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A collection of wickedly witty stamps for the world we live in today inspired by the art of yesterday

Sunday, 13 December 2015

December already, my long awaited holiday to Salzburg has come and gone and Christmas is staring us in the face. I do have an excuse for my lack of postings of late, I went to the local hospital for tests last week on my arms as typing and especially using a mouse has become very painful and anything over about 15 minutes of work, I have to stop for a while and the clinition who did the tests confirmed that I have Carpel Tunnel in both arms. This has kind of knocked my schedule into a cocked hat. It'll take a few weeks for the report to hit my GP so I don't know what the next steps will be yet so I'm having to be sensible at the moment. Not a trait I'm generally known for.

As Christmas is almost here and more of us are giving vouchers or money I thought I'd design a handy gift card / money wallet for those last minute gifts. They are very easy to make and fairy quick once you get going. They are also a great craft fair seller and easy to adapt to any theme that you like. I've written up the instructions for a Christmas version but I'll also post some photos of an every day version below the instructions. I also added a folding diagram and If anyone would like me to email them a full size copy, (it's an A4 sized jpeg) just email me on karenosborne99@gmail.com.




Quick and Easy Gift Card/Money wallet

Timing   30 minutes

Materials
Acid Drops & Whatnots A4 Topper ADTOPC11
A4 sheet of Gold mirri card
A4 sheet of silver mirri card
Le Suh Fantasie paper pack  412461 Tiny Rose
1.5cm sheer red ribbon

How to create
1.       Take the 12" x 12" red cardstock and fold it in half, top to bottom. Use a bone folder to press the crease. Open the card and re-fold the opposite way, and again use the bone folder to press the crease.
2.       Repeat step 1 folding left to right, open the card flat.
3.       With the wrong side of the card, (if there is one),facing you, cut up the vertical crease from the bottom of the card to the horizontal fold.
4.       Fold the bottom of the right hand panel up to the horizontal fold . Use a bone folder to press the crease. Open the card and re-fold the opposite way, and again use the bone folder to press the crease, open the card flat. With the wrong side of the card towards you,  use an adhesive of you choice, ( I like to use double sided tape as it's quick and clean), and stick the 2 halves of the bottom right hand panel together.
5.       Fold the  bottom left hand panel in half diagonally, bringing the bottom right hand corner up to the top left hand corner.  Use a bone folder to press the crease. Open the card and re-fold the opposite way, and again use the bone folder to press the crease. Open the card flat. With the wrong side of the card towards you,  stick the 2 halves of the bottom left hand panel together.
6.       Apply a strip of double side tape to the right and left hand edges of the bottom right hand panel and fold it up to make the pocket. Apply a strip of double sided tape to the left hand edge of the  left panel and fold up to make the pocket.
7.       Cut 2 squares of gold Mirri card 14.5cms x 14.5cms and layer 1 onto the front of the wallet, leaving an even border on all 4 sides. Cut 2 pieces of the red/gold Le Suh  fantasie paper from the pack 14cms x 14 cms and layer 1 onto the gold mirri card leaving an even border on all 4 sides.
8.       Cut the remaining squares of gold mirri card and the red/gold Le Suh Fantasie paper in half diagonally and layer 1 half of each onto the inside left pocket of the wallet.
9.       Cut a piece of gold mirri card 7cm x 14.5cm x 7cms and layer onto the inside  right hand pocket of the wallet leaving an even border on all 4 sides. Cut a piece of red /gold Le Suh paper 6.5cms x 14cms and layer onto the gold mirri card on the right hand pocket of the wallet again leaving an even border on all 4 sides.
10.   Cut the image and the wording panel from the topper leaving an even white border on all 4 sides. Layer them onto gold mirri card and trim to leave a narrow even border on all 4 sides. Layer the image panel onto the front of the wallet 1.5cm down from the top and 2cms in from each edge.
11.   Cut a about 66cm of red sheer ribbon and fold in half. With the fold of the ribbon over the fold of the card and the ends of equal length over to the right hand side of the card adjust the ribbon until the bottom edge is 2.5 cms up from the bottom.  Layer on the wording panel, over the ribbon midway across the card. tie the ribbon into a bow that sits over to the right hand side of the card.
12.   Cut a piece of mirri card 3cms x 4cms, turn the wallet over and layer the it over the ribbon on the back of the wallet. This will help keep the ribbon tidy when the wallet is open.







