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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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Hello everyone, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I am just popping on with a quick video to share the winner of the Chibitronics Giveaway featured in my previous blog post.

The winner is …. @marblemine

Congratulations Marblemine! I will be in touch to make arrangements for your prize to be posted!
YAY!

A massive thank you to everyone to entered the giveaway, and I am happy to say that I will be sharing more Chibitronics videos in the future, and there will also more more giveaways! So be sure to subscribe to me on YouTube so you can be informed of future giveaways!

Happy Crafting everyone!

Lesley

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Hello everyone, and Happy New Years Eve – or Hogmanay, as my In-Laws would call it! I am releasing this week’s video a little early because I wanted to remind everyone that we still have a Chibitronics giveaway open, where you can win a Chibitronics starter kit! Chibitronics is a company that makes it super easy%image_alt% to add fun LED lights to your projects, so you can create interactive, illuminating creations! Check out their website here for more details.

Time is running out, so if you would like to be in for a chance to win, please visit the giveaway blogpost for the details – it’s really simple! Note – entries close at midnight 31st December 2016.

Now over to todays project…

Yeti Christmas Shaker card-front

Just look at these cute little guys! Is it any wonder I couldn’t resist turning them into a Christmas card for my best friend Alexia. Truth be told, I had already sent her a card, but I loved the sentiment ‘To my Beastie’ that came in this fun Beast Friend stamp set from My Favorite Things.

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I had stamped and coloured these two little guys with copic markers whilst watching netflix one evening, and thought they would look great on a card – so I decided to make a shaker card.

To mix things up a bit, I decided to use a smaller rectangular die to cut three holes in the front panel of my card rather than just having one large aperture. I think it looks a bit like windows, don’t you? From there, the whole thing came together nicely – the yeti with the lights is decorating the house, but his friend would rather stay warm inside!

Yeti Christmas Shaker card-yeti

To create an outside scene, I used a selection of dies – mostly from Lawn Fawn, to build a beautiful snowy landscape. I even pulled out an old snowman wooden stamp from my stash to add to the garden. Thats the kind of things be(a)st friends get up to, isn’t it?- building snowmen!

I used distress inks to add colour to the landscape, and then assembled everything together and stuck a panel of acetate over the top. This is because there were so many die cut edges, I was convinced that the glitter would get stuck in all the crevices. I laid another piece of acetate under the frame, and sprinkled some glitter inside.

Yeti Christmas Shaker card-yeti lights

I added a stamped message to the front, along with some gift boxes to bring more balance to the front of the card, and then added a few red hearts for an added sprinkle of love!

There are more details in the video below – so please do check it out!

Don’t forget the chibitronics giveaway – only a few hours left to enter!

Have a wonderful New Years Eve, and I will be back tomorrow to announce the giveaway winner! Good Luck!

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