Monday, November 17, 2014

Modern Colour blocked Christmas card using ink pads.

I love making quick and easy Christmas cards. And with the range of Chiswick inks it really is so easy, even the kids can join in the fun. For this modern version of a Christmas card I used the inks directly to paper to create and fun and beautiful colour blocked effect.
It really took me ten minutes to make this card,and I simply love the effect achieved. Here’s how i created the background effect
step 1
Select 3-5 colours of ink pads from the Chiswick range – I used a selection of Pearlescent and Dye ink pads. Place the ink pads on your white cardstock and apply pressure to get a coloured square. Ten move onto the next colour of ink pad overlapping colours as you go along.
 step 2
Immediately after “stamping” the ink onto your cardstock, apply a layer of clear embossing powder over the ink squares.
step 3
Heat set the clear embossing powder using your Chiswick heat gun. Remember that once the powder turns shiny it is done.
 The embossing creates a shiny dimensional look making the colours more vibrant.
 For my focal point I stamped a Christmas bauble in a multicolored ink pad and raised it using foam squares for dimension. A baker’s twine bow finishes off  the top of the bauble nicely against a diamante strip.
 Some sewing around the edges of my card adds a nice finishing touch as well as texture. See the texture of the embossing and the interesting effect created by overlapping the ink pad colours? Love it!
 A quick ten minute Christmas card in a few easy steps.
And a list of the products i used from Chiswick
Assorted foam squares sb4430
Pearlescent Ink Pad – Brown rs3350
Pearlescent Ink Pad – Black rs3365
Pearlescent Ink Pad – Green rs3325
Dye Ink Pad- Red rs3291
Heat gun cr1350
Plastic Bone folder cr1200
Remember to contact Denise should you have any problems getting hold of any of our products on 27(0)31 569 5673
Visit our website to view to entire range of products – or visit your nearest craft store today

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Die-cut border double page by Jowilna Nolte.

One of my favourite things to do is use my paper scraps (those vast amounts) i collect each week and create something out of the proverbial nothing.So came to be this double page layout using some of the beautiful blue and brown Couture Creations paper scraps and one of my favourite die-cuts.
I started by grouping strips of Couture Creations paper from the Sew Jo Paper pad together with washi tape and other paper scraps. I then searched for some blue and green elements out of my scrap box to use.

I used some Co'ordinations cardstock scraps to punch leaves for layering on top of my die-cuts.
I die-cut my leaves out of plain smooth white cardstock. I was looking for a specific blue embossing powder, but instead what i found was years of almost done tubs of embossing powder - so i mixed all the little bits together and got this amazing blue colour - perfect!
 I embossed all the leaves to give them lots of texture and ana amzing colour!
dainty paper flowers and diamante grouped together - and here you can clearly see the brown and blue paper strips that i cut from the Couture Creations Sew Jo | CO723545 Paper pad.
The brown, blue and white striped paper was the inspiration behind this layout and also the colour scheme prompt. What triggers and inspires your creativity?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Ten Minute Christmas Card with Prima Modelling Paste.

Each year I try and make a quick Christmas card in the hopes of re-producing it into mass and sending it out to family and friends – well each year the task just seems bigger and bigger and in the end I am happy with nothing and just leave it all together!
But this year I think I may have a winning formula with some of my favourite products! I think we have a winner people (shouting voice)!
And the bonus this really is a ten minute card if you work in batches creating all the bits and pieces. Here’s how I am tackling this card design to make a quick production line…

  • Step 1

    Use your modelling paste and palette knife and create a textured background. Simple lift some paste with your palette and sweep it across the background cardstock until you are happy with the look. TIP: you want to leave some uncovered areas for the next step – so don’t cover the entire piece of cardstock with paste.
  • Step 2

    Once the paste is dry, mist your cardstock with 2 different colours of Color Bloom – I used Tea Stain and Storm Cloud in that order. Leave the mist to dry or dry with your heat gun.
  • Step 3

    Cut your background piece so that it fits onto the front of your folded card base and adhere it using double sided tape. Add sewing around the edge if so desired.
  • Step 4

    Cut Christmas trees using your Silhouette machine in smooth black cardstock to the size that will fit on the front of your folded card. Adhere the tree and add diamanté as decorations.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Festive Season door plaque with an old book cover.

I love creating festive elements to display around the house – don’t get me wrong – i don’t go overboard, but i love subtle hints. So with the holidays looming I have started my festive season creative spree. I hope you are on track with your too…
I created a little door plaque using a recycled book cover. I simply tore off the cover off of an old book, primed the surface with Gesso and added loads of different inks for color.
For my centre focal point I used a combination of die-cut and punched layers. I wanted to use something not too traditional so I opted for this gorgeous butterfly punch from Chiswick.The butterfly was glittered and then layered on top of a die-cut doily and snowflake.
  The layers are separated with some soft grey fibers and the rest of the plaque decorated using stamped images, pearls and diamante for that sparkly festive look.
Step 1 - Punch the butterfly into a scrap piece of white cardstock. Remember the butterfly only will punch out of your paper.
Step 2
Use a circle punch and then punch around the butterfly shape. Use 2 different colours of ink to colour the circle and leave it to dry thoroughly.
Step 3
On the back of the circle element, add a small piece of double sided tape. Make sure that the tape is wide enough to cover the butterfly cut out. DO NOT remove the back protective part of the tape.
Step 4
Turn over the circle element to reveal the butterfly – the butterfly will now be sticky on the inside.
Sprinkle gold glitter on top of the sticky side and press down to make sure it sticks really well. Shake off the excess glitter and return it to the container.
Use the silver Pearlescent ink pad and stamp a Christmas sentiment onto some scrap papers. Punch the sentiment out using a circle punch and adhere it randomly across the plaque. Add finishing touches as desired.
Now you can use any of your craft supplies to turn ordinary things into festive touches for your home – and don’t forget those little gifts for the neighbors – something fun that can be enjoyed the entire season!
Remember to contact Denise should you have any problems getting hold of any of our products on 27(0)31 569 5673
Visit our website to view to entire range of products – or visit your nearest craft store today