Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Misty Dragonfly...

Happy Tuesday,

A simple card to make today but hopefully effective in its simplicity.

I started with the circle media plate and inked it with the Izink inks in cases, south seas and rose.  I ran this over with my brayer to smooth the ink ( you need to press on really hard too get the best effects from the media plates)  I then inked the leaf stamp form the spring flowers clear stamp set with perfect medium and pressed it onto the plate.  This technique removes the ink form the plate leaving a resist I then stamp the inked stamp into the piece of card.  I repeated this all over the plate then pressed this onto the card using the Press to Impress stamp tool

Next I added some of the leaves inked and stamped directly onto the card.

I cut the dragonfly die ( an old die from my stash) form a piece of background I had stamped then cut it again in vellum inking through the die with cases izink dye ink pad.  I added the velum dragonfly over the stamped one and added crystals in the centre and on the edges of the wings.

I cut the centre panel out with the square stitch dot die matting this on a leftover piece of background made using the large media plate.

A few layers of white and lilac and the jaunty dragonfly and done.

All this needs is the appropriate sentiment.

Enjoy...

Monday, 25 September 2017

Dragonflys in flight...

Happy Monday,

I wanted to share this card today which is based on a fabulous card I received from the lovely Sheila in Wolverhampton after a demo I did there a few weeks ago.  I received the card in the post and it is just stunning, this is my homage to the original!

I started by making the stamped piece using the square media plate, the waves mask and blue and pink pigment inks.  I added the beautiful circle
stamp over the top stamping it repeatedly ( using my press to impress makes this so easy) using the blue and pink pigment pads.  I then stamped the dragonflies over the top and shaded through the waves make using a mix of both colours.  This really was an experiment I will try to film a quick video on this for those who miss the demo

Happy Monday,

I wanted to share this card today which is based on a fabulous card I received from the lovely Sheila in Wolverhampton after a demo I did there a few weeks ago.  I received the card in the post and it is just stunning, this is my homage to the original!


I started by making the stamped piece using the square media plate, the waves mask and blue and pink pigment inks.  I added the beautiful circle
stamp over the top stamping it repeatedly ( using my press to impress makes this so easy) using the blue and pink pigment pads.  I then stamped the dragonflies over the top and shaded through the waves make using a mix of both colours.  This really was an experiment I will try to film a quick video on this for those who miss the demo.


Enjoy....

Sunday, 24 September 2017

It's Shiny...

Happy Sunday,

Don't forget I  back at Inspirations in Preston today demoing products form my new range, Izink and Crafts Too.

Todays card is really simple just a panel of gold mirror card embossed with my star stream  embossing folder.  I love using this folder on mirror card as the edges allow you to emboss larger pieces without marking the card perfect with mirror card.













I simply added a selection of the Christmas Baubels form find it media along with foliage form yesterdays card.  I cut the baubles in red and white offsetting the red to give a shadow.

A few layers of red, white and gold to finish this really is a quick card!


Enjoy...

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Stolen...

Happy Saturday,

I am at Inspirations in Preston today and tomorrow demonstrating for the 9th Birthday of the shop.  Theres loads of demonstrators at the event and even cake ( as part of the Mcmilon Coffee Morning)  Pop in and say Hi if you are around.  I will be demonstrating lots of itemise from my new ranges Including the Textures pats and some new Izink Pigment ink pads!

One of the cards and techniques I will be demonstrating today is this one which I an Idea I stole ( witghj agreement) from the fabulous Martine.  I made this based on a card she sent me a picture of ( which she has promised as my Christmas Card!)

I made the background using  the round media plate, izink dye based inks and my Winter Trees clear stamp set.  I stamped the tree in the centre using the Silver Pigment ink pad that I will be demonstrating this weekend.  Next  I framed this using my snowflake circle embossing folder by cutting the centre out first then embossing the gold dust card ( from Limetree crafts) I added a thin border of silver mirror card around the stamping and the embossing.

I finished with a bow and a selection of filigree cut in the gold dust and silver mirror card ( all from the christmas foliage set i had on my last Hochanda show)  I added silver pearl dots and layered with more of the gold dust and mirror card.

Enjoy...

Friday, 22 September 2017

Snowy Trees...

Happy Friday,

Another simple card today using the snow Ive been using all week.  This can be bought form the Art of craft which will be at the Harrogate show Today and tomorrow.


I stared this one by embossing a piece of gloss white card with the star stream embossing folder

Next I cut three of the funky trees from press cut into a piece of Christmas red lustre card.  I added a piece of double sided adhesive behind the aperture and added the snow over this to make the tress made of snow.

