Midnight Magic

Happy New Year! This week’s post is a card I made for my Mum’s birthday a couple of months ago.  It was inspired by this fabulous card I received for my birthday from a complete stranger! 

I’m a member of a birthday club in a Facebook crafting group who are fans of Lavinia Stamps and this card was from one of the ladies (Kirsty) in that group.  I was super impressed by this card and felt very lucky that someone had spent so much time and effort making such a beautiful card.  I hadn’t heard of the Scene-Scape papers from Lavinia but decided to try some out.  This particular one is called Midnight Magic.

To begin, I blended ink to make some hills onto the scene to give some sense of depth to the scene.

Next, I stamped the scene.  I’m not usually into fairies but I liked Seren (she was on another card I received from the group) so I went out of my comfort zone and bought her.  I added a little yellow ink to give the lamp some light.

This card was to be an easel card so I added the sentiment (cut from vinyl on my Cricut) to the stopper and decorated the inner panel.

To finish, I added a selection of Nuvo drops in white, purple and pink to give some bling and texture.  For some added sparkle, I used Wink of Stella on the fairy’s wings and on the background orbs.

Here’s a picture of my Mum, the birthday girl, with her fabulous cake made by my sister.

I also tried out the Scene-Scape paper for a Christmas card for some cat-loving friends.

Diamond Pop-Up Card

This week’s card is a fancy fold that I happened across on Sam Calcott’s YouTube channel and was intrigued to try it out so used it for a 60th birthday card I needed to make.

To begin, I made a template so I’ve got a guide if I want to make any of these in the future.  I make templates for all of my fancy fold cards.  The dimensions on this are so that it can be made from a UK sized A4 sheet of card.  It can also be made using any size square card blanks, just mark the mid points on the long sides and one end.

The whole mechanism is simply made by folding in the appropriate directions (mountain or valley) and gluing the top triangle down onto the base piece.

To decorate the triangle base pieces, I stamped and heat embossed in silver the dandelions stamp from Lavinia Stamps on Stampin’ Up! Blackberry Bliss card and layered with a white mat.

Next job was to make the topper panel.  I used a hill mask and blended ink to form the landscape, darker in the foreground and getting lighter in the distance to give perspective.  I then stamped more dandelions in Versafine Clair Nocturn ink and heat embossed clear powder on them before stamping the fox (Lavinia Stamps Foxes 1).  I used a circle mask for the sun/moon but unfortunately the temporary adhesive wasn’t as temporary as I’d hoped and it ripped my paper.  I didn’t want to start afresh so started thinking of ideas to overcome this little hurdle.

Another panel was cut for the back of the pop-up for the message.  I stamped more dandelions along the edge of this and also on the envelope.

A little texture was added by first lightly stencilling and then adding Nuvo drops in white and purple.  To cover up the sun/moon, I cut a couple of layered ovals, dry embossing the top one, before adding the numbers.

This card folds flat so it easily fits in the envelope and then naturally springs up once it’s taken out.

Double Gatefold Christmas Scene

The background for this was made during one of my experiments with my gel press.  I rolled distress oxide inks onto the press before printing the snowflakes from Colorado Craft Company Slimline Nordic Snowflakes on top and then taking a print.  I cut this piece into panels for a gatefold card and stuck them to my grid paper with some temporary adhesive whilst I stamped my scene.

To begin, I stamped the pine cones onto the card and onto the sticky part of a Post-it note.  I fussy cut the pinecones and stuck them onto the card so that the branches would sit behind when I stamped them.

Next, after inking in some hills, I used a selection of stamps from Lavinia Stamps to create the scene of the animals looking at the beautiful tree, which is actually a feather! 

The feather tree was decorated with a tiny star stamp and heat embossed with silver powder.

Some fairy charm stamps were added to decorate the overhanging branches before mounting the panels onto a navy card base. 

Card base: 11¼” x 5¾”, scored at 1⅞”, 3¾”, 7½” and 9⅜”, folded M-V-V-M

Mats: Four 1⅝” x 5½” for the side panels; two 3½” x 5½” for the main panel and back.