Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Gilded Rose Box

Fancy making a gift box and dressing up with your 3D Embossing Folders. I can't tell you what a super impression these will give your cards and projects, they really have to be seen to be believed. The depth of design is on so many levels, the techniques and finishes you apply can really enhance them.

The size of the embossing folder is 5 x 7'', so I wanted to make my basic box with a finished size of 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 with a depth of 1''. I made my box with the Big Score, I cut two sheets of Matt Black Cardstock measuring 9 1/2 x 7 1/2. Having assembled the box, I gilded the embossed card with Empire Gold and Renaissance Gold and secured it to the lid with Tacky Glue. To add more texture and to hide the seam, I used DecoArt Sand Texture paste around the top and sides.

I used a small scrap of black card to emboss the cartouche and cut it out. With Black Dylusions ink spray, I dyed some paper roses. I then used the 'Rose' stamp from Sheena to add the sentiment.

I painted the Texture paste with Pebeo Black Gesso and then gilded the whole box and roses with the same gilding wax. I then used 3D Glue Gel to secure the roses and additional Cartouche to the lid.

Thank you for taking the time to visit today and for your lovely comments on here and Facebook, I really do appreciate them all. I hope you have enjoyed the step by step and the finished piece. Take care and Happy Crafting.xxx

Monday, 22 May 2017

Another Full Sneak Peek

Morning everyone, Hope you all had a great weekend. Time for another Sneak Peek of a card I have made for the brand new Create a Card dies being launched on Hochanda by Crafters Companion. Counting down the days now until the big day on Friday 26th May. I am sure the show will be full of inspiration, so I hope you will be tuning in.

I will be sharing step by steps for the cards I have been making with these great dies, so I hope you will join me after the launch for these. Take care and Happy Crafting.xx

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Life's an Adventure

Create a rustic look with these fantastic 3D Embossing Folders launched on Hochanda by Crafters Companion. There is so much Depth and Dimension in these folders that they really hold their own. I have really enjoyed designing to show just how detailed they are.

For this card, I wanted the finished card to be larger than the embossing folder, but also wanted the folder to be the main focal point, so I cut 2 which I would join together later. I inked my 'Regency Swirls' folder with Rich Cocoa Memento Ink and ran through my machine. This coloured the lowest part of the design to highlight the different levels of emboss. The card I used here was Neenah Dessert Storm.

Next I trimmed the design, both pieces to 6 3/4'' x 4 3/4''.

I took a strip of hessian, which I frayed at the edges. Then I joined the embossing folders to give me a 7 1/2 x 6 1/2 piece. I wrapped the hessian around horizontally and secured at the back with red liner tape. I did the same with some raffia, then again vertically, where they crossed I tied a knot.

I backed the piece onto red pearl card to give a narrow border, then attached to my 8 x 7 base card made with Ivory Centura Pearl card. I stamped the sentiment and cut it with a basic circle die, distressed with Antique Linen and layered onto some matching card cut with a larger basic circle die.

I hope you have enjoyed this step by step and the finished card, I hope it has shown the depth and detail of the folder, which is what I wanted with this card. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and hope to see you soon. Take care and Happy Crafting.xxx

Friday, 19 May 2017

Super New Launch Next Friday (26th May)

Morning, I have a nice surprise for you today, a full "SNEAK PEEK" on my blog. Crafters Companion are launching these Super New Create a Card dies next week, so here is one of the cards I have made for the show. I really hope you will be tuning in to Hochanda to see them in action.

I have to admit I have never used anything like this before. However they have been wonderful to work with. Having the ability to make a special card base at home with whatever card stock you like. It's fantastic, once you have cut the card the FUN really begins, The Decorating. I will be sharing Step by steps after the launch, so please keep your eyes peeled. Take care and Happy Crafting.xx

Thursday, 18 May 2017

All you need is Love.....

Morning, Today my card Is using 'Country Garden', one of the wonderful New 3D Embossing Folders launched on Hochanda by Crafters Companion. Where is the embossing folder, I hear you say!!! I wanted to share a completely different way of using them as well as a great way to use up all of those pieces in your bit box, we all have them. I have also used The 'Script' Stamp from 'All the Love' set by Leonie.

To begin with, take all those bits of black card you have and selectively emboss them with the folder, choose the elements you want to use on your card.

Next gently highlight them with your Pebeo Gilding wax, Here I have used Empire Gold and Renaissance Gold. Set aside for later.

To make the background I took a 5 1/2'' Square of Sheena stamping card, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and I stamped Leonie's Script stamp, I did the same for the sentiment panel.

Across the background and the sentiment panel, I used Frayed Burlap, Old Photo and Tea Dye Distress Inks, darkening around the edges and blending out to a much lighter shade in the centre.

