Category Archives: Handcarved

DT: Back to Basics and Beyond challenge blog: Triple stamping

I am very late with this one… it should have been finished two days ago and shared yesterday… ooops… better late than never though!

The theme for this fortnight at Back to Basics and Beyond challenge blog is Triple stamping and I hadn’t done this for a while.

I used a background stamp and my stamp positioner (platform) for mine.

First I cut the papers and the mats for each layer. Then I stamped just the paper.

I chose to use a few shades of the teal ink for my card.

Then I layered them up.

I decided to finish with the Petal Palette flower image, a band of pink cardstock and a pink card blank I made.

I also added the light turquoise sequins.

Love how the bold background is softened by the image.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Shiny black coins

Some more coins and more Black ones. This time the background also had the metallic splats from the Gorgeous grunge set.

I then added the embossing from the Handcarved stamp and black powder to add more texture.

Then I stamped and embossed the plane image from a magazine freebie set and added some detail to the images using the sparks paint. Finally I added the sentiment stamped and embossed in white and a bit of gel pen doodling.

Love the shine and the texture on these coins but kept them so they could be quite masculine too… would make a fab coin topper for a male card.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: Back to Basics and Beyond: Resist technique

Hello… in amongst all the Christmas madness I have a bright and cheery birthday card to share… which happens to be my design team contribution to the Back to Basics and Beyond challenge blog… and the challenge is … RESIST TECHNIQUE.

one of my favourite uses of this technique is to create a water colour background so that’s exactly what I did!

I used the Handcarved background stamp which I partially inked with versamark, stamped and then heat embossed. Then using diluted brushos in purple colours and a brush I added the colour. I also splashed colour to add to the messy vibrant patch of colour.

I chose a focal image (digital stamp from all Dressed up) and coloured it with spectrum noir pencils. Then I Found a happy birthday sentiment in my stamps and added that on a die cut circle. I edged the circle to make sure it popped with a stampin write marker.

Finished it off with some sequins.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy Celebrations card

I made this card for a friend a few days ago using two of my favourite SU stamp sets… handcarved background and Happy Celebrations.

I used my stamp platform to get the variation in the colours on the background and then over stamped with black for the sentiment.

I added the smaller part of the sentiment by embossing in white on black cardstock.

I then thought it needed a little something else so punched some hearts from cardstock coloured with the same inks and added black pen doodles and then black splats using the stamp in Timeless Textures.

A fun and easy modern card.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

P.S. it is also the hubbys birthday todtoday but his card is a design team project so I can’t share it yet. That will have to wait until later in the month

6 one colour atcs

Today I have 6 atcs to share which I’ve made for a swap where the rule is to use mainly one colour. I chose purple as my colour and made 6 different cards based on the same background.

I started with a piece of mountboard and added colour to it using a dry brush and my fresco finish paints and also using the Seth Apter printing technique to get a few layers into the background. Then I cut out the 6 atcs.

I know they look a little pink here but in natural light they are more purple.

Then I treated each of them differently to create the individual ATCs.

This first one I added the Postscript background stamp with white heat embossing and then the feather with purple embossing. I then added distress ink to add more colour to the feather area and add more focus.

Next is the Tim Holtz Crazy Bird. I coloured the bird with Distress inks and a waterbrush (Kassa style) and then cut it out. I added a layer of vellum underneath the bird which I raised up on foam pads to give it some dimension. For the background I added some stamping using the handcarved stamp and distress oxide which I added clear embossing to. I finished it off with some glossy accents for the the eyes.

Card number three I added a diecut hot air balloon. I die cut this from card I had coloured with distress inks and then paper pieced the white elements. Then added some wink of Stella and a little bit of pink to the heart. I raised this up onto foam tabs for dimension. The background I added lots of shimmer using mica and then heat embossed it in clear before I added some stencilled letters using the same purple paint and a Dylusions stencil.

Card 4… I stencilled using a darker purple the flower stencil and when that was dry I replaced the stencil and added the glitter paste. Kept it simple for this one as that glitter really does the job on making an impact!

