The 3D Embossing Folders from Lisa Horton Crafts are the craft products that just keep giving. Today, I would like to share another set of ideas to try with the latest set of stunning folders including –
Try embossing grey card or ordinary brown paper for a stylish male card.
In the Garden
Go gently with vellum or parchment paper. Run it through the machine once and add colour from behind to create a delicate background.
White ink is great for adding to the folder to make a cool background or skim over the embossed letters for added definition.
When is an Edgecutz not just an Edging Die? When it is a Lisa Horton Edgecutz Die!
This great new set of dies launch on Friday 2nd April on Create and Craft TV. I was lucky to be able to play with the Large Petal set and you will also find three more in this range called : Floral Posy, Just for You and Happy Birthday.
The beauty of these dies is the ability to be able to cut into your card, cut a shape away from your card, cut the main die entirely and use the smaller elements independently.
In my first example I have used the outer edge dies to create a golden layer for the floral arrangement to sit on. The I cut two layers of navy flowers to add dimension to the focal point. I incorporated the brilliant Honeycombe slimline and the Banner Sentiments I love how everything mixes and matches.
This time, I used the main floral die and cut into the slimline base card. Again, I cut two layers of pale blue flowers to lift up the main element. Then I cut a flowery panel to lay behind the card and neaten up the inside of the card. I hope you can see from the photo – the sentiments have two shades of blue ink rather like an ombre effect. I sneaked my trademark three sequins in too !
To “edge” this card I used one side of the outer dies across the diagonal of a 6×6 card. To finish the ends I traced around the curve using a pencil and carefully cut away using scissors. Next, using yellow card. I cut two layers of the main floral die and laid them carefully across the die cut edge. To add interest to the inlaid parts I die cut the main floral die again in another shade of yellow and two shades of green. I then added removable tape to the back to keep the “bits” in place until I decided which colours to use. Lisa’s sharp tweezers came in very handy for this task. To complete the inside of the card I used the 3D embossing folder “Budding Bloom” because it has a similar flow to it. The white embossed card was then layered up onto a piece of matching yellow card. To finish the card I added one of the must have Banner sentiments and a three blue sequins. The reason why I added blue is because it is the opposite colour to yellow on the colour wheel.
My final card proves that you can cut into the card again using the outer Edge die. Begin by opening up the card base (this is a 5×7″ and line up the tips of the die along the fold – ensuring you leave a space either side for the shape to sit into. I cut two layers of the floral die in orange and stuck them together on to the outline share before adding a funky blue and orange flower using the smaller dies. To bring the design together I used the Banner sentiments with various shades of orange, blue and green. Then I embossed a black piece of black card on a slimline panel with the Layered Petals 3D Embossing Folder from Lisa Horton Crafts.
As I mentioned at the start, this collection launches on Create and Craft initially and judging by Lisa Horton Crafts other products this will be a quick sellout.
After fourteen days exclusivity you will be able to buy these dies and many of the other products mentioned directly from Lisa Horton Crafts on their website – That Craft Place. https://thatcraftplace.co.uk/
Until next time
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The Hobby House are launching their first ever set of cutting dies this weekend on Create and Craft. The Cherry Blossom dies, handmade Thai Mulberry Paper and Stamens will allow you to make blossoms that replicate the very popular Hobby House flowers. This means that you can make flowers to match your projects whenever you like. In addition you can adapt the flowers to create other flowers that resemble primulas and hellebores – to name just two.
Here are just a few of the cards you can be making incorporating your handmade Mulberry Blooms. I have created these cards with the rich pearlescent papers and polka dot papers which will also be available on Sunday’s shows. Thank you to my crafting friend Moira Yakova who sent me a stunning Easel Hat card which so inspired me to make the Easter bonnet.
Because this is something a little different for The Hobby House I have made a video to show how to put the Cherry Blossoms together along with a few inking techniques to colour the handmade Thai Mulberry paper. You can also see more of my card samples where I have coloured and handmade every single flower.
If you love the traditional Mulberry Cherry Blossoms from The Hobby House – you are going to love this collection because now you can make your own whenever you like. My top tip would be to stock up on the Mulberry paper because the flower making becomes a little bit addictive.
You may think that talking about sentiments for cards is a little bit basic but they are an integral part of most cards. The beauty of these new dies from Lisa Horton Crafts is the ability to stamp and die cut all your sentiments in just one pass of your die cutting machine.
These cards showcase the Banner sentiments but also in this range which is launching officially on Create and Craft on Friday 26th March are the Vertical Sentiments stamps and dies https://tidd.ly/3ciEC5w
I made this slimline card using the very popular Sunflower stamp and sentiment set and wanted to add some banners to complete the look. Imagine having all your sentiments good to go because with three passes through the machine I had cut 36 sentiments in three shades of yellow and orange. It makes card making quick and easy.
I created this card by adding three shades of blue card stock to a piece of sticky backed plastic before stamping over them all with the stunning and large Peony Bloom stamp. All that was needed to finish the card off were two of the Banners.
This simple rocker card is made with the Nested Tattered Edge Circle dies and again easily finished off with the Banners. My little tip is to try stamping the sentiments with two or three shades of the same colour to give an ombre effect.
I couldn’t resist making another sunflower card with the first ever 3D Embossing Folder/Die . Using products like this you can make simple and beautiful cards which have the perfect finish every time.
