Monday 18 January 2021

Ava tags and frames dies on colourful background


Hello fellow crafters

Today I am sharing a technique for creating a colourful backgrounds for the die-cuts on your cards.

I made the card using Curious metal silver ice 300gsm cardstock - my favourite cardstock for a beautiful rounded effect with die is available in our online store. Really a cardstock worth its price.

To create the colourful background, I used the same type of cardstock because it creates a lovely shimmery effect with all kinds of ink. First, I swiped Distress Oxide inks in seedless preserves and salty ocean across the length of an A5 size piece of the cardstock.

Then I liberally sprayed the inks with water. Thereafter, I used an alcohol ink blower and mixed the colours, in the same way that you would do with alcohol inks.

Use a heat gun to dry and straighten the cardstock.
The die set I used, is Creative Expressions Ava frames and tags set. This is available in our online store.
Cut suitable sizes for backing your die cuts from the coloured paper. 
Complete the card by layering the coloured pieces and your die cuts.
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Marie Smith

Thursday 14 January 2021

Peachy vellum blossoms in a large urn

 Hello, dear fellow crafters

Today I am sharing an A5 card featuring Hearfelt Creations products.

I initially thought the newly-released urn was a bit too large too my liking - until today. I realised I could make an elegant A5 card.
I heat-embossed the urn on vellum and used a dauber and blue ink to apply colour to the back.
The peach Oakberry Lane blossoms were also heat-embossed on vellum and coloured at the back with Versamagic pink grapefruit. The fillers in light purple are from the Flower Shoppe collection. 
What is your favoutite size of card? I personally find A6 too small to be creative on. My favourite size is 14,5cm because our standard cardmaking cardstock, A4 is not exactly 30cm long. I also like playing with what is now called slimline. A5 has not been a favourite with me, because it used to seem very clumsy, until I started using some of the larger Heartfelt Creations dies. I realised that this company just has a nick for making dainty items, whatever the size.
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Marie Smith

Saturday 9 January 2021

Slimline card with handmade paper roses

 Hello, fellow crafters.

Today's inspiration is a slimline card with handmade paper roses.

First, create your roses. I used Lady E Design flower 001 to cut out flowers from watercolour paper. I placed the die-cut flowers on a craft sheet end used a medium brush to wet the flowers. Next, you should drop some watercolour unevenly onto these flowers. Allow to stand until the paper is almost dry, then roll the edges of the petals. Place flowers onto a foam flower-shaping mat and press into the centre of each petal to get a rounded shape. Assemble the roses. You may watch Emilia Sieradzan’s video on hand made paper roses on Youtube.


Make the card base by cutting firm cardstock 21x21cm. Score at 10,5 cm.
I used Lemoncraft House of Roses paper. Cut a piece 10,5x 21cm to cover the card base.
Use the Tutti Designs slimline trellis die to cut out a piece from the same paper. Do not adhere this to the card yet.
Use the second and third largest dies from Tutti Designs stitched slimline die set and cut out a frame from cream cardstock. Lay this over the trellis die-cut and trim the trellis piece to the same size as the frame. Adhere to the card.
Embellish the card with lace, die-cut leaves and the roses. I used Lady E Design leaves 002 and herb leaves dies.

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Happy crafting, until next time.
Marie Smith