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Gelli plate background cards

Hello. Today and over the next few days I have a lot of cards I made using similar techniques because I made a lot of backgrounds during a crafting session with friends (and whilst tidying up afterwards too!). 

Here are the backgrounds I made using distress inks and the gelli plate. The first photo shows the cards I made that night too and three I had started off.

I love how this fun technique provides lots of different panels and they are all unique and organic in the way they come together. 

The next step was to choose some stamps to start the decorating. Some of these I didn’t do a brilliant job of stamping… either I rocked the stamp or I dropped it so created some shadow… but given I have this many panels to work with it’s not a big deal if they don’t all end up being used in the end! 

For all of them I used black versatile ink for the stamping and in some cases I masked the edges off so I could preserve the edge of the panels.

Ok so from this point on I needed to cut them all into panels…

… choose card colours for mounts…

… die cut ATCs from the mount card stock… 

… and layer them up! 

The six I am going to focus on today were all done using the Wildflowers stamps by Tim Holtz.  I love these silhouette stamps .. they are so effective and simple to use. I chose to make both birthday and thank you cards.

I started very simple. Some added gems and a heat embossed sentiment on the same colour cardstock as the mount and raised on foam tape to give dimension. I also went over the flower image with Wink of Stella to give it lovely shimmer! 

The next one I chose a crumb cake card for the base and added some patterned paper. 

I kept the embellishment simole with just a heat embossed sentiment and then used glossy accents on the flower to give it texture and dimension. 

The next card I added a embossed piece of ombre cardstock.  For the main feature I cut the panel down a tiny amount so there was less of a frame and added a black outline. I stamped the sentiment directly on the panel and added gems and wink of Stella again for the shimmery finish on the flower.

Next up I took some more of the patterned paper and added a strip to the card blank. Again I kept the panel simple with some gems and a heat embossed sentiment.

The next one I decided on a little bit of doodling and a panel of Lemon lime Twist cardstock. Again gems and wink of Stella added sparkle.

The final one I used crumb cake cardstock for the base again. The turquoise panel is the same ombre cardstock I used earlier and the sentiment is cut from a part that is slightly lighter. I heat embossed the sentiment, added gems and of course some wink of Stella to the flower again! 

So that’s 6 cards made… quite a few left to go but enjoying the challenge of turning these mini panels into something pretty and fun! 

I will share the other finished cards as I get to them over the next few days!

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

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One sheet wonder … errrm three sheets

Part of the Use them or Lose them challenge of the year is to use some of the paper I have stashed. I have been trying to use stuff from the scraps box where possible to try and work through that but there is also the mountain of uncut 12 x 12 sheets of dsp so I decided to do a one sheet wonder type project… although ended up using three sheets of DSP so I could get some variety.

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I didn’t follow a osw cutting guide, instead headed over to Mojo Monday and followed a load of sketches from November and October 2015 to design the cards and cut everything up.  I added two sheets of Primrose Petals cardstock, one crumb cake and one wild wasabi plus a few bits and pieces of scrap cardstock that were hanging around the desk.

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Next I started assembling, embossing, die cutting and stamping… and ended up with 15 cards for the box at work!
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Love how these all came out.

Entering this into the Crafty hazelnut patterned paper monthly challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Use them or lose them stamp challenge #1

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!  Time to change that! Given I’ve counted over 52 stamp sets that are SU sets I guess that should keep me going throughout the year.
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I thought to make life easy in doing the challenge… I would just work my way through the stamps as I come across them, rather than sticking to an order and then not being inspired.  But any that don’t get used in the year will have to be placed in the unloved pile and get sold/ given away at the end of the year!

So first stamp set for the challenge is Butterfly Basics.  This was a card that was inspired by a 10 in 20 youtube video I saw… but I changed it up a bit as I wanted to also use the embossing folders and dies to add texture and a bit of grunge to the pretty images.

