Archive | March 2012

Watercolour Sympathy Card

Although my late father was very good at watercolour painting, it’s not something I’ve ever really done much of.  I decided to give it a go with this Craft UK lily stamp & Derwent Inktense pencils. I didn’t think it turned out too bad for a first attempt!

Craft UK lily stamp, Derwent Inktense pencils, image edged with Peeled Paint Distress Ink, K & Co backing paper, American Crafts plain cardstock, ribbons coloured with Pear Promarker, Meiflower pearl ribbon buckle to finish.

Football Birthday Card

One for the boys!  My son’s best friend will be 12 on Thursday.  He’s very sporty so his card had to have a sports theme; I’ve had this Paper Nation decoupage in my stash for a long time.  I saw a 6″ square stepper card online & came up with a template to recreate the same thing in metric (I can’t work in imperial!)  I hope you find it useful.

Paper Nation decoupage & backing paper, matted onto DCWV shimmer cardstock, sentiment generated in Craft Artist Professional.

Mother’s Day card – Clarity Hummingbirds

The central image for this card was created using the Clarity Hummingbirds stamp, Perfect Medium & mica powders.  I made the main image a year or so back at a card class at Weavervale Garden Centre but was waiting for a suitable occasion to use it.  I didn’t have the right stamp to create the greeting so had to use peeloffs, something I rarely do these days. I chose a circular shaped greeting because of the circles on the main image, and a rectangular pearl ribbon buckle to echo the shapes in the backing paper.  I’m pleased to say my Mum loved it!

Image stamp Hummingbirds by Clarity Stamp; backing paper K & co, pearl buckle from Meiflower.


Poppies again!

The poppy stamp on this card must be my most-inked stamp.  It’s by Inkylicious & it’s such a beautiful image that creating a beautiful card is quite easy!  I’m still not sure about Kraft cardstock but as I’ve got lots of it I’m not going to waste it; this time I toned it down a bit with backing papers.

Inkylicious poppy stamp, Memento ink & Poppy promarker with yellow Coloursoft pencil.  Backing paper by K & Co, gems from my stash & Kraft cardstock by Papermania.

1st birthday

I don’t often use pre-made toppers these days but I loved this one from Hunkydory and I thought it was really appropriate for a little girl’s first birthday.  As usual I stuck with clean & simple, I really should step out of my comfort zone every so often!

Hunkydory topper, embossing using Cuttlebug dots folder, stamps Penny Black Salutations.

Floral card

A birthday card for my aunt, who probably wouldn’t thank me if I posted her age!  The topper is scented & is from a QVC kit which I’ve had for a long time.

QVC kit topper matted onto Bazzill Basics card stock.  Stamped greeting and 2 Meiflower pearl ribbon buckles. 

Golden Retriever Digi

This card was for my next door neighbour who owned a big & daft Golden Retriever for a number of years.  This digi stamp from Just Inklined, coloured with Promarkers, was perfect.

Digi stamp (On Guard) by Just Inklined, coloured with Promarkers.  Image cut with Nesties then inked with Antique Linen.  Greeting stamp Penny Black Salutations. Backing paper from stash.

Card à la Barbara Gray

This card is to cheer up a friend who’s going through a rough time at the moment.  It’s based on an idea I saw Barbara Gray demonstrate on Sunday on TV but although I can use a brayer, I couldn’t get it right this time & used my Inkylicious brushes instead.  I also had problems with the floral stamp as it’s such poor quality – this was my third attempt & I still had to try to disguise how bad it was by colouring over the top with a Promarker & adding pearls!  Time to buy more stamps!

Clarity Stamp hummingbird. used Adirondack Cool Peri & Eggplant inks on Clarity Silk Art Card.   Aubergine Promarker to re-colour flowers & some of the lettering (so it matched).

65th Birthday Card

This is for a relative on my husband’s side who is obsessed with Albion vehicles; the images were downloaded from the internet (copyright Frank Hilton, John Burke, Patrick Glesca & others), and imported into Craft Artist Professional to create the backing paper. I would normally ask someone’s permission before using their photographs but as they probably all know the “birthday boy” I wasn’t able to do that.  I hope they won’t mind as I won’t be using them commercially.

The numbers are white chipboard, coloured with Umber Promarker then embossed with one layer of UTEE.  This provides a textured surface which disguised the fact that Promarker colouring on chipboard is patchy!