Xmas 2015


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Monday, 24 August 2015

Challenge 146 at Crafty Cardmakers & More - no patterned papers

Lin is hosting our challenge today and would like to see your creations without any patterned papers on them! 
For my card, I used a 7 x 5 blank white card.  I distressed around the edges with Victorian Velvet distress ink.
Onto the card base, I layered a piece of scrap white card, that I had run through my cut n boss with a butterfly embossing folder, and which I had coloured with broken china distress ink to bring out the embossing.  I rounded the corners with my x cut large corner rounder.
For my topper, I stamped a woodware stamped image onto a plain piece of white card and rounded the corners.  Then I coloured in the image using promarkers in shades to match the distress inks (sorry, I forgot to note the actual shades used).  
Next, I cut the card into three equal size strips, and distressed all four edges of each with the victorian velvet ink.  Then, I reassembled them onto a piece of black card, leaving a narrow border in between the strips.  I then trimmed the black card to leave a narrow border all round but leaving a gap at the bottom for the sentiment.  I rounded off the corners of the black card to match the base layer.

I attached the sentiment (piece of scrap white card with corners rounded and stamped with versafine ink pad and heat embossed in a turquoise powder) after distressing the edges and stuck two faux pearls on either side.
Finally, I used my wink of stella pen to add some lustre to the leaves and some stickles to add some sparkle to the stamen of the flowers.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Challenge 145 - Warm summer colours

Bec is hosting for us this time and would like to see your creations with lovely warm summer colours. 

I chose to make a card focussing on a seaside view this time, again using some scrap card from my stash.  

I have lots of squares of watercolour card because my watercolour pad is A4 - inevitably I trim it square, so end up with that long strip over!  

The base cards were edged with a punch (sorry - forgot which one!) which had a look of waves about it, and were layered.
For my topper, I used an acrylic block on which I scribbled in random lines using my aqua water colour pens.  When I had the colours about right, I spritzed it with water, and then pressed the block itself onto the water colour card.

This left me with some stripes, and I used some hobbyart stamps to make a scene, using black ink.  I coloured the stamps in using the aqua pens - it's amazing how you can give definition to random lines just with a few images!

I finished the card off with a stamped seashell, that I coloured with one of the pens.

I haven't put a sentiment on there yet - not sure if I want it to be a birthday or what.  I've found myself doing this more often now - it adds a bit of versatility to the cards when I am choosing which occasion to use them for.