Thursday, 25 April 2013

Shabby Chic Altered Jam Jar

I made this recently for a swap on Chic Swaps made from the Heart on Facebook.  I actually used a peanut butter jar as I liked the shape.

 This is not a great pic but I can't retake this shot as I have already sent the jar to the recipient.  Some of the other views are clearer and also there is a video here on my youTube channel.   I started by covering the glass jar with torn pieces of white mulberry paper using matt medium, and then adding torn pieces of a white handmade very fine Japanese paper which has gold and silver flecks again using matt medium.  When this was dry I applied the white rose fabric heart which  is the background for the main image and flowers etc.

I used a spellbinders matt and also cut out a matt using some gold fabric thread paper which was stuck onto paper so it could go through the grand caliber.  These are the next layer onto which the fairy/angel girl image is matted.  She is an image from Astrid's Artistic Efforts here.  I have used 2 pieces and some glue gel to give a bit of definition and she is covered with Glossy Accents. The believe is from a book of Tim Holtz word stickers.   The roses were next and they have been sprayed with Perfect Pearls mist and some have distress ink on them.

The leaves are plastic but look like frosted glass luckily.

The words around the jar are stamped in black archival onto Paper Artsy Crackly tissue paper and glued on using matt medium, and the gold birds are stamped and embossed in Gold EP onto the tissue paper and applied in the same way.  If you tear the paper you can hardly see the join.  The wings are stamped onto tissue as well and another card layer of wings is on top.  They are embossed in cosmic shimmer EP.  The gold lock and key were silver so I used a gold rub on cream to change them slightly.

There is a gold metal birdcage with flowers on the side and a pair of charms I made hanging on the pink and white ribbon.  I added 2 stickpins I made to match.

The lid was gessoed and painted pink using Paper Artsy Fresco Finish acrylic paint and a flower shape cut out from a lacy tablecloth is on top of that.  The braid was stuck on using my glue gun to keep it all secure.
More roses are sitting on the centre and a handmade lacy butterfly made using Fiona Jennings technique here  on youTube. 

Underneath the lid I stuck 2 pretty spellbinder circles and butterfly with a tiny bling gem in the middle.

It is fun to make something other than a card!  I hope you like it and any comments always very appreciated.
Anne :)

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Wedding Cards.

This is a card I made for a friend recently. I did 3 cards using their choice of colours, being dark blue, grey and pale pink and this was the final choice.  I saw this shaped card on Pinterest and did my version of it.  I cut out rectangles and rounded the corners then used them as a template to  make the card shape.  I did one for the front and one for the back.  I used pearlescent card to cut into the required shapes and put through the Grand Caliber using the swirls embossing folder.  These were then glued on to the front of the card.  The pearl strings were then glued in place.  The flowers are punched out of pearlescent paper and paper which has been sprayed with cosmic shimmer sprays. Sticking on the flowers and pearls was great fun.  The leaves are a Sizziz die and the cherubs and hearts are punched.  These were all glued on as shown.  I scored a horizontal line across the top of the back piece about an inch or so from the top so it will stand up.

These 2 were the others.  This first one is using a Stamp Oasis rubber stamp with black Archival ink on pearlescent card, and with a pink copic for the lips.  This is mounted onto a heart doily.  The background embossed card is also a gorgeous quallity pearlescent card already embossed, the edges of which I have punched out this lacy border.   The sentiment is stamped onto a Spellbinders fancy rectangle die cut, and colour tinted with Spun Sugar Distress Ink.  I sewed a running stitch down the centre of the pink lace to gather and have used a gross-grain ribbon down the middle - I used my copic to colour it grey.  The blue hearts are shimmery but you can't see that here.  The card itself is a soft grey hammered finish card.

The pink is hard to see in this photo - its a wedding stamp set by Amuse Stamps.  The basic design for this was on Pinterest and I have adapted it slightly.  I used an 8 x 8 card blank and cut strips of card out of an A4 sheet that I stamped with the wedding set using Spun Sugar again.  The borders are die cuts using my Spellbinder border dies.  The blue was done using Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink direct to paper.  The ribbon was coloured as before using copics and the sentiment was an Elusive Images stamp.

This might have been better using the blue on the images and the pink on the ribbon or border.  Anyway, thanks for looking and comments always appreciated :)

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Micro glitter cards

I did a workshop at The Craft Barn with Carole Cockburn ages ago and she shared the micro glitter technique with us. The first card is one I made on the workshop.  You basically stamp onto card, edge with distress ink, cut out both the card and a piece of double sided ultra sticky using a die; apply the sticky shape to your stamped piece, remove the carrier sheet and apply transparent micro glitter to the whole thing.  Then use this to make your card.  This one has an embossed piece behind the matt and a stamped and ink blended background bottom piece.  I always treat cards I make on workshops as prototypes or a basis for my own interpretation - or playing! as I prefer to call it :)

This is one of mine with Spellbinders die matts.  I promised myself this year I would use stuff from my stash more and I have had these papers for ages, so went ahead and used them on most of these cards.

Another one. Same techniques.

This one has upcycled ribbon from a gift. Like all crafters I save everything;  I really am trying to use my stash!

This one has an embossed background, not sure if you can see it on here. This one only has distress ink on the glittered piece and the rest is clean and simple.

This one has gems on top of the glitter, I wasn't sure if they would stick but they do.  This one uses on of my favourite Cheery Lynn dies and I have used distress ink to colour the card to match the piece.

Can't decide if I like this one so much.  Here it is anyway.  Martha Stewart punch on the edges.  Same techniques as before.

More upcycled ribbon with same techniques.  This one has no distress ink apart from the glittered piece.  Because the papers are matching they blend together.

Last one for now, same techniques as before and with distress ink - even with a small amount it does make a different look.

Congratulations if you are still here!  I always tend to make cards in batches playing with a technique so prefer to blog them together.  It takes me almost as long to make one card to make 6 as I agonise over every small detail with one card lol! Somehow making several cards at once frees me to try different things.

When I did the stamping for these, I stamped out a load more and used micro beads, and more using resist stamping which I will post when they are done.  I tend to do a ton of stamping one day, then another time take some of those and play with a technique or papers or backgrounds etc.  

When I am asked to make a particular card for someone often I am overwhelmed by choices!  Then I will usually make 2 or 3 different ones to choose from.  I much prefer to have a large stash of cards I have already made using different techniques or colour themes etc that I can select one from and add a sentiment if necessary.  How about you?

Thanks for coming by and any comments always very appreciated :)