Todays project takes two stamps, a few ink pads, a baby wipe and not much more.
There is something about 1 layer cards that make them s beautiful to me. Perhaps its the gentle reminder that a pretty card does not have to be a complicated card. One of the easiest and most effective ways to use a stamp on a card is by repetition. You can repeat a stamp to create a background- these often end up looking like a piece of pattern paper, but you can also make a stamp really pop with multiple colours. On this card i have used three key colours to stamp the ‘smile’ speech bubble vertically on the card, but interrupted the flow of this design with a greeting in black. Simple yet effective!
Todays card was a result of a Cameo play session. :-) i swear the more i play with my silhouette cameo the more i love it. And in fact, the more i play the better i get at using it, so it means that i feel like i am actually getting the results that i want now, which is fab!
I made a cut file which was a scatter of stars and then i ran a piece of acetate through the cameo to create a mask. It was an experiment, and it turned our great. i was really surprised at how easy the acetate cut. Next I used distress inks and the blender tool to pop colour through the mask to create a starry background. I purposefully chose softer colours- i didn’t want the card to appear too pre-schooly.
For the feathers I cut them in white and used the same ink pads to carry the colour into the main focal element. I love doing this, its a great way to create cohesion throughout your project. To add dimension I also used my scoring tool to create a score up through each feather- it resulted in a slight bend upwards as you can see in the photo.
Next up was some sparkle. I cut a thin strip of gold glitter paper and adhered it to the card along with blue washi tape, and then dipped the feathers in glue and gold glitter -just so the tip was a little glittery and sparkly. I think next time I will use glitter embossing powder to get a more even coverage, but this still worked well. Add a printed greeting, some twine and random Jack Wills button, chomp some corners and i call that done!
Ever have a project which has been lurking in your house for years? A forgotten project, once started, never finished? This was one of mine.
When I spent a year in France as part of my Uni degree Craig and I wrote letters to each other every week. I kept these all in a box along with some postcards and brochures etc from Lyon. When we moved into our previous house in 2009 I decided that i was going to make a mini book to hold all these items. I was going to make a video and I designed the whole thing and pre-cut all the papers and everything. Then I hit an issue. The video i was started was rubbish- the lighting was really bad, so much that the colours were not true and that bugged me soooooo badly. We also didn’t have a proper camera mount. Because of these things my inspiration flew out the window and hit itself in the face on the way out. I packed everything away together and then it lay in hibernation.
Fast forward. Geez, has it been three years?!
Then one day for no apparent reason, I did it!
I faced the giant and decided that it was GOING to GET MADE! I didn’t want to do a video any more, that ship had sailed, but it was silly having a half finished project staring at me all this time.
And here it is. And I LOVE IT! I like the design, (i wanted a vintage, timeless yet french inspired romantic feeling), I love the textures, I love the content, i love the story behind the project getting made and i love the fact that it is finished.
My bind it all had its work cut out for it because there were so many things to go in to the book. The final thing doesn’t even close properly but i don’t care. Because its done. and its great.
Do you have any projects which are dwelling on your mind? Go get inspired and face your own giant!
Today i’ve got a video for you, walking you through a little inking fun. I like to use white embossing powder to emboss a stamped image and then colour over it, as the white always pops out so vividly. I picked up this really yummy Penny Black stamp a little while ago and it is perfect for this technique.
I had fun making the video, I hope you enjoy watching it.
As for us, we are going to two summer fayres today. They promise me bouncy castles, BBQs, craft stalls, beer tents and car boot sales. I’ll let you take one guess at which one of those interests me the most! (and one guess to which interests Craig the most! ) LOL.