Sunday, 18 August 2019

Awesome, Beautiful Sunshine & Stars

Hi today I want to share some cards I made featuring fabulous die cuts & stamps from Paper Rose.
I wanted to use up some of the many left over background papers in my stash.


These were made in a previous creative session using my gel press plate
 with Dina Wakley heavy body acrylic paints & these mixed media stamp sets.
All these papers measure 6 x 6 inches to make the full card front of my cards.


For this card I die cut the Native Birds Border die down the centre of the background.
The Layered Beautiful die & the infill card set were simply cut out 
of textured gum green cardstock & yellow gel printed paper scraps.  
I added another shadow layer in black to help it stand out from the background.


The sentiments are from the Beautiful Words stamp set. 
Stamped with Black Archival ink & clear heat embossed.


This bright cheerful card features the Gum Leaf Border die & the



Once again I have featured the Native Birds die.  This time with a black background.
The sentiment is from the Scribble Stars stamp set.



Finally another colourful card featuring the Gum Leaf Border die again.
The sentiment combines the Layered Awesome die & the Awesome Words stamp set.


Hope this gives you some inspiration to use diecuts to feature the 
beautiful arty backgrounds that you create.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Wanderlust Layout

Today I want to share a double layout with a Vintage Travel theme
featuring chipboard titles from Scrap FX.


The focal point on these layouts are copies of original postcards from a private collection.
I scanned & printed them with my ink jet printer onto heavy card stock.
I sealed both sides of each card with Judikins Microglaze to protect the ink.

They hint at a pretty cool story about a brave & adventurous woman,
Auntie Ria (Victoria) who left Australia from Fremantle, WA on the ship shown below.


The other postcard shows she had reached Colombo, Ceylon.
I would have loved to have read her full letters sent home,
but unfortunately do not have those.


I continued the Indian theme through to the other page with Elephant stamps from Graphic 45,
real Sari cloth strips, gold & jewels.


The 12 x 12 papers used here are cotton rag paper which is very textured.
I used acrylic paints and my gel press plate to add layers of colour to the background.
Birgit Koopsen's new range of India inspired texture plates from Carabelle studios
made a soft pattern over the textured paper.


The Moroccan tile stencil brings out the blue in the exotic girls clothing & ties the pages together.
This image is another original postcard from that era.


The Vintage map includes both Australia & Ceylon.


The Journey & Wanderlust chipboard titles are painted with Turquoise Art Alchemy paint.




I am sure she had a grand adventure.
Her handwritten postcards are so inspiring even 115 years on!


Thanks for taking the time to read.  Cheers for now   Deb

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Wedding or Anniversary Cards for Paper Rose

Today I am sharing some cards suitable for a Wedding or Anniversary 
featuring the fabulous Layered Mr. & Mrs. die cuts from Paper Rose.


I have really varied the styles of these cards.
From Classy to Country to Shabby Chic!


The combination of beautiful Webster's Pages paper with classic black for the title, diamantes & background 
with an ornate fabric trim makes a very classy simple to make card.


Close ups of the die cut.  Love how you use 3 layers for the ampersand.



This card has a totally different vibe.  
I call it Shabby Chic because of the distressed background 
I created using the Moroccan Lattice stencil with Acrylic paints on my gel press plate.


I combined gold & silver card stock for my layered title.  I had a happy accident 
when I tried to wipe away some spilled glue from the die cut with an alcohol swab.  
It removed some of the gold from the top layer of the die cut.
I remedied this by lightly rubbing Vintage gold Art Alchemy wax 
over the surface with my finger.
This gave a crazed weathered look which inspired the design of this card.


I distressed the edges of the papers with a Prima distress tool 
then swiped with Tarnished brass Distress Stain.
I also swiped the edges with a clear embossing dabber then heat embossed with a combination of clear, gold & pewter UTEE which gave a textured, crusty edge.


The metallic paper colours vary according to the light and reflection.
The bouquet is made from Tim Holtz flowers, coloured with touches of Gold 
as well as Tumbled Glass distress ink.


Close up of the details.


This card combines both classic & country styling with the combination of products used.


Paper doilies over this textured background combined with silver sequins
& washi tape layers.


Bold contrast with silver & black cardstock used for the title die cut.


