Pixie Powders on Acetate with Lavish Leaves

Following on from Phill’s popular last post, here is another card made using Pixie Powders on Acetate.  This time we have used Phill’s Lavish Leaves Stamp Collection and Sue Wilson Classic Adorned Hexagon Dies.

All our sample cards have been made by crafters at our workshops.  I am sure you agree, they did a brilliant job.

It doesn’t matter what colour Pixie Powders you choose, they’re all gorgeous.  We just love this technique! 🙂

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This card is a DL Easel card made by cutting an 8×8 card blank in half.  All the Pixie Acetate pieces have been made from an A5 piece of Heat Resistant Acetate, meaning you get a lot of card for your products!

We have used the smaller hexagons from this stunning die set to create the focal point and little stopper.

TIPS

  • When you cut out the Pixie Acetate pieces make sure you stick the hexagon pieces right to the bottom of the A5 Acetate sheet.  This will ensure you have a good size strip for the bottom layer.
  • Don’t use too much glue when sticking down the Pixie Acetate pieces and only glue the edges.  It will grab the tissue paper quickly.

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Here is what we used on this card with links to the website…

Remember, we are more than happy for you to replicate our cards in your own style!

Happy Crafting!

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Pixie Powders, Acetate & Hexagons!

Hello Crafters

I’m a huge fan of Pixie Powders!

If you’ve met me at any craft shows or any of my workshops, you’ll know that (so far!) I’ve painted with them, added them to clear texture paste, misted with them, added them to my own colour pearl texture paste, made backgrounds with them, stamped with them, made die cut flowers fabulous with them and the list goes on!

Such an inexpensive product, but sooo many ways to use them!

My latest ‘fad’, is using them with acetate and tissue paper (thank to my mate Julia!), you know me,.. if I can find a ‘cleaner’ way to do things, then I will (so I did!)

Here is a little list of what I used (with links to my website, should you ‘need’ to treat yourself to any of the products)

This 8×8 card here is one of mine that we recreated at our November Craftathon last Sunday (huge thanks to everyone who made this such an amazing day!)

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This is soooooo easy to do! Here we go:

I’ll tell you how I did the pixie on acetate technique as you can see from the photo how I have layered the card and die cuts etc

  • Die cut a hexagon using the double stitched hexagon dies and the heat resistant acetate.
  • Lay the acetate hexagon face down on a blending mat (have you seen my new ones on the website yet??!) then drizzle some of the pva glue all over it, don’t absolutely cover the hexagon in glue though.
  • Mist the glue with water, then spread evenly over the acetate. (don’t worry if there are small gaps in the glue,.. it does tend to recede a little from the acetate)
  • Tap on plenty of pixie powder (I stayed with one colour on this card, but you can go to town if you like and add as many as you want) Again, the acetate does not have to be absolutely covered in pixie powder, but don’t be tight with it ha ha
  • Sprinkle on some glitter if you wish – I’ve found the Diamond Frost glitters work best for this, but you can use glitter jewels/glitterbits (just don’t use as much with the chunkier ones)
  • Lightly mist with water ahain to make sure there are no ‘chunks’ of pixie powder.
  • Scrunch up your tissue paper, unravel and place all over the glue/pixie’d side.

TOP TIP – Use an acrylic block to press and flatten the tissue paper into the acetate (not your hand!

  • Leave to dry – OK, as we are using heat resistant acetate, you can speed up the drying process with your heat tool, BUT I think it’s best to leave it to dry naturally (as long as your patience will allow) ha ha
  • Assemble your card as per the photo (or however you wish)

It’s a fab technique and, if I’m honest, if I was making this card for myself, with no workshop time constraints, I’d have done some of the poinsettias in acetate too 🙂

Have a play,.. use your fave colours,.. it’s not a specifically Christmas technique, it works on all styles/themes,.. have fun!

Happy Crafting!

Phill Signature 2

Snowflakes & Colour Cloud & Giveaway Card

Hello Crafters

I love colour cloud blending inks, have you tried them? The special ingredient (no idea what it is) that makes them so easy to apply just makes blending so effortless!

If you’ve ever struggled to get nice, soft blending with ink pads, then colour cloud is for you!

The card I’ve made here is using three of my own colours of colour cloud, Frosty Jade, Frosty Aqua and Decadent Denim… a perfect trio for snowflakey (is that a word??!! it should be!) cards.

If you’ve got to know me, you’ll know that I adore snowflakes as a Christmas ‘theme’, which is why I love my Christmas Snowflakes stamp collection… now, I’ll let you know now that we have very limited stock of these stamps so, if you ‘need’ them, be quick!

Here’s a photo of the card – it’s an 8×8, but would work on any size or shape perfectly.

