Hello card - Vintage Rose collection Couture Creations.

Hello everyone - I am still on a winning streak being creative with the awesome Vintage Rose collection of papers and dies. Today I created a beautiful card for someone special.
The base of my card was cut from one of the patterned papers from the 12x12" paper pad CO724002. I then added a die-cut element using the gorgeous green checkered paper and the CO 724050
Couture Creations Vintage Rose Collection - Cuckoo Clock (73 x 100mm) die cut.

I turned the Cuckoo Clock upside down and left out the clock part...which really left me with Cuckoo part didn't it? On top of that I added some cut out flowers and the Vintage Rose
CO 724042 Vintage Rose Collection - Vintage Rose
die cut. The beautiful butterfly was also cut from one of the patterned papers, just adding a nice pop of red accent colour.

To colour my Rose die cut, I cut the rose from white smooth cardtock.

On my craft sheet I added 2 colours of ink markers in green and misted it with water.

Then I dipped the die cut rose into the ink to add colour.

I used a third green ink and misted only the right hand side of the die cut and left it to dry naturally - the different greens mixed together to form a beautiful coloured rose in different shades.

To finish off my card, I assembled all the die cut elements, cut out roses, and die-cut sentiment to the front of the card. Then to add some sparkle I rubbed Glitzin Glamour glitter glue over the die cut rose and cut out flowers - the sparkle and shine is amazing and just adds a nice finishing touch.

A quick and easy card made with this gorgeous range of products. And once again, I love how versatile the die cuts are, even turned up side down or sideways they can create different looks and effects to any crafting project! What have you done with your Vintage Rose collection today?
To view the entire range from Couture Creations, click on the product links below

CO 724050 Couture Creations Vintage Rose Collection - Cuckoo Clock (73 x 100mm)
CO 724042 Couture Creations Vintage Rose Collection - Vintage Roses (27 x 90mm)

Ink marbling in 3 easy steps - All Purpose Inks.

Have you ever tried your hand at marbling paper? Well I love the look of marbling, and although I am not that good at it when it comes to making my own, I dabble and experiment with different looks. So when I started playing with the new All-Purpose Inks I did a lot of experimentation, and this fake marbling effect is one of the stunning effects that came about in an afternoon of experiments.

All purpose inks come in a huge range of colours - perfect for your next project!
Step 1 - Use a sheet of white cardstock and mist it heavily with water. Remember to work on a covered surface or a craft sheet.
 Step 2 - Use 2 colours of All-Purpose inks and one colour at a time drop the inks onto the wet cardstock using your ink dropper
  Spread out your colours by dropping the different colours in between each other. Once you are done adding your colours, mist the colour with some more water and then leave it to dry thoroughly.
Use the coloured panel as a background for a card. I added a chipboard element, die-cut word and some other elements to tie the design together. The dimensional butterfly adds a nice soft touch to the card. I love how the bright colours work well together with the pastel shades of the chipboard.
This Ink Marbling Technique in 3 Steps is a fun way of using your Tsukineko All-Purpose inks with stunning visual results.
Remember to head on over to The Wholesaler website and order your inks today from your local craft and scrapbook store!

Xyron serviette covered tag background.

Here in South Africa it seems like everyone is gearing up and getting ready for autumn. It feels strange ’cause we are still having extreme heat in some parts of the country. And just so came the inspiration for this next tag. I was recently given a gift that had this lovely serviette inside the packet – and I just didn’t have the heart to throw it away.
I loved the blue background with the oranges on it and hints of green. For years we have adhered serviettes to our projects using different mediums – but the easiest is still using the Xyron machine.

For this project I used my Permanent adhesive cartridge.
step 1 – insert a blank manilla tag into the Xyron – keep in mind that the adhesive will be adhered to the top of your tag – in this case my tag is blank so it doesn’t matter at all.
step 2 – Turn the handle and feed the tag through the machine. Make sure that the tag goes past the cutting line, and then cut off the cartridge strip.
step 3 – Peel the front clear plastic off of your tag – the top of your tag will now be tacky.
step 4 – Split your serviette so that you only have the top design. Place the serviette onto your tag and smooth it out using your hands.
TIP: Be careful not to tear the serviette as they are quite fragile and delicate.
step 5 – I don’t mind having creases in my serviette – this adds to the look and gives some texture to it.
To decorate my tag, I die-cut 2 trees – use the same die-cut and 2 different colours of cardstock. Send the trees through the Xyron machine one at a time and adhere them together slightly off-set, then adhere the tree to the tag along with a sentiment circle, button and diamante.
And there you have a quick and easy tag – recycling some beautiful serviettes!
The Xyron machine really does make life so much easier when things need to be stuck in place.
Acid-Free Permanent Adhesive Refill Cartridge xt1605
5″ Creative Station xr0510
Contact your closest craft store to find out more about the Xyron range of products by Chiswick!

