Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Airbrushing again

I used my ProMarker Letrajet attachment on my compressor for the circular background on this card, then used a Memento Pen - Cottage Ivy to outline the airbrushing, the die I used is a Tonic - Decorative Holly Rings, I just cut it out of some white card and used that as a template for the front of my base card.  I added some red Twinkles for the berries on the holly ring.  The poinsettias are from Marianne Design dies, once cut out I embossed them using a Cuttlebug snowflake folder, then once assembled I added some silicone glue to the middles and added some gold seed beads.  I used the Robin Wishes stamp from Nina Crafts, stamping it out onto some white card using Memento - Tuxedo Black.  I then stamped it out another three times onto some copy paper and cut out each section to give me a template so I could use the airbrush to colour the robin in.  I didn't like the tan ProMarker I'd used for the under body so used the blender pen to take out the colour, I didn't go too mad with the blender, I liked the very pale tan and the patchy effect it was leaving.  I also added to the brown a little bit more with a different shade of brown.  I attached the robin to the front of the card with silicone glue and added some red gems to corners to finish off.


Thursday, 17 July 2014

Project Club - July 2014 ~ Main Project ~

This is the uppercase bingo game, the main subject of this months project club over at Nina Crafts, it is another bumper issue and will work well with the What a Year stamp set that we did in January.  This game is a good resource for young children learning their capital letters.  You can make more single letters and use them for spelling games.  You could even get help making this game from the children over the summer break from school.
Materials Required
Project Club Stamps and Card Kit
Stamp and Stash Set
Memento – Tuxedo Black, Summer Sky and Danube Blue Inks
Clear Drying PVA Glue

We start with the single letters and I have already cut all the card needed.  Using the coloured card and guillotine cut out 26, 3cm x 3cm squares, these will be used as the matts for the letters.  Using the white card cut out 102, 2.5cm x 2.5cm squares.  (You don't have to cut them all in one go, we only need 26 for this first part).

Single Letters
Using the black ink and the outline alphabet, stamp a letter on each of the 26 white squares.  (You could at this point stamp two sets of the alphabets if you have cut all the white squares.  One set for the single letters and the other for the main board).
Using the lighter shade of blue ink and the solid alphabet stamps, stamp on the inside of the outlined letters only on the vowels - A, E, I, O and U.  Using the darker blue ink and the solid alphabet stamps, stamp on the inside of the remaining outlined letters.
Matt the white squares onto the coloured card squares using the PVA glue.
Main Board
Cut a piece of coloured card so it measures 20cm x 11.5cm.  If you haven't done already stamp out the full alphabet in the outline and colour with the solid alphabet as above, you will also need two blank white squares.  Arrange the letters onto the 20cm x 11.5cm coloured card so you're happy with the spacing.  You should have the same gaps as the single letters which is 2-3mm.
Once happy use the PVA to attach.
Single Cards
Cut the coloured card so you have 4 pieces that measure 11.5cm x 8.7cm.  For this section you will need 48 2.5cm x 2.5cm white squares, 12 of these are blank so set aside for later, 8 of them are for the vowels and the rest are for random letters.  Stamp the alphabet outlines and solids on each of these white pieces of card same as above.  See the picture below for the letters I used.
Arrange the letters on the 11.5cm  x 8.7cm coloured cards, you should have a 2-3mm space in between each letter.  Here is a picture of the finished cards.
Using the left over coloured card and the guillotine cut out 36, 2cm x2cm squares.
That's it for this month, keep a look out on the Nina Crafts website for matching lowercase, punctuation and numbers all coming soon.  You will be able to add other bingo sets using a different colour for each set.

If you would like details about our project club visit the website for contact details.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Project Club - July 2014 ~ A Little Bit Messy ~

