Friday, 9 December 2016

Vintage tin?

It's DCM day (sorry I was AWOL last week) and we have another "step away from the cards" dare today - decorate it!

It's open to interpretation, as ever - I chose to make a little ornament that could go on the tree or perhaps over the knob of a drawer in the kitchen. It has a bit the look of vintage embossed tin and cost virtually nothing to make. 

The base is die cut from scrap mount board (free from a framing shop) so it has a bit of heft. The letters are die cut from cereal packet board and the whole lot is covered with double-sided tape sheet and then kitchen foil. I burnished round the letters with a paper stump and then used a bit of black acrylic paint to "age" the whole thing. 

A couple of tiny cones from an alder tree in our back garden and a scrap of gingham ribbon make suitably rustic embellishments, I think. Likewise, garden twine for a hanging loop seemed fitting.  

Styled Labels die (Tim Holtz Alterations/Sizzix)
Font One dies (Spellbinder)
Double-sided tape sheet
Kitchen foil
Black acrylic paint
Alder cones
Gingham ribbon
Garden twine

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Friday, 25 November 2016

Step away from the cards - tag it!

Friday is dare day and Daring Cardmakers have the second of the "step away from the cards" dares in the run up to Christmas - make a tag!

Tags are usually a last minute thing for me so it was good to have a prompt that made me get some of them out of the way early. To be honest, they looked nearly as nice without the holly so if you needed a super-speedy option at the very last minute this could be it!

I used the MISTI to do these "production line " style so they were quick in any case. If you put a frame (the negative of the die cut) into the MISTI, line the stamp up so it's where you want it in the aperture and then just pop each blank die cut into the frame, the stamp will be exactly where you want it each time.

Noel Plate 2 (PaperArtsy)

Paper: white, green, red

Ink: Memento Luxe by Tsukineko (Love Letter)

Stitched square die (cheap and cheerful unbranded)
Square Nestabilities (Spellbinder)
Festive Greenery strip die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alterations)
Office hole punch
Posca white paint pen
Clear Wink of Stella pen
White crochet thread

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Friday, 18 November 2016

Deck the halls

It's Daring Cardmaker day and we're getting further into the Christmas spirit - today's dare asks for a card inspired by Christmas carols and songs.

I immediately thought of this lovely big sentiment stamp with words from "Deck the halls with boughs of holly" so went with that and, of course, the holly to go with it!

Colouring is a mix of Copic and pencils. I used a scalpel to cut around the tips of a couple of the leaves so I could tuck the die cut circle in behind them. The berries have a bit of Wink of Stella glitz on them and white paint pen highlights.

Noel (Waltzingmouse Stamps - now available from Gina K)
Freebie holly stamp (Creative Stamping magazine)

Ink: Brilliance by Tsukineko (Pearlescent Chocolate)

Paper: kraft

Copic markers
Coloured pencils
Stitched circle die (just a cheap and cheerful unbranded one)
Clear Wink of Stella marker
White Posca paint pen
Corner Chomper

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Birthday kicks!

My nephew celebrated reaching double figures recently! He does Taekwondo and is currently a green belt so I went with this digital image from craftsuprint which has the option of belts in different colours.

The image comes with a background and separate bits to layer up decoupage-style. I didn't use the background, just the figure and a couple of layers. The image is pre-coloured but I added a tiny bit of Copic shading as well.

The wonky spiral element is hand cut and I laid a circle die on the card as a guide for placing the die cut lettering. A doodled border finished it off.

Apologies that the image is a wee bit blurry - low light in Northumberland and a posting deadline made it tricky!

Karate Dude image from craftsuprint (Karate Girl is also available if you want something for your nieces rather than nephews!)
Copic markers
Black and white cardstock
Tim Holtz Typeset strip die by Sizzix
Posca white paint pen
White Prismacolor pencil
Pinflair glue gel

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