Monday, 26 September 2022

Exploding insert Christmas cards

Good Morning everyone

Today is Christmas cards using a beautiful paper pad from a Polish company called 'paper heaven' pad called 'swiateczna girlanda' , i teamed them up with very old spellbinders bauble & poinsettia dies and added an exploding insert made using 12x12 Christmas paper pads from the works. 

6x6" base card.   I first die cut the bauble and memory box collage die (one with little holes) from the centre of the paper, i then adhered gold mirror card to the card base front and added the outer frame of the paper with foam tape, i then adhered the bauble back in place, glued in flat, allowing the mirror card to shine though the holes from the collage die.  I then die cut a poinsettia and added to the centre of the bauble and die cut sentiment to finish.

For my exploding inserts i took a sheet of double sided 12x12" paper and folded using instructions from pinterest and glued into place.  Computer printed sentiment die cut into a bauble and a plain white paper bauble added to write our greeting on. 

 Trying to photograph it was interesting - hence my little light trying to hold it open, it does pop right out to easily write the greeting.

Showing it side on with the insert.  

Version 2
This time instead of gold mirror card i used a rose gold glitter card that went well with the colours in the beautiful paper. 

Version 3
The same but different, gold glitter card behind the holey apertures.  I added glossy accents to all the berries on the papers.

and the insert.  Id not left enough room around the printed sentiment to die cut into a bauble this time, so i die cut it into an oval and matted onto a gold glitter bauble.

I used this tutorial for my insert from Beccys Place blog as it was easy to follow with clear written instructions but more importantly for me clear photo step by step.  Actually its a lovely blog to take a look at when you have a minute - especially the a-z card folds page.  
(I have no affiliation with the blog) 

Items Used:
Paper Heaven pad 'swiateczna girlanda (christmas garland)
the works 12x12 paper pads 'classic christmas party' & the best time of the year' 
Spellbinders dies 'poinsettia' bauble'
  Memory box 'collage die' 
Cheerylynn sentiment die
crafters companion self adhesive glitter paper
gold mirror card

Thank you all for stopping by once again.  I hope you all have a great week. Emmax

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Wednesday, 21 September 2022

A Waddle of Penguins

Good Morning everyone

Back to Christmas cards today and this batch is using up scraps of inky backgrounds and the fab aall&create penguin stamps.

Ive already put these away but  I think the size was 5x8".  I took a piece of card smaller than the cardbase and stencilled a light pattern with distress inks shaded lilac, cracked pistachio & evergreen bough and added some splashes of the same inks.  Then i used a very old texture paste which has a gold shimmer when the light hits it and put through a snowflake stencil and put to one side to dry.

I stamped and cut out the penguins.  I matted my background onto black card and then the base & stamped my sentiment onto a strip of card, matted onto black and added across the bottom of the card with foam tape.  I then arranged my penguins and adhered with pinflair glue gel.

You can see the soft stencilling in the background here

The texture paste has  a lovely gold shimmer when the light hits it

Version 2

Version 3

and version 4 - in all i made 20 variations 

Showing them all stamped up onto left over offcuts of backgrounds made using various inks, brushos, oxide inks, pixie powders

and them all cut out - for me i find cutting out more relaxing than colouring in. Usually when cutting out, I cut upto the line but in this case i found they stood out more against the background by leaving a small border of the colour around them.

Items Used:
aall&create stamps 'penguin #604' & 'frosty #603'
Stampin up sentiment 'curly cute'
Funky fossil stencil - snowflakes
Woodware mini stencil - swirl
Creative expressions texture paste
Distress Inks shaded lilac, cracked pistachio, evergreen bough
CraftUK ltd smooth white cardstock

Thank you all for stopping by.  I hope you all have a good week. Hugs Emmaxx

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Monday, 12 September 2022

The big splash mixed media

Good Morning everyone

Today im sharing a mixed media project.  I started with a splash shaped MDF plaque and went with an under the sea theme.

I first stencilled texture paste through a shell stencil.  Once dry cover it all with a light coat of white gesso.  Then i sprinkled on blue & green brushos and purple pixie powders, once dry i dry brushed on diamond starlight paint to give a nice shimmer. I sponged blue starlight paint around the edges of the splash and through a circle stencil to give a bubble effect - when the light hits the starlight paint it really sparkles.