Sunday, 11 October 2015

Is it just me, or is life all or nothing lately. I don't seem to have touched the ground in the last month. Between getting the new 4 Seasons stamp sets out and getting the new toppers to the printers, not to mention 3 shows for the Hochanda craft tv channel with only 6 days notice and the Port Sunlight show, I'm now reeling a bit. But for one wonderful day I did manage to leave work behind, when my sister Deb and brother-in-law Richard flew mum and me to a lovely meal at Hintlesham hall for her 80th Birthday. My mum loves flying but no longer gets the chance to, so what better way to get somewhere than in a helicopter? Definitely a once on a lifetime experience and so nice to celebrate her special day with all the family.





But it's back to the real world now with a vengeance, We've spent the weekend working on some more new products and I'm now off
to my studio to start on our next magazine project spread. I'll post another project here later in the week and apologise for the sparsity
of posts this month. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and make the most of the sunshine as I've heard we're not going to be getting much of it in the near future. 

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

I've been a bit quiet lately having gone on a smashing holiday with My sister and her Husband and then straight back home and nose deep into the yearly accounts. Every year I swear I'll do it as I go along and every year there are more immediate calls on my time and it becomes a marathon sprint at the end. Maybe next year?

Well here go's for another project, another of my favourite techniques, masking, I love playing around with depth and illusion, so grab you post it notes and give it a go.





Birthdays                     

Timing   45 minutes

Materials List
Acid Drops & Whatnot Set AD39 Marry It
Acid Drops & Whatnot Set ADFB4 Square Ornamental frames
1 Sheet  A4 white card
5” x 7” folded card
Black card/paper
Pale grey card
Black Memento ink pad
Letraset Pro Markers
Large Post-it note
Zig Millennium pen 03
3 x blue, 1 amber and 1 purple 2mm self adhesive gems
6 x 7mm pale blue square gems, 1 amber teardrop gem (both from Acid Drops)
Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust pens blue XPGB736, rose XPGB721, gold XPGB7703
3mm foam squares

How to create
1.       Take the large frame stamp and stamp onto a piece of white card. Measure 3mm out from each side of the frame and lightly draw a line. Trim to this line, and rub out the pencil marks.
2.         Stamp the smaller woman with bangles image into the middle of frame. Stamp the lady figure again on the post it note, (try to get some of the image over the sticky bit). Cut out accurately leaving a straight line across the left side and bottom edges and lay over the original stamped image on the white card.
3.       Stamp the medium frame over the lady image so the left and bottom edges of the frame are just outside of the post it note. Peel away the post-it note. With the Zig pen, fill in any bits that are missing. Colour in the image with Pro markers. Add a line of shadow around the inside and outside edges of the medium frame with a light coloured Pro marker and a shadow to the right of the figure and the outside of the medium frame with a very pale grey. This helps to add depth to the inside of the frame. Add a pale grey shadow to the inside edges of the large frame.
4.       Cut a piece of white card 3.5 x 2.5cm and stamp the ‘birthday are always’ quote onto it. Cut a piece of white card 4 x 2.5cm and stamp the ‘as long as you don’t’ quote onto it. Layer all 3 stamped panels onto the grey card and trim to leave a very narrow border, repeat onto black card.
5.       Layer the image panel centrally onto the front panel of your card. Layer the first part of the quote onto over the top left of the image panel using 3mm foam pads and the second part to the bottom right, also using foam squares.

6.       To balance the design, add 3 of the pale blue stones in a vertical line to the bottom left of the card and to the top right. Add the amber gems to the image to make the earring. Add a hint of glitter by colouring in her jewellery and hair comb with the jelly roll pens and accent with the remaining 2mm gems



Saturday, 22 August 2015

I think It's time for another project, it's been a busy month and time as usual is getting away from me. I seem to have been looking forward to my holiday for months, (my sister's birthday present to me,) and now I go at the end of next week and I'm getting excited. So before I get too carried away here goes the next project. I thought I'd go for a bit of a change and include a topper project. This card also features our lovely Le Suh Fantasie paper, which give a nice subtle lift to a card and being a light weight paper is also great for adding folded touches like this pleated border, it's also great for iris folding cards .