I like to have a mooch about on the Internet and sometimes I come across a quote or some other saying, this is one I found, some of them do have a name of the person who said it attached to them but this one didn't, I think I saw it on an advertisement for a piece of wall art.  Anyway, I used some masking tape to try and keep my letters straight and stamped using some VersaFine - Onyx Black and heat embossing with clear embossing powder.  I did the words 'messy' and 'very' using the solid stamps, using the same technique as in the 'craftroom' sign, again using Memento, then used an anti-static bag before using the VersaFine ink and heat embossing.  I coloured the outlined letters in using ProMarkers, then used Glossy Accents on all the letters, I had to make sure I didn't apply too much as the card would curl too much, I didn't do too bad as the dried card was relatively flat.  Just before the Glossy Accents dried I added some Shimmer Dots from Papermania randomly to some of the letters.  I matted onto some black semi-gloss card after trimming it to size.  The background is a piece of Kanban card, I added the Distress Ink - Salty Ocean, then added some splodges of water and dabbed it off with a paper towel to give a bit of a textured finish, this I matted on the black card.  I used grey board for the main backing adding some of the Distress Ink to tie it in with the rest of the bits.  I cut out three leaves using a die from Joy Crafts.  The large flower is from Cheery Lynn Design, I cut one white to which I added some of the Distress Ink and one from a piece of acetate I'd coloured using the "caught in crystal" technique from Sue Wilson.   I had made two A5 pieces of the acetate, one in the blue/rust/silver colours and one in the red/purple/gold colours, so I used the blue for the flower and the red for the butterfly.  Dies used - for the flower I used a Stacker Flower from Cheery Lynn Designs and for the centre I used one of the Spellbinders - Flower Bouquet Miniabilities, the butterfly is from the Spellbinders - Les Papillions Two set.  I used a red jewel brad for the middle of the flower, a couple of the shimmers dots for the body of the butterfly and to finish off I used some Papermania ribbon.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Project Club - July 2014 ~ Birthday ~

My sisters birthday card here and she is very much an earth person and green is her favourite colour, so I thought the colours blue to green would work quite well with this card.  I used Memento Inks - Bahama Blue, Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy for the solid letters and Tuxedo Black the flourish stamp for the added texture.  Once the text had been stamped I went over it again with the solid stamps with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I then used the black ink and stamped a second generation image of the flourish, then after cleaning the stamp I did another one slightly offset using VersaMark.  I then used PanPastels for the background, starting in the top corner with the blues and ending up at the opposite corner with the greens.  As I worked to the end corner the VersaMark ink picked up the colour of the PanPastels, this made the grey flourish a shadow effect.  I then matted onto some gold mirri and attached to a cream card blank.  I used a Quickie Glue pen on the grey flourish and added some glitter, this changed the effect of the coloured flourish and seemed to make that one the shadow.  While using the Quickie Glue pen I dropped it onto the card and it landed point side down leaving a mark in between the 'I' and the 'R' in birthday, so I had to add glitter to the outside edge of the letters, tut lol, if it had landed on the letter it would have just wiped off but just my luck.  I used some handmade paper for the flowers, it has a slight pearlescent finish on it but you can't tell from the picture.  I used some Marianne Design dies, they are actually for using with thread, you can see the holes in the petals of the largest one, I liked the effect.  I used gold gem brads for the centres and added a little of the glitter but again you can't tell with this picture.  To finish I used some green wire and wrapped it around my pokey tool to make the swirls and attached them and the flowers with silicone glue.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Class Card - July 2014

This is our class card for this month, I use the happy birthday from the June project club stamp set and the fuchsia is the complimentary project club stamp.  I used a Crafter's Companion Embossalicious folder for the background, using a VersaMark pad and mica powders.  The pennant is made using some Docrafts - Papermania Capsula paper, I have it on a CD and this particular paper is from the Heather range.  The fuchsia is stamped onto a Spellbinders - Floral Oval and it is matted onto a piece of purple foil card and I used the Tonic Oval dies which fits perfect.  You can't really tell from the photo but I have done a bit of decoupage on the fuchsia, the two flowers (slightly off setting them) and the leaves.  To finish I've added two sizes of the purple gems to the flower middles.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Project Club - July 2014 ~ Pop Up ~

I used one of the pop-up cards from Craftwork Cards, I used the largest of the two, some plain purple card for the matts and some other papers from my stash.  I used Memento Inks - Grape Jelly and Tuxedo Black.  For the flowers I used heart punches for the petals adding some smaller ones for the middle sections in a different paper.  I used a 1" circle punch for the three front flowers, adding a little ink around the edges.  The leaves are from the Spellbinders - Foliage dies and have been cut out using some green textured card.  The sentiment is on a die again from the Spellbinders - Timeless Rectangles die set.  I added a flower on each side of the card and used some Candi's for the middle using a ProMarker to colour match.  If you would like to know how to make the pop-up box card there are loads of YouTube videos available online. 

