Rather than make a tag I made a card and trimmed off the corners to make it LOOK like a tag. I punched a hole at the top and threaded through some twine (tip: cut a small slit in the fold of the card and thread the twine through it before tying at the fold – means you can still open it!!).
I used the Holiday Knit stencil and a few shades of blue Copic marker in the Spritzer tool to lay down the pattern on my card. I then went over it with a sponge blender and white pigment ink. I die cut the new Clearly Besotted Merry Christmas dies and Snowflake die three times from white cardstock and glue them together before adhering to the card front. I finished it all off with a few clear sequins.
Hop you manage to grab some time to play along this week.
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I am really pleased with how my background turned out for this card – the colours came out just how I wanted them! I was going for a bokeh effect and used the Hero Arts Bubble Confetti stencil to create it with the Gelatos (Tropical set). I first scribbled the colours onto my craft sheet and spritzed with water to dissolve the pigment. I then taped my stencil down over some Tim Holtz Distress Watercolour card and using the bristle brush that came with the Gelatos started dabbing the colour over the stencil one at a time, moving the stencil around to get random spacing of one colour before moving onto the next. I could’ve used sponge daubers but I’ve ran out and am waiting for some new ones to arrive!!
I just continued to keep adding spots of colour over the panel until I was happy with the coverage and then took a white pigment ink (Avery Elle) and added random spots of white. I think it’s this step that really helps to add to the bokeh effect. I set the background panel to the side to dry and die cut the Simon Says Stamp ice-cream cone parade from white card and pastel card shades. I used a glue pen to cover the coloured centre pieces before sprinkling them with fine clear glitter. I assembled them back together and popped them up on foam tape and set aside. Before adding the sentiment (from Clearly Besotted’s Many Messages) which I stamped in Versamark and embossed in Ranger gold powder, I added a few splats of Heidi Swapp Gold lame spray and a few Doodlebug gold sprinkles. Finally I adhered the ice cream die cut and mounted the panel to an A2 white card base.
I can’t wait to see all your creative backgrounds this week – thanks for stopping by!
I used distress inks for the backgrounds – LOVE the effect you get with these inks – it’s such a therapeutic process too (I literally spend AGES just adding MORE and MORE ink!!!). I masked off an area and then used a fine-liner pen to draw a sketchy line as a border. All of the images are from the Halloween Spirit set and I finished off with a few touches of clear Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.
As always there’s a Clearly Besotted store voucher up for grabs for one lucky winner so get crafting!!
Hi, I’ve got one last peek at the Clearly Besotted September release. Today I’m featuring Christmas Sparkle – a small set that packs a lot of punch!! The first card has the tree stamped and embossed in silver along with the GORGEOUS sentiment that is also in the set. I used the die that co-ordinates with the tree and added some sparkle with Star Dust stickles.
The second card also uses the die but this time to cut a mask which I placed on a white card panel. I then blended some Mint to To Be pigment ink from Avery Elle to lay down the shape of the tree. Once that was dry I stamped the tree over the top in Versamark and embossed it in white. I added white liquid enamel spots to the centres of the snowflakes on the tree and also to a die cut heart and the tree trunk (that I cut from hand).
The sentiment was stamped in the same Mint to To Be ink and the panel was mounted onto to some co-ordinating cardstock. I finished it off with a little twine bow and the card was done!!
The release goes live at 10pm tonight so make sure you stay up and get your order in – you don’t want to miss out!!
Hello again – back with another card featuring one of the new stamp sets from the Clearly Besotted’s September release called “Sew Special”. This set has a gorgeous dress form image and lots of other handy little haberdashery-themed bits and pieces – so pretty.
First I created the background using distress ink pads by pressing them onto an acrylic block and then spraying with water and then stamping down onto a piece of water colour paper. The distress inks blend beautifully and you end up with a gorgeous water-coloured area for your focal image. Once that had dried I stamped the dress form and sentiment in Versafine ink and finished with a couple of pearls.
Make sure you check out the rest of the Design Team for more inspiration.
Hi – back today with a card featuring Woodland Pals – another of the new sets being released this month at Clearly Besotted Stampswith co-ordinating dies of course! This is one of my favourites – look at that CUTE fox!! I adore him! And the wee toadstools!!
There are some other totally adorable little critters in this set – wait till you see them all!!
I hope you’re enjoying everything you’ve seen so far – pop back tomorrow for another hint at the new products available on Friday 5th at 10pm!!
Hurray – we’re back to our regular viewing schedule at Clearly Besotted Stampsafter a month off for the summer! Stephhas a fabulous bunch of products this month (as well as some amazing Simon Says Stampexclusives released yesterday). Today we’re starting the countdown to release night with some cards showing the new stamps and dies which will be available at 10 pm on Friday 5th September. Be sure to stop by all the Design Teams’ blogs for lots of amazing inspiration.
So here’s what I’ve been playing with for today’s post:
This card features a STUNNING image building set called Eastern Delights and allows you to create gorgeous paisley-style patterns and focal images – I just LOVE it! This could be one of my all time favourite colour combos too – so pretty!
Make sure you pop back every day this week for more peeks at what’s coming on Friday!!
Ok – it’s still August but for a papercrafter that means it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming festive holidays such as Halloween and Christmas. I have to admit that this last three months of the year is my MOST favourite season – I love the Autumn, Halloween, 3 of my children (and myself) have birthdays and then IT’S CHRISTMAS!!! It’s a wonderful time of year in our house. So in the spirit of the festive season (soon) I have a dainty little Christmas card to share!!
Today also sees the start of a new challenge today over at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog and this week theme is everyone’s favourite… ANYTHING GOES! The design team are featuring products from Memory Box but you don’t have to to enter.
Please pop along to the blog and check out the rest of the design teams fabulous creations and hope you can join in the fun and play along. As always, one lucky randomly drawn entry will receive a $50 store credit – woo hoo!! With STAMPtember just a few days away you’re going to want to get that prize for sure!!!
II can’t believe the summer is almost at an end – it always makes me a little sad but the start of a new term is always exciting so lets see how you mark the occasion!!
I love the MFT background stamps – they’re so detailed yet stamp perfectly. I used the Typewriter Text backfround stamp from MFT and some other stamps from Clearly Besotted. I also had my first play with Distress Markers – and then ordered a whole heap more!!!
Don’t forget Simon Says Stamp have a $50 gift voucher for one one lucky, randomly drawn participant! Yay!!
I’m so excited to see the next issue of Simply Cards and Papercrafts magazine- mainly because my lovely friend Aimes (Amy Wanford) is the new Creative Editor (wow) but also because I was asked to submit a few cards using some AMAZING digi stamps offered free with the issue and which are featured in it! Here’s a little sneak peak of the magazine which will be available to purchase in the UK on Thursday 14th August. (THAT’S my wee cat card in the top left hand corner – squeal!!).
I want to thank Aimes for allowing me the honour of designing for such an amazing publication and hope you get a chance to pick one up if you see it in your local newsagents.