Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Bauble card

Hello Peeps

This is a card I did with my stamping group on Saturday. It is a design by Dee Paramour and is taken from the Creative Expressions Project book vol.1.

The basic card blank that I used is a 8"x8" so please bear this in mind when you are trying for another size as what I have given here is for a 8x8 card.

ok so above you can se a picture of the finished project.

You will Need:

Basic Tool Kit
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Mini Holidays 4 stamp set .CMS 142
Versafine  Vintage Sepia
Distress ink Frayed Burlap
ink blending mat.
Spellbinders Die Heirloom Ornaments 2011 S4-334
Spellbinders Parisian Accents S5-034
A4 Embossing Folder I used Crafters Companion spot folder.
A4 sheet white card. x2
Glue pen
First thing is to cut all our pieces. I used the two largest baubles as arranged on a magnetic sheet and the border die.
Run through the machine and die cut the pieces.
once cut run through again to emboss using the appropriate boards for your machine.

The die cut pieces.
You will need to do 2 borders, and should be able to get from the same pieces of card.

The border is now place between the apertures that I have already cut, you also need to cut the large bauble as a solid piece so put that on your board as well , mine is below the one already cut.
Leave the machine out .

Take your second piece of A4 card and with the long edge running along the top of your cutter cut at 20.5cm. Keep the off cuts.

Turn the card 90 degrees clockwise so the edge in the previous step that was up against the 20.5cm mark is now along the top. Cut it at 13cm leave to one side
With the off cuts cut two pieces 20.5x3.7  use both of the bigger pieces if you fine it two hard but it is feasible to get the two pieces from the off cut in the step above.

You should now have three pieces of card:

1x 20.5cmx13cm
2x 20.5x3.7cm

With the larger piece pass through the die cutting machine using the embossing folder. Using the sandwich applicable to your machine.

Here is a picture of all the various elements to construct our card.

To start with take the two narrow pieces of card.
With the holly stamp and vintage sepia,  stamp along the top edge of one piece of card.

Keep stamping all the way along until you have a holly border.

On piece of card stamped
Repeat with the other piece of narrow card.

Take the solid bauble and stamp the angel from the stamp set roughly in the middle and at a angle . Use the photo as a guide.

All the elements that needed stamping has been done.

Here I have retrieved all my elements ready to apply the distress ink.

Place pieces on a ink blending mat.
Beginning with the two holly border pieces of card go around all the edges with the Frayed Burlap.
Apply ink to the ink blending tool and with circular motions start on the mat and bring the tool on to the card constantly using a circular motion. This should give a nice even blend to the ink on to the card.

Here I have done both pieces and as you can see the ink is nice and smooth. Nice and aged which is what we are aiming for here.
Be careful with the blending as you don't want to crease the card.

Next do the bauble shape with the hole.

 Ok so this piece is nice and distressed and I can now put it to one side as I do the others.

Repeat the same process with the solid bauble with the angel stamped on it.

 Here as you can see I have distressed the outside of the bauble and left the centre relatively white.

 Again repeat the same process with the distress ink with the embossed piece of card.

 So this has now been inked and again can be left to one side.

Finally repeat the process with the two borders. Be careful here as they are a little delicate. Try and highlight the embossing.

So here all my elements  for the card have all been coloured using the Frayed Burlap distress ink.

Taking the two border pieces apply Double Sided Stick Tape to all 4 sides

Open out your card blank and starting at the fold and at the top gradually lay down your first border making sure you have covered the white part of the card at the top edge. If you haven't don't worry just add a little ink to cover it up.
Also notice the holly border is nearer to the top of the card.

You will have a little bit hanging over the edge of the card trim with a craft knife or pair of scissors.

Repeat the with the other piece of card for the bottom and trim accordingly.

So both borders now in place.

Next add the larger piece of embossed card and as you can see from the photo its slightly over laps the borders this is fine which is why I done the photo like this so you can see. Stick in place as before.

As you can see we now have three pieces in place. all three pieces have been trimmed to the base card size

We now need to put on the borders.
Using a glue pen add glue all over the wrong side of the border..

Line the straight edge of the border with the top of the embossed card as in the photo

Repeat for the bottom border
Last thing is to add the bauble.

Add large 3Dfoam pads to the reverse of the bauble with the angel stamped on it.
Do not remove the tops from the pads.
Turn it back over on to its right side

Add small 3d foam pads to the "aperture" bauble as seen in the photo.
Attach to the angel bauble lining it up very carefully.
I married these two pieces first then attached to the card. this way if a messed it up I have only messed up the bauble bit and not the whole card.

Attach completed bauble to the centre of the card using the photo as a guide.

Attach a bow card completed.


Below is further ideas and hopefully inspiration .

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Side Step and Waterfall

Hello Bloggers

Sorry for the delay in posting but am back. I am going to show you hot to do a side step card using the Spellbinders grand Nestabilities labels one dies. The stamps that I will be using are The Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Mini Holidays set. This was one of the two cards I showed my stamping group the other week and they all liked the results.

So above you can see a picture of the finished card. You can see its got that aged distressed look which I so love to replicate in my projects and once you get the hang of it so easy to do.

