Monday, 26 August 2013

Hi all, well it has been some time since I last posted a card. Pressures of daily life is my reason but hopefully I will can post more often now - I will do my best :-)
This card is a Christmas Card made using one of the images from the Pickup 3D sheet PU44. I have used square card and papers from my stash to complete the card.
3D Christmas Card

Saturday, 20 October 2012

3D Fairy Flip Card - Anne Darragh

 Picture 1
  1.  Cut an A4 white card or colour of you choice, to 177 x 225mm (10 x 7"). Score and fold the card in half so the card is 127 x 177mm (5 x 7") folded size. 
2. Cut out the base of the 3D Fairy  and position it on the inside of the front sheet of the card approximately 1cm from the left edge and 1.7cm from top edge of the card. Hold in place with a small amount of  repositional adhesive and draw around the base picture starting at the middle top and moving closely around the picture to the right and back in to the left at the bottom stopping at the dead centre of the bottom of the base picture. Remove the base picture and adhesive.

3. Score with a bone folder or scorer from the top edge of the card to the beginning of the pencil line. Score from the central pencil mark at the bottom to the bottom of the card.

4. Cut along the pencil line with a craft knife and cutting mat and then fold the card along the score lines.
5. Apply wet glue to the right hand side of the opened card and line up double-sided patterned paper to cover entire area with glue, smooth down. Turn the card over and trim the patterned paper to the size of the card i.e remove excess paper.

6. Apply wet glue to the left front portion of the card and with the other side of the patterned paper up glue down and trim excess paper as before.

7. Apply glue to the other half of the white card and glue down Botanic metallic paper with wet glue (if using a coloured card this is optional). Trim the excess and also around the cut aperture of the card (see picture 3)

Picture 2

8. Close the card and apply wet glue to the narrow strip of  white card on the left front of the card. Attach Botanic metallic paper and trim off excess (if using a coloured card this is optional).

9. Attach the base of the 3D starting at the cut line and glue down with a little wet glue. Assemble the remainder of the 3D and attach layers with 3D Foam Blocks.

Picture 3

10. Apply 3D Crystal Lacquer to the assembled 3D. When the lacquer is dry apply a second coat to the fairy's wings and sprinkle with crystal glitter or fairy dust. When dry attach the assemble 3D over the base picture with double-sided tape.

11. Attach flowers (apply a little glue and sprinkle with glitter first) to the bottom and top of the card (see picture 2).

12. Using a cut and emboss die of your choice, cut from Botanic metallic paper, attach a peel-off greeting and attach to the bottom right of the card with 3D foam blocks.

13. Attach a peel-off border sticker to the left side of the card over the Botanic metallic paper.

I hope you enjoy making this fun card.


Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Flowers with Love and Best Wishes - Sharon Blaxter

Please read all instructions before commencing

1.   Cut a piece of blue card 13cm x 13cm with a craft knife and ruler on a self healing mat.
Place the largest Victorian Square die on the front of the card and run through the Cuttlebug with plates A, B  and C, run through the machine once again with the embossing mat.

2.   Place the Victorian Square onto a piece of scrap paper and with the Glitzin Glamour Silver, apply glitter around the embossed edge. The scrap paper will catch any overflow from the glitter.
Leave to dry for about 10 minutes.

3.   With the help of a pokey tool carefully pick up the white corner peel off sticker and place onto the Victorian Square about 2 cm in from the pointed edge, as shown in picture 1.

 Picture 1.

4.   Cut a piece of  white shimmer card  11.7cm x 23.4cm  and with a trimmer, score at 11.7cm and fold to make a card.

5.   Attach the Victorian Square in the centre of the card with Elmers glue.
With a pokey tool  lift the wider transparent glitter line  and attach near the edge of the card, snip at the ends to make a frame.

 Picture 2.

6.   Select the flowers that you would like to use, I used 1 large and 2 smaller ones.
These flowers have a lot of definition and are very beautiful, very life like.
Place a small amount of  Helmar glue to the back of the flower and using tweezers place as in picture 3.

 Picture 3.

7.   With a pokey tool pick up the sentiment and place as pictured.

                   Your card is now complete!


Friday, 5 October 2012

Easel Card Tutorial - Sharon Blaxter

Easel cards are a wonderful card to make when you would like to make something that little bit more special.  They are quite easy to make.