This die cut is so effective & cuts so cleanly. 
I can think of so many uses for it.
If you knew the wedding colours of the recipient, an easy & spectacular card
would be so easy to create.
I hope the variety of these cards has given you some inspiration.
Cheers for now,
Deb Adams

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Saturday, 27 July 2019

'Almost Spring' Chicken Cards

Hi there,
Today I am sharing some fun Country Themed cards featuring 
the new release Hey Chick Stamp & die set from Paper Rose.


The design of this first card was made in a Folk Art style, 
using hearts, faux stitching & symmetry with the placement of the diecuts. 
White heat embossing of the chickens & eggs gives quite a different effect.
The colouring of the images was done with Distress Inks & a fine tip waterbrush.
I thought the paper I used was watercolour paper but turned out it wasn't!
I could tell as the ink colours would not flow on the paper. This gave quite a streaky effect.  
I decided to continue on as the effect quite suited the colouring of the chickens.
The stamp set contains some cute small sentiments I used on the fronts of these cards.
I wanted something appropriate for inside the cards so wrote these myself to suit each card
on the computer & printed them out on thick cardstock.
Other Paper Rose diecuts used above were from the Nesting stitched hearts die, 
the Layered Happy Birthday die, & the Leaf 1 & 2 diecuts.


This next card also features a trimmed version of the Tudor Arch Window die 
run through a wood grain embossing folder & turned side on to make a nesting box. 
The cross hatch is from the Stitched rectangle frame die cut out of vellum.
The leaf images are from the Ella's Garden Roses stamp & die set
& the nest is the Leaf 2 die.


Such a True sentiment below!


This next card is just so fun! I love the chooks racing for the prize!
I kept this left over gold sprayed background with the Stars & Bannners die cut
that I had used on a previous card.  
The slots & the Tails up angle of the chooks gives the impression of a race.



For this final card I have used lots of diecut elements.
The lattice background is from the Stitched rectangle frame die.
The Ellas's Garden Roses was stamped both in black & Versamark on water colour paper 
then white & clear heat embossed before watercolouring & layering on the card. 
The Scribble Hearts die & the Nesting Stitched Hearts die
are cut from different kraft cardstocks.
Layering with crackle & gingham cardstock & faux stitched edging
add to the country theme.




Here are some close ups where you can see the streakiness of the colouring.
I think it adds to the naive country theme of these cards.
I hope you think so too, & are inspired to create some fun cards.  


Cheers for now,    Deb xx

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Cards to warm up your Winter's Day

Hi All,
Today I am sharing some red hot cards to warm up your cold Winter's Day.
I have used some bright colours of alcohol ink & alcohol ink pearls
to make some pretty cool (I mean 'HOT') backgrounds.
Teamed with die cuts & stamping using Paper Rose products
& Gold cardstock.




This first background was created using Alcohol ink with my gel press 
through the new Moroccan Tile Stencil.
The Moroccan square die cut from gold cardstock overlays the patterned background.
More gold used in the Layered Hello sentiment die.  The stamped sentiment
 from the Hello stamp set in Versamark ink & brushed with Perfect Pearl Powder
as an alternative to gold heat embossing.



For this card I had made an alcohol ink background on Yupo paper that had great contrasting colours.
I layered the Ella's Garden Collection die #17985 cut from gold cardstock 
 over the top & placed a few coloured diamantes.  
The Layered Create die in gold & white cardstock matched with a sentiment 
from the 'Beautiful' stamp set, white heat embossed.
Mounted on a yellow alcohol inked card & raised on red fun foam, 
with the base card edged with gold washi tape.



 For this card I die cut a bright swirly background of alcohol ink on Yupo paper 
using the Sunray Background die with a lot of gold alcohol ink in the mix.
It looks brown in most of the photos but in real life it is really glowing gold.
One of the photos below captures this better.
For the underlay of the suns rays I used another alcohol inked paper
that I ran through a swirly embossing folder & then lightly rubbed 
over the surface with finnabair gold wax to highlight the texture.
The Hello sentiment was triple layered with white, gold & alcohol inked cardstock.
The Hello stamp set was used for the sentiment.
Stamped with Versamark ink then rubbed lightly with Gold Perfect Pearls powder.
Amber dots scattered to finish.
Mounted on a card that I coloured the edge with Tarnished Brass Distress Stain.
This is an easy way to give a touch of gold to cardstock when needed.


Hope these cards have brightened up your Winter's Day too, 
& given you some ideas how to incorporate gold in various ways to your card making.
Cheers for now,
Deb xx