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Stamping tone on tone background

Stamping tone on tone background

Can you believe it is April already! Where is the time going? However, with April comes a new magazine of Docrafts Creativity and this issue featured the new Project Design Team 2017 annoucement, so that was great to see a little picture of me in a magazine. It will be a fun crafty year designing for them! Today I am showing you a really easy and quick card which you can change up and personalise to any occasion and is easy to reproduce. Stamping tone on tone can highlight a background pattern without it overbearing on the main feature of the card.

Distress Ink Emboss Resist Background

Distress Ink Emboss Resist Background

I recently got a few items through the post that I had order from Amazon ages ago, but took a while to arrive as they were coming from overseas. For the cheaper prices I was willing to wait! The main item I used for this card was a background 6″ x 6″ cling stamp, my first background stamp. It was really easy to use, and gave a really interesting background when I combined it with distress inks. Using embossing powder and heat setting this before distress inks are applied, allows the embossing to resist the inks and keep the look of the background stamp.

Abstract background: Gilded painting.

Abstract background: Gilded painting.

As you will have read not so long ago, whilst I was in the Range I picked up some Tonic Nuvo Rose Gold gilding flakes. Whilst browsing Pintrest I came across the image below by Distant Realms (link below the image) and loved how simple it appears but with such interst and intrigue. I loved the colour combination and thought this would be an excellent inspiration for a card backgroud. Today I will show you how I used this inspiration to produced my Congrats card.

Crafting Dilemma: Clear stamps losing their stick!

Crafting Dilemma: Clear stamps losing their stick!

Today I am just showing you a little video and solution to annoying little problem: cling/clear stamps losing their stick! (Please bare in mind, I am no videographer and these videos are very basic!)

Do you find after a while your clear or cling stamps loose their stick and no longer say on your acrylic block, like in the video below?

Shaker Card Tutorial: Mothers Day

Shaker Card Tutorial: Mothers Day

Shaker cards have been around for quite some time but I have never done a tutorial on them. It is such a great way to add interest to the card and you can personalise each card by changing the embellishments you use inside the window.

They are quite easy to make if you have the supplies, and the main thing you need is either double sided foam tape or some fun foam and double sided adhesive tape, and some acetate! What you put inside the shaker window is up to you!

Upcycling: Rose Gold gilded vase

Upcycling: Rose Gold gilded vase

Whilst I was out ‘window shopping’ in the Range I saw some rose gold gilding flakes and I was no longer window shopping! I had recently bought a plain oblong vase when I was in hobby craft and thought I would upcycle it with these flakes and some twine to make a stylish modern unique piece. I was in need of a smaller vase, as now and then my other vase is just to big for some flowers to stand in! So I upcycled this plain vase and it is now fit for the job.

In the Spotlight: London Graphic Centre

In the Spotlight: London Graphic Centre

This month’s ‘In the Spotlight’ goes to an art and design store: London Graphic Centre. I was recently down in London due to work, and I had a bit of spare time in the evening. Well, I like to explore new arty places, and luckily this store stays open till 6.30 pm so I managed to pop in after my work commitments had finished.

This store is located just of Covent Garden, I would say 1 minute walk away from Convent Garden Tube station, and was easy to find with the use of Google Maps. Address: 16-18 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London. WC2H 9JL.

Using simple shapes and scraps

Using simple shapes and scraps

In attempt to make some more unisex style cards I wanted to see if I can use up some of my scraps at the same time. I don’t know about you, but I am getting quite a draw full of scrap paper left over from other projects and I need to start depleting it! So, the best way I thought to do this is by using simple shapes cut out of the scraps to make a background or focal point to the card.

Double sided adhesive paper – Glittered Happy Birthday Card

Double sided adhesive paper – Glittered Happy Birthday Card

Whilst I was out in town I visited Abakhan, which if you are into sewing is a great shop for a wide range of fabrics. In addition, they also stock some other items for various different crafts and whilst I was in there I stumbled across some double sided adhesive tape sheets by Stix 2. I have seen double sided tape sheets being used in various different projects, though the brand always used or mentioned is usually Stick it! rather than what I had found. Although not the same brand, I wanted to get some to give it ago and see how I could use it.

Die-cut Frame – Happy Birthday

Die-cut Frame – Happy Birthday

You may have noticed recently I have tended to make cards more on the feminine side, so I wanted to show my ability in making more masculine or unisex style cards. So not that long ago I came up with this card, and I think it has […]