Finally I added some more of the Christmas ribbon ( again another art of craft purchase at a show)


Enjoy...


Thursday, 21 September 2017

Star Streamers...

Happy Thursday,

A simple embossed and die cut Christmas card for today using a waste piece and the fantastic Star Stream embossing folder and a little bit of my (vast) ribbon collection.


















I started by embossing a piece of ivory card cut to 7"x7" using the star stream embossing folder, the folder is smaller than the piece but as the folder is the sift style it is easy to emboss a larger piece without getting a line around the edge of the folder.

Next I added the centre panel form another card that I had covered in the gold metal sheets.  I cut one of the funky tresss dies from a piece covered in gilding scraps ( left over form other projects).  I added this at the bottom right and then added glue before adding more of the snow.  I have had a lot of questions about the snow I am using it is a Crafts Too product however Im not sure where its available I will try to have this on my next Hochanda show!  As you can see because the gilt is real metal it has oxidised where the glue is under the snow adding a beautiful verdigris colour.



I added a strip of jingle bells ribbon ( part of a set I bought form the Art of Craft at a show) adding a bow at the bottom.


Simple but effective.

Enjoy...

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Snowy scene..

Happy Wednesday,

A different card form those so far this week with a more subtle look to it but still lots of snow!


I started by making the background using the same techniques as I did in this card HERE   Click the link to see how to make it using the Izink Pigment inks and my Winter Tress stamp set.

I cut the YCD10114 Yvonne Creations Celebrating Christmas - Scene from white card and framed this using the press cut stitch dot rectangle dies.  I then added acetate behind this so I could make it into a shaker card by adding fake snow in the middle.

I added a panel embossed with my Star Stream embossing folder and then added glue wherever possible and added more fake snow to give a real frosty feel.

I then cut the Crafts Too snowflakes in white card with my double sided adhesive sheets attached so that i could, again add snow!

















I made up the card as shown with layers of white and er more white with a little snow added!

Enjoy...



Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Colour change...

Happy Tuesday,

Todays card is made using the same products as yesterday however a change of colour really makes a difference!

I started todays cad by embossing a panel of Christmas Red Lustre Print card form Crafts Too.  I embossed the panel with the same folder as yesterdays card the Snowflake Frame however this time I added gold gilding polish over the raised surface so the snowflakes shine!

As with yesterdays card I cut a wreath shape with 2 of the stitch dot circle dies this time in green.  I then cut the berry foliage in a light green and the holly in Christmas green sparkle print card, again from crafts too.  I added ranger red gloss accents to the foliage as berries which balances the red form the background.





A few layers of red, gold and green finish the card.  All it needs is the appropriate sentiment and ready for sending!

Enjoy...

Monday, 18 September 2017

floating wreath...

Happy Monday,

Today's card is made using the Snowflake frame and velum a simple Christmas Card that would hopefully stand out on any mantelpiece!

I started by embossing a piece of velum using the snowflake frame 6 x 6 embossing folder from my new range.  Embossing the velum with the soft folder ensures that the velum doesn't crack even if you use, as I have here, a thin craft velum rather than parchment.  This close up shows the pattern and how it is visible in all the detail.

Next I added this to a piece of red card using spray glue which ensures that glue marks don't show through on the front.  You could also stamp a sentiment in the centre at this stage I would suggest white embossing powder would look good.



Next I cut a wreath from red card using 2 circle dies.  I then added the foliage from the Find It media foliage die PM10103 Precious Marieke The Nature of Christmas Cutting Die - 

I arranged these around the circle to make, as shown, the Christmas wreath.  I used all three styles of foliage built up to make the wreath look full.

Finally I added a striped bow on the bottom to accent the colour.

Enjoy...

Sunday, 17 September 2017

snow, snow, snow...

Happy Sunday,

Another card made with my new range of embossing folders today and a non christmas one used for a christmas card, just add snow!


I started by embossing a square of white card with the confetti frame embossing folder.  Next, using the Izink dye based ink pad in ultramarine, I shaded the pice to give a warm blue frame.  Next I ran over the embossed area with the Izink silver pigment ink pad which makes the dots stand out.

Next I cut the centre of the frame out using the stitch dot squares die form Press cut.  I added acetate in the aperture before adding some fake snow and a panel at the back embossed with the winter trees embossing folder.
I cut the press cut scripted Merry Christmas die and cut it into 2 words using Merry at the top and Christmas on the bottom.  I then cut the poinsettia and holly form the Find It media dies I had on the last Hochanda show and arranged these with a thin satin bow on the edge.


Finally I added a mat of blue then placed this on a piece I had run double sided adhesive tape around before adding more of the snow.


