Floating Frames

My cards this week use a technique called Floating Frames, which I saw on Jennifer McGuire’s YouTube channel.  She is a very talented crafter and makes everything look so effortless!  The technique uses lots of die cuts mounted on foam adhesive to create a frame which looks like it is floating above the card.  It has the added bonus in that the process also creates a decorative panel for another card – two for the price of one!

I used the large rose and thistle images from Frosted Florals and their matching thinlits to create my die cuts, using Lovely Lipstick and Mint Macaron inks.

The next step was to position these die cuts over a piece of scrap card cut to the size of my required frame and then covered with a layer of GLAD Press’n Seal (available from Amazon).  This holds the pieces in place by temporarily adhering them to the scrap card.

I then cut around the scrap card to create the outside of the frame and then positioned the die to cut out the shape. I used a heart but any shape will work.

This creates the frame and the decorative panel.

The next step was to remove the backing card and add foam adhesive to support the pieces.  I had thought that this job was quite labour intensive, however this paled into insignificance when it came to taking the backing pieces off, which took an absolute ETERNITY!!!!

What I did discover was that the piece is quite unstable once the card is removed!  It’s almost impossible to lift into position as the film is flimsy and the sticky bits try to stick to each other.  I don’t recall Jennifer having this trouble!!  Anyhow, I got around it by lining up the pieces face down on my grid paper and then placing the card on top.

The final part is to remove the Press’n Seal.  This had to be done slowly as it was quite sticky and the film did leave a tacky residue so I dabbed over the pieces with my Embossing Buddy.

So here are the finished pieces.  On the frame, I added some rhinestones in the gaps and a Happy Anniversary sentiment.

For the second card, I added pearl accents into the gaps and left it blank to add an appropriate sentiment at a later date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Festive Foliage and Friends!

Last Friday I had the most enjoyable day when some friends came around for coffee, biscuits and wreath making.   Mr. L had been busy with his chain saw on our overgrown Leylandii hedge to give us some base materials and I had pruned the eucalyptus and rosemary bushes that I let grow large for this very purpose.  Between the rain storms, I’d nipped out and cut a little holly and ivy and from the hedgerow and I’d gathered some teasels from the scrub land next to our house and some pine cones from a local park.  There are no air miles attached to these wreaths!!

Jane’s husband Dave also came along to offer words of encouragement and be a guest cat bed for Leia….

I’d watched a Gardener’s World video and made a wreath last year so I was the appointed “teacher”.   We started with a 12” wire frame and using binding wire, attached the various base foliage to the frame by winding the wire around the frame and foliage, wiggling it between the fronds and leaves to avoid getting a ‘bandaged’ look!

This process was repeated until the base layer was completed and the wire frame was covered.

Next, we prepared the accent pieces – the holly, ivy, pinecones and teasels – by wrapping the stems with floristry wire.  Our holly was nude so we attached some artificial berries for added colour.

These pieces were pushed through the base layer and secured to the metal frame.  We finished the wreaths by making a bow using wire edged ribbon and secured that into the frame with some binding wire.

Here are Ruth, Joy and Jane with their finished wreaths.  They look so professional!

We had so much fun making these and they really weren’t difficult nor expensive to make so I encourage you to have a go!

Since there was a lot of foliage left, Jane took home a couple of the eucalyptus branches for the church flowers so Dave got his own aromatherapy experience on their return journey!

I made three wreaths in total; one for us and one each for my Mum and my Mum-in-law.  I finished off my wreaths with a bit of spray glitter.

Last year we bought mini Christmas trees, hellebores and cyclamen to put in the wall mangers which gradually died when I neglected to remove them and plant them in the garden in the spring.  So, since I had enough base foliage to make wreaths for about half of Hampshire(!), I decided to fashion some wreath style Christmas trees.  I started with some garden wire mesh and cut and moulded it to form a sort of half cone shape and then added the foliage in tree type layers.

Some accent pieces, fairy lights and a star for the top and my Festive Foliage Christmas Tree (that looks like Cousin It!) was complete.

 

Dragonflies & Dandelions Card

After spending (erm…wasting!) many hundreds of £££ buying stamp sets that I liked but didn’t have any ideas for, I now only buy stamp sets that I can immediately think of 3 projects or cards that I could use them for. This was the case with Stampin’ Up!’s Dragonfly Dreams and more recently Dandelion Wishes, the latter being one of my all-time favourite sets.  I thought that the two sets would complement each other well  and decided to use the dandelion stamp to make my version of DSP (Designer Series Paper).  Here’s the card.

