Sunday, 9 January 2011

Project Club - January 2011

Originally this post was from the Dimension Fourth Project Club, then the name change to Dimensions Stamps.  Now the name is Nina Crafts and the old names have been dropped.  I thought putting all the posts together would be better and easier to find things.

I can't believe its January already, time seems to be flying by.  As I mentioned in the Project Club Newsletter I have a friend that had moved jobs almost three years ago and I'd never had her home address.  She sends Christmas cards and I couldn't send one back, but this year I got a note with a new address and she's moving in at the beginning of this month, so I've waited until now to send her a card, giving her a chance to get through the door.  I didn't have a clue what kind of card to do, but using this month's Project Club stamp set will be just perfect for her.  I'll post the picture of the card later as it's still in bits at the moment.

In this month's Project Club the stamp set comprises of two branches, leaves and foliage, two cobble stamps, an urn, a grand house and three sentiment stamps (We've Moved, New Home and Happy Birthday).

This is the finished card I did for this month, I used the branch stamp for the tree on the background.  There's a bit of masking on the house for the sky and the grass border.  Any of the sentiments can be used.

For the background use the largest of the branch stamps and the brown end of the Big and Juicy - Spice ink pad, stamp the branches so that they cascade down from the top left hand corner.  Do as much or as little as you like.  Using the green ends of the Big and Juicy – Spice and Waterfall ink pads stamp the leaves and foliage onto the branches.  With a piece of Cut-N-Dry and one of the green inks, lightly ink the edges from the start of the leafy foliage at the top, down the left hand side of the card, along the bottom and half way up the right hand side.  Using a blue ink from the Big and Juicy – Waterfall ink pad and piece of Cut-N-Dry finish up the right hand side and along the top to meet the green.

Using VersaFine – Onyx Black stamp the house onto white card.  While the white card is drying stamp the house twice more on to Post-It notes (I had run out of the longer Post-It notes so had to join two of the smaller ones together).  Cut the top sky section off the first Post-It, on the second cut off the grassed area and leaving the edged border on the Post-It.  On another piece of white card stamp the ‘We’ve Moved’ text to the upper part of the card, because when the text is tucked behind the house there will be enough blank area at the bottom to add double sided tape.  Using the blue ink and cut and dry lightly ink the edges of the sentiment.  Using watercolour pencils colour in the house.  Using the smaller of the two cobble stamps and the brown ink from the Spice ink pad lightly stamp near the house moving down the drive just over half way.  Change to the larger of the cobble stamps and again with the brown ink lightly stamp from the middle to the front of the drive.

Attach the Post-It note with the sky section cut off to the house, to cover the entire roof.  To make the clouds I have a corner piece of card that I have cut a wavy line from one corner to the other, and use this for all my sky bits and have had it for ages.  Using the Big and Juicy – Waterfall ink pad and a piece of Cut-N-Dry lightly ink the edges of the card moving it around as required to form the clouds.  Remove Post-It.

Using the second Post-It cover up the grass borders.  Using the green inks and the middle sized bush stamp, stamp along the edge of the border, half above the edge of the Post-It and half below.  Remove Post-It.  Using watercolour pencils colour the lawn.  Using the Spice ink pad and again some Cut-N-Dry lightly ink the bottom edge of the drive to blend it in.  To assemble the card I mounted the background, the house and the sentiment onto the green card with double sided tape.  The background was attached to the card base with double sided tape, the sentiment was tucked under the house with double sided tape before being attached to the card using foam tape.

I wanted to use the branch as a bush this time and placing it at the front of the card with the house peeping through the greenery.  I have used a mixture of inks and ProMarkers for this card.  For the house I stamped it using VersaFine – Onyx Black and embossed with detail clear embossing powder.  I used ProMarkers to colour it in and Big and Juicy – Waterfall and Spice to lightly colour the sky, grass and to stamp the cobbles on the drive.  For the bush I stamped the bark in Memento – Rich Cocoa the leaves in Memento – Bamboo Leaves and coloured with ProMarkers, I stamped the smaller leaves with Brilliance – Peacock ink, it was the darker of the two green in this ink pad but it wasn’t dark enough so I again stamped the smaller leaves this time using Memento – Cottage Ivy.  Dimension Fourth have recently brought out a ‘Tall Grass’ stamp, I used this with Memento – bamboo Leaves and coloured with ProMarkers.  I used the Brilliance ink pad again this time using the blue end for the flowers, which are from the ‘My Favourite Fountain’ stamp set also from Dimension Fourth, there are lots of flowers on this set and using the Orchid in the tall grass makes it look like Iris’.  I mounted the pieces onto some swirl green/brown card I had in my stash and cut around the bush and the grass leaving the mounted card only on two or three of the sides.  The house is again mounted onto the green/brown card and stuck straight onto the base card and the bush and grass have foam pads behind them to add dimension.