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Project Club - July 2014 ~ Father's Day ~

I know Father's Day has now gone but this is the card I did for my husband, it's quite a shiny card so the picture looks a little weird.  I use two tones of grey pearlescent card and some silver foil that has a little bit of texture in it.  I used the Spellbinders M-Bossabilities - Kickin' Rubber folder for the background and the shaped topper is also from Spellbinders - Labels Thirty-Seven die.  The car is the Beep Beep stamp from Nina Crafts, I stamped it using VersaFine - Onyx Black and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The letters were also stamped and embossed onto 2cm stripes of the lightest grey card and matted on a 2.5cm strip of the darker grey card.  I cut a silver label shape and cut it in half, I matted it so you can see the silver at the top and bottom of the dark grey label shape.  I finished of the card by using some black gems in the two corners.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Project Club - July 2014 ~ Congratulations ~

I wanted to show the size of the letters from this set of stamps, by showing you the longest word I could think of.  This card is a DL in cream and as you can see the word fits perfectly right across the front.  I stamped using Memento - Rich Cocoa, but wanted to do something a little different, so I used a Quickie Glue pen to fill the inside of the outline letters.  I actually filled the whole word before I added some foil, the glue will stay tacky for quite a long time.  I think my pen must be a little old or something because it didn't leave the blue colour it once did, so I couldn't see if I'd covered all of the letters until I'd added the foil.  I had to go back and fill in some little areas, not much really but once I'd added some more foil I didn't like the patchy bits, so ended up adding some more glue and covering them with some Glamour Dust glitter.  I used a Cheery Lynn Design die for the rose, cutting it out twice once in gold foil the other in the cream card, I just cut off the leaves and added some of the glitter.  I attached the gold die cut with foam pads then layered the cream rose with foam pads as well.  The background cream card has been embossed using a Die'sire - Embossalicious folder and matted onto some gold foil.  I didn't want to add anything else as this card was just about the size of the letters. 

Friday, 4 July 2014

Project Club - July 2014 ~ Sign ~

I made this sign for my craftroom door using both the outline and the solid letters.  I used Memento - Tuxedo Black and the Cantaloupe ink pads, the Cantaloupe has also been used for the background but it does look like a different colour, I'll explain that in a minute.  The background is a piece of yellow/white paper so I didn't even need to do any colour blending or anything.  The stamp I used for both the letters and the background is the Geometric Flower Background from Nina Crafts.  This stamp reminds me of one of those beaded curtains you have over your door in the summer and it makes a little swishing noise in the breeze, sorry got caught in the moment there lol.  I placed a strip of low tack tape along my A4 piece of white card to give me a working line so I could get the letters in some kind of straight line.  I first stamped out the outline letters in black, now this set hasn't any punctuation so I used the flick of the 'J' and a sticky note to make the apostrophe, finishing it off with my Memento pen.  Next I added the colour, so first I inked the daisy background with the black ink then using the solid letters and the Cantaloupe, inked up the letter and before filling in the outlined stamped letter on the card I picked up some of the black ink on the flower background using the kissing technique, so let me try to explain that a little better.  Ink up the solid letter using the Cantaloupe, stamp the letter onto the flower background, this will pick up some of the black (this is the kissing technique, lots of video's are available on YouTube) then stamp the letter onto the white card, using the outline stamped letter as a guide.  Once all the letters were stamped I dusted it over with an anti-static bag and using the solid stamps again stamped using VersaMark then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  You can tell if you have covered all the letters with the VersaMark because the ink goes a slightly darker colour, so I had to make sure I lined it up properly.  I used a black semi glossed card for the matt and used my inverted corner rounder on each of the corners.  I used the Cantaloupe Memento pen to add a little golden edge to the white card and into the curved corners before attaching it to the background.  To finish I used some brads that have the screw heads on, so it looks as if it's screwed to the door.  

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Project Club Flowers

I made this card using the June 2014 project club set from Nina Crafts, details about the project club and the stamp sets available will be on the website soon.  I had been having a look on the Internet for something and saw a card made by Colette from the Meiflower Design Team, I thought it was lovely and wanted to do one myself, so thank you for the inspiration.  So for my card I used some purple foil card for the matts both inside and out of the card.  I stamped the trellis using Memento - Tuxedo Black onto four pieces of white card and coloured in using my ProMarkers.  I had smudged a little with the ink right at the bottom of one of the trellis panels so added some yellow ribbon to cover it up, making both front panels the same.  The front sentiment section was stamped onto a Spellbinders - Curved Rectangles shape, again on both the inside and the front, I stamped the corners first then added the happy birthday, on the inside I just stamped one corner and coloured in with just the lighter shades of the ProMarkers before matting onto some of the purple foil card.  I attached the inside middle section first so I could line up the front sentiment section a little easier, I used an envelope to make sure I ended up with the required width.  I then added some very tiny solid silver coloured Bling gems on the yellow flowers and on the purple ones added the same gem but it was a little bigger.  To finish I used a flat back flower and two leaves, attaching them using silicone glue.  It was a bit phaffy lining up the middle sections, trying to keep the two ends straight etc, but I think it turned out quite well, I will have another go with different colours and see if it grows on me.