Friday, 26 August 2016

Fairy Celebration - Fancy Fold

I wanted to make a special fairy card.  I think this card could stand on any little girl's shelf long after her birthday. It also is a great card to send through the mail as it folds up flat and fits into a C6 envelope.
Although it looks complicated, it is really easy to make.   I found this card fold on Youtube. See 'Dawn's Stamping Thoughts' video titled 'Pop Up Birthday Card with Confetti Celebration' Stamp Set'.
The fairy image was stamped with Basic Grey Archival ink onto water colour paper and coloured using inks and an Aqua Painter.  The flowers were die cut from Botanical Builder Framelits.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Fairy Celebration - Happy Birthday

I used Fairy Celebration and Number of Years stamp sets to make this card. I stamped the fairy on Shimmery White cardstock using Basic Grey  Archival Ink (so the ink won't run) and used an Aqua Painter to colour.  I used Dimensionals on the fairy to make her look like she is
flying over the flowers.  Of course, magic fairy dust was stamped and Dazzling Details applied. Love a little glimmer!  Wink of Stella could also have been used. The flowers and sentiment were stamped to finish.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Fairy Celebration - Water Colour Block Background

I couldn't resist purchasing this stamp set. I have many fond memories of fairies.  I used to chase butterflies believing they were fairies and look for them in the bottom of our garden when I was little.  I passed this love of fairies onto my two girls and we still have our fairy garden!

The new In-Colours - Sweet Sugarplum, Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach make a perfect colour background combination for this fairy card. I used markers to colour the E acrylic block which was then spritzed with water and then stamped onto some water colour paper. The images and sentiments were stamped in Rich Razzleberry.  The water colour paper was trimmed and then adhered to the card base (Pink Pirouette) with some silver glitter washi tape

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Affectionately Yours - Dapper Denim

I love looking on Pinterest and I found a card by Nina Janssen using Dapper Denim that I really liked.  So I based my card on hers, made some changes and came up with this.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Affectionately Yours - Watercolour

I really enjoyed making this card. I do love water colouring. I first stamped with Versa Mark (leaves, large and small outline flowers only) on water colour paper and then heat set with white embossing powder. The flower middles were stamped after water colouring. The little flowers and leaf twigs were stamped to fill in the gaps.  I did originally intend to stamp a sentiment but opted with the ribbon.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Hello Baby Bear - Z Fold Card

The colour scheme uses Dapper Denim - ink, cardstock, paper from the In-Colour Designer Series Paper Stack and ribbon.
The decorative element in the right hand corner was made by punching a 1" circle from a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, sponging the edges with Dapper Denim, stapling a punched heart to the front and ribbon to the rear before adhering with a glue dot.
The sentiments and bear were stamped on Whisper White.
I found Dapper Denim to be a little dark, so I 'stamped off' once before stamping  the first layer, twice for the second and so on, progressing from dark to light.

Friday, 5 August 2016

Baby Bear

My Baby Bear card today is my take on the card from the catalogue. I used Mint Macaroon and Sahara Sand in the colour scheme. The paper came from 'Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper.
'Hello Baby' came from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamp set.
The bear was stamped with Sahara Sands using the 'stamping off method' to achieve the different shades of colour.

Baby Bear Tips

When you first set eyes on this stamp set you immediately think of babies and young children but it can extend to a wedding card with 'to hug and hold' and a 'thank you' card with the sentiments supplied. This stamp set is described as a Two-Step stamp set in the catalogue (p 61) which means you need to stamp multiple times to complete the bear and ribbon images with the clear photopolymer stamps. They are clear for easy alignment. The photopolymer stamps need to be used with  clear blocks (b,e,g) found on page 183 of the catalogue.
Stamping multiple times builds depth.  It appears that more than one ink is used but this is not so.  By stamping off and stamping over builds layers of light and dark ink tones to complete the image.
Choose one ink colour.  'Stamp off ' onto scrap paper and then stamp again without re-inking. The result is lighter in the ink shade. So that is how the different shades are achieved.  With dark ink shades you may even stamp off three times to achieve the desired lighter tones.
I found that it is best to work from dark to light in ink tones. It is much easier to line up when stamping. I also found that stamping the lest detailed stamp first, then to next detailed stamp and so on. Looking at the baby bear stamps opposite, stamp in sequence from top to bottom. Same with the bow.