Thursday, 17 August 2017

Card-io Stamps Used to Create a Mini-Scene Card

Good morning all, Martina here with another take on some of the newest releases from Card-io. Firstly though, how are you? Counting down till tomorrow home-time and the weekend? Needing inspiration? or, like me, trying to survive the school holidays with the kids? Whatever you're doing, I hope while you're reading my post today you can take a couple of minutes out...

So, I have no idea where the idea for this card came from. I just had one of those times when blank space seems intimidating. Do you get those? I usually find that the best solution is either:
1) start adding colour and create a background;
2) Sort through my craft stash until something grabs me;
3) Sort through my craft stash and think of lots of ideas which then morph into a muddle;
4) Stare at the wall and think whilst getting tea and biscuits (chocolate Hobnobs are preferred);
5) Start making the blank space smaller by dividing in up into smaller ones to fill instead of one large one.

This time, after starting with number 4, I progressed onto number 5 (thank goodness!). I decided that I would have some small 'apertures' in the front of my card with some small 'scenes' inside them. That way, I only needed to create small compositions and not one big one!

I wanted to work with different sized apertures, so I grabbed some of my basic circle dies to design my layout. I now had the sizes I needed and was able to plan the insides.

For my main aperture, I wanted to use the lovely wheelbarrow stamp from the Card-io Perfect Patch Stamp Set. I used a Stamp Press to stamp it on to some card, first using Cement Versacolor Ink and then Black to create depth/shading.

Once the wheelbarrow was complete, I stamped it again on some sticky note paper to create a mask.

Placing the mask over my original, I stamped the large poppy from the Card-io Summer Meadow Set using Cardinal Versacolor Ink. I used Black for the poppy centres.

To add foliage, I used the leaf stamp with Sage Versacolor Ink from the same set.

To ground the wheelbarrow, I tore some paper and used it to give me a base. Using Topaz Versacolor Ink and Potting Soil Archival Ink, I lightly rubbed some colour under the paper.

To add some interest to the scene, I used some bugs and a plant from the Backyard Blooms Card-io Set. 

Now for my next scene, I wanted to use the wellies from the Card-io Perfect Patch Set. I stamped them with Bamboo and Green Tea Versacolor Ink, adding the red detail with a pen. I added the soil and a bug as before.

To add some interest to the apertures themselves I decided to enhance the edges with a Black Micron Pen, some dashes and a bug or two! To make sure the dashes were even, I replaced the dies into the holes and used them as a stencil.

I created my last little 'scene' with the Pleasant Pastures Card-io Set and placed them all behind my topper panel. I only wanted a small sentiment, so I chose one from the Hobby Art Birthday Set.

Some matting and layering to bring out some of the colours used and the card was done (apologies for the lighting in the photo).

Thank you for joining me and my musings this week, I may see some of you on Sunday for Lisa's workshop? 
Lots of love

Birthday Collection HACard-io Collection Perfect Patch Card-io Collection Pleasant Pastures Card-io Collection Backyard Blooms Card-io Majestix Summer Meadow Versacolor Black Versacolor Cement Versacolor Sage Micron Fineliners Pk of 3

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Card-io Topiary Heart

Hi everyone, Julie here, I hope you're well and enjoying the lovely weather. 
For my card today I had fun using the new Card-io stamp sets; Posh Pots, Freesia and Violet and Bullfinches and Blooms.

I started with a 7x7 card blank and cut a circle aperture out the front of the card.
I then cut a square of super smooth card slightly bigger than the circle I'd just cut out and drew round the circle to aid with centering my design.

I stamped the pot, stem and topiary heart using my Press to Impress stamping platform, (back in stock this week), to line up the stamps and inked the pot with Sky Blue and Polar Blue Versa Colors and the topiary tree with Brown and Cocoa Versa Color inks. I chose the smallest flower head from the Freesia and Violet set and stamped it in Camellia Versa Color...............

Next I filled in with Petal Pink Versa Color and one of the small flower heads from the 
Bullfinches and Blooms set. I added the foliage with Fresh Green Versa Color and added a Bullfinch sitting on the plant pot with Black Versa Color...............

