Sunday, 23 April 2017

Getting The Most From Layering Dies

I thought I'd show off one of the new layering die sets from Altenew today - the layering dies are a new concept from them and you can do a lot with them if you get a bit creative!  There are 3 sets to choose from currently but I went with the floral version today.

For the first card I went for a 70s vibe on my colours and cut Plate A from orange card stock, Plate B from lemon and then cut some more card from a darker yellow to sit just behind the flowers.   This is easy to do, I just drew around the flowers on the die cut of Plate A lightly with pencil and trimmed just inside the lines with scissors.  Doing that means you get some variation in colour between the flowers and leaves as the green background layer shows through the leaves and gaps but not the flowers.

For the second card I went for a more simple look - just simply cutting plate A from dark pink pearl card and plate B from lighter pink - but this time I snipped off the leaves so only the flowers were used.  This gives you a nice "gap" in the middle to tuck in a sentiment. I used one from the ever versatile Birthday Messages by Hero Arts.


The third example is actually going to be my Mum's birthday card so I went all out for a more detailed example using layers of copic colouring.


I die cut plate A from black pearl card stock and then cut plate B from white and had another sheet of the white to hand for the base layer.  To get the shading on the petals I simply flicked some dark pink away form the "holes" in the floral layer of the die cut plate B, blending into a paler pink towards the end. If you keep laying the Plate A die on top its easy to see where the petals are.

To get the colour in the correct place on the base layer is a little more tricky - except if you use the die as a stencil ;-)  Cut Plate B from thin paper and secure it to the base layer.  You can then easily apply colour through the holes so you know its where it needs to be (you could do the same thing with plate A to colour Plate B if you find it easier)   Here's what the stencil colouring looks like half way done.


For the final card I experimented with double-debossing to see if it would work and it does!  I simply ran both dies through my machine using a sandwich with a rubber matt so they would deboss the pattern but not cut.  Just do it one after the other on thick card stock using the cutting frame around the edge to line them up.  I blended some oil pastels gently over the top (think brass rubbings!) to make the debossed lines pop.



  
NEWS FROM THE STORE

  • We have now received the new release from Sugar Pea Designs and will get it added to the store as soon as we can.
  • There are several new releases pending for early May from Neat and Tangled, Lil' Inker Designs, Waffle Flower Crafts and of course the regular monthly release from MFT.
  • Lawn Fawn have just announced a list of retired products ahead of a new release in late late May.  We will add the retired products to our discontinued page in the coming days - if you want them, grab them now as they won't be coming back!





Saturday, 22 April 2017

Critter Gift Boxes

Hey stampers, Anni here,

From time to time we all need a gift box to give away not so romantic gifts as money - for teenagers for example. I made some in advance to be prepared.
These are easy to make if you have a die on hand to cut them. I really like Lawn Fawn's Scalloped Treat Box because it has just the right size and is just super cute.
I die cut it two times from patterned paper -  I still have some 12''x12'' papers in my stash from times before they came up with these cute 6''x6'' paper pads. These big sheets are perfect for these boxes.


For the decoration I stamped a fox and a skunk from an all time favorite set called Into the Woods by Lawn Fawn on white paper. I used alcohol markers to colour them and added some highlights with a white gel pen. I also stamped the trunk in brown (it is a solid stamp) and some leaves. I fussy cut all the images (but there are coordinating dies available, too) and arranged them on the box.


For the sentiment I die cut clouds with Lawn Fawn Spring Showers die set from white cardstock. As these gift boxes are supposed to be given away as a birthday presents I stamped Happy Birthday on them (surprise, surprise). I chose a little sentiment from the set  Mini Messages by Mama Elephant. You may have noticed that I use this set a lot. I just like the size of the sentiments in this set.


Thank you for stopping by and have a fun weekend - and make some gift boxes - you never know!




        

Friday, 21 April 2017

Spreading a little lunar love.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I've got some sweet little Lunar Animals...


...spreading a little love from My Favourite Things Peek-a-boo Windows Dienamic.


I have eyed this die up for soooo long, but wasn't sure I 'needed' it, (I've been trying to be a good girl...to avail), but eventually bit the bullet and treat myself...and now I can't put it down!  It is so simple yet so effective, I absolutely love it and can see me getting so much use from it!  Awesome buy :)


I started by cutting the fabulous Peek-a-boo die and doing a little ink blending on the back card in the areas which would 'peek' through.  I then took the adorable, and one of my all time favourites, Mama Elephant's Lunar Animals and stamped out onto some watercolour card.  I coloured all my images using Zig Real Brush Clean Colour Pens and fussy cut, leaving a neat white border.  I then placed my little Lunar Animals behind the Peek-a-boo die and adhered in place.  


