Thursday, 3 May 2018

Christmas recycling

This past fortnight, the lovely Jingle Belles have encouraged us to recycle and/or upcycle our stash to create a Christmas card to celebrate Earth Day. I intended to play along, but my card did not quite come together, until I saw Kimberly's card for MCV99 earlier today.

I focused on the embossed base (I used a stencil by SSS), the layered topper with the scalloped border and the use of ribbon. My topper was cut from some recycled wrapping paper. To make handling the delicate paper easier, I adhered it to a panel of double sided tape before cutting it to size with my paper trimmer. My scalloped panel was die cut using one of the Noelle cutaways dies by Winnie and Walter. The green ribbon is also recycled. I thought about stamping my sentiment, but since I also wanted to play along at Merry Monday, I used this Penny Black die cut from my UFO box and applied a little Inka gold in copper using my finger.

I'm linking up my card at:

Jingle Belles - Earth Day

Merry Monday - #288 No stamping

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

CAS mixed media birthday

I have a fun birthday card to share with you today, based on a very easy mixed media technique that I learned about in the recent mixed media class at StampNation. To create a background like this one, you only need some acrylic paints and an old credit card to scrape the paint across your card surface.

I die cut my panel using one of the Crazy running double stitch dies by CUTplorations and adhered it to my base card. The birthday die is also by CUTplorations, while the wishes stamp and the arrow stamp are from a stamp set by Catherine Pooler (Simply the Best).

I'm linking up my card at:

Seize the Birthday - Anything goes

SSS Wednesday - Anything goes

Cards in Envy - It's Birthday party time

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Mixed Media butterfly card

Over at StampNation, we have been enjoying a Mixed Media class for card makers and here's one of the first cards I created.

The background for today's card was created with the ink that was left on my craft mat after dripping and spraying Catherine Pooler inks (All that Jazz and Melon Ice) on one of my MM backgrounds. I didn't want to let it go to waste, so I smooshed a panel of watercolour card in the ink. I applied the same CP inks to blend some ink through d 2 Tim Holtz mini stencils (set 4) and then decided I wanted to go a little darker on the foliage stencil by adding a touch of CP Spruce ink.

I wanted to add some contrasting colour and remembered this Uniko butterfly (English Country Garden), that I had coloured previously when breaking in my new Copics. After fussy-cutting it, I was trying to find the right placement for the butterfly and sentiment, so I started out by stamping the sentiment (Stampers Anonymous) onto a scrap of vellum. I then decided I kind of liked the addition of the vellum, so I simply adhered my vellum strip and mounted my panel onto a Neenah desert storm card base.

I'm linking up my card at:

STAMPlorations April challenge - Focus on the sentiment

SSS Wednesday - Anything goes

heARTful Stamping - Anything goes + a stamp