Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Clear Gift Card

Hi there *waves*
Today I'd like to share a fun gift card/voucher that is an alternative to your standard card. The gift card fits perfectly inside your mini card with room for a personal message. It is then encased in sealed plastic using a fuse tool. The recipient must cut the pocket open to retrieve the gift card. Super fun, right?!
1. Stamp the hat, presents, rosette and teddy all from Marmalades World by Tonic Studios.
2. Brush colour in with the Aqua Flow Pens and a water brush.
3. Die cut the accessories and fussy cut the teddy; cut out a small shaped tag (or use a die cut if you have one small enough, which I didn't)
4. Die cut a Birthday sentiment (I used some scrap mixed media paper which had random colour already on it). 
5. Using Brusho, make a simple background on mixed media paper (or any you have).
6. Attach your background to a small card blank (card is Papermill Direct)
7. Using a  toothbrush, spray some white acrylic fluid over your card on one side. 
8. Assemble your sentiment on one side and your Brusho background on the other. 
9. Have fun placing your stamped images on both sides. 
10. Use a fuse tool (We R Memory Keepers) on some clear plastic around the edges of two pieces in the shape and size you require - and seal 3 sides. 
11. Place your gift card holder inside and add sequins. 
12. Now seal the 4th side. 
13. Make a small hole (smaller than a sequin) and use twine to secure your mini tags to complete your project. 
I really love this idea and will be making more over the coming months for Birthdays and special occasions. 
Thanks for visiting and please leave me a comment if you've liked this project - I love hearing from people :)


Saturday, 4 February 2017

Distress me once, twice, ink me thrice!


No beautiful projects today, only a big fat mess in the hopes that some of you might want to make big fat messes too! haha 

This is a bit of an inky journey with some Reveal It Mats from the Stamp It II Collection from Craftwork Cards and then making a distressed background. The reason this is a different kind of blog is that, as a DT for CWC, I was asked numerous times how to use these mats and if I could go through some of the types of pens etc which work on them. 

Inky materials used: 
Altenew Inks, Momento Inks, Distress Inks, Gelatos, Spectrum Noirs, ProMarkers, Tsukineko Neon Pigment Inks, Distress Crayons, Kuretake Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Watercolour Brush Pens, Lindy's Stamp Gang Ink Magicals Flat Set Hawaiian Islands, Colourcraft Brusho Crystal Colour and I've even thrown in some Colour Cloud Inks.
1. Brusho. I quite liked this effect but was worried too much water would damage the Reveal It Mats so left it gritty looking.

2. The Magicals went on really really well and was pleased with the blendability. 

3. Clean Colour Brush Pens were hard work and didn't blend too well, however they looked vibrant and could easily be used under a topper. 

4. The Gelatos surprised me and blended really well. I shall be using these again and again as the colours I have are bright and look fab. 

5. The Spectrum Noirs were a disaster. They do not blend AT ALL and streak and leave an ugly mess. Avoid.
6. Although the Tsukineko Neon Pigment Inks look messy the outcome was wonderful. The Pigment inks have a lot of colour and what a dream to blend. If you get some blue roll or tissue, rub the Mats to wipe away excess ink. You're left with a great background mat. Repeat for a more vivid colour.
7. Having failed with the SN's I was happy to see that the ProMarkers worked really well! They needed a good rub and a few layers to blend but I think the colour is beautiful. 

8. The Altenew Inks were an absolute dream to use and blend. Again, I was surprised at how easy they were to use and I would definitely recommend these.  

