Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Creative Expressions Tuesday

Glorious Daisy

Hello there , welcome to my regular post for Creative Expressions . Today I have made a pretty card using one stamp and one die . The central deign is stamped onto parchment paper and layered to create dimension.

I used the thin edge die from the die set to cut out a square piece of parchment so that the edges looked lacy . The corners are untidy but that doesn't matter as they will be covered . I then stamped and embossed the daisy using Ivory powder . I stamped three other daisies in the same way . I then coloured the daisy with colouring pencils .

I cut out the three separate daisies removing parts of the design from each piece as shown . I curved the petals of each flower to give them some shape .  These pieces were then attached to the base design using dimensional glue so that the flower looked  dimensional.

Using the same die I cut a square of gold mirror card slightly bigger than the parchment. I then cut a 
square of coloured card that would fit under the parchment and on top of the mirror card . I stuck this 
to the mirror card and then attached the parchment on top ( using glue only at the corners so it would 
be hidden) .

I finished the card by covering a card blank with more of the coloured card and sticking a piece of Silky Crush ribbon across the lower part of the card . The main panel was then attached. I added a bow made from the same ribbon and then attached fabric flowers from my stash to the corners to hide  the untidy corners and glue . I coloured the flat backed pearls with alcohol markers to tone with the colour of the card . 
The colours of this card could all be changed to suit your colour palette, although I did find that the daisy stood out better on a darker background.

Items used for this project:--- Just Rite Stamps -- Hello Daisy .
Craft Dies by Sue Wilson -- Diagonals -- Labyrinth.
Cosmic Shimmer Embossing Powder -- Ivory .
Creative Expressions Silky Crush Ribbon -- Champagne.

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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Creative Expressions Tuesday

Object of Art
Hi there everyone . I'm here again with my regular Tuesday post for Creative Expressions. Today I have made a card using stamps and dies which I don't do often . I think I am a stamper at heart but sometimes I can be lured by the lovely dies by Sue Wilson .
I started with a sheet of coconut white foundations card hitch I folded in half to create a card base . I stamped the background design using Cornflower blue Archival ink . I didn't try to get a perfect image because I felt that a rather patchy print would work better .


Next I cut the Lattice Window from black card . I cut one full window and one frame . I then stamped and embossed with gold powder the same design as the background onto the solid window. I applied perfect medium to the window frame and embossed it with gold powder. I stamped and embossed the sentiment onto black card and also added gold embossing to a piece of card to act as a mount for the sentiment.

The sentiment was attached to the gold embossed card and the window frame was attached to the solid window .
Using the Perfect Peony Complete Petals dies I cut out the three largest flowers from parchment . I created the flowers by making a fold down the centre of each petal and then pressing down at the centre of the flower with a large ball tool to shape it . I stuck three or four layers of flowers together to make the dimensional flower . I then rubbed New Gold Gilding Wax onto the edges of the petals . The centres of the flowers are flat pearls rubbed with the same gilding wax .

To complete the card I added ribbon and lace as shown . I then attached the window and sentiment with dimensional glue and used the same to attach the flowers . I added more flat backed pearls which had been coloured with the gilding wax to finish the card .

Items used to create this card include :--- 
Stamps -- Just Rite Cling Stamps , Tulip Damask Background Stamp .
Creative Expressions Stamps , Spirit (Sentiment ) .
Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson, Perfect Peony Complete Petals and Lattice Window .
Metallic Gilding Wax, New Gold .
Cosmic Shimmer Gold Embossing Powder .

Well I seem to have finished today , I hope you liked this project and I'll be back next week . In the meantime, if you would like to see what the other members of the DT have been doing please look here ---

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Creative Expressions Tuesday Blog

From Paris .

Hi there , today's project uses several different stamps that you might not thought of using together. By using a very limited colour palette the different elements of this card fit nicely together. The colour palette is basically just three different shades of cream card and Decadent Oak colour cloud blending ink ( the brown colours ) and two toning ink pads (the blue colours ) .


The base of the card , using pale cream card , was embossed using the Wild Roses embossing folder . I rubbed Cloudy Blue ink around the sides of the panel ,then the Decadent Oak ink and finally a touch of  Cornflower Blue ink .

The next panel was made using the pale cream card . It was stamped with Cloudy Blue ink and a
background stamp --- Just Rite Cling stamp , Tulip Damask . I had to stamp this twice to continue the pattern so that the panel was large enough . The flourish from the Greetings from Paris stamp set was
stamped at the top and bottom of the panel with black ink . The soft blue stamping is quite subtle, but that was what I wanted as this is the background. You can also see a stamped postmark from the same stamp set .



The postcard , Paris plaque and stamps are from the same stamp set. The Rose is cut from Rose Vintage labels seven . I stamped the postcard onto a buff coloured card and antiqued it with Decadent Oak and the darker blue ink . The other images were stamped on a paler card and antiqued with Decadent Oak . I rubbed some ink from the dark blue ink pad onto my non stick Matt and then added
some water so that I could paint the roses .

I die cut some ivy leaves from the buff card and rubbed the brown and blue ink onto them to tone in with the design. I was very lucky to find some pretty lace in the right colour in my collection of lace which I stuck down the side of the base panel . I felt that the next panel didn't contrast enough with the base so I mounted it on black card before adding it to the base with foam pads . The postcard and roses were stuck down and then the plaque was added with foam pads . Finally the die cut ivy was added .
All the different elements on this card blend nicely together because I used this limited colour palette,  so I hope that this has  inspired you to try a limited palette of colours.
Items used for this card : 
Embossing Folders by Sue Wilson, Wild Roses .
Just Rite Stamps --- Tulip Damask Background Stamp
Rose Vintage Labels Seven .
Greetings from Paris.
Colour Cloud Blending Ink Decadent Oak. 
Ranger Adirondack Pigment Ink Cloudy Blue.
Ranger Archival Ink  Cornflower Blue .

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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Creative Expressions Tuesday Blog


I'm back again for my regular Tuesday blog post with a very glitzy card ! This looks very complicated but is in fact very simple because the design is random but repetitive.


I cut three pieces of black card , a large square and then two rectangles that would layer over the square as you can see . I stamped and embossed with gold powder the two larger images from the stamp set . Where there were any obvious gaps I used the single flowers from the set to fill the gaps .

Using Irridescent Shimmering Watercolour paints I painted the flowers in various colours from the palette. I coloured all the flowers on the central panel and only a few on the base and quote panels . I stamped and embossed the quote into the centre of the smallest panel . All the panels were then mounted onto gold card .


Using the same colours from the paint palette I coloured some paper flowers so that they would tone with the background.l also coloured some stick pins with gold paint .

The panels were attached to the background using foam pads and the whole was attached to a black card blank . I used dimensional glue to attach the flowers and pins to finish the card .
As I saw d this is easy to make but looks great ! Black and gold together always look great . 
To make this card I used :
Just Rite clear stamp set , Pinwheel Daisies .
Creative Expressions clear stamp set Stitched Letters .
Irridescent Shimmering Watercolour Paints, Set nine , Chic and Frosted .
Creative Expressions Finishing Touches, Pearl topped Stick Pins .
Bye for now , back next week .
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