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Earlier this month I introduced you to Daler Rowney’s Interference colour acrylic paint. I’m still in love with this and wanted to share a few more pictures of projects I’ve created using the paint.

A selection of handmade books with Shimmering colours on the covers

A selection of handmade books with Shimmering colours on the covers

The interference colours are most impressive when used over dark colours, so these books feature black card that I embossed and then used a selection of the shimmering colours over the top. They are tricky to photograph and really pop when you see them in real life, the colours reflect the light so are even more dramatic than metallic colours. Do try some if you can, they are amazing.

Here is a close up on the textile book;

Embossed book with multi colours of interference acrylic paint

Embossed book with multi colours of interference acrylic paint

So glad I learnt some bookbinding skills, I couldn’t bear to cover up these backgrounds so used them for covers for my hand-made note books. Will be making some more of these as little Christmas gifts for friends later in the year.

Hope you like them and get to try some interference colours soon.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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After spending time making wonderful handmade cards, wouldn’t it be nice to finish the package with a co-ordinating tag? In last weeks video I showed how to make a selection of tag bases, in today’s post I’d like to share a tutorial for how to decorate those tags for your gifts. If you missed last weeks film, check out the links at the end of the article.

Decorating your tags for gifts

Decorating your tags

You Will Need

  • A4 Card stock, plain or decorative
  • Cutting Mat
  • Craft knife
  • Metal Ruler
  • Rubber stamps to match/co-ordinate with your card design
  • Inks
  • Cut n dry foam (optional)
  • Crop A Dile or other hole punch
  • Thread or ribbon in co-ordinating colours.
  • Corner rounder
  • Cuttlebug & Embossing folders (optional)

Method

  • Cut your A4 cardstock to 4 1/8″ x 2 1/4″. You will get ten tags this size from A4 card
  • To add decorative panels to your base tags, trim 1/4″ from one short side and one long side
  • Using the grid on your cutting mat as a guide trim off the corners from the two top edges of your cardstock panel, to correspond to the base tag.
  • If you wish to ink, stamp and layer card onto your tag, do this next.
  • Stamp your images and greeting onto the back panel of the tag, and attach them.
  • Finally use your hole punch to punch a hole at the top of the tag, and use pretty ribbon or baker’s Twine for a retro style to finish your tag.

Optional Extra’s

  • Add dimension or highlight colours by matting your finished tag on to coloured or metallic cardstock.
  • Create a boarder to your tag by running metallic pen around the edges of your tag.
  • If you are short on time, print decorative papers or designs from your computer and layer those on to heavier card.
  • For fancy shaped tags, cut your base tag using Spellbinder dies, or your favorite die design. Create your decorative layer and layer to write on from a smaller sized die.

Add your personal message to the back of your tag, including who the gift is for and who it is from ;)

Links

Quick & Easy Tags; Part 1   In this film I showed how to create your base tags. Which are the one’s I decorated in today’s film.

I hope you have enjoyed this film and project. Do leave me a comment to let me know what you think. Have you made tags with this tutorial?  Add a link to your finished tags with your comment, it would be nice to see what you make.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post, a review of; 

Provocraft Cuttlebug Embossing Folders

Why I bought them

Since I have a lot of trouble with dexterity, embossing using an embossing tool and metal stencil is beyond me. These folders make embossing so much easier. 

Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

 

Pros

The Embossing Folders are well made, from a sturdy plastic. As the name suggests they open like folders. You simply open the folder, pop in your card, run it through your Cuttlebug and you are done. There are a wide selection of designs to suit many different styles. 

Cons

Not really got any cons on them. It can be a bit tricky to determine which pattern is which, once you discard the packaging. To get round this, I emboss a piece of pearlescent card with each folder, then file the card in front of the folder it matches, in the box in which I store them. It would be good if Provocraft wrote the design name on the folders, but again if you want to quickly sort through them in the box, just use a permanent pen to write the folder name on it. (As I did, shown in the picture above). The (D) is because this particular folder De bosses rather than Embosses. To have an embossed pattern on a specific side of the cardstock, I just flip the card over, for this particular folder. This one is Textile. 

Value for Money

Great! Around£5 each, they are sturdy and don’t take up much room to store. 

Would I buy Again

Yes, definitely. These are great to collect :) 

Links

Provocraft Manufacturers site. 

Cuttlebug area of the Provocraft site. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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In today’s post, a video tutorial showing tips for getting more, from your Cuttlebug Embossing Folders.

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 my second Buttonhole stitched book.

Buttonhole stitched book with Cuttlebug embossed cover

Buttonhole stitched book with Cuttlebug embossed cover

This was created from

Hammered White Cardstock

Plain white paper (for the pages)

Pearlescent Pink cardstock embossed using Perfect Paisley Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Linen thread coloured using Cool Peri Dye based ink in the Adirondack range by Ranger

Here is a close up of the buttonhole stitch on the spine

Spine detail showing the buttonhole stitching

Spine detail showing the buttonhole stitching

I have modified the stitch a little from the description given in Keith Smith’s book, but I like the result, what do you think?

This one is going to MIL for Mother’s Day

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie :)

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Today I would like to share a card I made for my mother in law for Mother’s Day. Sadly I lost my own Mum when I was 18.

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I used hammered card for the base card.

Pearlescent card for the main image which is embossed using Cuttlebug’s Perfect Paisley Embossing folder.

Organza ribbon for a bit of flourish, in a matching pink.

 

This is a nice quick simple card to make but it is still pretty non the less. For those of you who still have their mothers, make sure they know how much you appreciate them. And give them a cuddle for those of us with out our own. A little time costs nothing but is the most precious gift you can give anyone.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie

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Today I would like to share a picture of my first Button hole stitched book. Originally I started by following the instructions given in Keith Smith’s book…but then I modified them to create this;

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I am quite please with the result for a first go, but as always my perfectionist nature always wants to unsew it all and redo it now I’ve learnt a bit more. I will resist that temptation and let it be. Sometimes it is better to leave things as they are and just accept that in time skills change and improve.

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The cover is made from White hammered card

Pearlescent blue card embossed with Cuttlebug’s Birds and Swirls Embossing folder, which I then sanded on the edges to bring back the white card underneath.

The embossed card is mounted on to navy card and then onto the cover, just to add a bit of depth.

Linnen thread was colored using Ranger Adirondack dye ink, in Stonewashed.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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