Saturday, 25 May 2019

Smooth Sailing

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Today I have a card for you featuring one of the gorgeous stamp sets of the fantastic latest Lawn Fawn release: Smooth Sailing. I love many sets from the release but in particular this one because it is so versatile and perfect for male cards: for birthdays, father's day, sympathy cards and just because.

I started by stamping the bigger sail boat and some clouds. I felt like the smaller boat was to big to add in and for the layout I had in mind. So I used the tiny one I found in Lawn Fawn's Rub A Dub Dub. I coloured the images using alcohol marker. For both sets there are coordinating dies avaiable: here and here.

For the background I used a technique I recently learned in one of Jennifer McGuire's latest videos. I stamped on the panel with Neat & Tangled's Receding Background using Versamark ink. After drying the ink I added some ink blending. You get this subtle effect with this technique which I really like.
I also added some splatters of water and white gesso.

To create the waves and the ocean I die cut Mama Elephant's Ocean Waves Trio from white cardstock. I blended some inks in turqoise and blue on these pieces of cardstock, too. I also stamped the sentiment on the cardstock and heat embossed it in white.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend!


Friday, 24 May 2019

You Are Gold!

Are you all singing Spandau Ballet now?  Love that song!

Anyhow, in case you didn't guess, today's post is all about gold and I've made 2 cards at the same time using the bits I didn't want on one on the other and vice-versa.  Let me explain.....

I used the superb new Fine Bouquet Die from Altenew which gives you a beautiful delicate floral outline as well as all the petals so you can use them individually or together so 3 looks from one die.  For these two cards I went for the both together look die cutting it once from foiled card and once from white and inking up the petals on white to piece into the foiled frame and the foiled petals then went into the uninked white frame. 

If you find piecing dies back together a little fiddly, then I have a trick to share - a roll of Press 'n Seal from Glad opens up a world of possibilities with die cutting (we don't stock it as I can't find a UK distributor but you can now find it easily on Amazon and a roll will last yonks).   Here's a little photo montage that shows you how it works.

First I started with the foiling - this is another SUPER EASY way to get a foiled look on your projects without the need for any fancy heat tools.   Simply cover the card with a layer of stick-it sheet glue (image top left) and then lay your foil sheet (image top middle) on top.  For this project I also put stick-it on the back (image top right) so it makes sticking the fine frame onto your project fuss free.

Now for the white version and this is where the press 'n seal comes in handy.  I ran the die through my machine and before taking the die off my cutting plate I put a piece of it all over the back (image middle left).   Press 'n seal is basically like a thin plastic with a very light adhesive on the back, similar to that on a post it, so it won't permanently stick but it works brilliantly to hold all your "bits" in place.  Then you can flip it over and remove the white frame (image middle-middle) and see that all the pieces are still where they need to be for the image.  It also means that you can ink up the petals without having to hold on to them (image middle right) and I used the new gold inks from Altenew blending all over with the Antique colour and then used the Enchanted colour to blend some depth of colour to the edges.  Then I removed the foiled frame outline from the other die cut (image bottom left) and pieced that around the petals (image bottom middle).  [Note - I forgot to peel the foil release from the foiled card before I die cut, not the end of the world as you can still peel off each bit individually but it is much more fiddly (you can see in the image which bits still have the plastic on)  To remove it the easy way, just rub over the foil with a bone folder and peel the plastic away and THEN die cut it!]   The final step is to get another piece of press 'n seal and apply that gently to the front (image bottom right) and then turn it over and remove the piece from the back.  Your pieces are then still all held together and you can just apply glue and flip the whole flower onto card, press it down, remove the waste card and press 'n seal all in go and bingo, easy peasy die cut piecing.

I placed mine onto black card and then used Gold String and Gold Trim Washi tapes from Altenew to cover the rest of my square base card for classy colour combo and timeless look.

For my second card, as the foiled pieces had the stick-it on the back, I did it the old fashioned way and just stuck each piece into the white frame directly onto the sand base card individually.

To complete the card I added a foiled border - I just used a ball-point glue pen and a ruler to draw a fine line, waited til the glue went tacky and pressed the foil on - another easy way to use the foils.

The sentiment is Colorado Craft Company's Lovely Legs Anniversary set and was stamped using the Enchanted Pigment Ink from Altenew.

Hope that all makes sense and you're ready to give die piecing a crack.


Thursday, 23 May 2019

When the Waters Get Rough

Like Picasso, I'm in my "blue period" today with a little card full of layers of blue ready for when someone needs their spirits lifted.

I took the Lawn Fawn Smooth Sailing set as my starting point and then added a couple of other elements to build my scene.

The boat and the lighthouse from the stamp set were both stamped onto white card and then again on to several different colours of paper from my all time fave pad - Spiffy Speckles - so I could piece the images together.  The light in the lighthouse is the yellow in the pad but with some stickles on top - and the shape is courtesy of the mini sun die from Lil' Inker Designs which is the perfect fit for size.  I just cut off the 3 top and bottom rays to make it a light ray instead of a full sun.

