Thursday, 30 October 2014

Art Deco Touch

Now this is the card you'd send to Hercule Poirot surely? 
I'd had the masked background ready prepared, as I was going to use it on another project, then I bought the floral bow stamp which goes perfectly with the Roses Duo Mask. I used the mini ornate frame and added my greeting which carries on the art deco feel, behind the greeting, I added a die cut from Spellbinders Tranquil Moments.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Flowers of Tomorrow

When I first saw this stamp from Creative Expressions, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it, and this is it. I wanted a look something like cloisonne - really rich, bright colours on black. To achieve this, I stamped and embossed in gold onto my black card, and then used Cosmic Shimmer watercolours to colour the image - it really is that simple, but the image has so much impact and I love the way it turned out. 
To finish the card, I simply embossed a mat with Interlocking Circles and added PVA dots in Cobalt to the edges of my other mats,

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Into the Blue

Another card this week using the new frame stamps from Creative Expressions. This time I 've gone for a very technique based  card. For the background, I used Distress Paints applied with the swoosh technique to cover the white card. I allowed this to dry completely before stamping with black Archival using the Sam Poole Newsprint Swirls and then with  Perfect  Medium using Floral Silhouettes stamps. I clear embossed the flowers, and when cooled, I went over the whole piece with Picket Fence Distress Paint. Before the paint had chance to dry, I rubbed it off to just leave a chalky film over the card.

For the focal element, I stamped one of the floral silhouettes onto white card and clear embossed. Then I stamped the frame using Faded Jeans DI. I made a mask of the central aperture so that I could stamp the crackle texture behind the roses. Finally I added various shades of blue DI befire buffing off any residual ink.

Black adds a dramatic contrast and draws you into the card to show off the techniques. A black bow, pearls and a perfectly appropriate mini cameo were all I needed to finish the card.


Thursday, 9 October 2014

Love You Lots

When I received this months stamp selection from Creative Expressions, this was immediately my favorite and I knew I'd have to stop myself from using it for all my samples! It stamps (as with all CE stamps) really crisply and even though they're big stamps, you get a lovely even image everytime.

I started with white card, then added Distress inks and blended away. After drying the ink and using my anti static pad, I stamped the image with Perfect Medium and embossed in black. To highlight the swirl flowers, I then took a waterbrush and removed the ink in these areas.
I cut the frame out using Spellbinders Matting Basics B layered it onto black and mounted onto foam. The remaining coloured card formed my lower matting, so the colour blended in perfectly.
All it needed was a greeting and some black adhesive pearls.

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Thursday, 2 October 2014

The Good Stuff

Welcome to a new month of Creative Expressions inspiration. This month we're all working with frames single stamps, and this is my first project. I discovered that the Rose Entwined stamp fits perfectly in the aperture, and made a beautiful focal point. As I took the photo, it occurred to me that this would make a lovely wedding card - and the sentiment (from Uplifting Thoughts) makes good advice for married life too!

 I embossed the images and sentiment in silver, then painted the rose with Cosmic Shimmer watercolour and drawing ink. The background embossing is the checkerboard pinpoint folder and adds lovely dimension.

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