I grabbed six pieces of white card stock and stamped the fern in old olive three times without reining to get the different tones of the same colour.  Then I used Crisp Canteloupe for the flowers, again stamping 1st and 2nd generation ink.  Next I stamped 1 butterfly using Calypso Coral direct onto the cardstock, and then again twice onto different white cardstock for punching them out. I also edged each white cardstock topper with Promarkers…. I used oatmeal and sandstone.

Next I stamped the sentiment in Black Versafine over the top of the stamped images.  To this I then added the little punched butterflies and some dots of liquid pearl. 

I then took pieces of Old Olive cardstock and Crumb cake cardstock to make mats.  The bigger one I embossed using different embossing folders for each one, and the second I die cut parts using some new Tim Holt dies I got.

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I love how they all look different but are obviously part of the set.  I also made an effort on the envelopes…

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So one stamp set down… think this is for keeps as the cards are so pretty!

Might even have a see what else I can use this set to do before the end of the week.

Entering this into the Cute Card Thursday – Anything Goes challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Colour my Monday!  Wild Honey distress ink

It’s been a while since I did a Colour My Monday post, mainly because I have not even thought about it, and this was not done with that in mind but fulfils the brief so thought it could be shared today! 

One of the things I did for the art journalling session last week, was to create some ATCs using the same technique of watercolour effect background using an e bossing folder as a stamp.  I created some paper doing exactly that using a combination of Old Paper and Wild Honey distress inks.. I added this to an Atc sized card onto which I added lots of Wold Honey ink using the cut and dry foam and a little Fired Briick ink too to make it slightly more orange.

Then stamped the little cameo silhouette from the Forever Young set, stamped the words and then did some outlining to finish off.

Happy crafting! 

Catherine

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Prepping for art journalling session… Watercolour effect backgrounds with embossing folders

Quite possibly my longest blog post title ever!  Just not sure how to describe the technique that tonight’s art journalling class are doing… So going for the say what we are doing kind of title!  He he!

So tonight, friends descend on my family room and I show them a mixed media technique or product and some pages I have done, and then they get to play.  It’s not exactly teaching … But they learn and I learn and we all have fun! 

This time I have three samples for them to look at and hopefully be inspired by… All were done using the same techniques.  It sort of became a use Distress inks different ways kind of thing! 



The idea is that you use embossing folders to stamp the ink onto the page, and as you have spritzed them with water before “stamping” they give a watercolour effect.  You add different colours to the folder in patches, and the distress inks blend nicely to give tonal effect.  You can use more than one embossing folder onto one panel and as they are generally transparent you can see where they need to go.  

Next step for the backgrounds is adding distress ink with cut and foam, or a distress tool.  This gives a nice blended edge.

Then, I did a full blended piece of cardstock as a panel too, to show how the colours blend and create different colours.  The figures are then using magazines for create an outline, and then turning it into a silhouette.  No need for buying a stencil and being stuck with the one body shape. 



I also added some stamped embellishments for the first two … Hearts that are ones that clever Darcy designed from her first sets of stamps… I adore these stamps! 

Oh and the titles/sentiments for the pages … All created in different ways.

Looking forward to seeing what colours and different patterns people choose.

Happy crafting! 

Catherine

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UIUS! Batch of ten completed!

Yes I have managed to complete a batch of 10 cards as part of my Use it up Saturday pledge!

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I grabbed ten cards which had a fabulous tree paper backed with Old Olive cardstock, this was my batch!

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The paper worked perfectly with the Festival of Trees stamp and punch of course… So these were next… On some scrap (of course) whisper white…

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Then a delve through the scraps box gave me some lovely Raspberry Ripple to go with the greens, punched and embossed!

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A quick rummage in the ribbons basket secured some lengths of ribbon.

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Ten cards then assembled, including sentiments stamped from Henry Says and stickles added for some quick and easy bling!

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Apart from the cardstock for matting the DSP and the card blanks… A perfect example of how to Use It Up!

Happy crafting!

Catherine