Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Grunge it up...

Go grungy and decorate anything using the Tim holts distressing inks 
Heres a few items I've 'grunged' up with a matching pattern on them, using Tim holts distressing inks, gold flake, bleach and a black ink pad.

On the small pine chest I first covered the chest with tissue paper pasted on with watered down pva glue. I left this to dry completly then grunged it up with a fired brick and dusty concord coloured ink pads. Then I dibbled bleach over some of the ink to lighten areas, you need to only a tiny amount to do this. I added some gold flake and then stamped up with a roman clock pattern and a small dandylion stamp

This tinket box is made using the same techinque as the chest , I have added a few gems a flower and a butterfly. The base box is recycled card and the plain
boxes can be found in loads of different shapes at most craft shops for a few pounds, this one cost me 99p!!

Below is a matching birthday card which would complement the set nicely if I planned on giving the set as a gift...

I like to make a range of cards and projects and think sometimes its good to leave your 'comfort zone' from time to time, so I plan to start adding a few new ideas in the future. hope you like these.
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Saturday, 16 June 2012

In the Garden

Penny Black Challenge

Here's a card I made for the penny black Challenge using the 'In the garden' Stamp Set. This stamp set can be found on the J and C creations website with many other fabulous penny black Stamps to choose from. I stamped the cat image and added the foliage and butterfly after. It was coloured in with pro markers, then mounted in a fancy floral oval spellbinder shape which has been cut from white card.The centre edge has been dusted with a blue Tim holts distressing ink pad 'faded jeans' and the outside edge with a green 'peeled paint' distressing ink pad and the blue one again. I love distressing inks and use them all the time.

I enhanced the edge of the oval on the spellbinder shape with some glitter glue which gave it a real sparkle. I added some decoupaged flowers using a small flower stamp and some butterflies made from silver mirror card and peel off stickers, and hey presto, the topper is complete.

 I have cut some blue pearlised card and run it though the cuttlebug in an embossing folder and cut as corners. The corner flowers are peel-off sticker flowers mounted on acetate and then cut out. each one has a gold brad through the centre.  Add all this to some pretty paper and then matt and layered onto some more patterned card and mounted onto a black 14 x14cm blank cream card and the card is finished. Don't forget to add a sentiment.

 Penny Black do a huge range of stamps and you will find a great selection on theirs and J and C Creations website xx 

Friday, 8 June 2012

SPELLBINDERS 'Chateau Window' Die cards

Here are a couple of cards I made for J & C Creations last month, I have included all the instructions, tips and components to help create a simalar look  

The first is a window card made using spellbinders Chateau Gate (window)  dies, if you look in you will see a fireside view. The other is of a chatuea using the same die but as a single this time and using the matching stamps from Heartfelt creations . 2 totally different cards made from the same die hope you like them

you will need
5 x 7 card blank
black and white card
gold and silver mirror card
Clear embossing powder
clear Acetate 3'' x 4''
2 small flower punches
red and clear small gems
First Cut 2 frames from the spellbinders windows die in gold card and remove doors stick together to make large window and cut acetate to fit inside frame . cut a piece of black card 4.5'' x 6'' and stamp down the card with the wood grain stamp with versamark then sprinkle with Stampendous embossing enamal aged Ivory, melt from underneath than dab versamark pad over all the card and dip in clear embossing powder melt and sprinkle with taupe colour fragments. cut aperture in centre of card 2.2' x 3'' and fit window frame over . Punch some medium flower shapes from white card and stamp with versamark then sprinkle and melt aged Aqua and Aged Rose on them , 4 of each colour. use a slightly smaller flower shape for the center, dip these in clear embossing powder and melt. while the powder is molten sprinkle with gold halo glitter, keeping fingers out the way as it gets really hot! after its cooled build the eight flowers, and add a red gem in the centre of each. put a stamp image on inside of window I did a fireplace scene using heartfelt creations window accents stamps and promarkers Matt and layer onto gold and black card and mount on 5 x 7 blank decorated corners with flowers and add silver leaves to accent. add a clear gem to undecorated corners of window frame


you will need
Black and white card
Spellbinders chateau gate die
Vintage UT Embossing Crystals – Tarnished Silver (black,silver)
Heartfelt window accents stamp set
brown ink pad
memento ink pad
versamark ink pad
Martha stewart bangle punch
bird stamp
paper roses
peel off butterflies

First Cut out your spellbinders window die in black card, stamp with versamark and then coat with Vintage embossing crystals Tarnished silver. Melt with heat gun and leave to cool. Take some white card and stamp and colour bird image. Ink up some more white card with your brown ink pad and stamp on the wood grain and doors in black, cut out rectangle 3'' x 3.5'' place bird image onto it and place window frame over top than cut out doors and cover outside of window flaps. matt onto some black card. take a piece of patterned paper and matt and layer onto black card add a piece of ribbon and the punched bangle strip to it, add paper roses. matt and layer onto more card and add butterflies and a sentiment. The butterflies were made by sticking peel-offs onto acetate and cuting out and adding a few gems.

All items highlighted can be found on the J & C Creations website