Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Sympathy Card

David’s (hubby) uncle has passed away and the funeral is on Friday so I’ve made this sympathy card, I always find it hard to make one of these so wanted to keep it as plain as possible.  I used pale blue for my base card and a punched edged piece of white card for the first layer, the punch is one of the Martha Stewart range and I used the same white card and punched edge for the insert.  The floral paper is from the ‘Forever Friends – Black & Gold Collection CD’ and I used an inverted punch on both of the top corners.  I matt and layered some more of the floral and white card for the topper and wanted to stamp ‘Thinking of You’ but I haven’t got that stamp, I had actually convinced myself I had but hey ho, so I had to write it myself, I used a Sakura pen – Blue Star and did a slight shadow using a pale grey ProMarker.  I attached some ribbon from my stash before sticking the topper in place.  Using Joy Craft dies I cut out two butterflies and lightly inked the wings with Distress Ink – Tumbled Glass and attached to the card with glue dots.  I tied a ribbon knot and finished off with some blue gems.

Quick Birthday Card

Originally this post was under the Dimension Fourth heading, using their stamps, then the name change to Dimensions Stamps.  Now the name is Nina Crafts and the old names have been dropped. 

Quite a while ago I‘d bought a goody bag from the Craftwork Cards stall at Harrogate, it must have been two years ago and I still have some bits of it left.  The bag was a pink, cream and gold theme, so when Hanni (my daughter) asked if I could make a card for her I went straight to this.  The card blank, envelope, baking paper, embossed frame, candies and the sentiment are all from the goody bag.  I used Distress Ink – Old Paper to highlight the embossed flowers on the frame, also around the edges on the centre square and I used it to colour the coat of the lady.  The centre stamp is from the ‘Fabulously Feminine’ stamp set from Dimension Fourth ref: 2400030a.  I stamped her in VersaMark and then embossed using detail gold embossing powder.  I used a gold Sakura Metallic Gelly Roll pen for the little dots on the frame, as well as for the middle flower.  Using a gold flower brad I layered the flower pieces together with the sentiment in the middle, the sentiment is in fact shaped like a handbag so the brad went through the handle.  I finished the card off by placing the candies in the other three corners.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

The Wrinklies

Originally this post was under the Dimension Fourth heading, using their stamps, then the name change to Dimensions Stamps.  Now the name is Nina Crafts and the old names have been dropped.

This is the new set from Dimension Fourth and will be on Create and Craft on Sunday the 27th of this month at 10am.  It consists of five pieces of text and three elderly people.

Using white pearlescent card I punched down one edge with an EK Success punch then folded the card into a DL, I added a silver strip of mirri card to the underneath.  I cut out all the white square’ish shapes before I stamped the people just to make sure they would all fit.  I used ProMarkers to colour, then matted onto silver and added a bit of Glossy Accents on the earrings, brooch, glasses and over the ‘goes out’ text in the sentiment.  I finished off with some of my new tiny gems on the purple hat pins.

Looking through my scrap box(es) I found some nice off cuts of purple and white small flowery paper, so having another rummage I found some white card with purple swirls and leaves on, so this was my next colour scheme.  I needed a plain’ish background so chose the dots, this is a digital paper and I really use these digi papers a lot.  The paper is from Pink Petticoat and it’s their Doodle Dots http://www.pinkpetticoat.co.uk/boutique_colour_collection.php I used the lovely colour, they are all lovely but the actual colour is called ‘Lovely’ lol.  After cutting the dotty paper to size I inked all the edges with Memento – Lulu Lavender ink before attaching to my base card.  The main shape and both sentiments where stamped on white then matted onto the purple swirl/leaf card and using a Sakura gelly roll pen – Purple Star, I dot and dashed around the edges.  Most of the lady is coloured with ProMarkers and I used the flowery paper to do some paper piecing on her hat and coat.  I just had to finish her off with some Hilda Ogden lips J  I threaded some purple ribbon through the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment and frayed the ends, then used the same purple ribbon to add a bow.

