Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Creative Expressions Tuesday Blog

Dream Big .

Hi there , here I am back again with my regular post for Creative Expressions. Today I am going to show you a card that I made using just one stamp (well I did use a second stamp for the quote , but I could have done something else and not stamped a quote ) .


I used some of the foundations card in a buff colour to stamp and emboss the design with gold powder. I did this twice so that I could cut up the second image 

I used watercolour paints to colour the flowers and the leaves and then cut out the flowers from one image . I then cut a strip of card that would fit across the card base as shown .  I pleated and folded Silky Crush Ribbon and stuck it to the strip of card . I attached the ribbon and flowers to a square of white card and then added some very thin cream ribbon down the wider pleated ribbon .
I stamped and embossed Dream Big onto a piece of buff card and mounted it and the main image on black and then gold card . I attached these as shown to the base with foam pads .
What l found interesting was that at this point the card looked unfinished and I wasn't quite sure why 
. So I mounted the card onto a black card base so that there was a border of black around it . This 
helped but it still wasn't right . After thinking about it I realised that all the pieces on the card worked together but didn't seem connected to each other . This was when I drew the fine black line around the edge of the card . Finally it looked right !

So here is another,larger picture of the final card .
I hope that this has given you some ideas about using just one stamp and I'll be back next week .
To make this card I used :---
Stamps to die for , Floral Cartouche.
Creative Expressions clear stamp set , Petite Lavish Sentiments.
Silky Crush Ribbon, Black .
Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder , Gold .
If you want to find out what other members of the DT are doing look here 

Monday, 28 March 2016

PaperArtsy Blog

Hi there everyone,
Today you will find a post from me on the PaperArtsy Blog . The post is about using Powertex to create a sculpture out of fabric . Great fun and also if you are a messy crafter like me a very messy project ! I'll just show some pictures here because if you are interested , the instructions are on the PaperArtsy blog .

If you want to read all about this go to the PaperArtsy site .

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Creative Expressions Tuesday

Birthday Card .

On 29th February one of my friends reached his 20th birthday . ( he is very keen to get to his 21st birthday ) . In reality this was his 80th birthday and was obviously a date to celebrate. So I made him this card . I thought I would share it with you as it is a great card for a great gentleman!

To start the card I rubbed Colour Cloud blending inks over some buff card . I used Lemon Meringue from the left top corner and Ocean Blue in the bottom right corner and blended them together in the centre . I added a little Lavender Lace especially into the blue to deepen the colour.

I then stamped and embossed designs from two Creative Expressions stamp sets , Nautical Journey and Vintage Aviation onto the card as you can see . I embossed some of the images with gold embossing powder and some with black powder to create interest in the background.

I coloured some white card with the same coloured inks . Using white card means that these pieces stand out from the background. I then stamped and embossed the ship twice and Happy Birthday from Elegant Sentiments onto this coloured card . I cut out one of the ships so that I could attach it onto the base image with dimensional glue to add some dimension to the card .

The stamped card was then mounted onto gold and then black card and then attached to the main card with foam pads . I rubbed gold gilding wax around the edges of the card to finish the design.

I find making cards for men fun because I can do something completely different and I hope this has given you some ideas . 

I used the following Creative Expressions items to make this card :-
Creative Expressions stamp sets , Nautical Journey and Vintage Aviation.
Elegant Sentiments Clear Stamp Set .
Colour Cloud blending inks.
Cosmic Shimmer embossing powders , Gold and Black.

If you would like to see what other members of the Creative Expressions DT have been doing please look here 

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Creative Expressions Tuesday

Just Because .

Good Morning , here's my regular Tuesday post for Creative Expressions . Today's card involves making a stamped background paper and some die cut flowers.

To create the background paper I used a sheet of Graceful Butterflies and Dragonflies paper by Phil Martin which I masked with low tack masking tape . I then rubbed Frosty Mink blending ink onto the unmasked areas . The masking tape can then be removed .

Using stamps from the Floral Fan Elements stamp set I stamped the flowers using mushroom pigment ink as shown and then painted them with Irridescent watercolour paints . I used part of this paper to cover the card .

