Claritystamps, Happy Celebrations, Magical day

Magical unicorn postcard

Today I have a postcard to share which I made for a swap at Postcard Art swap group over on facebook. The theme for this month was Unicorns and I decided to use the Claritystamp unicorn I had in my stash.

I stamped it with archival in grey and then coloured it with watercolour pencils before blending and activating them with my wink of stella. I added a generous amount of the wink of Stella and then before it had dried I added clear embossing powder. Once the first layer was dried I added more wink of Stella and then more embossing powder. This gave the unicorn some dimension, shine and plenty of magical shimmer.

Then I decided to use the Happy Celebrations paint swipe stamp to add a rainbow behind the unicorn.

I stamped it in the rainbow colours being careful to clean it well between colours and before repositioning. Once I had done that I took a clean tissue and wiped the ink off the embossed image and slightly blended the inks in the background.

Next I stamped and embossed the sentiment in Black and then added the grey ink to the edge. I had used mountboard for this postcard so I knew it would be sturdy and required no other mount.

Finally I added some splashes of ice mixed with water to add yet more magical shimmer!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Claritystamps, Gelli Plate

Happy birthday Millie B

The princess’ best friend is a unicorn obsessive so I made a unicorn card for her birthday!  Her birthday was actually at the beginning of December but rather rubbishly she has only been given her card and present today.

I used one of the gelli plate backgrounds I made a while ago as the starting point and added some additional colour to the Claritystamp unicorn. Then I added plenty of wink of Stella to make it brilliantly shimmery! 

I added lots of layers of pink and blue cardstock and then some blue and purple thread wrapped round and knotted. 

So happy belated birthday Millie!

I also have quite a few backgrounds left that I have not had a chance to turn into cards yet… hopefully will be able to soon.  So do watch out for the rest of the backgrounds in the future.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

ArtJourney.nl, Claritystamps, Embossing Folders, Gelli Plate

Three claritystamp gelli plate cards

Three more cards from the massive stash of gelli plate playtime finished off… This time I decided to use the ones I had stamped with the castle and the one I had stamped with the row of houses. Both of these are claritystamp images.

So first… a couple of birthday cards that I thought would work as masculine cards.  This first one I took Sahara Sand cardstock for the base and did a bit of stamping using the World Map stamp. I then added an overlay of vellum that I had embossed with the World embossing plate. I then kept it simple and mounted the topper in the middle with the sentiment heat embossed on the inky background. 

The next one I decided bright was best and added a strip of Lemon lime zest cardstock with a piece of dictionary book print torn across the middle. I love the contrast of the old book print against the bright card. I also added a corrugated card embellishments and some thread to finish off.

The house one I decided to add a little more colour to the image and added a pink panel underneath, some pink thread and a pink shiny heart.  I then heat embossed the sentiment from Art Journey Stamps and decided that I would also give the house a little extra definition with some glossy accents.

Love how delicate but modern this is.

So three more cards finished… I started with 24 panels and I think that’s 11 done so far! So almost half way! 

Hope you are enjoying this little series of cards I am making with the fun gelli plate watercolour backgrounds.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Badass Chick, Claritystamps, Dylusions, Gelli Plate, Happy Moments, Lacy Brocade, Oh So Lovely

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 

Brushos, Claritystamps

Brusho birdie inchies

Hi… just a quick post today… I feel like death warmed up with a rotten cold so doubt much crafting will get done after work today… so instead I will share the inchies I made for a swap using Brushos to make a fab background. 

With backgrounds like this very little is needed … just a super silhouette bird and I was happy to call them done! I did heat emboss the birds to give them some shine and dimension.

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Carols for Christmas, Claritystamps, Distress oxide ink, Sheet Music

Christmas in August… decking the halls

Another card to share today from the mass card making session from two weekends ago. I used distress oxides to create the background and then added Sheet music stamping before heat embossing the main sentiment from Carols of Christmas and then the holly corners using my Claritystamps. 

I adhered this onto a pre embossed scalloped card blank from the stash. 

So nice.  Will definitely be making some more like this in future… although I don’t have any more of these card blanks so will have to improvise on that part. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Claritystamps, Papermania stamps

Christmas in August… keeping it easy

Today I have a simple solution to making multiple cards… 

In my stash were some patterned cards which I imagine came with a magazine or something to add as card toppers originally.  I of course have no idea what they were meant to be like so I kept life really simple and heat embossed a large sentiment in gold across them. 

On the red one I also added some white snowflakes and to the trees one I added some glitter glue to feel like they have the unfinished touch! 

Neither of these are exactly what I would normally do but it used up some of the stash and was a simple solution that added to the pile of cards I was making for the parents.  I actually had a few of these but did them all the same so no need to photograph them all! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine