Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Messing with Masks - part 2

This card continues the masks theme. Although my terrible photography does not show it, the glittered background is made using the Dragonfly mask.

To make, take your card blank and matt and layer two coordinating sheets of patterned paper.

Cut a double sided adhesive sheet to fit 6x6 inches and peel off the cover from one side.
Lay your mask over the sheet and pour over the green glitter. Tap off the excess.
Remove the mask from the sheet to reveal the dragonflies.

Top tip - rub some soap on the back of your mask before you lay it on the adhesive sheet to stop it sticking permanently.

Pour over the pink glitter to fill in the dragonflies and tap off the excess. Matt onto some pink patterned card.

Stamp your sentiment (from the Just Rite Forever Friends set)

and die cut it with the coordinating Spellbinders Ribbon Tag

 While the card is still in the die, blend some ink around the edges. Thread through the plum ribbon

Die cut one of the Spellbinders Labels Fourteen

from patterned paper. On pink patterned paper, draw around the outside edge of your die. Cut out by hand to create a "faux nestie".

Matt and layer onto your glittered back ground using the Cosmic Shimmer clear glue to give a strong hold.
Layer your sentiment and ribbon on top, wrapping the ribbon behind your glittered background.
Die cut some leaves from the Spellbinders Foliage set

 and use to embellish the sentiment with the Crimson Cloud paper roses.

Die cut two Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Squares

from green cardstock. Cut each square into four and tape behind your glittered topper to create an ornate border.

Matt and layer onto your card using foam pads to give dimension.

Mel xxxx

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Thursday, 17 May 2012

Messing with Masks

Recently we have been messing with masks! In this case, two Touch Of Mica Masks - Basket Weave

and Ivy

To create this card, take two sheets of the Coredinations Whitewash card stock - I chose one with a pink core, and one with a tan core. Cut a square of the tan core sheet and emboss in your die cutting machine with the Basket Weave mask.

Cut a larger square (7.5 inches square) of the pink whitewash card. Place your Ivy mask on the card, leaving a two inch border of card free so that it won't be embossed. Run through your machine. Your mask may not have covered the full height of your card. If this is the case, run through the machine again, making sure that you tape your mask in place so that it does not cover your existing embossing. (Ideally you need a Grand Calibur or similar size machine to emboss this large size card).

With a spare scrap of the tan card, emboss the ivy mask leaving an un-embossed panel at the bottom.
Stamp your sentiment from the Creative Expressions Thoughtful Sentiments set

 onto this panel.

Stamp four fans from the Creative Expressions Oriental stamp set onto tan card, and emboss in white.

Using Cosmic Shimmer drawing inks, paint in the wings.

Cut out the four fans. Take some of the drawing inks and drip onto your craft sheet. Dip a length of the American Seam Binding (or you could use Vintage Ribbon) into the ink to colour. Dry with a heat tool.

Assemble the card, using the four fans to create two butterflies. Bend the fans to give them some shape and attach using Pinflair glue to give them some lift.

Use some pearl swirls to create Butterfly tails and the pearly glue to create antennae. Tie a bow with the coloured seam binding and embellish with Creative Expressions hat pins and a pearly brad.

Dot Cosmic Shimmer pearly glue around the edge of the card to finish it off.  Make sure put your card aside for at least an hour to let the pearly glue dry!

Mel xxxx Pin It Now!

Friday, 4 May 2012


As we are still enjoying playing with our Hats and Roses stamps and the many various ways they can be used, we thought we might share a few more samples with you.

There was a time when of all the colours of the rainbow I hated “peach” - but now it appears rather contrarily that I am in love with it, it’s a fine line you know!

Using some black card stock and some “peachy” papers I cut out my background layers.
Then using Spellbinders Wonky Rectangles cut out two further layers.

 I drew around one of the dies and cut it out from black card to give a shadow effect.

Then, moving on to the “pretties”,  - I cut out from the Spellbinders Sue Wilson Lattice Motifs and Accents  - the oval and four corners.

I stamped the Tipped Hat twice with Momento Black Ink on two shades of peach card stock - one for the main hat and the second to cut out for the flowers in a slightly softer tone.

Using Tattered Rose Distress Ink I spritzed Vintage Eggshell Ribbon to match the colour.

I paired it with Vintage Black Ribbon to create a striking contrast.

To get the wavy effect on the ribbon, simply use transparent sticky dots to position the tails.

After assembly I played with Cosmic Shimmer pearly Glue which we all seem never to tire of. In this case Black Pearl PVA all around the edges or as far as you can reach.

Two black Creative Expressions Hat Pins

and an odd button to complete the picture.

Hope you like it!
Linda xxx Pin It Now!