I wanted a monochrome look so stamped in grey ink but you could use any colours you fancy.  Here’s another I made using light turquoise ink and a scrap of ice blue glitter card I found in my large box of card offcuts.  You can really see the wing detail of the stamped image.

This is another different look using Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie inks together with gold glimmer paper.

If you’d like to watch my YouTube video tutorial on making this card, please click this link

https://youtu.be/DUKUmoHxfiE

To make this card, I used:

  • Stampin’ Up! Dragonfly Dreams stamps and Dragonfly thinlits
  • Stampin’ Up! Dandelion Wishes stamps
  • 11.5″ x 4 1/8″ white card base, unscored (you will score it later)
  • 5.5″ x 3 7/8″ card lining piece, I used grey
  • 3.5″ x 3″ pieces of silver glitter card and grey card for the dragonfly cut outs
  • Scraps of white/grey for the sentiment
  • Co-ordinating ink pad
Materials needed
  1. Stamp the dragonfly showing the wing details onto the small grey piece of card and then cut out using the solid framelit.
  2. Cut out the detailed dragonfly framelit using the glitter card.
  3. Stick the glitter dragonfly onto the grey stamped dragonfly image, only adhering the body and tail.  Gently bend the glitter wings up a little to give the 3D effect.

    3D glitter dragonfly (left) and inlaid dragonfly (instructions later)
  4. Measure 5.75″ along your card base and put a couple of tiny pencil marks.  Stick a post-it note along these marks, positioned to the left of the marks.
  5. Stamp your background image using the Dandelion Wishes stamps.  Less is more –  you don’t want to entirely cover the card.  Ensure you stamp off the edges too.  Whilst you’ve got your ink out, add a little stamped detail to your card inner and the envelope and stamp your sentiment on the scrap of white.
  6. Remove the mask, erase the pencil marks then score the base at 5.75″ and fold in half.
  7. Adhere the liner to the inside of the card.
  8. Cut out your greeting and add a backing if you want.  You can flag the ends, add a mat, add a small offset mat (which I did) – the choice is up to you!  It’s one of the ways you can make the card your own.  I added a grey mat the same size as my sentiment, positioned offset slightly above and left of the sentiment. I thought it looked a bit bare so added a couple of rhinestones – well who doesn’t like a bit of bling?!
  9. Add some foam dimensionals behind the sentiment and the dragonfly body and head and add to your card front.

And you’re all finished!

Try changing things up by trying out different colourways, changing the sentiment and/or changing the position of the elements.  In this one, I used the large detailed dragonfly thinlit and flagged the sentiment banner.

 

Inlaid Dragonfly Directions

If you wanted to use the glitter cut outs from your glitter dragonfly wings to make another card topper, the inlaid dragonfly shown above, here’s what you do.

  1. Stick a piece of double sided adhesive sheet onto another piece of grey 3.5″ x 3″ card stock and cut out the solid dragonfly and also cut a detailed dragonfly out of grey card. 
  2. Remove the adhesive backing paper and adhere the detailed dragonfly  to it.  The adhesive is quite unforgiving so try lining up the body and head first and the wings should follow suit.  (You can always trim off any adhesive backing showing on the front if necessary.) This will leave the holes in the wings with a sticky surface.
  3. Using your silver glitter dragonfly  and trying to keep all the pieces together, lay the  glitter dragonfly directly on top of the one you just made and using tweezers, a cocktail stick, pokey tool or the like, push the cut out pieces through into the adhesive lined holes underneath.  You will have to press quite firmly.
  4. Carefully remove the glitter dragonfly, capturing any cut-outs that haven’t stuck and relocate them.
  5. Press the glitter inserts firmly onto the dragonfly base to ensure they’re properly adhered.

Lo and behold! 2 dragonfly card toppers for your projects!

 

Another project

You can also make this into a cute picture using a shadow box frame.  I used a 10cm x 10cm white shadow box for this.

Thanks to Liz Yuille of Old Stables Crafts for the inspiration for the inlaid dragonfly.  https://oldstablescrafts.co.uk/

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