Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Vintage French Tag

Loving the latest release of Spellbinders dies. Lots of lovely iconic shapes to create with....I'm in heaven!

This is a tag I made in a vintage French style:

It's a size 8 shipping tag, with Darkroom Door's French Script Texture stamp in black ink in the background. Papers from Prima's Cartographer 6x6 pad were then added, and the arrow and typewriter were cut from black cardstock. The feathers were cut from papers from the pad. The edges were all aged by sponging some brown ink on them.

Cutting shapes and then embossing while the die cut is in place really helps to bring out the detail in these amazing dies. Here's the typewriter and arrow:

  and here's a close up of the feathers. A light sponging with brown ink helps to accentuate the veins:

This tag can now be added to the front of a card, or even presented as is on a gift.

Thanks for dropping in for a look!

Spellbinders dies:
IN-015 Shoot!
IN-022 Typewriter
S4-428 Feathers

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

CCAYR mid month inspiration

Wow - mid month already! Time for some inspiration for our poinsettia challenge at Christmas Cards All Year Round:

Some washi tape and a Stamp It stamp on a tag with a Spellbinders poinsettia flower. Quick, easy and mass-producible!

Check out the blog for some more mid month inspiration from our talented design team.

Thanks for stopping in!

Monday, 14 April 2014

Sweet girly card

Here's a sweet girly card incorporating all my current loves: a polaroid frame and banner made with Spellbinders dies, some ink spatter and a teeny wooden veneer bird:

The full details can be found on the Down Under Direct Inspiration blog.

Thanks for dropping in!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Arched Wedding Card

Being a lover of Gothic architecture, I thought I'd make a wedding card with a fun twist:

Arched, brickwork and some stained glass, all achieved with Spellbinders dies and embossing folders. The sentiment is Paper Smooches and the patterned paper and kraft cardstock is by Bazzill.

The full materials list can be found on the Down Under Direct Inspiration blog.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, 7 April 2014

SCACD Water Girl and a Blog Hop

It's new release time at Susana's Custom Art and Card Design! The SCACD Design Team along with some amazing guest designers (me included!) have created an inspiring hop showcasing the new Elements SCACD rubber stamps. I'm the last stop on the hop and you should have come here from Delphine's blog but if you'd like to start from the start, check out all the details at the SCACD blog.

Here's my project using the new Water Girl image:

After colouring Water Girl with Copic markers, I airbrushed a few watery colours onto a sheet of acetate. I then spritzed this with alcohol to create a water droplet look. I used my heat gun to warp the acetate, and attached it over the image with brads, making it look like Water Girl is underwater (I hope!).

This and all the rest of the new images are available in the US from SCACD. Folks outside the US can purchase through Quixotic Paperie.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you've enjoyed the hop!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Card and Tag set with new Paper Artsy stamps

This is a set I put together using one of the new sets from Paper Artsy called JOFY 022:

All the details are on the Crafters Cupboard blog now.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

No Mixed Signals - Steampunk snail

Howdy folks!

Here's a card I made using a cool image I found at Susana's Custom Art and Card Design:

He comes from a set called No Mixed Signals that's available in digital or rubber format. Here are the links below:
Rubber (for US customers)
Rubber from the Quixotic Paperie (for all other customers).

I used Copic markers to colour the image, and then sponged some Pumice Stone Distress Ink over the whole image to age it a little. The papers are scraps from my scrap box, and the cogs were cut with my Tim Holtz gadget Gears die. The sentiment was made with Echo Park alpha stickers.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Laurel and Bee box

I absolutely love French provincial design. One thing that always catches my eye is the white washed pottery, gold leaf and the laurel and bee emblem that appears on many pieces.

This project I have put together incorporates all of these elements, using things most crafters would already own like paints, dies, a box and some thin foam.

Step 1
Paint a box using brown acrylic paint. I like to use a sponge to apply it because it goes on thin and dries quickly.

Step 2
I used my Grand Calibur to cut my S2-041 Laurel and Bee from thin foam. I found the foam in the craft section of my local $2 store, and the colour doesn't matter at all as it will be covered.

Step 3
Glue the foam shapes to the box. Ensure it's glued down well so that it doesn't lift when painted.

Step 4
Paint over the foam shape, getting into all the nooks and crannies (another reason I love to apply paint with a sponge!).

 Step 4
Once it has dried thoroughly, give the whole thing a white wash with either white acrylic paint or gesso for a chalky finish. This coat is best left thin and imperfect, with some of the brown showing through.

Step 5
Once the white has dried, it's time for the gilding. I have used Treasure Gold for this, and left it patchy on purpose as it's supposed to look old and well loved.

Voilà! A genuine imitation French piece to treasure!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you find this tutorial useful!

CCAYR April challenge

The challenge this month at Christmas Cards All Year Round was "poinsettias".  Here's my card:

I used papers from Echo Park, stamps from JustRite and dies from Spellbinders. I added little dots of green with a Viva Pearl Pen.

You can find inspiration from the rest of the design team on the blog, where you can also find details on how to enter this month's competition.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Embossed cardstock notebooks

The covers of these notebooks feel wonderful!

Dry embossed with a Spellbinders embossing folder, heat embossed with embossing powder and then painted with acrylic paint.  You can find the full materials list as well as a step by step I put together on the Down Under Direct Inspiration blog.

Thanks for looking!