Sunday, 7 April 2019

Bricks and Windows

Hope you're all having a good weekend.   I've been getting textural this weekend with the new emboss and cut folders from Sizzix - I really like the idea -  not only do you get some great embossed texture but with the inbuilt dies you get a window cut in the perfect position every time!

I opted to use the Window Box version today, but there is also a great church window which would be fab for wedding cards.

I started with some vanilla malt cardstock trimmed to US size A2 and ran that through the folder.  To get the colour on the bricks I used brown and yellow ink from Altenew  with make up blending brushes to get some soft colour on the stones.   The brushes allow you to concentrate the colour on the raised areas so the areas between the bricks remain paler.

To give the bricks a more realistic finish, I used distress crayons in brown, white, beige and grey to add some craggy bits - just going in directly with the crayons in random areas, then blending out with my fingers.   The flat top to the crayons makes is really easy to just apply them to the raised areas so they are a great way to colour any embossed image.

The flowers and leaves for the window box also come with this embossing folder set.  I just cut those from white card and coloured them with markers before arranging them and adding some random dots of liquid pearls around them to suggest buds.   I do love the super cute little bee too!

I coloured both the front and back of the window frames with a dark grey marker so that when the windows are open you can see the same colour inside.

To turn it into a card I just blended some grey on the base card where the window would be, stamped a happy birthday (altenew birthday builder) at the top and then adhered the panel on top.


We will have the following in store this week:
  • MFT's new release 
  • Newton's Nook's new release (Friday)

We're still waiting for the following to ship:

  • Waffle Flower's new release
  • Stamping Bella's latest release

We are also working on bringing you something new and exciting and we'll be the first UK store to get it - watch this space for news in the next couple of weeks!

Catch you next week


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