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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Texture Paste & Mask Card

Hello crafters!

Here is an 8 x 8 card made during our card-making workshops.

This card is a sample made using Cosmic Shimmer Texture Paste and Gilding Wax in Phill Martin Colours 'Frosted Collection',  Sentimentally Yours Stamps 'Baroque Collection', That Special Touch Masks, Distress Inks, Sue Wilson Dies and Creative Expressions A4 Embossing Folders.

The colours used on the main sample are Phill's Cosmic Shimmer colours in Frosted Mink, but as always we've included samples made in other colours.

Stage 1 - cut out all the die cut shapes needed for the card.  Here we have used Maggie from the Frames & Tags Collection and Majestic Monarch.

Stage 2 - cut out the layers needed for your card. Emboss one layer in your chosen pattern.  Here we have used Fine Finials.

Stage 3 - select your colour! (the best bit) and your mask.  Here we have used Frosted Mink and Leaf Print.    Use a spray adhesive to stick your mask to the top white layer (we usually make this layer just a little bigger than the mask)

Stage 4 - using a palette knife apply the Pearl & Sparkle texture paste through the mask to create your preferred pattern.  Here we applied the Sparkle diagonally across the middle and then the Pearl diagonally onto the outer parts, overlapping the two a little.  Carefully, peel back the mask from the card layer and wash the mask in soapy in water.

TIP - Use long strokes with the palette knife and in the same direction; avoid lots of little strokes as this causes the paste to seep under the mask.  Leave to dry - which might take up to 1 hour depending on the temperature! We put ours near the radiators to speed up the drying process.

Stage 5 - use the gilding wax to cover the solid frame from the Maggie die, the edges of the back layer and also the butterflies.  Here we chose to cut down one of the butterflies to create a different shape.



Stage 6 -  use a coordinating Distress Ink pad  to stamp your chosen sentiment onto the top circle shape from the Maggie die.  Here we have used the Mini Baroque Everyday Sentiments.


Stage 7 - when the texture paste layer is dry assemble all the layers using double sided foam tape where you like and add your lovely butterflies and some Glitter Jewels!

 The Full Card



Here is what we used with links to the www....



Frosted Aqua




















Frosted Heather





















Frosted Jade/Blossom




Remember -We are more than happy for you to replicate our cards in your own style :-)

Happy Crafting!










PS - Don't forget to 'like' Phill's Facebook page and follow him on Twitter to keep in touch, you can also find him on Pinterest and Instagram for ideas and inspiration :-)

(Links below)



Thursday, 16 March 2017

Distress Inks - Water Misting

Hello crafters!

Sorry, it's been a while since our last post; we've been busy with the Trade Show, Craftathon & Great Create!

Hopefully, we are back on track...

Here is a 7 x 7 card made during our workshops.

This card is a sample made using Creative Expressions 'Stamps to Die For', with Phill's Sentimentally Yours Stamps and Paper Pads and Distress Inks misted with water. As usual, we've used some of Sue Wilson's dies.

The colours used on the main sample card are Stormy Sky and Victorian Velvet, but as always we've included samples made with other colours.

Stage 1 - Cut out die cut shapes needed for the card.  Here we have used Orange Blossom Complete Petals & Delicate Fronds.  (We cut out the Topper Die after we stamped the decorative frame... unless you're brave enough!!!!)

Stage 2 - Select your background paper and coordinating Distress Ink Pads.  Here we have used the Decadent Damask Paper Pad (Denim) with Stormy Sky & Victorian Velvet.

Stage 3 - Cut the background layer in white card 16 x 16 and use a Smoothie to blend the colour around the edges of the layer.  Cut the background paper 15 x 15 and layer together on the card blank.

