Cards – Such a lovely way to say hello

Hi Everyone,

Before I get started with today’s cards,  I want to thank everyone who follows my blog, it means so much to know that you stop by from time to time and your comments are the icing on the cake.  I truly love what I do creatively, and knowing that you enjoy seeing those creations is heartwarming. So thank you all so much.

The technique I want to show you today came from the work of the amazing Jill Foster from Penny Black.  You can find many projects from Jill Foster on Youtube.

The first challenge I had, was tracking down some of the low tack Painters Tape that Jill uses in her projects. I have asked my better half if Bunnings (AKA ‘The Temple’) hardware Emporium, stocked such a thing.  I was told definitely not on several occasions. So on his last visit, I tagged along – At first, I was stymied by a bank of Painters Tape five shelves high, and a quick “there I told you so”.  However, undaunted, I kept looking and found just what I wanted – a quick “I told you so” from me this time.  My tape is green, the American one is blue, but hey ho, green’s my favourite colour. Just a note here, I still had to remove some of the tackiness by putting it on my skin or my clothes before sticking it to the paper, as although it is low tack, it can still wreck a project so do be aware of that. The painters tape is 1″ wide by the way and is Scotch Brand, I believe there are other widths but I didn’t see any.

So here is the first card I made using the masking technique to create a border.

Masking technique Bird - Copy

I started with a piece of Ranger Watercolour paper.  I chose to make my card on the smoother side of the paper as this watercolour paper is quite textured.  I masked off a 1″ border on both sides and the top and 1 1/4″ on the bottom of the paper.

I stamped the bird image using my MISTI stamping press, in Versafine Onyx Black Ink and watercoloured using Distress inks.  Once I had finished colouring, I re-stamped the bird image (this is the beauty of the MISTI stamping press), with Versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. This helped set the image for the next step.

I sponged the rest of the masked area of my watercolour paper using  Color Box Fluid Chalk inkpads and a Ranger sponging tool. Embossing the bird after colouring helps set the image and creates a resist effect to the sponged chalk ink.Color Box Chalk Inkpads

I stamped the grasses at the bottom before removing the masking tape.  The greeting is silver embossed using  Versamark.

I was so taken with the finished image that I wasted no time in trying some more of my stamps using the same technique.

 

I hope you enjoyed a look at my latest cards and perhaps take some time to give this lovely technique a try yourself.

I wish everyone a lovely weekend and whatever you are doing I hope you spend it with those you love to be with the most.

Happy Crafting.

Barbara

 

We’re doing something different in class this week

PAPER DOLL MAKING CLASS

 

Some time ago, I came across the fantastic Julie Nutting Doll Stamps.  These stamps stand around 8″, so quite a substantial stamp. I don’t know how many of them there are, but lots from what I can make out on social media. There is quite a following for these stamps and people’s ingenuity in creating their individual doll characters is quite amazing.

So I got myself a Julie Nutting doll stamp (which I now know come in different sizes and styles).  All of mine are the largest size dolls – yes I’ve added to my collection in the past few weeks and I expect I will continue to do so.

Julie Nutting herself uses large acrylic blocks with handles for the largest stamps but I have used my large MISTI stamping platform to stamp my doll.

Doll stamped in Misti

This doll is called Abby. She is from the ‘girls’ collection (as opposed to women dolls). The differences are that the girl dolls have larger heads while the women/ladies have a more normal sized head (although some pretty amazing waist measurements)! The dresses are a younger style for the girls too. I expect there are a few more differences but this is a new hobby for me, so I’m not sure.

 

Linda Cutout

As you can see I have cut through some of the dress portion of the stamped doll.  This is a personal choice, you can leave the dress intact as you will be covering it.  I added some features to the face and coloured the hair using Copic markers.  I have noticed that most people don’t add features, sometimes I do, sometimes not. As you can see I have added a bodice with some detail around the top, I also found it easier to cut out the tie bows at the shoulder when I cut out just the bodice piece.

I do spend some time adding some strength to the dolls I make.  I don’t like flimsy things and, as these are made out of  designer paper, they would not stand up to much pulling around.

Back of Abby doll

I used some 3mm card which I cut into lengths and pieces and laid at the back of my cutout. This also serves to create some dimension when it comes to adding the doll to my project.

It was then time to re-stamp just the dress portion of the stamp.  I chose some papers that I thought had designs that would work. Small designs are the best.

dresses linda

The middle dress (which is a reject, was stamped in black ink, I thought it was too dark, so I re-stamped the dresses in a die ink that was much lighter).  I will do some work on them with coloured pencils.  I also added some shaping to the dresses – you may be able to see this in the middle dress above. I use a Susan’s Garden flower making kit to do this.

There are many ways you can add layers and enhance the dresses for these dolls.  This craft takes me back to my childhood, when my sister and I would make our own doll models. We spent hours making clothes for our dolls and colouring them in. When I showed these to the ladies in my card making classes they all remembered doing the same. The also said they would like to give it a try, so this week we are making dolls.

