Sunday, 26 March 2017

Outside the Lines - Visible Image

Creative people colour outside the I took that literally, for my sentiment for this card.

I repeat stamped the flower from the Create It stamp set onto a piece of card slightly smaller than A5, just in black archival ink. Then I thought about different ways to colour each line of flowers, starting with ink blending (I used distress inks) from the bottom of the image, to messy over the edge watercolouring, to just a touch of colour from the centre of the top flowers.

A few inky splats and a bit more flower stamping - it can only be Picked Raspberry! - to fill in some of the white spaces, and I attached the sentiment to my text.

Simple mounted onto a top folding white card, this is a fun card any crafter would appreciate

Another beautiful stamp set that can be bought by clicking here

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Happy Crafting
Nicky x


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Dot and Drop - Baby Blue

These dot and drops are such fun to play with. Here I made a card blank using one of the larger Tonic Studios Art Nuvo Oval dies, then I used the Twisting Arch drop and Dot die twice, to make a nice curve. I used Salty Ocean distress ink to colour the areas of my base card which were going to show through the die cut, then I also diecut the New Baby and stamped my bear - from the Marmalade's World stamp and die set, and added colour from the same distress ink pad. 

I found a beautifully matching Nuvo Glitter drops from my stash and finished off the card by following the pinprick sized dots to decorate. 

Check out the inspiration from all the Tonic Studios Design Team, and don't forget to watch the shows on Create and Craft this week!

Happy Crafting
Nicky x

Tonic Rococo City Scene - Hello London!

My share today is from the launch of Tonic Rococo City Scene and travel dies, and is pretty distinguishable, I'd say!. On the DL card I have used the cityscape and put it through my Tangerine twice, to get the width of the card, then added a few rather well known London landmarks! 

The embossed detail on the Rococo dies is fabulous, it really brings them out!. 
For more inspiration check out the blogs of the Tonic Studios Design Team and catch the shows this week on Create and Craft!

Happy crafting!
Nicky x

Monday, 20 March 2017

Dot and Drop - Tonic Studios new launch

My first card made with Tonic Essentials Drop and Dot dies, this card features two of the dies on a simple marbled background made with  a Nuvo Aqua Flow pen in Aqua Splash (my favourite colour) and a piece of acetate to smoosh it around. 

You'll recognise the Tonic Essentials layered heart die, and the sentiment, also Tonic. The detail on the heart is using Delicate Swirl, and across the bottom of this A6 card I have used Diamond Column. The dot and drop dies leave tiny pinpricks in your cardstock for you to make an even pattern with your Nuvo drops, which adds a unique and delicate feature to any card. 

Check out the Tonic Studios design team for more inspiration with these dies, and of course Create and Craft from Monday 20th March.

Happy Crafting!


Tonic Rococo dies - New York City Scene

I'm sharing the first of my cards made for the launch of Tonic Rococo city scene and landmark dies - and this is my take on the New York collection. A colourful creation using my favourite pens, Nuvo Aqua Flows.

Firstly I splatted a postcard size piece of white card with the pens (messy fun!) then I set that to one side and made a background panel the same size, using several of the colours and blending them together on watercolour card.

Rather than cutting out the cityscape die and sticking it on, I placed it over my splatted card and die-cut it, then trimmed the bottom of my card, and stuck the top and bottom splatted pieces OVER the rainbow coloured card. You might see this better in this close-up below
This also shows the detail in the dies, which are super cool. I applied the same Aqua Flow technique to small bits of card, allowed them to dry, and then die-cut and embossed them. 

The whole front was mounted onto gorgeous Cobalt Velour satin effect Craft Perfect card, then onto my card blank.

I hope you enjoy the shows and all the inspiration from the amazing Tonic Studios design team!
Happy crafting!
Nicky x

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Craftwork Cards Deco Ladies 2 - Double the fun!

Stamping fun from me this week!

I had the pleasure of demonstrating the brand new Deco Ladies Stamp Set 2 for Craftwork Cards at Harrogate last weekend, and they proved to be a real hit with the crafty visitors to our stand. I thought I’d do an in-depth blog post to show how you can get the best out of these stamps, as there are some fabulous features in the set that you just HAVE to play with!
These stamps match beautifully with the first deco lady set from a few weeks ago but on this sheet you get TWO gorgeous ladies to embellish.
The first thing I did was to stamp each one onto white stamping card, and quickly colour her skin and hair; I used Nuvo Aqua Flow pens and a waterbrush, but any flesh tone pen will do. However…if you look at this next photo, you will see that I then paper pieced each one’s dress, that is to say, I stamped again onto patterned paper, in this case from the beautiful Decadence paper pad, cut out JUST the dress, and stuck it onto my pre-stamped lady. I then cut each one out leaving a border of 1-2mm. This allows you to match your lady with the elements from the collection.
I used two square toppers from this kit too, one of which I sliced in half and fanned out behind the other, in true Art Deco style!

You can take your paper piecing a step further by stamping and heat embossing with gold. This looked particularly effective on pale background papers, and it adds a bit of ‘je ne sais quoi’ to the lady.
You might even see my secret cut in this very close-up picture – through the gold necklace and down the neckline! But using gold means that you can give her gold gloves too – she’s certainly stylish!

You might also have noticed a few decorative features…that curtain/ fringe adorning the top of the card was such a fun discovery. I used it a few times. Just in black, but then the obligatory Stickles glitter to make it pop.

The little peacock feather too, was an exciting litle stamp. I had a play and as well as using it as an embellishment, I made myself some backgrounds with it, just by stamping in black and adding a touch of blue and brown…

This is a little side panel from the shaped stepper cards, but with the big feather toppers from the Decadence kit, and a lady painted in aqua, the result was completely different from the reds and pinks you would expect from the Decadence kit-

Again, I made a feature out of the fringe, which I stamped onto the bottom panel at random heights, then dropped a few Liquid Pearls onto, for bling!

I have to say that I was easily able to use EVERY element from this stamp set somewhere on my cards at the weekend. If you have Craftwork Cards stamps, look closely at them and all their tiny features, there is always something you can do with each and every one, be it the musical notes, deco flowers, and quirky corners…
You can find these gorgeous ladies by clicking the link to Craftwork Cards here.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 18 March 2017

No Space for Dreams - Visible Image

Hello, I'm sharing a card today which has never been seen before, despite it being lined up ready to show on Create and Craft during Visible Image's stunning show earlier in it sold out!!

So making its debut (from me anyway) today is 'No space for Dreams' It's a stunning set of stamps, a gorgeous cameo with that unique Mark Alexander touch, beautifully scripted words and a stunning dream catcher, which I stamped onto heat resistant acetate with Versamark, heat embossed with gold powder, and then coloured in on the reverse with Sharpie marker pens.
Lightly laid over the background image with thin strips of black foam tape, it almost appears to float. It's a beauty.

The background of the card itself was achieved through layering up and playing with Distress Crayons, splashing with water and also, as you'll see in the stars above, dabbing through a stencil with a wet baby wipe.
You'll also see the now famous crackle from the Create It set, and the whole card is framed by me just drawing freehand with a black fineliner and filling in between the lines.

Another beautiful stamp set that can be bought by clicking here

Don't miss out on all the beautiful creations and ideas, check out Visible Image's facebook pages, accessible via the following links:

And don't forget to add the following to your apps!

Happy Crafting
Nicky x