Wednesday 17 April 2019

Paper Rose Cards featuring Sunray Background Die

Hi There,
Today I want to share these cards I have made featuring the Sunray Background die from Paper Rose.

I think this card is quite stunning made from cardstock 
coloured with acrylic paints, stamps & stencils on my Gel Press plate.
The Sunray Background die #17568 has been cut from watercolour cardstock 
spritzed with tiny splatters of various colours of paint to match with the background.

The shadow die cut is cut from Tim Holtz kraft core shattered cardstock.
Happy Birthday to you Layered die #17631
& more contrasting papers from gel printing.

The Scalloped edge square die piece of the Sunray Background was used for the next card.

More gel printed backgrounds used.
The black bird silhouette is from the Lots of Birds die set #17748
sitting on a branch stamped in black archival ink from the Christmas Poinsettia stamp set #17790
The Layered sentiment diecuts are interchangeable, all matching each other.

#17448 Happy Layered die.
Day trimmed from Happy Birthday Layered die #16874

This time the Sunray Background die & the Lots of Bird dies were cut out from Kraft cardstock.

A border was left on the bottom to stamp & white heat emboss
the sentiment from the Poppies Clear stamp set #17496

Hope you enjoy these cards.
You can see that really special cards can be made using simple silhouette die cuts
when combined with vibrant coloured & textured papers.

Cheers for now
Deb Adams 

Blooming Flowers Background Cards for Paper Rose

Hi All
Today I want to share three cards I have designed featuring the 
Blooming Flowers Background die from Paper Rose.

It is really a gorgeous die cut which can look very different depending on how you use it.

For this first card I die cut a bright gelli printed background 
made using acrylic paints & Distress oxide inks. 
Stamped with the Mixed Media stamp sets from Paper Rose.
I elevated the die cut on a piece of fun foam on the card front.
 It is backed with some teal blue cardstock.
 The sentiment is from the Beautiful Mandala stamp set.

For this next card I die cut the Blooming Flowers twice from pre coloured cardstock.
I had used pink mica spray to colour my cardstock & then splattered with various other colours.

I trimmed off the border edge of the die so the foliage pieces form the edges.
The result looks like a complete flower in the centre.

I attached these two halves with matte medium just in the central areas so the edges lift off the page.
The background card base was made by splattering a sheet of heavy watercolour paper 
with warm coloured distress inks.  Yellow through to Red tones.
The Congratulations Layered diecut covered the joining of the two diecut pieces.

My final card was made as a pop up card for Mother's Day.
The front of the card features the Blooming Flowers Background die
 angled over the largest Banner 2 diecut cut from textured card.

Gelli printed card was used for the diecut then heat embossed 
with Geranium Coral Blush embossing powder from Lindys Stamp Gang.
The varied colours of the background show through the embossing.

The Large Dainty Butterfly die was used repeatedly on the cover & inside of the card
repeating the various choices of cardstock used & embossing on the card.

The Madison Lace die added extra detail to the inside of the card.
The Vintage Letter stamp was used to add subtle texture to the inside of the card.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post.
Hope this gives you some ideas to use your die cuts in different ways.

Cheers  Deb Adams xx

Sunday 14 April 2019


When I saw this Moon face stencil from Scrap FX
I knew I had to feature it with this funny photo of my husband.
It  cracks me up just remembering that day.
The whole family laughed so hard.

Jill Wheeler sends such nice thick A4 chipboard packaging with our goodies from Scrap FX.
I had to use one as a base for this creation once I laid down a coat of white gesso.
I sprayed the background with watery drips of Distress oxide, Fired Brick, 
Fossilized Amber & Iced Spruce.
I lightened the background with Antique Linen & the  Lineage Stamp.
Texture was then applied by inking embossing folders
 & stamping with these over the surface.
Geometric stencil & Code background stamp created more layers with 
Pumice stone, Seedless preserves & Chipped sapphire Distress oxide inks.

The Moonface stencil was applied with Black soot, Seedless Preserves & 
Chipped Sapphire distress oxide inks.

Splatters of water added a blended oxidized effect.

The molecules transparency repeated these patterns from the background.
Brushed Pewter distress stain was applied to the chipboard pieces, 
'Outta this world' & 'Molecules'.

Splatters of silver & black inks.   
The sentiment printed from my computer 
as well as some handwriting
complete this piece.

Hope it brings a smile to your 'moon face' too!
Cheers   Deb

Saturday 6 April 2019

Own Kind of Beautiful Retro Tag

This Retro Style Tag came together from a happy accident.

 I cut the oversized tag from recycled thick white card 
following the dimensions of a size 10 tag in my stash. 
But made this one larger.  Measuring 12 cm x 23 cm

I gave the tag two coats of white gesso to basecoat,
followed by a layer of yellow acrylic paint 50:50 mixed with water.
It was so bright I immediately rubbed the surface back with a moist baby wipe
to soften the effect rubbing most of the colour away.
Light modelling paste was applied through a Tim Holtz Bubble stencil 
randomly in three places.

I then lightly rubbed the surface with Distress Paint Dabbers in
Peeled Paint, Weathered Wood, & Vintage Photo.
 concentrating mostly over the stencilled areas.

Distress Crayons were also applied & blended 
with a moist finger tip to add more shadow & dimension.
Colours used were Stormy Sky, Iced Spruce, Vintage Photo & Peacock Feathers.

I then experimented with the arrangement of various Paper Rose diecuts, 
stamps & the focal point for my design.

Random stamping with the same Mixed media stamp set & Vintage Letter Stamp set 
using Cobalt & Vintage Sepia Archival Inks gave more texture to the background.

The Circles and Rings I had previously punched from watercolour paper 
coloured with Mermaid Lagoon & Wild Honey Distress Spray/Oxide inks 
& white heat embossed using the Mixed Media & Vintage Letter Stamps sets.

The rest of the layers came together from Paper Rose Die Cut pieces in my stash like the 
Madison Lace die used on the bottom, the Leaf 1 & Layered Circlet 1 dies.

The sentiment stamp is from the Beautiful Mandala stamp set using Black Archival Ink,
 & the 'happy' is from the Poppies stamp set.

Love this Tim Holtz Photo Booth picture.
Retro horn rim glasses remind me of the 60's.
I tore a Tim Holtz Sizzix film strip die cut into pieces to frame the photo.
Layers blended by shading with Aquarelle pencil & waterbrush
as well as more Peacock Feathers Distress Crayon.

White Ink Splatters & a black eyelet inserted to complete this tag. 
This tag makes me smile as it reminds me of my MUM
& photos of her in this era.

Hope you enjoy my take on a Retro Tag too.
Cheers for now,   Deb