Thank You card


Today I am sharing a Thank you card using an emboss resist technique.

I made this card as part of the Altenew Educator Certification Programme. This card was made for the easy ink bleding techniques class. Normally gravitate towards florals for emboss resist on an inked background so to challenge myself I wanted to try something different.

I started cutting a piece of Neenah solar white 80lb cardstock the same size as my card base. I then used purple Tape to mask off a large strip of the card.

Next I selected some stamps from the Altenew stamp set Garden Grow. I arranged them on the card to make a small scene. Once I was happy with the placement I took my anti static powder bag and used it in the area to be stamped. I then mounted each stanp on to an acrylic block and used Wow embossing pad to stamp each image on to the strip of card.

I covered the stamped images in Ranged Princess Gold embossing powder, tapping off the excess powder I then used my heat tool to set it.

Now I had my images I selected Distress Oxide inks in Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch and Mowed Lawn to blend the background over the stamped images using a round blending tool.

Once I had done this I used a small paint brush and flicked some water over the area, using a paper towel to soak up the excess water.

Once this was dry I carefully removed the purple tape. I heat embossed a sentiment which I took from the Heartfelt Sentiments set by Altenew.

To complete the card I added some sequins and attached the card to the card base.

I love how the gold embossing catches the light. The Altenew class definitely made me think about different stamps I will use in the future for emboss resist and how important it is to challenge myself to try different things.

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Floral card


Today I am sharing a floral Thank You card.

I am currently taking part in the Altenew Educator Certification Programme and the first classes are layering. This is something fairly new to me, although I have used layering stanps before they are not something I usually go for due to my love of colouring. The classes are very inspiring and I was keen to continue making cards with layering stamps after my first class.

For this card I used an Altenew layering stamp set called Remember This.

I started by making a card base from Neenah 110lb cardstock. Following the layering guide I downloaded from Altenew. I Started with the black outline image then adding the layers which add the detail, in order using the coloured inks going a darker shade each time. I used the purple shades mainly because it is my favourite colour!

Once I had stanped the main flower image I made a mask and stanped more images so the slightly overlapped. I added the leaves and buds. Once I had stamped out all my images I roughly masked the stamped area.

I then used the Deep Iris ink and put some on to an acrylic block and mixed with a small amount of water. I took a paint brush and flicked the ink from the edge of the block over the card making small splatters. Next I did a simelar process only this time I used Champagne Gold watercolour paint from Gansai Tambi starrry colours and I tapped my brush to give bigger splatters.

To finish the card I stamped a Thank You sentiment for the Altenew stamp set Heartfelt Sentiments using the Deep Iris Ink.

I like how the card turned out and I am now becoming more confident with layering stamps.

Take Care for now. Until next time.


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Never stop dreaming card

Hello. Happy New Year.

I just wanted to say Thank You to each and every one of you who follow me, like and comment on my posts. It means the world.

Today I am sharing a card using the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit for December 2018.

I started by arranging my stamps on to get a rough layout for my card. Once I was happy I stamped the two fairies and the ladybird on to Neenah solar white 80lb cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Next I stamped the same images on to some masking paper and cut them out. I then placed the masks over these images. I could then stamp the flowers over the fairy and ladybird. Each time I stamped a flower I made a mask and added it to my scene.

You need to make sure the images you want towards the front or on top of something are stamped first.

Once my images were all stamped and masked I used Distress Oxide inks to blend a background. I used picked raspberry and salty ocean. Once I was happy I Spitzed it with water and lifted the water with a paper towel and then removed the masks.

Now I was able to start colouring. I used copic markers.

Once the images were coloured I added a sentiment and some falling dandelion seeds. I did this by stamping the sentiment in Wow embossing pad then sprinkled with Wow embossing powder super fine metalic platinum. I then used a heat gun to set it.

I finished off the card adding some sparkle to the wings of the fairies using the sparkle pen included in the kit.

I hope you like it. I am really happy with the scene.

Thanks for dropping by.

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Take care for now.


Autumnal card

Hello everyone from chilly England. I hope you are well. Today I am my latest Design Team make for The Little Paper Tree.

I started by stamping images from the Seasonal Sweeties stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps. I Stamped the girl, cat and a handful of leaves on to copic friendly cardstock. I then used my Copic markers to colour the images in.
Next I worked on the background.I had originally planned a galaxy but I was inspired by a YouTube video by Shari Carroll where she made a page for her art journal using Distress Oxides, showing how to make this type of background and I knew it would fit perfectly.

