Thursday, October 16, 2014

Some bloopers for you to see

Bonjour, mes amis. (Don't know why I did that, just felt like a little French flourish.)

I don't believe in waste (if I can help it), so when I recently tried out some new techniques (and failed) I turned them around to add to my stash of cards to offload onto my friends and family.  :)

This first card was supposed to look like Therese Calvird's beautiful die embossed and stamped card (pictured here), but I couldn't get the tension right on my die cutting machine and it kept on cutting out the butterfly and not embossing the frame. Rather than throw out the lot I fell back on a favourite technique with colour sponging and foam tape to lift the coloured layer off the stamped image. I then sprinkled over some water drops to watermark the colours and when dry, drenched it in Glimmer Mist. It'll do! :)

The second card was a test run for a commission using Distress Markers and I was trying out a background colouring technique. 

The image was stamped with Archival Ink and then masked with some Molotow Grafx Art Masking Liquid. (I only discovered it the other day and it was exactly what I wanted for what I had in mind - and I love using it already!) Only problem was that my background ending up a muddy grey colour - not a good look! After splashing on some more green and blue colours, I got it fairly reasonable. Once I splattered over some Glimmer Mist in a number of colours, it started looking even better. So here is the finished product. 

Alex, my son, said it looked like a sympathy card, but maybe it could be a masculine card or a birthday card for some-one over 50 (they don't need a lot of colour!) ;?) Only joking - I'm in that group as well.

Anyway, I'm going back to try it out again (this time with another type of paper). Hopefully I'll get lucky this time.

Bye for now.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Another card set from Heartfelt Creations

In case you're wondering, I've been doing a little tidy up and catching up on all of the cards that I haven't made yet (including my card sets I bought, as well as projects I'd started and not completed yet.) Hopefully by the end of my clean-up, I'll have a pile of cards I can use without having to make one up on-the-spot, because I've forgotten someone's birthday etc.

The set of cards I'm posting today use the Heartfelt Creations "Raindrops on Roses" Collection.  I love the images used and the colours. The die cut fences and frames are also delightful.

Rose buds are my favourite flower to make, so this set of cards was super easy. It hasn't shown up really well, but the clumps of reddish stuff on the cards is actually the prettiest coloured glitter. INL the cards look so much nicer.

Next time I'll be back with something completely new.

Bye for now.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Some more from Heartfelt Creations

Happy World Card Making Day! Yeah I'm late! That's nothing new. :)

I'm bringing you some more cards I've made using card kits from Heartfelt Creations. Have I said before how much I love these card kits (and the papers and stamps and die cutting sets)? They are so easy to use and the cards and layouts you can create with them almost make themselves.

This set of cards uses the Cut Mat Create Collection which is basically a series of shapes and their co-ordinating mats that have been designed to fit neatly into 12 x 12 paper layouts or cards. It's really a no-brainer way of matting photos and creating layouts to maximise your space. Ingenious!

I love how the cards were designed using the cut-away technique so you cut along some of the designed flowers etc and slot the matted image under it. The filigree die cut is also awesome - so pretty.

Anyway, bye for now.