Card 5… I decided to make a posy jar. I found some cute jar tags in my Artful Days goodie box stash and cut the top off so I could add my posy and then gave the kraft tag lots of layers of distress oxides. I stamped and die cut the Petal Palette flowers from some inked card and added more colour to the actual flowers using the inks. I also added distress inks and oxides onto the background which gave it a more watery look and a little bit of washi tape to added a different texture. I finished with the wink of Stella all over the jar and some white paint pen.

Final card… I added more stamping using distress oxides and the handcarved stamp in the background. Then I stencilled the oxides and heat embossed the stars. I loved the subtle texture this gave.

Then I added a Trish Latimer girl which I had coloured using the Paperartsy fresco finish paints and promarkers for her skin. I cut her out and added with foam tabs for dimension and then added glossy accents to the star.

So that’s all 6 cards…

Super happy with all of them! Hopefully the recipient likes them too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Last night’s crafty session

So I had lots of fun with my friends at last night’s crafty session. We each made a background…. 

Then we cut them up to a template and swapped pieces so that we would make 5 cards… two with the backgrounds we had made and the other three cards would be using one piece from the others. 

So my cards … well if I am honest I finished them after work tonight before I put everything away… but they were mostly done last night… 

Using my pieces of background… 

From the piece that Mara made… 

From the piece Mo made…

And finally the piece that Kathie made… 

I loved being able to work with the panels others had made and love how different they all were. I must admit that as I had the luxury of a bit more time than just during the session I did add a few extra bits (the additional elements like the flowers and butterflies) but kept to the same available materials as at the session. 

Really good fun! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Background swap arty session 

Tonight there are a few of my friends coming round for a crafting session.  Originally this was pre Christmas but it ended up being a date no-one could make…so instead it’s tonight for us to have some fun with Distress Oxides. 

I decided that we could all make some pretty papers and then make cards from them… but with a twist… once we’ve made the paper we cut it into pieces and then swap so we have some of each other’s papers. 

I did however need to make a couple of samples to see if we could design cards regardless of the style of the papers we made… with similar elements…. 

… so I first made a vintage themed background with Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans, Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain. 

I used a selection of stamps… Timeless Textures, Affection Collection, Butterfly Basics, Sheet Music.

Next I made a bright and funky one… Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio, broken china.  And stamped using stamps from Tap Tap Tap, Handcarved, Happy Celebrations, Butterfly Basics.

Then I cut them into panels… 

… And then started to put together cards based on the same sketches that I put together (whilst eating lunch at work I managed to get some ideas down on paper! 

I started with an inlay die cut using the swirly scribble thinlits die. This provides a lovely finish and needs very little to finish it off.  I just added a stitched framelit oval and a sentiment to each of them and changed the orientation of the cards.

Next I took the other larger panels and I die cut a frame effect using two rectangle dies.  I popped the frame up on foam pads and then added the diecut birds to the middle panel before sticking it back in place.  I added some wink of Stella to the bids and a die cut sentiment label and added twine to each of them … one the linen thread and the other the bakers twine. 

I decided to change the orientation for each of them again to show two possibilities for the card design.

Next up I wanted to use die cut sentiments.  As I was layering two panels of the cardstock I did add a little ink to the edges to give them more definition.  I felt one needed a white sentiment and the other a black.

So onto another layered layout.  I couldn’t resist using this dragonfly die cut for both of the cards.  I just adjusted the position of the bottom panel for each card and chose a different placement for the sentiment.  I die cut both dragonflies from white adding colour using my clarity brushes to keep it gentle.

And finally I gave both of the final cards a mount of black and on one I tore an edge and the other I left it straight.  Then I layered two flower die cuts that i had done in black and white and reversed the order to give them a different look.  I added lots of wink of Stella to the black top level on the bright card as it needed some shimmer.

I am really happy with how these came together as samples… wonder how the session will go and if we will manage to do something different? I’ve diecut loads of bits and pieces and so it will be interesting to see what people use! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine