Friday, 24 November 2017

Silver Snow...

Happy Friday,

Todays card is the workshop card form last week at Samuel Taylors in Embsay Skipton.  As with workshop cards I don't put full instructions on the blog however Im sure you can work out how this one was done!

The centre panel is stamped using my build a wreath clear stamp set and the izink silver metallic pigment ink pad.  I heat enmnossed this with glitter embossing powder but its not showing on the pictures, in real life it sparkles.

I'm really bust getting ready for next Thursdays launch on Hochanda its a brand new product launch so I can't wait to start showing you samples.


Thursday, 23 November 2017

Autumn Feeling...

Happy Thursday,

A change form the Christmas cards today with a birthday card with a real autumnal feel.

I started by adding rude and copper izink pigment ink pads to the flat side of my winter trees embossing folder.  I embossed this to give the letterpress look where the deep red is at the top but fades down the scene.  This leaves the trees showing in white.  Next I added clear sparkle embossing powder over the top ( as i used pigment ink i was able to heat emboss over the top)  I heat set this which adds the clear coating with a sparkle in it.

I simply added the press cut happy birthday over the top shadowed with white and copper.  O matted and layered the piece using white, copper and deep red card.


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Blue Scene...

Happy Wednesday,

I have to admit it isn't often I say this but I  really pleased with how this card turned out!  I know its another Christmas Card and I will be moving on to less Christmas next week however I really wanted to share this one!

I stated by letter pressing the snowflake circle embossing folder using izink pigment ink pad in navy blue.  I then stamped the centre panel using the same ink and my Christmas Scene clear stamp set.  I cut this with the stitch dot circles mating it on yale blue, silver mirror card and more of the white mounting them in the centre of the embossed panel.

I dressed this with the Amy Design poinsettia dies cut in white velum.  I used each of the three sizes of flower folded and mounted to make a really 3D poinsettia.  I added these on the top of a spray of foliage cut from dies in my stash with silver holly added between the flowers.

I framed the piece using the stitch for and plain squares form press cut in Yale blue lustre print card, white card and silver mirror card.

I mounted this onto a few layers of the blue white and silver and added it to a large 8x8" card blank.


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

First in Gold...

Happy Tuesday,

A very simple card today but the first card I made with my embossing folders and Stamps so I thought It was worth sharing!

I stared by stamping the sentiment and scene from the festive scene clear stamp set in Izink Pigment gold ink pad ( I stamped it three times using my press too Impress which made it really shine gold as the layers built up)

I cut this out with the press cut plain circles dies drawing around the inside of the die with a fine gold pen to add the fine line.  I matted this on antique gold card cut with the stitch dot circles again from press cut,

I then added the gold pigment ink pad to the flat side of my snowflake circle embossing folder and letterpressed a piece of white card so that I got a gold backing with white snowflakes over the top.

I simply matted this with more of the gold and white adding a bow of thin gold ribbon along with gold cord to add a highlight.


Monday, 20 November 2017

Pearl and Aqua Swirl...

Happy Monday,

I thought I had exhausted the cards I made with the find it snowflake swirl die however I found this one lurking in my files and its another way to use the die this time as a base for Poinsettias.

I used a mother of pearl card ( on my next Hochanda shows) for this card and cut the apeture in the centre before embossing the piece with my rustic frame embossing folder.  I added a layer to this in aqua cutting a smaller circle in the centre.  I backed this with a piece of white card embossed with the winter trees embossing folder.  Finally for this part I added acute behind the top layer and added the Christmas die cut ( From Press cut) on the acetate so that it appears to float.

I cut the snowflake swirl die in aqua and added this around the base of the circular aperture.  I then cut a load of poinsettias in the pearl card and added these over the swirl with bow of aqua and white seam binding over this.  I then added the fall away snowflakes from the swirl die in the centre of the flowers with a pearl in the centre.

I added all of this to a larger card as shown using the falling snow embossing folder from crafts too.


Sunday, 19 November 2017

I Heart Santa...

Happy Sunday,

As usual for a Sunday, a simple stamping project for today using the heart media plate and the christmas textures clear stamp set.

