I am a big music fan, both playing it and listening to it. I believe my music playing has given rise to my very eclectic music tastes; from Beethoven to Bon Jovi! When I spotted the Music From The Heart set in the new mini-catalogue, it was a no-brainer to add it to my collection.
I wanted to make a card for my friend’s birthday. We met when in a choir so what better stamp set to use than a musical one?! I used Blushing Bride and Very Vanilla cardstock.
I randomly stamped the various musical notes and the treble clef using Blushing Bride ink and also heat embossed a few with copper embossing powder.
The musical symbols were also stamped onto the liner and envelope.
There’s a lovely Happy Birthday sentiment in the set which was mounted on a small piece of Copper Foil paper.
After making this ladies’ version of the card, I wanted to try out a colour scheme for a masculine version. Pretty Peacock and Old Olive, together with a bit of copper, fitted the bill perfectly.
Still no real improvement in my arm this week so, yet again, no crafting but here’s a little project I did a few weeks ago.
Romantic themes aren’t usually my crafting style but I seem to have inadvertently gone all romantic with these tags this week! The Botanical Bliss tags dies consist of 3 tag toppers, 2 edge cutters and a leafy branch. There’s also a coordinating stamp set which has some useful sentiments. I was immediately drawn to the birds, thinking they’d look great silhouetted against an inked sky. However, since I’ve done a lot of silhouettes lately, I decided to challenge myself with the flower instead.
Rather than a straight forward strung tag, I wanted to try a folded tag. The dies are designed to be used on 2” wide strips of card for tags or bookmarks. As I wanted my card to fold, I needed the card to extend either side of the die so my card was 3” x 5½” in Bushing Bride. I marked a pencil line at 2¾” and also marked the edges of the cutting lines on the die. The lines on the die were lined up with the pencil line and the whole thing was run through the Big Shot.
I scored along the pencil line to the edge of the cut out and then erased the pencil line.
The card was then folded at the edges, making the cut area stand up.
I wanted the flower to stand out and also have a little more strength so I cut another flower from Very Vanilla. The bottom edge of this flower was then cut out using one of the edge dies in the set.
My cutting plates had marked the card quite badly so I ran it through the Scripty EF before sticking the VV flower on the front.
I decorated the front with a sentiment, some hessian ribbon and a branch cut from gold glimmer paper.
This is how the back looks, with the cut out. I used an old background stamp for the writing on the right-hand tag. I think this one would make lovely place name settings for a wedding or party. You could write guest’s menu choices on the inside.
For my second design with this flower die, I thought I’d just do a normal strung tag. I cut the design out of a 2” strip of Crumb Cake card and then drew around the top on a piece of Very Vanilla and fussy cut the shape. I marked in pencil where the edges of the flower and leaves were and added a little colour with sponge daubers.
The tag was finished by using the Scripty EF again, some gold branches and Old Olive ribbon.
Lastly, I wondered how the flower would look with inlaid pieces. The flower was cut out of Blushing Bride, inlaid with Very Vanilla petals and Old Olive leaves and mounted on Crumb Cake folded tag base. Gold branches and hessian ribbon complete the look.
So there you have it – 3 different looks from one die. My next challenge will be to use this die to make some cards. Watch this space!
Mr L and I recently returned from a fabulous holiday to Bangkok where I purchased this beautiful scarf. I had walked past it twice, admiring it from a distance, but on the third time I could resist no longer and bought it – because I loved it and you can never have too many scarves!
Something about the scarf made me wonder if I could recreate the colours and effects on the scarf for a card and the only way I could think to achieve this was to use the emboss-resist technique and some ink blending.
I began by doing some simple emboss-resist by repeat stamping images on white card using Versamark ink and then applying clear embossing powder.
Once heat set, I blended pastel inks over the card. The embossing powder ‘resists’ the ink so the card gets coloured and the images stay white although sometimes a quick wipe with a tissue is needed to clean off any ink from the embossed images.
