I Am Groot (A Birthday Card)

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Hi there. How are you?

This was a card I made for a young family member (Happy Birthday!) I’m never sure what teenage boys are into and find making cards for them quite difficult; this seemed to go down well though.

It is a 3D Decoupaged card made the same way as the yoda and stormtrooper cards I made last year.

Yoda One Valentines Card

Yoda One for Me Valentines card

happy stormtrooper birthday

Happy stormtrooper birthday card

Can’t believe it’s a year since I made them, where does the time go!

Thanks for stopping by today, till next time, have fun x

Batch making Christmas Cards

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This year i had a go at batch making Christmas cards and envelope.

Hi there, how are you. Did anyone turn around this week and say “good grief it’s December and I’m not ready!” I have to say it happens to me every year. Most people make their Christmas cards in July or August but me, nope always leave it till last-minute.

Usually I make a few different designs because I get bored doing the same thing over an over. This year I wanted to see if I could design something simple that could be set up and made really quickly. They needed to be easy to post and I wanted to switch the design slightly for hand posted cards for close friends and family. (So clean and simple with possibilities)

I fished about in my stash and found Clarity deer stamps I hadn’t yet used (I buy this stuff and forget to use it, seriously!) Thinking they would look good in a forest setting I had another rummage around but all I could find was some smallish tree trunks from the back of a magazine. These would have to do.

Stamping-jig-set-up

This is the little jig I set up to place my stamps. There’s a crease at the top and bottom to place the card.

After setting everything out I made myself a little stamping jig (fancy name for two bits of scrap paper and some masking tape). Set the deer, tree trunks and sentiment in place on acrylic blocks, and off I go.

They came together so easily. Stamped and embossed in next to no time. I even made some envelopes out of a spare roll of paper and stamped a little deer on those too.

deer christmas card close up

This is a close up of the batch made Christmas cards shining nicely in the sunshine.

To change it up I added a clarity forest mask, it has an inny and outy (mask and stencil?) just what I needed. The trunks were stamped through the outy and I blended the shadow around the inny, ribbon and gems added because it’s Christmas so why not.

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With a little more work and the aid of a stencil I get a different look with a similar design.

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A few of the Christmas tags made with the mishaps and waste.

There were a few mishaps and practice bits and I turned those into tags, so everything matches.
Nothing much to do now hopefully but buy and wrap the gifts, I may make some gift toppers like the ones I made last year just change the colours to match the paper.

I’m really happy they turned out so well and now I can get on with really enjoying the festive season. Hows every one else doing, are we all getting there?

Thanks for stopping by today, take care and as always have fun x

 

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Skools Out And Some Birthday Cards

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A drawing of my kitchen for sketchbook Skool class.

Hi there. How are you?

This was the last week of sketchbook skool klass. The delightful Tommy Kane showed us its all in the details. If you look at his work you can see the amazingly detailed illustrations he draws that sometimes take him hours. Hours of standing/sitting around on location working busily away.

This is a picture I drew of part of my kitchen, not nearly as detailed as his but I liked the way it turned out. The paper isn’t good for watercolour so I used inktense pencils and put just a light wash of water over the top. I like the texture it gives against the tooth of the paper.

pomegranate-drawing

A drawing of a pomegranate just before we ate it for dessert.

I was making a dessert and cut open a pomegranate, spurred on by my kitchen drawing I decided to have a go at drawing it in detail, seed by seed. It came out quite well. Not something I would have thought to do till now.

This class seems to have come and gone in a heartbeat, I’ve learned a lot, now I have to put all this new-found knowledge into practice. I’ll probably go back and look at some of the videos again to keep it all fresh in my mind.

The information was geared mainly to people who keep (or want to keep) journals but it is all good information and can be used for all forms of drawing, and who knows maybe I’ll do that one day.

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A watercolour card painted mainly in two colours (Payne’s grey and burnt umber)

I’ve bee making birthday cards. This one was a picture of a racoon (picture from a google search**) painted in watercolour, I even used watercolour paper! I wanted it to be kind of washy with not too many colours, I used Payne’s gray and burnt umber with a tiny bit of orange or the eyes. It’s not perfect but he’s kind of cute.

(** Disclaimer:  I’d link to the photographer of the racoon but couldn’t find a name. I’m not linking to the site because I don’t think it belongs to them. If I find out who took the picture I’ll update with a link.)

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Autumn leaves birthday card.

This one is made with a stamp and dies from crafters companion magazine set. I like that the dies match the stamps, the leaves are small enough for a background and big enough to use in their own right.

The patterned paper was made with a piece of white card blended and stamped with distress ink. The extra leaves are gold card; craft card and the black background are stamped with embossing ink and heat embossed with clear powder.

Thanks for stopping by. Till next time take care and as always, have fun x

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Watercolour Fathers Day Card

Hi there. Happy Fathers Day. Hope all the dads are having a very relaxing day.

scrim+cling-experiment

This week at watercolour class we were being experimental. It was a sploshy technique involving cling film and scrim. Scrim is a very loose weave fabric found in the building trade, though any loose weave fabric would do.