1.  I have selected to make a stitching topper from Hobbydols booklet #76.
There are 12 patterns in this booklet, they are terrific value, even though they are written in Dutch, they are very easy to follow.

2.  Cut a piece of  white card 13cm x 13cm with a craft knife and ruler on a self healing mat
Photocopy the pattern and adhere to the front of the white card with removable tape.

Picture 1

3.   Place onto a pricking mat  and with your Ultra Fine ricking Tool prick out the entire pattern.
When finished remove the pattern and stitch with your choice of thread using an embroidery needle.
Attach the ends of the thread when starting and finishing with adhesive tape.
Attach the beads as indicated on the pattern.

4.  Attach the stitched card to a light pink card 13.5cm x 13.5cm with double sided tape.
Cut  Shimmer card 14.2 x 14.2 attach the stitched card with double sided tape.

Please note: Do not attach the decoupage until you have assembled the easel card.

Picture 2

5.   Cut  Shimmer card 14.2cm x 28.4cm with a paper trimmer.
Score  at 7.1cm and also at 14.2cm.
See picture 3 and picture 4.

Picture 3

Picture 4

6.   Attach double side tape to the smaller section of the easel card.
This section of the card measures 14.2cm x 7.1cm.
See picture 5.

Picture 5

7.   Attach the bottom of the topper to the easel card.
Your card should now look like this from the front.
See picture 6.

Picture 6

8.   When standing up your card will look like this.
See picture 7.

Picture 7

9.   Using a Cuttlebug or similar machine, die cut Marianne Creatables Roses LRO212 with white card run through through the machine once again with a embossing mat.
Chalk  or ink the roses to add a little colour.
See picture 9.

10.   Adhere  to the base of the easel card with Elmers glue and double sided tape
See picture 8.

Picture 8

11.   Attach 5 pink adhesive jewells with the help of a Pokey tool evenly across the back of the die cut.
When your easel card is standing up it will rest against the jewells.

Picture 9

12.   Cut out the complete Marianne Vintage Rose decoupage with a scalpel or scissors attach to the topper with Zig 2-Way glue using tweezers.
Attach the remaining decoupage with Silicone glue, using tweezers for placement.

Your card is now complete and when closed it will easily fit into a envelope.
See Picture 2.


Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Basket of Flowers Just For You - Sharon Blaxter

 Please read all instructions before commencing

1.   Cut a piece of light pink card 13cm x 13cm with a craft knife and ruler on a self healing mat.

2.   Carefully lift of the Ribbon Sticker with the help of a Positioning Tool.
Attach along the 4 edges of the card.

NB. Start the ribbon sticker at the same point in each corner so they are evenly matched around the card.

Picture 1.

3. Carefully lift a corner of the ribbon sticker and cut using small scissors across the corners.
Start at the outer corner and cut towards the middle, where the corners meet up.
This will give you a lovely mitred corner.  
Repeat on all the corners. 

Picture 2.

4.   Cut the main card with a paper trimmer 14.2 x 28.4,  score at  14.2 cm and fold.
Attach the ribbon topper with double sided tape.  Leave to one side.

5.   Place white card into the Daisy embossing folder and run through the Cuttlebug with plates A and 2 x B plates.
With the Large Oval Die place the embossed card on top and run through the Cuttlebug once again this time using plates A, B and C.

6.   Cut out the Marianne Craftables Basket 1208 using a Cuttlebug with plates A, B and C, 
Run through the Cuttlebug once again this time with the embossing mat.
  Colour the basket with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink using a small ink sponge.

7.   Attach the embossed oval to the pink card with Elmers Glue. See card for positioning.
Attach the basket using Zig 2-Way glue.

8.   Snip the wire from the back of the  Marianne Design Paper Flowers, arrange the flowers to your liking. 
Use  tweezers to place the flowers on the basket with Helmar glue.

Picture 3.

9.  Pick up a Just For You with a  pokey tool and place in the centre of the card.

10.    Place 2 holographic butterflies onto a piece of  acetate with a pokey tool and with scissors carefully cut around the butterflies. Bend the wings at the thorax to give the butterfly dimension.  Holding with tweezers place a small amount of Helmar glue to the thorax of the butterfly. Place a butterfly on each side of the peel off.

