Friday, 27 July 2012

Marianne Creatables Doyley Card by Jan Rankine


1.  Cut a piece of card to make a side fold 150mm square card
2.  Cut a piece of green card 125mm square and attach to the front of the card with double-sided tape
3.  Cut a piece of light pink card 120mm square and attach to card as above

4.  Attach a  Peel Off Sticker Border and Corners 6521 around the edge of the pink card
5.  Attach Peel Off Sticker Borders to outside edge of green card
6.  Attach Peel Off Stickers to corners of burgundy card

7.  Using Marianne Design Creatables Stencil LR130 and a Cuttlebug or Big Shot, cut a slightly darker pink doyley
8.  Attach doyley to the card as shown with double-sided tape

 9.  Assemble a flower cluster in the bottom left hand corner of the card from Marianne Design Mixed Flower pack Purple and the flower from the stencil.  I find glue dots work best to keep the flower layers together.
10.  To add a little dimension to your cluster, slightly crush the large flower, pinch and crease the petals of the die cut flower and crease the centre of the leaves then lift them a little.
11.Attach a greeting to the centre of the doyley and the centre in the flower from Peel off Sticker Sheet 300

12.  Cut a little stand from card on a Cuttlebug or Big Shot using Joy Crafts Stencil 6002/0123
to display your card.
Your card is now complete.

Materials Used:

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

3D Daisy by Marianne Design ~ Shaz. G

The card today is using the Don and Daisy 3D sheet - this is much prettier than the sheet colours show  on site, and it is a great, versatile set by Marianne Design, with very good detail.
1. Cut with fine scissors the pieces of  Daisy from the top of the sheet, and shape them with the shaping tool on the foam shaping mat.

2. Apply 3D Foam Blocks or 3D Silicone Adhesive to the back of the 3D pieces and layer them in order of size - largest to the smallest. TIP: when cutting them out the 3D pieces, place them in order to one side and shape and attach as you go. This works well with detailed 3D's.

3. Once the picture is assembled apply a thin layer of Gloss Kote to all exposed surfaces of the picture. Place aside to dry.
4. Take a white sheet of card and cut to 14.5 x 10.5cm (half an A5 sheet is almost the right size, I cut a little off the bottom).

 5. Using the Nellie Snellen Corner Die MFD031 line up the die at each corner and run through a Cuttlebug or similar machine to cutout each corner - ensure you line up each corner accurately.  I found when using thick card it needs to be run the machine several times to successfully cut all the lovely detail of this corner piece. You will notice there is a slight overlap where the corners meet at the centre of the card - shown in the sample below

6. Trim the excess to round off the sides and bottom where they join the card, as shown in the two small close ups. When the four corners are completed attach with Double-sided Tape to a piece of pink paper. I used a sheet from the Papermania Henbury Lane Pack. 
7. Centre the assembled topper on white card and attach with double-sided tape. Add a bit of colour  to give depth, I added some fuchsia chalk with a sponge. Adhere the assembled 3D with double-sided tape and put a couple of pencil lines around her feet and hands so it looks like she is in motion.
8. Then add a gold Peel-Off Happy Birthday sticker using a pricking/positioning tool to place the greeting carefully in the top corners. Add gold peel-off borders and corners to complete the card.

    Materials used:

    Monday, 23 July 2012

    3D Floral Card - Vicky Pedlow

    Photo One


    To assemble your 3D decoupage flower

    Photo Two

    1.  Carefully push out flowers A1 - A4 from the Craft UK Polka Dot Flowers Die-Cut Sheet as per photo two. Use decoupage scissors to tidy up the edges of the flowers.

    Photo Three

    2.  Build your 3D flower by placing small foam squares between each layer as per photo three.

    To assemble your base card

    1.   Fold a sheet of A5 white card in half to make a C6 card. I find using a bone folder helps to make a neat fold.

    2.  Cut a piece of Papicolour lavendar card to 100mm x 145mm then emboss the card using a die-cutting machine and the Crafts-Too Happy Valentine Embossing Folder. Place the card inside the embossing folder ensuring it is positioned perfectly straight then process it through your machine. I used a Cuttlebug machine with plates A, B and B.

    Photo Four

    3.  Use a craft knife and a metal edged ruler to carefully cut out the rectangular centre of the card to create a 'frame' then adhere transparent glitter line peel-off stickers to the inside the frame as per photo four.

