that I designed and had made for me. They were stamped with black Stazon onto acetate and once the ink was dry the glitter was applied on the back with "dries clear" glue. The back ground was a piece of white card which was coloured with inks in an oval pattern with the colours getting darker towards the edge. Both layers were attached to the dotty base card with brads so the no adhesive could be seen through the acetate.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Autumn Scrapbook Page (Non-Digital)

The other day I showed you a picture of a digital scrapbook page. This time I thought I would go for a real, made of paper, page. This took a long time to do.

Having chosen several different autumnal coloured papers I proceeded to cut them into strips that were then folded over. It is a bit like Iris Folding but without the pattern to follow. They were stuck down onto backing sheet in a chevron pattern. The ends of the strips, in the middle, were covered with horizontal panels to neaten the whole thing up.

The photograph, of a street where I used to live in France, was matted onto a suitable coloured card and added to the page. The tags are embellished with some snails and leaves cut out on a Sissix die cutter.

I was very pleased with the effect of this. There is a partner page too which I may well put on the blog another day.

Sunday, 12 September 2010


A simple encaustic landscape to show how by just changing the colours you start with, from the ones you would expect, gives a different outlook on life.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Treble Clef

On a slightly different note (get it...joke...musical notes..!) here is a card made from my encaustic work again.
The blue background was made by putting different colours of blue wax onto the card and then whilst the wax was still liquid, tapping the surface with scruched up paper to give a pattern.
The second layer was done in the same way but with multiple colour bands of wax which when tapped with the scrunched paper gave the pattern but also blended the colours slightly.
The treble clef was added by drawing it with a block of red wax. Once the wax was set (which takes only seconds) the surface was buffed with the soft cloth to give it a shine (just like polishing furniture only I know which one I prefer to do). These layers were mounted onto the base A5 size card and finished off with corner peel-offs.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Cat Napping

I have mentioned in a previous blog that one of my passions at the moment is digital scrap booking. This, I hope, shows the beauty of this craft form.

The picture of the cat was a cross stitch picture that I did some years ago. Before I gave it away, I took a photograph of it. Now to make the most of the picture rather than just have it as a file on my computer or as a photograph in an album, I have incorporated it into a digital scrapbook page.

The photo was blended into the background paper and the embellishments were added including the text which was given a shadow to give an impression of depth.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Swirling Leaves

Where has the time gone. 6 days since I did my last entry.

So here we have a clarity stamp card using 2 different sizes of Swirling leaf stamp.

The back grounds were made by spraying the card with a few different colours of Glimmer Mist. Once dry, this was over stamped with the 2 stamps using Adirondack ink.

For the main element, a piece of white card was coloured with various shades of brown and beige Adirondack ink applied with cut and dry foam.. It was then stamped using both sizes of stamp, first in a dark brown and then in lighter brown , the second colour being offset from the first. The outer edge of the piece was then aged with a dark brown ink. The whole think was the triple embossing with clear powder to give a glossy finish. The edges were then embossed with some copper embossing powder to complete it.

To build up the card I started with a dark brown A4 sheet and folded it in half and trimmed off a piece from the front. The inside of the back cover was lined with the previously manufactured stamped & sprayed sheet. Matting and layering more of this sheet with copper Mirror card gave a good grounding for the centrepiece and finally the centrepiece was added.