Here's what you going to need to do the Project.
Basic tool kit.
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holts Mini Holiday's 4 stamp set.
Spellbinders Nestabilities labels one
Spellbinders Grand Labels one
Distress inks : Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain
ink blending tool and 3 pieces of craft felt cut to approx. the size of your tool.
8"x8" cream card blank
Cream Card
Gold Card
Archival Ink pad: Sepia
Length of Ribbon
Versafine Vintage Sepia ink pad.

With the labels one die cut three shapes from the cream card. Here I used the third from the middle. Keep the die out as you are going to use it again in a mo.

With your gold card face down draw around the OUTSIDE edge of the labels one die that you used for the above step, do this three times.

Here you can see I have drawn three. Cut them out using a good pair of craft scissors. Let me explain why I have done this. If I used the next die up it will give me a much bigger border and therefore to big for what I need. This way I can get away with using the die by drawing around it and gaining a few extra layers from my dies. And the border is a lot narrower.

While you have the machine out using the grand labels one die set  using the 8"x8" cream card cut out the label. I used the largest die.

 You want to make sure the crease of the card is away from the cutting area as in the photo here. As you can see I have layered it up in reverse so I can see what I am doing. So Base plate first, large labels one die cutting edge up, 8"x8" card stock, White plate c on top. Pop through the machine.

So once you have cut it this is what you should end up with .......and in one piece. This will be the foundation of our stepper card so for now put it to one side.

I have now married up my cream shapes with my gold layers to make sure I have cut enough. Place the gold shapes to one side as now we are going to stamp on our images.

 I have now got my stamps ready and my acrylic block and Archival ink pad. I have used the Poinsettia, Bauble and A Joyful Christmas. Stamp on to the  little Die Shapes

 Once you have stamped on the images , get your Versafine ink pad in Sepia and stamp all around the images with the crackle stamp.

Here you can see I have gone all the way around using the crackle stamp. I made sure to keep clear of the middle so really only the edges.

  All three stamped images have been given the crackle treatment and now it ready to apply the distress inks to age it.

Applying Distress ink I have found it much easier and smoother using a ink blending mat. Lay the mat down on your work service and using a blending tool add piece of felt dab over the ink pad. Starting of the card and on the blending mat going in a circular motion gradually bring the tool on to the card. Keep repeating this process until you have the required depth of colour.

 Repeat the process with the two other colours, but with the walnut stain keep to the very edge.. Once finished you should have three card looking like this. Lay to one side.

From the A4 piece of cream card cut a strip approx. 6cm wide as shown in the picture to the left..

Fold the piece of card in half.

From that first crease mark with a pencil 3cm down from it and then 6cm . Repeat the other side.

Using a scoring tool score across the card so that you will end up with 3 score lines.

Lay one of your cards on the 6cm fold mark and lightly draw around the shape.

Lay a piece of card approx. 11cm by 3cm along the bottom of your pencil mark and slightly above . Use the photo as a guide. Use DSST to attach to the base. Remove excess as in the photo.  Next stamp in Archival sepia using the crackle stamp. Again use the photo as a guide you don't need to do the whole lot as we are going to cover it so it wont be seen.

Turn the whole thing over. The half without the "T"  Bar stamp in sepia and crackle stamp as before. Use the distress inks to age it as before.

Sorry its Blurry lol

So here once you happy with the distressing I added my little cards. Apply strip of DSST just under the fold line of each crease. Fold the mechanism in half and make sure the longer bit is on the bottom BEHIND the "T" bar. For ease I usually start from the bottom i.e. at the 6cm score line and work up.
So this is what you should end up with.
Leave to one side..

Finally punch a hole and attach a piece of ribbon. Ignore the brads I will get to them later.

Now the stepper aspect of the card. Get your labels one shape from earlier and lay it flat as in the photo. Draw a pencil mark from the centre from one end to the other. Use the photo as a guide. DO NOT SCORE THIS MARK.
Now to make and divide the sections up. Starting with the right hand side score from the middle line to the outside this is an easy one as the pointy bit is the middle.
On the left hand side using the centre fold, mark 2" then 4" then 5.25" again use the photo as a guide. Score all the marks as you can see in the photo EXCEPT THE ONE IN THE PREVIOUS STEP.
Rub out the pencil marks.

Now turn the card so you have the short side at the top and bottom.  The score marks now should be on your right. Taking your craft knife cut along the middle from the top score mark line to the bottom 1.25" score mark.

Starting from the bottom of the card as in the photo,  Mountain fold, then valley fold, mountain fold then valley then finally mountain fold. Ease everything together and give it a good going over with a bone folder

Using the picture as a guide stamp some images on the card. Remember when you do the back to make sure they are the right way up.

.And as before go around the edge using the crackle stamp.
Now its coming together and all nicely crackled.

As before start with Antique Linen and go around the edge of the card. Repeat with the Vintage photo and then finally on the edges Walnut Stain.

Applying the last colour and its all looking quite distressed, including the author lol.

Lay the waterfall mechanism on the top of your card on the left hand side and mark the edge of the card on the "T" bar.
Trim it down accordingly.
The bit that is left you can attach a strip of red DSST and attach it to the front of your card.

 This might get a bit fiddly. Turn the whole card over and the bit of the "T" bar that is protruding from the other side you can now trim following the shape of the actual card. The bit odf card that is left can now be stuck down with Red DSST.

The finished card. You can now add the brads to your "t" bar if you wish.

Hope you Enjoy. Happy Crafting

Andy xx

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