My sentiment and little speech bubbles are from Mama Elephant's Everyday Greetings and are stamped in pale grey ink to keep the card light and bright.  I finished by adding a little heart balloon from Lawn Fawn's Hello Sunshine which is stamped using Zig Pens, and to which I added a piece of thread as the balloon string for a little added cuteness.


 I adhered my top panel over my background using foam tape to add some nice dimension and finished by adding a cute enamel heart.

I really hope you like it.  As always, everything I used is linked below.

See you next week.

Jillx

Stitched Triple Peek-a-Boo Windows DienamicLunar Animals Image 1Hello Sunshine Image 1


Everyday Greetings Image 1Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (12 piece set)


Thursday, 20 April 2017

Watercolour birthday card with Altenew Beautiful Day


Hi everyone, it's Esther and I'm back for an extra day this week. Today I've got a watercolour birthday card to show you using Altenew Beautiful Day. This is such a gorgeous set, I just can't stop reaching for it! Last week I went vintage with it, and today I've gone for pretty lilac, blue and yellow-green.


I stamped and masked the outline peony repeatedly round the edge of a panel of watercolour card stock, adding two outline leaf sprays. Then I reached for my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens and scribbled them on an acrylic block to pick up with a water brush for the wet-on-wet technique. I used 045 Pale Green and 053 Yellow Green for outside the flowers. The lilac peonies use 036 Pale Blue, 080 Violet and 081 Light Violet. The blue peonies use 031 Cobalt Blue, 036 Pale Blue and 081 Light Violet. After the panel was dry, I used a fan brush to splatter 031 Cobalt Blue, 080 Violet and 010 Black over the flowers.


Next, I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from the same set in white on black card, and die cut it with a sentiment strip from Avery Elle Pierced Banner Layer Elements. As this is currently out of stock, you could use My Favorite Things Stitched Sentiment Strips Dienamics instead.

Finally I layered up the watercolour panel on a wider panel of black card stock, added the sentiment and popped the whole lot on a card base.

That's it from me for this week - see you next Wednesday and thanks for stopping by!


  

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Layered owl birthday card


Hi everyone, it's Esther here with a card featuring lots of layers and die cuts. The starting point, though, was the absolutely gorgeous stamp set, Hero Arts Garden Flowers by Lia.


When it arrived, I loved it so much that I stamped a panel on card stock in grey ink using all the stamps still adhered to their wrap so it looked like a paler version of the packaging. I cut it to size using the large rectangle from Avery Elle Pierced Banner Layer Elle-ments, currently out of stock but definitely one for your wishlist, and then held on to that panel for ages while I figured out how to use it!

I finally decided to create a layered card, and so I've made the card you see today. 



The main products used for layers are My Favorite Things Inside & Out Stitched Circle STAX Dienamics (currently out of stock so use Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Circle Lawn Cuts instead), Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Frames, and the smaller rectangle inner from My Favorite Things Essential Cover Up Vertical Dienamic (it was the perfect size!). 

The decorative elements are Hero Arts Garden Flowers by Lia, My Favorite Things Wild Greenery, My Favorite Things I'm Owl Yours and matching dies, and a sentiment strip from My Favorite Things Blueprints 29.


This was a really fun card to make because it basically involved starting with a panel I loved and then going through my stash to see what dies I had that I could layer up with it. It was a really enjoyable process and I'd encourage you to go through your stash seeing what bits you've got that could work together for a new card.

Thanks for stopping by, and I'll see you again tomorrow as I have an extra turn this week :)


      

    

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Tiny Dancers

Hello, hope you all had a lovely bank holiday weekend.

It's been a while since I've had a go at paper piecing, so I thought I'd try it with the fun Stamping Bella Tiny Dancers stamp set.


I started by stamping the image on white card, and colouring the skin and hair with alcohol markers.

Using the colours in the example image of the stamp for inspiration, I chose some patterned papers, and stamped the image on each. I fussy cut the images out, choosing different colours for the outfits, then added the patterned paper to the stamped image using a glue pen.


I really enjoyed seeing the image coming to life with all the beautiful colours and patterns.

To make this into a card, I used an oval die to trim it down. Before attaching with foam tape, I added some stitched line details to the card base.


Thanks for joining me today.
Gemma


MFT Basic Stitch Lines
Stamping Bella Tiny Dancers

MFT Inside Out Stitched Ovals


MFT Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots
MFT Smitten Papers