Archive | March 2013

Happy Easter!

I’ve not made many cards lately, life’s been getting in the way a little too much!  This card started out as a free download from here which I took into Craft Artist 2 Professional, using the cutout studio to remove the white space, then adding a yellow circle behind the cross.  After applying a transparency effect to the circle I printed it then coloured it with Promarkers.  A quick, easy card which reflects the true meaning of Easter.

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More Inkylicious!

The image on this card was made at the same time as the one on last week’s sympathy card.  But as it’s for a friend’s birthday I obviously wanted it to have a completely different feel to it.  Despite having brightened it a little with some orange ribbon (actually, white coloured with Promarkers!) I still think the nature of the picture makes it a bit too sombre but I know my friend will still appreciate it.

Cardstock: from stash
Stamps: Inkylicious, Sue Dix “Love is the Thread”
Inks: Adirondack

Happy Mother’s Day

This is my card for my lovely Mum and, as often happens, the end result doesn’t remotely resemble what I’d planned!  I fell for the Sketchy Flowers set at Digistamp Boutique and loved the card Kerry Cox (aka Pickle) had made, so intended to do something similar.
Once I’d got going, though, I decided to colour one of the flower images using a Lavender Promarker; I imported the image into Craft Artist 2 Professional and recoloured it.  When I’d finished colouring the flower I decided it was too “flat”, despite shading & blending.  As an experiment I went over the flower with short strokes of a Copic Blending Pen as I know that, unlike the Promarker Blender, it tends to bleach the colour out and I quite liked the resulting effect. Still in Craft Artist 2 Professional, I recoloured some backing paper to match & made the word art.  I cut a couple of slits in the card either side of the flower stems & threaded some matching ribbon through before tying it in a bow.
Once the card was assembled it looked ok but just not quite special enough.  Then a discussion about micro beads on the Docrafts forum made me realise what was missing – a bit of bling!  I took the card apart & used some Glossy Accents to attach some Sweet Poppy Clear Micro Beads as flower centres.  Then I covered a new piece of backing paper in double sided adhesive sheet & attached the micro beads to that.  Although I think the beaded flower centres work well, the subtle pattern on the backing paper doesn’t show through the beads so I’d use a stronger-patterned paper next time as it was an easy technique to do.

Cardstock: Xerox Colotech Plus 300gsm
Digistamp: Digistamp Boutique Sketchy Flowers
Coloured with Lavender Promarker.
Sweet Poppy Micro Beads.

Inkylicious Sympathy Card

I paid a fleeting visit to the craft show at Event City back in February – we would have stayed longer but it was so busy we really didn’t enjoy it.  One stand I made sure I visited was Inkylicious where I bought some new Adirondacks & a number of stamps, including the Meadow Breeze set.  I then spent an enjoyable evening brayering & stamping a number of pictures to keep in stock for making quick cards.

Well, this week a close colleague’s father passed away very suddenly so I decided one of the images I made the other week would be really appropriate to send from the rest of us in the office.  As the recipient is a man I tried to avoid the card becoming too feminine.

Base cardstock: from stash
Stamps: Inkylicious Meadow Breeze & Flight of Dreams (birds), 
Papermania Bunting by Lucy Cromwell (sentiment)
Inks: Adirondack Peach Bellini, Sunset Orange, Terra Cotta, Memento Tuxedo Black

Not So Hairy Biker!

My next door neighbour will be 60 on Friday; a few years ago he achieved a long-held ambition to buy himself a motorbike. We frequently rib him about being an ageing biker so when I saw this digital stamp at karensdoodles.com I just had to buy it, even though the biker in the stamp has more hair than my neighbour!

Having recently got hold of a copy of the Docrafts Chronology CD which came free with the Docrafts magazine I really wanted to use one of the backing papers and once I’d decided which one, I felt the card needed a suitable border to finish it off.  I created the border in Craft Artist 2 Professional, exported it as a png file to use in Silhouette Studio & cut it out on my Craft Robo Lite.  The cogs border and the numbers (also cut on my Robo Lite) were coloured with Promarkers, as were the digital stamp & the grey card.

For once the card came out exactly how I planned it in my head – a rare event!

Base cardstock: Xerox Colotech Plus 300gsm
Cogs/numbers cut from Tesco Executive 160gsm
Backing paper: Docrafts Chronology
Promarkers: Cardinal Red, Satin, Denim Blue, Ice Grey 1, 2 & 4
Finished card size: 15cm square