Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Christmas Star Wreath.

This is a super easy way to make your own wreath using your favourite 12 x 12 paper pad and embellishments.

Video is linked below

Simply take a sheet if 12 x 12 paper and cut it in 2 so that it will fit though your die cutting machine of choice.

Using star nesting dies cut a variety of size stars from the card stock.

Once you have cut out the required number of stars place them on your work surface back side up and score from the tip of the star tip straight down to the in dent that resembles a tag. Repeat this process until you have scored the whole star.
Fip the cardstock over so it is pattern side up and fold a star tip into a mountain fold. The indent that resembles a tag becomes a valley fold and you repeat this all the way around the star.

Once you have scored and folded all your stars you can assemble your wreath and decorate as required.


Monday, 18 November 2019

Bokeh technique

Hello, today I am sharing how to create a card using the Bokeh effect.

Bokeh is a photographic technique that you may have seen without even realising it and is the way the lens renders out of focus points of light. It is a very pretty effect and can be easily recreated with inks.

I have linked a video below and also a couple if the product I used.

For today's project I have used:

A pre cut card blanc,
A piece of blue card cut to 5 5/8 square
A white peice of card cut to 5 3/8 square
Tim Holtz distress ink colours:
Cracked Pistachio
Carved Pumpkin
Mermaid Lagoon
Peacock Feathers
Lucky Clover
Wilted Violet
White pigment ink
Ink blending tools
Sentiment stamp from Appleblossom and Papercrafter magazine
A scrap price of cardstock to cut my stencil
Round dies that came with my Sizzex Bigshot
Washi tape to hold in place
Wet glue


Position the dies on the scrap peice of cardstock ensuring you have enough room to blend ink without going over any edges and run through your die cutting machine to create your stencil.

Using the distress inks and your stencil create a pattern over your white cardstock square by alternating the size of circle and ink used. Overlap the circles as you go.

When you are happy with your design use white ink and the stencil and create a new pattern over the top of the last one. You do not need to overlap the circles this time and you do not need as many circles, however you do need to vary the intensity of the white as you go.

Once you are happy with your design stamp a sentiment to finish and layer onto the blue piece of cardstock which in turn is adhered to the pre cut card blanc. Stamp a greeting inside your card to finish.





Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Ink Card

Hello, today I am sharing a very pretty card I made using Spectrum Noir Sparkle inks as water colours.

There is a sped up video of the process linked below.

For this card I used:

A white pre made card blanc
2 × Lilac matts the first cut to 5 5/8 × 5 5/8" and the second cut to 5 × 5"
Patterned paper measuring 5 3/8 × 5 3/8"
A piece of white cardstock die cut with a stitched edge roughly measuring 4 1/2" square

Stamps used are from Creative Stamping magazine and PaperCrafter

Spectrum Noir Sparkle inks used:

Log fire
Candle light
Glace cherry
Festive spruce
Sleigh bell
Rose quartz
Pink garnet
Moon stone

I also used Create and Craft Hologram Sparkle embossing powder, VersaMark ink and Artnic pigment ink.


I stamped the tulip box in the middle with VersaMark ink and used the Hologram Sparkle to heat embossing the image. I then used the rose stamp in each corner and repeated the process with the heat embossing. I only positioned the corner stamp once as by flipping the card I was able to get an exact mirror image each time.

I used the Sparkle inks as water colours ( they dry nice and quickly) and once the image was completed I matted and layered the coloured cardstock to the front of the card.

To finish I stamped a Happy Birthday sentiment on the front and a verse inside.


Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Upright Z fold card

Hello, today I am sharing the upright Z fold card. This is very quick and very easy to make and an interesting twist on the Z fold card.

Video linked below


Card base cardstock = one piece 12 × 6" and another piece 5 1/4 × 5 1/4"
2 pieces of gold miri card = 5 3/4 × 5 3/4"
1 peice of pattern paper = 5 1/2 × 5 1/2"
1 piece of white card = 5 1/2 × 5 1/2"
1 piece of gold miri card = 5 × 5"
1 piece of pattern paper = 4 3/4 × 4 3/4"
1 piece of gold miri card = 5 3/4 × 2 3/4"
1 piece of pattern paper = 5 1/2 × 2 1/2"

Take the 12 ×6" cardstock and with the 12" side at th top score at 6" then flip the cardstock over and score at 9". Fold and burnish these 2 score line so you have a valley and mountain.

Mount the 5 1/2 × 5 1/2 pattern paper onto a piece of 5 3/4 × 5 3/4 mirror card and adhere to the front of the card leaving a 1/4" boarder.

Stamp a sentiment onto the white card and adhere this to the other piece of 5 3/4 × 5 3/4" mirror card. Afix this to the back of the card.

Take the 5 1/2 × 5 1/2" piece of pattern paper and attach to the miri card which measures 5 3/4 × 5 3/4" then attach these to the front on the card.

Matt and layer you remaining cardstock so that the pattern paper attaches to the miri card and then onto the 5 1/4 × 5 1/4" base card. Place a topper in the centre to complete the front of the card. This than attaches to the 5 1/2 × 2 1/2" pattern paper on the front of the card leaving a small boarder all around.

Using foam pads afix either embellishments or a smaller topper to the top of the card so that the square on the mountain fold catches beneath to hold the card together.

Embellish as required to finish.