Wednesday 30 July 2014

A summer scene

You would think that using a scenic or purposed backing paper would be the easiest thing in the world when making a card, wouldn’t you? Not for me! I look at the scene and usually don’t want to cover it with anything at all. Finding a way to use the paper and maintain the integrity of the scene is something that I often struggle to do. I’m wondering whether anyone else out there has the same problem? If you do, this post is for you…


I started with a scallop-edged 8” x 8” card blank and cut 2 mats for the base. The backing paper has been cut from a 12” x 12” scrapbooking paper, whichever way it was cut it formed a scene all over. I’ve given it a light edging with Brushed corduroy DI:
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Mat and layered (but I don't want to cover any of it, lol!):

This photo’ from Tim’s ‘Found relatives’ set was ideal for this card. I distressed the edges with a scalpel and inked it with the DI. Next I set about collecting the other things I wanted to include as embellishments:
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White lace has been laid over a blue patterned washii tape. To add interest and focus to the photo I added some greyboard cut with the Honeycomb Frameworks die painted with Ice blue Fresco:
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A few tags back, Tim used the debris from Frameworks dies as in-fills – that’s what I’ve done here to cover the left edge of the photo. This beautiful Spellbinders D-Lites anchor has been cut from matte gold card with actual tiny seashells stuck around it that Brenda brought back from the seaside for me:

Spellbinders flourish dies have been cut from plain black card as a feature for the stamped message tag:
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These ‘birds’ are more debris from another die and the gulls in the bottom left corner are an epoxy sticker embellishment from an old scrapping collection:
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Top right, bottom right, bottom left and centre:
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Thanks for stopping by today, have a great week!

Chris xxx

Monday 28 July 2014

What if? A tag for today's project.

Hi Everyone it's Brenda here with you today and I have a tag today for you using some stamps and paper from Tim Holtz.
I began with a mop-up tag from my box. I always use up inks and paints left on my craft mat and this gives me some great starting points for projects – like this one today. I honestly can’t tell you what the colours are, but this fitted perfectly with the colour paper I had chosen to use.
The paper is from the wallflower stash, I cut and tore it to size and then added some stencilling and stamping to provide more interest.
I stamped some other things and gathered all my bits together having a good idea of the composition in my head.
However when I start putting things together I often make changes and this time was no different. Can you spot the big change I made?
I also added some chit-chat stickers, a stamped question mark and the bow and cash key.
The stencil challenge is almost at an end, you have a couple of days to get your entry in if you haven’t already. There are some fabulous entries, do pop over and take a look if you can.

Take care and thanks for joining me today.

hugs Brenda xx