Some promised cards

Hi folks,

Well, I didn’t get here last week but I did make some cards, but before I show those I will show  a couple I had promised to show you when the recipients had received them.  So, here is the first one, which I made for the 15th Anniversary of my teabag folding club.  It was cut from one piece of cardstock with other pieces added on where appropriate.  This was made using some leftover papers from the Creative Memories National Scrapbook Day event I held in May.  The daisies are actually the “negatives” of daisies I used elsewhere.  The medallion at the bottom is made from “tiles” cut from CM patterned papers from a different batch with little flowers.

 

The next one was made for another recipient and it was for a “Mid-Month Fold” which means that midway through the month we are presented with a fold which participants have to follow to make a medallion and then send to the nominated person.  Everyone who signs up for the swap receives and sends a card.

This one was made using an embossing folder, I simply sponged some colour over the embossing and attached a medallion with the appropriate fold.  I don’t always add sentiments or words for cards made for swaps because that way the person receiving it can use it for birthday or other occasion they wish.

My next post will show my first Card for the Week as it’s my turn again to be Card Captain for the Michael Strong Stamps group.  You’ve seen my previous ones so I hope you come back to see what I have this week.  Until then (later today).  Cheers and thanks for looking.

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Time for another card

Hello again,

Today I have a card which I finished a week or so ago and thought you might enjoy!  It has a bit of nostalgia and fantasy combined with simplicity.  I made it from some left over paper and Michael Strong stamps – fan – and a bought flower, though not sure where I bought it.  Anyway, enjoy!  As always let me know what you think.

Hello again!

HI there, I did say I would try and catch up on one card a week.  Here goes, I have 9 to catch up and one for this week.

I made 20+ cards while on holiday in Port Stephens, I have shown you two of those already yesterday.  Today I will show a couple that use a variety of products from Kaszazz, Creative Memories and other assorted “ingredients”.   The one on the left is made with an embossing folder (cannot remember the brand – will advise later), which I cut into the two pieces and attached to the card blank and just to add a little more dimension I added the little Fairy.  The one on the right is a white card base stamped with the same “Moroccan” pattern stamp (Kaszazz) as the overlay, I added some paper flowers stamped and cut out – again no brand but the stamp came free with a magazine.  Enjoy!

Some cards for you to enjoy…

Hello again, I said I would try and catch up on the past couple of weeks and that I thought it would be worth the wait.

My partner and I have been doing some card making and scrapbooking workshops, using Creative Memories and topping up with stamps and other things if CM items were not available.

Earlier I showed you the scrapbook pages we made, so now I will show you some cards we made, three each.  We made two each for valentine cards or other special occasion and one each as Easter cards.  Enjoy!

Card of the day – Technique Thursday – Michael Strong Stamps Group

Hi everyone,

Have you been waiting with “bated breath”?  Today being Thursday, it’s time to share a technique, well I think this card will be appropriate as it has three techniques:

1st – find patterned paper or as in this case a photo of a postcard cut to size and attached to a piece of white card 10.5cm x 14.8cm (approx.)  Watercolour paper is best if using more watercolour pencils than I have.  I normally don’t give sizes because it depends on personal choice how big or small you make it.

Once cut to size, attach the photo/patterned paper where you’ve decided you want it, leaving room to stamp an image or as in this case use a border embossing folder (technique 2).

Next (technique 2) – I used a border embossing folder to fill the space, which was then painted with watercolour pencils and alcohol pens to give extra colour.

The watercolour pencils were used in an unusual way – you wet your brush and then apply to the colour pencil you want to use, you can apply direct to your project or you can build up a supply on a plastic sheet or placemat and then apply to your project.  Or simply colour in as you would with a normal colour pencil and wet the brush just enough to smooth the colouring but not too wet.

The alcohol pens used for the lighter flowers and leaves – use the brush end of the alcohol pens, brushing with the brush on its side (not tip down) so that raised embossing grabs the colour from the brush.

Then technique 3 – I stamped the dragonfly stamp 4 times onto patterned paper (saves painting them) and glued 2 toger and worked out where I wanted to place them and attached with mounting foam (small pre-cut squares).  The patterned paper used for the dragonflies is the same as the “mat”.

Finally, I decided I wanted to put a sentiment on as well, and having gone through the few I have, found one I thought was appropriate and stamped on smooth side of watercolour paper off cut and edged with black and attached with mounting foam.

So, ingredients:

  • card blank – brown cardstock
  • photo or patterned paper – for feature
  • patterned paper – for mat
  • white card but watercolour paper is better if using more watercolour pencils
  • watercolour pencils
  • alcohol or copic or similar pens

as well as the usual scissors, cutter/trimmer, mounting foam (sentiment), double sided adhesive tape, glossy accents or glue (for dragonflies).

I think I’ve covered everything but as always if you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them.

For those interested the “frugalcrafter” has a few videos on watercolour pencils and there are others as well: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_pR1d2QM9MlashFgTbJQlw

 Well, there you have the first Technique Thursday for 2017.  Thank you for all your lovely comments and I’ll see you tomorrow.  Cheers for now.

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COTD Day 4 – Technique Day

Port Macquarie at sunset.
Port Macquarie at sunset.

Hello everyone, it’s Thursday so it must be technique day. I was having trouble finding a technique that I could use which hasn’t been done but … thoughts were gone. So I came up with a simple idea which even beginners can do.

What you will need:

  • 1 x photo (4×6″ – trimmable, of something you really like);
  • cardstock – for card blank (fold and measure) – mine is A5 or 8-1/4″ x 5-3/4″;
  • spare cardstock to stamp your image (you could use slightly thicker coloured or patterned paper);
  • coloured/patterned paper – measure and cut to fit card blank (mat for photo);
  • Michael Strong stamp you wish to use;
  • double-sided tape, scissors, cutters and other usual tools;
  • magic mount – adhesive mounting squares or cut to size as you need;
  • Ranger Distress Stain or ink for stamping – I used Picket Fence and Brushed Pewter stains.

Now, make your card blank, measure up your patterned/coloured paper and photo. The photo should be trimmable, for example in my card I trimmed some of the ocean to fit the photo on the mat, only about (1/4″ or 1/2cm).

Once you have your card blank, patterned/coloured paper (mat) and photo all trimmed and ready to assemble – assemble – using double sided tape.

Get your stamp and apply ink or stain in the colour of your choice for stamping onto your chosen cardstock. Once dry, fussy cut and attach to your photo using double sided tape and magic mount on the middle one on my card. Done.

Card complete, all you need to do is add a sentiment if you wish.

I hope you enjoy the card I made, it is a photo I took when we were in Port Macquarie last year, it was getting a little late in the day when I took it and the sunset was beautiful.

As I said, a simple technique combining photos, stamping and blending colours.

Thank you for looking. I hope you have a go at making your own.