Metallic Accents

This week’s post features an outing for a rarely used die that I bought when I first started card making many years ago.  It’s a silhouette flower/foliage that I really like the shape of but have never really used very much.

As I was planning on white silhouette images, I needed a vibrant background so I dug out my Brushos.  I mixed up some Prussian Blue and Purple and, after putting on some clean water onto my watercolour paper, dropped in the colours and let them mingle and do their thing.  To add some sparkle to the background, I spattered on some gold Finetec paint.  On another piece of watercolour paper, I swirled some of the gold paint to use for the die cuts.

Once the paint was dry, I die cut the panel with a scalloped frame and cut out the flower heads.

The flowers were glued onto the background and a little white twine was wrapped around the panel.  From the leftover gold-spattered card, I die cut a small heart to cover the base of the flowers and a rectangle for the stamped sentiment.

Happy Home

You’ve probably noticed that I’m quite a fan of the Anita Jeram stamps by Colorado Craft Company.  My latest purchase is this really cute (and large) stamp set, called Home Sweet Home so it’s ideal for new home cards but what I love about this one is its versatility as it’s useful for masculine cards, with a suitable colour palette.

As I was using watercolour, I stamped the scene and the individual elements then taped them to a board to stop any warping.

I painted the scene but didn’t bother with the parts the individual elements would cover.   The small elements were painted and then die-cut.

As I couldn’t find a suitable place on the front of the card to put the sentiment, I stamped it on the card liner and added one of the small stamps, which was also stamped on the envelope.

After mounting the scene on the card base, I popped up the elements on foam squares for some added dimension.

I love how these simple line drawn animals have such character!

Rolled Roses

My cards this week use Altenew Rolled Roses dies and are a two for one: the roses I die cut for the first card gave me left overs that I used to create a second.

To begin, I adhered a sheet of adhesive to the back of some cream, red and green card before die-cutting several of the roses and leaves.  I wanted to use the outside frame of the cream and inlay with the coloured cards.

After infilling the roses, I realised that I could use the coloured frames to create another card.  I used coloured roses and leaves to be the focus images but added cream frames to fill the gaps.

For the inside, I used an offcut and stamped the envelope with a cute little Anita Jeram stamp I got free from Seven Hills Crafts with a recent purchase.

To finish, I heat embossed some gold dots on the panel.  The sentiment was also heat embossed in gold and mounted on a piece of gold card.

The second card was finished with some gold coloured rhinestones and a sentiment.