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Tuesday, 27 September 2016
I stamped out a couple in each colour, using Archival ink in Plum, Cobalt and Jet Black.
I stamped two on each sheet of A4, then cut down roughly, so I could decide on the card size later.
Next step was to sort out some coloured vellum, and again stamped each image twice. As the Archival ink was on vellum, it stayed wet long enough for me to heat emboss with clear powder.
I only want the flowers out of these images, to layer onto the original stamped piece.
Cue the fussy cutting. Not my favourite pastime, I admit, although these curved tweezer scissors I found in a drawer- yes, I was looking for something else entirely- did make it much easier.
Next step was embossing some lines on the reverse of the flowers, roughly following the stamped detail, to give some shape & texture to the petals.
First colour completed.
I used a white vellum with coloured dots in, and a vellum colour to match the flowers too. Love how the black vellum flowers came out, they look sort of pinstriped.
I did give them a blast of Crafters Companion Silver Glitter spray, and when dry, created centres with some Glossy Accents and matching seed bead mixes.
The Black stamped piece was trimmed down o that it would fit a 5" x7" card base once it was matted onto black cardstock.
I left the black matt longer than the image, and wrapped around it a ribbon & bow made with a Sue Wilson die, called Filigree Bow. Once it was stuck to the card front, I added the Vellum flowers, with small Pop Dots to give a little dimension.
This one I left without a greeting, which I tend to do with a % of the cards I make, so I can use it for whatever I need at the time.
The process was similar with the Blue card, although this time I cut a narrow panel to attach another Ribbon bow to, this time using a Lattice Bow die, also by Sue Wilson.
I also stamped a Birthday Greeting on this one, a Phill Martin Scribbled Corner Sentiments stamp.
This one is an A4 sheet folded sized card.
For the final in this set of three, I first matted the image onto a plum coloured card, trimmed to fit another A4 folded card.
This time I used another Phill Martin sentiment, from a set called Decadent Damask Sentiment Borders. There is a damask accent in the top centre of the stamps, but I didn't want that, so I just masked it off while I inked the stamp, then removed the masking tape before stamping it in Plum Archival along the base of the card.
In each case I also added a few half pearls to some of the circles in the design.
Sunday, 25 September 2016
It made for some very easy cards, and also made a dent in the Christmas backing papers I have so much of. Just a sheet of said backing paper onto the card base, and Baubles placed on top with Pop dots, and a ribbon bow added to each one. I'd also jazzed up the baubles a bit by adding some bling.
First one on a 5"x5" square base, the card pack in use here is an Anita's one. Don't ask how many years old it is!
Then I switched to 5"x 7" bases.
The backing papers on these come from an old Dovecrafts pack called 'Christmas Blues'.
On the left, the paper was from a sale pack in Hobbycrafts earlier in the year.
Two batches of cards from one die cutting session. What I call a win-win!
On the right, the wooden one was an E-Bay buy, cost a couple of quid, and there are plenty on there for sale. To be honest, you could make this one yourself- or ask a friendly Hubby- just drilling a few holes in a block of wood, and buying some dowelling of a suitable size.
The position of the holes themselves will determine the size of the bow- literally the width across two pegs is how wide your finished bow will be.
The Papermania one will let you tie a bow from 3/4" to 2 3/4". If you have the pegs adjacent, you get a 3/4" bow. One hole apart, just over1", 2 holes between posts gives us a 1 1/2"" bow. 3 holes apart, a 2" bow, 4 holes gives you a bow just over 2 1/4", and finally 5 holes apart gives you a 2 3/4" bow.
The wooden one is slightly different. Using the narrow pegs you can tie a bow from 3/4" to 1 3/4". The wider pegs are spaced a little differently. You have a block of 3 together, from which you can make either a 3/4" or 1 1/4" bow. The two separate holes will also give you a 1 1/4" bow, then if you leave one peg in the left hand hole, and move the other one hole across you can tie a 2 1/4" bow. Move the peg to the right once more, and you can tie a 2 3/4" bow. Move to the end hole and you get a 3 1/4" bow.
