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Creative Creases Guest Designer

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Delighted to be a guest designer for Creative Creases challenge #86  where each challenge is ATG with a fun fold.  Thank you for having me.  The flying seagull fun fold (or accordion centre panel card) is certainly not new but it's the first time I have made one. This card was created for my Mum's birthday last month.  One of her jobs was a reporter for our local weekly newspaper so I chose this old style typewriter as a focal image but surrounded it with pretty flowers and butterflies.  Mum didn't use a typewriter quite of this vintage but it was a talking point when she saw the card!  Stamps and stencils used from Creative Stamping mag 133 covermount set. The typewriter was stamped on the main front panel in back.  The small florals and flourishes were stamped in purple, orange and green to fill the surrounding space.  Typewriter stamped a second time and parts decoupaged on the original for added dimension.  Happy Birthday sentiment stamped on the lightly inked paper. I

Ruby Sunflower

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I grew some ruby sunflowers in my garden a few years ago and looking back at the photos inspired me to make this card. A sunflower stencil was rotated several times to achieve more petals and colour hues as the inks overlapped each other when using blending brushes.  Centre inked with hickory smoke, petals with wild honey & fired brick DOs.  Centre seed pattern has been heat embossed for texture & shine with lots of added black dots.  Colour pencil shading on top of the ink gave even more depth and shade whilst black fine-liner pen defined the petals. Sentiment stamped on a strip of vellum with a few gold die cut dots to embellish.  Panel layered onto red cardstock. One of the ruby sunflowers I grew I've used - 6" sq white card base Funky Fossil sunflower stencil sentiment from Uniko Paradise stamp set Distress Oxide inks: wild honey, fired brick & hickory smoke Sanntangle coloured pencils;  Blackberry WOW! EP Linking up with -                   Beautiful Blossoms

Father's Day Birds

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I've been wanting to create these fun birds with stamps for a while now, luckily my Dad has a lovely sense of humour so this will be his father's day card.  Uniko's mid century modern florals stamp set was perfect to use for each bird.  Circles over stamped with some of the smaller stamps for their wings and tail feathers, some being heat embossed with silver pearl EP.  I added legs, eyes and beaks with a black fine liner pen. On the front of the card blank I brushed speckled egg oxide ink through Uniko's wonky stripes stencil as a background and added the bird panel on the left with a darker matt layer.  Dad still loves his garden and plants so chose stamps from Uniko's Papercraft Society Box organic bouquet set.  Leaf spray and tiny flower buds stamped, watercoloured, die-cut and added on the right hand side. The sentiment is made up from word stamps from Uniko's Bee Happy stamp set leaving only 'ther' for me to write in with a black fine liner pen. I&

Sleeping Mouse

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Decided to have a play with Brushos and create a bright Summer palette background for this little mouse curled up beneath clusters of sparkly stencilled seed heads. Once my background was dry the little folk style silhouette mouse was stamped then masked off so the seed heads could be stencilled above.  Three largest seed heads inked in white, stalks and two smaller ones inked in grey, once dry clear glitter paste was applied over the top.  Small clusters of flowers stamped in orange on the ground with hand drawn curved lines to add depth.  Added die cut foliage from a scrap piece in my backgrounds box.  Stamped sentiment.  Panel layered onto kraft card. Capturing the stencilled sparkle I've used - 120 x 170 mm white card base Bockingford hot pressed smooth watercolour card Brushos - turquoise, purple, orange Funky Fossil Cat and Mouse stamp set VersaFine Clair - pinecone, summertime Funky Fossil Just Dandy stencil Stamps By Me cotton ink pad;  Distress Oxide - hickory smoke Funky

Flying High

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Had a little tidy up of my stash of handmade backgrounds recently, binning all those little ragged pieces and trimming what was left into manageable neater pieces, some large enough to cover a whole card, others just small left over panels.  The smaller panels are now in a little basket, a lot easier to flip through. From my new basket I selected a white embossed panel from a butterfly EF and blue panels left over from  this  card made 5 years ago!  The kite was die cut from these scraps and assembled.  I ended up not using all the die cut embellishments on the front but I may use the rest on the inside.        I also rediscovered in another tidy up session a pack of textured card blanks so on the front of one I dry embossed two recessed panels (similar to what Barbara Gray from Claritystamp does with her embedders) for a faux relief, printing press effect. Created background clouds using Versacolor inks in blues/purples using a cloud stencil.  Kite added on top along with a stamped se

May Blossom Split Stamping Technique

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Tried the split stamping technique that was in issue 133 of Creative Stamping mag where you have one image in two different colourways.  The inspiration for both of these makes was May blossom even though tree blossom was out in April and blown around everywhere by our unpredictable wet and windy weather!  The images were stamped on white and pink cardstock then both images cut in half and swapped over so you create two projects ...  I've made a card and a calendar page. The white panel images were coloured with watercolour paints.  The pink panels have sparkle accents added.  Once the panels were swapped over and taped back together tattered rose distress ink was inked around the edges.  The card has a background panel dry embossed using a floral stencil, sentiment stamped and white heat embossed on a strip of vellum with a stamped & die cut flower tucked in to the side.  Washi tape added to the corners of the main panel.  A few enamel dots to embellish.  Panels matted onto re

Chatty Bar

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The Chatty Bar stamp set designed by Zinski Art was perfect for a fun drink themed card I needed.  Look at their expressive faces!  Images combined with a geometric embossed background and witty sentiment. Background created by applying blue/green ink to a geometric stencil, spritzed with water, placed onto ochre coloured cardstock and embossed through my die-cutting machine to create the embossed pattern with ink transferred like a faux letterpress effect.  Added some pieces of black/gold geo-patterned papers for interest and to ground the images.  Stamped and clear heat embossed images coloured with a mix of watercolour paints, alcohol markers and coloured pencils before fussy cutting and adhering.  Sentiment stamped and white heat embossed on a scrap of patterned paper cut into strips. I've used - 6x6" white card base Funky Fossil Chatty Bar stamp set Funky Fossil stencil, cardstock & patterned paper from Papercraft Society Box 52 Distress Oxide inks; Stamps by Me Cotto