Friday, 8 June 2018

Watercolour Wings

Hi Crafters!

Today I'd like to share with you a fancy fold card featuring the gorgeous stamp set, Watercolour Wings.  This stamp set has unfortunately retired at the end of May, but the beauty of this card is you can change up the stamped images or sentiments to suit your occasion and this is certainly made easy with the superb selection of colour-coordinating Designer Series Paper packs. 

Now, the card we are going to make isn't for the faint hearted.. it is a bit of a mission, but with a little patience and perseverance, I promise you it is worth it!

Watercolour Wings

Card Instructions:

1.  Take an A4 piece of cardstock and cut/ score as follows:

2.  Select 4 different pieces of colour coordinating patterned paper, and 2 coordinating plain coloured pieces of cardstock.  Using the Square Framelits Dies, cut out the following:

3.  Select where you want each segment of patterned paper to sit on your card.  Take the middle rear strip of patterned paper (positioned on your cardbase), and place the correlating square framelit die on top - you want the size up from the folding length that juts into it.  Using washi tape, gently adhere onto your patterned paper and lift away from your base cardstock.  You should have the die sitting 1/3-1/2 way on your patterned paper, and 1/2-2/3 off the paper.  Run this through your Big Shot Cutting Machine.  What you should be left with is the "U" shape patterned paper, that fits around the folding raised section in the middle of your card.  Adhere this using tombow adhesive glue onto your base card.  Adhere your front panel of patterned paper as well. 

4.  Next take your largest plain coloured scalloped-edged square of paper and adhere your corresponding square of patterned paper on top.  Cut this in half diagonally to form 2 triangles (note you will only end up using one, the other one can be used towards a second card or scrapped).  Adhere the triangle onto the left raised rectangular portion of your based card (ie where the largest butterfly on my card is positioned), with the diagonal cut edge lined up against the scored, raised rectangular edge.

5.  Take your remaining scalloped-edged plain paper squares, and adhere the corresponding patterned or white squares on top.  The two smaller squares form your card front decoration, the larger square must be diagonally cut to form the two triangles that fit on the very right panel of your card (when laid flat).  The white (or in your case it may be plain coloured) square is for your main sentiment and this will be adhered onto the scalloped edged plain coloured card as well.  Stamp the white (or coloured) squares with your preferred sentiment/s - you can mix this up with heat embossing if you select a darker coloured cardstock.  Adhere to your card.

6.  Choose 2 stamped images that work well together - on my card, I selected the two butterflies from the Watercolour Wings stamp set.  A fellow demonstrator and friend of mine, Carolina Evans, made this card using the Magical Day stamp set and it looked really nifty too.  So play around with stamp sets to see what you would prefer.  Once stamped, cut these out using dies or by hand, and adhere onto your white squares as illustrated on my card.  And you're done :)

I hope you have enjoyed learning how to make this fancy fold card! 

Enjoy the rest of your week, till next time...

Lorin xx

Friday, 1 June 2018

Detailed with Love

Hi Crafters,

There are many reasons people craft, but to summarise mine, it would be to enable an avenue to do what I love (relieving stress at the same time) whilst blessing those in my world.  And today's new stamp set features a really lovely sentiment "So many of my smiles begin with you."  

I posted this card on the Stampin' Up! demonstrators page and had an overwhelming positive response with many asking for a blog post outlining the steps I took to create it.  So I hope you find this helpful..

Detailed with Love

I wanted this card to "pop" whilst having the sentiment at the forefront.  When I want an intense array of colour I love the result created when using blender tools.  They're not expensive and can easily be sourced online (unfortunately Stampin' Up! doesn't supply these at present) and are basically a wooden handle with a removable small circular sponge disc on the base.  The removable sponge disc can easily be rinsed under a tap and dried, meaning you don't need to buy heaps of sponge discs as they are easily reusable.  

Card Instructions

Stamp Set:  Detailed with Love
Cardstock:  Berry Burst; Whisper White
Ink:  Berry Burst; Gorgeous Grape; Highland Heather; Basic Black
Ribbon:  Berry Burst Fine Woven Ribbon
Embellishments:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Punch/ Dies: Truly Tailored Punch; Oval Framelits Dies

1.  Take an A4 Berry Burst piece of cardstock and cut it to 10.5cm x 14.9cm.  Score down the centre & fold to create the base of your card.
2.  Take a large piece of Whisper White cardstock, and place a scrap piece of paper underneath.  Taking a blender tool, ink up berry burst & making circular motions on the underlaying scrap paper, work your way onto the whisper white cardstock, aiming for a triangular corner of the colour.  Build to the intensity you desire.

Note:  Yep, I'm sure you've picked up that the two ink pads on the right are different to the far left one, and you'd be correct! With the launch of the NEW 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue, Stampin' Up! have released their new style of stamp pads and a fabulous colour update, featuring 10 totally new colours and bringing back some favourites from the past!  And I have to say, the new & returning colours are utterly appealing!! 

3.  Repeat step 2, this time with Gorgeous Grape ink, and build another strip of colour, blending the berry burst edging into it.  Then do the same with Highland Heather.

4.  Once you are happy with your ink blended cardstock, take the Truly Tailored Punch & cut out as many as you can, trying to get a good few that contain two colours on them.  Then rearrange to your preference.

5.  Cut a piece of Whisper White Cardstock 9.5cm x 13.9cm.  Cut another piece 9.1cm x 13.5cm and adhere your punched out shapes onto this smaller piece of card using Tombow Adhesive Glue. Trim edges of punched cutouts if required.  Adhere this smaller patterned cardstock onto the larger white card piece.  Then adhere onto your Berry Burst card front.  

6.  Now to dress it up.. Stamp the sentiment in Basic Black onto white cardstock and die cut the shape using Oval Framelits Dies.  Take your ribbon and place in a "z" type configuration, adhering with glue dots to position it on the card front.  Then adhere your sentiment with dimensionals, placing it on top of the ribbon.  For the three flowers, you need to stamp 4x Highland Heather flowers using the small floral stamp, and 2x Gorgeous Grape larger flowers.  Fussy cut these out by hand.  Layer the flowers using a mini dimensional and top with a rhinestone basic jewel.  Lastly, add an additional 3 rhinestone basic jewels and voila! Your card is completed!     

It sounds harder than it actually is to make, so I definitely encourage you to give it a go, especially if you have never used a blending tool!  

If you have liked my card, please feel free to leave me a comment below - I love & appreciate hearing your feedback.  If you would like to purchase any of the products used to make this card please click HERE.

And today is a very special day in the Stampin' Up! world! It is the release day for their BRAND NEW 2018-2019 ANNUAL CATALOGUE!!! Eeeekkk! There are some absolutely exquisite stamp sets, the new colour launch and updated ink pads, and the embellishment ranges will leave you drooling, but don't just take my word for it, check out the new catalogue HERE.  
And if you do want to request your own hard copy and don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, please click on the link on the left side of this page to request your copy.

Here is a small clip showcasing some of the new products:

Well that's it from me today, thanks for stopping by and see you next time!

Lorin xx