Friday 16 April 2021

A Touch of Gold

 I have a supply of gilding flakes but have to admit that it is a very long time since I actually used any of them so thought it was about time that was remedied.  Started out with a square of cream card and put a strip of double-sided tape down one edge before applying the flakes.  The whole piece was then run through the machine with an embossing folder. I then used another scrap of cream card and gilded that by applying some double-sided adhesive sheet so that I could die cut a couple of gold leaves. Next move was to find various scraps of card to cut some labels and a few green leaves; finally cutting a two layered butterfly from some DSP and cream pearlescent card.

Butterfly - dies from Sizzix
Labels - Stitched so Sweetly Stampin' Up
Words - from Hey Chick stamp set Stampin' Up
Embossing - Folder given away free with a magazine
Leaves - mix from Stampin' Up Forever Fern and Card Making Magic
Designer Paper - Butterfly Bouquet Stampin' Up

Tuesday 13 April 2021

Luigi the Llama

I've been dabbling with watercolour paper and some ink pads, following on with some over-stamping to make a suitable background for this quite large llama stamp.  Started by 'smooshing' the paper through spritzed inks on a glass mat then used a couple of stencils randomly over the whole piece once it was dry.  Next I selected a good area and trimmed out a piece to fit my base card before over-stamping with a couple of grungy stamps, finally inking the edges with black soot ink.  The llama was stamped and coloured using alcohol pens and then I decided to fussy cut him to apply direct to the background.  I do enjoy some inky play although I appreciate this style isn't popular with everyone but it is always nice to have a varied selection of cards to suit many tastes.  While I was working on this it occurred to me that this stamp could work well with paper piecing so that could well be something else to try before he gets tidied away.

Stamp - Luigi the Llama from Crafty Individuals
Over-stamping - free stamps from Phill Martin magazine
Words - stamp set from Tim Holtz which I've had for some years
Background - Distress inks
Stencils - All and Create
Llama - coloured with Copic pens

Sunday 11 April 2021

Butterfly Challenge #155

I'm fluttering in with a card for the current Butterfly Challenge and this time Mrs A has come up with a very interesting lantern card design as inspiration.  Unfortunately I've  not managed to produce one of these cards but if you take a look at her blog you will see a great example and there is an excellent tutorial as well.  Again I've just gone along with the colours of lemon, lilac and lawn green and included some lattice work as well.

Lattice - a very old die which has lost its packaging
Butterfly - fussy cut from Butterfly Bouquet DSP by Stampin' Up