Materials
Acid Drops & Whatnots A4 Topper ADTOP40 Rich Husbands
 6” square card blank
Silver Mirri Card
Sheet of pink Le Suh Fantasie paper 412652 Embossed flowers pack
Sheet of golden yellow Le Suh Fantasie paper 412652 Embossed flowers pack
EK Success round buckle punch
6 x 2mm pink gems and 1 x 2mm yellow gem
Sakura Stardust pens gold, clear, pink

How to create
1.       Cut the top right hand image topper from the sheet leaving a white border on all 4 sides. Layer onto the silver mirri card, trim to leave a narrow, (2mm), border on all 4 sides
2.       Cut a piece of pink fantasie paper  14.5 x 14.5cm and layer onto the silver mirri card, trim to leave a very narrow, (1mm),  border on all 4 sides.
3.       Cut a strip of  golden yellow fantasie paper 2.5m x 21cm. From the left hand side of the strip measure and score at 1.5cm and then .5cm. Repeat all the way across the strip and fold the scores to make the pleat. Apply double sided tape to the back of the folded strip to hold the folds in place.
4.       Remove the back of the double sided tape and layer the pleated border across the layered pink panel so that the bottom of the pleats are 2.5cms up from the bottom. Trim the sides as needed.
5.       Cut a 1.3cm x 15cm strip of silver mirri card, punch out a buckle from the silver mirri card and thread the strip through the buckle until the buckle is 3cm from the right hand side.
6.       Lining up the right hand edges, layer across the card covering the top edge of the pleated border and trim the excess from the left hand side.
7.       Layer the picture topper towards the top of the card, leaving an even distance from the left, right and top edges
8.       With the fold of the card to the top, layer onto the front of the square card leaving an even border on all 4 sides. Add gems to to ears, ring and dress. Add a highlight to jewellery with Sakura Gelly Roll stardust pens as desired.
Where to Buy
Acid Drops & Whatnots A4 Toppers and Le Suh Fantasie embossed paper packs are available direct from www.aciddropsandwhatnots.co.uk

Top Tip
Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pens are great to add a delicate glittering accent without detracting from the image underneath, plus you get none of the mess from using loose glitter.




Wednesday, 5 August 2015

I can't believe it's August already, where has the year gone, or more importantly, where has the summer gone. Mum and I took my sister and niece to Drusilla's zoo last week and then on to Hastings for a fish and chip supper and while the rain mostly held off, it was cold and windy and overcast. It was still a lovely day, I got up close and personal with my favourite cute lemurs and got to watch the antics of the meercats, beavers and monkeys, I even had a go on the Hello Kitty teacup ride. I don't think I've quite grown up yet!

 



But enough of my holiday pictures, I've got another project to post for you, continuing on then pastel theme this image was inspired by my sister, (that's her in the black coat above), who plays a mean game of poker.


Love, Life & Cards                       

Timing   25 minutes

Materials List
Acid Drops & Whatnots clear stamp sets AD50 Cards, ADFB1 Ornamental Frames
White A5 card blank (A4 folded in half)
White cardstock
Le Suh Fireworks Fantasie paper pink
Silver Mirri card
Letraset Pro Markers
Tuxedo black Memento ink pad
Sakura stardust pen gold xpgb703
Hobbycraft green and pink iridescent gems

How to create
1.       Stamp the largest Rectangle frame onto a piece of white card. Stamp the couple image towards the bottom of the frame. Stamp the ‘Love is like‘ quote into the top of the frame. Making sure that the ink is thoroughly dry, colour with the Letraset pro markers, don’t forget to add shading to the right hand side of the characters and the inside edge of the frame. Refer to the photo for details. 
2.       Trim the white card to leave a narrow (2/3mm) border all around the frame. Mount stamped image into a corner of the silver mirri card leaving a narrow border on 2 sides and trim the other 2 sides to match.
3.       Take the smallest rectangle frame and stamp it onto a piece of white card, stamp the ‘or wish’ quote into the centre of the frame. Trim and mount onto silver mirri card as above.
4.       Cut a piece of the pink firework paper  21 x 12cm and layer it down the centre of the A5 folded card blank. Cut a strip of silver mirri card 15cm x 7mm and layer it across the white card so that the bottom edge is 2.5cm up from the bottom of the card.
5.       Layer the framed couple panel onto the pink panel 1cm from the top of the card. Layer the small rectangle frame panel over the silver mirri strip.
6.       Use the gold stardust pen to add a glittering highlight to her jewellery and small gems as desired.



