Thursday, 9 July 2015

A New Home...... With papermilldirect

Hello again, sorry I'm running a little late with my blog post, but you should still have time to take advantage of this week's Special Offer over at +papermilldirect.

This week the Design Team have been working on ideas for New Home cards and I have a new make to share with you. For this project I created a 5 ½ “square card base by scoring and folding papermilldirect Buff cardstock and positioned it to use in ‘tent position’.

The sentiment of ‘A New Home’ was created in Cricut Design Space and sized to fit comfortably along the bottom of a 5 1/8” square of White Linen cardstock. I used the Cricut Explore to cut the correct size piece from the White Linen and the ‘attach’ function to ensure the writing remained as I had planned it in the preview screen. A Cricut pen in ‘Midnight’ was used to write the sentiment and it came out extremely clear and even on the Linen texture of the card. 
 I then inked around the edges of the Linen panel using distress Ink in ‘Broken China’ which is a nice blue colour and just tones down the bright white at the edges helping to co-ordinate with the blue toned elements in the house design. The panel was matted onto a slightly larger square of Post Box Red and then positioned centrally onto the buff card front using double sided tape to adhere each layer.

A basic house shape with a window cut-out detail was cut from Buff card, a door and roof details from Pale Turquoise card and a little window box and heart from Post Box Red card.
I ran the Buff house shape through the Big shot using an embossing folder with the ‘mosaic’ design which I thought gave a good enough impression of brick or stonework. Lightly swiped across the raised embossing with ‘Tea Dye’ distress ink applied with a small piece of foam. The ‘Tea Dye’ colour is a pale browny colour and just adds a little subtle definition to the embossing.

I also ran the Turquoise card shapes of door and roof and the red window box shape through the Big Shot using a ‘dots’ embossing folder. A versamark pen added a little detail to these pieces. A small piece of pale lemon vellum was adhered to the back to cover the window cut-out. I did add a couple of score lines to give the impression of window panes.

The Buff house shape was attached centrally using 3D foam pads to the card front evenly spaced just above the sentiment. The door, Roof detail and Window box were then added, again using 3D foam pads to add height and interest, along with the red heart to provide the ‘chimney’.

2 heart shaped buttons in blue and red were layered up and attached to the house using Cosmic Shimmer glue to provide a strong bond. A little red gem for the door handle provides the finishing touch.
This is a fun and relatively simple design which you can simplify by omitting the embossing and inking if you prefer. You could make in different colour schemes and handwrite or stamp the sentiment; it would also be fun to add a number to the door or extra details to personalise.

Materials Used:
Papermilldirect cardstock in White Linen, Post Box Red, Buff, and Pale Turquoise
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders ‘Mosaic’ and ‘Swiss Dots’
Heart shaped buttons, small piece of lemon vellum
Distress Inkpads in ‘Tea Dye’ and ‘Broken China’
Versamark Pen
Cricut ‘Midnight’ pen (or sentiment stamp)
Adhesives: Double Sided Tape, 3D Foam Pads, Cosmic Shimmer (clear drying) Glue
Papermill Design Team:
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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Christmas Cards!! I dare say it!! with Papermilldirect

 I know quite a few people have already made a start on their Christmas cards and so I feel I can sort of mention that festive word and not alarm too many people :D 

With this in mind the DT over at +papermilldirect have been busy working on ideas for 'batch making' with tips and advice that you may find helpful.

First news of this week's Special Offer, it's the very popular Leather effect cardstock in a whole different colour, a gorgeous dark Navy!! A small box of this fab quality 315gsm cardstock could be yours for just £3-96!!   I have previously worked with both the White and the Buff versions and it is fab!!  This new colour is also bound to be very popular, find it HERE

Back to Christmas Cards and you will find the Design Teams ideas over on the papermilldirect Inspire Blog, link HERE

This week I am sharing a how to for using a printable download set on your Christmas cards, I have created a step-by step Tutorial with lots of pics and the materials list.  Please do pop over and let me know what you think. Perhaps you have already started making your own and have some tips to share also?  

Please head over to the papermill Inspire blog for all the details:
Link to Tutorial
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