Sunday, 31 December 2017

Reverse Die Impressions with Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies

I know I have said it before - but I am a massive fan of the wonderful and prolific cardmaker and inspirational designer that is Jennifer McGuire.

I took inspiration from yet another of her wonderful YouTube tutorials to make this sweet little card and I had great fun in doing so !

It's brilliant when the tools we purchase with one purpose in mind, i.e. die-cutting can be utilised for another purpose which we hadn't ever intended.

As soon as I saw her video for Reverse Die Impressions, I knew I had to give it a go.   The key to this technique is to remember that your die needs to be a symmetrical one.  So for this purpose, the Bold Butterfly Framelits were ideal.

After I had embossed mine, I decided to add a watercolour wash.

Then I die cut an intricate butterfly with my Butterflies Thinlits dies.

I love how this turned out.  Its a great technique which I will be revisiting as my head is now buzzing with ideas.

That's my little offering for today.  Hope you feel inspired to have a go too.

Thanks for stopping by.

Ciao for now,

Linda xxx

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Saturday, 30 December 2017

Small is Beautiful - Bloomin Love in Lemon Lime Twist 3 x 3 Card from Leftovers

Beautiful things come in small packages they say - well I have to agree.

I love the Bloomin Heart stamp set because I just think  that the intricate heart is exceptionally pretty.

I had some scrap card left over from a previous project which used Lemon Lime Twist card stock, so I cut it to 6 x 3 and scored at 3 inches on the long side.

I stamped up the heart in clear Versamark onto another piece, applied some White Stampin' Emboss powder and heat set the image.  I then die cut that and layered it onto a larger die cut heart, which was also left over from a previous project.  I thought it would be nice to add some pearly accents and the sheer bow.   I quite like the heat embossed sentiment from the Colorful Seasons stamp set offset to the side of the heart topper.

Its small and sweet and very neat, and it just goes to show that its amazing what you can make from left over scraps.  Hope you like it.

Thanks for stopping by for today's little project.  I hope you will pop back again sometime.

Ciao for now,

Linda xx

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Friday, 29 December 2017

Get Well Card - Hopeful Thoughts

Hopeful Thoughts is amongst the first stamp sets I purchased when I first became a demonstrator four years ago.  I've used it time and again - and I love it.

I thought I would use it for a Get Well Card which I am popping in the post today.

I took a piece of watercolour paper, a couple of Stampin' Write marker pens and using a stamp positioner (in this case my MISTI), I stamped the branch by first inking in the green and stamping a couple of times. Then I clean off the stamp and inked up the flowers in Melon Mambo and stamped them a couple of times.

I used an Aqua Painter to gently brush a small amount of water across each leaf and flower as I wanted to achieve a smudged watercolour effect.

Next came the sentiment and then I die cut the piece of watercolour card using the largest of my square Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.

I die cut two more squares using my Layering Squares Framelits and layered the three to create a topper for my card.

I embossed a square piece of Black card stock with my Sweetheart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.   The topper covers the debossed heart in the centre of the embossed card stock.

This was added to a layer of Melon Mambo card stock and then the whole thing was adhered to a piece of 6 x 12 card stock, scored at 6 inches on the long side to form a 6 x 6 inch card base.

I was ever so pleased with how the card turned out. I think it looks rather sophisticated and elegant.

Well I hope my recipient likes it too.

That's it from me today.  I hope you will pop back for my next project.

Ciao for now,

Linda xx

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Thursday, 28 December 2017

Bokeh Stamping - Celebrate You Thinlits Dies

I do love the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies which will available as a free item from the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue from 3rd January, with a £90 spend (not including shipping).

I decided to use another of the word dies from the set for today's card, in the same way as I detailed in yesterday's Blog Post.

I have never attempted the Bokeh Technique before, so I thought I would give it a try.

I was thrilled with the effect.

I created a nice blended background using So Saffron, Tangerine Tango & Melon Mambo.  Once that was complete, I used a mask made from a scrap piece of card through which I had punched circles in three differing sizes.  I applied some Whisper White Craft Ink, using the circles as stencils and sponging on the ink which my daubers. You will note that some of the circles are whiter than others, creating an illusion that they are closer than the paler hazier ones.

I do think to get a nice effect it's best not to go mad and sponge on too many circles. "Less is More" is my motto and that principle seemed to work very nicely with this project.

The sentiment is from the photopolymer stamp set Lovely Friends.   I masked off part of the sentiment and used the word die to form a slightly different one.

Well I hope you like it and maybe have a go if you haven't tried the technique already.  I really enjoyed it

Thanks for visiting today - and I hope you will pop in again.

Ciao for now,

Linda xx

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