Here’s One I’m Making – Christmas Cards 2017 (Part 3)

One of the best things about the Dies’ire Build-a-Card dies, is that all the hard work really is done for you. It took me a couple of evenings to cut all the bits (base, right hand side, left hand side, circle and greeting = 5×25 = 125 pieces). But after that its simple to put together.

I used mainly wet glue on this card, as the base was coated, it meant that I had a few seconds to move the cardstock around before it dried. I also decided to edge the cardstock with a brown alcohol pen, I use the wedge end of a promarker as it gives a consistent approach.

As well as the side panels, I added the centre circle. This is where I added the satin metal look, I didn’t want too much gloss so the satin was perfect for not over-powering the rest of the card.

I love tactile cards and the spinner cards just call for you to keep spinning them whilst you are making them. It was while I was playing with them that I realised that I wanted to add some more detail to the (rather flat) snowflakes. So I decided to do what I do to most cards, I added Nuvo Drops and lost of them. It took me to evenings to add all of them.

I added a metallic gold to the gold stars and (due to a slight creative detour – ie I picked up the wrong bottle of Nuvo Drops), the silver snowflake have glitter drops.

Stash Used

  • Crafters Companion – Centura Pearl White with a hint of gold and a hint of silver
  • Crafters Companion – Die’Sire Create a Card Dies
  • Crafters Companion – Sara’s Signature Collection – Scandinavian Christmas, Die
  • Stampin Up – Foil Snowflakes from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue
  • Crafters Companion – Sara’s Signature Collection – Scandinavian Christmas, A3 Cardstock
  • Crafters Companion – Snowflake Centura Pearl
  • Craft Perfect – Gold and Silver Satin Cardstock
  • Craft Perfect – Gold and Silver High Gloss Cardstock
  • Ken Oliver – Stick It
  • Tonic – Silver and Gold Nuvo Drops
  • Promarker – Brown Alcohol Pens

Thanks for Reading

BMB

 

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Here’s One I’m Making – Christmas Cards 2017 (Part 2)

I started my Christmas Card review last week with sharing the base for this year’s Christmas Card and having decided to use both the gold and silver snowflakes, I wanted to do something different. I am not really a red/green/gold Christmas colour scheme person so the challenge was to find something to go with the gold.

I was drawing a blank until I saw the A3 cardpacks from Crafters Companion, the Nordic Christmas back was Christmassy, warm colours but without any traditional red and green.

It was also a mute colour scheme, and to ensure I didn’t overpower it with the centre pieces, I went for a satin gold circle with a bright gold centre. I decided to carry this on with the silver too. I am glad satin metallics are “in” at the moment as I like the combination of the bright and the soft.

The silver colour scheme was easier, I have a LOT of “modern” christmas colours and I decided to go for a pearlised cardstock.

As the “Merry Christmas” die was so complicated, I used Ken Oliver’s Stick-It. I have never used it before, it’s a bit like a xyron machine without the machine and that you can cut down to size. I used two sheets for 25 cards. It is very sticky… very very sticky but its amazing!

At this stage I also stuck the snowflakes on the back of the cards, because they spin you need some detail on both sides. I have opted for a greeting on one side and just the snowflake on the other.

Stash Used

  • Crafters Companion – Centura Pearl White with a hint of gold and a hint of silver
  • Crafters Companion – Die’Sire Create a Card Dies
  • Crafters Companion – Sara’s Signature Collection – Scandinavian Christmas, Die
  • Stampin Up – Foil Snowflakes from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue
  • Crafters Companion – Sara’s Signature Collection – Scandinavian Christmas, A3 Cardstock
  • Crafters Companion – Snowflake Centura Pearl
  • Craft Perfect – Gold and Silver Satin Cardstock
  • Craft Perfect – Gold and Silver High Gloss Cardstock
  • Ken Oliver – Stick It

Thanks for Reading

BMB

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Here’s One I Made – A Frightful Birthday Card

I think I have said before Mr BMB is a bit of a fan of the Zombie genre and I love the Brett Weldele zombie stamps, they are great to colour and look very effective so sorting out the image for his card was easy.

I coloured this with two inks, firstly brown as I wanted a grungy effect but it worked better with a harder black background. but I ripped the edges and edged them with brown to look like burning. If I do it again, I will not use red or yellow as they are two bright.

I was also impressed at Tim Holtz’s facebook live earlier in the year when he introduced his slash dies earlier this year. He said that you would either get them or you wouldn’t… I got them, very much so!

I had a lot of fun with brusho’s and Cosmic Shimmer’s Pixie Dusts to cover the front. It’s a bit too bright for blood – I need more crimson in my paint collection. I then went a little mad with cutting out the slashes on the front (I love these dies… so easy to use).

Stashed Used

  • UKCraft – 6×6 Square Card
  • Stampers Anonymous – Brett Weldele Zombie Stamps
  • Tim Holtz for Sizzix – Slash Dies
  • Spectrum Noir – Alcohol Pens
  • Memento Black Ink
  • Cosmic Shimmer – White Pearl Pixie Dust
  • Brusho Powder Water Colour

Thanks for Reading

BMB

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Here’s One I’m Making – Christmas Cards 2017 (part 1)

It’s that time of year, OK, its past that time of year… Its beginning to look at lot like Christmas (Cards). For a round up of all my Christmas projects, check out my Christmas 2017 page.

I knew this year was going to be a busy one in the summer so I decided in the summer to keep this years simple. Also I had fallen in love with Crafters Companions flipper dies and I knew these would be the perfect base. (If you are looking for ideas on mass producing cards, Big Picture Classes has some brilliant lessons on this subject this year!)