I took a piece of cold pressed watercolour card and attached it to my craft mat using purple tape. I selected Distress inks in autumn colours to use. I tapped the first colour of ink on to an acrylic block then sprayed with water. I then placed the block onto the paper in random areas, twisting the block to move the ink around. I then dried with a heat tool before moving on to the next colour and repeated for each colour, drying between each colour. Once I was happy with how it looked I used a gold watercolour paint and flicked it over the background. I love the effect and was really pleased with how it turned out.

Next I heat embossed a sentiment from the stamp set on to vellum with gold embossing powder. I then trimmed down the background to be slightly smaller than my card base so it left a small white border. I then attached the strip of vellum to the background byfolding it around the back and attaching with a tape runner. I then used double sided tape to adhere the background to the base as the watercolour card is quite thick.
I attached the images using a tape runner to complete the card.

I am really pleased with how it turned out. I hope you like it too.

Take care for now.


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Design Team for The Little Paper Tree. You can find my card on The Little Paper Tree blog

Tree decorations

Hello friends. I hope you are well.

I have been a bit quiet lately as I have been finishing some coursework which I have been doing for work. It is now all finished so I can now put my spare time back into crafting! I have also been over on The Little Paper Tree blog with my Design Team makes too.

Last year I made some tree decorations from wood slices and decided to make some more for this year.

I used images from the My Monthly Hero set which you can purchase or subscribe to by visiting the Hero Arts store online.

I started by using my Memento tuxedo black ink to stamp the images onto the wood using an acrylic block.

I masked off the edges of the wood where I didn’t want the ink to go using a bit of masking tape.

I then used Prismacolor pencils to colour the images. They are a little frustrating to use as the break easily and my white has nearly come to an end. I do love them though as the are like butter. So smooth when they go on.

I used a Sakura pick a move on 03 pen to sharpen up the black lines where needed.

Once coloured I used a drill to make a small hole at the top and threaded twine through and knotted it to create the string for hanging.

I hope you like them. Which one is your favourite?

Take care for now.


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Here are last year’s decorations.

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Watercolour Birthday card scene

Hello friends.

I hope you are well. Today I wanted to share this watercoloured scene I created for a card.

I used a stamp set from Hero Arts my monthly hero kit April 2018.

I used Ranger Archival black ink. I find this works well with watercolour, you just need to make sure it is dry before starting to watercolour. I went to school for a parents information evening between stamping and starting to paint! I first stamped the snake, cake and bird. I created masks for the bird and snake by stamping the images on to post in notes and cutting around the edge.

I placed the masks over the images then stamped the cactus so that it overlapped and when the mask is removed it looks like the cactus is behind the animals. I then stamped the sentiments at the top.

Next I started the watercolouring. I used my new Altenew watercolours with a small brush to add colour to the images. I used a larger brush to add the background colour, keeping to the desert colours I thought were perfect for this scene. I added some shadows along the ground to add some texture and dimension.

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Take care for now.


Monochrome Card

Hello. I hope you are well. It is still very hot here. The past couple of days have been exceptionally hot.

Today I am sharing the monochrome card I made.

This morning I watched a YouTube video by one of my biggest inspirations Kristina Werner. This week is watercolour week over on her channel. Take a look at her videos.

Todays video was a one colour challenge. Kristina used one watercolour colour to make a card. She suggested during her video it would be fun to use a dark colour to do a card and I fell in love with the idea and had to give it a try.

To start I selected a dark but not quite black colour from my Gansai Tambi watercolour set. I used watercolour paper to do a wash background and added a darker section at the bottom for the ground. It took a few layers for me to be happy and it looks quite messy at this point but I was happy with the final result.

I am really keen to practice watercolour techniques more.

Next I selected the ‘upon a star’ stamp set by Lawn Fawn. I stamped the animals on to watercolour paper and painted them with the same watercolour paint as the background.

Once complete I cut them out with my scan n cut machine and put them to one side.

Once my background was dry I used a powder tool over the sky area and stamped the sentiment with a clear embossing pad then sprinkled with Ranger liquid platinum embossing powder and heated it with my heat tool. I then repeated this with the stars and used Ranger white embossing powder.

I then attached the animals and stars using small foam squares to add some dimension and complete the card.

I hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by today.


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