  Using a pallet knife I added grit texture paste to the base, once dry i built up the colour with acrylic paints to give a sand like look for the bottom on the ocean.

I stamped the octopus and other sea themed stamps onto white and watercoloured with inktense pencils and cut them all out.  I covered everything with glossy mod podge to seal & protect it all.  I then got arranging my scene, using shells collected over the years.  

Tim Holtz chat sticker to finish which says 'what seems ordinary is often the extraordinary'

A close up of the base, i added a little message in a bottle...using green alcohol ink to stain a clear mini bottle.  

Side 2...
I also decorated the back, so its double sided and can be flipped for a change of scene

Made the same way as side 1.  I used a pebble stencil on this side with the texture paste and jellyfish stamps from visible image.  After colouring the jellyfish with inktense pencils i used paint pens to colour the little circles on them.  I stamped and cut up the quote to finish.

I added a little metal seahorse charm and little pearl bead in one of the shells to finish.

Items Used:
MDF splash from 'thats crafty'
Pink Ink octopus stamp set
Visible Image stamp set
seahorse & starfish - old craft stamper magazine stamps
Funky fossil stencil - shells
Lavinia stencil - 
Imagination crafts starlight paints (now cadence dora paint) Diamond, blue
Derwent inktense pencils
Pebeo acrylic paints
Golden texture pastes

Thank you all for stopping by.  I hope you all have a good week.  Hugs Emmaxxx

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Thursday, 8 September 2022


Good Morning everyone

Today i have a really Autumnal card using pink ink stamps. The fabulous Mr fungi, i built a woodland scene for him & his friends.

5x7" Kraft base card, i covered the front with a toadstool print paper and stencilled over the background with white gesso with a skeleton leaves effect, this softened the background to help my stamped images stand out.  I rounded the corners and inked the edges with distress inks. 

I stamped the images onto white card and watercoloured with inktense pencils, added some details with posca pens & cut them out.  I stamped the sentiment onto kraft card, cut into a strip and inked the edges.  I die cut a row of toadstools from kraft card and inked with distress inks.  I attached the toadstools behind the top of the sentiment strip and mounted onto the base with foam tape.  I then built my scene with the stamped images. 

Touches of glitter glue to the dragonfly wings to finish.

Just a close up

Version 2.  As my background paper was A4 i had enough to make a 2nd card, made the same way just a different layout.

Items Used:
Pink Ink stamps 'shitake happens' 'thistlehogs'
Clearly Besotted stamps 'seasonal sentiments'
Very old daisytrail paper
Lavinia Stencil 'Pods'
Cheerylynn toaststool die
Derwent inktense pencils
Distress Inks 'vintage photo, walnut stain, aged mahogany'
Rangers Stickles 'stardust'
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Tuesday, 6 September 2022


Good Morning everyone

I hope you all had a good weekend, it is certainly feeling more autumnal, which i love.

Today im sharing a small batch of floral cards.  Using lovely aall&create stamps, ive coloured them to look more like sunflowers.  Ive used pearl cardstock with a hint of gold, which is lovely to colour onto and the shimmer still shines through.

Approx size .I used Crealies arch dies and white pearl to make my base card and a smaller frame.  I attached the frame to the base with foam tape.  On the die cut  piece from the middle of the frame i stamped the flowers and watercoloured around them with distress inks and then splashed on more of the same ink and i glued it into the middle of the frame.  I stamped the flowers again onto more of the pearl card and watercoloured with derwent inktense pencils, cut out, added some shape and decoupaged them onto the base image with glue gel.

I stamped a bee, cut out and added to the base.  Touches of glitter glue on the flower centre finish and yellow gems to finish.

Card 2 made the same way, just added a little bee

card 3 - I went with with an orange and green colour combo this time 

and card 4.  

Items Used:
aall&create stamps 'in the wild'
Pinkink bee stamp 'queen bee'
Crealies XXL nest dies - arch 
White gold pearl cardstock
Derwent inktense pencils
Distress inks 'tumbled glass' 'cracked pistachio'
Ranger stickles 'crystal' & 'diamond'

Thank you all for stopping by.  I hope you all have a great week. Hugs Emmax

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