Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Project Club - March 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.

As I was making this month's main card I kept thinking of loads of bits and pieces I wanted to do, so the following card is actually a cut down version of my thoughts.  The card just happened as I went along, but like I said on the newsletter you can do as much or as little as you like, its up to you. J

In this month's Project Club the stamp set comprises of a shoe, a bottle, a crown, a small heart, a swirly corner, a circle shaped happy birthday and some text saying 'If all else fails accessorise'.

This is the finished card I chose pink because its very girlie but you could change the colour to whatever you like, you just need two inks of the same colour just different shades.  The border can also be as thick or as thin as you like, instead of having sections you could do it as a single border. 

Using the darkest ink, lightly ink around the edges of the base card, I only did one edge at a time, adding clear embossing powder as  I go along and heating it before moving on to the next edge.  I like to dip my card on to the ink pad and not the other way round as it gives a thinner edge and less chance of smudging.  I also open the card so that the ink is only on the front of the card and not on the back, the last edge being the fold.  I did the same on the pink card but used a VersaMark stamp pad and clear embossing powder.

On a piece of white card I used Post-It notes to mask off 3cm along one of the shortest sides and I placed another Post-It 3cm up from the bottom edge.
Using the lightest pink ink and a piece of Cut-N-Dry, ink this first section, make these sections as light or as dark as you like.  Using the darkest pink ink, randomly stamp in the 3cm inked border using any of the stamps, I used the corner swirls first but it looked a bit flat so I re-stamped but this time used the lighter pink ink.
Remove the Post-It notes and move on to another section, making sure all inked areas are dry.  I did the other shortest side next.  

Work around the white card until the entire border is complete.  Using VersaFine – Onyx Black stamp the shoe in the middle of the bordered white card.  Allow to dry.

On a scrap piece of paper stamp the shoe in the centre and cut out the largest front section, the side just below the strap and the section just above the strap.  This will be your template to mask the shoe.

Lay the masking template over the shoe on your bordered card, lining up all the sections.  Using your Cut-N-Dry with the lightest pink ink blend in and colour the shoe parts, do this lightly at first you can always add more but you can’t take it away.  

Once happy with the colour and leaving the mask in place use a Post-It note to cover the side of the shoe so the edge of the corner stamp doesn’t put any unwanted ink into that section.  Use the corner stamp and the light pink ink and stamp over the front section.  The thickness of the mask may be only slight but to make sure of a good impression add a little more pressure when stamping these areas.  Place the Post-It over the front section of the shoe and stamp the side.

Colour the rest of the shoe.  I used the two pink inks with an almost dry brush but you could use ProMarkers or watercolour pencils whatever you like.  To finish off I inked and embossed the edges of this piece of card the same way as for the base card.  Using double sided tape matt and layer all pieces together.  For the sentiment I used VersaFine black and embossed with detail clear embossing powder, inked the edge of the circle with pink and again embossed.  Before attaching the sentiment with foam pads I used a VersaMarker pen and clear embossing powder around the scalloped edged circle.

I’ve used pale blue and pale purple several times so thought I’d have a go at the slightly darker shades.  For the background I used some purple card and using a VersaMark stamp pad I roughly inked all around the edges then embossed with some detail gold embossing powder.  For the next layer I did the bottom half in blue card and stamped the heart, again with VersaMark but this time I used detail clear embossing powder and used the detail gold all around the edges.  For the top half I used the corner stamp with VersaMark and detail gold, again did the edges.  After matting both these layers together I added some purple ribbon to the centre line before I attached it to the white base card.  On a piece of white card I stamped the bottle and the happy birthday circle with VersaMark, used the detail gold embossing powder and I used the Nestabilities – Standard Circles to cut out the happy birthday circle and some blue and purple card to matt and layer it on, again edging all layers with detail gold embossing powder.  I left about a 1cm gap from the bottle to the edge of the white card, cut it out and coloured it in using ProMarkers, I then cut out some blue and purple card and edged them both with the detail gold before matting and layering them.  To finish off I attached both toppers with foam tape.

For this easel card I used some pale blue card for my base and some other scraps of blue card for the matting and strips, so using these colours made my mind up what to use for the shoes.  I stamped then masked the shoe and stamped it again to make a pair on to a Nestibilities - Label Eight piece of white card using Memento – Tuxedo Black and used ProMarkers to colour.  I stamped the ‘If all else…..’ on to the card using Versafine – Smokey Gray and then stamped over the top of it using VersaFine – Onyx Black, this gives the text a drop shadow to match the shadow under the shoes.  I used a Martha Stewart punch to make a straight edge border for the front of the card and a double edged border for the base of the card.  I used the corner flourish on a small piece of white card using the Smokey Gray ink pad and cut around it leaving a small white border.  I then used a pale blue ProMarker to outline the flourish before stamping ‘Happy Birthday’ (Dimension Fourth ref: 0502013A) in Onyx Black.  Using another shade of blue I matted the shoes and the sentiment, then attached them to the card.  I cut two leaves (Joy Crafts – cutting and embossing stencil Leaves 2) in white pearlescent card and I have a bag of fabric flowers of all sizes but are all an off white colour so I use ProMarkers to colour them in to match any project, so I used the blues from the shoes.  Added some small self adhesive pearls to the borders and stuck the flower and leaves on with silicone glue and added a pearl to the centre, because the silicone glue showed a little at the side of the pearl I decided to make a feature of it and squashed it in further and sprinkled a little blue glitter over the glue. J

