Draw A Blank

Do you ever feel intimidated by the blank sheet in front of you?  Apparently, it’s quite a common to sit down with a white sheet of card in front of you and for your mind to go blank. I purchased a gel press plate to make backgrounds in the hope that they would provide some inspiration that would spark an idea.

These cards were for ladies in the Lavinia Birthdays group so they feature Lavinia Stamps.  I began with these two panels to create two cards. 

I wanted them each to have a moon and I hadn’t left space in the printing so had to create one. For the purple panel, I brushed on white pigment ink through a circular stencil, adding a little silver and some white gel pen. Using a landscape stencil, I added some distant hills and near ground and also blended some ink to darken the sky and make the moon more prominent.

After seeing a lovely card with a bokeh sky, I thought I’d give it a go using a few different colours.  I don’t think it worked because the moon should be bokeh-ed too.  Mr L said it looked like the place was surrounded by loads of planets and moons!  Anyway, it added some interest to the sky and luckily, it doesn’t have to be realistic.  A few Mystic Swirls were stamped in silver ink to add some magic to the scene.

To finish the scene, I used Seren, one of the foxes from Set 2, the Fairy Fir Tree and Mystic Swirl in Versafine Clair Nocturne.  Finally, a bit of sparkle using Wink of Stella and some Nuvo Drops and some white gel pen on the leading edge of the elements to give the impression of reflected moonlight.

For the blue one, I used Distress Oxide Weathered Wood, a pale grey, to create the moon.  As it wasn’t so bright, I stamped the Star Cluster with Versamark and white heat embossed the stars.

The card featured Seren, Wild Hares and the Thistle Branch and a couple of mini mushrooms.  The images were stamped and edges darkened with Versafine Clair Nocturne.  Finally, a bit of texture was added with the Feather Leaf stencil and some White Posca dots.  The Posca pen was also used to create the reflected moonlight on the figures.

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.

Pressed Backgrounds

As I’ve mentioned previously, I’ve been suffering from a loss of mojo recently.  This is due to being ill and I am now awaiting surgery.  Now that I’ve got my head around what’s wrong and how it’s going to be fixed, I actually feel like creating something again.  I’ve read that making backgrounds can prompt some creative inspiration so I got out my gel press and got inky!

The gel press is new to me so I’m still learning what to do with it.  I began by applying some Oxide ink onto the gel plate with my brayer and then splattered on some Brusho (mixed with water). 

After this, it’s simply a case of laying the card onto the press and rubbing over it to transfer the ink and paint.  Before printing, patterns can be added by using stencils, stamping onto the plate or even pressing a leaf from the garden onto the plate.  Every press is a surprise – you never know what you’re going to get!

I cut the pieces down to 9cm x 20cm panels to make slimline cards and began stamping. I used a selection of stamps from Lavinia Stamps.

For these two, I masked some ground and hills.  Despite them being more or less the same design, they look so different due to the backgrounds.

This collection was made with an inked background.  The sun was made by belding a little ink around a mask.

The backgrounds on these are made with Brusho, again printed using the gel press.

To finish, I added some Nuvo Drops for some subtle bling.