Enjoy...

Dies Used
YCD10026 Yvonne Creations Colourful Christmas Cutting Die - 
PM10103 Precious Marieke The Nature of Christmas Cutting Die - 

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Snowflake with a view...

Happy Saturday,

Todays card mixes the embossing folders along with the media plates and stamps form my second range of clear stamps.  A simple look that shows you don't have to waste any of the stamped pieces that aren't crisp enough for a card on their own ( this piece really didn't work around the edges hence the use with the folder)

I simply added this piece behind a die cut of the Crafts Too Snowflake die which I embossed with the snowflake frame embossing folder..

Enjoy...

Friday, 15 September 2017

Luxury and Rustic...

Happy Friday,

I wanted to share this card today which I feel mixes the luxury of Gold Leaf with the whimsy of fake snow in this shaker card.

I started this card by coating a piece of crd with the Crafts Too double sided adhesive sheets.  Because of the grid lines on the reverse of the adhesive sheet I could cut just the amount needed for the card which was 5 3/4' X 5 3/4".  I then added a sheet of gold leaf using a further sheet to ensure all areas were covered.





Next I embossed this card however I used the folder in reverse to give me a debossed look, this works perfectly with the gold leaf leaving the surface with the smooth true gold look.

Next I cut the centre form the card using the stitch dot circle dies form Press Cut.  I then added a piece of acetate behind this before adding some of the funky trees ( cut form scrap pieces of the gold and copper leaf card) to a pice of star stream embossed card and fake snow.  I enclosed this with foam tape ensuring that the snow was behind and in front of the trees.

To finish I added a further tree on the front and used a piece of soft gold card embossed with the Merry Christmas section of the Tree of Hearts embossing folder ( also from my new range)




Enjoy...

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Red Trees...

Happy Thursday,

Today's card is made using the Confetti frame, a folder that can work all year but does work for christmas it's all about what you put in the centre!




For the col,ouyrful outside I added Fired Brick distress ink to the deboss side of the embossing folder using a brayer.  I then embossed the card which transferred the colour to all the plate areas.  This is one of my favourite techniques with embossing folders its makes them even more versatile.

To make the card Christmassy ( is that a word?) I added glue around the edges of the frame section with clear glitter added over the top.  For the centre panel I added dots of glue and again added the clear glitter to add shine but not detract from the colour of the card!

The trees come form the Funky Trees set from Crafts Too here i just cut three of them and simple sanded back the card so that the texture from the die is visible.

A couple of layers of red and white and finished!


Enjoy...

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Gold Snowflakes...

Happy Wednesday,

Today's card is another sample using g one of my new embossing folders this time the snowflake frame.  I love the way the centre is left blank so you can put whatever you want in there!


I lined up the folder with a piece of white card and a simple circle die.  I then taped the die down and removing the folder cut the circle in the centre.  Once done I embossed the piece again lining the aperture in the centre.

For the faded gold look I simply used the new Izink Gold pigment ink pad and gently stroked over the raised area.  As you can hopefully see i stroked the pad form the centre out so the colour fades towards the edge.

For the centre of the card I added an aperture in white and then in gold cut with the stitch dort circle dies.  I then mounted this over a piece of embossed and sanded card embossed with the winter trees embossing folder.


I then simply added the 2 find it media deer dies, cut in white gloss card, on the bottom of the card against the trees at the back.

I added stick on pearls in the centre of some of the snowflakes to highlight the details. A few mats and layers of the white, gold and black and the card its finished


Enjoy...

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Snowy Trees...

Happy Tuesday,

I thought I would share this card today that uses just the winter trees embossing folder you could easily miss off the mats and layers to make a quicker card.

Scroll down to the bottom for the details of my latest workshop













I started by simply embossing the winter tress embossing folder in Black Gloss card The great thing about the folder is that despite the detail it doesn't crack the card which can be an issue when using high gloss card.


Next I simply added white pearl gilding polish over the image, this highlighted all the embossed parts in white giving a real snowy look (hopefully!)














I then  added a simple strip of organza ribbon with a die cut oval ( made using the fabulous Stitch Dot ovals from Press cut) over a stamped sentiment from my winter trees clear stamp set.  A few mats and layers and finished!











NEWS
Mrs Duck and I will be running another workshop in Coventry in October.  This will be an ALL DAY workshop as this concentrates on Embossing folder and die cutting techniques.  You will make at least 4 finished cards learning lots of different techniques of using my new range of folders along with a great selection of dies all ready for Christmas!



all the details are ion the poster just contact Mrs Duck for spaces!


Enjoy...