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In today’s post, my second Easter Card design for 2010. 

A6 Easter Card, 2010

This card was created using 

Rubber Tapestry Stamps: 

SHO20024 Partridge in a Pear Tree 

SBR 04004 Winter Pine Border 

SPO 20018 Speckled Egg Wreath 

Ink: Ranger, Adirondack Dye Inks 

Paper: White Hammered card from The Paper Mill 

Spellbinders Nestabilites 

Small Circle 

Scallop Circle Small 

Olive Organza Ribbon 

The inside and back of the cards also feature the nesting bird. 

Nesting Bird image, is repeated inside and on the back of the card.

These kind of cards take a while to make but they do make very pretty results. 

Best wishes and thanks for  reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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In today’s post one of my two Easter Card designs.

Easter Card for 2010.

This card was created using the following items;

Rubber Tapestry Stamps:

  • SHO20024 Partridge in a Pear Tree
  • SBR 04004 Winter Pine Border
  • SPO 20018 Speckled Egg Wreath

Ink:

  • Ranger, Adirondack Dye Inks

Paper:

  • White Hammered card from The Paper Mill

Spellbinders Nestabilites

  • Small Circle
  • Scallop Circle Small

These kind of cards take a while to make but they do make very pretty results.

Best wishes and thanks for  reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today, I would like to share a picture of the piece I made for this month’s, Virtual Crafting Challenge. For March 2010 the theme is ‘C’. I’ve maxed out on the C’s used in this project! 

  • Crafty Individuals Stamps
  • Cuttlebug die cut letters
  • Chip board (well matt board)
  • The final piece is a Clip Board

So I recon this one counts :) 

Clip board, featuring Crafty Individual Stamps.

 

Stamps Used: Crafty Individuals; CI-116, CI-017, CI-173 

Cuttlebug Alphabet; Olivia 

Inks; Colour Wash Spray, in Denim. Distress Reinker, in mini mister; Pine Needles. Adirondack, dye based ink; Denim & Bottle 

Paints Used; Acrylic Dabbers, Silver, Bottle & Denim 

Alcohol inks; Bottle & Denim 

This was my first crafty session in a while and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It just goes to show, it really does pay to buy the same colour pallet across a selection of ink/paint mediums. It gives you complete freedom to create, what ever the surface. You know that the colours will match and tone together :) I love Ranger products :) 

The background was created using Colour Wash inks, this is my own technique that I call Tiger paper. 

Tiger Paper, my own technique.

 

I have got hold of some mini misters, to decant my colour wash ink into a smaller mister. The original spray bottles the Colour Wash comes in, are fantastic BUT they are keen and do require large areas to be covered with plastic to prevent them being covered in ink. Not a starter for filming!  I plan to film a tutorial with the technique, so fingers crossed the mini misters will be safe with my camera. 

Close up of stamping on the clip board

 

This is a close up of the stamping before the dimensional distressed letters were added. Distressed letters may be coming up as a tutorial soon too ;) Watch this space :) 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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Having gotten over my fear of Grungeboard I experimented with Grungepaper and love it! You can put it through the Cuttlebug and create shapes from all your favorite dies :) I know it’s a bit early to think about festivities but, the closer they gets the less time we have, so I thought I’d post a tutorial for a garland nice and early :)

 

Billie's Grungeboard Garland

Billie's Grunge Paper Garland

 

You Will Need

  • 12 x 12″ Grunge Paper. MUST be Grunge Paper if you want to die-cut it!!
  • Provocraft; Cuttlebug Sliders 37-1215 Circle (die)
  • Die Cutting machine
  • Ranger Archival Ink: Black
  • Creative Expressions Rubber stamps; Holly (or your favorite festive images)
  • Heat tool
  • Flat Paint Brush and Detail Paint Brush
  • Mixing pallet; I use a white plate
  • Piece of Car Sponge
  • Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint in the following colours;
  • Interference Gold Fine, Pyrrole Red, Phthalo Green ( Blue shade), Carbon Black, Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold (I’ll call this QNAG for short)
  • Ribbon for Garland. Match the width to the gap in the slider
  • Ring for hanging.

 

Method

1. Cut a strip of Grunge paper to the width of the die-cut. A 12″ x 1.5″ strip of Grunge paper will create seven of the circle slider shapes.

Circle Slider Die cut from Grunge Paper

Circle Slider Die cut from Grunge Paper

 

2. Cut the die shapes until you have as many as you like, depending on the size of garland you wish to make.

**Follow your instructions from your cutting machine, for cutting the die.**

 

3. Using a flat paintbrush, paint each circle slider die-cut, using the Interference Gold Fine paint. Set aside to dry or heat set using a heat tool. Notice how your die-cut domes slightly as you heat it :) This gives the project a great 3D effect.

4. Stamp your holly or poinsettia image in Ranger Archival ink, one on each die-cut shape. Set aside to dry or heat set.

Circle Slider Die cut from Grunge Paper, painted and with stamped image

Circle Slider Die cut from Grunge Paper, painted and with stamped image

 

5. For the red areas of your image. Mix a little Interference Gold Fine into Pyrrole Red acrylic paint and apply to your die-cut shapes. Set aside to dry or heat set.

6. For the green areas of your image. Mix a little Interference Gold Fine into Phthalo Green (blue shade) and apply to the die-cut shapes. Set aside to dry or heat set.