9. I've thrown in some Cosmic Shimmer Colouor Cloud that I found in ny desk drawer (oops! haha). It glided on, however a LOT of ink came off and didn't blend too well. As you can see, it just covered up the yellow and left two slightly different shades of blue instead! If you're going for single colour this is the ink to use as it literally took seconds, otherwise don't bother as you'll end up with one colur any way.
10. I was expecting the Momento Inks to blend better than they did. It was an awful lot of hard work to get the colours blended, which is why I've taken so many pictres for you to see. The end result was ok but not worth the 10 mins it took! Compare that witht he Cosmic Shimmer above (I know it's a different shade) that only took 10 seconds and you can see why I wouldn't use these again.
11. Distress Inks were amazing for colour, coverage and blendability. Highly recommended and my go to inks for the Reveal Its Mats.
12. last but certainly not least were the Distress Crayons. I didn't think they would work as they are water activated and thought they would turn into a puddle of mess. I sprayed each area carefully with a little water and gently rubbed in a circular motion with some soft tissue and this worked a treat! I went in a couple more times in localised areas and this time didn't spritz, just rubbed with tissue and this enhanced the colour even more. The finish was perfectly blended and you can add layers of colour for a more intense look if you want. Another winner and highly recommended.
Both Stamp It and Stamp It II Collections had Distress It Mats but what if you wanted to make your own? Let me show you how easy it is...
To start I grabbed some Distress and Momento Inks, lightest first and used CWC Plain white card stock cut 5.25" x 5.25".  With my Mini Ink Blending Tool, I began inking the card in a circular motion in the exact same way as number 11 above, slowly building up the colours.
Once dry, I took a small watercolour brush and dipped it in clean water and flicked over the inked card. You can let dry naturally or use a heat gun. I repeated this 4 times and then inked the edges again for the final finish.
 Distressed backgrounds are quite effective and I love making them. 
Time to get your ink on, ladies. 
Have a super day and happy crafting!
Lots of love
Jennifer xx


Friday, 3 February 2017

Valentine Topiary, NUVO Style

Hello there and TGIF! I can't remember ever having a busier start to the year before and as a result haven't been able to craft much. 
I found a 'bag of junk' in one of my cupboards which housed an old plastic flower pot and some dowels. Having recently acquired a range of NUVO Products I set out to make a home decor project with the main focus being my old tatty flower pot. Today we're going to make a topiary! 
1. Wash and clean flower pot; put 2 coats of gesso on (inside and out).
2. In a small dish, mix together Pink Flame and Peony Pink Embellishment Mousse until the right colour is achieved. 
3. Spray water in the dish with the Mousse until you're left with a thick paste. 
4. Add Rose Quartz Sparkle Dust to your paste and mix well. 
5. Add paste mixture to your flower pot. I used a pallet knife and applied the paste for a textured effect. 
6. Set aside to dry. 
7. wash and clean your rocks, lay out flat on your craft mat. 
8. Mix your Royal Aubergine Mousse with water in a spray bottle and spray the rocks. 
9. Dry with heat gun and repeat spray as many times as needed to achieve desired colour.
Check out the sparkle dust / Embellishment Mousse mix once dry! 

10. Die cut your flowers with the CWC Paper strips. I used 3-4 layers for each flower. 
11. With your spray bottle (for the rocks) gently spray the flowers for some added sheen and let dry naturally. 
12. lay out some white Candi and then add your Carnation Crystal Drops to each one. Let dry naturally. 
13. Tie a bow with some white ribbon and set aside. 
14. Die cut your sentiment and butterfly
15. Paint your bamboo dowel
Once everything is completely dry it's time to assemble. 
16. Take your painted dowel and use hot glue to secure it to the middle of the flower pot. 
17. Add your rocks carefully and then attach your foam sphere to the dowel with hot glue. Leave to dry for a minute or two. 
18. Lay some craft moss over your rocks with a very small amount of hot glue. 
19. Attach all your flowers to the foam sphere with hot glue. 
20. Attach your Candi bases with Crystal Drops to the centre of each flower with hot glue. 
21. Attach your bow to the dowel with hot glue. 
22. Attack your sentiment and butterfly with hot glue. 
Viola! You have a lovely Flower Topiary which was dead easy to construct.
Since it's so close to Valentine's Day, I thought the sentiment particularly fitting but it could also be used for birthdays, get well alternatives to cards, Mother's Day, New Home gifts etc.. In fact, you could tweak it for just about any occasion. 

Back in my kitchen, this is now where it lives. In my head it looked a lot different, but still feel like it turned out well. What do you think?
Tonic Products Used: 
Tonic Studios 3-Piece Partner Sentiment Die Set

Other Materials: 
9cm Foam Ball 
stones (from my garden, scrubbed and cleaned)
Bamboo Dowel Rod
Green Paint 
Craft Moss
Craftwork Cards Limited Edition Strips 
Craftwork Cards Candi
Hot Glue Glue/Gun
Big Shot Die Cutting Machine 
Plastic Flower Pot (I had lying around)
White Ribbon

I hope you've enjoyed my post today and often wonder what projects other people make for their homes with craft materials. I'm looking at all kinds of surfaces to cover now! 
Until next time...

Lots of love from Jennifer xx