I also used the same papers for the waves too which just simply die cut using Mama Elephant's Ocean Wave Trio.  They are really useful papers for backgrounds as the pattern is really subtle.

To add some mood to the inked sky background I added a darker inked circle of raindrops using MFT's Rainy Circle Die and a few clouds with inked bottoms to make them rainy using Avery Elle's Cityscape and Picket Fence Dies

Avery Elle also came to the rescue for something to sit the lighthouse on - their Rocky Shores die is perfect to finish the seascape off.  Just cut from a scrap of grey card.

One of the sentiments from the stamp set finishes off the card both on the front and on the inside.


Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Jawsome Birthday Tank Card

Hello, Tallie here.

I'm back today with a fun underwater scene card combining two Lawn Fawn stamp sets: Duh Nuh and You Are Sublime. An extra layer of acetate makes it more tank-like!

I started out by stamping the characters from both sets in some MFT Extreme Black ink onto some blending cardstock. I then coloured them in with my alcohol markers, keeping to bright greens, oranges and yellows, aware that these would contrast with the blue background. I cut these out with the coordinating dies.

I then coloured two A6 card panels with some Distress Oxide Inks, one in Faded Jeans/Mermaid Lagoon/Broken China and the other in Vintage Photo/Ground Expresso. The blue one I flicked on some water to give the impression of bubbles, blotting it off to get some brighter blobs. The other, I cut twice with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border die. I adhered these pieces together, layering on the coloured die cuts with some foam tape for some dimension. I also added some spots of Glossy Accents to the blue background for some more interest.

To give the impression of looking into a tank, I cut down some acetate so it was 4 cm (just over 1.5 inches) larger than a landscape A6 card base. I scored this so there would be a 1 cm standout when wrapped around the background panel. To secure, I adhered the acetate between the background panel and the card base.

To finish, I combined sentiments from both sets, white heat embossing them onto some black banner strips cut with the Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banner dies.

Thanks for reading, catch you next week.



Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Little Mermaiden Agenda

Today I’m sharing a card featuring the fabulous Little Mermaiden Agenda from Mama Elephant. I created a underwater scene, adapting another set from Mama Elephant for one of the scene elements.

I began with the background. I die cut the Mama Elephant Hillside Cover die from white card, masked off the border, then added a blend of distress oxide ink. I used picked raspberry, wilted violet, broken china and peacock feathers for the ocean. For the sea bed, I used antique linen and frayed burlap.

I flicked the background to get some droplet texture, and added some more texture to the sand bank by adding dots of brown alcohol marker ink.

Mama Elephant have some other sea sets which would work really well with the mermaids. As I don’t have these, I decided to create some sea grass myself by drawing on card with my alcohol markers. I trimmed them out and adhered them to the scene.

Next, I stamped and coloured some Little Mermaiden Agenda images. I had fun using different colours for their hair. Can you spot Ariel and Flounder? 

I had an idea to create a large clam shell for the mermaids to sit in - a bit like the opening scene of Ariel's sisters singing in The Little Mermaid. To create my shell, I used the oval and circle frames from Little Agenda Frames. I coloured the frames to look like a shell, trimming the bottom off the circle frame before adhering on top of the oval frame. 

I added two of the mermaids on to the shell with foam tape, making sure to hide the edges where the frames meet. 

I adhered the shell and mermaids to my card, using foam tape for dimension. I then added some tone on tone stamped fish to the background, using the two small fish included in Little Mermaiden Agenda

I finished with a stamped sentiment from the Mama Elephant Birthday Messages stamp set, some white and glitter gel pen accents, and some clear jewels for bubbles.

Have a lovely day,
ME Birthday Messages
ME Little Mermaiden Agenda

ME Little Agenda Frames
ME Hillside Cover

Monday, 20 May 2019

A Birthday Caution

Ello, Ello, Ello...... what do we have 'ere then? It looks like a card for a Big Birthday!

I couldn't resist when I saw the policeman in the Oyez! set from Waffleflower.
I've coloured him in and trimmed him out with scissors, although matching dies 
are available, so he could stand and watch over the Big Birthday....

Do you like the warning tape? It's made by cutting strips of yellow paper and stamped using 
the Lots of Letters alphabet from Mama Elephant and the stripes are stamped using the pattern 
from Waffleflower's Go Girl set. I wove one of the tapes through the letters so it 
was easier to read the word. 

I searched for a traffic cone stamp or something I could adapt in my stash but drew a 
blank so had to hand cut one, it's just two simple shapes so wasn't to difficult.

The space above the lettering looked a little bare so I used the cut-out cloud lines from Mama Elephants Cloudy Day Cover Die to add some subtle detail... I think it worked quite well.

