Monday, 16 May 2011

Daring Cardmakers - May Bugs

This weeks challenge from Daring Cardmakers features the Darling BUGS of May. For this card I decided on  shabby chic and an emboss-resist  technique I'd seen over at Jennifer Mcguire's site.

For the background I stamped the flower and butterfly image onto cream watercolour paper with clear emboss powder and set it with a heat gun. I put a few drops of water-based inks onto an acrylic block, spritzed it with water and lay the watercolour paper on top to absorb the colour. After the ink had dried,  I rubbed over the image with a piece of kitchen paper removing any ink that had settled on the embossed image. The stamped image risists the ink and you get a nice crisp image that stands out from the background. I like this technique because each time I use it I get a unique background of colour and pattern.  I then stamped the ornate frame in a contrasting colour and accented the flower using the colour makers. I further distressed the paper, rolling the corners and roughing the edges of the paper. Rubbing over the image again to remove any marker mistakes, I finished the card with a couple of strands of lilac ribbon, a punched butterfly  and a little stamped tag. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like the card.

Equipment and materials used on this project.
Purple and Gold cardstock and watercolour paper sourced from local art shop
Martha Stewart Butterfly punch
Ecoline inks - 318 and 507
Tombow markers 177,192,673,676
My Paper World "Flowers and Butterflies" stamps 400300100
Prima 'Wings" 536350 for the frame
Versacolor Royal Blue 18

Monday, 2 May 2011

Daring Cardmakers - Royal Appointment

Daring Cardmakers - Royal Appointment Challenge.
In honour of the Royal Wedding of William and Catherine, Daring Cardmakers asked for a card that reflected the mood in the UK surrounding the celebrations. Something patriotic or Royal. The Union Jack, that very British symbol and so representative of all things English including the royals, elected itself for this card!
I used a plain white pre-folded card from Anita and made the Union Jack background from some glitter wrapping-paper I had left over from Christmas. The oval panel was cut using Spellbinders Nestabilities "Scalloped Ovals" and the "Invitation" stamp is from Papermania " Wedding Sentiments" clear stamp set. I sponged the edges of the scalloped oval with Versacolor pigment ink 18  in the only colour that fit the bill " Royal Blue". I hope you like it.