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My Brand New Sentimentally Yours 2017 Xmas Stencils are now available at www.honeypotcrafts.co.uk!

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Stencils with Ink Mister & Texture Paste

Hello crafters!

Here is a card made during our in-store workshops.

This card was made using Phill's new A5 Stencils with his gorgeous 'Carnival Colours' (texture paste,  ink mister, colour cloud and gilding polish)

We also used Sue Wilson dies; Succulent Garden and Orange Blossom Leaves.

The colour on the main sample card is Tangy Tangerine and the stencils used are Grungy Dots and Birthday Sentiments. As always we've included examples made using the other Carnival Colours and stencils.  (all these cards have been made by crafters at our workshops)

Stage 1 - Cut out the card layers needed for the card (and die cuts) in bright white and black foundation card.  Although, we have done a square card these stencils work well with A5 cards too!

Card layers are:

  • Base Card - 17cm x 17cm
  • 1st layer in black - 16.5cm x 16.5cm
  • 2nd layer in white - 16cm x 16cm
  • 3rd layer in black - 13.5cm x 13.5cm
  • 4th layer in white - 13cm x 13xm
  • Banner black is 3cm x 12cm
  • Banner white is 2.5cm x 12
Stage 2 - Ink Mist the smallest white layer (13cm x 13cm).  To get this graduated look, we ink misted the card from the side. By turning the box on it's side and aiming the spray at the very front edge of the card only. It will not take long for this to dry, but if you want to speed it up use a heat tool!

Stage 3 - Texture Paste onto the Ink Mist layer.  This needs time to dry, so best to leave for about 1 hour.  Choose your A5 stencil and place over the Ink Mist layer about 3/4 way across from the heavy inked side.  Hold in place with Scotch Removable Tape on all sides. Using a spatula apply the Sparkle Texture Paste through the stencil with long strokes until all the gaps are filled.  Make sure you don't use lots of small strokes (like buttering bread) as this can cause the paste to seep under the gaps.   Scrape off any excess paste and put back in tub.

Stage 4 - Texture Paste your Sentiment Banner.  Choose your sentiment and then place stencil over banner layer and hold in place with Scotch Removable Tape as before.  Make sure you tape over any exposed lettering of other sentiments.  This really will not take much Sparkle Texture Paste. 

Stage 5 - Colour your flowers!  You can choose to colour your flowers with so many of the Carnival Colour products.  On our main card the flowers have been coloured with Tangy Tangerine Colour Cloud and then Ink Misted with Precious Metals New Gold to add extra sparkle!  We have also used the Tangy Tangerine Gilding Polish on some of the flowers for a lovely, pearly finish.  Shape your flowers as you wish and then stick together.

Stage 5 - When all the layers are dry, you can start assembling your card.  Use foam tape to left layers where you wish and add glitter jewels for extra bling!

The Full Card

Close Up

Here is what our crafter used, with links to the website......

Other colour samples.....

Lime Burst and Floraganxa stencil

Purple Paradise and Star Grid stencil

Lush Pink and Floraganza stencil

Sunshine Yellow and Barcodes stencil
Electric Blue and Doodle Hearts stencil 

A5 Portrait in Sunshine Yellow and Butterfly Cascade stencil

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, 12 July 2017

Festive Berries in Rich Red and Cream

Hello Crafters

I know, I know - don't fall off your chair as it's me doing the Blog post :-)

My brand new Festive Berries Collection is on my website and available to order right now!

I posted a photo of this card I made using my new collection on my Facebook page and have had so many people ask me what I used, I thought it was easier to do a Blog post, so, here I am,... sat with a cuppa, writing a post for you...

What I used (with links to the products on my www if we have them)
Sentimentally Yours Rambling Branch Background Stamp
Sentimentally Yours Fancy Frame Stamp
Sentimentally Yours Festive Berries Mini Sentiments Stamps
8x8 Cream Card Blank
Rich Red Foundations Card
Cream Card
Creative Expressions Twisting Holly Embossing Folder
Fired Brick Distress Oxide Ink Pad
Dies by Sue Wilson: Poinsettia Additions
Dies by Sue Wilson: Holly Sprays
Dies by Sue Wilson: Noelle Frame
Cosmic Shimmer Detail Clear Embossing Powder

The Fired Brick Distress Oxide is the perfect shade to compliment the Rich Red Card,.. add to that, the fact that you can emboss on top of Distress Oxides, I think they are brill!
I have used Detail Clear Embossing Powder on top of the Fancy Frame stamp and it gives it a lovely glossy finish (not sure you can make it out on the photo)

The Festive Berries Collection of stamps is so intricately detailed, from tiny pine cones, holly leaves and fir branches, to tiny berries...

They stamp beautifully with ink pads and embossing powders too...

I'm not going to bore you with how I made the card, as you can see where I have matted and layered, stamped etc,..

I will tell you that I have designed some of these stamps to work in harmony with some of Sue's new Christmas Dies,.. the Noelle die, for example, will cut out my Fancy Frame stamps, leaving you a lovely, neat border :-)

I adore detail in my stamps, in fact, I push the limits to what a clear stamp can do every time I design stamps,.. as, for me, it's all in the detail and this is why I love stamps!
Hopefully, you can see the detail in these gorgeous festive Berries Mini Sentiments (I have embossed this the same way as the frame too!),.. lovely! and, more importantly, they will all fit within the frame,..

Finishing touches that don't overpower your sentiment are key for me, you know I love flowers and any kind of decoration on my cards, but, always, the words are the most imoprtant part,.. this is why I make our own cards (for fun and to say something to those who matter to me, even if I'm rubbish at posting them ha ha),.. the decoration should be drawing attention to the sentiment, not taking over (hopefully I have managed this ha ha)

Anyhoo, hope you like the card and the new Festive Berries Collection,.. I'll be launching the complete collection on TV on July 25th

Pop on over to my website to see the whole collection :-)
(ssshh there's a time limited cheeky 20% off the RRP on these stamps, be quick)

Happy Crafting!