Saturday, 27 August 2011

Clean and Simple Butterfly Card

I can't believe it's been so long since I last posted! I had a look around different challenge blogs this morning and picked out a couple I fancied making a card for. I wanted to use watercolour pencils because it's a technique I've never tried before, and this is the end result!

It took me ages to make sure the squares were all the right distance apart, but it was worth it. I used an Inkadinkadoo inchie stamp from a spring stamp set, and stamped the image out three times in tuxedo black Memento ink. Then I used watercolour pencils to colour the two halves of the inchie stamp, and then using water I blended the colours slightly. Here's a close up.

I thought that the card needed something else so used a sentiment stamp on the bottom left, but I'm not sure whether I should have left it blank!

I'm entering this card into the following competitions:

Less is More - Three Previous Challenges (week 4 - 3 squares, week 16 - butterfly/butterflies and week 3 - spring)

Flutter by Wednesdays - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking, and I hope you're enjoying your bank holiday weekend!

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Masculine 'Playing Card' Card!

My boyfriend left a pack of playing cards round my house and challenged me to make him a card using them! He loves anything card/magic related so I knew that if I got it right he would love it! So here it is, it is possibly my favourite card I've ever made...

I glued gold card onto a white card blank, and used Walnut Stain Distress Ink on the edges of the brown paper before layering it on top. I distressed the edges of the playing cards with a pair of scissors (after debating whether or not to crumple them too), and used the same ink on the edges and over the surface.  I used 3d foam tape to raise the Ace of Hearts from the other cards and make it stand out. I then used Papermania Capsule alphabet stickers to spell out 'love' on purple paper, and then distressed the edges with scissors and used Walnut Stain ink again to give a more distressed look. Lastly I layered this on gold card and crumpled the edges of the purple paper (I didn't glue right to the edge to make this possible). Here are some close ups!
I'm going to enter this card into the following challenges:
Cards For Men - Anything goes
One Stitch at a Time - Anything goes
Sparkles Forum - One for the boys
Charisma Cardz - Distressing
Dream Valley Challenges - Distressing

Thanks for looking, have a nice day! :)

Sunday, 14 August 2011

"Less is More" card

I've got serious post holiday blues but thankfully the sun was out today! I made this card for the "Less is More" challenge, which I've been wanting to do for a while but hadn't plucked up the courage! I'm not sure whether my card was a success or not, but I enjoyed making it which is the most important thing.

The requirements for the challenge were: one layer, and had to include ink. I decided to use a technique I'd never done before, which was to use a paintbrush to pick up lots of Distress Ink onto my work surface, then spritzed it twice with water mixed with some gold Perfect Pearls, and then used brush strokes to apply it to the card. The Distress Inks I used were Brushed Corduroy and Tattered Rose. Then I stamped a Laura Ashley flower stamp in chalk brown ink, and without re-inking it I stamped it again to create a 'ghost' of the image beside it. Lastly I used the same ink to stamp the Happy Birthday sentiment, and voila! A clean and simple card which I hope you like. Thanks for looking! Leave me a comment and I'll pop over to your blog and leave you a comment too :)

Wednesday, 3 August 2011


I will be in Sharm el Sheikh from tomorrow morning until the 10th so I won't be able to write anything until I get back! I hope you're all enjoying your summer and the beautiful weather, and I just wanted to say thank you for following me and leaving me lovely comments! I really appreciate it. See you in a week! xxx