Wednesday, 23 April 2014

One Layer ........

All this week Penny Black are sharing Elegant one layer card designs, you can check out the incredible designs here.

Today I am sharing this one layer card.

Water Poppies

Penny Black Products Used: 4379K Poppy Parade, 30-226 Kind Words
Additional Products: Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Memento dual Tip Marker Pens’ Rhubarb Stalk, Bamboo Leaves and Grape Jelly. Memento dye Based inks Teal Zeal, Cantaloupe, Bamboo Leaves, Olive Grove and Dandelion. Versafine Onyx Black, IrRESISTible Pico Tuxedo Black, Walnut Ink antiquing solution Terracotta. Watercolour cardstock and masking tape.
  1. Mask off a rectangle in the centre of the card. Add Memento Inks to an acrylic block, spritz with water and add colours randomly to paper to create background.
  2. Ink Poppy Parade with Rhubarb Stalk and Bamboo Leaves markers spritz with water stamp and colour using pens adding water to blend and spread design.
  3. When dry re-ink stamp with markers again and stamp onto project without adding water (this will give flower definition). Stamp sentiment from Kind Words set using Versafine ink, highlight the centres of the flowers with the IrRESISTible Pico embellisher, flick walnut ink over design to age and then remove masking tape to reveal finished card.
Enjoy the rest of your week and I hope that you have been inspired by some of the amazing creations on the Penny Black blog this week.
Hugs Cathy

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Hello Tinkerbell

Hi as promised I am back today with details of a video tutorial showing you how to use the new Pico Embellisher from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko, but to see it you are going to have to hop on over to the Imagine Crafts blog here. If you can't wait I will post a teeny tiny sneak peak photo at the end of this post!

But first let me share a little coaster that I made for my favourite hot chocolate mug!

Tinkerbell Coaster

To create this project you will need a cardboard coaster, Gesso, Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Pico Embellishers in Pear Tart, Tuxedo Black, Shimmer, (if available Dandelion for the hair - I used my IrRESISTible spray with a paint brush to do the hair as I didn't have it in a Pico) Memento New Sprout ink and Glaz-on Matte. Skin coloured pen, Green felt fabric and Ice Resin.

Step 1: Paint coaster with Gesso and leave to dry, sketch Tinkerbell with a pencil (if you can't draw you can use a stamp with grey ink. Outline the pencil marks with the Black Pico Embellisher and leave to dry.

Step 2: Fill in the dress (pear tart pico), wings (shimmer pico) and hair (dandelion). Leave to dry, go over parts of the dress again to add deeper shades. Colour skin and then sponge outer area with Memento New Sprout ink to get a mottled effect.

Step 3: Seal the image with Glaz on and leave to dry, once dry add felt to bottom of coaster and then coat with 2 layers of Ice Resin (allowing to fully cure between each coat).

I love my new coaster it matches my mug can you guess what this is?

Just a peek

Can't guess?  Well hop on over to the Imagine Crafts blog to find out, there is also a Video too.

I will be later in the week with more inspiration to share.
Hugs Cathy

Monday, 21 April 2014

A Card for my Niece

Last week I shared a card I created for my Nephew, today is the turn of my Niece who's birthday is only 3 days later.

Fairy cute

For this project I used a Marianne Designable cut and emboss folder, Light Blue Glitter, Light Blue Pink and White card, Pink Twine and Pink Gem. Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Versafine Black Ink,  Clear Embossing Powder and Shimmer Pico Embellisher. Chameleon Alcohol Art Pens, Flesh, Pink, Grey, Sand, Red and Orange Yellow. Penny Black Fairy Sweet 30-151 and Lulu's Party 30-167 transparent stamp sets

I wanted to make the inside a bit special too, so I stamped and coloured the little balloon and dog from Lulu's Party 30-167 using Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Memento Marker pens. The sentiment is Penny Black's Birthday Wish 3669F.

Fairy Cute inside

I hope she likes it!

Thanks for joining me today, hugs

Friday, 18 April 2014

Anchors Away

Happy Easter weekend, I have been playing with my dies for this card, my Nephew is a Marine Cadet and thought I would go with a nautical theme for his 16th Birthday (wow I can't believe he is 16 this year - makes me feel old!)

Anchor's away

Materials used: Spellbinders D Lite Anchors Away IN-014 and Scratch Lines GLT-001 Texture Plate, Penny Black Tripple Banner Die 51-027, Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Delicata Silvery Shimmer and Versafine Majestic Blue inks, White, Light Blue and Dark Blue card.

Isn't that silver ink fabulous on the Navy blue card?

I then wanted to follow the theme through on the wrapping and so cut the anchor twice out of foam to create my own stamp and then stamped some craft card using Memento Rich Cocoa Die ink.

Anchor Wrap

Now to make my Niece a card her birthday is only 3 days later!!!

Thanks for joining me today, hugs Cathy

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

How to Make The Latest Craze - The Exploding Box

I keep seeing these amazing cards on the web using a foldable exploding box design. I have a full step by step photo tutorial for this card available on the Penny Black Blog today here.
Here is the card closed so it fits flat in an envelope - you can decorate the outside but my sense of humour makes me want the recipient to think my what a boring card....

Floral Exploding Box closed

And then whoosh as it opens....

Floral exploding Box open

Supplies used:

Penny Black: Madison Paper Pad 80-001, Fern Green and Storm Mix and Match Card, Cupcake day 40-308 and Belle Fleurs 30-217, Special Wishes 30-229, Love Assortment 30-090 Stamps, Leaves 51-002 die.  Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Memento Pistachio and Tuxedo Black ink, Versafine Spanish Moss and Olympia Green inks, Chameleon Alcohol Art pens Blue, Yellow Orange, Violet, Olive, Sienna, Red Orange and Purple, Kraft card and strong double sided tape.

Thanks for joining me today and don't forget there is a full step by step photo tutorial on the Penny Black Blog here.
Hugs Cathy