Sunday, 12 February 2017

LOVE Word Tile Card - Hobbybase Guest DT


Hello I'm back to share another Valentines or LOVE Card Step by Step with you. This card is suitable for all those 'Love' occasions.  For this design I am using the stamp whole and also cutting into it to create individual letter tiles.  Again 3D foam pads create a raised and tactile effect.


Step By Step:

I created this design for +Hobbybase Ltd. as a Guest on their Design Team, all products can be found online at http://www.hobbybase.co.uk (product links at end of post)

Score & fold white card or trim down a 6x6 white card blank to create a 12.5cm square card base with fold across the top. 

Cut a slightly smaller square of dark grey pattern ‘Made with Love’ paper and adhere to card front using double sided tape.  Cut a 10.5cm square of dark pink pattern paper and mat onto card front.

Cut a 3cm deep strip of dark grey pattern paper and adhere across centre of card front using d/s tape. trim ends flush with card.


Using black ink, stamp the LOVE letter tile stamp onto grey heart paper and cut the whole word out. Use 3D foam pads to adhere to strip towards Left side.

Using black ink stamp the Love letter tile stamp again, this time cut out each individual letter.  Adhere the letters randomly at angles, above and below the centre panel, using 3D foam pads


To finish, die cut hearts from different ‘Made with love’ papers using both of the Dovecraft heart dies.  Mount the smaller heart on top of the larger one, then glue across card strip at right of LOVE sentiment.

Angela


Products Used:
Black Ink
White Card
Adhesives: D/S Tape, Clear Drying Glue, 3D Foam

Saturday, 11 February 2017

LOVE Couple Silhouette Card - Hobbybase Guest DT


Hello, today I'm sharing a Valentines Card Step by Step with you. Dies are very popular and can be used in different ways, I have created this design to show that the negative die cut – the part usually discarded, can be used to create an interesting focal point, this is especially effective when added to your card using 3D foam to create depth.

Step By Step:
I created this design for +Hobbybase Ltd. as a Guest on their Design Team, all products can be found online at http://www.hobbybase.co.uk (product links at end of post)

Take a 6x6 white card blank with fold across the top.  Cut a slightly smaller square of dark pink pattern ‘Made with Love’ paper and adhere to card front using double sided tape.

Cut a strip of white card approx. 6cm deep and adhere heart pattern paper to it using d/s tape around edges and glue across centre.


Carefully position the couple silhouette die into the centre of the strip, add a little low tack tape to secure, and run through die cutting machine.  (Remove cut outs and save for another project as we are using the negative space for this card)  Add the die cut strip across card front using 3D foam to give height.


Cut a strip of grey pattern paper approx. 2cm deep, score and fold concertina style (you will need 2 strips - join them together with glue)  Adhere strip across lower card front using a d/s tape and dabs of glue. Arrange pleats as desired and trim ends flush with card.


Using black ink, stamp the LOVE letter tile stamp onto grey heart paper and cut out. Round edges and then adhere across pleated strip at bottom RH side of card.


To finish, die cut hearts from different ‘Made with love’ papers using the smallest of the Dovecraft heart dies.  Glue hearts around couple and along the top of card.
  
Products Used:
Black Ink
White 6x6 Card Blank
Adhesives: D/S Tape, Clear Drying Glue, 3D Foam

Monday, 6 February 2017

Thanks Card step by step using Derwent Watercolour Pencils - Papermilldirect DT


Hello I have a step by step for this Thanks card to share with you today. I am also testing the Derwent Watercolour Pencils, this is the first project I’ve completed with them so I have kept it simple.  As I am using a bit of water for this technique I have chosen to work with the PMD Hemp card.

Step by Step:
I like the effect of white embossing and have chosen a large stamp with lots of open spaces for this.  I’m using one of the large Double Daisy stamps (all links at the end) and have stamped onto Papermilldirect White Hemp card using a Versamark inkpad, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat embossed.



Start to add colour using the Derwent Watercolour Pencils, I used the pencils dry to start with and applied brown colours around the centre area, then went in with a water brush (or a paintbrush) to gently blend the colours together.  Working in further colours as desired such as oranges and reds, using the water brush to gently mingle the colours. It is easy to regulate, if you add too much water, just blot with tissue, or if you’ve added too much colour just blend away with the brush. 



When you’re happy with the flower add some background colours, I’m using greens and blues and just blending them outwards.  If you want a more intense colour, then go back in with your pencils and build up more colour, the watercolours stay workable. 
Allow your image to dry, I used a blast from my heat gun to speed it up but let it dry fully before stamping the sentiment.  Stamp ‘Thanks’ using black Archival ink at bottom right of daisy.  Don’t worry if the stamping is not solid, it will pick up the texture from the Hemp card which works well with the canvas effect.



Score & fold papermilldirect card and trim down to create a card blank approx. 5 ½” square.  When the ink is dry, trim the watercolour panel down to about 4 ½ x 4 ¼” and mount onto a slightly larger piece of Papermilldirect Smooth Black card.  Mount completed panel onto card front using 3D foam pads to give height.