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To create this card is so easy (even though it’s labour intensive, it’s worth it)

Here is a little list of what I used (with links to my website, should you ‘need’ to treat yourself to any of the products – remember, my stamps are very limited stock)

I used some Scotch removable tape (the one we use for positioning dies – it’s the best and does not leave any residue or tear your card!) to create a ‘mask’ in the centre of the card, this way I could ink over it and know that it won’t go onto the centre part of the topper.. (it’s all one piece, not a second white strip of card added after)

I then stamped and embossed a few random snowflakes with True White Detail Embossing Powder (it’s a proper white) as this enabled me to ink over them without changing the colour 🙂

I started using the Frosty Jade colour cloud first and I used my blending brushes rather than smoothies for this as it’s softer and more gradual…

Using the brushes, I applied the frosty jade side to side, above and below the tape, I then repeated this with Frosty Aqua (but only half way over the jade), I then finished with the Decadent Denim, very lightly, over all the inks (be sure not to be heavy with the last colour as we still want to see some of the colour underneath)

I then (with the tape still on) stamped some random snowflakes above and below the tape in Iced Spruce, Faded Jeans and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide (stronger, but tonally perfect colours for the colour clouds I used)

I then removed the tape (carefully!) which revealed the lovely white centre panel, which I stamped my Snowflake Border Sentiment into using the same three Distress Oxide pads.

I used the colour clouds to ‘ink the edges’ of the layers as you see on the photo..

Stick it all together, add a bit (I know, not really a ‘bit’!) and away you go! 🙂

It’s really up to you how you matt and layer, I like dimension, but have only ‘raised’ the centre panel on foam tape here..

Anyhoo, I hope you like this card,.. I loved making it! BUT….

I am going to give this card away!

Just leave me a comment on here and/or on my Facebook Page post which relates to this giveaway and I will choose a name randomly on Monday 13th (prob in the evening).. good luck!

Happy Crafting!

Phill Signature 2

 

Chocolate Baroque

Hello crafters!

Here is a card made using the beautiful Chocolate Baroque Stamps ‘Mackintosh Beauty’ coloured with Alcohol Pens and a Pixie Powder Background.  We have also used Phill’s Sentimentally Yours Butterfly Elegance Icons and Crackled Background Stamp and Sue Wilson Cascading Butterflies Die.

Stage 1 – Cut out all the Die Cut pieces and Card Layers needed for your card.

  • 15cm x 15cm – White Card Blank
  • Layer 1 – 14.5cm x 14.5cm – Coloured
  • Layer 2 – 14cm x 14cm – Pixie Powders
  • 4.5cm x 11.5cm – Coloured
  • 4cm x 11cm – White

Stage 2 – Stamp your image with Memento Inks.  Choose your Alcohol Pens for colouring your image.  Try to use darker and lighter shades of the same colour palette to create shading.  Cut out the image. Colour your Butterflies using the Alcohol Pens to co-ordinate with your image.

Image Stamp

Stage 3 – Use one of the Alcohol Pens to colour the edge of the card layers.  If your pens have a chisel tip this will be easier.

Stage 4 – Choose your Pixie Powder colours to co-ordinate with your scheme. On our sample card we have used Purple Violet and White Pearl.  Tap the Pixie Powders onto your card layer and spritz with water until they start to run slightly.  You can soften the intensity of Pixie Powders if you use kitchen roll to absorb the inks.  Allow to dry thoroughly.

Pixie Image

Stage 5 – Using Black Memento Ink stamp your images onto the Pixie Powder layer.

Stage 6 –  Layer up your card using foam tape where you wish and add glitter.

The Full Card

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Here’s what we used with links to our website…

Other card samples made using Chocolate Baroque Stamps

Remember, we are more than happy for you to replicate our cards in your style!

Happy Crafting!

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Butterfly Elegance – Timeless Elegance…

Hello Crafters

You know when you hear me say (all the time I know!) on TV that my stamp collections are ‘timeless’ and ‘won’t go out of fashion’,. well, I was just going through my photo albums on my computer (looks like I need another new one so I’m making sure everything is saved!), well I had a look through my Butterfly Elegance folder and was reminded of just how pretty these stamps are,..

Granted, they were only from summer last year (2016), but this card made me think, it’s still as lovely now as it was last year, so I wanted to show you… just in case you didn’t or haven’t seen the collection..

I remember making this card (which is a miracle as I generally make about 50 a month!) and thinking at the time how beautiful my Frosty Mink embossing powder was (still do!) 🙂

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There is a fair bit of embossing on this card!

Some of the daisies were double embossed (push the die cut flowers into perfect medium, then add the embossing powder, heat up and repeat – 2 layers are best)

The gorgeous, intricate Butterflies in the background are also embossed (in the usual way)

The embossing folder is also embossed (told you I liked the Frosty Mink embossing powder! ha ha), to do this, you just brayer perfect medium onto the raised side of the embossing folder, emboss in your machine, take the card out and add the embossing powder and heat,.. it will stick to where the perfect medium was applied (in the debossed side is best)

The ‘Mum’ die cut is also embossed in the same way as the daisies..

