Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Save The Date - with Papermilldirect

Hello and welcome to this week's Blog Post, and I have news of another +papermilldirect Special Offer for you:
The Design Team have been looking ahead to the Wedding season for our makes this week, and I have a 'Save The Date' card to share with you.
The base card has been created by scoring and folding Papermilldirect ‘Ultra White Pearlised’ card and has then been trimmed down to 5” x 7” standard card size.
I used SVG cutting files from Birds Cards (as always links at bottom of post) to create the layered ‘Retro Rose Panel’ front,  importing into Cricut Design Space along with the ‘save the date circle’ SVG file. Within Design Space it was easy to resize and also ‘weld’ the 2 images together to create a single cut panel piece. The Ultra White Pearlised card cut very cleanly in my Explore and the delicate sparkle adds a touch of luxury. The decorative panel was backed with the second layer of the Retro Rose cut file cut in PMD ‘New Lilac’ cardstock.
The sentiment aperture is backed with a square of white vellum, then a co-ordinating panel of patterned paper (looks a little like confetti) has been attached behind it secured to the rear of the outer frame of the sentiment, this ensures no glue is visible through the delicate vellum part. The assembled panel has been attached to the whole of the card front using strong double sided tape.

To finish Adhesive pearls in 2 sizes have been added around the sentiment panel.
New Lilac card - from the Colours range - Papermilldirect
Vellum (own craft stash)
Lilac dotty patterned paper from First Edition ‘Paper Flowers’ collection
Adhesives used: Cosmic Shimmer Glue, Double Sided Tape

Cutting Files used:  (please note these are personal use only files)
Card Cover 17 (Retro Rose Design) - http://www.birdscards.com/
Save The Date Circle, both by Birds Cards - http://www.birdscards.com/

Papermill Design Team:
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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Easter Card Makes with Papermilldirect

Waving hello and welcome to another Monday, it's Officially Spring, Yay!!  and the +papermilldirect Team are still working hard on Easter Projects. 

This week's Special Offer is 'Dark Moss Green' a fab quality 300gsm card and you can grab a small box of A4 for just £4-05 (that's 50% off). Lisa has created an elegant traditional Easter card with the Dark Moss Green.

I have a Tutorial for a Shaker Card over on the Papermill Inspire Blog today (Link Here), but first I would like to share this Easter Bunny card.  I had originally planned to cut the Bunny using my Cricut Explore but had a few issues with technology & internet and had to resort to Plan B, which involved using templates and cutting it by hand.  It took a little longer but was quite relaxing and fun to do.  

The Bunny Head is a PDF pattern from 'My Scrap Chick' it was printed off , cut out and used to create the templates for the Bunny Head. I layered and assembled using 3D foam pads to give height and definition.

I cut the grass randomly with scissors and attached across the front of the card, only sticking along the bottom edge so I could slip the Easter Eggs behind it and adjust positioning.  The eggs have been die cut using nesting easter egg shaped dies and then embossed with 3 different embossing folders. 

Distress inks were used in colours to match the Papermilldirect cards to ink around the cut edges and also across the raised embossing to bring out the designs, a subtle way to enhance embossing. 

A greeting of 'Happy Easter' has been stamped in black archival ink using a 'Clearly Besotted' Stamp set. Ric-Rac and die cut border trims have been used to decorate the eggs, you could go wild here but I kept it restrained :D 

Extra details have been added to the bunny head with a black fine liner pen and a white Pergamano pen, I think these really help bring the character to life. 

Materials Used: 
Spring Green, Buff, Baby Pink, New Lilac, Pale Turquoise, Plain White, & Black -Papermilldirect  
Bunny Head Template (part of download incl PDF & cutting files) - My Scrap Chick
Easter Egg Nesting Dies - Xcut
Embossing Folders: D'Vine Swirls, Tiny Mosaic, & Swiss Dots - Cuttlebug
Sweet Little Sentiments Stamp Set - Clearly Besotted

Border Die from Set - First Edition
Distress Inks: Tea Dye, Shabby Shutters, Broken China, Spun Sugar, & Milled Lavender
0.5 Black Drawing Pen - Letraset

White Pen - Pergamano 
White Ric-Rac (Dovecraft)
Adhesives: Cosmic Shimmer Glue, 3D Foam Pads, & Double Sided Tape

Papermill Design Team:
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