Circle Slider Die cut from Grunge Paper, with stamped image painted.

Circle Slider Die cut from Grunge Paper, with stamped image painted.

 

You could assemble your garland at this point, and it would look like the one in the picture below. Skip to step 9 for this look, or continue for a more grungie vintage look. You could use a small one like this for Christmas tree decorations. Paint both sides of the grunge paper if you use it for that though, as the back would also be visable.

One version of the Garland, without the grunge.

One version of the Garland, without the grunge.

 

 

If you would like a vintage/grungie look to your garland, here’s how.

 

7. Put some QNAG on your pallet and using a scrap of car sponge dab into the paint to pick up some colour, dab off a little onto the pallet, then apply to the edges of your circle. As the paint dries a little on the sponge go over some main areas of the die-cut too. Set aside to dry, or heat set with a heat tool.

 

Here are the sliders with the first layer of QNAG to age them.

Here are the sliders with the first layer of QNAG to age them.

 

8. Put some QNAG on your pallet and in a separate spot a little Carbon Black. Mix a touch of Carbon Black into the QNAG, try the colour on a scrap to test the colour. Add more black until you have a dark tone that you like. Using a clean side of your car sponge scrap pick up some paint and dab off excess on the pallet. Apply around the edges of your die-cut, as the paint dries on your sponge, apply to the main areas of the die-cut shape as well. This breaks up the bright colour a little. Don’t over do it though! Set aside to dry or heat set with your heat tool.

 

Here is the grungepaper, with the vintage look.

Here is the grungepaper, with the vintage look.

 

 

9. Take your chosen ribbon, thread it through the sliders and adjust them to the spacing you like.

 

 

Close up of Billie's Grunge Paper Garland

Close up of Billie's Grunge Paper Garland

 

 

Billie's Grunge Paper Garland

Billie's Grunge Paper Garland

 

 

For a vertical hanging rather than a garland

 

10. Cut enough ribbon to loop through the ring and then use double sided tape to glue the end to the back of the first die-cut shape.

Small version of the garland, hung vertically

Small version of the garland, hung vertically

 

 

 

 

Links

To help you source the products used in this tutorial, here are links to the manufacturers.

Here is a link to the Golden website.
Here is a link to the Fluid Acrylic area of the Golden Site

Here is a link to the Ranger website; Ink, Grungepaper.

It took me two months searching to find Golden’s Fluid Acrylic paint in the UK, so in a break from tradition, I am linking to a specific store that stocks it in the UK.

Jackson’s Art Supplies. Click on the G on the index and Golden Fluid Acrylics are listed. I use the 1 oz bottles.

 

There are more Grungeboard tutorials coming soon and they will also feature Golden Fluid Acrylic paints. I have a video tutorial on another project, but need a new hard drive to edit it. Watch this space…

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I would like to share a picture of the 6×4″ Piece that I created for the challenge of the same name. The theme was Sparkle and Shine

My piece for the June 2009 6 x 4 Challenge; Sparkle and Shine.

My piece for the June 2009 6 x 4 Challenge; Sparkle and Shine.

I coloured white card using ranger Adirondack dye ink, then embossed it using a Cuttlebug folder. I sanded the embossed card to reveal the white underneath. I spritzed with Perfect Pearls in a mini mister which sadly doesn’t show up so well in the photograph.

 

The title is embossed for the shine and the humming bird has a sparkly embossing powder on it which covers the sparkle part of the challenge. The text panel and its frame were created from card cut using Nestabilites dies.

 

All finished with an organza ribbon and a gold edging to the embossed piece. Matted on to black card stock. Even though this is a floral theme the dark colours mean I think this would be OK for a men’s card…what do you think?

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

 

Billie :)

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Today I would like to share some pictures of the ribbon bound book that I created for The Virtual Crafting Challenge of ‘Peel Offs, Ribbons and Stickers’.

Front cover of ribbon bound book

Front cover of ribbon bound book

 The main image is on watercolour paper coloured and stamped with Crafty Individuals stamps and Katzelkraft stamps. The panels were cut using Cuttlebug and using the Nestabilities Curved Rectangles dies. The cover is cut under the panel to allow the ribbon to hide in between the cover boards, so it isn’t visible from the inside of the book.

 

Detail of spine stitching

Detail of spine stitching

 

I had originally planned to add three strips of ribbon to the book, but hadn’t accounted for the kettle stitches required at the head and tail stations DOH! Oops.

The panel on the back cover

The panel on the back cover

 

Here is the view of the back of the book. Again to hide the slit that the ribbon goes through on the cover I have used a pair of panels cut using the Cuttlebug and Nestabilites Curved Rectangles dies.It doesn’t show in the photo’s but the panels and covers were sprayed with Perfect Pearls in gold, which adds another dimension to the finished look.

 

I’ve really enjoyed making this book, and now I know to use kettle stitches top and bottom the next one will have a neater finish on the spine ;) Each book I create teaches me something new, which is part of the fun of bookbinding.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I would like to share a picture of the Artist Trading Card that I made for Sue Bleiweiss  to trade for a card she sent me.

My ATC for trade with Sue BLeiweiss

My ATC for trade with Sue Bleiweiss

 

The following products were used to create this card

Inks; Ranger Adirondack Color Wash Ink

Other; Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Textile, Tags die, Flower die, Fantasy Film Paper

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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