I cut two pieces of card using the Hobart Adornment cutting die . The back of the papers in the pad I used are plain and tone beautifully with the patterned fronts so I stuck the die cut pieces to some of this paper leaving the centre area free and then cut around the die cut pieces . I cut a piece of card to 
fit in between the die cuts and another slightly larger piece of black card to mount it on . 

I then die cut lots of flowers from toning paper from the pad and I used the leftover stamped paper as well . The flowers were stuck together and the centres were added ( flat backed pearls painted gold ) . I also added gold paint around the edges of the petals to add a little sparkle.
To finish the card I stamped flowers from the stamp set onto the central panel and painted them to 
match the background. The quote is from the same stamp set . 

All the pieces of the card were assembled as shown here .
It was fun to use a piece of patterned paper and add to it to create a backing paper and I hope this might inspire you to have a go . I'll be back next week, bye for now .

Creative Expressions items used :-
Just Rite Clear Stamp Set , Floral Fan Elements.
Craft Dies by Sue Wilson , Hobart Adornment and Perfect Peony Complete Petals .
Irridescent Watercolour Paints.
Phil Martin premium paper collection .
Colour Cloud blending ink, Frosty Mink .

To find out what other members of the Creative Expressions DT are doing please look here 

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Creative Expressions Tuesday


Hi there , well I'm back today with another card . This is a simple card using one stamp and contrasting black with a peachy main colour

The background of this card was created by stamping the Alexandra's Tea Rose with mushroom pigment ink randomly all over the card . As this stamp is quite large I masked parts of it with copy paper while stamping . Make sure the ink is dry and then rub Colour Cloud blending ink --- Baked Peach , Decadent Grape and Decadent Oak --- over the card blending the colours together.

Emboss a strip of card, I used the Large Sea Garden folder , and rub a little of the same inks over it .

I then rubbed Cast Bronze Gilding Wax over the raised embossed design . Black lace was then stuck along the back of the strip of card  which was then attached to the background as shown.

I rubbed the same blending inks around the edges of a smaller piece of card and then stamped the entire design onto the card . I coloured the design with watercolour paint but I could have used any colouring medium . The card was then mounted on black card and the whole piece was mounted onto the card using foam pads . The quote was from a Creative Expressions stamp set --- Vintage Aviation --- and was coloured and mounted in the same way. I finished the card with three flat backed pearls coloured with black alcohol ink .

I particularly enjoyed contrasting the soft peach with the black, I felt it created a dramatic effect. However I feel that this could be done with other colours to create a different effect . So that's all for now but I will be back next week .
Creative Expressions items used for this card : Stamps to die for ,Alexandra's Tea Rose.
Embossing Folder , Large Sea Garden.
Colour Cloud Blending Inks .
Creative Expressions Stamp Set , Vintage Aviation.
Gilding Wax , Cast Bronze.

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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Creative Expressions Tuesday

Hi there , I'm here again to share my latest design for Creative Expressions . I've gone all floral and pretty today. So here it is.

Maybe l'm being too hopeful but I decided to go with some very spring like colours when I made this card which is why I used purple and yellow . The embossed background was inked lightly with Lemon Meringue ink before being mounted on gold and then black card . 

I die cut two pieces of card and coloured them with Decadent Denim Gilding Wax before attaching them as shown . They will need trimming to fit . I then added some lace over the top .

I stamped and embossed in gold this design four times so that I could use one full design and cut up
the others as shown . I then painted the flowers using Irridescent Watercolour Paint making sure that the yellow toned with the yellow on the embossed card .
I painted another piece of card to tone with the purple flowers and stuck the main image  onto this card . Once the glue was dry l cut carefully around the design to create a border .

When I attached the cut out flowers I used dimensional glue and shaped them a little. The flowers on the main design have a second layer of flowers to give added dimension.

I completed the design with flat backed pearls coloured with alcohol pens to tone with the purple of the flowers.
So for this design I used the following Creative Expressions items :-
Stamps to die for --- Floribunda .
Die by Sue Wilson--- Diagonals- Labyrinth.
Embossing Folder by Sue Wilson--- Fine Finials.
Gilding Wax--- Decadent Denim .
Colour Cloud Blending Ink --- Lemon Meringue.

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