Stage 4 - Use a water colour brush to paint the Orange Blossom Petals, starting with the middle colour and then overlapping the outer colour a little.  To do this we stamped the ink pad onto a blending mat and picked the ink up with the brush. (Don't worry if the colour looks dark as spraying with a lot of water will blend and soften the look)  When all the petals are coloured lay them out on a piece of kitchen roll.  Spray the petals with a water mister until the colours start to bleed.  (It may take more water than you think, so start with 5-6 sprays and check as you go).  Leave these to dry naturally for at least 30 minutes before you use the heat tool if you get bored waiting!


Stage 5- Select your Stamps To Die For decorative frame.  Here we have used the Baroque Blossom to coordinate with the Damask Paper Pad.   We have inked the stamp with the TWO distress inks, ensuring we have overlapped the colours slightly.  Then we have very lightly misted water over the stamp, just 2 or 3 sprays; enough to leave tiny water drops on the ink.  Stamp the image, holding the stamp in place for about 10 seconds to allow the colour to sink in.  Let the image dry.


Stage 6 - When the decorative frame stamp is dry use the coordinating die to cut out the shape.  Here we have used the Seychelles Die. Don't forget the little sentiment topper, which needs stamping with a small sentiment from either the Blossom or Timeless Collection.

Stage 7 - Shape your flowers, assemble all the layers and add some bling!

The Full Card




Here is a list of what we used with links to the www......


Peeled Paint/Picked Raspberries





















Faded Jeans/Walnut Stain




















Faded Jeans/Dusty Concord






















Remember -We are more than happy for you to replicate our cards in your own style :-)



Happy Crafting!











PS - Don't forget to 'like' Phill's Facebook page and follow him on Twitter to keep in touch, you can also find him on Pinterest and Instagram for ideas and inspiration :-)

(Links below)





Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Baroque Collection - Distress Ink with Embossing Folder


Hello crafters!

Here is a 7x7 card made at our workshops recently.

This card is a sample made using the Sentimentally Yours 'Baroque Stamp Collection', Sue Wilson Pacific Ocean Die 'Bora Bora' and Distress Inks with Embossing Folders.

The colour we have used on the main sample card is peeled paint, but as always we have included other samples made with different colours.

Stage 1 - cut out all the die cuts shapes needed for the card.  Here we have used 'Bora Bora' for the main centre piece, Perfect Peony Complete Petals and Delicate Fronds.

Stage 2 - cut out the layers needed for the card.  For the embossed layer we used a piece of card larger than needed and trimmed it down after to make sure it was the correct size.  We did this as we used the Gemini Machine to ensure we got a really deep embossed finish, as we wanted to ink over the pattern.  If we had cut the layer the correct size to start with, sometimes it can shrink when put through an embossing machine.

Stage 3 - we inked all the layers and die cut shapes using distress inks and smoothies.  Remember, you only need to colour the bits you will actually see; so don't colour all the card and save time!  It's worth practising with the distress inks first to gauge how much colour you want to add.  You can always add more, but you cannot take away!

Stage 4 - we used a 'Speedball Brayer' to apply the distress inks over the embossing folder pattern.  Load up the brayer with a good amount of ink and then lightly roll over the raised embossed pattern.  You will need to apply the ink a few times and in different directions to get an even coverage.

Stage 5 -  stamp your chosen Sentiment; here we have used 'Baroque Mini Sentiments'.  Then shape your flowers, assemble all the layers and add some bling!

Here is the list of what we used with links to the www:



The Full Card


Close Up












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Different Colour Samples


Peacock Feathers

Squeezed Lemonade

Iced Spruce

Victorian Velvet

Remember -We are more than happy for you to replicate our cards in your own style :-)

Happy Crafting!












PS - Don't forget to 'like' Phill's Facebook page and follow him on Twitter to keep in touch, you can also find him on Pinterest and Instagram for ideas and inspiration :-)

(Links below)


Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Inkspirational Stamp Collection and Colour Cloud


Hello crafters!

Here is another card to inspire you.

This card is a sample made using the beautiful Sentimentally Yours 'Inkspirational Stamp Collection'. Sentimentally Your 'Vintage Script Background' stamp and Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud blending inks.  We have used Creative Expressions 'Smoothies' to create the seamless, blended finish using two colours.

