Thursday, 25 July 2013

Cute Summer concertina cards!

 "Well - I made 2 cards this morning in my FREE demo - thats 1 more than last week -but there was alot of work invoved and I had so many people asking me questions!  I loved making these summery cards using the NEW "Wild Rose Studio" stamps showing Emily and Elsie her cat - I printed he images onto linen embossed card and coloured-in using coloured pencis - it gives a really nice finish and its easy to acheive too!"
Front of concertina card - tied with organza ribbon.
  Shopping list -all in stock at Japonica
Emily and Elsie cat -£6.49
Blackberry Lane papers £4.99
Dies for circles, scallop circle and flourishes in pink card.
"Grass" punch - pale green card.
Coloured pencils for colouring-in ( I use Sakura -Bruynzeel -they blend well and are really good shades)
Blossom embossing folder (for top corner of card front.
Awesome greeting - £2.20
White flowers -tinted with a little colour from an inkpad to match. 
 Liquid pearl-Hydrangea to centres

Inside box card

Concertina box card standing
And heres the other one...I made a plaque for the greeting inside and covered it with "Glossy Accents" so it looks like enamel.
Front of card

Inside of card

Standing card
AND NEXT week - what can you do with Magic Foam??

Monday, 22 July 2013

My FREE Punch craft Demo - SUMMER Gerberas

Gerberas are such a favourite flower - so many exravagant colours make them such a Happy flower in my opinion!
My card consists of a layer of paper in pastel colours and I have made  my 3 Gerberas to match!  I have printed "With Love" onto shrink plastic to make a neat tag too.  Stems are cut from a soft green thin card and anchored after placing flowers - they are then cut to size and glued in 1 more place only so they are not glued flat.
Close up of Gerbera showing centre and shading.
Shopping list :-
PUNCHES -Lg Lilium Feathers (Leone Em punch), 1" Daisy, 3/4" sunflower. 
( Or for small lilium punch -scale down all other punches to the 1 size smaller)

and other products...
BREMEN 12 x 12" paper
1 DL white folded card 
Liquid Pearls - Majestic purple & Hydrangea
Coloured papers to punch.
Co-ordinating inkpads for shading papers.
(Versamagic chalk inkpads are lovely shades for flowers-I usually choose a darker shade than the paper)

Monday, 8 July 2013

DIRECT-TO-PAPER Technique-a la Jan

Daffodil Girl - a beautiful stamp (Stampendous) - coloured pencil added over Versamagic fluid chalk inkpads (d-t-p)

I like to  use Versamagic chalk inkpads onto white linen card for this technique. 
Simply dab, swipe, swirl and sudge an inkpad over the card - Direct-to-paper!  It will look a bit messy - just look at my sample piece! 
Then print your image ontop ( I used Versafine Onyx black for this) and allow to dry.
Now add coloured pencils ( I use Sakura Bruynzeel pencils -they are very soft and blendable)over the inks to give detail to the image.  
Magnolia stamp (Stampendous) -using Versamagic chalk inks and
then coloured pencil for the detail (same method as above)

Bouquet stamp set (Stampendous) with BRILLIANCE inks direct-to-paper, Onyx black
printed image, with coloured pencils to pick out detail.

*All stamps/products shown are in stock at Japonica.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

PRINTING on FABRIC for card-making

Grasses stamp, printed onto Calico fabric with Brilliance inkpads - Thyme green & Coffee Bean.
 I have frayed the edge of the Calico and just attached with double-sided tape to a folded craft card.  Natural hemp has been tied to the card spine and 3 buttons have been made from Cream shrink plastic and edged with Brilliance inks to match the colour scheme.  NEW liquid pearl colours of Copper and Avocado add a little embellishment too.  
And on Silk.....

On Silk, wrapped around a square of board for a neat finish.
The same grasses, same ink -but different colourway! Thyme & Sky blue Brilliance inkpads.

Embossing on Silk!
The window in this 6 x 6" ivory card (cut to size by me!) allows you to see throught the silk-and apreciate how delicate it is.   The inside has been tidied by adding another window card (same size) over the raw edges of the silk piece.
I have printed with Versafine (Onyx Black) & then poured Crystal embossing powder over it.  Tap away excess powder & HEAT GENTLY & quickly!   Silk will burn if you are not careful -so keep an eye on it & move heat away as quickly as you can.  I have used Brilliance inkpads(Lavender & Thyme) to colour, by dabbing the inkpad onto an acryic block and picking up colour with a paintbrush and water.  The embossed outline acts as a gutter to contain the ink on the silk fabric.  I used the same stamp -Phlox (£6 with a birthday greeting at Japonica) to create a background pattern on the ivory card.

 I have used the same method of embossing on the muslin fabric - (Top tip - Muslin is not so delicate as silk). I have echoed the stitching around the purple layer card edge and added Hydrangea Liquid pearls to dots and corners.

On naural muslin fabric

Close up on the Muslin embossed image (Pram stamp -£4.05 at Japonica)