Wednesday, February 18, 2015

This is new die from Hot Off The Press. I like that the die fills an A2 card without having to add too many more details. It is lovely as a plain silhouette on top of a multimedia background. In the card below, we have cut the die from white cardstock and used Peeled Paint Distress Ink to colour the stems. The heads of the flowers were cut from white as well, and embossed with a tight image embossing folder. We then coloured the flowers with Distress Inks and Rangers Liquid Pearls mixed with water to add a shimmery finish. To attach the flower heads, we used a tiny bit of glue at the base of the flower, and a 1/8th inch foam adhesive square in the centre of the flower to create dimension. Don't miss the dragonfly checking out the flowers!

The mini print papers come in the four shades as seen above are from The Paper Cut. I love these soft pastel shades as a layer to add interest. These are an 80 lb. cardstock so they are a nice heavy weight to work with.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Acetate can add such an interesting element to your card making arsenal. The acetate pages below are layered onto coloured card so that you can see the patterns. The most versatile piece would be the sheet that is on a olive green background. If you notice this one has piano keys, damask, as well as a couple of lines of sheet music, and filmstrip. The piece on the top right corner is all cancelled post marks, and travel icons which would be great for Paris-themed or bon-voyage cards. There are two other sheets below with printed corners. All these sheets mentioned above are $1.95 each. The last sheet on the bottom right has a beautiful white glitter enamel in the shape of lilies. Because of the glitter, this sheet sells for $2.95.

In the card below, Bev has used alcohol inks on the back of the printed acetate to create some lovely blue-purple colour combinations. The die shown below is cut out of black gloss and tucked in the corner under the salutation. Keep in mind that with clear acetate you can colour on the back side with acrylic paints, any permanent inks, or some stencil pastes. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Time to get out your lovely naturals from Magenta to create a simple coloured band. In the card below, we've used stencil tape (low-tack painters tape) to section off an area of the card. The tighter naturals have been stamped in 'Pine Needles' and the script has been stamped in 'Pumice Stone'. When we were happy that the design was tight enough, the last step is to distress with Pine needles. We went a little heavier with the 'Pine Needles' around the four edges and left more light space in the centre. At this point, we removed the painters tape and stamped the Magenta's berry stamp and verse as shown.
This is a nice quick way to use a combination of stamps and colours to make a series of notecards at one sitting. Give it a try, you'll be amazed how quickly these cards are finished! They don't require taping for layers or colouring or die-cutting, so they are a fast and easy go-to card.