Saturday, 25 February 2017

A Spring Card - Step By Step - Papermilldirect DT

Hello, I have a new step-by-step to share with you, this time a Spring card to tie in with the brand new ‘Hello Spring’ craft challenge from Papermilldirect!  My favourite Spring colours are pretty pinks, lilacs and bright spring greens and so I’ve chosen these colours alongside white card to make them pop.

Step By Step:
Start by cutting the ‘flowers’ create a card die from Papermilldirect white card, I am using PMD White Linen as I love the texture. Remove all the waste bits of card and set panel aside for later. (I like to cut the white card first before I get inky fingers!)

Take a piece of PMD white card a bit bigger than the die cut panel, (As I am using watercolour inks I’ve chosen PMD White Hopsack card)  Add random swashes of watercolour ink using water brushes to cover the panel. 

 I am using Oak House Studio Colour Chemistry Inks in Paris Pink, French Lavender, and Bramley Apple colours. Leave the panel to dry naturally, or use a heat gun for speed.

Stamp the sentiment ‘Spring has Sprung’ in black Archival ink onto PMD white card, I’m using the back of a piece of PMD White Linen card.
Use nesting circle dies to cut out the sentiment, then cut the next size up circle from PMD Spring Green Lustre Print Silver card which is a nice match for the ink.

Take die cut panel and place against (dried) inked background, decide where to place it and trim background panel to size of die cut panel.

Create a card base by scoring & folding PMD white card and trimming down to create an approx. 15cm square card base.  (Either adhere background panel now to card front or wait and add the matted panel to card front when it's already layered).

Add 3D foam pads to back of die cut panel, you can place them behind the big flowers too as these will be hidden by gems later.

Carefully place die cut panel onto inked background panel so it lines up before pressing firmly down to secure the foam pads.Glue Spring Green die cut circle into the centre and add the sentiment circle on top using 3D foam pads to give height.

To finish, add adhesive gems to flower centres in clear, light pink and light green colours.  There are also 3 large flowers on the die cut panel that have petals that can be lifted and prised outwards to create extra interest.
This card would work equally well using a different set of Spring Colours, perhaps lemons and blues? Don't forget to share your makes over on the facebook page or why not enter a spring card or papercraft project in the new' Hello Spring' craft challenge?

Materials Used:
White Linen Card - Papermilldirect
Value White Card 300gsm - Papermilldirect
White Hopsack Card 255gsm - Papermilldirect
Spring Green Lustre Print Silver 300gsm - Papermilldirect
Watercolour Inks:  Paris Pink, French Lavender, Bramley Apple – Oak House Studio
Dies: Craft a Card 6x6 Flowers die, Scalloped Circle Dies - First Edition
Stamp: from Blooming Lovely set – Dovecraft
Ink: Jet Black Archival Inkpad - Ranger
Adhesives: D/S Tape, 3D Foam pads, Clear Drying Glue
Embellishments: Adhesive Gems in Clear, light pink, light green – Dovecraft

Sunday, 12 February 2017

LOVE Word Tile Card - Hobbybase Guest DT

Hello I'm back to share another Valentines or LOVE Card Step by Step with you. This card is suitable for all those 'Love' occasions.  For this design I am using the stamp whole and also cutting into it to create individual letter tiles.  Again 3D foam pads create a raised and tactile effect.

Step By Step:

I created this design for +Hobbybase Ltd. as a Guest on their Design Team, all products can be found online at (product links at end of post)

Score & fold white card or trim down a 6x6 white card blank to create a 12.5cm square card base with fold across the top. 

Cut a slightly smaller square of dark grey pattern ‘Made with Love’ paper and adhere to card front using double sided tape.  Cut a 10.5cm square of dark pink pattern paper and mat onto card front.

Cut a 3cm deep strip of dark grey pattern paper and adhere across centre of card front using d/s tape. trim ends flush with card.

Using black ink, stamp the LOVE letter tile stamp onto grey heart paper and cut the whole word out. Use 3D foam pads to adhere to strip towards Left side.

Using black ink stamp the Love letter tile stamp again, this time cut out each individual letter.  Adhere the letters randomly at angles, above and below the centre panel, using 3D foam pads

To finish, die cut hearts from different ‘Made with love’ papers using both of the Dovecraft heart dies.  Mount the smaller heart on top of the larger one, then glue across card strip at right of LOVE sentiment.