    4.  Carefully colour the embossed roses, hearts and foliage using markers of your choice. I used Tombow Dual Brush Pens in yellow, purple and green. I applied the yellow and green directly to the card; however, to create a softer lilac colour for the hearts I scribbled the purple marker on a piece of scrap paper then picked up a little of the colour with a water brush and applied the diluted colour to the embossed hearts using the water brush.

    Photo Five

    5.  Apply a small dot of Crystalina Glitzin' Glamour to all the embossed dots as shown in photo five then set the frame aside to dry.

    Photo Six

    6.  Die-cut four leaves out of white card from the Marianne Design Creatables Stencil Frame/Leaves LR0117die. I die-cut each leaf twice. Place the leaves on a clean piece of scrap paper, apply a little glue to each leaf then sprinkle liberally with Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter. Carefully shake off the excess glitter onto the scrap paper and set the leaves aside to dry. Refer photo six. Return the excess glitter to the jar.

    7.  Once your die-cut leaves have dried you are ready to assemble your card. Use double-sided tape to adhere the frame to the white base card then glue the 3D flower and leaves to the card as shown below. Add a peel-off sticker sentiment of your choice and your card is now complete. 




    Wednesday, 18 July 2012

    Christmas Luxury Layer Card - Sharon Blaxter

     Please read all instructions before commencing.

    1.   Using a Christmas Luxury Layer Card  place onto a non stick craft sheet spray gently using Copper Perfect Pearls.
    Leave on the mat to dry.

    2.  Turn the  layer card over and with sharp scissors cut small pieces of green card and gold glitter card to fit over the bell and leaf shapes, adhere with small pieces of sticky tape.  Leave to one side.
                           See picture 1.

    Picture 1.

    3.  Carefully lifting with a Positioning tool, lift the 7.5cm oval glitter sticker onto a small piece of white card.
    Trim around the outer edge with decoupage scissors. 

    4.   Lightly chalk with  green tones onto the white card.

    5.   Cut out the Christmas Ball Decoration with decoupage scissors, adhere the first decoupage to the oval with Zig 2-way glue, assemble the remaining decoupage with silicon adhesive and the help of tweezers.
    Place to one side.
    See picture2.

    Picture 2.

    6.   Cut a piece of red card  measuring 14cm x 28cm. Score at 14cm 
    Cut a piece of green card measuring  13cm x 13cm with a ruler and a cutting mat.
    Adhere to the red card with double sided tape.

    7.  Adhere double-sided tape around the main part of the layer card, along the edges adhere with Zig 2-Way Glue.  Centre the Christmas Luxury Layer Card on top of the green card and gently press along the edges to make sure that they stick.

    8.  Using a piece of red card that is left over from the main card, cut to 1cm x 8cm with a metal edge ruler, scalpel and a cutting mat.

    Centre a Christmas Peel Off sticker onto the red card with the help of a Positioning Tool.
    Attach red jewells using a positioning tool as pictured.

    9.  Place plenty of foam squares around the edge and centre under the oval glitter card and then place onto the Christmas Luxury Layer card.
    Adhere the negative edge of the peel off stickers along the edge of the green card.  See picture 1.

    Your card is now complete!


    Friday, 13 July 2012

    Circular Luxury Card Layer Cards - Vicky Pedlow

    Photograph One

    Please read through all instructions before commencing

    1.  Cut a piece of cerise Papicolor Card to 135 mm square then emboss it using your Cuttlebug Machine (or other die cutting machine) and the Craft Concepts Spring Flowers Embossing Folder. If using a Cuttlebug use plates A, B & B. Place your card inside the embossing folder then place this between the two B plates before processing through your Cuttlebug machine.

    2.  Remove your embossed card from the embossing folder then round the edges of each corner with a corner rounder.

    3.  Die-cut a circle out of the same cerise card using using a Nestabilities large circle die (I used the 60 mm diameter die). If using a Cuttlebug use plates A, C & B for this process. Place your die cutting-side up on plate C then place your card on top of the die. Place plate B on top of your card then process through your Cuttlebug. With the die-cut still in the die run it through your die-cutting machine again this time with an embossing mat on top of the card. This will emboss the edges of the circle.