Round one was a success so I decided to try for the recreation of the scarf. This required ink blending first and then stamping with Versamark and applying clear embossing powder once the ink was dry.
Once the embossing powder was heat set, I sponged black ink over the card, adding layers until I had the depth of colour I wanted. Again, a tissue was needed at the end just to remove any black ink residue from the embossed images. I tried both pastel and bright inks and I think the brights are more suited to this technique.
I’m quite happy with the brights background and I think it looks quite similar to the scarf so mission accomplished!
The pastel under black doesn’t have quite the same contrast but still looks pretty.
I thought the two white and pastel cards were suitable for Easter cards as, whilst they don’t have the standard bunnies/chicks/eggs design, they are quite spring like.
I think it’s important when you’ve spent time making the background for that to be the focal point of the card so I only added small greetings so that the background could still shine through. A lovely little sprig of blackthorn flowers helps set the scene.
Back in November, my Mum reached a milestone birthday which warranted an extra special card. For some time, I’ve been meaning to try out an easel card and also to create a floral wreath using the Jar of Love so I decided to combine the two.
For this project, I used:
Stampin’ Up! Jar of Love stamp set
SU! Everyday Jars framelits
SU! Large Letters Framelits & Letters For You stamps
SU! Number of Years and Large Numbers framelits (sadly retired)
11½” x 5¾” Blackberry Bliss card scored at 5¾” and again at 2⅞” on one half
5¾” x 5¾” Blackberry Bliss card
5¼” x 5¼” Whisper White card
5½” x 5½” and 5” x 2” pieces of Always Artichoke (retired but I love it!)
A couple of pieces of Smoky Slate card
Silver embossing powder
SU! Inks in Blackberry Bliss, Blushing Bride, Old Olive, Garden Green
A 5½” x 2⅝” strip of DSP (I used one of the Frosted Florals pack)
A scrap of silver glimmer paper
Layered Leaves Embossing folder
I started off by stamping ‘MUM’ in Blackberry Bliss ink and cutting the letters out with the matching framelits. For the backgrounds to the letters and numbers, I cut out a couple of scalloped ovals from Smoky Slate card and ran them through the Bigshot in the Layered Leaves embossing folder to give some texture.
Next, I set to work stamping the flowers, leaves and bow for the wreath. I used Blackberry Bliss and Blushing Bride for the flowers using 2nd generation stamping to get some colour variation. The leaves were stamped in Old Olive and Garden Green. All these were cut out using the Everyday Jars framelits. I also cut out some small hearts from silver glimmer paper.
I drew around the scalloped oval onto the white card to give me a guide for stamping the sprigs of small leaves for the background layer of foliage. I stamped these using Old Olive and Garden Green inks in a random pattern around the oval.
The MUM letters were stuck onto the grey oval using dimensionals and then the oval was adhered to the white piece over the stamped leaf sprigs. I played around with the flowers, leaves and hearts to get the placement right and then glued them on with a mix of glue and dimensionals, tucking some under the oval and some under the letters to add interest. The white card was then adhered to the Always Artichoke panel and then onto the Blackberry Bliss panel. This forms the card front.
To make the front of the card, apply strong adhesive tape to the outer half of the scored panel only.
Then stick the card front onto this adhesive.
To make the ‘stop’ for the easel, I layered up the strip of always artichoke with the DSP and the grey oval, added a stamped and heat embossed “Happy TH Birthday” strip and then stuck the numbers cut from silver glimmer paper on top using dimensionals and then stuck the whole panel on using dimensionals to raise it up to form the stopping element.
I really like the sentiment in the number set so on the strip of Always Artichoke, I stamped that and ‘70’ in Versamark and silver embossing powder and heat set it. I stuck this onto the reverse side of the easel.
I found some great little stickers on Pinterest to stick to the back of the card to show how to display an easel card – handy for the uninitiated!