Archive | August 2015

Congrats Superstar

Starry card

Just over a week ago our son received his GCSE results: 9 ‘A’s, 1 ‘A*’, 1 ‘B’ and another A in Further Maths, along with a Merit in PE. These add to the A & A* he got last summer. This card is from his proud parents, but the celebrations are on hold as his poor Dad has been ill throughout the whole of the summer, and although he’s finally home from hospital he’s still very poorly.

Anyway, onto the making of the card. I decided on a little bit of ink smooshing with various Distress Inks (sorry, can’t remember which ones), then cut some stars using Little B dies from card I found in my stash. The greeting is by Clearly Besotted, stamped in Versamark & embossed in Wow! white fine detail embossing powder. I’m entering this into the challenge over at Addicted to CAS, where the theme is Blue.

Card close up

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Shaped Guitar Card

A while ago I spotted this card and knew that something similar would be perfect for our guitar-obsessed son for his 16th birthday. The card below was my interpretation of it, but it had to be six-stringed for my son as I knew he wouldn’t want a four-string bass guitar! The strings on my finished card ended up being not quite what I had planned, but lack of time for shopping & crafting meant I had to improvise with what I already had in. The basic shapes were cut on my Sizzix Eclips although someone more skilled with scissors than me could cut these by hand.

I’m going to enter this into the challenges at Bunny Zoe’s Crafts where the theme is shaped cards, and Ooh La La Creations where the theme is One for the Boys.

Guitar card

Quick Review: Zig Clean Colour on Kraft

Zig Clean Colour pens are all the rage at the moment, but I’ve seen very few reviews by amateurs. I decided to buy just a couple to test them before deciding whether to add them to my birthday list. I bought Peach Pink and Sugared Almond Pink as they don’t appear in any of the larger sets, and they looked like they’d match each other. I decided to try them out on Neenah Desert Storm kraft card – many colouring mediums get “lost” on kraft and I’ve never seen anyone else use Zig pens on kraft.

And my verdict? I absolutely LOVE these pens, which allow for really finely detailed painting with ease. These are most definitely going to be at the top of my list! I stamped the Hero Arts Delicate Blossoms image and embossed it with Wow! detail white embossing powder then spent a stress-busting hour colouring. This is the result:

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The colours blend beautifully, and even the pale colour holds its own against the kraft (although, as ever, it doesn’t show too well in the photos).  I finished the card off with a die-cut fishtail flag (by Sizzix), a stamped greeting by Clearly Besotted and a little bit of bling. As it fits with the latest challenge over at Stamping Sensations (Anything goes with a stamp and a die) I’m going to make this my third & last entry over there.

Here are a couple of close-ups:

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Painting with Bleach

So my holiday – if you can call it that! – is almost over. Back to work tomorrow, my poor hubby is still in hospital & the odd snatches of card making I’ve been able to do have been my sanity these last couple of weeks or so. I’m sure there’s plenty of people out there who will relate to that.

I watched a video by Jennifer Maguire some time last week where she painted with bleach. Now I’ve tried and failed with this technique before, but she filled a water brush with bleach so I thought I’d give it another go. First I embossed the flowers (by Clearly Besotted) onto a piece Sheena’s Stamping card, then I sponged Distress Inks in Bundled Sage & Seedless Preserves around the stamped image. Once the ink was dry I filled a water brush with bleach & used it to paint the petals of the flowers. I left the leaves alone (previous experiments told me that Bundled Sage turns a very pretty shade of lilac with bleach – not good for leaves!)

Picture of card

As is often the case, the photograph doesn’t show this too well. I don’t know whether I need a new camera, or simply to learn how to work the one I’ve got better! I then painted around the flowers with a little bit of water.

Close up of flowers

I felt that a simple diecut word & stamped greeting on vellum was all it needed to finish it off. I think I’m going to make this my second entry over at Stamping Sensations, where the theme is anything goes with a stamp and a die.

Background Check – Homework!

Well this week certainly hasn’t turned out as planned! On Friday we were due to fly out to Lisbon for our family holiday, but unfortunately my husband was taken ill & we had to cancel 36 hours before we were due to fly. To say I was gutted would be a huge understatement, as I’d also planned a 16th birthday surprise for our son who would have celebrated his birthday out there. Instead we’re stuck at home and my poor husband is still ill, being looked after by Nurse Helen!

To stop myself moping around I decided to sign up for the online card class “Background Check”, and this card is my first finished “homework”:

Card pictureIt’s to congratulate our nephew who has just got a promotion at work. The inks I’ve used are Hero Arts Neon, and the background die (stamped with Versamark) is a border one by Kaisercraft called Checker Plate.  The “To You” is by Anna Marie Designs, stamped in black Stazon. The word die is by Clearly Besotted and it’s inlaid into the card, into which a star has been diecut then the gap filled with acetate. I hope you can see that better in the picture below:

Close up of cardI’ve just realised this qualifies for this month’s challenge over at Stamping Sensations where the theme is Anything Goes and you must use a stamp and a die.