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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Sending you Oceans of Love


I don't know about you, but it seems to be all about the mermaids recently. I seem to have made a swathe of mermaid cards, that I will share with you over the coming weeks.
This one is using the Mermazing stamp set from MFT Stamps.

I couldn't resist colouring her up in Ariel colours with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and colouring the little fish to look a bit like Flounder. Yes I know it's a clown fish, and believe me I have coloured him to look like Nemo for another card, but for Ariel he needed to at least have the colours of Flounder.

I stamped a few other images from the set to add some interest to the card and pick up the theme. I stamped the background with the MFT Mermaid Tail background stamp, embossing with white embossing powder and blending MFT Spearmint Premium Dye Ink and MFT Tropical Teal Premium Dye Ink over the top.

I made a vertical US A2 size top folding card with MFT Berrylicious card stock. 

I cut a piece of smooth white card stock a quarter of an inch smaller on all sides, 
then  out my stamped and blended base with the stitched rectangle die from MFT Blueprints 20 and layered them onto my card base.

I cut out all my coloured images with the matching die-namics and then stamped a sentiment from the set onto white cardstock which I cut out with the banner die from Blueprints 20.

I arranged all my elements on my card and once happy I adhered them in place, popping some of them up with foam tape and adhering a mini action wobble to the back of the mermaid so that she looks like she's swimming when you touch her.

For finishing touches I added Wink of Stella to the mermaid's tail and the shell and added a few sparkling clear sequins.

Items Used:
Smooth White Card Stock
MFT Berrylicious Card Stock
Hot Pressed Watercolour Paper
Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper
MFT BB Mermazing Stamp Set
MFT BB Mermazing Die-namics
MFT Mermaid Tail BG Stamp
Versamark Ink
Versafine Ink Onyx Black
MFT Premium Dye Ink - Tropical Teal
MFT Premium Dye Ink - Spearmint
White Detail Embossing Powder
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
Foam Tape
Mini Action Wobble
Sparkling Clear Sequins

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Technique Tuesday # 19 Watercolouring


Recently I bought a palette of 6 Gansai Tambi watercolours called 'Starry Colours'

These are all iridescent gold toned colours and I thought it might be fun to colour a card with them using all 6 shades.

So first I stamped the MFT Etched Flower background stamp with Versamark ink on some watercolour paper and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

Then I set to with my watercolours, I did use all 6 colours, some more sparingly than others.

Once it was fully dry I gave it a light rub over with some absorbent paper to make the white pop and then cut the frame shape around the edge and cut out the word love with a die. I cut 4 more words in some white cardstock and set everything aside.

I stamped the Happy Anniversary sentiment with Versamark on some lustre gold card and heat embossed with white detail embossing powder.

Then I made a US A2 size horizontal top folding card base in smooth white cardstock and started to build my card.

I glued the central piece in the middle of my card and then popped up the frame around the edge with some foam tape.
I glued all the layers of my word together, finishing with the stamped and watercoloured layer on the top. I then glued these stacked letters back into my background in the spaces cut out by the die (do make sure you keep any little pieces like the space in the centre of the O when you die cut the word, as you will need to glue those back in to make your card seamless).

I cut my sentiment out and popped that up on my card with some foam tape underneath my camouflaged word die.

I finished off with a few gold and clear sequins.

I used the following items on my card:

Smooth White Cardstock
Hot Pressed Watercolour Cardstock
Versamark Ink
Detail White Embossing Powder
MFT Etched Flower Background Stamp
Gansai Tambi Starry Nights Palette
MFT Pierced Rectangle Frames
MFT Happy Greetings Die Set
MFT Essential Sentiments Stamp Set
Gold Lustre Card Stock
Champagne Sequin Mix

Monday, 22 May 2017

CASE a card Monday - Unforgettable


My CASEd card today takes it's inspiration from one by Francine Villeume, who was my Saturday Spotlight post. You can find that post here if you missed it.

Not sure how to CASE a card?

Well here are some suggestions:

Just match the color combo.
Change the theme/sentiment.
Flip it horizontally.
Match how they used an embellishment.
Try the technique they taught.
Use their card as a “sketch” to start with.

So what I did for my card was, I used the basic layout , and techniques.

The differences?

Obviously the stamp used is a different one, the colour combination is different, I added a couple of layers to my base card because I'm not a whizz at the single (or mostly single), layer cards like Francine is, I used larger water droplets and small flicks of white acrylic paint on my ink blended background, and more enamel dots, arranged differently.

I've included a picture of Francine's card at the end of my post, so you can see the differences and the similarities.

Items Used:
MFT Smooth White Cardstock
Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock
Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens - Light Violet, Violet
Adorable Elephants Stamp Set
MFT Adorable Elephants Die-namics
MFT Blueprints 20
MFT Cozy & Calm Chevron 6 x 6 Paper Pad
MFT Razzle Berry Premium Dye Ink
MFT Grape Jelly Premium Dye Ink
MFT Plaid Patterns 6 x 6 Paper Pad
Enamel Dots from stash

This is Francine's original card

Card by Francine ( card, cards, karte, carte, carterie, cardmaking, cardmaker,  crafts, papercrafts, handmade, diy, stamping, #1001cartes, mftstamps, #mftstamps, birdie brown:

That's it from me today, but join me tomorrow for another technique Tuesday.

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