Techniques

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Glittering Die Cuts

I really like using my dies for different techniques, and one that I’m enjoying at the moment is using glitter with them. The first technique I like most is the stained glass look.  I have used this in 2 of my classes at Nicky P Papercrafts.

This is the Rainbow Lorikeet from Ultimate Crafts Stained Glass Collection. I used this in my card for the Island Escape Class.

This is the Chirping in the Eaves Die from Ultimate Crafts L’aquarelle Design Collection.  I have used this in my card for the L’aquarelle Class.

Here are the steps for you to follow.

1. Use a good quality white card stock at least 180gsm.

2. Cover 1 side with double-sided adhesive, I have used Couture Creations double-sided tape roll which is  12 cm wide.  The easiest way to apply is to unroll the adhesive with the sticky side up, then lay the card on top. After doing this press the adhesive firmly onto card, go over it with a plastic scraper.

3. I have used quick release paper to help the card come out in one piece.  Place the quick release paper over the adhesive tape side of card. The die now goes over  the quick release paper, now place into your die cutting machine ( Go Cut Emboss, Cuttlebug, Sizzix etc) and roll through.

4, Carefully remove from the machine, and remove the card from the die.

5.  Die cut the same die in black card stock. Make sure all the pieces are poked out and nothing is left on the back of the die cut card.

( I found I wasn’t as careful with the white card, one piece popped out.  To avoid this you could put the double-sided adhesive on the back of the card before you die cut it.)

6. Cover the back of this piece with the double-sided adhesive tape and press firmly on the back with a plastic scraper as in step 1.

7. Carefully remove the outline part of the cover sheet from the white card. Start with one corner, try to lift the cover sheet only, treat it as if it is precious silk and remove.

8. Place the black die-cut over the adhesive area matching it perfectly to where the cover sheet was.

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9. Press firmly in place with plastic scraper.

10. Now we can remove the cover sheet of the areas you wat to glitter. Lift each piece with a pricker tool carefully, as if it’s silk.

11. Apply the glitter to the uncovered area.  Burnish with your finger, move your finger firmly over there glitter in a small circular motion. Brush off excess.

12. Apply your next colour and repeat the steps as in 11. Keep going until you have coloured your whole image.

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Have fun and Enjoy!

My Makes

I have been having a little play with some of the new things I have bought from my numerous craft buys lately.  Altnew has some gorgeous stamps that you can layer to get some fantastic effects. I have bought a few of these sets, and haven’t used all of them yet, but this one called Garden Hydrangea is a favourite.

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I made this card for my Aunt for her Birthday. She also told me she loves the colour blue, I thought she did, and I’m glad she does, I do too.

 

Couture creations has some fabulous embossing powders that have glitter in them as well as some vibrant colours, so I used this to colour and embossed the FOR YOU sentiment on the card.  I also embossed the middles of the flowers with a holographic embossing powder and embossed the vellum Hydrangea with white embossing powder. Great effects.

This is the stamp set I used from Altenew called Garden Hydrangea, a fantastic set of layering stamps.  Love this set.

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Another card i made this month was a Valentine Day Card for my Gorgeous Husband.

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I made this using a stamp set from Unity Stamps, the sentiment is from the Lighthouse set from Altenew, stickers from Hero Arts.  The Background was created by me using Tim Holtz distress inks, and cut with dies from MFT.  I coloured with distress inks also. I embossed with a clear embossing powder.

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This is the stamp set from Unity stamps.

I love to create and these are just a couple of items I really enjoyed this month. I hope you like them as well.  Until next time…

 

My First Class

I have been very busy over the past 2 weeks, with school going back, picking up my daughter, trying to get back into a routine after the school holidays and also getting ready for my new job.  Designing cards for Nicky P Papercrafts.  I made five cards for the Enchanted Tea Party, and 3 were used for the class.

These 2 cards I did not use, but combined these to make a new shaker card, and I used the Burnish Glitter technique for the Bird in the background and the large Top Hat. A great start to my class, forgot to take a photo of the finished product, but it is on display in Nicky’s shop.

