Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Heritage Rose Birthday - Craftwork Cards

Playing with papers again - namely the Heritage Rose set from the new Craftwork Cards USB. I haven't used these papers before and now I am wondering why I haven't always had them in my life - they are beautiful!

 So - today's project was a special birthday card. For the shape I took 2 20x20cm card blanks and cut diagonal corners off as shown. A bit like an 'envelope card' but I folded the fronts back...An 'envelope gatefold', perhaps?! Simply stick one square to the other and you have your card blank!

It was then all about the papers, just selecting, printing and trimming to size. I made my own personalised sentiment on a Word document using 2 styles of text in Wordart.
A bit of bling.....the gems followed the diagonal lines of the card
The obligatory stickles on the embellishments! All hand cut with just a mm or so white border, I love that effect. I pretty much used every embellishment of the sheet I printed up - waste not, want not! 

Not forgetting the back of the card!
I'd printed up a couple of sentiments but decided not to use them on the front. So in lieu of a verse I topped and bottomed the section I'd left for a hand written message.

And finally....
The box!  why not?! One more sheet of paper, a straight forward print and trim. I like this kind of finishing touch!

For lots more Pinterest inspiration for the Heritage Rose papers click here!

To get straight to Craftwork Cards website click here!

Thanks for stopping by, 

it's always a pleasure to welcome visitors to my page!

Nicky xx

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Ooh Nuvo!

Playing with Tonic Nuvo glitters today and the very pretty Floral Blooms patterned panel. It's a bit tricky but if you have patience it's fun. I diecut the panel and stuck a sheet of double sided film to the back of it. Then I peeled the back off the double sided sheet and  adhered the panel to white card (slightly smaller than the panel cut so you definitely can't see it.) White card behind the panel makes the glitter shine the brightest!  

Then I gently added drops of glitter with a small stiff old paintbrush - I just kind of dropped it into place onto the sticky front, in the right places, and rubbed it in with my finger. 

It's almost impossible to not get glitter in places where you don't want that colour but a tiny speck or two won't show up once finished! 

The temptation to tip it up and look at what you've done so far is irritatingly great - but you MUST be patient and do the whole thing before turning it or you risk smudging your colours, or getting a colour in zones you didn't want it to be in!

When fully glittered, tap off the excess (it made for an 'interesting' colour), brush off the very last bits with a soft, clean dry brush and mount as you wish!

Both card blanks have been cut using 
Harrop layering dies just over the edge of a folded card. The freedom to create a card any size you want...I like that! 

For a closer look at the Patterned Panels click here where you'll also be able to check out all the pretty colours in the Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter range!

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Imagine, Dream, Inspire - Visible Image

This HAD to be more than just a single fronted card! The words from this amazing stamp  literally inspired me, and I put my brain to work to make a page for each definition, an excuse to play with as many of my Visible Image stamps as I could feasibly squeeze in!

So, to start with I designed my card - two 7x5 inch blanks (trimmed to about 4 inches wide)stuck together with the aid of a bit of paper
You won't see the join once the 'pages' are on.

Four colours of distress ink, a glass mat, water spritzer and a bit of drying time and I had some base pages
I stamped the words from Imagine Dream Inspire onto white card and also onto the card that I'd coloured green. Careful cutting and arranging set me up for the 'tabs' and definitions on the card.
Then it was all about playing, and interpreting the words in my way...
All this inspired by just the one stamp!

Other stamps used on this card
Music soothes the Soul
Thinking of You set
Making Shapes
Universal (stars and circles)

and a very useful black fineliner pen.

For links to Visible Image website to buy these stamps, click here

To join the Visible Image Facebook group for inspiration and to share your own creations click here

To access the Visible Image blog click here

To see more of my Visible Image creations on my own facebook page click here

Thank you for looking!  Nicky x

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Butterflies in a box - Craftwork Cards

From the fabulous Craftwork Cards USB using Botanica papers - All the papers in this card were printed by me, meaning very little waste and A LOT of control over what I used!
There's more to this card than meets the eye...
From the front it's a 10x10cm little thing tied with a bow...

From behind, there's a little space for your message, and a little velcro fastening for good measure (not necessary but I found some velcro so I wanted to play!)

So...what's inside?
Open up the card and it splays out to reveal a host of pretty papers, all just stuck down with light pva glue.

How to do it? EASY! 

1. Look at the base - it's 20x20cm. ( NOTE this card can be made any size as long as your starter square is divisible by 4 - eg. 24cm, 28 cm, 12 inches...) 

2. Score diagonally corner to corner, straight down the middle, and then at 5 and 15cms down (or up) to the diagonal lines. (for larger cards just scale up the measurements)

3. Fold your diagonals as valleys from the centre, BUT fold the four top corner squares as valleys too, forcing the top sections of the diagonals into mountain folds -  a bit of gentle teasing and it's easy! 

4. Your central vertical fold is a mountain fold, and you can tease the whole thing into a pointy arrow shaped 'book'

5. Make a 'cover' with a flap for fastening, if you wish (it's not needed, it just adds to the finish, you could easily just add ribbon to the front and back before you decorate.Stick your cover to the front and back of the card, I DO measure and extra 0.5 cm and double score to make it close neater, as it gets a bit thick, once folded, this card!

And then just cut your papers to size and decorate away to your heart's content! 

I even made a few little shapes and triangles out of spare bits of paper to decorate the top and bottom ( you see it when you open the card) It took minutes but just finished it off, I think!

A bit of glitter glue in all the right place, of course! And a couple of hand cut flowers just to finish the front. 
A very happy birthday card which has just winged its way to a very special friend of mine 

For the link to Craftwork Cards products click here

For more Design Team inspiration on the Craftwork Cards Blog, click here!

