|Posted on March 21, 2018 at 9:30 PM||comments (1)|
In the good tradition of movies, today is out takes or bloopers day. Those cards that didn't work.
These two cards are examples of ones that did not turn out in the way I hoped. I usually don't post these type of disasters up on the blog but I think that it is useful to show the ones that didn't work as much as the ones that did. That is really how you learn in life after all.
The first one made using the stacked eggs from the free members template gives an example of working with geometric style patterned papers. I tried to line up the zig zags which did more or less work but I just think the choice of papers was wrong. So if you squint at it in a dark room with the curtains shut it works! The background is textured with an embossing folder which is a bit difficult to see in the photo. The result however is pretty nasty!
This one was made because I had cut an egg shape from the template in some floral paper that I thought would work quite well with the embossed paper background. I also wanted to try out some rather cute mini die cutters so I used these to make the word Easter.
I really hate this card, enough said really!!
|Posted on March 20, 2018 at 9:45 PM||comments (0)|
We are coming to an end of this short Easter series of projects, with a couple more egg themed cards to go. This one is so simple but looks expensive, with an embossed pearlescent egg and ribbon. Embossing folders and pearlescent papers are truly a match made in heaven.
|Posted on March 18, 2018 at 10:30 PM||comments (0)|
Two very simple but very eye-catching cards today, both using just single eggs cut from the free template 'Stacked Eggs' The quality of paper or card is key for these very basic designs. With great paper, you don't need much and they work beautifully on a simple white background.
I am using the smaller sized eggs for this card, so I could cut 9 from co-ordinating pretty papers. Love this simple clean design on a white card!
To add a little interest, I have cut the front side with scalloped scissors and added a small strip of ribbon. Otherwise a very simple, clean card with three eggs.
|Posted on March 18, 2018 at 9:20 PM||comments (0)|
Two card projects today, simply using 3 egg shapes from the free template, 'Stacked Eggs'.
Three eggs cut from the template with lovely patterned papers and a torn paper background, quite happy with this!
Another one using floral papers and a lace trim.Love those floral papers, probably because I have now stepped firmly into being old age!
|Posted on March 17, 2018 at 9:20 PM||comments (0)|
Ok so there is a new free template on the Member pages and we posted a project to make a hanging Easter decoration the other day using this template. Today I am using the Stacked Egg Template and some pretty floral papers which I think work well with this design to make an Easter themed card.
I have simply layered up my pieces with some foam pads. Choose your first size of egg from the template and then work down skipping say two sizes each time. If you choose consecutive sizes, you won't get the definition you are looking for but in all honesty, you just need to play around with them until you find a design you like.
My egg was quite 3D here, so I decided to cut an oval shape from the front of my card and place the embellishment on the inside, so that it pokes through when the card is closed. This gives a nice dimensional effect to the card anyway as you have to look through the 'oval window' to see the egg.....remember that from Play School...shows my age!
|Posted on February 5, 2018 at 2:05 AM||comments (0)|
I am a bit delayed posting the Valentines Day projects this year, as I have had a parent in and out of hospital, sick animals and other life challenges to deal with. This is what it is like when you are running a blog as a side gig! Anyway, here is the first project and they will be posted in quick succession.
Here is a very simple Valentines Day Card, simple is good when your life is as chaotic as mine!!
There is only one card idea this year, with a little matching tag, as I don't like making hundreds of Valentines Day cards to just either be thrown away or sit around in a cupboard. This one will be used and as I only have one husband, I only need one card!
Actually, my dear old Mum when she was still alive, always used to bring me a bunch or flowers or a plant and a card on Valentine's Day, every year, which was very sweet of her...a tradition I have not really carried on with my own girls, much to my shame!
The hearts are slightly dimensional as you can see in the photos.
I will be posting up a template to make these hearts in a range of sizes on the member pages, if you would like to make a similar card but the template can of course be used in different ways. I haven't had time to make some demos but you can use both pieces of the template to make hanging 3D hearts by sticking the tabs and then gluing or taping them onto some string or ribbon.
Thanks for joining me today. There will be a few more projects posted in quick succession here on the blog over the next few days, so I can get them up in time for you to make your own!
|Posted on December 4, 2017 at 9:15 PM||comments (0)|
Cards or gift tags with the free Member template
For the last card using the free Crown Template listed under the Member's part of the site, here is an idea if you have a lot of cards to make, or have simply run out of time!
Using the template in the simplest way possible here, laying it on the fold of a card, so that it opens along the bottom edge and hinges on the top.
