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Sunday, 29 September 2019

Born to Shine Wiper Card

Happy Sunday!

With the start of both my six weeks Countdown to Halloween and twelve week Countdown to Christmas during the week, I thought I'd devote Sundays to something that's not "festive"!  

As a child I remember Mum taking me to ballet classes, and as an adult, I took my daughter to hers. It was an extra-curricular activity which was good for the soul and quite by accident, the accompanist at her ballet school broke her wrist from a fall and they had no-one to play the piano.  I was a bit rusty, but rather than no music for the classes,   I volunteered on the understanding it would only be temporary.   Years passed, my daughter left, and I was still "filling" in many years later until I moved away.

So this stamp set has a special meaning!     Do you want to know how I made this wiper card?.....then read on!                                                             

Guilty as charged of being a lazy "artist", so I simply  applied two thirds of  ink on a clean   clear block the same size as my watercolour paper card front in Blushing Bride, and a third with Crumb Cake ink.  I spritzed the block and watercolour paper with water  and then smooshed it together to create this background.   I did something similar in a previous post which  you can see  HERE if you missed it.

I dried it with a heat tool before going over it with an embossing buddy to prevent static, inked the stamp with versamark before inking with Calypso Coral to heat emboss with clear embossing powder. This helps prevent any bleeding from the image.  Incidentally, by using this two step method, you can emboss in any colour ink.

To get the skin tones, I simply used an aqua painter to lift the paint from her legs, arms, face and neck and used the Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends combo to colour her dress.  You see, there's method in my choice of background colour in Blushing Bride!

The Stamparatus was pressed into play because I wanted to stamp the sentiment several times to create a darker Crumb Cake tone, and then I stamped the stars free hand. The colour graduation of the stars was simply achieved by not re-inking the stamp each time I stamped another set of stars.

I adhered two pieces of scrap Very Vanilla large enough to hold the second ballerina and clear embossed the outline before colouring her in with Stampin' Blends in Calypso Coral combo, Ivory, and light Daffodil Delight, then fussy cut the top half of the figure which would pop up. The double stack was to give added strength to the figure.  As an afterthought, you could used water colour paper instead to achieve the same effect.   I made a little video below to show how it moves.

Here are the supplies I used.

Friday, 27 September 2019

Christmas Countdown #Week 1 - Night Before Christmas

My 12 week Countdown to Christmas starts today!  My hubby's eyes roll and point skyward whenever the shops have their Christmas gear out, but I can fully appreciate that if anything, consumers need to spread the cost of Christmas and in the crafting world, so do we.

If you plan ahead, Christmas need not be a pressurized affair. The onus to make Christmas magical falls on home makers to do absolute everything from searching for just the right gift, sending cards or  meal preparation and stocking filling, so in my humble opinion, last week in September isn't too early to start!

We're kicking off with the Night Before Christmas Suite because it has the Night Before Christmas Memories & More Card Pack and also  a Night Before Christmas Memories & More Cards & Envelops pack - phew.....what a mouthful!  That being said, it is terrific value - £10. 25 for 54 double sided cards in an assortment of 3"x 4" size as well as some in 6" x 4" size and they are perfect for making quick and easy cards.

What took the time was creating the design - but once you've decided what to do, the rest is quick and easy!  Press "play" to see how I made one of them, and a peek at all the other ones I made to inspire you to make your own.

Here are some of the others I made and by looking at my stash, I could mix and match different stamp sets and embellishments.  On the whole, I try to stick to just the one, but sometimes it's nice to mix it up a little for some variety.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Countdown to Halloween #Wk 1 - Spooktacular Bash Fun Fold

OMG!!! Although I don't actively go knocking on doors dressed to scare during Halloween, I do love making cards and treat boxes for my grandchildren!   It only seems like yesterday we were heralding in the new year for 2019, and here we are three quarters of the way through and getting ready for the six week countdown to Halloween!

Welcome to Week #1, episode #1 of my 6 Week Countdown to Halloween.  I wanted a fun fold card which would stand up for display purposes, so this is how it evolved!  A quirky closure too - see how in my video tutorial!  A visual is so much easier than trying to explain in words!

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Silhouette Scenes Bundle with Friendly Silhouettes #3

Happy Sunday!

This is the penultimate card of the Silhouette Scenes I created and this time I used the Friendly Silhouettes dies as well.  

Remember those Adhesive sheets which were in last year's catalogue?  If it doesn't sell, Stampin' Up! will discontinue them and that's exactly what happened which I'm really sad about.  It has been my "best friend" because if you have intricate patterns adhesive sheets are the best thing since sliced bread!  Thank goodness I still have a plentiful supply.

I stuck an Adhesive sheet to the back of Basic Black card stock before I ran the card stock and dies through my die cutting machine and adhered it directly on to the See a Silhouette DSP.

With the help of the Stamparatus, I positioned the girl on the swing to the horizontal branch and stamped it in versamark with my own formula of Shimmer Black embossing powder.  I mixed one and a half teaspoon of black embossing powder with one teaspoon of Dazzling Diamonds.  Up close and personal, you can see the sparkle in her silhouette.

The bottom silhouette is from the Friendly Silhouette Dies which has a coordinating stamp set called "Friend Like You".  I left a border wide enough to stamp "Keep dreaming" on the bottom which was embossed in white.

The Friendly Silhouette piece was much longer than required for the card front, but I didn't want it to go to waste so I put it on the inside of the card.

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