Verdict: I haven't used watercolours often so I am quite impressed that these Derwent pencils allowed me to feel like an ‘artist’, the colours are well chosen within the 12 pack I’m using, and they are so easy to blend that creating your own shades is easy.  I found using the pencils dry and then water brushing to release and blend the colours was a simple way to achieve a good result.  For adding lighter colours or more precise application, I used the tip of my water brush directly onto the pencil tip to collect colour.  These pencils are very good value, you don’t need much to add good colour and so they will last a long time.
I do hope you’ll pop by to see the next project I will be posting soon with the watercolour pencils
Angela x

Materials Used:
Derwent Watercolour Pencils (12) - Papermilldirect
White Hemp Card 255gsm - Papermilldirect
Black Smooth Card 250gsm - Papermilldirect
Double Daisy Stamp Set – Oak House Studio
Versamark / Embossing ink pad
White embossing powder
Jet Black - Archival ink pad – Ranger
Thanks clear stamp – DCSTP077 – Dovecraft
Adhesives: D/S tape, 3D foam pads








Monday, 30 January 2017

LOVE a simple Valentines card - Papermilldirect DT


Hello, today I'm sharing this simple idea for a Valentines card. The +Papermilldirect Design Team are working on the Valentines theme (don't forget to check out the Papermilldirect Valentines Craft challenge, simply create a Valentines project for your chance to win a £25 voucher).  

Step by Step:
Take a 4” square of Papermilldirect white card, I’m using the White Linen as I love the effect of stamping onto this card. Ink up your stamp using black archival ink and stamp onto the linen card towards the right hand side.  (tip: try practising onto copy paper first).


Die cut the red hearts design using PMD Intensive Red 160gsm. it's a lovely weight for diecutting.  I’m using a Tattered Lace Tuck Ins die set but any heart themed dies would work well.

Use a clear drying glue such as Cosmic Shimmer to glue the heart die cuts onto the linen square, positioning to the left of stamped sentiment.   Use double sided tape to mat linen square onto a slightly larger square of PMD Black card, to give a small border all around.
 
Create a card blank by scoring and folding an A4 sheet of PMD Black card and trimming down to create a 5 ¾” square card base.  Cut a 5 ¼” square of PMD White Linen and mat onto card base front using d/s tape to adhere.


To finish, mount focal panel centrally onto card front using 3D foam to create height.  A simple white liner with your chosen greeting will complete the design ready for posting.




Materials Used:
Black Smooth Card 250gsm – Papermilldirect
White Linen Card 255gsm – Papermilldirect
Intensive Red Plain Card 160gsm – Papermilldirect
LOVE clear Stamp (DCSTP013) – Dovecraft
Essentials Tuck ins Hearts (ETL173) – Tattered Lace
Black Archival Ink
Adhesives: D/S Tape, Clear Drying Glue, 3D Foam





Saturday, 28 January 2017

Year of The Rooster, Dream Big! - Trimcraft DT


Hello, as it’s the Chinese New Year – Year of the Rooster for 2017.  I thought it would be fun to make a themed card that would also be suitable to give as a Birthday card or a Good Luck card.  The theme of a New Year and ‘Dream Big’ are quite motivational too.  Rather than reds, I have used the muted colours in the Simply Creative Sweet Dreams papers to create a modern card with silver to highlight.

 Step By Step:
  1. Take a Dovecraft Silver 6x6 card base (I’m using one from the Christmas Basics pack) using with fold across the top.
    Cut a slightly smaller square of pink ‘Sweet Dreams’ paper and adhere inside.  Cut another square of different pattern paper and adhere to card front using d/s tape.  

  2. Cut a 12.5cm square of pale pink polka dot paper and adhere to card front in the centre.
    Cut a strip of Dream Big paper and adhere across bottom third of card front using d/s tape.
  3. Using the nesting star dies (FEDIE137X16) cut 1 large from feather pattern paper and next size down from pale pink paper.  Mat smaller star onto larger star, and then again onto card front using d/s tape and glue.
  4. Die-cut the Rooster / Chicken (FEDIE065) from silver card twice (I’m using a spare card base to match) and glue both together to add depth before gluing to centre of star on card front.
  5. Using the Bird die set (FEDIE059) die cut 3 feathers (2 from silver card and 1 from Sweet Dreams paper.  Arrange feathers at right of stars, gluing only at the bottom so you can shape the feathers for dimension.  Top with a die cut star from silver card.
  6. Use Simply Creative adhesive stickers in silver foil to add lettering to spell ‘Rooster’ across top of card and ‘2017 across bottom.  On the sticker sheet there are some circles, add one to each corner of paper panel and add a star to the die cut star with the feathers.
  7. To finish, add a small clear adhesive gem to the eye of the Rooster.

    Products Used:
     
    • Simply Creative FSC Paper Pad 6x6 Sweet Dreams SCPAD040
    • Dovecraft Christmas Basics 6x6 Cards & Envelopes - Gold and Silver DCCAE011X16
    • First Edition Dies - Farmyard FEDIE065
    • First Edition Dies - Birds FEDIE059 
    • Simply Creative Alphabet & Number Stickers - Classic Foil Silver SCSTK018