Tips for using large open frame stamps   (this tip applies to all the projects)
Take the printed acetate sheet from the pack and place face down on the table.
Take the frame stamp and line it up, stamp side down, over the black printed image on the acetate sheet, pressing firmly so that it holds it’s position, adjust as needed.
When you have lined up the stamp to the acetate image accurately, lower the stamp block onto the back of the stamp firmly and then peel off the acetate from the front of the stamp and you’re ready to go.
This method of mounting clear stamps to blocks stamps work well for all designs not just frames.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Time doesn't just seem to be flying it seems to be hurtling at supersonic speed at the moment. I can't believe this is the first blog post of the month, but then I find it hard to believe that we're nearly into August either. So here goes, another project for you to have a play with. This card features one of my favourite characters, Fenella, named after the actress Fenella Fielding, who I once shared a lift with at Regents park Tube. I know she doesn't have quite the right hair but it's the angular features and the acerbic wit that do it for me. I thought she was brilliant in Carry On Screaming, I just wish I had the figure to wear the black dress she wore in that film, alas no amount of painful karate classes and gym visits will achieve that, hey ho back to the flowing tops and baggy tee shirts!


Celebrate                        

Timing 30 minutes

Materials
Acid Drops & Whatnots clear stamp sets AD39 Marry It,
ADFB4 Square Ornamental Frames, ADFB1 Ornamental Frames
White A5 card blank (A4 folded in half)
White cardstock
Le Suh Fireworks Fantasie paper pink & green
Silver Mirri card
Letraset Pro Markers
Tuxedo black Memento ink pad
Sakura stardust pen gold xpgb703
Hobbycraft green and pink iridescent gems

How to create
1.       Stamp the largest square frame onto a piece of white card. Stamp the large lady image into the square over to the bottom right hand side, lining up the left hand edge of the image to the left hand edge of the frame. Stamp the ‘Birthday‘quote into the top left corner of the frame. Making sure that the ink is thoroughly dry, colour with the Letraset pro markers, don’t forget to add shading to the right hand side of the characters and the inside edge of the frame. Refer to the photo for details. 
2.       Trim the white card to leave a narrow (2/3mm) border all around the frame. Mount stamped image into a corner of the silver mirri card leaving a narrow border on 2 sides and trim the other 2 sides to match.
3.       Cut a piece of the pink firework paper  21 x 8.5cm and layer it across the top of the A5 card blank, lining up the top, left and right hand edges. Cut a piece of the green firework paper 21cm x 7mm and a piece of silver mirri card 21cm x 1.3cm. Layer the green paper onto the silver mirri border leaving an even border top and bottom. Layer this across the card over the bottom edge of the pink paper.
4.       Take the smallest rectangle frame stamp and stamp it into the bottom right hand corner of the card. Repeat shading around the inside of the frame as in step 1. Stamp the second half of the quote into the frame.
5.       Layer the framed lady panel into the top left hand corner of the card leaving an equal distance from the top and left hand edges of the folded card. Add 3 x 5mm, 2 x 4mm and 2 x 3mm green gems to top right hand corner of the card and a vertical line of 1 x 5mm, 2 x 4mm and 2 x 3mm pink gems to the bottom left hand corner.
6.       Use the gold stardust pen to add a glittering highlight to her jewellery and small gems as desired.

 TOP TIP

A good way to balance a card layout and fill any blank spaces is to add a row of gems. With this angular style of card making squares work well and add to the overall theme just make sure to keep to your accent colour.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Well that's another magazine project on it's way, 2 down and 1 to go, although I do have a little time to do the next one. As I seem to be on a bit of a roll, I thought it might be time for another project. 

This is a simplified version of one of my favourite techniques, making stamped images into sketches. Really being restrained with the colouring and just adding a highlight colour as a counterpoint. Works great with simple or more complicated images. Just pick up your accent colour in the layers of your card and there you have a quick, sophisticated look with minimum effort.


