Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Layout `11: June Scrapbook Challenge "Hot Stuff"

I'm a bit behind with my makes for the monthly scrapbook challenges I've been setting over on Craft Talk on the do crafts website, but I've managed to catch up a bit this week. The theme I set for June was "Hot Stuff", and I chose this Pagemaps sketch with a large circle in it, expecting to use it to suggest a sun:

 In the end though, the photo I chose was of my little boy's encounter with a flaming BBQ on holiday in France - he tried to put the fire out with his toy fire engine. He was even wearing a Fireman Sam t-shirt at the time :-) So, I switched the circle for a big water splash, and here's the result. I hope you like it.

What I used:
Papers - Papermania Colossal 12x12 paper stack (water paper), Papermania 12x12 smooth cardstock, bright and pale yellow, red paper
Colours - Anita's acrylic paint, red and yellow, red watercolour pencil, Zig Art & Graphic Twin pen, pale yellow
Embellishments - Fireman Sam sticker (from an activity book), Fireman Sam printed ribbon, Craft Planet rescue vehicle acetate stickers (for the blue lights)

Crafting notes
  • I replaced the circle in the sketch with a water splat. It wasn't until I added little splashes that it really looked like water though.
  • To make the flames background I painted vertical wavy lines in red and yellow onto yellow card, mixing the paints on the card to give a range of colours. I used the pointed wooden end of my paintbrush to remove paint here and there to give some definition and texture. I took my inspiration from the inside cover of Bob's Fireman Sam story book.
It's lucky the book isn't 12x12, or I might have been tempted to, err, 'repurpose'!
  • I wanted the title to look like the Fireman Sam writing, so I googled for the font and found a great site called Font Meme, with a link to the font. I printed example letters and stuck them face down onto yellow card to cut out. I applied red watercolour pencil to the bottoms and blended with water. I mounted onto pale yellow card and drew round the letters with a fine pencil (I thought a black pen would be overpowering)
I used less red in my version so it would stand out better from the background 
  • I didn't want the journaling to distract from the title and the photo, so I did it on red paper.
  • I applied PVA glue to the cut edges of the ribbon to stop it fraying.
  • The ribbon had a white background but, as the only white thing on the page I found it jarring, so I coloured with a Zig marker.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Wedding Ever After

2015 has been better than most for offering romantic crafting opportunities, with my silver wedding anniversary in the spring, and both a wedding and a golden anniversary in the summer. It was very handy then that do crafts offered me a sneak preview of some of their stylish new Wedding Ever After range. In particular, I've been using these two tools:

Flourishes die set
Banner embossing folder

I love that the flourishes set has so many hearts, it was just perfect for what I wanted to do for my in-laws' golden wedding card, as I was able to do all my die cutting for the background in a single pass through my machine.  I arranged the heart dies randomly over a piece of cream pearlescent card and passed through the machine, then put the card through again in the embossing folder to emboss another heart and a border. The heart dies emboss at the same time and I really like the effect, both on the hearts and the heart-shaped holes. It gives an especially nice finish on the small gold heart I cut and stuck to the embossed heart. I mounted the pearlescent card onto gold mirror card, then onto Oyster Blush floral paper, which also has a pearlescent finish.

I'm always mindful when making a card like this that the card is half for a man of an older generation, so I like to keep the design relatively simple. Here's the finished card - impossible to photograph well with all the mirror card of course!

What I used:
Papers: Papermania Capsule Collection "Oyster Blush" 12x12 paper, Papermania cream pearlescent A4 cardstock, Anita's A4 gold mirri board
Tools: XCut A5 embossing folder "Banner", XCut 25 piece die set "Flourishes"
Embellishments: Anita's wedding anniversary outline stickers

Crafting notes:

  • The card front I ended up with was too big for me to make a custom card blank out of 12x12 card, so I cut down an A4 card blank.
  • The triplet of hearts at the bottom of the card, and the layered heart under the greeting were made by combining an embossed heart (from the embossing folder) with very small die cut hearts from the flourishes set. I love the textured finish it gives.

I also used these tools with some other Wedding Ever After materials to make three types of wedding stationery for my friend's wedding - favour gift tags, dinner place markers, and thank you cards. The wedding colour scheme was a dusky purple, and I picked this up with blending chalk over a heart embossed using the embossing folder. I included this element in all three items so they would all match. I also used blending chalk for the greeting on the thank you card.

I embossed and chalked a heart on the back side of the card to fit into the die cut at the front

What I used: 
Papers: Papermania Capsule Collection "French Lavender" 8x8 paper, Anita's Matt silver card
Tools: XCut A5 embossing folder "Banner", XCut 25 piece die set "Flourishes", All Night Media blending chalks, Ink It Up silver pigment ink
Embellishments: Wedding Ever After organza ribbon "Silver", Wedding Ever After Crochet Trim, Wedding Ever After Satin Ribbon Roses
Other: Wedding Ever After card kit (stamp and card blanks with die cut heart)

Crafting notes:
  • The card blank I used for the thank you card came with a heart die cut in the front. The Banner embossing folder has a clear back, so it was easy to line up to emboss a heart on the back side of the card so that it fit through the cut heart.
  • I applied blending chalk with a q-tip to the embossed hearts, then fixed with hairspray. You can use artist's fixing spray, but hairspray smells nicer and is a lot cheaper!
  • I stamped the 'thank you' greeting in silver pigment ink, then dabbed blending chalk over with cotton wool.
Happy crafting!