Gerbera Rectangle

This card started out quite differently to how it has finished up!  I was very lucky to attend a workshop recently with John Lockwood where we were using some of the Gerbera Collection dies including the rectangle. We also had the chance to get messy, well some of us got messy, others did not and others used rubber gloves!  The background and the back of the dragonflies were made with acetate and the Izink Pigment ink bottles, such a simple technique and everyone had a different look depending on which colour inks they chose.
The Gerbera rectangle was cut twice, once in white and then again in black for the shadow effect
I have then used the JoyCrafts Friendship Bench die and again, cut it twice once in black and once in white. This range is from the Deboss and Cut collection, so it needs to go through the machine with an embossing mat to get the full detail
The dragonflies are just stunning and the delicacy of the acetate background with the colours that I chose quite finished it o…

Spotlight on Flora

Spotlight on Flora
As soon as I saw the new release collection in January, I knew I just had to have Flora in my life. She must be one of the most delicate dies ever. I have seen cards using the negative of the die (the spcae on the card where the die has been cut from) but the die itself has such pretty detail it just had to be.
The card base is a 7" square. The card used is is Foundations Bright White and Crafts Too Rosa Lustre card, the sheen is so lovely, one of my favourite colours too!
I have used the Double Stitched Octagon set to frame Flora, the shapes seem to suit each other Four dies used altogether to create the look. Take four dies from the set all next to each other. If you count the dies as largest number 1 and smallest of the set number 4, take dies number 1 and 4 and cut from Bright White card. Take dies numbers 2 and 3 and cut from Rosa card. Use the 'waste' octagon shape from this for the background of Flora
To make a beautiful subtle background, I have…

Book Easel Card Instructions

Prepare for a 'Photo Overload'
As requested, today we have a detailed description of how to make this Book easel card with loads of photos so you can see as well as read how to go about making this simple but eye catching design

First of all, take your blank card base, in this case, its 14.5cm x 14.5cm
Open the card base up and along the front of the card measure half way at 7.25cm and score along that line
Fold along the score line
Cut a piece of card, in this case silver mirri card to 14cm x 14cm and then a piece of white card 13.5cm x 13.5cm . Emboss the piece of white card and layer these two together for the inner card
In this card I have used the Small Book die set from Presscuts and chosen the largest die and the next size down for the book itself. Using the largest die, cut one piece from silver mirri card and the next size, cut one piece from white card and emboss this piece. Keeping the silver layer flat, I have then gently curved the white layer and added a thin la…

My Secret Garden

Todays card includes some different techniques, I suppose you could say some alternative techniques.  I have used the Creative Expressions Ivy Garden die set, the detail is, as always, quite superb. Instead of simply cutting the ivy corners out and sticking them straight down, I have 'quilted' them.
Using double sided adhesive sheets, I have cut the corners from a white piece of card and then again from the olive card. With the adhesive sheet behind, I have simply embedded the green ivy into the space left on the white card. Gives a lovely effect.

So many crafters have issues with colouring stamped images. To overcome this with the Secret Garden stamp, I have simply stamped it three times. Twice with Perfect Medium onto white card and embossing with Detail Gold embossing Powder and then, using black ink, onto a piece of the Olive Lustre card. I have then paper pieced the flowers and bird house. Finally, I have cut another ivy corner out and chopped it about a bit and placed r…

Beautiful Bella

Beautiful Bella!!
Todays card is made with the new Frames and Tags collection - Bella.  The card is a 6"base. I have then used the Double stitched Octagons to cut out one in white and then the next size down in Lustre card - Rosa
With the same Rosa card, I have used the main and second die from Bella to cut two shapes, cut these in half and placed them behind the white octagon
Using white card, the same dies were used to cut out another Bella for the centre shape. I used adhesive pearls to embellish around the edges too
One of my most favourite new dies is the Passionflower, I think you will be seeing a lot more of this flower there are 23 dies in just the one packet! Real value for money in any currency! 
In this card, I have cut one base out of white card with double sided adhesive attached so that I could get an even coverage once dipped into Frosty Sparkle Glitterbitz. I have then cut the passionflower from Rosa card, gently teased the petals slightly for a little dimension …

Making Backgrounds with Gel Media Plate

Do you believe in fairies? What a wonderful world it would be to have these little creatures at the bottom of your garden! Todays card is made with Yvonne Creations Rectangle Autumn Frame and Sue Wilsons Fillables Collection Fairy Scene. 
I have simply cut the frame out in black card and cut two fairy scenes in black too. I have then snipped the fairy out of the scene and then with one of the fairies just used her wings. I placed the cut wings BEHIND the main fairy so you cant see the join.

Other dies used in this card are the Presscuts Notched Rectangles for the base card and JND Mini tags for the sentiments.
The background technique is using the Izink pigment inks and the large Gel Media plate. I have done a 5 minute video for you to show you how easy this technique is

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Starburst Card Video

As requested, I have a video of how to make the Starburst card.

Card measurements for this card are as follows; Base card 7" x 6" and the white card, 6.75" x 5.75"