Your card is now complete! 


Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Beads, Beads, Beads
by Jan Rankine

Today I would like to share with you some cards I made using Emilie's Design Card Stitching Pattern ED-056

As you can see, quite different effects can be achieved simply by using different coloured card, thread and beads.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Emelie's Design with Nellie Snellen Corner Dies - Sharon Blaxter

Please read all instructions before commencing

1.   Cut a piece of  white card  13cm x 13cm with a craft knife and ruler on a self healing mat.

2.   Place the Nellie Snellen Corner Die along one corner and attach with removable tape.
See picture 1
NB.  Make sure that  the card is the right way up otherwise the turned edges will be the wrong way on your card.
See picture 2

Picture 1

3.   Run the die through your Cuttlebug using plates A, B and C.
Carefully remove the die, remove the fiddly bits with the the help of a pokey tool.
Repeat this on all corners.

Picture 2

4.   Carefully trim away the edges to meet up with the corners, using a craft knife, and ruler on a self healing mat.

5. Photocopy the  Emelies Design Initial M and attach to the centre of the white card that has been die cut with removable tape. Rest on a pricking mat and carefully prick out the entire pattern as indicated.
Remove the pattern from the white card when completed.
Hint. hold your work towards the light when pricked out to make sure  you haven't missed any holes.

NB.  there are many patterns by Emelies Design, also a complete set of Initials.

6.   Using a needle and your choice of  thread  complete the stitching adding the rice beads and white beads as indicated on the pattern. Adhere the cotton with sticky tape at the back when starting and finishing.

Picture 3

7.   Attach the completed topper with double sided tape to the card of your choice, that has been cut to 14cm x14cm with a craft knife and ruler on a self healing mat.

8.   Cut your main card 15cm wide with a paper trimmer, score at  14.8cm.
Attach the completed topper with double sided tape.

Your card is now complete!


Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Card Sketch Tutorial by Jan Rankine

When making cards one of the most challenging and time consuming components is the actual layout and placement of the materials. Having a pre-made design layout can save hours of indecision and trial and error. Card Sketches are pre-made layouts, are quite good fun to work with and can give you a great deal of inspiration. and there are many many sketches available on the Web - just search "Card Sketch Images".

Card sketches generally consist of three basic elements, designer paper, matting which is usually (though not always) cardstock and embellishments. Often the matting is used to frame the designer paper to make it "pop". The same sketch may be used many times with different papers, colour schemes, embellishments and matting combining to make completely different cards.

A sketch can be turned several ways as shown above - you don't have to stick to the original.
Today I have chosen the top left hand sketch.

This is the finished card

Once you have selected your sketch, decide the size you want your card to be.    
Count the number of pieces shown in the sketch and choose a colour scheme. 
Co-ordinate the colours of the card and patterned paper.
I chose to make my card 120mm x 160mm side fold.  Cut your card 240mm x 160mm and fold it in half.  Use a bone folder to ensure a good flat fold.

I chose gold mirror card for my first element and cut it 80mm x 13.5mm then put it through the Cuttlebug with a spotted template.

Attach double sided tape to the back of the gold card and attach to the base card.  The sketch is a guide only - you can measure distances or use your own judgement for placement.

For the second layer in the sketch I chose a patterned paper and cut it to 75mm x 12mm, then using a Martha Stewart border punch, created a decorative border along one edge.

 Attach this piece to the card with double sided tape using the sketch as a guide for placement.

I used a Peel Off Ribbon Sticker for the third layer. You could also use ribbon, lace, border punched card, or an embellishment.

For the top layer I used the same card as the base and cut it to 60mm x 90mm. I used a Peel Off Border Sticker to neaten the edges and also to give a little more dimension to the card.  I used tweezers to lift and position the stickers but a fine pricking tool can also be used.

A Peel Off Greeting , a rub-on, a 3D picture, or anything else you like can be added, then attach this piece to the card using the sketch as a guide for placement. 

With a Joy Craft cutting and embossing stencil, cut some leaves and glue them to the bottom left hand corner, with three roses.
I have used flowers but any embellishment can be added.

I hope I have helped give you some ideas about using sketches.  Use your imagination and remember, the sketch is only a guide.

Thanks for dropping by
Luv, Jan xx

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