I used some paper for the background from a CD called Damask Delights and it’s by Artylicious, there are some really stunning papers on this disc.  I used Distress Ink – Dried Marigold to lightly ink the edges of both the backing paper and the white card with the ladies on.  The small ‘Happy Birthday’ stamp I got from Dimension Fourth and have had it ages, this comes in very handy.  The paper flowers and gem brads I’ve had in my stash for ages.  I bought the leaves from Country Baskets last year, they are actually on a stem and are used to make displays, so I bought two flower stems and one leaf.  Then, once home I dismantled them all, they were all attached to the stem via a plastic backing and they peel off really easily.  There were loads of them, I bought the white and cream colour flowers so I could use my ProMarkers to colour them when I needed them.  I’m running out of the leaves so that’s a good excuse to go back for some more J

I used two shades of textured card stock for this card, I seem to be into green as well (weird, as green isn’t a colour I usually would go for but hey ho J) so picked a light and a darker shade.  I used Distress Ink – Peeled Paint for all the edges.  I coloured my fella with ProMarkers and the ribbon originally was cream and brown so I used the same ProMarker as his coat and did a colour match.  I’ve gone a bit mad with the EK Success punch, it was the first time I’d tried punching all around the edges with this particular punch and got carried away lol.  I double stamped the sentiment I thought the effects of the beer would have made him see double.  I used two bottle caps and Glossy Accents, the first layer I added some green glitter then when dry I used the Krystal Tips ‘Birthday Icons’ stamp set from Dimension Fourth ref: 1900005c to add the pint glass, I cut it out using a small circle punch but I couldn’t see the glitter very well so randomly cut around the circle before adding it to the bottle cap again with Glossy Accents.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Birthday Card for Carol

Just in the middle of doing some sample cards for Aly at Dimension Fourth she will be appearing on C&C on Sunday the 27th, I think she said 10am but I'm not sure.  She is at the NEC as well so she will be having a busy few days.

Anyway, I have been going to do this card for a while, I had actually planned to do it for Carol in the first place and as its her birthday today, well really I didn't forget and that's the main thing lol.  I used the 'Fabulously Feminine' stamp set from Dimension Fourth ref: 2400030a and its the female version of the card I did for my hubby in January.  The inks I used were Distress Ink - Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick.  I made it in the same way as the other card but I added some of the smallest red gems I could find, I picked them up from Harrogate at the weekend, there from JJD Cards.  I've been looking for some of these for ages, I sometimes just need a small bit of bling but I hadn't anything small enough, well now I have.  I got the Red, Blue, Gold and Green, I even got some Purple ones that are smaller still.

Friday, 11 March 2011

ATC's February 2011

Originally this post was from the Dimension Fourth Project Club, then the name change to Dimensions Stamps.  Now the name is Nina Crafts and the old names have been dropped.  I thought putting all the posts together would be better and easier to find things.

Why not have a go, you could win a free stamp from Dimension Fourth, but you have to be in the Project Club to enter.  To join the Project Club have a look on the
http://www.dimensionfourthltd.co.uk/ website for details.  I will be photographing all your ATC's and showing them on here, for more details please see the project club newsletter.  Thank you and good luck.

From left to right: 'Chocolate Drop' and 'Paris Tag' from Jacqui and the one on the end is from Juile and titled 'Paris'.
From left to right: 'Paris at Dusk' from Pauline.  I wish we could have smelly vision as I keep getting a wiff of chocolate from this ATC 'Who's Been at My Chocolates' and 'Paris - City of Light' both from Susan.

Thank you all for sending in your artwork, I really look forward to receiving them, they are all really lovely pieces of art.  This is where I struggle as I want everyone to win, but as usual only one person can, and this month it is
for her 'City of Light'
your free 'Silver Shadow' Vintage Rolls Royce (Dimension Fourth ref: 1703006a) stamp is on its way.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Project Club - March 2011

Originally this post was from the Dimension Fourth Project Club, then the name change to Dimensions Stamps.  Now the name is Nina Crafts and the old names have been dropped.  I thought putting all the posts together would be better and easier to find things.

As I was making this month's main card I kept thinking of loads of bits and pieces I wanted to do, so the following card is actually a cut down version of my thoughts.  The card just happened as I went along, but like I said on the newsletter you can do as much or as little as you like, its up to you. J

In this month's Project Club the stamp set comprises of a shoe, a bottle, a crown, a small heart, a swirly corner, a circle shaped happy birthday and some text saying 'If all else fails accessorise'.

This is the finished card I chose pink because its very girlie but you could change the colour to whatever you like, you just need two inks of the same colour just different shades.  The border can also be as thick or as thin as you like, instead of having sections you could do it as a single border. 