I found some paisley paper in my stash (I think I acquired it from my friend Susan lol) and used it for the background on this card.  I used the Adirondack Brights – Purple Twilight ink and lightly inked the edges of the card and embossed with detail clear embossing powder.  I attached the backing paper then using a Sakura Gelly Roll – Purple Star pen I went around the edges of the pattern on the paper.  I wanted to keep the main picture quite plain so on a Nestabilities – Labels Ten shape I stamped the house in VersaFine – Onyx Black and embossed using detail clear embossing powder. I used the Purple Twilight ink for the house with a watercolour brush and then inked all around the edge of the shape with cut and dry.  On a smaller shape I stamped the ‘New Home’ text with the VersaFine black and embossed with the clear powder, I then inked the edges of this as well.  I attached the house shape with foam tape and the sentiment with foam pads.  I then added some purple ‘Dew Drops’ from Papermania.

I have some embossed card blanks that have been in my stash for quite a while now so thought I’d have a play with my Sakura Gelly Roll pens I used the Star colours – Green, Red and the Golden, I'm not sure what the overall set name is for these pens is because I've had them quite a while.  They do catch the light really well, but photo’s aren’t much good at capturing it.  The ‘Happy Birthday’ was stamped using the Memento – Cottage Ivy ink pad.  There is a rectangle embossed shape on the card already so first of all I stamped the urn in the centre, using the brown end of the Big and Juicy – Spice ink pad, but I removed the top part of the urn so I could stamp the leaves hanging over the edge.  The little cluster of flowers are from the ‘My Favourite Fountain’ stamp set and I used the Adirondack Brights – Watermelon ink pad.  For the leaves I again used the Cottage Ivy.  To make a mask of the flowers, leaves and urn I placed a Post-It note over the stamped image and drew around it (I'm so glad that you can see through them J), then cut it out and masked my stamped image.  I used VersaFine – Smokey Gray for the house and placed it so the masked image stood on the grass.  I lightly coloured the sky, drive and grass with Big and Juicy – Waterfall and Spice.  I used the Golden Star Sakura pen and roughly coloured the two corners and used a gold pearl on the two opposite corners and for the centre of the flowers.

Creams and browns for this card.  I used the gent from the 'Mr Sophisticated' stamp set and only one ink, the Distress Ink – Vintage Photo.  First I stamped the gent, then using a water brush moved the ink around to create subtle shades.  I then masked him using Post-It notes and stamped the house in the background, again water brushed to shade before adding the cobbles lightly to the drive.  Added the ‘Happy Birthday’ stamp and left to dry before mounting onto brown/gold card.  A nice easy card and quite quick to make.

I like the way the branch stamp has a slightly shaded area on the bark so I thought I'd reverse this and have it as a silhouette effect for this ATC.  To create the sunset I used the Big and Juicy - Foliage ink pad.  I stamped the branch with Memento - Tuxedo Black and coloured it in with the black ProMarker.  Used the black for the ground and the leaves.  Leaving the shaded area on the bark makes it look like the last of the sun is shinning on it.


  1. Lovely cards Jackie, looking forward to my Project Club stamps arriving.

  2. Jackie well done on putting all the extra steps images on this site for making this month's project card. I have put my version on my blog, I am sending the card off for a stamped card swap, and the we've moved would not be appropriate. I have done my two ATCs and should be getting them in the post to you tomorrow. Keep up the good work.

  3. Oops told a lie, the card is going on my other blog

  4. Jo: Thanks Jo hope you enjoy the stamps.

    Sparrow: Thank you for your comment/s lol, looking forward to seeing your card and your ATC's. As for the step by step images, I sometimes think my explanations could be a little clearer and the pictures help me as well haha.