Friday, 29 March 2013

Looking In

Another lot of Tonic Studios Pick of the Bunch Stamps & the Domed Window die. Here's the finished card minus the sentiment as I've not yet decided who to send it to.

I started with a 19cm square piece of card which I die cut the window from. I then inked the card using the Antique Linen Distress Ink. I stamped everything using the Walnut Stain Distress Ink and used a mask to create the roof tiles also using the Walnut Stain. All the other colours are Promarkers but I left the window white for contrast & dimension.

A close up of the window. I did think afterwards that I could have used some acetate to create the window panes so one for next time I think.

When I use this again I'll also decoupage the tree to add more dimension although when I put this together I was thinking of posting it so the flatter the better. I did you a bit of masking on this area though to show the wall behind the tree.

A closer look at the mask & top of the window:

The bottom right hand area of the card, note the mouse at the bottom:

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Marvellous Masks

Hello again,

This one was made for my brother in laws birthday; the post is a bit of a long one & very wordy, sorry!!

I created the background after watching parts of Marvellous Masks 2 by Ali Reeve.
I inked two lots of card using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I then placed the Disco mask onto one of the pieces of card and spritzed through it. I lifted the mask & still wet placed it onto the other piece of card. I then left both pieces of card to dry. 

Taking the first piece of card I then replaced the mask & inked through it using Versamark ink but I also made sure I covered all the mask in ink. After removing the mask I turned it over & placed it onto the 2nd piece of card this I then ran through my Grand Calibur which transferred the ink from the mask to the card.

I then brushed blue mica powder over both pieces of card which created pearlescent sheen to the backgrounds I then fixed them with a fixative spray.

The 2nd background is the one I used for the card but here's the 1st one, as you can see it's like a negative of the other - I need to practice getting the ink smoother so you don't see the lines. It may have turned out better if I'd used a bit of cut & dry foam but I'll use it when I create a card with a more distressed look. I've included the card again to make it easier for comparison.


The tiger was another mask on which I used glitter paste from Glitz Craft and then left it to dry. I then cut it out and affixed to the card using foam pads.

This can't be seen very well in the photo but the card was inked in the Tumbled Glass and then the design from Lili of the Valley was used and stamped with Versamark and brushed over with silver mica powder.

The whole card is brought together with some matting & layering and a couple of spellbinders dies. I also lightly inked around the edge of the card to soften the white card.

A real Tonic

Hi Everyone,

I'm still trying to catch up with photos and things after going back to work which I'm finding very tiring at the moment so when I get home I'm struggling to do much.

This set of 5x5 notelets were made a little while ago. I gave them to my Mum for part of her mothers day present. They use the Tonic Studios Pick of the Bunch (POTB) Stamps (Chrysanthemums, Fushias, Lilies, Roses, Peonies, Rudbekias) & also the Simplicity Daisy Circle and Square Dies.

I also the background using Distress Inks - Picked Raspberry, Peeled Paint & Seedless Preserve. On the background I used one of the POTB butterfly stamps but used the Indigo Blue Flitterglu & Winter Dawn Leaf Foiling.

I used white vellum for the die cutting & the stamps were coloured with Promarkers and then cut out.



I made the box & again used the stamps & foiling on it. For a first go I was pretty pleased with the result. 

Hope you like them.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Sweetest Swirls

Here's another Hunkydory kit that I've used up. It's the free kit that came with Compendium 2. In addition to the cards there is a desk calendar but I'll have to post a photo of that later as I took it to work and didn't photograph it. The only things I used that were additional to the kit was the card blanks & embellishments everything else was in the kit. 

These cards are 8x8 in size:

These cards are A5 in size:

These cards are DL in size:

These cards are 6x6 in size:


These cards are 5x5 in size:

These cards are 4x4 in size and I've put them together in a box I made to make a set of notelets:


Saturday, 9 March 2013

Mothers Day

Well Mothers Day is virtually upon us, where has the last couple of months gone? I've used a number of techniques on this card some of which either not had much success with previously or it's the first time I've had a go at it. So here's the completed card:

and here's a more detailed description of what I've done:

I started off stamping the Tonic Pick of the Bunch Peony stamp onto white pearlescent vellum using a clear pigment ink. I then added the sea foam embossing powder & heat embossed it. This I did 4 times. I then coloured each one on the back with my Promarkers and cut them out using them as decoupage elements. I assembled using Pinflair glue. I did the same with the strands of ivy.

I inked the corners of the 8x8 card using part of a mask/stencil that I got free with the latest issue of Simply Cards & Papercraft using the Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. I then matted onto silver mirror card the card I embossed using the Die'sire 6x6 Regal Frame Embossing Folder from Crafters Companion and inking again with the same colour as before. 

The centre of the card was created using Spellbinders Labels 4 (largest & 3rd largest dies). The largest one was covered with the pigment ink & heat embossed with a sparkly embossing powder & then inked around the edges with the Picked Raspberry. The smaller die cut I used after putting the card through the printer to print the sentiment and then leaving it in the die I inked the edge using the same ink.

The card was finished off with a pink bow. I'm really pleased with the result & hope my Mum likes the finished product.

I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Crafty Sentiments - Pretty in Pink
Creative Inspirations - Challenge 204
Simon Says - A bit of Green
Totally Papercrafts - Challenge 157
Crafters Companion

Friday, 8 March 2013

Dads Birthday

Wow, I hadn't realised it was so long since I had posted on my blog. You can tell I started back at work after 5 months off because of my hip replacement. I've got a load of things I've made which I've now taken photos for & will hopefully post over the next few days.

I'm starting with my Dads birthday card. He was 65 this year so officially became an OAP and is getting his state pension. We all went out and had a lovely meal.

I wanted a card that was lovely looking but also had a bit of fun so I created the front of the card using elements from the Hunkydory Vintage Journey kit, with lettering from the Timeless Elegance kit. It's 8x8 in size.

Then inside the card I put added a Just Inklined digital stamp that I coloured using my Promarkers. It made for some amusement for my Dad, my step-mum & the rest of the family.

Hope you like it.