Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Craft Class Fabulousness!

Yesterday was an amazing day - I took my first full Crafty Workshop, with the loveliest bunch of ladies, and a creative lot too!
We started the session by decorating a paper bag each - with two patterned squares and a decorated circle with names on, and the challenge was to see what happened when they got a roll of double sided tape too! Challenge accepted - 9 totally different bags to put the crafty makes into!
Then we got on with the class -
It all went SOOOOO quiet once they had watched my demo - half an hour later - this!
A short while later...THIS! 
Papers, toppers and tags courtesy of Craftwork Cards 

After two directed sessions, where I explained the stages and techniques in cardmaking, we launched into a carousel of stamping activity, with three projects...
Washi tape was a huge hit with everyone - me included. There will be MORE washi tape in my life in the future!
Visible Image butterflies were a HUGE hit, especially the clean and simple style of background stamping and leaving white space. Anyone who knows me and my style will know just how hard that is for me BUT I am getting better at it - leave that white space alone Nicky!!! 
Our fabulous party hostess Sarah and her friends showing their creative makes with tapestry stamps, all so beautiful! And glittery!
Well done to everybody, every single card was so beautiful and I was so proud of you all. Looking forward to the next time! 

Nicky xx

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Glimmer of Light - Visible Image

A thoughtful, inspirational quote today, using two stamp sets from Visible Image -  Glimmer of light and The Ripple effect. I've used these on a DL card, with black and white embossing powder only, against a background of black brushos (Oh wow how beautiful is black Brusho - there are pigments of every colour throughout it!)
The circles from The Ripple Effect were used to show the diffusion of light from the little bulb
Stamping and embossing the second part of the text in white to emphasise hope. Black and white pens to add detail round the words, which I had stamped onto spare backing card and cut out.
This moth is beautiful, just watercoloured with a little bit of distress ink.

Thank you for coming by today 
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Sunday, 21 August 2016

Tomorrow doesn't exist - Visible Image

A bit of fun play from me today

Ingredients : 

Visible Image Tomorrow doesn't exist  set.
Visible Image Own Kind of Beautiful set. Can you see the butterfly on this card?
6 x Paperartsy fresco finish Chalk acrylic paints
Art-C semi-adhesive geometric stencil (A5 size)
Heat resistant acetate
Versamark pad and white embossing powder
6x6 card blank
A4 white cardstock

I used bits of kitchen scourer sponge to daub paint gently over the stencil

Wow!!! I couldn't believe the effect. 

I assembled my card and stamped and embossed the girl jumping for joy onto heat resistant acetate, so that when I cut her out and stuck her on the card she looked truly free

Look at the sea spray! Does it look familiar? 
When is a butterfly not a butterfly?

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Saturday, 13 August 2016

Beautiful rainbow butterflies - Visible Image

A selection of cards today, I've gone crazy for these butterflies from the Visible Image Own Kind of Beautiful Set. For these projects they just said to me 'rainbows' so I got my colours out (with a tiny bit of artistic licence ie pink to round up the 'rainbow' to 8 colours!)

 I lightly drew a 6cm radius circle onto a large square of card, and measured 8 points 

Then I stamped my background butterflies and then rubbed out my pencil marks. I added a dot of red tape to each one and stamped my sentiment carefully, inking up my stamp with five colours 

On this card I just stamped and embossed my butterflies in white onto heat resistant acetate, but then I got a bit more adventurous with subsequent cards and got my coloured pigment inks out, plus the holographic powder...

I also stamped and shadow stamped the background just subtly, and made a border using the same colour inks in the same sequence. Those extra criss-cross strips are there because they were my off-cuts when I trimmed the backing card and I simply couldn't throw them away!

I love the sparkle in these butterflies.

One more share...
How cards evolve....I loved the subtlety of shadow stamping , or 'second generation stamping' where you stamp your colour first onto one card but then before you re-ink, stamp it again. This is such a simple effect, much more subtle colours and contrasts are achieved, should you wish to. even though I am a seasoned stamper it is good to remember this most simple but effective of techniques! This DL card was achieved in this way, but this time I put a bit of colour into each butterfly with a a couple of shades of distress ink on each,having stamped onto thin white card and heat embossed with white embossing powder providing a beautiful resist to the inks. 

I hope I've inspired you to go and make your own rainbows and create your own kind of beautiful!

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Friday, 12 August 2016

Butterflies, fans, and Craftwork Cards

A little bit of inspiration for the stunning papers from the Craftwork Cards Antiqued and Chinoiserie collection, which I had the pleasure of working with for the shows last week. After playing with them, stroking, and moving them around I started folding them! Although it is very easy with a scoring board that has the 5mm scoring lines on, like a Hougie board, for example, you could also just measure and pleat - it took me right back to school days when we used to make our own fans, but why not! They are beautiful and a perfect embellishment for the papers!
Taking the pleating a step further, I remembered that I'd learned to make butterflies too, years ago, and I had forgotten how easy they are!
You need only a small piece of your chosen paper. This piece of paper measures approximately 10 x 14 cms but play with sizes and shapes. Fold it in half and draw or cut two curved shapes - again, experiment with them, they could be soft or more angular lines. Open it up, and score and pleat away!

Wrap a bit of crafting wire, ribbon or thread around the centre and fan your butterfly! I use large sticky pads to adhere them to the card to keep the shape.

From the Antiqued collection, I used one of the most subtle papers and made my butterflies (I cut two at the same time to have exactly the same size) and added a touch of distress ink to really make the pleats stand out.
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Happy crafting!
Nicky x

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Another way of making a 3D card!

When you're using pretty deep embellishments, like the twisted roses I have made today, you have  the opportunity to play with depth within your card. For the two cards I have made today, just for fun, from the fabulous Toile de Jouy Jet collection of papers available now from Craftwork Cards, I have turned regular 15x15cm card blanks into mini frames that look a bit like books, by putting a spine on each card. This gives you something else to decorate (I'm always wanting to stick as many papers on my cards as I can!) and another feature that just makes your card stand out from all those shop-bought ones! And it's so simple to do...

Just take your card and score your spine maybe 6-7mm left of the central pre-scored fold. You then need to remove a strip the same size from the right hand side of the card, to balance the width of the front and back, and if you want to keep your card square, another strip the same off the whole of the bottom.

So you end up with this...

If you want a thicker spine, just increase your measurements all round. Your card will be smaller, obviously, but if you are making a box for it, you are customising your size anyway so go with what feels right!
This one has a spine of about 2 cm and therefore the card blank once trimmed is about 13x13cm.
Then - get decorating!

For the front of the card I made an aperture with a craft knife and steel ruler, but I didn't want to lose my pretty bird - so I cut round him! A touch of gold at the sides just for bling and a strip of fancy black down the spine to match....

...the inside!

A simple postcard sentiment topper, mounted onto gold and finished off with a handmade rose from another of the stunning papers in the collection. These papers are so lush, I love them! 

So you close the cards and you have a little extra feature. all that remains is to make a couple of boxes - don't forget to add a few scraps of paper to match the card inside and you have something very 3D and hopefully very special!