I pulled out threads and distressed the scrim. Cling film was also used on this page just to see what would happen.

I made a wash of watercolour and dabbed it all over the scrim and the rest of the page, then laid cling film over the rest of the page and scrunched it up slightly to make the texture. It was put aside to dry for a couple of days.

Once I had my lovely new texture, what to do with it? We were supposed to see some kind of image or pattern in them but I’m rubbish at that and after staring at it for what seemed forever decided it would be used as patterned paper.

I learned something new and even though I’m not sure I’ll use it too much in the future, should I need this type of effect, I know how to create it.

This is the card I used it on. “Happy Fathers Day dear”.

Watercolour Fathers Day Card

The watercolour paper was used as a background for my dragon stamp. He was stamped onto a separate piece of orange watercolour paper (one of the experiments that didn’t work) with black versafine ink and heat embossed with copper coloured powder. I cut him out and glued him down. Since he was snoozing I used die-cut letters to spell RELAX… (inside it says put your feet up and have a good day).

The other half said it looked pretty cool so job done I think.

Thanks for taking the tie to stop by today. Till next time, have fun x

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Happy Stormtrooper Birthday

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Hi there, how are you.

A few months ago I made a Yoda one valentines card. I seem to still be in a Starwars groove at the moment so I made a little stormtrooper birthday card. It’s in the same style as Yoda but it needed a bit if simplification. I took the image from a small toy I’d seen on the interwebs. I traced around his edges and the major parts of his suit in the computer to simplify him as much as possible, then printed two on one page of thin white card.

I don’t really have any stormtrooper shaped dies or punches so this would all be done with print-outs and good old-fashioned scissors. Back to basics as it were.

I drew around the edge of one of the stormtroopers onto black card and cut it out to use as the base of his uniform. All of the white parts were cut out of the first image and foam pads were used to give it some depth and dimension. The gun and hands were cut from the second image.

The background is embossed with an embossing folder, rolled over with embossing ink and a brayer, sprinkled over with silver embossing powder and heated with a heat gun. It gives a grungy metallic effect.

The happy birthday strip at the bottom is cut from the top of a large birthday background die. It’s a lovely big die that has lots of styles of happy birthday on it, both the letters and waste (or vice versa) are both very useable. I’ll use the letters for another card later.

I’m not sure he’s quite as cute as Yoda but he is looking quite cheerful for a stormtrooper.

Thanks for stopping by. Till next time, have fun x

Embossing Folder Used:
Tim Holtz – Retro Circles
Dies Used:
Poppy Stamps Die – Happy Birthday Background
Embossing Ink

Happy Monkey Birthday Card

Happy Monkey Birthday Card

Hi. How are you?

I’ve been watching monkeys on TV and so have been inspired to make this little birthday card.

I used my favourite leafy stamp again, on green card with green embossing powder. The leaves and branches are coloured with pro markers and sharpies (I only have about eight pro markers).

The signs were stamped with a bark stamp and cut into small rectangles. I brushed some distress ink around the edges for definition.

I only have one monkey stamp so it was stamped out four times and they were coloured in with pencils (my brown alcohol pens are too dark). Once coloured I cut them out with small sharp scissors. I tried to stick the monkeys down so it looked like they were just hanging around in the trees.

The green card was cut down to fit a 7”x5” card base and before gluing it down I took a gold marker around the edge to form a border.

I really enjoyed making this card, it made me smile.

Thanks for stopping by today and taking time out of your busy day. Till next time, have fun x

Stamps Used:
Leafy Trails – Chocolate Baroque
Monkey Stamp – Cheap hobbycraft stamp
Ink Used:
Distress Ink – Vintage Photo
Versafine – Onyx black
Embossing Ink

Yoda One Valentines Card

Yoda One Valentines Card

Hello. I hope you’re all well.

Valentines day is almost upon us. This year I was determined to make my card in plenty of time. Yes yes yes I did it (does happy dance around the room). No last minute rushing around. It’s not pink and super heartsy but a heart die was used, so romantic yes?

I liked the sentiment, it’s something I’ve been seeing around the intetwebs. Using my new Sizzix thinlits dies I cut the letters out twice (black for the shadow then again in green).

Yoda’s head. hands and feet were cut out of green card using circle dies and punches, a heart die cut in half for each ear. I tried making eyes but he started looking a bit scary so instead I embossed them with a circle die and now he’s looking quite thoughtful. Much better.

His jacket and trousers are cut from rectangles of grey card trimmed with a corner rounder.

The ray background has been embossed on opposing sides to give a light burst effect. I brayered lightly over the surface with embossing ink and heat embossed yellow embossing powder over the top.

Have to say Yoda is looking pretty cool here and I’m sure the other half will think it’s a lot of fun.

Thanks for stopping by today and taking time out of your day to read my ramblings. Till next time, have fun x

Dies Used:
SizzixAlphanumeric Thinlits Dies
Spellbinders – Nesting Circles
Embossing folder Used:
Tim Holtz – Rays
Inks Used:
Embossing ink