The class started at 9.30am, on Friday 10th February, by 11.00am we stopped for morning tea, then we finished putting this card together.

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This is the 2nd card, another shaker card, with glitter and microbeads inside.  This is also a technique base card, and probably took another hour also to make, and with the class to be only 3 hours long, it took time to get this one finished.  I had a 3rd for my lovely ladies to make also.  We rushed through to get the base of it done so they could take it home, for homework.

Paper piecing card, making sure all pieces were handed out to all the ladies, and they all had instructions to finish card in own time.

I was very overwhelmed, thinking I might not be able to do this, and that I couldn’t relay the instructions properly, or they might not like what I had given them to make.   Then I was worried that there was too much for my lovely ladies to do during my class.  Well they all kept up with my instructions, and asked questions during the class for help, etc, and I think I was able to help all.  They were all very happy with the results of their makes, and would like to do my classes again.

Wow they liked the class, everyone was happy with all that they learned and they want more?  I still can’t believe it. So it must have been a success.  March will be busier, as I am planning to make more cards to teach in new classes, don’t quite know what sorts of cards they will be, but that’s what I’m doing in my spare time.

Enchanted Tea Party Cards

 

Well I have made some cards from The Enchanted Tea Party range for Nicky P Papercrafts. I didn’t think it would take me very long to do this, but designing cards for others to make takes time and you also have to make sure that the card can be made easily.  Once I started, i had so many ideas of what I wanted to do, and unsure where to start. One at a time slowly, slowly and the ideas flowed and all went well.

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Enchanted Tea Pot.

This is my First card, a shaker card, with glitter and microbeads as the shaker bits.

This is the Inside of the Enchanted Tea Pot Card.

The second card called The Mad Hatters Hat. The technique is Burnishing Glitter, love this it feels a little like velvet and even looks a bit like it too. The bird in the background is also made using this technique.

This is my third card, called Mad Hatters Tea Party, another shaker card using sequins as the filler.

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This is the 4th card,  the layout inspired by my aunts monthly card making kits from Cardmaking.net.  I like this one very much as it’s more about paper piecing and layers.

 

The detail in the teapot and cups I drew over the top of these with some Faber Castell markers, to add dimension and depth.

I have one more work in progress which I will show what I have made so far, but it’s nowhere near finished.

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Hanging keys, with a wonderful medium called texture paste.

This was a great gift to be able to make these cards and have enjoyed making each and every part of them. I hope you like them too.  If you would like to learn how to make these cards, come to my class at Nicky P Papercrafts, on the 10th February, limited places available.

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Cards made 2016

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One of my favourite stamps from Penny Black, which I have owned for about 16 years, always makes the perfect card. I stamped on white card stock with black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I coloured with watercolour pencils, fussy cut and shaped then stuck to the card with foam tape. A gold sentiment stickers are then added to finish off.

Love Card Making magazine issue 13

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Card 1.     The magazine has free embossing folders, stamps and dies.
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Card 2.    The 2 cards are both made from the bonus sets called Tropical Blooms.

I dry embossed Card 1, with the embossing folder from Tropical Blooms on to white card.  On another piece of white card I coloured it with Tim Holtz distress inks using Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Mermaid Lagoon and Faded Jeans.  I’ve got a few different stamps of Hibiscus flowers from Stamp It , and stamped them using Pickled Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade. I embossed the newly coloured card with the embossing folder and coloured the raised parts with Faber Castell Big White Pen. I had some of the coloured card left over from Card 2, I die cut the flower shapes out of it and stuck them, over the flowers on the embossed white card, with foam tape. The next step was to use some stick on gems from Kaiser Craft Rhinestones in Lime Green. Framed each card with a fresh hint of blue for Card 2. and purple for Card 1. Loved how these cards turned out. Oh yes with Card 1. I coloured over the coloured leaves and flowers with Zig Wink of Stella clear brush pen, adds a slight hint of glitter, pretty!  These cards are made similarly but have 2 completely different looks. Same Same but Different!

I love all the tropical flowers, hibiscus being very high on my list, and this Tropical Blooms pack is a great bonus from the Love Card Making magazine, sold in all good News Agencies.