With mirror card and making good use of those more ornate embossing folders in your stash works a treat with this project. These make great gift tags also, using the smaller size template but embossing them in the same way!
Nice card if you like yours to be noticed!!
|Posted on December 4, 2017 at 2:50 AM||comments (0)|
These two cards used the second basic tree template, which has the tree sectioned into strips. This is really using the same basic template as the one posted earlier which we used to make Twine Trees and Mini Gift Tags, as well as a couple of Christmas Tree Cards but I have made a separate template for ease here as the tree shape is formed from strips of different papers.
These are very simple but how you mount them really makes the cards pop. A torn paper snow scene with a dotty sky from running paper through my embossing folder and a glittery ribbon, creates more interest.
Choose a colour theme and cut strips in different papers from your scrap box to get the best effect. Try to choose papers with different textures and finishes to get the most interesting result.
Find this template and other free stuff on the Member pages on the left hand sidebar.
|Posted on December 1, 2017 at 7:45 PM||comments (0)|
Another card idea today, using the smallest size crowns from the free template on the Members pages. This card includes three crowns covered with silver, gold and copper foil flakes mounted on a torn paper piece, edged with gold ink. I just noticed that the silver crown is a little out of place, which happened when setting the card up to photograph but you get the idea! Anyway, if you want to make a similar card, you can find the template on the Member pages, under Christmas 2017!
|Posted on December 1, 2017 at 2:30 AM||comments (0)|
One more simple card made with our Free Member Template. Christmas cards need to be quick but beautiful, especially if you are handmaking them from scratch. Today's project fits the bill! I am using the Template Number 1 here, with one of the smaller sizes and just simply cut from glitter green card, layered on a die cut ornate square and worded paper and dressed with some ribbon and gold cord. Very simple but elegant!
|Posted on November 30, 2017 at 12:30 AM||comments (0)|
Another card made with the free Member Template, this time cutting an aperture and using layered ribbons fixed on the reverse to create a simple and elegant card that looks super expensive! We have used this technique on the tree cards also and on lots of other cards posted here in the past. It is simple but very beautiful and lends itself well to simple aperture shapes like this one we have included on the free template.
Two more card ideas to come with this template!
|Posted on November 26, 2017 at 9:10 PM||comments (0)|
One cut from glitter card, one from mirror card run through an embossing folder and one covered with gold foil flakes
Use glue or cut the crown from sticky card and press the gold foil on
Three gorgeous crown cards, each crown covered in a different way and using the free Member Template that you can get if you register with the site and visit the Member pages on the left hand sidebar!
|Posted on November 26, 2017 at 12:10 AM||comments (1)|
|Posted on November 25, 2017 at 4:40 AM||comments (1)|
If you downloaded the free Tree Template from the Member Pages (the one used to make the Twine Trees and the mini Gift Tags), then today's post just demonstrates that you can use that simple template in different ways to create different things. You don't need a template of course but we have made it a bit easier by designing one.
So here are a couple of cards, made by using the template to cut a simple tree or triangle aperture from your card, then placing some double sided tape around the tree on the reverse and layering different ribbons across the aperture. Work from the reverse and check the pattern every now and again on the front. Work from the bottom of the tree to the top, overlaying each ribbon a little over the last to get this nice layered effect. Finish off with a hand cut pot on the bottom and then go to town with your other decorative bits and pieces.
You can use paper instead of ribbons of course but by using ribbons, this gives your card a beautiful and luxurious finish that you would have to pay a fortune for in the shops. All made with some ribbon scraps and super easy too!
|Posted on November 20, 2017 at 8:30 PM||comments (1)|
Todays card uses a well known technique to create a lovely snowflake themed background. I have used the paper to make a few projects, not just this card and they will be featured on a future post, so once you have made a sheet of it will be good value for money!
Start off stamping a snowflake pattern over a sheet of card with a Versamark or similar ink pad.
Add some white embossing powder and heat set it. Go back in and fill in any places you have missed, so that there are no obvious gaps in your pattern.
Next, pick out your Distress Oxide Inks. I have gone for all the blues here with a bit of violet/purple colour. Gradually building up colour, dip and wipe your card into puddles of ink on your craft mat. If you need to see more on how this is done, then you can read our series on Distress Oxide Inks.
If you want a bit of shimmer on your background, wait until it is dry and then brush over some iridescent acrylic medium and let that dry.
I was super pleased how this turned out and managed to create a few projects from just this one piece of card. If you want to see what, then stop by the blog again to find out!
|Posted on November 17, 2017 at 6:15 PM||comments (1)|
Following on from an earlier post where we created some gorgeous Distress Oxide Tissue Paper backgrounds, as promised here are a couple of cards made using them.
