Friday, 24 July 2015

Project Club - July 2015 ¤ Main Card ¤

You will all be aware by now that this is the very last Nina Crafts project club and judging from some of your comments many of you have really enjoyed it as much as I have.

I feel as if I've been around forever, starting in the Dimension Fourth days.  I've seen lots of changes and meet lots of wonderful people and feel sad that it has now come to an end.

Nina will still be doing her designing so it's not completely over, stamps will be popping up on the website so keep an eye out for those.  As you will also be aware the manufacturing side of Nina Crafts is going from strength to strength showing they are moving with the times, carrying on with what they do best and I wish them every success.

Thank you all very much and here is the main card:

Materials Required
Project Club Stamps and Card Kit
Acrylic Block
Memento – Tuxedo Black
Foam Tape or Pads
Double Sided Tape
Silicone Glue

Cut the coloured card so it is slightly smaller than the base card.  Cut the white card so it is slightly smaller than the coloured card.
Masks - Divide the sticky notes into two lots of three.  Onto the first stack of three, stamp the outline of one of the butterflies.  Stamp the other butterfly outline onto the other stack, make sure that the stamped edge covers the sticky part of the notes and ignore the antenna.  Cut out the butterflies, you will end up with three of each of the outlines. Cut off and ignore the antenna of both butterflies.  Using the white card and the black ink, stamp your first butterfly, anywhere on the card, then stamp the inner bit of the butterfly.  Cover with your sticky note mask.  Stamp the other butterfly next to and overlapping the sticky note, stamp the inner section of the butterfly before masking.  Continue randomly stamping until all the white card is covered, moving the sticky note masks as and when necessary.  Colour the all the butterflies, if there are any spaces in between the butterflies colour them a dark grey.
I have put the photographs I took while doing the above and put them in the little video, this should make more sense.
This is the coloured background.
Colour the piece of ribbon.
Matt the butterfly background onto the black card using double sided tape before attaching a piece of ribbon down the side.  Using double sided tape attach to the card front.
Using the remaining piece of coloured card, cut so it measures 8cm x 5cm.  Using the remaining piece of white card, cut so it measures 7.5cm x 4.5cm.  Onto this white card stamp the sentiment using the black ink.
Using the same ProMarker as used for the ribbon colour the edge of the card.  
Matt onto the coloured card using double sided tape.  Attach to the card front using foam tape or pads.  With the remaining ribbon make a bow and attach to the card front with silicone glue.
To finish attach one gem to each corner of the sentiment.

Happy Crafting

Jackie J

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Project Club - July 2015 ¤ Purple ¤

Quite a while ago I had a go at making a circular pattern using just one stamp, this month's project club has one of those stamps.  You can see a triangle shape if you use the butterflies body stamp, so on a bit of scrap paper I just kept stamping until I'd joined the circle up.  I then measured from the outer most points and found that if I cut out a 14cm circle I could get a full circle pattern.  If you ink up your stamp and start stamping with the bottom of the circle in front of you, you can line up the antenna all the way around leaving a 2-3mm space between the antenna and the edge of the circle.  Does that make sense? lol.  Try it on scrap first.  I used the largest of the Tonic Circle Layering dies as this measures 14cm and cut some magazine paper for the pattern.  I used some Violet ink from some of my Color Box pigment inks, the stack is called Tulip Field and some clear embossing powder.  After stamping and heat embossing the first body I stamped at each end until the bodies joined up, this meant I could do two at a time, the ink does stay wet long enough to be able to do this.  I also used the violet ink to stamp the sentiment topper and the butterfly, again heat embossing with the clear embossing powder.  I was going to keep the circle in one piece but it didn't look right, so left it for a while and found some lilac paper in my stash.  I wanted to make a swirly background so used the swirl from the Window of Waves stamps and the Memento - Lulu Lavender ink.  Because the swirl has a stitched line on it I used my Memento - Grape Jelly pen and added a stitched effect round the antenna on the patterned circle, again leaving it until I'd decided what to do with it.  The butterfly on the sentiment was coloured in with ProMarkers, all in one colour because I'd stamped it out again onto another piece of white card and once coloured with ProMarkers I sprayed it with some Spray and Shine from Crafter's Companion and left it to dry.  Back to this butterfly body circle,  I cut off the outer bit of the pattern and used the largest Tonic - Scalloped Circle Layering die in the purple textured card and used double sided tape to attach the pattered circle.  In the end I decided to cut the circle, if you look at the size of the top corner it was just over half the full circle the bottom corner is the bit cut of the top and just turned around.  I still have just under half a circle I can use for something else.  Once the glossy butterfly had dried I cut the wings off and attached it to the sentiment on the card front using some silicone glue, I'd already added a ProMarker line around the sentiment and added some of the purple texture card as a matt.  The sentiment was attached to the card front using some foam tape and to finish I added some gems to the corners.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Project Club - July 2015 ¤ Green Flourish ¤

