Tuesday, 29 September 2009

star card

Cynthia's latest challenge is for a Christmas card with at least one stamp and a star....I wanted to make the lovely star from Elusive Images Christmas fusion plate the main image, then decided it needed something else added................ in the chaos that is my craft room I couldn't find the stamp I wanted to use of the 3 kings (still haven't come across it despite a tidy-up in progress) so tried the village scene and the nativity stamps instead. On the whole, I prefer the village scene, it looks much more atmospheric.
Anyhow, both cards were basically made the same way - star stamped and embossed in white EP, backgrounds coloured with inkpads and cut'n'dry foam. Village card used pale and dark turquoise from a Marvy blending block , then weathered wood and old jeans distress inks, with the village (Personal Impressions) stamped in the old jeans.
Nativity card, the image (Angie Bhatia from Friends Stamps) was stamped in Memories chestnut ink,,clear embossed and coloured with distress inks then clear embossed before the background was inked using blues from a kaleidacolour pad. The star was painted over with mica powder, and I tried to use the powder to suggest rays of light, but not very successfully

Sunday, 13 September 2009

substitute melt-pot!

After seeing Glenda Waterworth's recent posting of a Rudolph card made using a meltpot, we decided we would try to do something similar at craft club - no one had a meltpot, but Moira came up with the idea of using a heatgun and a foil container to melt the EP - it did work, but you need the vital accessory of a wooden clothespeg to hold the foil (or asbestos fingers). This is the card I made, using the new Elusive Images Christmas tree stamps - one deep embossed, and the filigree one to make the background. The EP was a homemade colour using clear UTE with odds and ends of ordinary coloured EP - it was coloured with a mix of perfect pearls and pearl-ex powders after stamping.

The owl card was made at home using the same technique(?) - stamp again Elusive Images. DP from a download from Lesley Wharton , flower stamps also Elusive Images. This fits 2 challenges this week - Rainbow Lady's is for an owl, and Corrosive challenges provided the sketch.