On a piece of white textured card I roughly blended some Distress Ink – Mustard Seed leaving it quite patchy, I actually did a full A4 sheet and have decided to use some of it for my ATC.  I then used Timeless Romance stencils from Tattered Angles and randomly placed them on to the card before I sprayed over them with Cosmic Shimmer Mist – Mango Blaze, I then moved the stencils and lightly added a coat of Cosmic Shimmer Mist – Lava Red.  Once everything was really dry I used an Anti-Static bag and dusted the square just in case, I then used the corner stamp with VersaMark and embossed using detail clear embossing powder on all four corners.  It is quite hard to see where your stamping and wanted the rough look but three corners worked out quite straight and only one corner ended up how I wanted it, never mind, I’ll cover that one up with something Next I covered the lid of the bottle with a Post-It Note before using the VersaMark ink on the stamp, after removing the Post-It I stamped the bottle in the centre, then embossed it.  After cleaning the stamp I masked off the bottle and inked the lid and stamped it just to the side of the bottle, this was a will it or won’t it moment because I just couldn’t see what I was doing lol, I then embossed again using detail clear embossing powder.  Using Cut-N-Dry and Distress Ink – Fired Brick I blending in the red to the edges and the centre, once done I used a bit of kitchen roll to buff up the corners and bottle taking off any excess ink.  Because I’d inked an A4 sheet of card I’d plenty to work with so again with VersaMark stamped and embossed the happy birthday circle, using the red to finish, I also cut out two leaves using Joy Crafts – stencil Leaves 2.  I found some bright yellow card in my stash so matt the square and used a bit of it to cut a circle using Nestabilities – Standard Circles.  I cut quite close to the dots on the happy birthday circle then matt it on to the yellow.  I used red for the base card, attached the square and used silicone glue to attach the circle, I tucked the leaves under the circle (I think I covered up that dodgy corner, what do you think?).  To finish I used a grey ProMarker to add a little shadow to the bottom of both the bottle and lid before adding Glossy Accents.  I think if I were to do this card again I would make the bottle a little lighter and not put as much ink on it and the lid.  

I thought I’d use some green for this card, its not a colour I would usually use so wanted to see to end result.  I did a 2½cm border around this card and used the same technique as for the main card but mitred the corners.  I used Big and Juicy - Spice and the stamp I used in each section was the ‘Ladies Bag Border’ from Dimension Fourth (ref: 0603041a).  On another slightly larger piece of white card I positioned the border and stamped the shoe through it, so I could position it better, I used VersaFine – Onyx Black ink.  I then masked the shoe as in the main card but using the green, for the detail on the shoe I used the ‘Leaf Flourish’ from Dimension Fourth ref: 1806118a, finished colouring the shoe with black and shades of grey ProMarkers.  I used dark green for the base card, and then attached the shoe layer before using Papermania Shimmer Dots for the front of the shoe and I used shaker tape to attach the border.  For the happy birthday bag I used the ‘Handbag’ stamp from Dimension Fourth ref: 0105012a, stamped the happy birthday circle in VersaFina, I then masked both the circle and the handbag handle before inking and again using the Leaf Flourish to match the shoes.  I decided to cut off the handle on the bag before I matted it on to some dark green card.  I found a piece of chain in my bits and pieces draw so wanted to use that instead.  I attached the handbag with double sided tape and the bit that overhangs I used a bit of shaker tape.

For this ATC I’m using some of the inked card I made for the above card.  I stamped the happy birthday circle and the crown in VersaFine – Onyx Black then masked off the circle to stamp the wings, the wings are from Dimension Fourth and are called Stamp in Steps – Owl Set (Dimension Fourth ref: 2400020a).  Once dry I used a VersaMarker and inked all three bits and embossed using clear embossing powder, I was going to colour the background and leave the clear image but using the VersaMarker actually moved the red shimmer mist about and I like the effect so that’s how I left it.  


  1. Wow Jackie, what fabulous cards. Thanks for all the information on how you created them. This looks like a great set, I always look forward to my project club stamps arriving. Jo x

  2. Hi Jackie, if you pop across to my blog I've left something there for you. Jo x

  3. As promised, I am letting you know that I have done this month's project card. Can be found at