Friday 14 May 2021

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Monday 17 August 2020

blogger test post! Birthday Gate Fold Aperture Card - Slot & Spin Frame dies Collection - Angela Poole Design

Hello it's been a while since I was here blogging, but I'm thrilled to be back with some exciting news!  I was over the moon to be asked recently if I would like to create some samples for the brand new collection from Angela Poole!  I said YES of course!  I am so thrilled to be working with such a lovely lady and company who design the most fun and exciting dies, I've loved all the releases, but tis time I get to work with them officially!  I was sent the brand new Slot & Spin frame dies, card packs, stamps & stencils to play with and I'm excited to share my ideas with you, starting with this one:

Birthday Gate Fold Aperture Card

Step By Step:
  1. Cut Enchanted Mist blue card:
    1 piece at 6” x 6”
    2 pieces at 6” x 4 3/8”
  1. Score the 2 pieces at 4” to leave a joining tab on each. Mark each side at 4” and cut at an angle to the score line on each piece to create left and right sloped side pieces.
  1. Die cut largest frame aperture from centre of 6” x 6” piece and smaller apertures (3rd size down) from the 2 side panels.
  1. Using blue ink stamp corner motif in 4 corners of main panel and 2 opposite corners of side panels. Attach side panels to main panel gluing tabs to back.
  1. Using white card, die cut 2 doilies to fit the side apertures, Stamp both sides with circular sentiments, birthday and cake images using black & pink inks.
  1. Using white, pink & blue card, die cut doily frames to interlock and fit into the large aperture in main panel. Assemble frames into the apertures.
  1. Decorate corner flourishes and centre heart with adhesive gems to finish.

Products Used:
Vintage Frames Dies

Vintage Treasure Stamps
Enchanted Mist Card

Wednesday 27 November 2019

Cozy Winter Wishes Card - Trimcraft DT

Hello, I've recently been testing out some new alcohol markers from Trimcraft brand 'Nova' and this is my first card created with them. The Nova designer markers were perfect not just to colour my stamped images but also to create the 'stained glass' effect on this card design.
I stamped the Christmas Bear image using a stazon ink onto acetate, then coloured the back using Nova Designer pens, these alcohol pens were easy to use and blend and I loved the textured effect I was able to achieve on the acetate.
The finished design was trimmed down and I added adhesive pearls to frame it before mounting behind a circular aperture i cut into the front of a 6x6 square white card base.  I decorated the inside with a snowflake pattern paper from the Paper Addicts Cosy Christmas 12x12 paper pad.
I cut a matching card front from white card, die cutting a slightly larger circle into the front before stamping a present and mittens in black memento ink.  the nova markers were easy to use to colour the stamped images, vibrant and juicy pens, I used the small nib side for colouring, blending and adding texture effects.

Pom pom trim is one of my fav embellishments, so i adhered some behind the aperture to frame the centre before adding the stamped panel to the card front.  Some simple stamped sentiments in black ink to finish the design for Cozy Winter Wishes. This card was a fun make, let me know what you think and I'll be back to share another card tomorrow, Angela x
Products Used:
Simply Creative Christmas Bear Stamp - SCSTP012X19
Nova Designer Markers: Brights, Blues, Pastels
Paper Addicts Cosy Christmas 12x12 - PAPAD058X19
Simply Creative Adhesive Pearls & white pom pom trim
Plus: White Card, Acetate, adhesives, Black Ink, circle dies , sentiments

Sunday 17 November 2019

Stag Place Cards - Trimcraft DT

Hello, today I'm sharing these fun Stag place cards, this design would also work well as a Christmas Card as it is an easel style and can be folded down for posting out.

Find my Video Step by Step Tutorial here: 

Step by Step:

  • Select the stag deer and bow shapes from the First Edition Modern & Decorative Digital Cutting Dies USB's.  I'm using my Scan n Cut so I've inserted them into Canvas online the free software for the Scan n Cut Machines.  I've resized the stag to approx: 102 x 167mm as shown below

  • To create a mat layer for the shapes, Click the edit button and choose an outside offset of 2mm for both the stag and bow as shown below

  • To make it easier to see I have coloured the layers, so you can see here the main shape on top of the mat layer.  Cut the main shapes from pattern paper and the mat layer from a brown card.

  • Cut matching brown card approx 28cm long x 7cm wide and score at 7cm & 14cm , fold to create an easel card shape.  Add pattern paper mat layers 6.5cm x 6.5cm for front square panel and 6.5cm x 13.5 for inside base panel. (see video for how to)

  • create easel 'stopper' using wooden letter tag tiles or adhesive letters or even handwritten tags to personalise the place card or add a Christmas greeting if you are making these as Christmas cards.

List of Products used can be found over at my Trimcraft Design Team Gallery link here: 
Thank you for popping by, comments always welcome, Angela x