These sentiment dies and stamps are launching alongside Set 3 of the Embossing Folders but if you watch carefully you will see that there is something very special about them. I suspect the launch shows will be incredibly busy. I have added these folders to my basket and I will be back soon when I have had a play with them
Today I would like to transport you into the wonderful world of Helz Cuppleditch and the spring collection from Craft Consortium. I worked on these card samples during the really grey and windy days of winter, and the images immediately lifted my spirits, because they are full of signs of Spring.
This adorable collection was finally launched on Create and Craft on 20th March 2021 which coincidentally was the start of Spring. The best way to see this collection is to watch my video
I am HAPPY to be back with you and sharing a set of great new cutting dies from Lisa Horton Crafts which are due for release at the beginning of March 2021.
There are three different Layered Word Sets which include AMAZING, BIRTHDAY AND HAPPY. I made samples using the HAPPY set. Within the word happy there are in fact three layers so you can imagine how many different variations you can make with them. The birthday which looks stencilled is also a cutting die which you can use on its own. Alternatively layer it up onto the rectangle or use it to cut into the rectangle. On the card below I lined up the central happy repeatedly and cut into a piece of white card stock. Then I laid the rainbow papers behind and sandwiched them between the front and the back of the card.
In this card Happy uses the top and middle layers of dies. To make the background, I simply laid all the Doily dies around the piece of blue cardstock which I sent through the Big Shot in one pass before layering it up onto black glitter cardstock.
The Happy on this card uses all three of the layers of dies. Can you see how you can achieve different looks? I placed one of the smaller heart dies centrally in the circle die and cut it several times from white cardstock and glued them together. Next I placed the shape onto a circle of orange cardstock, added wet glue and carefully covered it with Mermaid Tails.
The next three cards show how you can use the dies to cut into patterned or stamped cardstock. You can also used the shaped nested dies to cut into and change the share of the base card.
This card uses the shaped dies in a different way again because I created an eclipsed type of effect with the x and o of the stitched alphabet dies to represent hugs and kisses before randomly adding some red hearts.
This final card was made in response to a design team challenge set by Lisa Robson. We had to make animals using the shaped dies. Can you see how I put together my Easter Chick?
It has been sometime since I was asked to make some samples for the team at The Hobby House. I was delighted when they asked me to work on their Spring Selection Box which launches on Create and Craft TV on Sunday 7th March 2021. This box set is really useful for Easter projects.
This is a really good value box. Over the weekend I managed to make over 30 projects as samples for the shows. These are a few of my favourite cards.
I also adapted the numerous boxes included in the box to make a few different gifts. In the time since I worked with The Hobby House my die cutting collection has grown and I enjoyed trying out some of my more up to date dies and stamps with these papers and embellishments.
To see the entire selection box (contents may vary) and the many samples I put together – take a look at my YouTube video
Today, I am back with a new Holly Hobbie collection from Kanban Crafts. The images in this set are a little more modern than the Authentic Blue collection that I so enjoyed working with last year. However you can still make really pretty cards to send to friends and family. This set would also work well for Mother’s Day.
As you can see the blue gingham backing paper makes a welcome comeback.
If you would like to see the complete collection plus more of my design team samples then take a look at my YouTube video. Within this video there are some additional video links which will show you how to make two of the cards in this pretty collection.
Until next time
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It is not everyday that you see your work in print, but it has happened to me this week, because Lisa Horton has released her first magazine boxset. I was handed the commission at the end of 2020 and it was a very exciting secret to have to keep. I did it though and now you all have the pleasure of being able to see the magazine in all its glory.
The magazine should be available to buy from local supermarkets and stationers. Alternatively you can buy your copy directly from Craft Stash https://tidd.ly/3clE3HY
You can see all of my cards within the magazine starting on page 10 but I thought I would share the instructions for one of my favourite cards using the papers in the magazine along with pastel mat enamel dots. Fingers crossed Lisa Horton will bring out her own range of these dots soon.
White 6”x6” card (15cmx15cm) 2 card pieces
Pink piece of card
From the magazine kit selection of flowers and leaves/ Pearl dots/ 1 patterned paper sheet (bold, bright, floral design)/ happy birthday topper
Lisa Horton Crafts – Nested Scalloped/Plain Circle Cutting dies – Scalloped 14cm (diameter) and 10.5cm (diameter) Plain – 12cm (diameter) and 8.5cm (diameter)
Die cut a base card using the 14cm Scalloped Circle cutting die. Score, crease and fold in half.
Die cut a patterned base card using the 12cm Plain Circle cutting die. Score, crease and fold in half. Adhere this to the white base card.
Die cut a white mat topper card using the 10.5cm Scalloped cutting die. Die cut a pink topper card using the 8.5cm Plain cutting die.
Use glue to stick the “happy birthday” topper to the pink circle base. For added dimension, use foam pads to stick the pink circle mat to the white topper base.
Next. Decide where you want the white topper to sit on the folded base card and mark a feint pencil line at the back of the topper card. Add foam tape below this marked line and stick the topper to the folded base card.
To decorate the card- mould and shape the paper flower/s before adding to the topper design.
Add an alternating pattern of Pearl Dots around the edge of the scalloped circle topper – leaving a space between each colour.
The response to this magazine has been phenomenal and I am delighted to have been a part of it along with Lisa Horton and my fellow design team members Natalia Smith, Tina Foster and Lisa Robson. I hope I will be asked to contribute to the next magazine and with any luck the editor spells my name with an “s” not a “z”.