April 7th, 2014
My work colleague went on maternity leave, and before she left we went to her baby shower. I did a card for the group present we gave her. I have done a lot of pastel baby cards and I wanted something a bit more vibrant – I also know that S and I share a love of purple.
Stamp-It flourish collage stamp in Adirondak Eggplant stamped on cream cardstock, edged in purple ink. Layered on silver paper, and then onto a purple printed japanese paper. Layered onto more silver, and then onto cream cardstock that has been prepared by stamping flourish from same set along the top and bottom, and edging in purple ink. White flower edge in purple added to top corner and purple pearl added to the centre.
All stamps (except Congratulations) are from the Stamp-It A5 Set 20 (code: siset020mc) by Mickey Choo, which I got for my birthday last year from Wystii and N. As with all the Mickey Choo and Laura Koh sets, the stamps are gorgeous – full of filigrees and flourishes and beautiful little touches. I have a few of these sets, they an unmounted red rubber set that come already mounted on cling foam from a Western Australian company. Good quality stamps and highly recommended.
March 31st, 2014
I’m a little behind with some of my updates. I’ll try to get them up over the next week or so.
First up is a birthday card for one of my work colleagues.
I liked the background paper and wanted to make it a feature. So I found a stamp that had a similar style flower and used that on the front of the card in black, no other colouring. the stamped image was edged in black, as was the gold paper.
I wanted to lift the colour palette a little, and so added the purple washi tape in the two corners. Although all the layers of paper are taped down separately, the washi tape was positioned so look like it was holding it all together.
January 9th, 2014
I waited until the people I sent them to got these, but they should have been received by now:
Steampunk Christmas Trees
Several versions, all made up with a big key stamp as the trunk and cogs and gears as the branches. I really liked this design, was very happy with it. A wooden cog stained with copper ink had a starring role in lieu of the star on top of the tree.
I saw this design in a magazine and was able to adapt it. I spent an evening punching all my paper offcuts into stars so have a big bag to choose from now. The stitching is a stamp which made things easier. This would be very easy to adapt to other occasions also, not just for Christmas.
And finally my most labour intenstive one:
I Saw Three Ships:
My steampunk christmas easel card, based on the carol ‘I Saw three ships’.
This was very complex and described below, along with additional images.
December 23rd, 2013
This is the gift bags I decorated (they were plain white bags) and the matching gift tags for the girls at work
The bag has a vintage christmas image layered onto patterned paper, then onto gold paper, then onto the bag.
The gift tags used offcuts of decorative paper, and I hand lettered each person’s name with the printer’s letter set. On the reverse side I used the Christmas Wishes stamp.
All very simple but I was happy with the overall effect.
December 20th, 2013
These are the cards I made for the girls at work. They wanted traditional, and I decided to go with square cards this year.
The method was the same for all the cards. I had some lovely vintage style papers that were too nice to use as layering papers. They were larger than the cardstock so I trimed them to fit, edged with ink, and then adhered to the front. A paper flower and a sticky pearl were added to the front of each (different locations depending on the paper pattern).
I then used the paper offcuts inside and on the envelope to tie each piece together:
The other cards are below
December 18th, 2013
So chatting with a male colleague on Monday afternoon, I found out he is getting married *this* Friday. As I drove home I mentally cast my mind over colour schemes and images that I had handy, and then spent about half an hour assembling materials before I started. This was an interesting challenge – I think it is the first time I have made a card for a male where I have known nothing about the female involved, not even her name.
This is what I ended up with:
I used some Graphic 45 papers, left over from when I made my Great Gatsby mixed media piece. I trimmed around the clothing, the couple, and the text remnant, and then edged in Vintage Photo distress ink. These were then layered on stripped paper which had been distressed and edged with Vintage Photo, and then layered onto kraft cardstock (also edged with ink).
Two white flowers added to the top left, with a bronze pearl added to the centre of each. A Prima wooden heart has been stained with Cosmic Copper brilliance ink then fastened to the front.
