Monday, 30 January 2012

Butterfly Circle

updated 17/03/2014:  Dimension Stamps have now changed their name to Nina Crafts.

Love this butterfly, because it’s just an outline you can use any stamp you like to fill in the wings.  On this card I used the ‘Jazzy Pattern’ stamp from Dimension Stamps ref: 0604077a for the wings.  The butterfly and the background flourish are from the ‘Vintage Fluttering Flourishes’ stamp set again from Dimension Stamps and that’s ref: 2400063a, this is one of the new sets that will be featured on Create and Craft on the 7th February.  I wanted to have a play with the background flourish, so used a scrap piece of paper, because of its shape it was easy to turn it into a circle, I couldn’t believe it, I had stamped the circle spot on first time, my only problem was that it was on scrap paper L so I had to do it again on some stamping card.  Well it was a mess lol, so I gave my scrap circle it to my hubby and asked him to work out the measurements for me to replicate a perfect circle.  As you can see from the picture he made a very good job of it, I did it first time again.  I used Distress Ink – Wild Honey and Dried Marigold on the flourish stamp at the same time, this gave a light to dark or dark to light effect on the stamped image, I stamped two or three flourishes before embossing them with detail clear embossing powder.  I cut out around the outside edge with my compass cutter, and then extended it to cut out the rainbow mirri card.  The cutter is a little awkward to use but it worked out that it was in keeping with the slightly distressed look I wanted, I roughed up the edge of the white card a little before inking it with Distress Ink – Spiced Marmalade.  To finish the background I used a Sakura Gelly Roll pen – Clear Star to give a little shine, this pen has a little gold tint of colour in the pen but once I’d used it on the card I couldn’t see much of the gold tint.  On another piece of stamping card I stamped the butterfly using VersaMark and used the ‘Jazzy Pattern’ stamp of the wings, because my older VersaMark stamp pad is a bit stained I could actually see where I was stamping making it easier, I then embossed the whole of the butterfly using detail white embossing powder.   I used the Spiced Marmalade ink all over the butterfly and used a piece of paper towel to wipe off any excess ink, I again used the Sakura pen to highlight the ends of the wings etc.  For the white base card I used my Cricut Expressions machine and cut a bigger circle, giving it a rough edge and inked with the Spiced Marmalade.  Attached the mirri card and the background using double side tape.  I was giving the butterfly a bit of shape with I broke one of the antenna L so I cut them off and made some more out of some gold wire and stuck them on and attached the butterfly to the card with silicone glue.

Thanks for looking J



Tuesday, 10 January 2012

New Shoes

updated 17/03/2014:  Dimension Stamps have now changed their name to Nina Crafts.

I’ve had this ‘Sassy Shoe’ stamp from Dimension Stamps ref: 0105028a for a little while now, so wanted to use it.  While looking for some card for another project I came across this odd piece of damask like card, there was only just over a third of an A4 sheet, I think it was from Kanban originally.  I have a draw that I keep all my cut shapes in and found the white background and the punched border, the border was a pale green colour but I used a ProMarker to make it match the underside of the shoe.  I like to use as much of my scrap stuff as possible.  I used the damask card for the Spellbinders scalloped heart and tag matt, the shoes and I just had enough of a sliver to use on top of the Martha Stewart punched border.  My base card is white so I used Distress Ink – Worn Lipstick, but it was too pink so I used the Distress Ink – Victorian Velvet over the top of it, just to tone it down a bit.  I then used the ‘Star Flourish’ stamp from Dimension Stamps ref: 1806123a randomly around the edges using the Worn Lipstick, I also used the star flourish stamp on the upper half of the white shaped card.  I attached the strip of damask card then the punched border.  I used white card for the Spellbinders heart and tag, and using VersaFine – Onyx Black I stamped the happy birthday and embossed using detail clear embossing powder onto the tag, using two metal heart brads to finish it.  I then attached the tag and the heart to the card.  Using the last of the damask card and VersaFine – Onyx Black, I stamped and embossed the shoes.  Once cut out I used ProMarkers to colour them in, I was going to paper piece but the ProMarkers covered the damask pattern really well.  I attached the shoes to the card with silicone glue.

