Thursday, July 21, 2011

Morning Sail

Here is another a la Carte stamp from the current mini: Sail Away. Great for masculine cards and a very friendly price. In this version I punched a mask and sponged 3 colours of ink to give the dramatic sun.
A little tip: my trimmer blade was getting blunt when I cut out the image and left a furry edge: I used the edge of my scissors to distress the edges and make it look like it was meant to be that way! I think it suits this card style.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Razzle Dazzle Razzleberry

Hope you enjoyed my sparkly blossoms yesterday: I got carried away with myself and after a lot of mucking about managed to mask and stamp the blossoms with longer stems (see my cheat's method in the Christmas Card yesterday). I used the Boho Blossoms punch again with rich Razzleberry, distressing the petals and sponging with Bravo Burgundy. The punches are layered with a silver brad, which I then painted with crystal effects and dipped into dazzling diamonds glitter. I also re-stamped the blossoms in razzleberry and punched out the letters spelling "hello" with a 1/4 inch circle punch.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sparkly Hello Blossoms

At a workshop last week I demonstrated a number of different ways to get glittery, using the Hello Blossoms A la Carte stamp from the current mini catalogue. It is amazing how versatile a single stamp can be.

First I showed how to use markers to ink up the flowers and stems separately to get a pretty array of colours. Then we stepped it up with punched blossoms using the Boho Blossoms punch and gems.

Then I demonstrated using a glue dot to get a perfect circle of glitter and using heat and stick and glitter on a brad. These are the cards I made from my samples: see this stamp even does Christmas!

Here is a closeup of the glitter centres.

The glittered brads were super effective and also a fantastic way to use up odd brads: the colour doesn't matter as it get completely covered in the glitter! I experiemented a bit with the technique (originally demo'ed by Shelli Gardner at Convention) and found an even better method using a custom glitter mix. I can teach you the technique when you book a workshop with me! Here is a closeup.

As usual photography doesn't do the sparkle justice.
And here is the completed card
Of course by now I was on a roll: I will post some more cards I made using Hello Blossoms and Glitter tomorrow!