Using the darkest ink, lightly ink around the edges of the base card, I only did one edge at a time, adding clear embossing powder as  I go along and heating it before moving on to the next edge.  I like to dip my card on to the ink pad and not the other way round as it gives a thinner edge and less chance of smudging.  I also open the card so that the ink is only on the front of the card and not on the back, the last edge being the fold.  I did the same on the pink card but used a VersaMark stamp pad and clear embossing powder.

On a piece of white card I used Post-It notes to mask off 3cm along one of the shortest sides and I placed another Post-It 3cm up from the bottom edge.
Using the lightest pink ink and a piece of Cut-N-Dry, ink this first section, make these sections as light or as dark as you like.  Using the darkest pink ink, randomly stamp in the 3cm inked border using any of the stamps, I used the corner swirls first but it looked a bit flat so I re-stamped but this time used the lighter pink ink.
Remove the Post-It notes and move on to another section, making sure all inked areas are dry.  I did the other shortest side next.  

Work around the white card until the entire border is complete.  Using VersaFine – Onyx Black stamp the shoe in the middle of the bordered white card.  Allow to dry.

On a scrap piece of paper stamp the shoe in the centre and cut out the largest front section, the side just below the strap and the section just above the strap.  This will be your template to mask the shoe.

Lay the masking template over the shoe on your bordered card, lining up all the sections.  Using your Cut-N-Dry with the lightest pink ink blend in and colour the shoe parts, do this lightly at first you can always add more but you can’t take it away.  

Once happy with the colour and leaving the mask in place use a Post-It note to cover the side of the shoe so the edge of the corner stamp doesn’t put any unwanted ink into that section.  Use the corner stamp and the light pink ink and stamp over the front section.  The thickness of the mask may be only slight but to make sure of a good impression add a little more pressure when stamping these areas.  Place the Post-It over the front section of the shoe and stamp the side.

Colour the rest of the shoe.  I used the two pink inks with an almost dry brush but you could use ProMarkers or watercolour pencils whatever you like.  To finish off I inked and embossed the edges of this piece of card the same way as for the base card.  Using double sided tape matt and layer all pieces together.  For the sentiment I used VersaFine black and embossed with detail clear embossing powder, inked the edge of the circle with pink and again embossed.  Before attaching the sentiment with foam pads I used a VersaMarker pen and clear embossing powder around the scalloped edged circle.

I’ve used pale blue and pale purple several times so thought I’d have a go at the slightly darker shades.  For the background I used some purple card and using a VersaMark stamp pad I roughly inked all around the edges then embossed with some detail gold embossing powder.  For the next layer I did the bottom half in blue card and stamped the heart, again with VersaMark but this time I used detail clear embossing powder and used the detail gold all around the edges.  For the top half I used the corner stamp with VersaMark and detail gold, again did the edges.  After matting both these layers together I added some purple ribbon to the centre line before I attached it to the white base card.  On a piece of white card I stamped the bottle and the happy birthday circle with VersaMark, used the detail gold embossing powder and I used the Nestabilities – Standard Circles to cut out the happy birthday circle and some blue and purple card to matt and layer it on, again edging all layers with detail gold embossing powder.  I left about a 1cm gap from the bottle to the edge of the white card, cut it out and coloured it in using ProMarkers, I then cut out some blue and purple card and edged them both with the detail gold before matting and layering them.  To finish off I attached both toppers with foam tape.

For this easel card I used some pale blue card for my base and some other scraps of blue card for the matting and strips, so using these colours made my mind up what to use for the shoes.  I stamped then masked the shoe and stamped it again to make a pair on to a Nestibilities - Label Eight piece of white card using Memento – Tuxedo Black and used ProMarkers to colour.  I stamped the ‘If all else…..’ on to the card using Versafine – Smokey Gray and then stamped over the top of it using VersaFine – Onyx Black, this gives the text a drop shadow to match the shadow under the shoes.  I used a Martha Stewart punch to make a straight edge border for the front of the card and a double edged border for the base of the card.  I used the corner flourish on a small piece of white card using the Smokey Gray ink pad and cut around it leaving a small white border.  I then used a pale blue ProMarker to outline the flourish before stamping ‘Happy Birthday’ (Dimension Fourth ref: 0502013A) in Onyx Black.  Using another shade of blue I matted the shoes and the sentiment, then attached them to the card.  I cut two leaves (Joy Crafts – cutting and embossing stencil Leaves 2) in white pearlescent card and I have a bag of fabric flowers of all sizes but are all an off white colour so I use ProMarkers to colour them in to match any project, so I used the blues from the shoes.  Added some small self adhesive pearls to the borders and stuck the flower and leaves on with silicone glue and added a pearl to the centre, because the silicone glue showed a little at the side of the pearl I decided to make a feature of it and squashed it in further and sprinkled a little blue glitter over the glue. J