Vintage Rose Mixed Media layout.

Today is an awesome day for a little something different. I have been so keen to play with the NEW Vintage Rose papers and dies, and of course the first thing I did was make a mixed media layout and cover it all up - yes I know I know...but I truly love this range! It really is a versatile range of products. So here's how I usd it in my layout...
I started off by adding strips of the patterned papers to my background cardstock using Matte gel medium - this will form the base of my layout.I love how, even tough most of the pattern was covered up, you could still see the beautiful designs and colours.

Next I adhered the chipboard elements and flowers and covered everything with a layer of Heavy Gesso and left it to dry thoroughly.

Once all the mediums are dry, mist on your colours overlapping the papers and flowers. I chose green and peach to match my patterned papers - but you can use any colour.The gesso makes the colours a lot lighter than what they really are which is a good thing since I had a bit of a heavy hand with the green mists (blush) - not being a green girl and all.

Next I cut some of the greenery using my dies Vintage Rose Dies CO724047. I added some mists to the die cut images as well to pick up on the colours on my background.

Some butterflies were also cut from the patterned paper and dresses up with some glitter glue afterwards.

The flowers peek out from underneath the photograph - adding interest and dimension.

The beautiful roses are perfect for cutting out and scattered all across a card or layout. Beautiful and delicate for any project!

Vintage Rose Collection Paper Pad 12x12 CO723971
Vintage Rose Dies CO724047
Glitzin Glamour Glitter Glue
I hope you enjoyed seeing how versatile this range is, and how easy it is to alter and incorporate different mediums into your scrapbooking - to step out of your comfort zone and play a little!
Remember to visit the website and see all the gorgeous new Couture Creations releases.
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Vintage Baby card - Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko.

I am an ink junky by heart! So whenever I get a new set of inks I try and put it through the test and see how it works on all my favorite mediums. For this vintage baby card I tried the MementoLuxe inks on different mediums to see how they work and I love the outcome. I also added some irRESISTible accents to an embossed card and love how I can enhance my embossing folders with this stunning medium in a few easy steps. 
For more information and a sxs of how I created my card, head on over to the Imagine Crafts blog here
I used my MementoLuxe inks to color my chipboard and seam binding ribbon, as well as edges the sides of my card with great success. This ink loves all types of surfaces.

Layered die-cuts on a card - The Wholesaler.

I think the more you use die-cuts the more you LOVE them and the more you experiment with them. So that’s what I have started doing more and more, playing with different combinations of die-cuts to create cards, and even getting a bit more adventurous with them on layouts. For today I am sharing how I layered different die cuts from Couture Creations on a card with stunning effect.

Step 1
Use Prima patterned paper and die cut the Heritage die twice. I used my quick release paper with this die to make sure the paper releases easily once cut
Step 2
Adhere the two die-cut together at an angle using Tombow mono multi adhesive
Step 3
Adhere the picture frame cut to a quote strip, then layer the heritage cuts and quote strip on your folded card front. Add chipboard heart and brads as embellishments to the card
  Step 4
Die cut the picture frame out of orange American Crafts cardstock

 And there you have a quick card combining two different die cuts to create a stunning visual effect with dimension and texture.

I hope you enjoyed this layered die cuts card tutorial – and remember to view all the other gorgeous dies in the Artdeco Range.
Products Used

Hello.. make your own shiny paper and accents double page layout.

Whenever I create a layout or other project, I always try and find a way to use what I have and not to purchase things I may only use every now and again. And so it came to be that I needed a little piece of glossy cardstock, not something I use often, so I made my own for some stamped decorative elements and die-cuts.

I used the new All-Purpose inks from Tsukineko distributed by The Wholesaler in South Africa to create my sparkly papers. On the piece below I added some stamping...

and for the rest I used some new die-cuts by Ultimate Crafts to create this stunning effect. I think this may be by new most favourite die ever!

For the full tutorial on this layout, head on over to the Scrapbook Studio website and download it. Included in the download is a sxs on how to create your layout, as well as the sxs on the techniques used to create my shimmering elements and background pieces.
Bringing you new and innovative ways of working with these amazing inks available from Scrapbook Studio - your one stop shop.

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