The colours we have used on this sample card are from the Phill Martin range -  'Frosty Blossom' and 'Frosty Sky', but as always I have attached examples using colour combinations.  We have also used black foundations card for the layers, but some colours work better with navy blue.

Firstly, we have created the coloured background layer using 'Colour Cloud'.   The middle colour (Frosty Blossom) was applied first using the 'Smoothies' at an angle across the card layer.  It's always a good idea to take off the excess colour from the smoothie then you can add more depth if you wish.  We then applied the second colour (Frosty Sky) working outside-in, making sure that we overlapped with the middle colour slightly to create the blended effect.

Secondly we stamped the 'Vintage Script' background onto the left hand side, using Black Soot Distress Ink.  We have made sure to overlap the edge, but come in enough to cover at least 1/2 the layer.   We then stamped the border on the left and right edge of the colour cloud layer.  On this card we have moved the 'Inkspirational Border' in a little on the left side, so that we could add some more flourishes.  On the right we have just stamped a little of the detail flourish to add some interest.

The tag was stamped again with Black Soot Distress Inks, using the 'Inkspirational Birthday Sentiments'. with a little extra flourish on the edges.

The Open Daisies petals have been layered together and finished with a simple cream pearl in the centre.

Here is what we used (with links to the www):


Full Card
 

Close Up

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Frosty Blossom and Frosty Jade 
Frosted Mink and Frosted Blossom


Decadent Denim and Soft Cerise

Chic Aubergine and Pretty in Pink


Remember -We are more than happy for you to replicate our cards in your own style :-)

Happy Crafting!











PS - Don't forget to 'like' Phill's Facebook page and follow him on Twitter to keep in touch, you can also find him on Pinterest and Instagram for ideas and inspiration :-)

(Links below)




Inkspirational Stamp Collection with Memento Inks

Inkspirational Stamp Collection with Memento Inks

Hello Crafters!

Here is a new card for you that was made at our regular card making workshops.

This card is a sample made using the Sentimentally Yours  'Inspirational Stamp Collection' and the beautiful Memento Ink Pads.  We have also used Creative Expressions 'Smoothies' to create the seamless, blended look on the flowers.  You can use these fabulous latex smoothies to blend with any inks such as distress inks or colour cloud.

The colours we have used on this card are the Elderberry and Teal Zeal, but as always I have attached samples using other colours

To stamp the borders around the frame we have inked up both colours on our chosen border stamp from the 'Inkspirational Borders A5 Stamp Set'' before applying to the card.  We applied the lighter colour first and then slightly overlapped the darker colour to blend.   We started with a shorter edge and then rotated the card and stamped the border again until all four sides were stamped.  To create the sentiment we have  used the 'Inspirational Birthday Sentiments A5 Stamp Set' and again have overlapped the two ink colours to create the blended look.  We have then used a 'Smoothie' to gently tap the darker colour against the edge of the layers and soften the white edges.

To create the stunning flowers we have used 'Smoothies' to blend the two colours.  Starting with the centre colour we applied ink to the smoothie, but then took off any excess ink to control the depth of colour.  (You can always add, but you cannot take away!).  We applied to the centre of each flower using a gentle circular action, just so it came about 1/3 of the way.  Next we applied the outer colour to the very tips of the petal quite darkly, so that this would contrast.  To create the faded look we took off virtually all the excess ink from the smoothie and using a gentle circular action we blended the outer colour from outside-in and just overlapped the inner colour.   The flowers were then shaped with a 'Shape-It' tool and assembled.

The flower dies were very gently inked with the same two colours, just to take off the stark whiteness.

