Thursday 17 September 2020

Porthole Blues

     When the new layer die sets arrived the first thing I thought of for the circle was a porthole. This set is the 5", it has two cutting dies and an embossing die for each shape, circle , square and rectangle.

     The first time I used the embossing circle die I had a bit too much pressure and ended up cutting holes instead of embossing them, I have kept that bit for another project. With a tiny shim adjustment the next one came out just right.
     I cut the outer circle in plain white card and stamped the Two Jays sailing ship on it in grey ink, I coloured it in and also ran a dark blue alcohol marker around the outside edge, this shows as a mat layer under the mirri ring.
     To give the backing card a little more interest I used a linen card blank, inked up with some Mica Magic in shades of blue.
     The complete circular panel was stuck flat on to the card with a couple of die cut nautical shapes from my Mum's stash added to opposing corners, the gull has tiny foam pads so he's flying high.
     I didn't add a greeting on the outside, I think it would have become cluttered with anything else added.

Materials List
JND180 - Layering Dies 5"
CTJJ131 - Ship At Sea stamp
CAT008 - Mica Magic Brights
S57262 - 3D PVA Glue

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
The Male Room - #142 Travel
Dies R Us - One For The Boys    Top 3
International Art & Soul - Tic Tac Toe  emboss/die/image

Friday 11 September 2020

Heartfelt Thanks


      A new challenge starts today over at Not Just Cards. I have used a brand new stamp and embossing folder set from John Next Door.

     I love the media plates so I decided to use the heart on this card. I used some of the new I-zink Pigment Petals on the media plate and a hard brayer to smooth the ink.
     The stamp that comes with the folder is designed to be 'backwards', this is so that when you stamp inside the folder and then emboss the writing will come out the right way round. This backwards writing makes it perfect to use on a media plate too, so that's what I did. In darkish blue ink I stamped the media plate so the writing would only be within the heart.
     I then used the folder to emboss the large words across the heart, with a small stamp from stash that just seemed perfect for this, I'm sorry but I have no idea what brand it is.   
     To get a mat layer that co-ordinated with the soft colours on the heart I decided to use a piece of white card and the same inks to make my own. No matter how many sheets of coloured card I have, I never seem to have the perfect shade.
      There are lots of inspirational projects over on Not Just Cards so please pop over and take a look, why not join us with your project, we'd love to see what you've made.

Materials List
PCD303 - Embossing Folder with Clear stamp - Thank You
CAT054 - Pigment Ink Petal - Winter Colours
JLGP006 - Media Plate - Heart
S57410 - Finger Daubers
S57262 - 3D PVA Glue

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes with A Sentiment
DL Art Thankful Thursday - #267 Thankful
Lemon Shortbread - #128 Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
Dream Valley - #232 Embossing Wet or Dry

Wednesday 9 September 2020

Snow Happy

     This month at Christmas Craft Creations we are looking for shaped cards. I did try a different shape but it all went horribly wrong, so here's another snowglobe. 
     As before I cut a white card blank and stuck all the globe elements on to it, including a full circle of blue card to hide the fold on the white card and make the circle of the globe complete. The die used for the snowglobe is by John Next Door. It isn't just for Christmas cards, a crafting friend has made some very nice birthday cards with photographs, it's also perfect for popping a unicorn or a castle inside.
      As we are now closing in on Christmas rather quickly being able to make some quick and easy recycled cards is very handy. Please pop over to Christmas Craft Creations and show us what you can make.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
ABC Christmas - S - Snowy
Christmas Crafts All Year Round - 2 Things Beginning With S   Top pick
Winter Wonderland - Snowmen and Snow     Top 3
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas - Anything Christmas
Merry Little Christmas - Anything Christmas