Thanks for looking, any questions, please ask in comments and I'll answer as quick as I can!
Nicky x

Tonic - Gold

A card to share that evolved from me finding a bit of backing card that I'd sponged some gold acrylic paint from a pound shop, onto, and left to dry for a future project. Well this was to be the project!

Once again I am playing with the fabulous Tonic Studios Panel Dies, I have used two on here...can you see them?

ONE is obvious - the white bits are random shapes from a cut of the Classic Quatrefoil Panel

The SECOND  - I inked through random sections a cut of theVibrant Damask panel with Versamark and added gold embossing powder, which I then heat set. It's a really easy and funky way to use your panel as a stencil.

Then I went for gold! The flower and all the bits are from the Beautiful Blooms collection and I just tied it all together with a bit of bling and a few shiny gold bits in the white quatrefoil panel. 

For information on all Tonic Studios products click here!

For a closer look at the Patterned Panels click here!

Thanks for looking, Nicky x

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Celebrate with Tonic

I am loving these new Tonic Studio Panel dies. This one, Deco Diamond, I cut straight out of a 6x6 card blank. I stuck a piect of lime green card directly to the inside back, to show through, and added a strip of purple to highlight the see-through panel.The flowers is Gerbera Daisy, the leaves from Sweet Melia, the swirl from woodland Aster.
I have a thing for bling...at the moment I am loving sequins. No reason, just a bit different to the usual gems (and incredibly cheap too!) 

To make the sentiment panel I used some Tonic nesting plain and scalloped rectangle dies and made a frame to stick over the section of panel die. Easy peasy with a bit of tacky pva glue

Once again, thanks for taking the time to look, you're always most welcome here!

Nicky xx

Friday, 10 June 2016

Dainty Tonic Christening Card

I have been desperate to try to make a card in this style, I wanted the detail in the paneling to be the focus of the card, nothing behind, just panel....and I just about managed it! 

This easel card is made from a blank cut from Twisting Veranda. First I made the blank, overlapping the crease of the cardstock. Then I made a front panel in full, cutting out the next layer down so that it was open. 
Top Left: I had to extend the Sunflower Array panel a little. This was easier than I'd anticipated as you just feel the groove! Top right - I cut the panel to the same size as the card 'front'. You can see it just fits with an overlap of a bit of white, but this was good as I put that bit at the top and it looked neater. (see Bottom Right) Remember to only adhere your front (in this case just the frame edge) to the lower half of the easel base so that it folds and props properly! 

I made another bit of paneling to fill the base. My brainwave was to use a bit of ribbon to make the stopper (I have left room for personalisation) and finished off with the beautiful Elegant Font

For information on all Tonic Studios products click here!

For a closer look at the Patterned Panels click here!

To see the beautiful Faith sets for all your religious occasions click here

Thanks for looking, Nicky xx

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Summer pastels

I've always loved my Tonic Gallant Gate dies, and have wanted to use them in this way for AGES!

I made an A5 card but with a TOP FOLD (you get two from a piece of A3 folded in half) and found the centre, then worked my way out using all the inner dies from the Gallant Gate set. Make sure you tape the die into position carefully (with removable tape)

A piece of blue over the inside of the back (I'll write on the back of the card) and a strip of pink to strengthen the front. You could use acetate too, behind the front to give it a bit more strength, if you wanted to, but if your embellishments are light it's fine without, and the effect is lovely!

I added some small flowers and the swirl from the Tonic Woodland aster set from Beautiful Blooms and a lovely sentiment, which I mounted and trimmed by hand on a bit of pink card.

Thanks for looking!Nicky x

Thursday, 2 June 2016

One stamp - four backgrounds

Today I'd like to share with you a little play with the Butterfly Inkognito Set, just one of the gorgeous stamps available from Visible Image. I'd been desperate to play with this as soon as I saw it, so I first set myself a challenge of making 4 inky backgrounds, and it was they that led me to choose my complementary style and colour of butterfly!

Soft and delicate

 A touch of blues and lilac Tim Holz Distress inks on my glass mat, a spritz of water and a rub of my smooth white card - and I got this soft background. Once dry I used a Kaleidoscope Rainbow ink pad and stamped once direct onto my card, and also once onto heat resistant acetate, which I then coated with clear sparkle embossing powder and heated, and cut out the butterfly shape.

Can you see how I did the delicate droplets around the edge?All from this butterfly stamp!

On watercolour card

 A more mottled effect was achieved through applying 5 inks yellow-orange-red and spritzing again, but this time I applied watercolour card. A few extra droplets in the right colours from the Brilliant Backgrounds Ink Splats stamp, and this time I did a black butterfly direct to the card, and another onto heat-resistant acetate, embossed with black sparkle (my new favourite powder!) A few gems finished off the card 

Two tone

Picked raspberry and a lovely blue - and a complementary one-off sparkly blue embossing powder I didn't know I had! The circles are....LIDS from glue/acrylic paint pots which I colour matched.A few sequins for extra sparkle!


You know those tiny Distress ink cubes - they can come in packs of 4? Well this effect was achieved with five randomly chosen colours. I barely gave it any thought, I just pressed them quickly onto my glass mat, made a 4x4 square and spritzed before placing white card over the top. Et voila! White embossing powder for the butterfly and the sentiment, and a few randomly placed tiny coloured gems was all this card needed. 

I hope you've enjoyed my mini guide to background stamping, With beautiful stamps like these you need to make sure you show them off to their best potential! 

For links to Visible Image website click here

To join the Visible Image Facebook group for inspiration and to share your own creations click here

To access the Visible Image blog click here

Thanks for looking!