I really do like my flourishes and swirls and this is one of my favourites, it was from Dimension Stamps (now Nina Crafts) and I think the size is just right, I also have one with leaves on and another with snowflakes, the flourishes are slightly different on each.  I used it as you can see as a base for the flowers, I stamped using VersaMark and heat embossed with some verdigris embossing powder.  I've had this embossing powder for a while and it has green, brown and gold bits in the powder so you end up with a patchy effect, I also stamped and embossed the sentiment with the same powder.  The flowers are from Creative Expressions - Sue Wilson Camellia dies, once cut out I slightly shaped them before adding them to the front of the card using silicone glue.  I stamped the butterfly body using some Memento - Tuxedo Black but wiping away one of the antenna before stamping onto the card, then re-inking the stamp and wiping away the other antenna and the body so once stamped it looks like the butterfly is in profile.  I stamped the wings of the butterfly onto some patterned card, it was actually blue and white so I used Memento - Dandelion ink to colour it, as you can see I stamped two of the left hand side of the butterfly so it looks like the butterfly is flying to the flowers.  I attached the wings using silicone glue slightly off setting them so you can see both wings.  I added some gems to the middle of the flowers but the card needed something else, so I used a green ProMarker and added some dots to the main stem of the flourish.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Project Club - July 2015 ¤ Zentangle ¤

Just fancied doing a bit of doodling and this is what I came up with.  I stamped the butterflies with Memento - Tuxedo Black, using a sticky note to mask off the bottom butterfly then stamping the other one.  I also used the black ink to stamp the sentiment, but the stamps was a little bit too big for the gap I had left so I used the sticky notes to mask off each line of the sentiment before stamping the next one, you can of course cut the stamp up but I wanted it left in one piece.  I then started do the zentangle sections, didn't plan it just did it, some friends of mine can do a lot better job, their work is beautiful, I just hoped for the best.  To finish off I used a grey ProMarker to outline the butterflies and to add a little colour to the card edge.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Project Club - July 2015 ¤ Fairy ¤

I think this is one of my favourite Tattered Lace dies, she's called Bella (always reminds me of my beautiful daughter Hannelore Isabella).  I cut her out of some thick white card, because I knew she wouldn't cut all the way through, I wanted the lower layer to be in piece, so after a little bit of turning the die I managed to leave the dress section in one piece.  Well almost the top of the bodice came out, so that had to be re-attached, no drama, I then coloured her skin, hair and shoes in using ProMarkers.  Then using some thinner white card I cut her out again, this time cutting her upper body and feet off.  I then used a Quickie Glue pen to add the pink glitter, once done I attached the pink layer to the full dress and again used the glue pen to add the iridescent glitter to the white bits.  For the background I used some digital paper I have and once cut to size I used a VersaMark ink pad to scrap around the edges, adding some PanPastels to the VersaMark, the colour was a little too dark pink so I added some cream to lighten it, it seemed to work.  I then stamped the sentiment again using the VersaMark and dusting with PanPastels, I did the same for the three butterflies.  I used a Spellbinders - Decorative Labels Eight die with some white pearlescent card for the fairy background.  For the fairy wings I used some heat resistant acetate with the VersaMark and heat embossed using some WOW - Frozen Lake powder from Chloe Endean, I also did all three butterfly wings.  The background and the die cut needed a little something so I used some high tack tape (red) on the edges of the background and added the embossing powder, being very careful not to overcook it while heating it, I use the glue pen on the die cut then added the embossing powder.  I folded the acetate butterfly wings in half and stuck them over the top of the butterflies on the background paper, using silicone glue, then adding some little blue gems on the antenna's.  The fairy princess' wings were cut in half and separated slightly at the back and attached with some silicone glue, she was then attached using some foam tape and pads to the front of the card.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Project Club - July 2015 ¤ Blue ¤