I then backed the sentiment with Black card, giving a very narrow border.

Before adding anything to the background I wrapped 5 or 6 strands of hessian string and secured it at the back. I then attached it to my 6'' square Centura Pearl card base. I then added a metal key embellishment.

To add the wow to the card, I shaped the flowers and leaves, made from the folder, arranged and secured them with Collall 3D Glue Gel. I did leave a couple flat for sticking to the base card with Tacky Glue.

I hope you like the different way I have used the folder and maybe it's something you hadn't thought of before. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit today and hope to see you very soon. Take care and Happy Crafting.xxx

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The Little Things

Hopefully you managed to catch the launch of these brand new 3D Embossing Folders on Hochanda from Crafters Companion. It's impossible for me to let you know just how amazing the detail is, it's one of those things that has to be seen to be believed. Here is a very simple card I made for the launch , they really speak for themselves, so any card or project you make will have wonderful depth and dimension. All you have to decide is how you want to show it off.

For this card, you will need a piece of Mirri card, cut to 6 1/2 x 4 1/2'' to allow an overlap for attaching later. It was embossed with the Regency Swirl 3D Folder. Then it was coloured with a selection of Adirondack Alcohol inks, I used Pool, Sunshine, Yellow, Sail Boat Blue, Denim and Stonewashed. They were applied using  a felt pad and applicator, rotating the tool as much as possible.

Taking an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Ivory card, I scored it in half to create a Tent Fold base card. The I cut out a window/display frame using the wonderful die from Sue Wilson. 

Having stamped the sentiment from the coordinating stamps I cut a matt from some extra Mirri card that I had coloured using the same inks. I then added some colour to my sentiment using Antique Linen Distress Ink, making it deeper around the edges and layered both onto Centura Pearl Ivory Cardstock.

I cut a selection of leaves, some from Leonie's Mixed Media collection into the Mirri Card I had previously coloured. I also coloured some Mirri with Raspberry Alcohol ink and from this I cut some of Leonie's Mixed Media flowers. I then embossed the leaves using a Leaf Vein Texture Embossing Folder from Crafters Companion.

To finish the card I attached the Mirri Card behind my window with 3D Glue Gel. Then I added the sentiment, I lastly shaped the flowers and arranged them using the glue gel.

I am so happy you took the time to visit today, I hope you enjoyed the step by step and the card I have shared today. Take care and Happy Crafting.xxx

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Time - Showing us what Matters

Hello, I've got something a little different to share with you this morning. Yesterday Kim from Paperbabe Stamps brought her Male Mixed Media, stamps and stencils to Hochanda. I bought them a little while ago, they really are fantastic. I never been able to draw a successful face so these have really been amazing to use and have allowed me to try something new. If you didn't see the shows, they will be available on 'Rewind' via the Hochanda website.

For this I used the 'Side Swept Bangs' template, the instructions are super easy to follow. I used Stick n Spray from Crafters Companion on the back of mine to hold it in place. Next I positioned the facial features, using the coordinating stamps. For the eye's I used Blueprint Sketch Distress ink.

Once completed, I used a 0.3 & 0.5 black Copic Multiliner pen to darken the lines before rubbing out all of the pencil markings.

I started building up the skin tone with my alcohol markers, blending to add shape to the face.

I continued to blend, darkening around the sides of the face and hairline. Below the shoulders, I faded to the lightest shade.

I took a warm golden base for the hair, my chosen hair colour was dark brown but I like to start with a lighter base, after adding the darker colours the tones does show to give a more realistic look.

Next I took my 2nd beige colour to start the blending. Working with the hairs natural movement, blending from the root and from the tips, leaving a bridge in the mid-lengths. 

I continued with a deep warm brown applying in the same way.

Lastly, I took my darkest brown to add even more depth and tone before blending with the warm brown I had used previously.

Then using copier paper, I made a mask to cover the whole image.

The colours I used for this background were Blueprint Sketch, Dusty Concorde and Chipped Sapphire. I wanted to blend areas while still keeping some white without it starting to look patchy.

I made a stencil from the clock die from the 'Time Traveller' collection by Sheena. I also used another from Clarity, stippling through with Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire.

With Memento Black ink, I stamped a sentiment stamp from Bee Crafty, using the 'Time' part on the left had side and the rest in the top right hand corner. I next took the Hourglass stamp from Sheena's Time Traveller collection and stamped using Blueprint Sketch Distress ink.

I finally removed the copier paper mask.

Many thanks for taking a look today, I do hope you have enjoyed this step by step and the finished piece. If you would like to do something similar, I would highly recommend the stencils and stamps from Paperbabe, they have really helped me to do something that I have always wanted to do. Hope you will join me again soon, Take care and Happy Crafting.xx