One Wedding Dress – Pearls and Petticoats

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July 24, 2016

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Lots of lustrous shimmer and shine in this lovely wedding card with it’s pearls and petticoats.

stamps: Elegant Bride 3207F & Wishes Corner 4075D both by Stamp-it

dies: Trellis siz659431

inks: Sepia Archival pad; Jet Black StazOn pad

  1. Stamp Best Wishes wording into top left corner of shimmer card with Sepia ink pad. Stamp bride in black StazOn ink into centre of cream shimmer card, then again onto patterned shimmer paper. Cut out skirt only in patterned paper. Attach fringe of white organza ribbon along bottom edge of skirt and magic mount into place over stamped image on main card (gluing top of skirt flat to surface).
  2. Colour bride’s top with White Opal Liquid Pearls direct from bottle, running lines down folds of skirt also. Dot pink variations of Liquid Pearls for bouquet and set aside to dry.
  3. Attach card layers.
  4. Using Big Shot, cut out die shapes in embossed shimmer card. Sponge around 4 of them with Sepia pad and arrange at top right of card, magic mounting one. Colour stem of bouquet with green Spectrum Noir pen.
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One Wedding Dress – Vintage Bride

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wedding dresses 016What’s old is new again – vintage is back in style!

wedding dresses 017stamps: Elegant Bride 3207F, Love 2774C both by Stamp-it; Something Old, Something New P722 by My Sentiments Exactly

 

 

 

  1. Stamp bride in black StazOn ink onto ivory card. Paint skirt and headdress with white acrylic paint. Paint top with Pewter Liquid Pearls. Set aside to dry. Reg leaves 013
  2. Cover top with clear Distress Crackle paint. This will dry clear and shiny (and cracked of course). Cover skirt with Kroma crackle gel. This goes on clear, but will dry an off-white matt. The thicker you apply it, the more obvious the cracks. Spread crackle gel around edges of card in thinner layer using palette knife. Set aside to dry. This may take a 1-3 days. Reg leaves 012
  3. Sponge card with Antique Linen Distress ink (going around bride). Sponge edges (going in a little) with Sepia Archival ink. Apply a little Brushed Pewter Distress Stain, blending in with a wet paint brush if needed. Sponge edges only with Potting Soil Archival ink.
  4. Position and stamp wordings of choice with the aid of a t-grid. Reg leaves 010
  5. Apply glue to bouquet area and using tweezers, place single cut flowers from ribbon edge into position. Apply dot of Silver Stickles into centre of flowers and set aside to dry.
  6. Cut out frame in brown card. Run Silver embossing pad around inside edge and emboss with silver embossing powder. Run pad over frame and around outside edge randomly and emboss with silver powder. Mount with black magic mount over bride image.
  7. Attach finished front of card to silver matting and brown backing card.

 

Crackle wedding 5Crackle wedding 4An alternative version I made of this card without the frame. The ribbon border down the left side is what the bouquet flowers were cut from.

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You are Loved

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July 17, 2016

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colours of grief 007 Sending a little love your way on this cold and blustery winter day.

stamps: Heart F2841 by PSX

stencil: Mini Paradise 186s by The Crafters Workshop

 

 

 

 

 

1. Smear texture paste through stencil with a palette knife onto ivory card. Set aside to dry.colours of grief 002colours of grief 004

 

 

 

 

 

2. Sponge around edge of ivory card with Sepia Archival ink. Wrap ivory satin ribbon around card front and secure at back with two-sided tape. Fix to front of white backing card. colours of grief 005

3. Stamp heart in white pigment ink onto ivory card and emboss with white embossing powder. Heat set. Cut out heart. Sponge around edges with Sepia ink.

4. Fix heart across middle of ribbon, to the right of center. Tie bow with scrap of ivory satin ribbon and fix to right of heart in line with ribbon strip. Fix some cream pearls to right lobe of heart.colours of grief 009

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Leaves of Red & Gold

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June 20, 2016

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The falling leaves drift by the window
The autumn leaves of red and gold

Sscrunched leaf 002tamps: ” Old Letter” CG197 by Hero Arts

Dies: Sizzix Tattered Leaves 656927

Inks:  Plum, Sepia & Coffee Archival pads; Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge & Crushed Olive Distress pads; Crushed Olive & Tarnished Bronze Distress Stain Sprays; Ink Refresher; Zig Black Pen

Papers: Ivory matt card (10.1×9.6cm), burgundy (10.6×10.1cm), rust (10.8×11.5cm), green backing card (13x26cm), scrap of ivory card

Start with plain ivory card and sponge it with Antique Linen and Rusty Hinge Distress inks using a sponging block.  Stamp “Old Letter” in Plum ink. Spritz lightly with Crushed Olive & Bronze Distress Spays. Dry with heatgun.  Sponge around edges with Sepia ink.

Cut out leaf from Tattered Leaves die in ivory scrap. Sponge Distress inks over to colour. Dry with heatgun. Spritz with Ink Refresher. Scrunch up while wet, then shape and dry with heatgun. You want the leaf to be textured looking and curvy, but still flat enough to easily attach to your card. Freehand, draw border around edge of leaf with Black Zig Pen. Spritz leaf lightly with Bronze Distress Spray. Attach leaf to card front.

Layer finished card front onto burgundy matting. Attach width of rust card behind at left and fix to green backing card.