Ivy Frame

updated 17/03/2014:  Dimension Stamps have now changed their name to Nina Crafts.

While having a mooch about on the Dimension Stamps stamp rack, I found an ivy border that I thought would make a nice frame.  I’m really pleased with the effect, and just by masking the end leaves off, the overlaps blend in really well.  I used Spellbinders ‘Labels Three’ and the ‘Fleur De Lis Squares’ shapes and the stamps I used are called ‘Border Ivy’ ref: 0603005a and ‘Tomorrow Verse’ ref: 1803159a both from Dimension Stamps.  I used VersaFine – Onyx Black and detail clear embossing powder for the ivy and verse, then coloured them in used ProMarkers.
Sorry about shiny bits but it's hard to get a good enough photo sometimes, lol.

Lily Border

updated 17/03/2014:  Dimension Stamps have now changed their name to Nina Crafts.

I wanted to show that using the same stamp, but different colours, really make a difference to the outcome of a card. For these two cards I used the ‘Calla Lily Border’ Dimension Stamps ref: 0402020a and my Cricut Cartridge – Ornamental Iron 2. I also used the ‘Assorted Greetings 1’ ref: 1803140a and ‘Assorted Greeting 2’ ref: 1803141a both from Dimension Stamps. I stamped the border and the text using VersaFine – Onyx Black and embossed with detail clear embossing powder. I then used ProMarkers to colour the lilies, and then around the edge of the topper. I used some Stick & Stay from Crafter’s Companion to attach the background flourish on the red but used some Zig glue on the white because the black card is a bit porous, then used silicone glue to attach the topper.


Project Club - January 2012 » Main Card «

Originally this post was from the Dimension Stamps Project Club.  Now the name has change to Nina Crafts, so I thought putting all the posts together would be better and easier to find things.

This month’s project club stamp set comprise of: a Bride, a Groom, a car, a bouquet of flowers, a rose edged heart and four pieces of text, 'To Have & to Hold', 'Mr & Mrs', 'Man & Wife' and 'On Your Wedding Day'.

This is the main card this month, I used a creamy/lemon colour card but you could use any really just change the colour of the groom's waistcoat and a little colour to the bride's dress to match.
Cut all card as per sizes on the project sheet.  Using the flower stamp and the VersaMark stamp pad, stamp around the edges of the card, giving at least a 2cm border. Emboss with detail clear embossing powder.
Using the white card, the bride stamp and Memento ink, stamp the bride onto the card, while she is on the acrylic block, stamp her onto the sticky note and cut out to use as a mask.
Mask the bride and stamp the groom so he is standing next to her.
  Colour in with ProMarkers.  Using a scoring board, score a 1/8” border around the edge of the white bride and groom card so that the score lines are raised to the front.
Stamp the sentiment then using a scoring board, score a 1/8” border around the edge of the sentiment.  Matt all layers and attach them to the card.

Hope you enjoy using your stamps this month.  Happy New Year everyone and I'll be back in a couple of month's.

Jackie J

Project Club - January 2012 » White and Lilac «

Originally this post was from the Dimension Stamps Project Club.  Now the name has change to Nina Crafts, so I thought putting all the posts together would be better and easier to find things.