Gin & Tonic Diet Sketched Card              

Timing   45 minutes

Materials List
Acid Drops & Whatnot Set AD24 Gin and Tonic Diet
Acid Drops & Whatnot Set ADFB4 Square Ornamental Frames
6” square card
 A4 white card
Black card/paper
Red paper/card
Black Memento ink pad
Letraset Pro Markers Cool Grey 1 to 4, Poppy Red & Satin
Large Post-it note
Zig Millennium pen 03
1cm wide Red Gross grain ribbon
1 x 7mm black square gem & 4 x 3mm black square gems

How to create
1.       Take the large frame stamp and stamp onto a piece of white card. Measure 3mm out from each side of the frame and lightly draw a line. Trim to this line, and rub out the pencil marks.
2.        Lay the post it note over the left hand side of the frame making sure that the post it note lines up with the inside line of the frame with no white card showing. Stamp the large lady at the bar into the frame, lining up the left hand side of the image so that it lays just over the post it note and stamp down firmly. Peel away the post it note.
3.       To get the monochrome sketched look, you are only adding shading to the white card not actually colouring. Start by using cool grey 1 and add shade to all the areas where this would occur, like sides of the body, around raised areas of the bar, under the stool, side of the hat etc. You can cover more area to provide a base for the darker shades but still leave plenty of white. Repeat this step with each successive shade, covering less of an area so that the light shades are still visible. Add a line of shadow around the inside edge of the frame and around the figure using the Satin coloured Pro marker first and then adding a narrower shadow of cool grey 1. This helps to add depth to the inside of the frame. To add interest and lift image colour the scarf and hat bow with the Poppy red Pro Marker.
4.       Stamp the first part of the ‘Gin’ quote to the right of the lady’s neck and the second part to the right of the shoe
5.       Cut a piece of white card 14 x 14cm, Layer onto the black paper and trim to leave a very narrow border. Take the piece of red gross grain ribbon and layer across the front of the card, 3.5cm from the bottom, fastening on the back. Layer this panel on to the 6” square card leaving an even border on all 4 sides. Mount the stamped panel onto black paper and trim to leave a narrow border on all 4 sides. Repeat onto the red card but leave a slightly wider border. Layer the stamped panel onto the front of your card over to the top left hand corner.
6.       Apply the large square gem to the bottom right hand corner of the white panel, 2 smaller gems above it and 2 smaller gems to the left of it.


TOP TIP     When colouring in a grey monochrome palette, don’t try and colour the skin, just add a minimum of shade, e.g. under a hat brim, or your figure will look very sickly!

Sunday, 14 June 2015

The weeks seem to be flying by at the moment, our show schedule for spring/summer is well under way, with Port Sunlight ans Stamp Magic under our belt and Portsmouth,Newbury and Stevenage to go. I've also got 3 magazine project spreads that I'm working on at the moment including a Christmas one, Christmas, aaaaaaaar! Ok, deep breath, here are the last projects to accompany the free cover mount giverway.


Stepper Card                     

Timing   45 minutes

Materials List
Free Acid Drops & Whatnot Set cover mount set
1 Sheet  A4 white card
A4 pre scored scalloped 3 panel step card
AD412678 Le suh paper pack Paisley Vine
Black Memento ink pad
Black Versafine ink pad
Letraset Pro Markers
18 x 3mm self adhesive black gems
1 x 2mm self adhesive red gem
Sakura Sardust pen Dark Ruby Red

How to create
1.       Take the red/gold pearl sheet from the Le Suh paper pack and cut a piece 11cm x 9cm and 2 pieces 7cm x 5cm. Layer the large red panel onto the large centre panel of the stepper card and the 2 smaller pieces onto the adjacent side panels making sure that all the top edges line up, leaving an even border on the left, top and right hand sides.
2.       Cut a piece of White card 9.5cm x 7.5cm, stamp the lady with mirror image into the centre of the card using the black Memento ink pad and colour in with promarkers.  Stamp a further image onto a spare piece of white card and colour just the hand.
3.       Stamp an additional image onto the gold sheet from the Le Suh paper pack using the Versafine ink. Allow the ink to dry thoroughly and from the gold image, cut out the including  the fingers. Layer on to the main image. Cut out the hand and wrist from the additional white image and layer it onto the main image.
4.        Cut 3 pieces of white card 4cm x 2cm and stamp the quotes onto them.
5.       Take all the stamped panels and layer them onto the black/gold pearl sheet from the Le Suh paper pack. Trim to leave a very narrow, (1mm) border on the 3 wording panels and a narrow, (2mm) border on the image panel.
6.       Cut a 1cm strip of the red/gold paper and layer  it across  the front scalloped panel 1cm  down from the fold. Layer the image panel onto the centre panel of the card leaving an even border on all 4 sides and layer on the 2 part quote onto the side panels lining up the top edges with the centre image. Layer the greeting quote centrally over the red strip.
7.       apply 1 of the black gems to each corner of the main image, 3 under both of the quotes and 4 to each side of the red strip. Apply the red gem to the ladies ear.
8.        Fold the card at the pre scored folds. Apply glitter accents to lips and nails with sakura pen and allow to dry thoroughly to avoid smudging.