I don’t have a scan of the inside, but I used my EK Success Slimline Edger punch in lattice – I only have two border punches and this is the non lacey one! It is no longer sold by EK success so I can’t link to it but it is a double diamond pattern. I edged it in ink, then stamped my Happy Wedding Day stamp (PSX).
The envelope was edged in ink, and had a flower with a bronze pearl as on the card.
Everyone in the team signed it (Mel said I ‘nailed it! hehe), and we gave it to him today as a surprise. Given I didn’t know about the wedding until 3 hours before I made it, I was really happy with how it turned out.
December 17th, 2013
This is a card I made for my personal trainer. I wasn’t really sure where to go with colour schemes and designs, mostly she wears black. But I decided to try a more feminine design as I love these paper design.
Butterfly filligree chipboard layered on gold paper. Gold paper edged in aged mahogany ink, and layered on pink butterfly scrap. All layered onto aqua butterfly music paper. Whole piece layered onto craft cardstock, everything edged in victorian velvet.
December 16th, 2013
I have been really busy with work, but also doing a lot of cards. I will put them up over the next few days.
This first one was for my manager’s baby shower, Forget-Me-Not Flower Fairy. It is one of a set of Flower Fairy images I have, but the first time I have used them.
It is hard to see on the scan, but it is actually a tole card, the flower fairy is 3 layers. The back layer is the full picture. The middle layer is the leaves and baby, and the the top layer is just the baby and the leaves it is lying on. I have used mounting tape between each layer to add dimension. This has been layered on to some hand made silk paper, then on to a piece of lace top and bottom, and then a patterned flourish paper. From the same kit as the paper I had some Grand Adhesion flourishies, which are in the top left and bottom right corners, and in the alternate corners around the flower fairy.
December 1st, 2013
This was for my friend B’s birthday, which was celebrated last night in a Doctor Who themed party.
Cream cardstock folded to a square. Piece of Bo Bunny ‘Timepiece’ Paper on the left, and Coor’dinations Chocolate Box cardstock embossed with Tim Holtz Steampunk Texture Fades embossing folder, sanded back to reveal the core colour, both edged in Raisin Adirondak ink.
Craft cardstock was stamped with Finnabair Vintage Vanity Circles and the gears and butterfly stamps from the Graphic 45 Steampunk set (by Hampton Art Stamps) in Tatter Rose distress ink. Overstamped with the winged dressform from the Graphic 45 Steampunk set, and the words Time and Machine from the Oxford Impressions Steampunk Works sheet in Raison Adirondak ink. Piece was edged in Raison ink and layered onto the square card.
Smallest flower die cut from Tattered Flowers and smallest gear die cut from Gadget Gears, both sets from the Tim Holtz Alterations Dies collections. Edged in Raison ink and layered together. Copper Kaiser craft pearl added to the centre.
November 11th, 2013
I have a few posts to catch up on all the cards I have been doing. I will hold off on posting my steampunk Christmas design for now, but I am pretty happy with it so far. I need to make a few adjustments and I think add a contrasting coloured ink, but other than that I think this design (a variation of the one I was going to do last year but the stamps didn’t arrive in time) is a go.
I also have a design in mind for my New Years cards, which I give / send out to those I don’t see at Christmas time. I found a perfect text / sentiment stamp in a bargain bin at a craft show last weekend. I wasn’t looking for something like that but as soon as I saw it I knew it would be great. And then I was looking at a craft magazine this week and saw a design I really like, with a similar sized text panel on the front. I will need to adapt it a little but I have a good idea of what I want to do, I just need to play around a bit.
Anyway in the mean time I had the idea of posting up a few cards I have done that I like but for some reason I don’t think they quite work. I know some people who see these posts do their own artwork and have a good eye for colour and design, so perhaps there will be some good suggestions as to what might make improvements.
First up: One sighted / Illusion