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Thursday, 24 August 2017

Glitter Drama...

Happy Thursday,

I thought I would share a classic Joh  card ( as Mrs Duck would call it) today using a mix of my signature die cutting and stamping!

I stared by stamping a selection of stamps from my Winter Trees clear stamp set onto white card using a mix of the cool set of Izink dye ink pads.  I added some snowflakes over the top using the silver pigment ink.

I framed this using the Find It media snowflake frame (available HERE)  I cut the frame in silver pearl card and backed it with silver glitter card.  I then matted and layers this onto more of the silver, glitter and some mirror card in silver.

I then added a spray of festive foliage in white and poinsettias in the glitter card ( I will have these dies on my next Hochanda show on the 10th September)  I arranged these around the bottom right of the card to add focus to the sentiment adding pearls in the centres of the flowers.


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Black and Silver...

Happy Wednesday,

S simple stamped card today again mixing Die cutting and stamping to make the card.

I stared by cutting, with the press cut stitch dot squares, a square of black card.  Next I stamped the floral circle form my clear stamp set using sink silver pigment ink.  I then stamped the sentiment, from the winter trees set, in the centre again using silver.

Next I matted and layered this onto silver mirror card and more black card.

I then cut the holly die from the Find It media florals set (PM10103) click code fro link.  I used silver mirror card and folded the holly along the centre lines before adding as a spray, with the berries that cut at the same time, at the edge of the wreath.

I added a layer of snowflake card form an old Die Cuts with a View (DCWV) Christmas paper stack.  I added layers of silver and black and a strip of silver sparkle ribbon from my stash.


Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Snowy Trees...

Happy Tuesday,

Another mix of die cutting and stamping today but a littler lighter than yesterdays but just as simple!

The background for this one is a relatively simple one however there is some drying time involved so I would make a few at a time!

To make the background I painted artists masking fluid across the bottom of a sheet of watercolour card to give a snow drift feel.  Next I added more fluid to my brush and flicked this all over the piece.  This gives snow like splashes over the surface and protects this form the inks.  You do need to give this a while to dry an hour maximum.

I then added the topaz and blue pearl pigment inks ( the ones I had on Hochanda a coupe of weeks ago) and spritzed the piece with water and using a wash brush i shaded this across the piece to give a patchy shaded look to the 'sky'.  I then waited for these to dry ( another hour).

Next I stamped, using my Press to Impress stamp platform, one of the trees from the winter trees set over the edges of the masked area.  I blotted off any excess ink then rubbed away the masking fluid across the piece.  By doing this after I stamped the first set of trees the snow seems to fall over the trees giving a more 3D look.

Finally I added a few black lines for the edges with a fine line pen and stamped some more tress in the foreground and going off the page.  2 deers die cut in black gloss card finish the piece, I love the way these appear over the background.


Monday, 21 August 2017

Winter Trees...

Happy Monday,

AS promised I am starting to share some of the Christmas cards I have made which mix die cutting along with my stamps and media plates.  Today's First card is a perfect way to use some of the backgrounds you can make with the larger media plate mixed with the stunning Christmas dies from Amy Designs.

I stared by making a background using a mix of inks and my Winter Tress stamp set on the larger media plate.  I mixed night, south seas and verbena on the plate then using perfect medium I used the resist technique with some of the snowflakes from the stamps.  there is a video on this technique on my you tube channel click HERE to see the video. 

I cut this down to a 5" x 5" panel and added it to a 6" card blank with a black matt.  Next I stamped more of the snowflakes over this using the Silver pigment ink pad from the Izink range.

I cut the smaller circle and the dotted circle from the Amy Design star frame and then stamped the tree and snowflakes on this again in silver.  Finally I stamped the sentiment in black .

I cut the larger circle from the set in black and stamped silver snowflakes over this before matting it onto the mirror card cut frame.

I used the scraps of the background to cut the poinsettias which I shaped and added with silver micro beads in the centres.

Not your usual colour or style for a Christmas tree but I love the simple mixed media look to this card.


Sunday, 20 August 2017


Happy Sunday,

I thought I would share a couple off card made with the thistle oval today  This is a small hand drawn stamp but hopefully perfect for smaller card or for building with the other stamps in the set for larger cards.

This first card is made by making a simple background using the pigment inks and the large media plate.  I then cut this into 2 pieces and stamped the thistle onto the smaller piece.  I then cut an aperture using an oval in the larger piece.  I then stamped the corner stamp on all four sides and mounted this over the stamped oval.

A simple card made very quickly.

The second card may be slightly familiar as its made from the waste from the first!  the oval I cut from the first card is stamped as the topper on this card.

The addition of a tartan ribbon and a media plate background and a second card is made!


Saturday, 19 August 2017

Purple Hearts...

Happy Saturday,

Im in louth today at H&J crafts running workshops on the new media plates and stamps masks etc. Ive just completed one day of workshops so I am writing this quickly on the free hotel WiFi!   So its just pictures today!

Friday, 18 August 2017

Wot more green...

Happy Friday,

Another card in green today a colour I used to say I rarely use however the freshness just appeals and I seem to have been using it loads recently.  This card doesn't use a media plate so is quite easy on resources!

I stared by cutting card blank and then cutting a plain circle in the centre towards the top.  Next I used the Crafts Too mini blending tolls and added emerald and verbena dye based inks over the card messily to make the background.

Next I added the card to the press to impress stamp press and positioned the floral circle stamp over the 'hole' in the centre.  I inked the stamp randomly with the same two colours and stamped this around the aperture.

Finally I added the three butterflies to one side and 2 smaller ones on the other.  I inked these in the petrol ink and stamped them.  I then inked them with the emerald and moved the card slightly so that i got a shadow stamp ( far easier in the stamp press) as shown

I the  stamped the sentiment into the centre by mixing the inks again and using the stamp press i was able to stamp through the aperture ensuring I got it in the right place!
Really simple but hopefully great for inspiration!