22 May 2015

Hello!

A little while ago I participated in a stampers' challenge for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft. I received a beautiful set of  Lil'inkers Designs feather stamps in the mail and got to work creating two cards for the challenge. This is one of them. I used the largest feathers in the set to make my background, stamping them in metallic inks on a neutral cream cardstock. I then added a second layer of feathers that I fussy-cut and attached to the card with mounting foam. The whole look is clean and simple with just washi tape and a few sequins to finish. Stay tuned for the second card, coming soon!

Stamps - Lil'inkers Designs
Ink - Brilliance cosmic copper, Brilliance galaxy gold, Versa Color cinnamon, StazOn jet black
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Typo washi tape, sequins
Other - mounting foam




08 May 2015

Love You Mum

It's Mother's Day on Sunday - have you made your cards yet? Here's a card I made for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft. The star of the show is clearly the vintage playing card. Isn't it beautiful?! You can find gems like these in antique stores, markets, or even online. The colour scheme I chose - green and blue - was entirely inspired by the pretty aqua of the playing card. For contrast I used gold, chocolate brown and cream, and textural elements like multi-layered flowers and pearls.

HAPPY MOTHER"S DAY!

Paper - Couture Creations
Card - Bazzill, kraft, vellum
Embellishments - Darkroom Door alphastrips, Prima flowers, Kaisercraft pearls, Typo washi tape, gold ribbon
Other - vintage playing card




01 May 2015

Spring Has Sprung

Well, not quite here in Australia! We're heading into winter but I loved the idea of pink hearts, birds and flowers for a card I made for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft's vellum challenge. I used the vellum in two ways - as an overlay background and for a ruffled detail at the bottom of the card. Vellum can be tricky to work with. It doesn't like heat and humidity, and regular double-sided tape has an annoying habit of showing through. Here I used a special vellum adhesive tape that worked a treat, as well as a few staples for added strength and interest.

Paper - Couture Creations, pink hearts vellum
Card - kraft
Embellishments - 2Crafty chipboard, ribbon, lace, buttons, gold glitter glue
Other - stapler and staples, vellum adhesive



17 April 2015

Love

Ooops! This card appeared waaaaay back in the January edition of Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft, in the Valentine's Day gallery! Although it's too late to inspire a VD creation, perhaps it may give you an idea for an anniversary, engagement or wedding card. I used a few old favourites to make this card, like my old heart-shaped paper punch. And beeswax! Lots of lovely, warm, beautifully scented beeswax :)

Ink - Distress vintage photo
Paper - Graphic45
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Darkroom Door photobooth friends and lovers, Darkroom Door red alphastrips, rhinestone stars, ribbon, lace
Other - water colour pencils, paintbrush, heart punch, beeswax, heat gun




27 March 2015

Cardmaking on a Budget

Here's a set of cards I created for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft's cardmaking on a budget feature. Most of have a few tubes of paint lying around, so why not use them to make a unique, easy, and cost-effective feature for your cards and other paper projects? It's simply a matter of flicking a loaded paintbrush over a sheet of cardstock and allowing the paint to dry before applying the next colour. This is such an easy effect to achieve, and by experimenting with colours (paint and card) you can achieve a different look every time!

Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestones, Kaisercraft pearls, ribbon, gold glitter, gold confetti starts, seed beads
Other - Dymo label maker and tape, Carl heart punch, Carl butterfly punch, acrylic paint, paintbrush














05 March 2015

Miss You

Faux watercolour is one of my favourite go-to techniques. I like that you get a different result every time you stamp the image. I love the painterly effect of the waterlogged ink. It's just a fun, easy way to make a card.

Step 1 - Ink your stamp with a water-based ink like Distress. Solid, less intricate designs work best.
Step 2 - Mist the inked stamp with water (use a spray bottle). The more water you use, the more dramatic the result.
Step 3 (optional) - Re-mist and stamp again to create 'generations'.

Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - Distress peeled paint, StazOn timber brown
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Kaisercraft pearls, Darkroom Door wordstrip, ribbon, lace
Other - stapler, acetate, water mister bottle, acrylic paint, paintbrush



08 February 2015

With Love

This is the second card I made for the recent 2Crafty chipboard challenge in Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft. I experimented a lot with this card, playing with ideas of how to cover the chipboard in unique ways. In the end I painted the pieces with H2Os and I love how they turned out! I discovered the best way to achieve the rainbow look you see below was to apply the darker colours first, building my way up to the lighter shades. I also let each layer dry before adding the next. This prevented the colours running and turning muddy. H2Os have a beautiful shimmery effect that really suited this project. I hope this gives you a few ideas for your next chipboard design.

Paper - Echo Park
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - 2Crafty chipboard Francesca's journal frame, 2Crafty chipboard Ava's butterflies, 2Crafty chipboard card sentiments, Typo washi tape, Kaisercraft rhinestones
Other - LuminArte twinkling H2Os, paintbrush




01 February 2015

Best Wishes

A couple of months back I was kindly invited to participate in a product challenge for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft using some very cool 2Crafty chipboard. First up, I made a wedding-slash-engagement card using the boy and girl family symbols. I covered them with plenty of coarse-grain glitter and set them within a circle of pretty patterned paper. The "best wishes" sentiment and the small hearts are simply coated with a rich gold ink. Love is in the air!

Ink - Brilliance galaxy gold
Paper - Graphic45
Card - kraft
Embellishments - 2Crafty chipboard family symbols, 2Crafty chipboard card sentiments, 2Crafty chipboard hearts, Kaisercraft pearls, lace, ribbon
Other - glitter glue




09 January 2015

Love

Have you noticed that sequins are everywhere right now? Here's a very simple take on the sequin trend. I sketched a medium-sized heart in the centre of a white card and then working my way from the outside in, covered it completely with pink and silver sequins. I stitched a few seed beads on too, for extra strength and interest, and then stamped the sentiment along the bottom of the card in pink ink. Simple but cute.... a great idea for Valentine's Day!

Stamp - Darkroom Door
Ink - Brilliance pearlescent orchid
Card - white
Embellishments - sequins, seed beads
Other - sewing needle, embroidery thread



21 December 2014

Christmas Windows

For me, vintage and Christmas go hand-in-hand, and I couldn't resist making a vintage themed Christmas card this year. In fact, I made two! So without further ado, here are the cards I made for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft's Christmas issue. The centrepiece is the Darkroom Door window frame stamp. It's such a versatile image, I love it! The rest is all window dressing (pun intended!) - layers of pretty vintage papers, ribbon, sequins and washi tape. The vintage look is really quite easy to achieve, and so much fun :-)

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Stamp - Darkroom Door
Ink - Brilliance galaxy gold
Paper - Graphic 45
Card - Bazzill; white, cream
Embellishments - Darkroom Door Dear Santa montage, Darkroom Door Dear Santa wordstrips, Kasiercraft rhinestones, Typo washi tape, sequins, ribbon, cord string
Other - Carl snowflake punch, craft knife