I used the Tonic - Oval, Oval Scalloped, Square and the Square Scalloped layering dies to make this 6 x 6 card and kept to just three ProMrkers to so the colouring.  I stamped the butterflies and the sentiment using VesaFine - Onyx Black ink and heat embossed with detail clear embossing powder.  The sentiment is from the Birthday Galore stamp set.  I used a ½" corner rounder on the opposite corners of each of the squares and used the palest blue ProMarker to add a little bit of colour around each of the edges as well as the oval for the sentiment.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Project Club - July 2015 ¤ Yellow ¤

Another A6.  This time I stamped the butterfly outline and the flourish inner section three times using Memento - Tuxedo Black and coloured in with ProMarkers.  I cut out the circles using a 1½" circle punch and using the Tonic Scalloped Circle dies cut out three matts in textured green card.  Because I wanted the circles down the middle of the card I attached the middle one first, then positioned the other two in the space that was left, using foam pads.  That's it, very quick card.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Project Club - July 2015 ¤ Inky Butterfly ¤

This is a bit of an unusual card size for me, it's an A6, and I quite like it.  I cut my white card so it was a little smaller than the white base card, then added the pierced dots to the corners.  I used the Birthday Flower stamp with Memento - Tuxedo Black and coloured the flower in with my ProMarkers.  I re-stamped the flower, just the middle section, so I could colour and cut out the two little flowers.  I then stamped the body of the butterfly in position again using the black ink.  I wanted a little bit of shine to the card so had a root round in my scrap card drawer and found the little piece of pink foil card, so I cut it in half and added a piece to each of the corners, jut leaving a little sliver showing.  I use foam tape to attach this to the card front.  I was looking for some ink or something to colour the butterfly, when I spotted my ink bottles.  The piece of white stamping card I had was just big enough to fit a butterfly on, so didn't have to go mad with the ink everywhere.  I did use some scrap paper under the white card, just in case the ink when straight through (it did but only a little bit ) and began to add the ink, just letting it dot on the card.  I first used Meadow, the Wild Plum, letting them merge together, the colour was a bit strong and I thought you may not be able to see the butterfly image if I left it like that, so I added some Peach Bellini (all three inks are from Adirondack) and it just merged with the other two colours but started to blend everything together, so I didn't have to throw the piece of card away after all.  Once dry I dusted with an anti-static bag and using the black ink stamped both the outline and the inside image of the butterfly.  I cut out the butterfly not having to bother with the antenna as I'd already stamped the body on the card front.  I attached the wings and the flower with some silicone glue adding a silver gem to the middle of the flowers and some black gems on the body of the butterfly.  

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Mini Class - July 2015

I thought we would do something a little different in this month's class and because the two ladies who attend haven't done any canvas or MDF crafting, I thought we would remedy that.  They don't actually like all the dark colours and prefer the clean and simple option, so I didn't do anything messy lol.  We used some Cosmic Shimmer Matt Chalk Paint - Vanilla for the canvas, the heart is a Spellbinder, the flowers are Tattered Lace - Charisma Daisy and Charisma Ivy.  I used some organza ribbon for the edge of the heart, the smaller heart paper is from the Daisy CD-ROM.  The sentiment has been stamped using Memento - Gray Flannel and the stamps are from the Nina Crafts - ABC 123 set.  To finish I used some glitter for the middle of the daisy's and some pearls in the two corners.  As you can see I gave a choice of either blue or pink, doing a pink one for them to see the finished canvas and doing the blue one on the day.  They did enjoy it and said it had made a really nice change, back to a card next month I think lol.  I will show you the canvases when I've added some bits and pieces to them later, a bit plain for me really J