More Artist Trading Cards

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Sunday, 09 October 2011

Earlier in the year, I show cased some Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s) and I have some more to show this week.
The first are themed “birthdays with balloons”
Artists are L) to R) Rhonda Fawcett, Lisa Bullock, Bev Poultney, Narelle Hoggard, Vicky-Lee Mueller and Sharna Russell
Sharna’s card in the bottom right corner had a surprise inside when you opened it up.


This second set of ATC’s has a masculine theme.
Artists are L) to R) Rhonda Fawcett, Bev Poultney, CarolMcCready, Lisa Bullock and Katrina Bongers.


 Artists are (top to bottom) Nikki Spicer, Sharna Russell and Narelle Hoggard.

 NB Not all ATC's feature images and products from Stampin' Up!


Wet Wipe Technique

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Thursday, 29 September 2011

Brown Butterflies
Here is another two cards to show off the wet wipe technique that I talked about in my last post.
First is the Brown Butterflies card using the 'Every Moments' stamp set. To make this card, I swiped the glossy circle with my inked wetwipe, then stamped the images and lastly used the Stampin' Markers to colour the images in. The scallop edging around the circle was taught to us at the National Training day and uses one long strip of cardstock that has been punched with the scallop border punch. Frequent snips are made with scissors along this strip so that it can be curved.It is adhered to the back of the circle a few scallops at a time. You almost have to pleat it as you go.

Totally Tools
This is another favourite stamp set of mine. This time the wet wipe technique is used to just provide a subtle background border for the main focus of the card, which is the three squares of tools.



At the beach

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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Last week I talked about starting my on Christmas cards, well to me Christmas is synonymous with the beach, so this week I am showing some beach inspired cards.
Surf's Up: Do you like my surf's up card copied from page 61 of the new catalogue. I have made three small changes only. Can you spot what is different?

Seagull: I decided to make this card after I heard that someone had used the bird punch to make a seagull. I chose to add a bit of colour to my bird and was very happy with the result. The bird punch also makes great tui's and parrots and Christmas Cardinals. So versatile!

Sailboat: This card shows the wetwipe technique (which is also on the surfs up card).This technique uses reinkers on a folded wet wipe which is then dragged across glossy white card to leave a nice smear of colour. The sailboat is stamped over the top of this swiped background. Quick and easy and it gives a really nice effect.

When I showed this card to my husband, he said he didn't like it! :( But only because I used a seaworthty stamp again. So my challenge for next week is to make some more cards using the wet wipes technique but NOT a stamp from the seaworthy stamp set!
Check in next week to see what I come up with...
from Rhonda



Step cards

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Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Side Step Card
Well it's that time of year when I start to think about making Christmas cards. I came across this side step one that I made last year. It is a "partridge in a pear tree". The pear and branch stamp are from the now discontinued cheep talk stamp set. The greeting is printed from my computer. I do like the bird stamp though and decided to make another step card, using the same bird.

Centre Step Card
So here is my latest card, it is a centre step and uses the stamps from curly cute (happy birthday) and autumn days.
The leaf is a Stampin' Up! die cut that has been sponged and daubered. Some of you may have seen the father's day card  I made using a few of these leaves and also some punch art acorns.

Another centre step card
This one uses the Cute as a Cupcake stamp set, the little cupcake from the short and sweet stamp set and the wide striped grosgrain ribbon. Also the new in-colour from Stampin' Up! - Lucky Limeade.
Do you like it? It is one of five new colours that came out this month.

From Rhonda


For the Ladies

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Tuesday, 06 September 2011

Rock Chick
This card was made with the music notes wheel, grunge rock stamp set and the two step bird punch.

Iris Folding
This is my first attempt at iris folding and was taught to me by the talented Bev Poultney. It was easier to do than I expected but that may have been due to the good teacher, aye Bev! All the ladies in our group that made this card agreed that this technique was fun and therapeutic. Leave me a comment if you will like to see this technique taught in one of my classes.

Gift Box
I had one of my customers ask me to design her a gift box that she could use to put in a selection of cards to give as a gift to her mother. This is what I came up with. It holds between 20 to 25 cards and envelopes, depending on how much embellishments are used on the cards. (ie how thick the cards are)

The lid is made from one sheet of A4 card and the base is made from one sheet of 12 x 12 card. It is stamped with stamps from the popular vintage vogue stamp set and the design was inspired by Shona Edmonds. Both Bev and Shona are demos on my team. 




Light me up

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Friday, 15 July 2011

This Luminaire has a battery operated tea light inside. When the light is turned on, it flickers and glows through the 'windows' just as a real candle would do. The window images are stamped onto vellum with staz on ink.
The bands of glitter around the top and bottom of the box are created by sprinkling dazzling diamonds over the exposed sticky strip tape. Very simple really but effective!

Rose Lamp
This lamp is made from a wine glass which holds a battery candle and then the cover sits nicely over the glass. The cover is made from vellum and has the diecuts from the Rose Wonder Stamp set glued on and then coloured with marker pens.



Vintage look

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Friday, 03 June 2011

Vintage Style Cards from the Archives:
Here are some cards from 2011 onwards that I have featured in past blog posts:
If you are interested in some of the techniques I used to make the clock card below, scroll to the end of the post to read more.

The Clock Card was for a sketch challenge featuring a big circle. I put a lot of layers on it, to achieve the look I wanted. The clock image is done using a technique called faux linen. The base is glossy white card which has been stamped with background images, then sanded both horizontally and vertically. It is lightly sponged with pink pirouette ink and once again sanded. The finished look is more matte than glossy but with a depth and richness to it that normal white or cream card doesn't have. I have also used the platium shimmer paint all over the card. Some of the paint has been stamped on, some sprayed on and some sponged on. Sorry this is hard to see in the photos.




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