On a piece of white textured card I roughly blended some Distress Ink – Mustard Seed leaving it quite patchy, I actually did a full A4 sheet and have decided to use some of it for my ATC.  I then used Timeless Romance stencils from Tattered Angles and randomly placed them on to the card before I sprayed over them with Cosmic Shimmer Mist – Mango Blaze, I then moved the stencils and lightly added a coat of Cosmic Shimmer Mist – Lava Red.  Once everything was really dry I used an Anti-Static bag and dusted the square just in case, I then used the corner stamp with VersaMark and embossed using detail clear embossing powder on all four corners.  It is quite hard to see where your stamping and wanted the rough look but three corners worked out quite straight and only one corner ended up how I wanted it, never mind, I’ll cover that one up with something Next I covered the lid of the bottle with a Post-It Note before using the VersaMark ink on the stamp, after removing the Post-It I stamped the bottle in the centre, then embossed it.  After cleaning the stamp I masked off the bottle and inked the lid and stamped it just to the side of the bottle, this was a will it or won’t it moment because I just couldn’t see what I was doing lol, I then embossed again using detail clear embossing powder.  Using Cut-N-Dry and Distress Ink – Fired Brick I blending in the red to the edges and the centre, once done I used a bit of kitchen roll to buff up the corners and bottle taking off any excess ink.  Because I’d inked an A4 sheet of card I’d plenty to work with so again with VersaMark stamped and embossed the happy birthday circle, using the red to finish, I also cut out two leaves using Joy Crafts – stencil Leaves 2.  I found some bright yellow card in my stash so matt the square and used a bit of it to cut a circle using Nestabilities – Standard Circles.  I cut quite close to the dots on the happy birthday circle then matt it on to the yellow.  I used red for the base card, attached the square and used silicone glue to attach the circle, I tucked the leaves under the circle (I think I covered up that dodgy corner, what do you think?).  To finish I used a grey ProMarker to add a little shadow to the bottom of both the bottle and lid before adding Glossy Accents.  I think if I were to do this card again I would make the bottle a little lighter and not put as much ink on it and the lid.  

I thought I’d use some green for this card, its not a colour I would usually use so wanted to see to end result.  I did a 2½cm border around this card and used the same technique as for the main card but mitred the corners.  I used Big and Juicy - Spice and the stamp I used in each section was the ‘Ladies Bag Border’ from Dimension Fourth (ref: 0603041a).  On another slightly larger piece of white card I positioned the border and stamped the shoe through it, so I could position it better, I used VersaFine – Onyx Black ink.  I then masked the shoe as in the main card but using the green, for the detail on the shoe I used the ‘Leaf Flourish’ from Dimension Fourth ref: 1806118a, finished colouring the shoe with black and shades of grey ProMarkers.  I used dark green for the base card, and then attached the shoe layer before using Papermania Shimmer Dots for the front of the shoe and I used shaker tape to attach the border.  For the happy birthday bag I used the ‘Handbag’ stamp from Dimension Fourth ref: 0105012a, stamped the happy birthday circle in VersaFina, I then masked both the circle and the handbag handle before inking and again using the Leaf Flourish to match the shoes.  I decided to cut off the handle on the bag before I matted it on to some dark green card.  I found a piece of chain in my bits and pieces draw so wanted to use that instead.  I attached the handbag with double sided tape and the bit that overhangs I used a bit of shaker tape.

For this ATC I’m using some of the inked card I made for the above card.  I stamped the happy birthday circle and the crown in VersaFine – Onyx Black then masked off the circle to stamp the wings, the wings are from Dimension Fourth and are called Stamp in Steps – Owl Set (Dimension Fourth ref: 2400020a).  Once dry I used a VersaMarker and inked all three bits and embossed using clear embossing powder, I was going to colour the background and leave the clear image but using the VersaMarker actually moved the red shimmer mist about and I like the effect so that’s how I left it.