“And so the spring buds burst, and so I gaze, And so the blossoms fall, and so my days”
Cherry Blossoms really do herald the start of Spring. Usually they burst into life around Easter time and my sister’s birthday. They remind us of lighter evenings and brighter days ahead. What a joy it was for me to create with the new Edgecutz stamps and dies from Lisa Horton Crafts. Here are my Cherry Blossom cards in all their springtime glory….
I began by heat embossing the beautiful focal stamp and cutting out the complete image. To colour – I laid down a pale pink base using Koh-i-Noor Polycolour Pencils and blending the colour out. Then I added Zig Waterbrush Pinks to my Mixed Media Mat and applied to the centre of the blooms with a waterbrush pen. Finally I added a pale grey shadow to one side of the branch and laid the finished piece onto a light grey stencilled background.
Pink Smudges of Ink
This time I used pink embossing powder to heat emboss the image. Then I used brown and green pencils to define the branches and the leaves. I found it easier to work this way round.
To colour the blossoms I used a small finger dauber and gently added a circle of Kitsch Flamingo Oxide Ink directly to the centre. The blooms were laid onto an In the Garden 3D Embossed piece of pink cardstock.
Here is where the Edgecutz die comes into it.
Not only can you cut around the entire Cherry blossom branch you can use one of the edges to cut away an outline or use to layer up the card. The pale pink background has been created using the Alstroemeria 3D Embossing Folder.
This time I coloured the blossoms with two shades of pink Zig watercolour inks. They were a bit too strong so I toned down the colour with a white gel pen before defining the stamens with Yellow Tonic Nuvo Drops.
Cherry Blossoms can take on another look when you use other colours. I defined the branches and the leaves as above. Then added colour using a weak solution of oxide ink and water with my brush. When the blooms had completely dried I added another layer of colour with the Koh-i-Noor Polycolour pencils. Each branch was laid upon a Honeycombe Slimline Frame over an embossed In the Garden card which had also been coloured.
Just one blossom
Along with the main stamp and die there is a single blossom and die. To make a clean and simple card. Stamp and die three blooms in black ink. Then colour the centre with a wisp of apricot. Then layer up onto a plain circular frame.
Did you notice that several of these cards had more than my traditional three sequins? I felt the pretty designs warranted it. This pretty set launches on Create and Craft on Friday 23rd April at 9am and 3.45pm. After two weeks exclusivity you will be able to buy it directly from Lisa Horton Crafts at That Craft Place.
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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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