Friday, 18 May 2012

Drummer Boy

I was asked to make a modern card for a young man's 21st birthday, that was drum related as he is a drummer in a band. It took me a while to track down a good sized stamp that I was happy with, but finally managed to find one at Dimension Fourth Stamps and this is the card that I have made for him.


The card base is a white A5 landscape, topped with papers from the new Papermania Capsule Bexley Black collection.
The black mat is a piece of textured card which has been embossed using the Papermania union jack triboss folder.
I have stamped the drums using black versafine ink onto white card and heat embossed it with clear powder. I then coloured it using just three Kuretake alcohol marker pens: black, pale grey and light grey, then I used the blender pen to add highlights. I used an xcut nesting die to cut round the image, leaving one of the cymbols protruding outside the die.
To make the bunting I used the smallest xcut scallop bunting die and then stamped onto them with the Boofle urban alphabet stamps. I inked around the edges of all the elements using a mini black dye based ink pad.
The numbers are also Dimension Fourth stamps which have been stamped onto Bexley Black paper, and then cut out. The numbers and the bunting pieces have then been mounted onto 3D foam and the bunting is embellished with Papermania polka dot buttons.

Hope you like it :)


I have entered this card into the Lollipop Crafts Challenge #80 - Just for Him. http://lollipopcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/challenge-80-just-for-him.html


Wednesday, 16 May 2012

May Musings

I can't believe how quickly time has flown over the last couple of weeks. I have had three demos this month and the Docrafts products have been tremendously popular this time. Too popular in many cases as items had sold out before I could even get to the demo. Good for the stores, but disappointing for everyone who hasn't been able to get one of the fantastic goody bags yet. Don't give up hope, they are back in stock now so I'm sure shops will be getting them back in soon.

I have added about forty card samples to my Docrafts gallery from my demos so far and as I still have four more bookings in June, so there will be lots more to come. Here, I just wanted to show you a few of my favourites so far. So this is my top ten. Hope you like them :)
These are both made with Lincoln linen Capsule papers from the May goody bag. The left one is a Papermania 8x8 stepper card. The Wellington topper, message, buttons and big bloomer flowers are all in the goody bag. The only other addition was some gold lace ribbon which is from the Cousins jewellery range. It was a perfect match for the papers.
The right hand card started out as an A4 sheet of white card which I folded to make a tri fold card, then cut off the top at an angle to give a waterfall effect. I covered it with two papers of the same design but with reverse colourings. I used a different paper design to make a punched ribbon strip to stick around the bottom of the card. Matching ribbon, flowers and buttons are all from the same Capsule collection.
The sentiment tabs are from the Wellington range.

This pair of monochrome cards are made using the Bexley Black Capsule Range of papers, ribbon, bow and buttons. The teacups image is a stamp from the Lucy Cromwell range and it is coloured using Kuretake alcohol markers. The ribbon down the spine has been pleated onto double sided tape to give a ruched effect.
The lighthouse stamp is one of the new Michael Powell images. I have watercoloured it using just a black Whispers brushmarker pen. The sentiment is one from the Papermania Sentiments pack.

Both of these cards are Michael Powell stamps watercoloured with Whispers brushmarker pens.
The lighthouse image is matted onto Wellington paper and embellished with Portobello Road ribbon. The harbour scene, which is Tenby by the way, is matted onto green Papermania textured card. The ribbon has been coloured by hand with Kuretake alcohol markers.

The Michael Powell beach huts have been another runaway success, selling out very quickly. The stamped image on the easel card has been coloured with Kuretake alcohol markers to give a really vibrant scene. It was stamped three times and  decoupaged. The backing papers are Portobello Road which are free with the May Creativity magazine. Some shells have been used to create a stopper.
The shaker card uses one of the Michael Powell toppers. The frame has been made from a piece of card from the Designstax pad, die cut with a scallop nesting die. Some Cousins seed beeds have been used to create the seashore. The bunting and message were extras from one of the Michael Powell card kits. The edges of the card have been inked with a cats eye chalk ink pad.

These final two cards use papers from the Wellington Ultimate die-cut pack and they have both been made using die-cutting techniques.
The green flip-flap card has been stamped with the sentiment from the Wellington stamp set. The girl image is a card stock sticker. All the edges have been inked to soften them.
The easel card has been made from a Kraft recycled square card using a scallop circle nesting die, with an extra piece added for the easel front.

If you would like to see more samples featuring Wellington, Michael Powell or Lucy Cromwell, please check out the Docrafts website where I'm sure you'll find something to inspire you.
Or even better come and see me at one of my demos in June and you can see them in full colour :)

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Tulip 3oth Birthday Cake

Another 30th birthday card for the collection. I chose Tulip papers for this one because the little dog reminds me of my niece's beloved pet pooch.

This one started out as a white 8" square scallop card blank.. The backing paper, decoupage and candle ribbon strip are all printed out from the Docrafts Digital Designer Tulip and friends DVD. I changed the tint on the backing paper to a more pinky shade to match in with the decoupage topper. Then I inked around the edges with a Tim Holtz distress ink pad in Spun Sugar.
The white mat is cut out using a GrandNesties scallop die and adds a frame to the topper.
The sparkly numbers and birthday message are cardstock stickers from the Papermania Birthday range and matched well with the colour theme.
All the other glittery highlights are Craft Planet irridescent glitter glue.
To create the ribbon border across the card, I used two lengths of polka dot grosgrain ribbon from Handy Hippo, and a paper border printed from the Tulip DVD.

I think I will have to use my crafting CDs more often. They deserve a prominent place in the craft room.