 

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Gumnut Babies

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March 9, 2016

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Some gumnut baby cards to welcome soon to be Aussie’s to the world. Fairly generic, so could be for a girl or boy (though I’d be tempted to incorporate a little pink if I knew it was a girl).

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May Gibbs design “Just Peeking” K476 by Stamp World, 100% Love 3524C by Stamp-It Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

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“Nestling Babe” 846E and “Baby” 3132D by Stamp-It Australia; Sizzix “Vintage Scale” and embossing folder siz658467

 

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Gumnut Flower

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February 6, 2016

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One of the talented Helen Williams very popular Stamp-It designs –  “Gumnut Brush”  3745E, stamped with Adirondack “Pesto” ink pad and decorated with “Poppy Red” Flowersoft and “Gold” Liquid Pearls. The background stamp is “Handwriting” 3546H.

bottlebrush blueA blue version of the same stamp, stamped with Ultramarine StazOn pad, using “Gold” Flowersoft with “Baby Blue” Liquid Pearls. The background pattern stamp is from Stamp-It set092, also used “Limited Cog” stamp 4906C. Card has been spritzed with “Sunflower Sparkle” Perfect Pearl Mists. Sizzix shape is bigz die “Ornate Frame #3” siz656578.

 

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For this card, I have stamped the image with a “Sepia” Archival pad, then while still wet, immediately brushed some “Sunflower Sparkle” Perfect Pearl Powder over the top of the flower part only, with a dry paint brush. The leaves I have gone over the light brown inked image, with various green shades of normal coloured pencils.

 

 

 

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Because this design is a solid image (rather than an outline one), it works well with the “direct to rubber” technique – whereas the name suggests, you use your texters directly on the rubber to colour. This means you can get multiple colours on your image, rather than stamping with an ink pad which would just give you one colour. (Note: only suitable for water-based inks. Do not try this with Spectrum Noir or Copic pens).

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Blue Butterfly

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November 1, 2015

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A butterfly birthday card for one of my girlfriends. It was a bit hard to take a photo of because of the reflection of the clear film.

I stamped Butterfly Moments 4691F onto clear film with white StazOn pad. Mounted it over dark blue card by means of the silver brad through the clock centre and some dabs of glue beneath the butterfly images. This was then matted onto a piece of silver shimmer card, then some blue vellum, which I torn around the edges of. The vellum had been embossed with a sizzix embossing folder. The damask pattern of the folder shows up white on the blue vellum. My backing card was blue mi-teintes. I stamped an extra large white butterfly on the clear film, which I cut out, folded the wings up on and glued down the body only above the identical image on card.

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Mermaid school

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October 13, 2015

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Shaving cream backgrounds have been around for a long time now, but I always found it a very messy technique and to be honest – it didn’t really inspire me. Then when I was playing with some ideas for watery background effects for my seahorse cards, I thought I’d give shaving cream another go, but do things a little differently. I had a fabulous time playing and am ecstatic with the results!! And hardly any mess. I’m sure you’ll love it too. I can hear you scrambling for the bathroom cupboard to steal away hubby’s shaving cream as we speak.

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Material List: Stamp-It 2286F Mystical Mermaid; Jet Black Archival Pad; Fresh Lime, London Blue, Calypso Teal & Vibrant Turquoise Dylusion Sprays, Evergreen Bough & Peacock feathers Distress Sprays; Crushed Olive, Scattered Straw & Tumbled Glass Distress Stains, various Alcohol Inks; white Matt & Kromekote Cards, Marigold & Great Lakes Bazzill Cards, Orange Magenta Mesh; Shaving Cream, Liquid Pearls, Stardust Stickles, Black Zig Pen, Waterbrush, Seahorse Punch

 

 

Note: the steps shown below were photographed after completion of the above card, so the finished result will look slightly different.
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1.  Squirt some shaving cream onto matt white cardstock. You don’t need too much. Spread with palette knife to nearly cover card, then place another piece of  white card over it. Squish slightly together, twist a little, then slowly peel apart. This will create mountains and valleys in your cream that would be hard to do with just the palette knife.

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2.  Spray your creamed card with inks. I have used Dylusions sprays Vibrant Turquoise, Calypso Teal, Fresh Lime, London Blue and After Midnight.

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3.  Now for the fun part – heat using a heat gun! This evaporates the shaving cream, leaving behind air bubbles and ridges of white. Very organic looking. I love it!! (Note: that’s why you don’t want too thick a layer of shaving cream on your card to start with as it will take too long to dry and may start to smoke.)

4.  Layer your finished card onto desired backing. I used some orange and blue Bazzill cardstock with some Magenta mesh placed diagonally across it.

5.  The mermaid stamp you will notice is actually only the top half, which is good because that’s the hard part done for you. Now all you need to do is extend the line of her body downwards to include her hips. Do this with a pencil first until you’re happy with how it looks (don’t forget to give her a belly button), then go over in permanent black felt tip pen. Colour her and her fish in. I used a combination of Distress Stains, Distress markers and Liquid Pearls. Cut her out, tearing across bottom below hips. Mount her onto shaving cream background card.

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6.  I punched out the little seahorses on white kromekote gloss card, then coloured them with alcohol inks. I positioned them randomly in front of the mermaid, then added a little Stardust Stickles to make them shimmer. See below for some more samples I did with this shaving cream technique.

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