Saturday 23 November 2019

Texture, sheen, colour and layers for Christmas

An interesting 3D-embossed background with lots of sheen creates the backdrop for the poinsettias on this card.

Emboss the sublime swirls onto heavy cardstock. Lightly spritz the cardstock with a fine mister bottle. Make sure that you use the cirrect stack for your die-cutting machine, because 3D folders are thicker than other embossing folders.

Use Pixie powders and water to add colour. I randomly sprinkled sun yellow, burnt orange and golden mint powders onto the embossed paper and spritzed liberally with water to make the colours flow.

Allow the paper to dry completely and cut to size (13,5cm square). Use gold and green waxes to highlight some of the raised areas on the embossed cardstock.
Adhere the embossed piece to a red cardstock mat of 14cm square. Adhere this to a 14,5cm square card base.
Die-cut poinsettias and leaves from heavy flower-making paper. Colour the flowers with Stazon pigment ink passion red or Archival carnation red. You need to use a permanent ink.


Soak the flowers in water for about 20 seconds. remove from water and pat dry between two layers of paper towel or serviette.
Use groove tools to pull grooves into petals. Work on a soft flower-shaping mat and pull from the outer edes of the petals inwards and work on the back of the flowers.

Turn flowers over and press down in the centre with a ball tool.
Sparingly rub some gold paste onto the ridges in the centres of petals. Do not overdo this.
Glue two layers of the same size of flowers onto each other.

Add flower pearls (or beads) to the centres of flowers, using a clear-drying glue.

Colour leaves with two shades of green. Add some sparkle paste.

Add layers of circles to the centre of the card base, and arrange flowers and leaves to complete the card. You may stamp a small sentiment on the circles.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you will take a few seconds to leave me a comment. 
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Happy weekend crafting.
Marie Smith

Tuesday 19 November 2019

Delicate pink vellum poinsettias

The pretty, delicate vellum poinsettias on this card are off-set against lots of texture:

Braided circles used on a stitched square base, after the card base had been treated with glitter paste and a stencil.
The poinsettias were cut from vellum, using Lady E Design die set for poinsettia and winter leaves. They were then coloured at the back with Brilliance ink pink orchid. Glitter adds a bit of sparkle on the flowers.
The winter leaves were cut from the same thick glossy cardstock as the card base.
The silver acorn swirls were cut from mirror cardstock.
I do hope you enjoyed your short visit and that you will leave me a little comment.
Happy crafting
Marie Smith

Sunday 3 November 2019

Peony avenue double-page layout with butterfly

The peachy peonies are such a beautiful contrast to the steel blue background papers with damask and dot patterns in this paper collection. Marie added some chipboard elements, rose gold embossing powder, crystal clear glitter and some paper flowers to add accents on this double-page layout.

The papers and all the embellishments, including the title cut out from cardstock, are available in our online store.

Marie used rose gold embossing and blue glitter embossing powder - strewn onto the title after it had been covered with Versamek embossing ink -  on the title and heat-set it. The title is cut with a frame, so that it retains shape while you add ink, embossing powder or other media to colour it.

The chipboard elements were coloured with Nuvo embellishment mousse, cosmic brown.
The chipboard butterfly wings were treated in the same manner as the title.

Thank you for popping in. let us know what you like or don't like about the layout.

Happy crafting

Marie Smith