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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Butterfly fly high A5 card

A5 stamped butterfly card

Hello, thanks for popping across to my blog to have a look and a read. It's very much appreciated. This card I have blogging has been made with stamps that came free with the latest Crafters Inspiration magazine. It's the first time I have bought this magazine but it's not often you see a magazine with £50 of freebies and freebies that are actually useful. I dug out my distress inks, Promarkers and masking tape and had fun. 
 The white card stock I have used to stamp and colour onto is one of Stix2 A5 card blank. I cut one in half to the size I needed and matted and layered on yellow and black textured card by Bazzill Basics. 
 It's a vibrant but fresh card to help lift our moods as we come into the Spring & Summer months. 

The products I have used to create this card are; 

Crafters Companion;
Butterfly & sentiment stamp free with "Crafters Inspiration" magazine issue 9 Spring - Crafters Companion.
Bazzill Basics;
White smooth card stock 
Yellow textured card 
Black textured card 

Stix2 Anything;
A5 card blank & envelope
A5 card (cut in half)
9mm double sided tape 
Pva glue with metal tip
Masking tape 

Mustard seed distress ink pads - Ranger
Fired Brick distress ink pads - Ranger
Spiced Marmalade distress ink pad - Ranger
Round distress blending tool

Ice grey 2 Promarker 
Pastel yellow Promarker
Pink lobster Promarker
Rose pink Promarker

Additional products;
Tuxedo black ink pad - memento 
3mm black gems - Mei Flower Crafts

1- Before matting and layering i placed strips of masking tapes at angles across the White card base and using my blending tools and distress ink I coloured in the strips. 

2- I stamped 2 full butterflies across the coloured strips in each corner of the card stock using tuxedo black ink pad. I then stamped another 2 butterflies but I stamped them off the page. I have also taken 2 of the free sentiments and stamped them along one of the coloured lines. 

3- Then using a grey pen in this case Ice Grey 2 Promarker I have drawn round each of the stamped butterflies. This helps to give an extra bit of dimension and interest. 

4- Now Matt and layer onto your yellow and black card stock before attaching to your card base. 

5- Taken another piece of white card stock, I stamped out 2 butterflies and coloured them in using Promarkers - you can of course colour in with any of your chosen mediums.

6- Add a bit of wet glue to the back of the butterflies body and place directly on top of the 2 full stamped butterflies. Once dried, pull out the butterflies wings up to give dimension. 

7- To finish off, add 3 black gems in each corner.


Craig xx

Saturday, 6 February 2016

"True Love" lasts forever 8x8 Card.

Thought it was about time I done another blog post. Really trying hard to do more but it can be hard can't it with busy lives. I also post my cards on my Card Creation Facebook page with all the products I have used but I do like to blog them too and to try and include more detail where possible. 
 Now with Valentine's getting closer and closer I thought I would make an 8x8 card solely using Hunkydory Crafts and Stix2 products.
 First of, did you know that Stix2 have their own range of card blanks & envelopes? They come in packs of 6 and are available in white or Ivory. Plus they come in a variety of popular sizes - A5, 8x8, DL and 6x6 to name a few plus they also produce their cello bags to package them in once created and ready to sell, if that's what you do with your cards. It a great way to keep them clean and look professional. Plus the finish of the card blanks are exceptional so exceptional that you can even stamp on them. I can't say if they are also intended for that but I have stamped and coloured on them and the finished outcome looks just as glorious as if you were to use a white stamping card. Keep an eye out as very soon I will be blogging a card Iv made using stamps in which the stamps have been stamped onto Stix2 White card blanks. The other good thing about them is you can print onto them too. When I print my sentiments myself, I print onto white smooth card by Bazzill Basics but I wanted to test out Stix2 card so I chopped an A5 in half and ran it through my printer. The sentiment printed just perfectly on to the card stock, so when you purchase the card blanks you are at least getting 3 uses out of them - card blank, stamping card and printing card.

1 - I chose the Love birds topper to start with then the coordinated background card. I have cut the coordinated card stock to 7 1/2" X 7 1/2" and then matted and layered it onto a piece of light grey adorable scorable card stock and then again onto gold Mirri card. Each layer leaves a 5mm border all round.

 2 - I have taken one of the printed borders and also matter and layered onto the matching grey adorable scorable card and gold Mirri. Then I attached it to the right hand side of the card base. 

3 - I then have attached the layered card base to the card blank. 

4 - I have placed 3D foam pads on the back of the "the love nest" topper and matted and layered onto matching grey adorable scorable card and gold Mirri card. Each layer again leaving a 5mm border all around. 

5 - Attach the matted and layered topper onto your card blank. 

6 - Print out your sentiment or take one that comes with the topper sheet and Matt and layer onto matching card stock/Mirri card. Again leaving a 5mm border all round. Attach to card base using 3D foam pads. 

7 - Tie a bow using 16mm Red satin ribbon (or any colour/sized ribbon) and attach to top left hand corner of topper using silicone glue. 

8 - Add your gold gems to your chosen areas of your card to finish it off. 

This card has been made all revolving around matting and layering. By adding 1 or 2 layers, you can pull the eye into your card design by just following these simply steps. 

The products I have used to create this card are below;

Hunkydory Crafts 
"True Love" Collection
"The love nest" topper sheet 
Coordinated background card
Light great Adorable Scorable 
3mm gold gems

Stix2 Anything
9mm double sided tape - FPAL2732950
Silicone glue - S57100
16mm red satin ribbon - S57209
A5 White card blank - for printed sentiment - 
8x8 card blank & envelope 
8x8 clear cello bag - k624

Gold Mirri  card - Mirri Brand

For more information on Stix2 Anything and Hunkydory Crafts products, head across to their websites;

Also, to keep up to date with all my cards and projects, head across to my Card Creations FaceBook Page; 

Thank you 
Craig x