I inked the text stamp form my Christmas textures clear stamp set in various colours and stamped this onto the heart media plate.  I then inked the media plate and used the same texture stamp to remove ink so that I get the shown layers of texture.

I then simply stamped over the top using stamps form the silhouettes and scene sets of my stamps.

I cut this out using the square stitch dot dies and matted this on lilac before adding to a small card blank.  Ideal for your quick cards!


Saturday, 18 November 2017

The Heart of Christmas...

Happy Saturday,

A simple classic Christmas card today with the media plates izink inks and my Festive Silhouette clear stamp set ( This set is out of stock however more arrives next week)

I started by inking the heart media plate using the emerald, ultramarine and verbena izink dye based ink pads.  I used the resist technique to remove snowflakes from the plate and add them around the bottom of the card.  Next I started the heart and added snowflakes on the media plate and stamped this over the top.

Next I simply stamped some of the elements, as shown, form the silhouettes set using the trees to frame the scene as well as  black micron pen to ground the elements.

I matted this on black then white and added a large mat made with the scrap card I "cleaned' my brayer on ( this means simply running the brayer after use on the media plates over a piece of paper, it gives a really nice background.

A card blank and finished


Friday, 17 November 2017

White Snowflakes...

Happy Friday,

Another card made using the Amy Design Snowflake Swirl die  (Find It Media ADD10122)  

To make today's version of the card I added silver gilt sheets to a piece of card covered in my double sided adhesive.  I then embossed the piece using my snowflake circle embossing folder.

Next I layered a circle of silver mirror card over a circle of white pearl card.  I adhered the snowflake swirl die cut around the edge of the circle with silver snowflakes and crystals sprinkled over the die cut.  Finally I added the seasons greetings cut with the Press Cut die in white pearl card.

Finally I added layers of silver mirror card with white pearl card embossed with the crafts too falling snow embossing folder.  A few crystals in each corner and finished.


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Flying Santa...

Happy Thursday,

The same die as yesterday however a different treatment today I've used it round an oval rather than a circle and this time in gold and white.

I stamped the centre panel using my Christmas Scene and festive silhouettes clear stamp sets in gold Izink pigment ink pads.  To get the gold so strong I used the press to impress which allowed me to layer the gold on three times to get the intensity.

I mounted this behind an oval aperture, cut with the press cut stitch dot ovals which I had embossed with the crafts too falling snow embossing folder.  I added the snowflake die around the aperture in gold and topped this with the same cut in white.  I added back the snowflakes that fall away in gold with pearls on top.  I used different sizes of pearls around the remainder of the oval.
I added a bow of gold cavort and thin white satin ribbon with one of the snowflakes in the centre.

I made up the card as shown with layers of white, gold glazed white ( new card available on Hochanda on the 30th November) and gold card.


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Silver Flakes...

Happy Wednesday,

I seem to have fallen for the combination of silver and white for this Christmas ( perhaps with a ,title duck egg or aqua) so heres another card made in the combination.

I stared by cutting the scentre form a piece of white card which I then embossed with my Rustic frame embossing folder.  I added a layer of silver mirror card with acetate behind.

I then added the new Amy Design (Find It Media) Snowflake swirl die ADD10122. Cut in Silver mirror card which really work for these fine die cuts.  I added crystals on the spots on the embossed image and along the corner.  I then made a frame using the pre-cut Plain and stitch doe squares.

The sentiment is form my Christmas scene clear stamp set and is stamped in izink silver pigment ink I placed this behind the acetate and added snow on the acetate with a white gel pen.


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Shiny, Shiny, Shiny...

Happy Tuesday,

Another mantelpiece pleaser for todays card using the Press Cut hexagons a die set I bought ages ago but never got round to using, how daft am I? lol

I started by making the shiny glittery snowflake in the centre of the card I used the silver Izink Texture paste through my Elegant snowflakes mask and stencil set.  I removed the mask then added clear glitter over the top this turns the texture paste into a raised glitter paste I love having different uses for products and as the Izink texture paste is a different formulation it is strong and flexible enough to hold the glitter!

