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Hello and Happy Monday to all!

Thanks for joining me today for another card making tutorial, featuring some of the awesome products from Honey Bee Stamps.

Have you all broken your New Years Resolutions yet? 🙂 Rather than giving myself definite resolutions, I now simply set myself some vague goals, and this year I want to get back into using patterned paper for my projects. I have so many pads of paper, and I have been a bit naughty and I have obviously bought more than I use.

So – in this card, you will see some patterned paper – YAY! The polka dot paper in the middle is from an Echo park 6×6 paper pad, and to coordinate with this teal colour, I added a stamped frame around the rectangular panel using the floral cargo stamp from the Little Pickup stamp set. To get a nice mitred corner, I used post it tape so each of my edges would have a crisp diagonal edge at the end. Because of the style of the stamp, you can hardly notice it unless you look really close!

For the flowers, I used the sweet Lotus Blossom stamp and coloured these in using very light tones of copic marker. Then for an added sparkle, I used the sakura stardust glitter pen to create lines on the inside of the stamped edges. It’s really hard to get the full effect on camera, in real life it is so breathtaking!

For the sentiment, I paired up the beautiful honeycut die with a stamp from the Beautiful Life stamp set, but this time I brought a dark grey colour to the palette. I think it contrasts nicely with the pink, and still makes the teal colour really POP!

And of course a card isn’t complete without some embellishments, is it? 🙂 I used my multi medium to add some star sequins from the Poinsettia sequin mix, and a few clear dew drops as well.

Lesley

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Hello everyone, and thank you for having me as a guest designer here on Gerda Steiner Designs. My name is Lesley Oman, also known as Hungry Heffy from Hungry Heffy Crafts.

Today I am sharing a video tutorial on how I created this fun UFO spinner card with the adorable Alien Invasion stamp set and coordinating dies. As soon as I saw this set, I knew exactly what I wanted to create – a fun, interactive, spacetime scene!

The video walks through exactly how I created the card, but heres a quick run down of the steps I took.

To begin, I trimmed up two panels of watercolour cardstock so I could create the basis of the card. One panel is 5.5 inches x 8.5 inches, and the other is 5.5 x 4.25 inches. I taped them to a craft mat with some masking tape and reached for my watercolour paints, as I wanted to create my own watercolour  galaxy effect background.

This is a fun technique, and you will see in the video that it very much looks like a hot mess for a while, but before long it all comes together to create a SPACE-TACULAR background! I flicked white paint onto the panels with a paintbrush to create clusters of stars.

Whilst my watercolour was drying, I used my MISTI tool to stamp the alien and spaceship images onto some copic friendly paper. I also needed to create a matching reverse image for both items, so I used a mirror stamp to do a little mirror stamping. This is a fun way to reverse your stamp images, and is perfect for creating spinner elements like this! I also had the idea to create the illusion of glass in my UFO using acetate. I think this really makes the whole thing come to life!

I coloured in my stamped images with a little copic colouring, and then assembled my alien in his UFO, making sure to sandwich a doubled up piece of sewing thread between the two alien images. This is what will make the flying saucer spin!

Before long, my watercolour panels were dry so I creased the larger piece with the painted side facing in – this then became the base of my card. Then I used washi tape to temporarily stick the smaller painted panel to the front, and using a circular die, I cut an aperture in the front of my card – through both layers of cardstock.

I was then then able to secure the thread using sticky tape, so that the flyer saucer was positioned beautifully in the middle of my circle aperture, between the two painted piece of cardstock. In the video I share a TOP TIP to ensure that the thread doesn’t loosen or get accidentally pulled out!

Once my UFO was in place, I could adhere the top panel onto the card base, and finish the project with a few extra features. I added a stamped greeting to the front and inside of the card, as well as two images which I watercoloured with my Artquest Stargazers pearlescent watercolour paints. I even used some white gouache and a fine paintbrush to add a few more dominant stars and some cute constellations! I just love that these stamps all work so well together!

And now the card is done! All you have to do is gently turn the UFO round and round, and you will see the thread twisting over itself. Closing the card will hold the alien in place, but when you open the card — WHOOOSHHH – this cute extraterrestrial is having extra fun as he whizzes across the universe! 🙂

Be sure to watch the video for more details on how to make this card and thank you once again for letting me be a guest designer on the blog today! I am very blessed…. and a little dizzy from watching this sweet little guy spin round and round….. but he is just so addictive! 🙂 You can check out more of my projects over on my blog Hungry Heffy Crafts or see more videos over at my YouTube channel YouTube.com/hungryheffy

have a great day, and until next time…. happy crafting!

Lesley

 

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Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you have all had a wonderful 2016 and here’s to a fantastic 2017!!

To start the year, I decided to do something a bit different- use patterned paper! I realised last week that I hardly ever use my paper packs any more, even though I have SO many in my stash! So I challenged myself to give it a whirl – and of course, I reached for this fun tel chevron paper! Isn’t it beautiful?!

To make this card I cut one rectangle from white card stock and one from this teal cardstock using the Lawn Fawn large stitched rectangle die. Then, holding them together with washi tape, I ran the two panels through my cuttlebug with a large heart die (die from Xcut).

Next I grabbed some printed vellum and stuck this in between the two layers with some tape runner. I am pretty sure I bought this vellum in Glasgow about 12 years ago! Better on a card than sitting in a drawer for another decade! LOL

Next I used two of the heart dies to cut a frame from gold mirror card so I could frame up the middle section of my card. I love that it coordinates with the pattern on the vellum, and also gives an elegant feel to the card.

For the greeting, I stuck from Stick-It adhesive onto the back of a piece of craft foam, then ran this through the cuttlebug with the Honey Bee Stamps Prayers die. The adhesive helps the intricate shape from stretching and also means that I don’t have to use wet glue to adhere the foam – as sometimes foam can be a bit of a pickle and can resist glue.


After I had stuck the foam in place, I decided to add the embossed greeting on top which is from the Sending You Sentiments set. It would probably have been best to do this before sticking everything in place, as the heat gun can warp the foam and the vellum, but I got around this covering the project by a craft mat, only exposing the bit where the embossing powder was. I also made sure my heat tool was nice and hot first, so the powder would melt quickly.

To coordinate with the gold, I reached for the Autumn Sunset sequin mix – I love the mixture of sizes! I also picked a few white sequins out of the Poinsettia sequin mix!

Thanks for stopping by – and I hope you are inspired to use up some of your stash as well – even if they aren’t quite a decade old!

Happy Crafting!

Lesley

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