I stamped my 'With Love' greeting from the Woodware Just to Say stamp set in the Rose Red Versa Color in the corner of the card blank and heat set with clear embossing powder.

I die cut 2 sets of the Crealies' Decorette no.14 Interlocking Hearts in pink Mirri card to embellish the card with.

I returned to the main picture and drew in some grass to ground the plant pot and colour washed the white background with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I also highlighted around the plant pot and the leaf centres with an Archival Black Pen to add some depth.

I stuck my design in place with sticky foam pads, finishing off with the Interlocking Hearts embellishments and some Stickles in the centre of the flower heads.

 That completes my card for today, I hope you liked it.

Card-io Collection Posh Pots     Card-io Majestix Bullfinches & Blooms      Card-io Majestix Freesia & Violet    Versacolor Fresh Green   Versacolor Polar Blue    

Versacolor Sky Blue    Versacolor Camellia    Versacolor Brown    Versacolor Cocoa    Versacolor Black    

Versacolor Petal Pink      Tumbled Glass - Mini    Press to Impress Stamping Tool       Micron Fineliners Pk of 3    

Lisa's next workshop at Grove Green will be on Sunday, August 20. Places are still available and all the information is HERE.

See you next week.

Love, Julie x

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Card-io Stamps: Bugs and a Field of Wild Flowers!

Good morning crafters! Martina here, this month looking at some designs using some beautiful Card-io stamps. We used some different sets of these in Lisa's last class and all had fun creating our own take on the designs. One of the best things about Card-io stamps is that they all work together, whatever the sets you choose, and the more you have the more quirky little additions you can make!

Today I am looking at how you can use a stamp press to enhance your designs, making full use of the silhouette images in some of the sets and making your life easy along the way! It really doesn't matter which stamp press you use, mine is an older MISTI, but some of the newer designs (such as the one Lisa is stocking called 'Press to Impress') make this a little easier to do and are much cheaper than mine was!

To begin with I chose a 6x6 card blank and masked off a border to the left and a section along the bottom (I did this before putting in the press). I then used a Distress Tool and some Bundled Sage Distress Ink to add some green to the left-hand corner that I had created. I worked from my mask outwards, allowing the ink to fade as I got further out. Once I was happy with the effect, I moved my card into the stamp press and held with magnets.

Now to start building a picture...I started with one of my favourite stamps from the Backyard Blooms Set - the foxglove. Now there are a couple of ways you can do this next bit, depending on how precise you like to be. Me, I like the colours to be exactly on the right 'bit' of the flower, if you're not bothered about that, you can apply ink directly to the stamp for quickness and then simply stamp down into position. My preferred option is to pick up the stamp with the press in the position you want it on your card and then use whichever pens you have to colour one section. I used Distress Markers and coloured the stem green at first, stamped it and then coloured just the petals with purple before stamping again. The press makes this possible as the stamp and card do not move, so you can add colours, details, shading etc. as you like! Pukka! LOVE IT! It also makes you look good, with minimal effort... 

Now to repeat the same wherever you want the flowers, building a picture. It is also a good idea to use  a 2nd generation of ink to create foliage in the background (you can still put your stamp in position on the press and then either use a lighter pen, or press down onto some scrap paper first and then remove to stamp properly.

I kept building till I was happy with my 'field', before removing the card from the press and the masks.

 I edged my stamped section with some dots and dashes using a Micron Pen, before adding a sentiment to the bottom of the card from a Hobby Art Set.
Now to add some quirky bits! I love the bugs from Card-io and there are some different ones in different sets to choose from. The ones I have used here are from the Backyard Blooms and Pleasant Pastures Sets ( I need to add the Bugs and Snails Collection to my stash in the very near future!) Once I was fully 'bugged', my card was finished. And for a change - all in just one layer! Finally, I can send a card with a normal stamp and not a large letter one! This is a VERY rare thing...

That's all from me this week, I will see you next week for some more Card-io fun...

Lisa's next workshop at Grove Green will be on Sunday, August 20. Places are still available and all the information is HERE.


Card-io Collection Pleasant Pastures  Card-io Collection Backyard Blooms Micron Fineliners Pk of 3 Press to Impress Stamping ToolBundled Sage - Mini