Here is a small lineup of some of the dolls I have created so far.

Dolls for class Thursday31st Aug

These are – from the left, Linda, Abby (my first doll) and the gorgeous Audrey.

There are so many ways to change your dolls to make them individual. Would love to know what you think, and whether this is something you would enjoy doing.

I will post a picture of the doll I am in the process of making at another time.

Happy Crafting Everyone.

 

 

WHO KNEW JOMO WAS A THING

JOMO

Oh the joy of missing out,
When the world begins to shout;
And rush towards the shining thing;
The latest bit of mental bling –
Trying to have it, see it, do it,
You simply know you won’t go through it;
The anxious clamouring and need
This restless hungry thing to feed
Instead you feel the loveliness
The pleasure of your emptiness.
You spurn the treasure on the shelf;
Without regret, without a doubt.
Oh the joy of missing out.

Leunig

 

 

“Less is More” Butterfly cards

Sometimes I forget to use the gorgeous designer papers that I have. I get caught up in the stamping and matching dies, and it is only when I am finished that I realise my huge stash of gorgeous paper is still intact.  This weekend I set about changing that, so I set a personal challenge to make some cards using pretty papers and very little else.  For my focal images I selected some of the new Card Papers from Meg’s Garden which depict butterflies.  I chose matching cardstock to offset the designs and to add some interest.

To enhance my cards I used Stitched square and rectangular Dies.  All of my cards are similar in design, but each is also unique in its own way.

Card  No.1 – Shown next to original 6″ x 6″ paper.   I didn’t want to waste anything, so I also cut the lower butterfly to use inside my card.

Card I Megs card pack - Copy

Card No. 2 – Shown with original paper.  I added a 1/4″scored border around the outside of the layered pieces.  The feather was fussy cut from the same piece of paper.

Card 2 Megs Card packs Butterflies - Copy

Card No. 3 – I added more scored lines around the outside of the card. Card 3 Meg's Card Paclks Butterflies - Copy

All three cards together:

card 4 butterflies

 

The hardest part of making these cards was deciding on the shape and orientation in order make the most of the papers.  Butterflies are favourites for card makers and I think you will agree these are lovely with their soft pastel shades.

I hope you enjoyed this idea of ‘less is more.’

Items used:

  • “In the Watercolour Garden” S137 and S137-2 Paper packs
  • Stitched Dies
  • Cardstock: White, grey, taupe and tangerine

Happy Monday and Happy Crafting Everyone.

Cards using Meg’s Garden “Rose Quartz” and “Watercolour in Blues” Card Packs

Prize package 1 (1)

I really enjoyed these paper packs from Meg’s Garden, which are specifically designed for Card Makers.  They come in packs of 12 (2 of each design) 6″ x 6″ papers. Each one is truly pretty.

This is a card from the Rose Quartz collection: Finished card is shown next to the card pack.

Card 1

To begin I cut the 6″ x 6″ paper into three sections and glued them to a co-ordinating piece of cardstock. The design on the paper is a cherry blossom twig, so I punched out some small flowers from the left over pieces of paper and following the design on the paper,  placed the flowers along the twigs. I laid some ribbon trim down the vertical length of the card and trimmed off tiny flowers from the same ribbon to place in the centre of each punched flower.

My next card is from the “Watercolour in Blues” paper pack.

card 2

 

This is a really simple card to make as I used the beautiful design on the paper as the focus of the card. I matted it onto a piece of pale grey cardstock.  I stamped a verse and heat embossed it, then added a few tiny diamonté to finish the card.

The front of my next card is also from the “Watercolour in Blues” Paper Pack:

card 3

Again quite a simple card to create allowing the design of the paper to be the focal point. I cut a small framed rectangle to one  side of my square card so that the selected portion inside the card would be exposed.

card 4

The paper used on the inside of the card comes from “In the Watercolour Garden” paper pack. So with the addition of the greeting and a few sequins and diamontes, my card is finished. I love the music notes on this paper collection.

I hope you enjoyed these cards and were inspired to have a go at making your own cards using pretty paper as your inspiration.

I have another two packs of these lovely papers to play with, and will do another post when I have more cards to show you.

If you have a moment drop into Meg’s Garden and see more of the gorgeous papers and other collections.

Products Used for these Cards:

From Meg’s Garden

  • Rose Quartz Card Pack S129
  • Watercolour in Blues Card Pack  S130
  • In The Watercolour Garden Card Pack S137-2
  • Daisy ribbon

From Barbara’s stash

  • MFT Peekaboo Window Die
  • Keep Your Faith Sentiment Stamp
  • Small Flower Punch
  • Cardstock and embellishments

 

Happy Crafting Everyone.

 

 

And Finally – Fun card using Stampotique stamps

This stamp is called “The Crafter” so of course I had to have it.

The Crafter Card

I can see more possibilities with this character.  The bottles and tins etc are a separate Stampotique stamp but I think they work well together.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of ‘fun’ cards as much as I have.

Happy Crafting until next time.