I think you may have guessed by now that I like to use white card lol. I used some lilac pearlescent card for the background matt on this card, I punched along the bottom using a Martha Stewart border punch, I also used the same lilac pearlescent to matt both the circle (Tear Drop Circles) and the tag (Double Ended Tags) both are from Spellbinders. Onto the circle I stamped the heart twice overlapping them in the middle using a Memento – Grape Jelly ink. The sentiment is from the ‘Assorted Greetings 2’ stamp set Dimension Stamps ref: 1803141a. I used a mini Gingham card from Kanban for the background and used a white organza ribbon with some purple ribbon placed in the middle along the background. I used the purple ribbon to make the bow, but then in my stash I found some small ready made iridescent bows from Mei Flower and placed one in the middle of the purple bow and one in the middle of the hearts. To finish off I used some small purple brads.
I used a 90 gsm copy paper for this wrapping paper. I wanted it to match the card so used the heart stamp and the lilac ink. I stamped the heart randomly then stamped again using second generation ink to give the faded look. I finished off with a purple bow using the same ribbon as on the card.
You can’t give a present without a tag, so again using the same coloured cards and ribbon I made this tag. I first stamped the heart then cut it out leaving the top quite long so I could cut to size later. I then cut the mini Gingham, again leaving the top, then punched the edge on the lilac pearlescent card (leaving the top) then finally cut the white base card (leaving the top). I marked the white heart layer with a pencil dot where I wanted the hole and cut the excess white card off, I then cut the sides off leaving a 1cm slope (1cm down the side and 1cm along the top, then cut the corner off). I then stuck the heart card to the next mini Gingham layer and trimmed the top off before trimming the slopes. Placed onto the pearlescent layer and did the same, then finally the base layer. I used a single hole punch and some of the purple ribbon. To finish I used one of the iridescent bows in the middle of the heart.

Thanks for looking J

Project Club - January 2012 » White and Red «

Originally this post was from the Dimension Stamps Project Club.  Now the name has change to Nina Crafts, so I thought putting all the posts together would be better and easier to find things.

Because it’s January already the heart stamp reminded me of Valentine’s Day. It has the little roses all around the edge of the heart, so using white card I used VersaMark and a red embossing powder before cutting out five hearts, the embossing powder is from The Stamp Man and is part of the Moon Glow collection, it’s called ‘Razzleberry Plum’ and has a slight blue tint to it. I had a rummage in my foil card stash and found this rainbow red, it has lots of colours in it so I thought any shade of red would work with this card. Using white for the base card I attached the hearts along the bottom overlapping them before cutting the white space out between them, leaving a zigzag edge, on the inside bottom of the base card I stuck a strip of the rainbow red so that when the card is closed it looks like a complete red background. I used Spellbinders dies for the tag (Fancy Tags Two) and the leaves (Foliage), the sentiment for the tag is from the ‘Assorted Greetings 1’ stamp set Dimension Stamps ref: 1803140a and was stamped and embossed again using the Moon Glow. The paper rose has been made using the ‘Medium Flower Head’ stamp Dimension Stamps ref: 0701072a and the stamped pattern is the wedding dress on the bride using Memento – Lady Bug ink. I also used the bride to stamp the flecks on the leaves. The rose was inked around the edge using the ‘Tulip Field’ ink pad set from Color Box, I also used it on the edge of the tag. I used silicone glue to attach everything to the card.

Project Club - January 2012 » White and Blue «

Originally this post was from the Dimension Stamps Project Club.  Now the name has change to Nina Crafts, so I thought putting all the posts together would be better and easier to find things.

I used white for the base card and some blue pearlescent card for the background. I embossed the blue pearlescent card with a Cuttlebug – Kassie’s Brocade embossing folder and cut out the middle with a Spellbinders Labels Seventeen die. I used the dies to make the frame in white card and using a Sakura pen added some faux stitching around the edge. I stamped the bride and groom with Memento – Tuxedo Black ink and coloured in with ProMarkers. Once everything had been layered onto the card I did some more faux stitching around the edge and finished off with some silver gems.

Project Club - January 2012 » White and Gold «

Originally this post was from the Dimension Stamps Project Club.  Now the name has change to Nina Crafts, so I thought putting all the posts together would be better and easier to find things.

I used white for this card but it actually looks ivory because of the gold mirri card. I used a VersaMark stamp pad and detail gold embossing powder for all the images, and cut out the background, the car and the bride and groom with the ‘Deckle’ blade on my Woodware paper trimmer. The sentiment has been stamped onto the background, the bride and groom has been attached using foam tape and the card was attached with double sided tape and half foam pads. One thing I had to be careful of was over embossing while stamping the bride and groom, if your gold embossing looks a little dull then it has over heated. I’d overdone it slightly on the brides dress at the bottom, but it doesn't look too bad so I left it.