Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Feather light

This is one of those “get off with ya” moments…

I read – just over a year ago, it seems – about the wonderful Betsy Veldman stamping this card with an actual feather:
BetsyVeldmanStampedFeather Are you thinking what I thought? No way, right? How could you possibly get such a crisp image without a stamp?

But the idea has been floating around my head ever since and while in the garden a couple of weeks ago – yes! I do know where it is! – I found a feather on the floor and it brought it all to mind again.

Now, I knew I would never be able to get enough pressure with just my fair hands but I thought about coating it with ink and running it through the Big Shot and lo:

Feather Print

Heavens-to-Betsy! I made a kitchen towel/feather/ink/paper combination and this is actually cut from the kitchen towel; somehow I got a better impression on this than the paper, but I now have four of these beauties to work with – I just cant believe it worked!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Man Of Iron

Iron Man
Today I created a subfolder of images called ‘Brands’ as I get so many requests for TV or Film themed cards! I have no problem browsing Pinterest for images tho, especially with the recent popularity of Marvel etc films, there are some really talented artists out there; its just a shame I can’t give them the credit they deserve!
This started out as a sketch but I got as far as sticking the backing paper down and decided I didn't like it so I rotated the design 90 degrees and settled on the old faithful “image-on-a-slant”.. Hey, it works for me!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Colour Clouds

One of my more recent purchases is the two ‘skyline’ dies from Memory Box – and apparently I wasn’t exactly quiet about liking them even before I owned a manual die cutter…*shucks!* – so when I spotted this beauty I thought I’d have a go myself:
This is from one of A Blog Named Hero’s celebration posts and is by a crafter called Christine Drogt – who I now realise I know the work of but had not registered her name, sorry Christine! I recommend you go and have a look at her blog cos this girl has style!
Anyway, I wanted to recreate her card so I used Stampin’ Up’s embossing folder “Cloudy Day” and embossed a panel measured to fit my card front (twice cos of the size of the folder). Then I cut the panel into strips and got out the old trusty daubers, along with Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizazz & Tempting Turquoise SU inks. I think you can work the rest of the construction process out for yourselves:
Awful photo, I’m losing the light, but I’m pleased with the card itself.. just gotta stop singing the Rainbow theme tune now…

Saturday, April 20, 2013

There’s No Such Thing As A Gruffalo…

The same little boy that I made this card for will also be getting a Gruffalo troupe on his big day today (many happy returns Owen)


I actually printed these letters out and cut them out by hand, rather than coaxing Robocop to life… and I’m glad I had the last minute thought of stencilling the trees in the background, I think it just livens it up a bit.

Silly bloggers, there's no such thing as a Gruffalo!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Hibiscus Are Go!

One of my many – but not that many! – purchases from the NEC back in March was this stencil from Imagination Crafts. Its been hanging on my.. thing looking at me since then – the demo I saw involved glitter on a sheet of acetate n that kind of thing takes time and clearing up so I haven’t tried it just yet – but I’ve completed a couple of projects with this Stampin’ Up text paper so it was out on desk and I thought I’d give the stencil a whirl. The inks are Stampin’ Up too, Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie and I used the daubers to apply the stencil and then the same inks and daubers to colour the layers of the sentiment. Not the most adventurous of cards but nice enough, right?

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Incredible Eye Shadow

Who knew The Incredible Hulk wore eye shadow?
Well, I suppose technically its just shadow…
Really quite chuffed with this hit of inspiration – I’ve already made one Hulk card this year and I was struggling with the concept but then this lil beauty sprang to mind. I think I have the lovely Loraine to thank actually, as we made an easel card in class a few hours before and I sort of had construction and *ahem* flaps on my mind…

Plus I've had these freebie vivid green gatefold cards for years! Sorted!