Saturday 12 June 2021

Cherry Blossom Light Box


     The new Art Deco dies from John Next Door made me think of oriental style projects. Rather than a card I decided to make a box scene with internal lighting.
     To begin with I die cut a box shape in dark brown pearl card, twice, one for the bottom and one for the lid.
     Using the Cassandre die I cut the lid, this gave me a perfectly sized hole to drop a gold die cut of Cassandre into and a brown version to trim up and glue along the outside edges of the lid.
     To keep the gold die cut in place I attached some thick acetate to the inside of the lid opening and glued the gold die cut on to it.

     To create a mid depth layer I used the same box die, cut one layer in kraft card and then trimmed the sides down to half the depth of the main box. In hindsight this could have been a little shallower as the image at the back of the box didn't show as well as I had hoped.
     In the centre of the kraft layer I die cut the trees from another of JND's die sets, Four Seasons and attached some pink flowers o look like cherry blossom. Each flower is shaped and has some yellow pollen like flock in the middle.

     At the back of the box I used a white card layer with an oriental style peel off stuck to it, this layer was glued flat inside the box back. 
     To create a misty effect I used a sheet of vellum glued at the back of the trees, this would allow the lights to shine through and the black on white image to be seen.
     Before assembling the kraft layer I used a hole punch on the corner of the panel to thread the lights through, there was also a hole punched in the back of the brown box for the lights to pass through from behind.
     The kraft layer was assembled and the lights run around the outside edge and fixed in place. I put the kraft layer in the box back and then glued the box corners together, this made sure the kraft layer would fit inside and gave a tight fit so it wouldn't shift about in transit.
     There were half the lights left to be attached around the inside of the box on the top layer, these were fixed in place too. 
     Fixing the lights is not as fiddly as it sounds, as long as you remember to thread them through from the back of the box, that way the battery pack will stay on the outside. For this box I used some redline tape to secure the battery pack so it was easy to use and would stay in place. It is possible to change the batteries once they go flat so you can keep your scene for a long time.
     To get the box to stand up I cut a stand from the same brown card as the box and glued it in place.

     To finish the box I put the lid over the back and glued the corner flaps together to create a tight fit. With the battery pack outside the box there should be no need to take the lid off, but it will come off if necessary.
     Using kraft card and the Twigs die I cut two twigs and covered them with the same flowers as used inside. To hide the join in the twigs I made a small knot using Japanese Mizuhiki cord in shades of pink and hot glued it in place.


Materials used 
PCD224 - Cassadre die set
JND194 - Four Seasons die set
JND187 - Twigs die set
JND174 - Small Flower plate
S57320 - Thick Acetate
S57262 - 3D PVA glue
S57085 - Ultra Clear Tape 6mm  (Redline)
   Other items from stash

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
Creative Fingers - #210 Anything Goes
Love To Craft - #59 Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - #555 Anything Goes/Option - Make A Scene    (Top 3)
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes 8th June
Let's Create and Craft - #172 Anything Goes/Option Add Buttons
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies ~ June
Creative Craft Cottage - #141 Eileen's Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft - #6 Anything Goes     (First)

Wednesday 9 June 2021

Merry and Bright


      A new challenge at Christmas Craft Creations begins this week, the theme this month is 'Heat Embossing', so break out those stamps and powders.
      The stamp used on this card is an old Woodware one, it's one of my favourites. Stamped on black card and embossed in silver.
      Black isn't usually the first choice for a Christmas card but with a pop of colour I think it makes an elegant card.
      When I cut the mat layer I cut out the centre to keep for another project, it won't be seen so why not use it for something else.
       The layers were all assembled before the tiny purple gems were added, I have a few friends that love purple so this card will go to one of them.
       As I like making decorations for Christmas it's good to make the cards early in the year and store them, before going on to the 3D projects later on. So why not come and join us at Christmas Craft Creations with whatever seasonal project you have made using heat embossing.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
The 12 Months Of Christmas - #78 Anything Christmas/optional ChristMouse
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas - #545 Anything Christmas
Merry Little Christmas - #35 Anything Christmas

Saturday 5 June 2021

Learning To Fly


     It's our second challenge at River Of Creativity, this month our theme is Parent and Child. We accept any hand crafted project as long as we can see how our theme has inspired you.
     I have been watching some very inspiring videos online by Eileen Godwin, her use of stencils to give just a hint of colour to the background really caught my attention.
     To begin this card I stamped the mushroom by Lavinia Stamps in Versafine black. Before getting a stamp press silhouettes were a bit problematic, but now it's so easy, if you miss a bit then stamp it again.
      To make sure my moon was kept perfectly clean I die cut a circle of Stix2 masking sheet and placed it so it would appear to be behind the mushroom.
     With the mask in place I used a stencil, some Distress Oxide in Lilac and a blending brush to colour my background.
     I only coloured part of the area through the stencil, I kept lifting it up to peek underneath and check it was where I wanted it to be.
     Once the Distress Oxide had dried off I stamped the large dragon in the air and the baby dragon sitting on top of the mushroom, looking at his Mum.
     The mushroom was grounded by adding a small shadowy area at it's base with a coloured pencil. The sentiment is also a Lavinia stamp, stamped in Versafine black.

      The image panel was trimmed to fit a 6x6 black card blank but it needed a tiny splash of colour to bring it all together, this was when I started searching my stash for the right piece of card or paper. After what felt like hours I gave up and used a purple pearl marker to colour the edge of a white card mat, once under the image panel it looked perfect, just a hint of purple to match the background.
      River Of Creativity is not just for cards or mixed media, we would like to see any hand crafted project that fits your interpretation of our theme, please come and join us.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Shopping Our Stash - #446 Gnomes / Mythical Creatures
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes With A Critter
A Bit More Time To Craft - #141 Anything Goes

Wednesday 2 June 2021

Sparkle and Shine

     Sparkle and Shine is the optional twist at The Paper Funday this month. The stamp I used on this card is a reverse image, so the light area is Distress Oxide ink on black card.
     The image came out quite well but it needed a colour burst, this was achieved by putting tiny gems on the seed heads.
     To make the gem colour stand out I used some cerise card to make a mat layer, the shine is added by die cutting a greeting in pink mirri card.
     It was a very simple card to make, it joins the card stash for future use. The inside has been left blank so it can be used for almost any occasion, most of the cards in the box are like this so they're ready at short notice.
     Please pop over and view the DT inspiration, then come and join us with your project.

I wold like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Love To Craft - #59 Anything Goes
The Crafter's Cafe - #267 Anything Goes