In reality, the width of your ribbon would dictate which size of bow you make- the narrower the ribbon, the closer together you will want the pegs, in order for it to look pleasing.
The bows here were all made using the pegs either adjacent, or one hole spacing. I've left longer tails, as I haven't yet decided what I will use them on, so I can trim them later.
There are, as I said, good videos on You Tube, and I will link to the three I found most helpful, HERE, HERE and HERE.
Once you've done a few, the knack is easy, and you can produce bows in about 15 seconds. So very useful if you need a lot- Christmas Cards, or Wedding Invitations maybe.
It's just a case of choose your spacing,
One important point- make sure the front of your bow, which will be the side facing away from you, stays nice and flat, and doesn't get twisted.
Hold the left hand piece still, that doesn't move. Poke the right hand end straight through between the posts, underneath the ribbon.
Now bring that end back over the top of the ribbon wound around the posts.
Then tie in a knot with the left hand end.
Pull tightly, making sure the front stays smooth, and that you centre the knot between the posts. Then slide the bow off.
It is quick and easy and produces a very nice bow. Some of the videos I've linked also show you how to make a 2,3 or more stranded bow which do look very pretty.
So mine will be getting more use in the future. I prefer the bows made with this to my normal method of creating two loops, then tying them into a knot to make the bow.
Friday, 23 September 2016
In fact, these particular ones came about as a result of me die cutting baubles for another card. I saw the 'negative' shape left behind, and thought 'hmm, I can work with that idea'.
And so I have another 6 cards for my Christmas stash.
Eagle eyed readers may also see that there is a new page in my links at the top- a Christmas Card Gallery. I thought I'd make use of another of the 10 pages Blogger says we can have, and put the pictures all in one
place. Each set of cards does have a link to the original blog post, so if a browser wants more info about products used, they can just go to the post, but otherwise you can just look at the images.
For starters, I wanted to use an embossed background to die cut from, so I needed a big enough folder to give me room. These two- I've put some black card in them so the design shows better- are a recent purchase.
They are Crafts Too folders, bought from The Art Of Craft. Called 'Seamless Circle' and 'Happy Christmas' respectively, they measure 5 3/4" x 7 1/2"(14.6x 19cm), which means they will cover the front of an A4 sheet folded card.
I selected my first 3 dies, this set is called Heirloom Ornaments 2010 from Spellbinders. I used the middle 3 dies- there is one larger and one smaller.
I also had an idea of the paper I wanted to use. I use the word paper loosely here, as they are almost fabric like, and have a raised printed design on them.
The die cut front,from the 'Seamless Circles' folder, and the sheet I'd decided to use with it.
Double sided tape used to stick them together, them matted onto some gold card.
Some small ribbons added with a glue dot to the top of the baubles.
Next up I used some of the marbled paper- the design on this one fitted the baubles perfectly. This ones cut from the Merry Christmas folder.
A different die for this one- an X-Cut 'Stars' die set. 5 dies in this set and again, I used the middle three.
Backed again with one of the marbled paper sheets, and I added a small flourish to the top of the bauble, along with a ribbon bow.
The Flourish comes from the Tim Holtz strip die 'Winter Foliage'.
Back to the baubles for this one, and I changed it up a little, making it a landscape orientation, and just using two dies. I added a 'string' with some gold thread secured at the back with DST, then matted onto gold card again.
Still making changes, the card on the left uses Spellbinders Heirloom Ornaments 2011, and I used a mix of the two sets for the card on the right, both using the Merry Christmas folder.
The dark blue has a gold matt and bows, and as the lighter blue one has silver dots on it, it's matted onto silver card, with silver bows added.
I stamped and embossed a sentiment in silver to match the pale blue one.
I've also got all the 'positive' shapes left over, which will make another batch of cards, mounted onto a Christmas Paper backing, So 12 cards from one batch of die cutting.
Die Sets used:
Heirloom Ornaments 2010,(left)
Heirloom Ornaments 2011(Right)