I think this card would bring a smile to the face of any recipient, whatever the 
Big Birthday age be !!


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Inking and Floral Gifting

We've had lots of questions about our new pigment inks this week - Versafine Clair from Tsukineko - and what to use them for.  If you've not used a versafine pigment ink pad before, then let me introduce you to fine detail perfection!  I've used Versafine Onxy Black for my sentiment stamping for years - I really don't think you can beat it for solid colour and detail, so when they brought out this new range of "Clair" pads in 24 gorgeous colours, I knew they were coming to store as I wanted ALL the colours!

So today I've picked 6 colours in a rough rainbow so play with to make a set of floral cards to make a little gift set.  I think it can be fun to theme a set of cards if you're making them as sets - here the one floral stamp - Vintage Flowers from Concord and 9th has been used in a variety of ways and just paired with different sentiments to bring the set together.   I picked this floral because well, its beautiful, but also because it has lots of fine line detail and I wanted to show how Clair picks that out with one single impression.

I used the Hero Arts side fold A2 cards and matching envelopes so I could easily make a set of 6 cards to tie in a nice bow to make a good little gift pack for a friend - packs like this with mixed sentiments are great gifts as then non-card makers have cards on hand when they need them.

For my rainbow I selected Versafine Clair in Glamorous, Summertime, Golden Meadown, Verdant, Shady Lane and Warm Breeze.

For my first card I went with Glamorous, a dark pink, and simply stamped the flower in the top corner and stamped a sentiment in the same colour at the bottom.   The second card I used Summertime which is a peachy-orange and this time I just repeat stamped the flower in all four corners leaving a deliberate white space in the middle for the sentiment which was stamped in onyx black.

The sentiment  for both cards comes from MFT's Anything But Basic Encouragement stamp set.

Next came Golden Meadow and I went with a single bloom again but paired with some stitched detail using the Just Stitching Double Rectangles from the new Lawn Fawn Release.   I wanted a get well card in the set, but didn't want anything too mushy so paired the floral image with a snarky sentiment from Lil' Inker Designs Sassy Pants stamp set.

For the birthday card I stamped the flower twice in opposite corners using Verdant ink.   One of my favourite things to do with pigment inks is to use the straight to paper technique to get exact match card stock strips for adding sentiments to.  I just cut a strip of white to the width I wanted but longer than I needed so I could hold a clean bit and then just stroked the ink pad across til I got a wide enough length to fit across the card.  I stamped the sentiment from Anything But Basic Birthday Wishes on top using another Clair Ink in Shady Lanes.

I wanted to include more birthday cards in my set as they are the ones we send the most.  As much as I love floral images though, floral cards aren't for everyone, so I wanted to go sassy again and make a bold statement.  I used Hero Arts wooden stamp - Snarky Birthday stamped onto some Hero Arts card stock this time and once I had that I marked off where it would sit in the middle of the card and masked off the area so I could stamp the floral image at top and bottom and not have the leaves crossing over each other.   I used Shady Lane ink on this one (the bottom image has a spot in the middle that's not crisp - that was because my mask creased so I didn't get a good impression and I didn't want to risk lining it up again so left it slightly imperfect!)

Finally I went with the gorgeous teal (who me lol!) that is Warm Breeze and similar to the orange filled the whole card but this time without any gaps.  I used the leaves and buds to fill in the edges.   The sentiment is another from Anything But Basic Birthday Wishes stamped onto more Hero Arts card stock which does co-ordinate well with the tones of the inks.

The details on the inks say they are perfect for using with pencils and watercolour but do not mention copics so lots of you asked if they could be used with copics.   Normally the answer is a resounding no, but ever the maverick, I wanted to give it a try (let me ruin my stuff so you don't have to!)

Here I used Golden Meadow Versafine Clair and LEFT IT TO DRY OVERNIGHT.  I do not know what the drying time is for the inks.  If you want to try this I would leave them for a least 3-4 hours or heat set them and test before doing a full on colour.   However after 24 hours I found NO ISSUES at all using my copics - I deliberately used some 00 colours to see if the inks damaged the tips but there was no bleeding of the ink and no colour transfer.   PLEASE CHECK YOUR MATERIALS FIRST though - I used a papermania ready made 300gsm card to stamp on.  Other papers may affect the ink.   TEST, TEST, TEST - but I think as long as it is FULLY DRY, there shouldn't be an issue.

Versafine inks would be good for solid stamps too - they would be great on Turnabouts - crisp detail, solid pattern stamps, as colour under clear embossing.  Anything where you want a really bold strong colour - they're your ink!

Hope that answered all of your questions but leave me a comment below if you want me to try out something else for you with them.


This week we will have the May stamp and die release from Altenew in store

The big summer release from Avery Elle is on Thursday and we hope to have it in store for release day customs willing.

We will be ordering the latest release from Lil' Inker Designs too so should have that this week or next.

Catch you later