This beautiful red and orange background with copper sprays worked perfectly with this old faithful Stamp It Stamp, embossed with black embossing powder. Actually, I made the mistake of using Distress Embossing Powder which of course rubs off, so I had to seal it with some laquer.
The blue background with silver spray worked nicely with another Stamp It stamp and this time with white embossing powder and a greeting
The green background with gold spray inks was a challenge to use and I messed the stamping up twice, to I decided to work with the small piece that I had left and simply added a die cut ornament and some ribbon which I was much happier with. One of the messed up ones is shown below.
I just wasn't happy with this one at all. Not a great photo but I tried to stamp the tree and emboss in black but the result was too harsh, so I decided to add a bit of white embossing powder on the top to give a snow effect. Yuck! Straight in the bin with that one and a waste of a beautiful green and gold tissue background which was super annoying!
Verdict: The stamps did seem to work quite well on this background overall but you do need to be careful choosing which one and which ink to use, to avoid overpowering the background. Join me again soon for another post in our Christmas Series, where we will be making some lovely decorated baubles.
|Posted on August 19, 2017 at 10:55 PM||comments (0)|
If you followed the series on Distress Oxide Ink, you will remember I was complaining about wasting the papers used to wipe up excess ink from the mat. An example of one of my heavily used rags is shown above!
Depending on what I am doing, I will use kitchen roll paper or baby wipes. The kitchen roll gets thrown away but I do tend to keep the baby wipes in a big pile near my craft table. The wipes pick up all the lovely colours of the inks or paints I am using and I was intending to find a use for them at some point.
Some of the colours you can create without trying are just beautiful and far to nice to throw away, so I was happy to create some lovely projects from something old. Another recycle, reuse project! So if you are using wipes to clear up your messes then make sure you keep them to use on a future card project.
Tip: If you are having problems cutting the wipes because your scissors are a bit blunt like mine were, try lightly adhering the wipe to a piece of paper or card. This makes it easier to cut. If you don't need a straight edge then of course just cut away!
Tip: If you are still not getting the finish you want, try sticking the wipe to a piece of card and folding it around and stick it underneath, so that you create a panel that you can then glue to your card. This gives a nice neat effect and was what I used for Cards 1 and 2 below.
Card 1 - Waterlily Pond
This one was really pretty, almost like a Monet painting and reminded me right away of a lily pond.
I wanted a neat edge for this one, so gluing the sheet to some card and then folding it over to create a panel, gave me the finish I wanted.
The addition of a waterlily and a stamped sentiment was all that was needed. The sentiment stamped well, I would just suggest holding the stamp there a little longer than you would normally do for ordinary cardstock, just because the surface of the wipe is uneven and more like a fabric than a paper.
Card 2 - Birdcage
This lovely orange paper, suited a silhouette, so I decided on my trusty birdcage and bird for this mini card
Again, for this card, I made a panel, which you can see here on the reverse. One stuck, just cut the corners so you can fold the edges over
Mounting the panel on black makes a nice contrast with the orange paper
The black cage was brushed with a little Metallic Lustre Black Glimmer, to give it a more dimensional metallic effect.
Card 3 - Mini Waterlily Card
Here I was just using up a scrap and just decided to make a smaller version of the waterlily pond with a small sentiment attached. The tiny dragonfly is simply using a Sizzix Paddle Punch (remember those?) with some silver card.
The baby wipes produce a lovely fabric style of finish which can make your card look expensive. The fact that you are just recycling something you might have thrown away, is an added bonus!
|Posted on May 16, 2017 at 7:05 PM||comments (0)|
Life in A Distressing World, Adventures With Oxide Inks (Part 2)
As promised for Part 2 of our series on Distress Oxide Inks, here are some projects made using the backgrounds created last time. None of these were planned in any way, I just made a background and then came up with ideas to use it. I love creating like this!
This is just the first three projects, so there will be more but I hope it will give you some ideas and maybe inspiration for things you can do with these lovely new inks from Ranger.
Where possible, I have included before and after photos so you can see how something quite nice can result from something that looks like a complete mess to start with!.
Project 1 - A Pastel Delight
Beautiful pastel, chalky background created using all the light colours in the Oxide collection gave the perfect backdrop for a paper rose and flourish arrangement. The fact that the paper shredded a little from too much water actually gave the finished piece a lovely roughed up texture, similar to handmade paper.