    4.  Remove the die-cut from the die then emboss the die-cut again using the spring flowers embossing folder as per step one.

    5.  Use a gold metallic gel pen to dab a spot of colour to the centre of each flower on both pieces of embossed card then wipe the edges with metallic gold ink as shown in photograph one. Set aside to dry.

    6.  Carefully lift off 14 holographic butterfly peel-off stickers from their backing sheet and stick them onto a piece of acetate. I used the two largest butterflies and a selection of medium and small butterflies in my design. TIP: Use a craft knife to carefully lift off the stickers from their backing sheet and place them onto the acetate as it's a lot less fiddly than using your fingers!

    7.  Carefully trim around the edges of each butterfly using decoupage scissors.

    8.  The next step is to mount all your pieces onto the white base card. Start by using double-sided tape to adhere the square cerise card to the white base card and then adhere the Luxury Card Layer Ivory Circle Frame to the centre of the cerise card. Refer photograph one for placement.

     Photograph Two

    9.  Apply foam squares to the back of your embossed circle and stick this to the right-hand side of the frame. Use a craft knife to carefully lift off your sentiment from its backing sheet and position this onto the embossed circle as per photograph two.

     Photograph Three

    10.  Finally, arrange your butterflies onto your card and once you are happy with your arrangement apply a small amount of Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots glue underneath the body of each butterfly to adhere them to your card. Once the glue is dry gently fold back the wings of your butterflies to create a 3D effect, as per photograph three. 

    Your card is now complete.


    Here is another card I have made featuring the same card layer frame... This time I have die cut the centre of the card layer to showcase the pretty floral frame.  Please refer to the instructions below.

     Photograph One

    1.  Use double-sided tape to adhere a piece of 135 mm square purple Papicolor card to a 140 mm square linen card.

    2. Use your Cuttlebug Machine (or other die cutting machine) and a Nestabilities Large Circle die to die-cut the entire centre of the luxury card layer frame (I used and 85mm diameter die). TIP: Be sure to position your die exactly in the centre of the frame and secure the die to the card with low tack removable tape to prevent it from slipping as you run it through your die-cutting machine.

    3. Apply glue to the reverse of the frame using a glue pen then adhere the frame to the centre of the purple card as shown in photograph one. TIP: Use the glue sparingly to avoid it from seeping through the die-cut pattern.

     Photograph Two

    4.  Carefully lift off four gold doodle hearts peel-off stickers from their backing sheet (two large and two small) and position them inside the frame as shown in photograph two.

    Photograph Three

    5.  Lift off four gold mini ornament peel-off stickers from their backing sheet and position one inside each corner of the card as shown in photograph three.

    6.  Position a gold holographic line peel-off sticker to all four eges of the purple card as shown below.

    Your card is now compelete.


    Wednesday, 11 July 2012

    Marianne Design Star Card by Jan Rankine


    1.  Attach Marianne Design Star Collection Template to a light box with small pieces of removable tape
    2.  Attach a piece of white card over the template using small pieces of removable tape.
    3.  Emboss the design as shown using a medium ball tool.
    4.  Remove the template and card from the light box together and place them onto a pricking mat template side up.
    5.  Prick the stitching pattern using a pricking tool.
    6.  Remove the card from the template and cut out sections of design as shown using a scalpel on a cutting mat.

    7.  Using an embroidery needle and thread stitch design in stem stitch and ray stitch.
     8.  Highlight the top edge of the card with 
    Glitzin Glamour Glitter Glue and glue a piece of lace behind the top of the card

    9.  Cut a piece of  blue card to make a 145cm square card with a side fold, and attach white card to the front with double-sided tape 35cm from the bottom
    10. Add a greeting to the bottom of the card using Peel Off Stickers.
    11.  With a small flower punch cut several flowers in various colours and glue onto the card as shown.
    12.  Create centres in the flowers using Glitzin Glamour Glitter Glue.
    13.  Cut some leaves on a Cuttlebug or other machine using Joy Crafts embossing stencil
     14. Add Peel Off Sticker Corners to the two top corners and your card is now complete


    Monday, 9 July 2012

    Peel-Off Sticker Colouring & Transfer Techniques - Shaz G

    This is a tutorial about peel-off sticker techniques. It demonstrates how to use all pieces of the sticker i.e. the positive and the negative pieces. For example the skeleton of fish in the example below (the outline) is the positive and the pieces of the fish remaining on the sheet are the negatives. I have used the Japanese Koi, sticker but you could use any stickers e.g.the sailing ships, the knights, the cute teddies or pretty pansies, or many others.