Products Used:
Black Ink
White Card
Adhesives: D/S Tape, Clear Drying Glue, 3D Foam

Saturday, 11 February 2017

LOVE Couple Silhouette Card - Hobbybase Guest DT

Hello, today I'm sharing a Valentines Card Step by Step with you. Dies are very popular and can be used in different ways, I have created this design to show that the negative die cut – the part usually discarded, can be used to create an interesting focal point, this is especially effective when added to your card using 3D foam to create depth.

Step By Step:
I created this design for +Hobbybase Ltd. as a Guest on their Design Team, all products can be found online at (product links at end of post)

Take a 6x6 white card blank with fold across the top.  Cut a slightly smaller square of dark pink pattern ‘Made with Love’ paper and adhere to card front using double sided tape.

Cut a strip of white card approx. 6cm deep and adhere heart pattern paper to it using d/s tape around edges and glue across centre.

Carefully position the couple silhouette die into the centre of the strip, add a little low tack tape to secure, and run through die cutting machine.  (Remove cut outs and save for another project as we are using the negative space for this card)  Add the die cut strip across card front using 3D foam to give height.

Cut a strip of grey pattern paper approx. 2cm deep, score and fold concertina style (you will need 2 strips - join them together with glue)  Adhere strip across lower card front using a d/s tape and dabs of glue. Arrange pleats as desired and trim ends flush with card.

Using black ink, stamp the LOVE letter tile stamp onto grey heart paper and cut out. Round edges and then adhere across pleated strip at bottom RH side of card.

To finish, die cut hearts from different ‘Made with love’ papers using the smallest of the Dovecraft heart dies.  Glue hearts around couple and along the top of card.
Products Used:
Black Ink
White 6x6 Card Blank
Adhesives: D/S Tape, Clear Drying Glue, 3D Foam

Monday, 6 February 2017

Thanks Card step by step using Derwent Watercolour Pencils - Papermilldirect DT

Hello I have a step by step for this Thanks card to share with you today. I am also testing the Derwent Watercolour Pencils, this is the first project I’ve completed with them so I have kept it simple.  As I am using a bit of water for this technique I have chosen to work with the PMD Hemp card.

Step by Step:
I like the effect of white embossing and have chosen a large stamp with lots of open spaces for this.  I’m using one of the large Double Daisy stamps (all links at the end) and have stamped onto Papermilldirect White Hemp card using a Versamark inkpad, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat embossed.

Start to add colour using the Derwent Watercolour Pencils, I used the pencils dry to start with and applied brown colours around the centre area, then went in with a water brush (or a paintbrush) to gently blend the colours together.  Working in further colours as desired such as oranges and reds, using the water brush to gently mingle the colours. It is easy to regulate, if you add too much water, just blot with tissue, or if you’ve added too much colour just blend away with the brush. 

When you’re happy with the flower add some background colours, I’m using greens and blues and just blending them outwards.  If you want a more intense colour, then go back in with your pencils and build up more colour, the watercolours stay workable. 
Allow your image to dry, I used a blast from my heat gun to speed it up but let it dry fully before stamping the sentiment.  Stamp ‘Thanks’ using black Archival ink at bottom right of daisy.  Don’t worry if the stamping is not solid, it will pick up the texture from the Hemp card which works well with the canvas effect.

Score & fold papermilldirect card and trim down to create a card blank approx. 5 ½” square.  When the ink is dry, trim the watercolour panel down to about 4 ½ x 4 ¼” and mount onto a slightly larger piece of Papermilldirect Smooth Black card.  Mount completed panel onto card front using 3D foam pads to give height.

Verdict: I haven't used watercolours often so I am quite impressed that these Derwent pencils allowed me to feel like an ‘artist’, the colours are well chosen within the 12 pack I’m using, and they are so easy to blend that creating your own shades is easy.  I found using the pencils dry and then water brushing to release and blend the colours was a simple way to achieve a good result.  For adding lighter colours or more precise application, I used the tip of my water brush directly onto the pencil tip to collect colour.  These pencils are very good value, you don’t need much to add good colour and so they will last a long time.
I do hope you’ll pop by to see the next project I will be posting soon with the watercolour pencils
Angela x

Materials Used:
Derwent Watercolour Pencils (12) - Papermilldirect
White Hemp Card 255gsm - Papermilldirect
Black Smooth Card 250gsm - Papermilldirect
Double Daisy Stamp Set – Oak House Studio
Versamark / Embossing ink pad
White embossing powder
Jet Black - Archival ink pad – Ranger
Thanks clear stamp – DCSTP077 – Dovecraft
Adhesives: D/S tape, 3D foam pads