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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