I took me on productive evening to cut out 25 bases. With these designs, you have one die to cut the flipper adn you can use your other two outer edge dies to work out exactly where you need to position it correctly.

You need to take the two edge ones away so only the circle one remains. Not as easy as just using an A6 base but very satisfying when they are all cut.

I decided on two sets of embellishments. Firstly the greeting will also be a Crafters Companion Die, this is from Sara’s Signature Collection – Scandinavian Christmas

Secondly on the reverse, I decided to add some ready cut die cuts, my lovely Stampin Up demonstrator sent me earlier in the year, the perfect shape and size. They are from this years catalogue so contact Kerry if you are interested!

Stash Used

  • Crafters Companion – Centura Pearl White with a hint of gold and a hint of silver
  • Crafters Companion – Die’Sire Create a Card Dies
  • Crafters Companion – Sara’s Signature Collection – Scandinavian Christmas
  • Stampin Up – Foil Snowflakes from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue

Thanks for Reading, tune in next week to see what colours I decided to go with

BMB

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Here’s One I Made – Happy Howl-O-Birthday

So first the good news, I have a camera back and its working… so I can finally catch up on all the posts I need to update.

Inspired by the Allsorts Blog having an Autumn theme, I decided to have a play again with a home-made panorama card shape. I used the Tonic Club dies from September and Tim Holtz Birch Trees and to embellish I used his Mini Halloween Things which he released earlier this year.

I love the Mini Things, all the bits come on one piece of metal so even though they have a lot of tiny details, they are easy to cut (especially when using double-sided paper!) The eyes on the ghosts are nuvo drops as I kept loosing bits of them.

The detail is added with Posca White Pens (1MR) which have very quickly come my white pen of choice. The Moon is Nuvo Mousse and stars Nuvo Drops.

I have found that I am using Tonic Verso Dies a lot at the moment, you can cut the details and an outside edge (and with some there is also an inside edge too). This means you can cut details into cardstock or cut a shape out as I have done with the gold and yellow on this card.

Stash Used

  • Bazzill Cardstock – Yellow Trio Cardstock
  • Tonic – Limited Edition Wreath Die (Sept 17 Kit)
  • Nuvo by Tonic – Nuvo Drops in Gold, Black and Walnut Glitter
  • Nuvo by Tonic – Nuvo Mousse in Gold
  • Sizzix – Tim Holtz Birch Tree Die
  • Sizzix – Tim Holtz Mini Halloween Things
  • Simon Says Stamp – Pattern Paper from previous kit (make unknown)
  • Crafters Companions – Centura Pearl Cardstock
  • Posca – White Pen in 1MR

Thanks for Reading

BMB

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Here’s One I Made – Owl be happy with that

I have always enjoyed playing with craft kits, so when I heard that Tonic Studios were bringing out a new monthly kit with limited edition stamps and dies, it seemed rude not to have a play with it.

At the heart of this project was also the next in May Flaum’s Paste and Gels class over at Big Picture Classes, where she was encouraging us to stamp into paste and then colour in with different mediums.

I like this effect, it adds texture to the stamps and I coloured it with watercolour and sparkles pens and the depth of paste ensures the colour doesn’t run between the sections.

I wanted to play with layers and use the mousse and the dies from the Tonic Kit. The top layer uses the die, the second layer uses a Tim Holtz die and the third layer has a big moon made from Tonic Gold Mousse.

It took me a while to get my head around the tonic mousse, having been given a couple of pots of it. But as I have got use to it, it’s so versatile, I use it as a paste, gilding wax and paint  for spritzing.

The card takes about 5 minutes to construct. I always make the middle layer about half an inch smaller than the sides so that it fits in the folded sides more easily than it would othewise.

Stash Used

  • Bazzill Basics – Weave Effect Cardstock
  • Craft Perfect – Satin Effect Gold Cardstock
  • Tonic Studio – Limited Edition Card Kit One Die
  • Tonic Studio – Nuvo Mousse in Indian Gold
  • Tonic Studio – Nuvo Drops (Three Colours)
  • Tim Holtz for Sizzix – Torn Tree Die
  • Imagination Crafts – Circle Stencil
  • Free Owl Stamp from UK Magazine
  • Crafters Companion – Spectrum Noir Aqua and Sparkle pens
  • Crafters Companion – Score Board
  • Pebeo – Embossing Paste

Thanks for Reading

BMB

 

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Here’s One I’m Making – Don’t Ask Permission

Just in case you thought that I had fallen off the face of the earth, I haven’t but I have been without a camera for a couple of months after my last one decided to capture any colour as long as its black.

However I have now worked out a way to move photos around so I can resize and shape them and use the from my phone without using all my data allowance.

Anyway one of the reasons for being so keen to find a solution to my photos is to share some of my latest projects from Big Picture Classes, as the wonderful May Flaum is back. She is one of my all time favourite crafters and even makes my inspiration side bar!

This time she is teaching paste and gel basics, the first class has Ranger Transparency Gel and spray colour. You get a great dimensional effect which adds depth without blocking out what is behind it.

If you are new to mixed media and want a class with a teacher who is easy to follow and has brilliant ideas, I can highly recommend May.

Stash Used

  • UK Craft – White Card Blank
  • Oyster Crafts – White Cardstock
  • Ranger – Stamping Cardstock
  • Ranger – Spray Ink
  • Ranger – Transparency Gel Glossy
  • Ranger – Black Archival Ink
  • Creative Expressions – Pixie Powders
  • Bee Crafty – Banksy Inspired Stamp
  • Tonic – Nuvo Drops

Thanks for Reading

BMB

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