This card has 6 layers;

Card Blank - 21 x 18
Layer 1 - 20.5 x 17.5 (plain white - stuck flat to base card)
Layer 2 - 20 x 17 (embossed layer - stuck flat to layer 1)
Layer 3 - 16.5 x 12.5 (plain white)
Layer 4 - 16 x 12 (stamped border - stuck flat to layer 3)
Layer 5 -  9.5 x 7.5 (plain white)
Layer 6 - 9 x 7 (stamped sentiment - stuck flat to layer 5)

We used double sided foam tape to lift the stamped border layer and stamped sentiment layer.   Glitter jewels was used on each flower petal, the leaf die and the edges of the layers.

Here is what we used (with links to the www)




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Tangelo and Rich Cocoa

Teal Zeal and Lilac Posies

Rhubarb Stalk and Tangelo 
Nautical Blue and Pear Tart


Cottage Ivy and Lilac Posies

Remember -We are more than happy for you to replicate our cards in your own style :-)

Happy Crafting!











PS - Don't forget to 'like' Phill's Facebook page and follow him on Twitter to keep in touch, you can also find him on Pinterest and Instagram for ideas and inspiration :-)

(Links below)


Friday, 18 November 2016

Dainty Daisies collection with pearl lustre embossing powders

Hello Crafters!


Here is another beautiful card made at our regular card making workshops.


This card is a sample made using the 'Dainty Daisies Stamp Collection' and uses the gorgeous 'Pearl Lustre Embossing Powders' from Phill's cosmic shimmer range.   The pearl lustre powders give a softer, but more pearlescent finish when embossing.  The flowers have been 'double embossed' to give a really stunning glossy look! This colour is the 'Decadent Oak' used with Chestnut Foundation Card, but I have attached some other examples using different colour combinations.


To stamp with the pearl lustre powders it is really important to use the anti-static bag and be quite generous as the mica content means the powder clings more.   After applying 'perfect medium' to the stamp and heat embossing, leave the stamped image for a few minutes and then wipe away any excess pearl lustre powder with a very soft tumble dryer sheet.  This just helps to lift off any left over powder and ensures the area around where you have stamped stays clean!


The stamps that I have used for the main sentiment are the 'Dainty Daisies Everyday Sentiments' and the corners have been stamped with the 'Dainty Daisies Everyday Corner Sentiments'.  The gorgeous swirly pattern behind the sentiment has been done using the 'Dainty Daisies Flourishes & Corners'.  It just adds that extra bit of loveliness to the card!


To double emboss the flowers, we have pressed the die cut flower 'right-side' down into the perfect medium pad.  Your fingers get a bit sticky, but it's all part of the fun!  Turn the flower over and cover with the pearl lustre powder, shaking off any excess.  Heat emboss gently until the powder melts. The first finish will look a bit 'wishy-washy', but don't worry as you are going to repeat the process again to ensure the final finish is lovely! (be sure to allow the flower to completely cool before pressing back into the perfect medium).


To finish off the flowers we have used the Pearl PVA in the coordinating colour in the centre, and sprinkled over glitter jewels for extra bling.


The oval frame has been created using the 'Grace' die Sue Wilson's Frame & Tags collection.  I love this die as it is so versatile.  Here, we have set the dies down into the card, but you could easily build the layers up to add more depth.  


When making easel cards you need to make sure that the flat, base layer of the card has a 'lifted' part so that the top part can rest on it and stand easily.  Here we have used a simple border stamped randomly with 3 daisies from the 'Dainty Daisies Flourishes & Corners' and using the same Pearl Lustre embossing powder.  We have lifted the border with double sided foam tape.



We have finished off the card with Sue Wilson dies: Delicate (Daisies Complete). and Delicate Fronds.

Here is what I used (with links to the WWW if you need them) 

(As always, we only use Cosmic Shimmer dries clear PVA glue and Perfect Medium pad)

The Full Card







































Close Up

























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Decadent Denim

























Decadent Grape



























Remember -We are more than happy for you to replicate our cards in your own style :-)

Happy Crafting!


PS - Don't forget to 'like' Phill's Facebook page and follow him on Twitter to keep in touch, you can also find him on Pinterest and Instagram for ideas and inspiration :-)

(Links below)