No nothing as exciting or clever as getting a degree, sorry about that. I have been taking part in the Creative Chemistry classes as part of Tim Holtz’s Summer of Creative Chemistry and I am having a blast. Its great fun and I can thoroughly recommend it. I have finally graduated in the Chemistry 101 class.
Here are some of my technique tags
These are from Day 3 – Archival Ink Uses
These from Day 4 – Re-inkers & Maintenance
And these from Day 5 – Spray Inks & Stains
Today I have for you the birthday card I made for my Mum this year (her birthday is in May so I am safe to show it. I cut a frame using Sue Wilson’s Double pierced ovals and some coconut white card, then I cut a piece of wisteria card using the next size down of the ovals. I then cut out 2 of the inner die from the Stitched Lattice Frames, 1 in coconut white and 1 in wisteria. I glued these together so they were offset from each other and then onto the wisteria oval.
Using some foam pads I mounted the coconut white frame over the wisteria oval and then the whole thing was stuck onto a piece of embossed cardstock coloured with colour cloud ink. The New Zealand Hamilton die provided the center cut in wisteria and mounted onto coconut white. I used the metalic gilding polish to “ink up” one of the petite lavish sentiment stamps.
Petaloo flowers and Creative Expressions pearl corners finished off the card.
Sometimes simple works really well and thats what happened with this card. I simply cut Sue Wilson’s Australian Collection Background die from a piece of paper from her paper pad. Next I cut the New Zealand Collection Hamilton die from some white card.
I used the Petite Lavish Sentiments – Clear Stamp Set in the middle with some distress ink and mounted the whole thing onto a white card blank, job done!
Sometimes the only way you can get the card you want is to make it (or have it made for you) by hand. I was asked to make a birthday card for my friends daughter to give to her Grandad who she calls Granda.
I knew that the person it was for had his own boat so asked my friend if she had a picture of it, the following card is the one I made.
I used the Cathedral Background die in coconut white card which I laid over a rich red piece with an oval cut from the center. The greeting was created on my silhouette cameo using the white sketch pen and then I used the Expressions Ornate Frame – Just Because to mount it onto the card above a strip created with the border from the Scandinavian Collection – Corner, Border & Tag
I recently discovered Tim Holtz’s Summer of Creative Chemistry ( a bit late to the party I know) and I have been having fun creating tags from the Creative Chemistry 101
I was particularly pleased with the brushless watercolour one in the middle, done with Lisa Hortons stamps.
Here is the one I did for the challenge for week 1 which was:
Your challenge is create a tag, card, or other project using FOUR OR MORE COLORS OF DISTRESS INK.
I used Barn Door, Broken China, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Dusty Concord on my tag background and I love how it came out.
I purchased all 5 sets of Lisa’s stamps from Set Craft and have made a set of cards with them. I thought I would share a step by step tutorial on how I created them.
Here is the set I created. Unfortunately I couldnt capture the shine on the backgrounds that the Pixie Powders create.
The card I have up today is made with Sue Wilson’s paper pad teamed up with a stamp from John Lockwood
I stamped the Especially for You stamp from Johns Lily of the Valley Sentiments – Clear Stamp Set onto wisteria foundation card and used a circle punch to cut it out, I then mounted it onto a scalloped circle in a darker purple. I cut the New Zealand Collection Hamilton die out of some white card and glued this to a piece of purple paper from Sue’s paper pad which I mounted onto the darker purple card cut with the noble pierced squares.
I used the wellington die and cut it into 4 which I glued behind the center square and mounted this onto a piece of the purple paper that is the reverse side of the piece used in the middle. The whole thing was finished off with a mat in the darker purple and some pearls for the 2 opposite corners.
Today I have a card I made using one of Sue Wilson’s striplet dies.
I took a piece of coconut white card and cut out the Mini Striplets Intertwining Circles 3 times across, leaving the die in place each time in order to ink through the circles. I then cut the outside of the square with Noble – Double Pierced Squares. The middle is the Expressions Ornate Oval – Just For You.
Today’s post is a lot about stamping and a little die cutting. I took an 8 x 8 scalloped card and stamped the Filigree Peony stamp (by John Lockwood) in Brilliance copper ink all around the outside. I used the stamp twice before reinking it giving me the faded look with some of them.
I used the Ravello striplet die which I cut 4 times around a piece of pearlised card to form a square backgrounds and backed this with a copper card cut with the double pierced square dies to leave a small border. I stamped the Tuileries Frame Stamp in perfect medium and embossed it with copper embossing powder. I cut it out with the Auckland die (outside and centre) and trimmed around the stamped part in the centre. I used the decorative centre from the die in the copper card.
I finished the card off with a few gems coloured with copies to match with the card colours.
Today’s card uses one of Sue Wilson’s Perspective collection dies – the Happy Birthday circle. The set comes with the little cupcake and candles so it is quite a useful one.I cut the die from coconut white card and honeydew card and used the outside coconut white with the inside in honeydew (the opposite piece I kept for a future card)
I mounted the circle onto a piece of honeydew card cut out with the Grace Frame die. I cut the Petite Peony cluster in coconut white and backed it with honeydew then mounted it on foam pads on each side of the frame. I inked through the the cupcake die with colour cloud ink to create the lines that represent the wrapper and I topped the cupcakes with iced snow to give them a little sparkle.