The chipboard flourish was dabbed with Distress Paint Dabbers to co-ordinate with the matt background from the Distress Oxides. Word stamps also look fantastic over the top of these subtle backgrounds
Project 2 - A Surprise to 'Note'
Ugh! Better throw this away!
A brown mess that when dried and stamped with butterflies formed the cover for a notebook. The chalky Oxide finish gives the paper a really unique and very pleasant quality to handle (it almost seems tougher than the paper had started out), which was perfect for my notebook. It is so nice to handle that I can't stop picking it up just to feel the finish.
Project 3 - Scrunched Silhouette Scene
No I wasn't getting fed up and throwing my toys out of the pram, I just wanted to see what would happen if I scrunched up my paper first before adding the inks
OMG what a disaster!!!!
All the ink has collected around the creases where it has concentrated. I can't imagine this drying into anything nice.
But wait, turn it over and look at that! Wow!!! The ink has bled through to the reverse to create an effect that is very natural and stunning, the photo doesn't do it justice. I was just about to throw this away...
A really good 'mistake'
This lovely pattern made me think of a sunset scene, so I wanted all my embellishments to be in silhouette. The die cuts are all coloured with Distress Paint Black Soot and the cage is then dabbed with a little bronze to give a worn appearance. The birds are from a Quickutz die, the flourish is from a Tim Holz die and the bird cage is a chipboard embellishment from my stash. The sentiment is stamped with Versamark and brushed with Perfect Pearls.
I just love the atmosphere of this card and quite surprised to salvage it from the throw away pile!
The point of today's post was to demonstrate that these inks are incredibly forgiving. What starts out looking like a disaster is not necessarily going to be once it dries.You will get in a mess playing with them but that is half the fun. Just look at the piece of kitchen roll used to clear up one of the palettes I set up. Even that looks beautiful!
Join me again for some more examples if you are enjoying this short series on Distress Oxides. If you have any questions or comment then please leave them below in the Comment Section beneath this post or if you are shy you can use the Contact Form on the left hand sidebar.
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|Posted on May 9, 2017 at 2:15 AM||comments (0)|
I've had so much fun with the new Teapot Template that I couldn't stop making demos. Goodness knows what I am going to do with them all - my card box is overflowing with teapots!
You can find this one on the Templates page (Ladies Templates).The template includes two designs, Round and Ornate each in two sizes, with stands if you want to make a display piece as well as traditional fold over cards. There is also a sheet of sentiments and tags but this template also works well with the sentiments included on the Tea and Coffee Time Digitals Collection and of course any stamps you have.
Not too many words, just photos, here are the demos with some brief project notes!
Small Ornate Teapot printed with Willow pattern design on glossy photo paper and finished with Glossy Accents Crackle Medium. Brushed with Tea Dye Distress Ink to show up the cracked effect and to 'age' the pot. Stamped sentiment
Large Round Teapot decorated with Floral paper, with layered flowers on foam pads to give dimension. Sentiment is from the template
Large Ornate Teapot decorated with Japanese print paper, with flower embellishment cut from the same paper with a brass brad and sentiment from the template. Brushed with Distress Ink for dimension
Large Ornate Teapot decorated with Floral papers, paper roses brushed with Distress Inks and a stamped sentiment
Trio of small pots using floral papers and Distress Inks to create a 3D effect
Small round teapot with adhesive pearls to embellish. Get the right colour pearl by brushing them with Distress Paints. Stamped sentiment.
On the left, Chinese papers used to decorate the Large Ornate Teapot, with dimensional embellishment using flowers cut from the paper layered up with foam pads. Stamped Friendship Tag.
Small ornate teapot decorated with floral paper, then stamped with a Crackle effect stamp and distress ink to give the aged/vintage effect.
Edged with distress inks for dimension and a sentiment from the Tea Time Digital Stamp Collection added. Stamped Tag and paper flower brushed with a Distress Marker also.
Large Ornate and Large Round Teapots simply decorated with floral papers. Round Teapot inlcudes sentiment from the Tea Time Digital Collection.
Large Round Teapot with simple spotty paper and stamped sentiment
Thanks for visiting!
|Posted on March 31, 2017 at 11:45 PM||comments (0)|
If you need to make some super quick Easter notelets, the easiest way is to simply use a piece of Easter themed paper.
You can find a free Easter backing paper sheet on the Member pages. Mix and match with different mounts to create a lovely pastel set of cards, or use the paper on your boxes and baskets. Happy Easter from Mementoes!
PS There will be a second blog post today to catch up from the one missed yesterday.