Paris is always a good idea

Hello again.

I’ve been working my way through the Craftwork Cards paper pads, trying to bring myself to create cards again.

Here is my collection of feminine cards using the Decadence papers.

The text on the sentiments are gold foiled which means that you can ink them and change the colour.

On this card I trimmed down the corner section of the paper and matched it up to one of the toppers

I backed this topper with a tonic die that I cut from hot pink card which I then backed on black.

There are so many great toppers in this kit that you can afford to cut into them.

If you look at the corners of this card you will see that I took one embossed frame and quartered it. I then turned them around the other way to add a little dimension to the background.

Never waste a scrap of paper because you can use them to create a simple squared pattern.

Candi were unique to CWC and luckily I have enough to keep me going for many years to come.

Until next time.

Much love x Elisabeth x

Floral Bouquets

Hello again.

My half term treat to myself were two glorious Woodware stamps and some new Cosmic Shimmer embossing powders.

Scandinavian Spray and Pomegranate were designed by Jane Gill who is a very talented designer and demonstrator. To be honest I can’t imagine that you would create a bad card if you use these stamps as your starting point.

The first cards were created by smooshing ink onto a card first and then embossing the stamp over the top. With this card I experimented with a yellow Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder called Pastel Yellow. After heat embossing I then swiped Twisted Citron oxide ink over the top.

With this card I smooshed the background with various greens and embossed with a Cosmic Shimmer powder called Pastel Blue.

The following cards were heat embossed first and inked afterwards. A blending mat and sponges really do help to gently smooth the inks over the design. To complete the finish just buff the surface with some kitchen roll.

The pink version was created with oxide inks – Worn Lipstick and Wilted Violet over heat embossed Pastel Pink Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder.

The blue version was created with oxide inks – Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron over heat embossed True White Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder .

The yellow version was created with oxide inks – Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilised Amber and Wild Honey over a Pastel Peach Cosmic Shimmer Embossing Powder.

And the orange version was created with Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade and Candied Apple oxide inks over a True White Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder.

As you can see, you can ink first and then emboss or emboss first and then ink. Either way you can produce some pretty special cards.

Much love x Elisabeth x