 Elegant Birthday Card                    

Timing  30 minutes

Materials List
Free Acid Drops & Whatnot Set cover mount set
Left over 12" x 12" coordinating light weight printed paper.
2 Sheets A4 white card
Silver Mirri Card
Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad
Letraset Pro Markers
Sakura Sardust pen Silver Star
Lilac 1cm wide ribbon
Manual die cutting machine

How to create

1.       Cut a piece of white card 25cm x 18cm, score and fold in half to make a 12.5cm x 18cm card. Cut a piece of silver mirri card 12cm x 17.5cm and a piece of the remaining coordinating paper 11.5cm x 17cm.
2.       Layer the coordinating light weight paper onto the silver mirri card leaving an even border on all 4 side and repeat layering down onto the folded white card.
3.       Cut a piece of the silver mirri card 10cm x 10cm and emboss it using the free embossing folder. Cut a piece of the white card 7.5cm x 7.5cm and stamp the lady in the hat image onto it using the Tuxedo black Memento ink. Colour with Pro markers.
4.       Layer the stamped image into the middle of the embossed silver mirri card frame and then layer onto the card leaving an equal distance from the top, left and right hand edges.
5.       Cut a piece of white card 3.5cm x 5cm and stamp the quote onto it and layer onto silver Mirri card. Trim to leave a narrow even border on all 4 sides. Layer onto the front of the card about 1cm up from the bottom.
6.       Tie a bow with the lilac ribbon and notch the ends, affix onto card between the 2 stamped panels.  Using the stardust pen add a glittering highlight to the necklace and the bow on the hat.

Friday, 29 May 2015

To celebrate the weekend I'm adding another 2 projects from the ones I designed to go with the free covermount, there are 7 in all and I'll try to get them all out while the magazine is still available to buy at Tesco's. 

Vintage Paper Piecing Card                      
Timing    60 minutes

Materials List
Free Acid Drops & Whatnot cover mount set
6" x 6" square cream card
Core'dinations black / cream cardstock
AD412678 Le suh paper pack Paisley Vine
Cream card
White card
Black card
Black memento ink pad
Black Versafine ink
Letraset Pro Markers
3mm foam square
8 x 2mm pink gems
Tombow glue stick
Paper sanding block

How to Create
1.       Cut piece of black core'dinations card 10cm x 10cm and  using the free Embossing folder cover mount. Sand Gently over the raised black embossed design until the cream colour shows through. Sand edges of the black embossed panel if desired.
2.        Layer this panel onto a piece of cream card and trim to leave a narrow, (2mm,) border on all 4 sides. Layer again onto black card and trim to leave a very narrow, (1mm), even border on all 4 sides.
3.       Cut a piece of the pale pink Le Suh paisley vine paper  14.5cm x 14.5cm. Layer onto black card and leave a narrow, (2mm), border on all 4 sides. layer this down onto the cream card.
4.       Stamp 2 lady in the hat images onto white card using the black Memento ink pad. Clean the stamp. Stamp the same image twice onto the pink paisley vine paper and once onto a sheet of pale yellow paisley paper from the pack, using the black Versafine ink
5.       Colour 1 of the images stamped onto white card using the Letraset Pro Markers. Carefully cut out the uncoloured white image, cut a wavy line across the bottom to soften the edge of the design. From one of the pink images cut the bottom half of the image from the neck down leaving extra paper at the bottom of the image. Glue this layer over the white one, Turn over and trim the bottom edge of the pink paper to match the white one.
6.        From the yellow image cut out the entire head and hat cutting across the shoulder but around the back sleeve.  Layer down over the full image.  From the coloured lady image cut away the back sleeve and the hat, except for the part in the middle, leave extra card at the bottom so that you can turn it over and trim to match the other layers after you have glued it down.
7.       Finally cut the front of the hat, including the long top strip from one of the pink images  and glue this on top, allow to dry. Roll all of the edges gently over a pen or similar curved surface, touch up any edges with a black Pro marker if necessary and apply to the front of the card using 3mm foam squares and add the pink gems to the necklace to ass glamour and hide the joins


TOP TIP           
When paper piecing, to get a convincing looking finish don't skimp on the layers. Think of it as decoupage and you build your colour layers up accordingly one on top of the other. This adds dimension and a more realistic, rounded look.