I then framed the piece suing the press cut hexagons, what I love about this set is that the dies are really close together meaning I don't need 2 sets to make an even set of mats and layers.  I cut the top layer in white and then embossed it using the crafts too falling snow embossing folder.  I used the next 2 dies in the set to frame the frame using silver glitter card.  I then used the next 2 to cut a frame using silver mirror card.

I mounted this set onto a set of hexagonal layers cut with the largest dies in the set in silver mirror and white.  I then added this to a base of white, silver finishing with silver glitter card.  I finally added a snowflake, cut with the press cut snowflakes set, cut in glitter card with a smaller snowflake cut in mirror card on top.  A few crystals in white ( from Habico at the Art of craft)


Monday, 13 November 2017

Gloss and Gold...

Happy Monday...

Fabulous weekend in the north looking forward to (edit I meant Returning! lol) retiring next year!

Todays card uses the Gold gilt sheets with just black and white to make a bold and confident card for today.

I started by adding gold gilt metal sheets to a piece of card covered in my double sided adhesive sheets.  I then die cut a circle in the centre and debossed the piece using the snowflake circle embossing folder.

Next I added ranger black gloss accents around the circle adding acetate behind the piece to make something to hold the snow in!

I added a panel behind the acetate with an embossed piece of white using the winter trees embossing folder.  I added snow over this and 2 deer cut in black gloss card before sealing this all with foam tape.

I added a further black gloss ( Pearl gloss card from Limetree crafts) on the front looking through the window.

I made up the card as shown using layers of embossed white, bright gold and black gloss.


Sunday, 12 November 2017

Red Wreath...

Happy Sunday,

It's technique day here in Swainby so we will be trying out the media plate techniques as well as some stamping, die cutting and embossing folder techniques.

Todays card is quite simple, which I always try to show on a sunday, using just the Build a wreath clear stamp set and some wired satin ribbon ( I am a ribbon addict having hundreds of different ones!)

I used my Press to Impress and the whole wreath stamping this in light green.  I then stamped over this using the quarter opine bough stamp in a darker green finishing with the leaves and berries quarter stamp in a honey colour ( All Izink dye based ink pads)

I then added poinsettias over the top and berries in raspberry.

Finally I made up the card as shown using the notched square dies form press cut along with a wired ribbon bow and pearl centre courtesy of Wendy!


Saturday, 11 November 2017

Bright Snowflakes...

Happy Saturday,

Today is the first day of my Northern workshop and technique classes at Swainby Im really looking forward to it!

Todays card is a little bright but I really like the mix of spearmint and white and who doesn't like to see father christmas flying!

I stamped the centre element using my build a wreath clear stamp set using the press to impress to repeatedly stamp the wreath around the ring in different colours.  I stamped this in the Izink pigment ink pads so I was able to add glitter clear embossing powder to the image and heat set it to add some sparkle.

\I cut this out, after stamping the sleigh, using a circle die and made mats and layers in white and black to accent the centre panel.  I added a bow of striped ribbon with matching colours to the top with long tails trailing down.

For the main card I letterpressesd the snowflake circle embossing folder,der using aqua izink pigment ink adding clear embossing powder over this and ranger aqua gloss accents in the centre of selected snowflakes.

I made pop the card as shown to focus in the centre.


Friday, 10 November 2017

soft blue snowflakes...

Happy Friday,

A real mix of stamping, media plates and die cutting today with a  bit of letter pressing thrown in!

I stared by making the stamped bauble using the bauble media plate, izink pigment inks and just one stamp from the Christmas Scene clear stamp set.

I then cut this out and matted and layers it using the press cut plain and stitch dot circles.  I added a bow of light blue lace with pearl swirls and a velum poinsettia.

For the background I added a light blue izink pigment ink to my snowflake circle embossing folder.  I then embossed this to remove most of the ink to get the faded look I spritzed a piece of card with water then embossed the piece with the same folder.  This removed the last pale ink making a really soft and dreamy background to the white snowflakes.

I made up the card as shown.