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Monday, 17 April 2017

Pixie Powder Card

Hello Crafters!

Here is a card made at our workshops.

This card is a sample made using Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders, Sentimentally Yours Stamps 'Chalkboard Collection', Background Stamps and various Montage Stamps, Sue Wilson dies 'Cascading Butterflies', Archival Inks.

The colours used on the main sample card are Aubergine Dream, Pale Olive and White Pearl, but as always we've included samples made by our crafters in other colours.

Stage 1 - Cut out the card layers to your chosen size that you will mat/layer.  This card is slightly bigger than DL size.

Stage 2 - Cut out of the dies - We have used Cascading Butterflies, but the Magical Butterflies would also work well.

Stage 3 - Choose your Pixie Powder colours for the card.  We have used 3 colours, but you could use 2 colours or a random pattern.  Using a water colour brush thoroughly wet the middle section of the top layer until you can see the water glistening.   Then tap the Pixie Powders gently onto the wet section of the card in your chosen pattern.  Here we did the middle section first, then the outer sections and then went over the whole section with white pearl.  You may need to use a Misting Bottle if you want the colours to merge more, but use sparingly, so the colours don't run too much! Use a heat tool to thoroughly dry the card.  This may take a little time, so be patient!  Keep flat until later.



Stage 4 - To colour the sentiment topper you have 2 choices..... You can either wet the edges with the water colour brush, tap the powder on and dry as before.  Or you can stamp the sentiment first and then add the colour after.  If stamping first be sure to use a permanent ink such as Archival or Staz On.  We have used Chalkboard Essentials 'Inspirational Words'



Stage 5 - Add some Pixie Powder colour to your Cascading Butterfly die cuts.  Here we tapped the powder on first and then used a Misting Bottle to wet the powders. Dry thoroughly.

Stage 6 - Choose the background and Montage Stamps that you wish to use to decorate the card layer.  Here we have used the following; Crackled Background, Vintage Script, Butterfly Elegance Icons.    On this card we used Archival Jet Black and literally just pressed the corners of the background stamp into the ink pad.



Stage 7 - Assemble all the layers and use Double Sided Foam Tape where you wish.  Add the Butterflies.


The Full Card



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



Other Samples






























































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, 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












Close Up













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)