    Photo A
    1. Take the sheet of silver Koi, and use a fine pricking tool to lift the outline (positive) of the Koi fish and place on a sheet of translucent vellum. Repeat this with other pieces to make a small scene as shown in Photo A
    Photo B - Colouring the Vellum Background
    2. Colour the back side of the the vellum to create a background on the vellum - inks used are shown in photo but use whatever you have, but it must not be a wet type of ink. I brayered the ink on the back of vellum, but you can use a brush or sponge applicator. Allow the ink to dry well before proceeding. The colours will fade as the ink dries. Mount the finished vellum on white card with Vellum Tape or Glue Dots before making up.
    Photo C - Colouring with Gelly Roll Pens
    3. Colour the vellum further on the back with Gelly Roll Pens (photos c. and d.).
    Photo D - Shaping tool used to shape back of vellum.
    Use a Shaping Tool or preferably an Embossing Ball Tool to gently shape the back of the fish to create a 3D effect (see completed card below).
    4. To use the negative pieces of the image, take a Transfer Sheet and cut a piece large enough to cover the Koi image. Remove the backing paper and lay it sticky side down over the remaining negative pieces of the Koi on the peel-off sheet. Using the narrow end of the shaping tool rub it firmly over the transfer paper until all the pieces stick to the transfer sheet
    Photo E. Image adhered to sticky side of transfer sheet
    5.Take the image and use shaping tool (round end) again rub over the transfer sheet to transfer the image to the card. Gently remove the transfer sheet.

    HINT: You may find fine tweezers helpful to pick up very small pieces of the sticker.
    Voilà! the image is transferred ready to be used.
    Here are the two completed cards:

     (PS in answer to question below I attached the vellum with double sided tape but you could also use vellum tape if you have it.)

    Thursday, 5 July 2012

    Butterfly Birthday Card

     Please read all intructions before commencing.

    1.   Place a piece of white card measuring 12cm x17cm into the All a Flutter embossing folder.
    Carefully place into Cuttlebug and run through the machine to emboss.
    NB. Plates used are A,B,embossing folder and a second B plate.

    2.   Remove from the embossing folder and cut to 12cm x13cm.

    3.   Colour the wings of the smaller buttlerfly using Glitzin Glamour Gold on the embossed area, as shown in picture1.
     Hint. leave to dry for a hour before touching.

    4.   Colour the remaining embossing of the smaller butterfly with chalk, the chalk has a lovely pearlescent sheen. 
         See picture 1.

    5.   Attach pink jewels with the help of a positioning tool along the centre of the butterfly.

    6.   Cut a piece of violet card measuring 17cm x 14.2cm, score at 13.5cm with a ruler on a cutting mat. 
    Attach the embossed topper onto the violet card with double-sided tape.   Set aside.


    7.   Carefully lifting the 2nd outer oval glitter sticker with a Positioning Tool,
    place onto a small piece of white card. 
    Trim around the outer edge with Decoupage Scissors.

    8.   Cut around the Joy Plums Transfer Sheet with Decoupage Scissors.
    NB. You do not have to cut close to the design you intend to use.
    9.   Remove the protective sheeting and place the cut out onto the oval glitter card.
    Gently rub with the tool supplied in the packet. 
    NB. There are instructions on the packet.
    See picture 2.

    10.   Place plenty of foam squares around the edge and centre under the oval glitter card and then place onto the embossed card.


    11.  With the 2nd smallest Oval Die  and a small piece of white card, assemble and then run through the Cuttlebug.
    NB.  plates required for this is A,C and B.

    Place a silicon mat on top of the oval die and run through the machine once again to emboss.

    12.   Using a Positioning Tool carefully pick up a Happy Birthday  peel off and position onto the Oval Die.   See picture 3.

    Picture 3.

    13. Attach foam squares to the back and then place on to the embossed card.

    14. Again using a Positioning Tool attach the Peel off Sticker 2mm from the edge of the embossing  card.
    Snip the ends with sharp scissors. 
    See picture 1.

                       Your card is now complete!