Matching Dotty Card                        

Timing 30 minutes

Materials
Free Acid Drops & Whatnots  cover mount set
2 x A4 white card
Silver Mirri Card
Double sided brown dotty / pink paper
Worn Lipstick  distress ink pad
Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad
3mm foam pad
Baby sponge or cut n dry foam
Manual die cutting machine
1 x 3mm AB gem
How to create
1.       Cut a sheet of A4 white card 29cm x 14.5cm, score and fold in half to make an 14.5 square card. From the remaining sheet cut piece 10cm x 10cm and 4cm x 1.7mm.
2.       From the double sided brown dotty / pink paper cut a piece 14.5cm x  7cmx and a 14.5cm strip featuring a row of white dots.
3.       Take the 10cm square piece of white card and emboss the swirl border onto it using the manual die cutting machine
4.       Take the Worn Lipstick Distress pad and the sponge and swirl ink around the edges and into the corners of the stamped image panel, stopping at the inside edge of the embossed border. Start lightly, using circular movements and try to avoid leaving any hard lines, the embossed border will pick up more ink and appear darker.
5.        Using the  Tuxedo Black ink pad stamp the first part of the greeting into the top right hand corner of the embossed frame and the second part into the bottom left. Stamp the lady with the mirror image centrally into the remaining space. Colour with Promarkers.
6.       Stamp the greeting onto the smaller piece of white card also using the Tuxedo Black Memento pad.
7.       Layer stamped image panel onto the silver Mirri card and trim to leave an even, (3mm), border on all 4 sides. Layer the greeting panel onto the mirri card and trim to leave a narrow, (2mm), border on all 4 sides. Layer the remaining 2 pieces of brown dotty paper onto the silver mirri card and trim to leave a very narrow, (1mm), border on the long edges.
8.       With the fold of the card at the top, layer the larger brown dotty panel vertically onto the card leaving an even distance on both sides. Layer the image panel onto the card about 6mm down from the top edge and the dotty border across the card about the same distance from the bottom of the card. Layer on the remaining greeting panel using 3mm foam squares.
9.       Apply the 3mm AB gem to the lady's ear.


Top Tip
A good rule of thumb when you are designing your card layouts is to break up lots of vertical lines with a horizontal one. This adds interest to the card and draws your eye through your design. 


Tuesday, 26 May 2015

I seem to be on a bit of a computer frenzy at the moment so I'm striking while the iron is hot and posting another of the projects I designed for the free cover mount stamp and embossing folder set out with Simply Cards and Papercrafts in Tesco's at the moment.



Dotty Home Dec Hanging                   

Timing   45 minutes

Materials
Free Acid Drops & Whatnots  cover mount set
 A4 sheets of white card
12" x 12" Double sided brown dotty / pink paper
Grey board / mount board
Letraset Pro Markers
3 pink paper distressed flowers, 2 leaves, small white paper rosebud
Pink 3mm ribbon
1 x 3mm ab gem
Fine black liner pen
Paper sanding block
Black Soot Distress pad
Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad
Baby sponge or cut n dry foam
Brown medium gauge craft wire
Tombow glue stick
Paper Drill / Eyelet tool & Hammer


