I’m determined to use up some of the (many) patterned papers I’ve hoarded for a very long time, and the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches seemed like the ideal way to do that. If I’m not too late this will be my second entry for the current challenge over at CASology where the cue card is “birthday”.
I’m not sure who the papers are by, but I added a subtle touch of bling to some of the stripes & diamonds with my Wink of Stella. The greeting is by Paula Pascual & it’s stamped in Lulu Lavender. I’m also not sure who made the chipboard flower, but I added a little bit of texture to it by painting it with Distress Crackle Paint and added a jewelled brad by My Mind’s Eye.
I loved the simple sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch this week but I also wanted to go over & join the fun in the Snippet Playground. With this card I’ve managed to do both, and as it’s a birthday card I’ll enter it into the challenge over at CASology, too, where the cue card is “Birthday”.
The snippet of paper has been in my stash for ages, I’m not sure of the maker. You can’t see it in the photo but I added a touch of Wink of Stella sparkle to some of the stripes. The chipboard flowers have also been in my stash for years; I painted them with a couple of coats of gesso then once that had dried, coloured them with Mulberry Promarker. I found some Crackle Accents and decided to see what that looked like, so here’s a close-up:
To be honest the flowers didn’t turn out as I’d imagined at all but I really quite like them – I think they look a bit weird in the photo but trust me, they look much better in real life!
The greeting by Clearly Besotted was stamped in Memento Lulu Lavender, and the Happy Birthday was given the Wink of Stella treatment, too.
My mojo seems to have deserted me just lately. Despite having a very enjoyable spending spree at Leigh Craft Village today I just can’t seem to get inspired enough to create a card so thought I’d blog about one I made a month or so back for my nephew. He passed his exams as a train despatcher with Virgin Trains with flying colours. He’s the only person I know who has the job of his dreams & absolutely loves going to work each day, even if his day starts at 4.30! He also knows just how lucky that makes him.
I had intended to do this in Virgin Train’s colours but a lack of yellow ink meant an orangey yellow had to do. The red star was a chipboard one I’d had in my stash for ages, painted with acrylic paint.
Another card which was the result of experimenting well outside my comfort zone, but which I thoroughly enjoyed making. The backing paper was made using an Imagination Crafts Diamond background stencil, sponging through it with various Distress & Memento inks. When it was finished I didn’t like the white background so I brayered over it with Distress Antique Linen. Straight edges to the paper just didn’t look right somehow, so I tore them & re-inked the edges with Antique Linen again.
The main image from Inkadinkado was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa onto an Inkylicious tag which was sponged round the edges with Distress Antique Linen. I replaced the original string with twine.
The numbers started out as bare chipboard which I gessoed (is there such a word?!), embossed in my Cuttlebug & inked repeatedly until the colour was fairly close to the Kraft base card – closer than the photos would have you believe. I also sponged round the edges of the base card to add a little bit of extra depth.
More experiments to follow!
Stencil: Imagination Crafts Diamond
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa, Peanut Brittle, Toffee Crunch, Distress Antique Linen.
I only discovered yesterday that this type of card is called a joy-fold card; I’d seen them before but never made one before. This card is for a good friend, our son’s Godfather, who turns 50 next week.
The backing papers were a freebie and I used Craft Artist 2 Professional to print out just the sizes I needed with borders to match – it saves a lot of printer ink to do it this way!
The numbers are chipboard painted with white acrylic then once that was dry I coloured them with Arctic Blue Promarker & embossed with clear Wow Embossing Powder to finish.
Papermania Kraft Cardstock, Crafts House chipboard numbers, Wow Embossing Powder.
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!