Saturday, 31 January 2015

Gilded hearts

I'm not really a new crafter but I am a stuck in the rut crafter- what I do I do well, but my crafting expertise doesn't go much further than die cutting and using embossing folders. For this reason, I have vowed to take time this year to learn, and use, some new techniques.
This week, I was trying to find ideas for embellishing a male Valentine card order and decided to have a go at using gilding flakes to decorate some hearts. I was lucky enough to see the very inspirational Sue Wilson demonstrate this technique in person last year, so I had some idea what to do.
As I'd seen others do, I emptied some of my flakes into a tupperware container. I used Cosmic Shimmer Flake and Glitter glue to cover my hearts, then dipped them into the flakes. Finally I removed the excess with a rub it scrub it pad.
What I wasn't prepared for was the mess I got in! Sue Wilson doesn't ever seem to end up with sticky fingers covered in gilding flakes. But I perservered and in the end was really pleased with the result and the finished card.

Products used:

Creative Expressions: Gilding Flakes Summer Meadow, Cosmic Shimmer Flake and Glitter Glue, Foundation card in Milk White.

Ranger Inkssentials Rub-it Scrub-it pad

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Kraft Resist 12"x12" paper stack

Docrafts Victorian Valentine A5 paper pack

X Cut Heart die

Black cardstock

Collal All Purpose Glue and Create and Craft foam pads

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Owl birthday card

This beautiful card has been made using the Lelli-Bot Crafts Twit Twoo collection. The topper, sentiment and papers are all from this fabulous collection. One of my favourite things, apart from the fantastic images, is that the toppers are fully die cut and separate, so no struggling to get them out of the card.
The papers are 6" x 6", so to fit my A5 card blank I cut my chosen background paper in half and used a strip of coordinating paper across the middle. The flowers are punched from the same paper and finished with gems.
I love the finished card- it was snapped up straightaway by a customer, who has ordered more.
Products used:
Lelli-Bot Crafts Twit Twoo Luxury Topper and Paper Pack
Papermania Textured Card (from the A4 assorted pack)
Papermania gems
Xcut flower punch