 How to create
1.       Cut a piece of grey board 18.5cm x 12.5cm. Cut 2 pieces of dotty paper  19.5cm x 13.5 cm. Using the Tombow glue stick, apply one of the pieces of dotty paper to the mount board, allow to Dry. Trim off excess paper with a knife and cutting board. Repeat for the other side.
2.       Sand all of the edges, going front to back only, until you have a rounded white edge. Do this to both sides.
3.       Cut a piece of white card 13cm x 8cm. Stamp the woman with mirror image over to the left hand side and the quote to the right hand side using the Tuxedo black Memento pad. Colour with Pro markers.
4.       Cut a piece of the dotty paper 13.5cm x 8.5cm. With the sponge and the Soot Black distress pad lightly buff the edges of the spotty board, the stamped white panel and the pink side of the double sided paper. With your fine black liner pen draw a line around the outside of the image panel, breaking it up with dots if desired.
5.       Layer the white stamped panel onto the pink side of the double sided paper and then down onto the spotty covered board leaving an even border on all sides.  Punch a hole in the top right and left corners of the board.
6.       Take about 1.5m of the brown craft wire, loosely fold in half. To make the heart, cross the ends over and gently fold down until the wire crosses at the bottom. Twist a couple of times to hold wire in shape. Adjust the shape of the heart as needed.  Thread one end of the wire from the back through each hole, bring the excess up to the top of the board and twist the end of the wire back around to fasten, snip of any excess.
7.       Cut 4 lengths of the ribbon long enough to make a good sized bow and tie them around the twisted wire a t the bottom of the heart. Apply the 3 pink flowers and the leaves to the bottom right hand corner and the white rose to the top left hand corner. Apply the AB gem  to the lady's ear.


Top Tip

Sanding the edges of any paper covered board gives it a much more rounded and professional finish camouflaging any rough edges and getting rid of excess paper. Gently buff the edges with ink,  or leave with the distressed paper showing, whichever look you like they both work just as well.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

I think this must be a record of sorts for me, 2 posts in less than a month! As promised here is the first card project. I've selected a project for the free cover mount giverway set that is currently available on the front of this months edition of Simply Cards and Papercrafts available from Tesco stores only, it was also available on last months Simply Home made, again only available in Tesco's.



De-bossed  moonlit Monochrome Card           

Timing  40 minutes

Materials List
Free Acid Drops & Whatnot cover mount set
White 6" square card
Silver mirri card
Mid grey lightly patterned paper
Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad
Black versa colour pigment ink pad
1cm wide red grosgrain ribbon
9 x 2mm round red gems
Hard/firm rubber brayer


How to create
1.       Take a sheet of A4 white card, cut a piece 10cm x 10cm. This next bit can be a bit tricky so practise a couple of times on rough paper first. Take the free cover mount embossing folder and open it up. Cover the the half that has the black printing on the front, (the negative side), with a piece of spare paper. Ink up the brayer with the black verscolour ink pad and gently roll over the bumpy half of the embossing folder, making sure that all the raised areas are covered. Wipe off any ink from the surrounding embossing folder.
2.       Line up the 10cm square of white card with the printed side of the embossing folder, fold shut and emboss through your die cutting machine. You should have a black/grey printed de-bossed pattern on the card.
3.       Stamp the lady in the hat image into the de-bossed frame using the Tuxedo Black Memento pad. Colour the image with Pro Markers, To get the monochrome effect, colour the skin with your usual colours and then use cool grey 1 to 4 to colour in the rest of the image. To add a highlight, colour the bow on the front of the hat with red.
4.       Layer the image panel onto the silver mirri card and trim to leave a narrow, (2mm), border on all 4 sides. Cut a piece of the grey paper 14.5cm x 14.5cm. Add a border of the red grosgrain ribbon across the paper 1.5cm up from the bottom. Trim off any excess and layer the paper onto the front of the card leaving an even border on all 4 sides.
5.       Layer the picture panel onto the top left of the card about 1cm in from the left and down from the top. Layer the wording panel into the bottom right hand corner of the card.

6.       Add the red gems to the necklace of the stamped lady.

Friday, 15 May 2015

It's been a very long time between visits and I had to dust away a lot of cobwebs but here I go again grasping the whole technology nettle. I've started a new Pinterest account and boy is that addictive, I keep veering of course and staring at all the gorgeous vintage clothes out there. I think I'm going to have to add another post-it note to the monitor with FOCUS written on it. Next on the list is to update our flickr account with all the new card samples that I've made over the last few months and getting into a routine with blog postings.

I've tidied up the blog a little, there is a link at the top to my Pinterest boards and also a link on the left that will feed you onto the events page of the website so you can check out our show schedule. I've freshened up the home page on the website and included some card samples and I'm also working on a permanent projects page for the site. I can see my new computer is going to be red hot and my eye's square, not to mention a certain, already over endowed, part of my anatomy spreading from all the time spent welded to my office chair. Gym anyone!

I'll leave you with a couple of card samples from our new range of stamps and will be posting step by step instructions as soon as I have them written and a reminder that we have a stamp and embossing folder kit as a free give away on the front of this months Simply Homemade available only at Tesco Stores.