Anniversary Cards, Birthday Cards, Friendship Cards, Get Well Soon Cards, Uncategorized

Simple Elegant Cards Using Spellbinders Shapeabilities Dies From The “Flower Garden” Collection!

Hey lovelies! ❤ I’m back with a couple more cards using the Spellbinders Shapeabilities dies, this time from the Flower Garden collection by Sharyn Sowell! I tried to keep these cards similar while changing things up just a little, I’ve been on a white and gold kick lately and these dies fit that style perfectly! 

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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“Botanical Butterfly”

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I created my A2 card base and cut my panel slightly smaller from white heavyweight card stock. I prepped my panel with my EK Success powder tool so my embossing powder would only stick to where I wanted it to. I took a thin embossing folder I got from a magazine a little while ago and coated the inside with Tsukineko Versamark ink (on the side with no ridges! This is so the embossed part would remain mostly white with only a little bit of gold looking slightly distressed on it!). I placed it towards the bottom of my panel and ran it through my die cutting machine before coating it in Papermania gold embossing powder and setting it with my heat tool. Once the embossing had cooled I took some gold peel offs from Love From Lizi and adhered them at the top and bottom of the gold embossed strip to neaten up the edges and give it an extra little shine. I then covered the embossed strip and the bottom of the panel in post it tape to protect it while I splattered some gold and white gold watercolour paint at the top of the panel. 

Once the splatter was dry I removed the post it tape and prepped the white space at the bottom of the card with my powder tool once again. I stamped my sentiment in Tsukineko Versafine onyx black ink in the bottom right corner of my panel, covered it in Papermania clear embossing powder and set with my heat tool. 

I grabbed some pretty floral pearlescent patterned paper from my stash and used the Botanical  Butterfly etched dies to cut out the body and wings using my die cutting machine (I ran the wings through twice so I could double them up as I knew I wanted some dimension here). Once all my pieces were ready, I took some strong double sided score tape and adhered the bottom wing, body and antenna with it over the left side of the embossed strip. I put some of the same double sided score tape on the top wing (where the wing joins to the butterfly) and used some mini foam squares to pop up the end of the wing to give some dimension. To finish I backed the entire panel in double sided foam tape and adhered to my card base. 

“Botanical Dragonfly”

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Once again I went with an A2 card base with a slightly smaller panel from heavyweight white card stock. This time I protected a strip of my panel along the bottom first and splattered again with gold and white gold metallic watercolour paint. I removed the post it tape once the splatter was dry and went with the gold peel offs on their own, choosing two different widths to work with this time. I placed a two of the medium sizes and placed a thinner one in the middle, to give that same sense of separation I have on the first card.

I used the same floral paper as I did with the butterfly, to cut out the botanical dragonfly using my die cutting machine. Again, I ran the wings through twice only this time I turned my paper over so I could create the wings for both sides of the dragonfly. I adhered the two lower wings to my panel using my double sided tape as I wanted them to be flat, for the two top wings I adhered the part that would be behind the dragonfly’s body with score tape and popped up the ends with mini foam squares. I adhered the dragonfly’s body down the middle of my wings, using score tape directly on top of the wings and a mini foam square to support the back of the dragonfly’s head. 

I took some black card stock and prepped it with my heat tool, I stamped my sentiment from Altenew’s Carousel stamp set in Tsukineko Versamark ink, coated it in Altenew pure white embossing powder and set it with my heat tool. I cut the sentiment in to a thin strip using my paper trimmer and adhered it across my dragonfly using the double sided score tape. I then backed the entire panel in double sided foam tape and adhered to my card base to finish up!

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Thanks for reading lovelies! I had a lot of fun playing with these dies, I want to say a special thanks to Spellbinders for reaching out to me once again and giving me this wonderful opportunity! The dies themselves are absolutely beautiful and great for making beautiful cards year round, no matter the occasion! The detail in these dies specifically had me in awe! Which of the two dies is your favourite? 

