Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Autumn Themed Card - Step by Step Tutorial

Hello, another week has gone by so fast, these hot lazy days of summer won't last and soon it will be Autumn.  In preparation this week the Design Team are working on the themes of Autumn or Custom Backgrounds and are working with a Special Offer ‘Gold Sandgrain’ card , the featured stock card this week is ‘Mocha Brown’.  I have chosen the autumn theme using the Gold Sandgrain, Mocha Brown, and White Linen card along with some simple stamping and water colouring to create a Thank You card.
The Sandgrain card is a lovely gold colour and has a beautiful textured effect, it die-cuts perfectly through my Big Shot machine (even with my worn out plates) and doesn’t lose any of its texture.  I have used it here to highlight the leaf panels, adding a touch of luxury to the design and complementing the gold detail embossing.  This is a really great card to have in your stash and will be especially good for Christmas makes as well as autumn and all year round really.
Step by Step:
Take a scrap piece of card (I am using an offcut of PMD White Felt embossed from my stash)  Apply Watercolour inks in autumnal shades swishing over the card randomly, I am using Oak House Studio Bramley Apple Green, Vintage Sepia & Juicy Orange diluted with water.  Use a brush loaded with diluted vintage sepia and flick it onto the card to create extra splashes of interest.  Leave card to dry or speed it up by using a heat gun.

 Using versamark ink, stamp 3 different leaves onto the water coloured card.  Sprinkle with gold detail embossing powder, tip off excess powder and emboss using a heat gun until the powder has melted.
Use Scissors or a craft knife to carefully cut out each leaf leaving a small border all around.  Using nesting dies (I’m using FE torn edge dies) cut 3 larger squares (approx. 2 ¼”) from Papermilldirect Gold Sandgrain and 3 smaller squares (approx. 2”) from PMD Mocha Brown Card.

Layer the smaller squares centrally on top of the gold Sandgrain squares using glue or d/s tape.  Add a leaf to each matted square using 3D foam pads.  Shape the leaves a little so the edges ruffle up to give texture.

Create a card blank by scoring & folding an A4 sheet of Papermilldirect White Linen card and trim to create a 5” x 7” standard card base.
Cut a strip of Papermilldirect Mocha Brown card and cut a fancy edge along the bottom using decorative scissors (I’m used Victorian Edged).  Stamp a Thank You sentiment at RH side using versamark ink and heat emboss with gold detail embossing powder.  Adhere strip across bottom of card using double sided tape.   Arrange the 3 leaf panels on card front overlapping them and the the sentiment strip.  Glue down when happy with placement.

This is a simple card design that could easily be adapted for other occasions, the autumnal colours would work well for a male themed card. 

Materials Used:
Torn Edge Nesting Dies – First Edition
Victorian Edged Creative Scissors – Dovecraft
Plus, D/S Tape, 3D Foam Pads, Glue, Versamark embossing pad

Monday, 1 August 2016

Twist Turn Card - Step By Step Tutorial

Hello, I have a new Step By Step Tutorial to share with you.  This week the Papermilldirect Design Team are working on the theme of ‘Twist Turn’ cards, these are great little cards to make adding an extra fun element to your designs.  There is also a new Special Offer card:  Natural White Matt 260gsm which I am using to make my Twist Turn card this week:

Step By Step:
There are lots of videos and instructions online for Twist Turn cards, (this version is adapted from the June Issue of Quick Cards magazine) Trim an A4 sheet of PMD Natural White Matt (special offer card) to measure approx. 21.5cm x 14cm.  Daw a central line across the sheet, then mark a line down at 7cm and another at 10cm.  Draw the diagonal lines from 7cm to centre line at 10cm and do the same in reverse for the bottom diagonal.  Score and fold all lines: the 7cm line down will be a mountain fold, the 10cm line down will be a valley fold. The small diagonals will be mountain fold. And the centre score will be mountain fold to create the card base.  Crease folds firmly using a crease mouse or flat scoring tool.
Take a pieces of PMD Natural White Matt card and watercolour, I’m using Peacock Green Colour Chemistry inks and a water brush.  Add random spatters of Jubilee Blue and Vintage Sepia inks by flicking them from the end of a brush.  Blot with a paper towel, then leave to dry or use a heat gun for speed.
Stamp text onto 1 piece of the water coloured card using Triple Blue Skies inkpad to give an ombre effect.  I am using the OHS ‘English Garden Words stamp’ as it is a nice size to fit the card panels.  Leave to dry or speed up using a heat gun.
Using versamark ink, stamp a medium sunflower image onto scrap PMD Natural White Matt card and sprinkle with gold detail embossing powder.
Tip off excess embossing powder and pour back into pot for next time.  Use a heat gun to heat emboss the image until all the powder has melted and it has turned a lovely gold colour.  Colour the sunflower with shades of yellow and orange, I’m using the Triple Sunshine Yellows inkpad, along with Citrus Yellow, and Juicy Orange inks.
Continue adding as much detail to the sunflower as you wish with the inks, I have used a reddish brown colour ink to make the centre darker and add more shading to the petals.  Add a colour wash around the outside edges and when dry cut around the sunflower using scissors or craft knife.

Ink around the card base edges and outer folds using orange inks to add definition.  Trim the text stamped panel to approx. 10.5cm x 6.5cm and adhere to card front, add a matching panel (without text) to the back, adhere using d/s tape and /or glue.  Add 6.5cm squares of water-coloured card to the 2 square panels and small triangles to the LH inner folds if desired.

Diecut a ‘Thanks’ sentiment from PMD Black Card and add to text panel using glue to adhere.  Add 3D foam pads to back of sunflower and add to the front square of the twist turn card.
I was really impressed with how the Papermilldirect Natural White Matt card takes the watercolour inks and the heat embossing with no pilling or warping,  it scores and folds beautifully and is a perfect weight for these card styles, so it’s a versatile all round card to have in your stash.
Have you made any Twist Turn cards using papermilldirect cardstocks?, don’t forget to post your makes over on the PMD facebook page, so we can take a peek, Angela x

Materials Used:
Plus: Versmark Inkpad (or embossing inkpad), D/S Tape, Glue, 3D foam pads