Archive | June 2013

Parchment Poppies

My mojo finally seems to be returning from the wilderness! I needed a card for a birthday next week and was determined – for once – to avoid my usual last minute rush.  I love the Sketchy Flowers set from Digistamp Boutique but rather than simply printing & colouring one of the images, I decided to print it, trace it in white pencil onto parchment then emboss it from the back.  I coloured it from the back with Duck Egg Promarker & Derwent Jade Green watercolour pencil, to match the backing paper.  
I felt the main image needed mounting onto white card but I struggled to securely attach it.  In the end I used double sided adhesive sheets then ran the lot through my Cuttlebug. The ribbon was also coloured with Duck Egg Promarker and the greeting was stamped onto parchment & white card to match because plain white card didn’t look right..

Cardstock: Xerox Colotech Plus 300gsm
Coloured cardstock: Coredinations Tim Holtz Distress Collection in Tumbled Glass
Main image: Digistamp Boutique
Greeting stamp: Lucy Cromwell Bunting Stamps
Backing paper: The Works


Graduation Congratulations

My nephew’s girlfriend recently got a 2:1 degree in Forensic Psychology & Criminal Law – no easy task so I, of course, had to make her a card. I trawled the internet for inspiration & finally settled on using a Dawn Bibby stamp of an owl with a mortar board made of scraps of black card. As always, I kept the layout simple (a bit like me!)

I added a bit of bling to the cap with some micro beads and a brad to hold the tassels in place.  The strip of handmade backing paper had been in my stash for several years but added another touch of sparkle, then a few stars cut using a Sizzix Bigz die completed the picture.
Stamps: Dawn Bibby
Ink: Versafine
Cardstock: Xerox Colotech Plus

Sea of Tranquillity

It’s been a busy week & I forgot to blog this, it was the Father’s Day card I made for my father-in-law.  He’s a keen gardener so I normally make him cards on that theme but as my mojo’s still deserted me I couldn’t come up with any ideas!  Then I saw this card & loved the simplicity of the image.  I also knew my father-in-law would love it, too so I set about recreating it with my own supplies.

The main image was very straightforward – sponging with Adirondacks (Lettuce, Denim, Cloudy Blue) then the black images added in Onyx Versafine.  I mounted it on black to try to avoid it becoming too feminine.   The grass stamps were by Inkylicious, I’m not sure who the boat is by.  The green cardstock was American Crafts which I ran through my Cuttlebug to add texture.  A greeting (a free stamp from a magazine) and a few black brads were all I felt it needed to finish it off.

Dad – you rock!

I’ve not done much card making for the last couple of weeks as my mojo seemed to have gone on its holidays. Sunday being Father’s Day, though, means I have two cards to make for my husband & father-in-law (sadly my own Dad passed away nearly 4 years ago). This one is for my husband from our son. As they share a love of rock music – the louder the better! – the Rock Star stamps by Inkadinkado seemed very appropriate.

The letters started out as bare chipboard which I coloured with a black Promarker then used 2 coats of clear UTEE to give them shine & dimension.  The star is hand cut out of the card front (I really must buy some Nestie stars!) & backed with black mirri but that looked a bit boring so I drew some dots round the outside with a black pen; don’t look too closely at them, they’re a bit wonky because so many dots made my eyes go funny!
Cardstock: Xerox Colotech Plus 300gsm
Ink: Versafine Black
Stamps: Inkadinkado 98693 Rock Star 
Mirri card & chipboard numbers from stash