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

DIES:

Spellbinders Shapeabilities Botanical Butterfly Etched Dies 

Spellbinders Shapeabilities Botanical Dragonfly Etched Dies

STAMPS:

Altenew Carousel 

CARDSTOCK/PAPER: 

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm)

INKS:

Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Tsukineko Versamark “Watermark” Ink

POWDER TOOL:

EK Success Powder Tool

FOAM TAPE:

3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape

DIE CUTTING MACHINE:

Sizzix Big Shot

PAPER TRIMMER:

Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

EMBOSSING POWDER:

Altenew Pure White

Papermania Clear

HEAT TOOL:

Papermania Multi-Purpose Heat Tool

WATERCOLOUR PAINT:

Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors”

EMBELLISHMENTS:

Love From Lizi Gold Peel Offs

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Thank You Cards, Uncategorized, Watercolour Cards

Easy Colourful Thank You Card!

Hey lovelies! ❤

Today I wanted to share with you a thank you card I made for my mum using the Mama Elephant – Botanic Thanks stamp set! I made this card for my mum to let her know how much I appreciate her and that I was thinking of her, she lives all the way back home in Scotland so I don’t get to see her very often at the moment!

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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I started by taking some watercolour paper and placing it in my Tonic Studios/Tim Holtz stamping platform, knowing I would definitely have to stamp at least twice I adhered it to the base of the platform with washi tape as well as using the magnets for extra grip. I lined my stamp up so it was straight and used my EK Success powder tool over the surface of the paper so I would have no issues with embossing powder getting stuck where I don’t want it! I inked up my stamp at least 4 times in the process with Versafine Onyx Black ink, the stamp is extremely detailed (it’s beautiful!) so it took a few more times than usual, making sure to get every little detail crisp and clear! Once I had a good impression, I coated it with Papermania clear embossing powder and set it with my heat tool (making sure to lift it off the platform for this, we don’t want it melting!).

I trimmed my watercolour paper down to the size I wanted, to fit as a central strip across the front of my A2 card base. I then adhered the panel to my glass mat with washi tape (very little on the top and bottom!) to try prevent too much warping/curling of the paper while I painted. Time to have fun playing with colour! I chose a very bright palette for this card, as my mum has always been my best friend and the reason for a lot of warm, happy memories so I wanted to reflect that here. I tend to add the colour concentrated where I want my shadows to be, then I lightly drag the colour outwards with a small amount of water to blend and colour the rest of the image. I decided as the rest of the panel was pretty bold, to go with a simple gold metallic for the lettering to give it a little shimmer. Very simple watercolouring but gives what I feel is a lovely result!

Once I’d finished painting and I was waiting for it to dry, (I prefer to leave it to dry naturally when it comes to large pieces with intricate details like this!), I heat embossed the small sentiment in the set ‘for being you’ with Altenew Pure White embossing powder on black card stock, trimmed it in to a small strip ready to be adhered when the panel was finished! When the paint was dry, I added some details with a white chalk marker. I love the effect this gives and feel it really can add that little bit extra to your makes! Wether it’s dots or highlights, it’s something I use quite often!

I adhered a black matte paper to my card base to give contrast to the white of the watercolour paper and then adhered the panel in the centre of the card. To finish it off I added some Love From Lizi gold peel offs above and below the panel, for that extra sparkle!

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Thank you so much for reading lovelies! I had a blast making this card, it took me from being slightly intimidated by watercolour to being head over heels in love with the medium. Let me know what you think below! ❤

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

STAMPS:

Mama Elephant “Botanic Thanks”

EMBOSSING POWDER:

Altenew Pure White

WATERCOLOUR PAINT:

Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors”

STICKERS:

Love from Lizi Gold Peel Offs

CARD/PAPER:

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm)

INK:

Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Tsukineko Versamark Watermark Ink

POWDER TOOL:

EK Success Powder Tool

STAMPING PLATFORM:

Tonic Studios/Tim Holtz Stamping Platform