I love the classy look and feel of this card,..

To recreate this card, here is a little list of what I used (with links to my website, should you ‘need’ to treat yourself to any of the products)

I’m going to try and show you more of the colours from my Cosmic Shimmer collections over the coming weeks,.. it’s so easy to forget we have these coordinating products, but they are so fab to work with and make it so easy to have matching products in the same colour 🙂

Anyhoo, hope you like the card… have a go (it looks fab in any of the Frosty Colours – I’ve got a Frosty Jade card to show you soon!)

Happy Crafting!

Phill Signature 2

Background Stamps & Distress Oxide

Evening crafters!

Here is a card made at our regular card-making classes. All our featured cards are made by our lovely crafters.

This card was made using Phill’s A6 Rubber Background Stamps, Splatterlicious Sentiments or Baroque Sentiments. Each of our crafters chose a Distress Oxide Ink colour, perfect for blending and stamping! These also have the advantage of been able to add clear embossing powder over the top whilst still wet. Perfect for adding extra shine!

The dies used are Sues Twinkle Star Frame and gorgeous new Pinwheel Floral.

Stage 1 – Cut out all layers and die cuts needed.

  • Card Blank – 18cm x 15cm
  • Layer 1 – 17.5cm x 14.5cm
  • Layer 2 – 16.5cm x 13.3cm (To go underneath the Frame)
  • Twinkle Star Frame outer and smaller inner plain rectangle
  • Pinwheel Floral – All three lacy flowers and two full flowers. Also, Leaves
  • Banner – x 2 from Frame & Tags Pierced Flags

Stage 2 – Choose your Distress Oxide colour. (our main card uses Seedless Preserves) Using a smoothie colour the edges of the first layer about 1cm in and then blend in the next layer that sits under the Twinkle Star Frame about 2.5cm in.  Stick the white Twinkle Star Frame onto this layer. You can also colour in the full flowers from the Pinwheel Floral.

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Stage 3 – Choose an A6 Rubber Background Stamp for the smallest rectangle. (our main card uses the Leafy Background).  If you wish to add clear embossing powder to the ink make sure that the ink is really wet on the stamp and apply the powder quickly after stamping. Be careful not to overheat the powder.

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Stage 4 – Choose a sentiment stamp.  On our main card we have used the Baroque Border Sentiment Stamps and added clear embossing powder.

Stage 5 – Put together the layers on the card, using foam tape where you wish. Add the flowers and glitter where you wish.

The Full Card

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Here’s what we used with links to our website…

Other colour samples…

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We are always happy for you to replicate our cards in your own style.

Happy Crafting!

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Lavish Leaves – Tropical!

Hello Crafters!

I love my new Lavish Leaves collection of stamps so much and wanted to show you a few more cards over the coming days, before they are launched on TV.. mainly to give you some ideas on how myself and my design team have used them, but also to give you some inspiration 🙂

It’s so easy to think, leaves, yeah OK, gorgeous stamps (obviously 😉 and lots of Autumn cards, BUT I specifically wanted these stamps to be used all year round,.. we have leaves in all the season’s (even if there are less sometimes!) ha ha

To recreate this card, here is a little list of what I used (with links to my website, should you ‘need’ to treat yourself to any of the products.)

Soooo, with tropical/spring/summer in mind,.. take a look at this little beauty!

I adore this card!!!!

It’s quite a simple card, (still almost 8×8 though!), but the pleasure (and time) is in the stamping,.. using all those pretty leaf stamps in the flourishes, corners & icons set…

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Now, this will be one of my demo’s on my shows on Hochanda next Monday/Tuesday and I am going to give the card away that I make on air… I’ll sign it and I’ll get whoever the presenter is for that show to sign it too 🙂

Leave a comment (and make sure you’re following this new Blog) and I will choose a name randomly from the comments list next Wednesday 🙂

There will be some special giveaways over on my shop’s Facebook page so please make sure you have liked my Honeypot Crafts Facebook Page and keep an eye on the page Monday evening and Tuesday 😉

What do you think? Do you like the card in brighter colours? I love it, makes me think of sunshine and holidays! ha ha

Off to mash a cuppa!

Happy Crafting!

Phill Signature 2

New Lavish Leaves – Sneaky Peeks!

Hello Crafters!

It’s Sunday afternoon, I’ve just mashed a cuppa, so thought I’d share a few sneaky peeks of sample cards made with my new Lavish Leaves Collection of stamps 🙂

I can’t begin to tell you how much of a ‘labour of love’ these stamps were,.. the detail in them is simply incredible (even if I say so myself ha ha), I’ve really pushed the boundaries of what a photopolmer stamp can do! You only need look at the leaves, particularly in the flourishes and sentiments, to see what I mean…

I’ll be launching these stamps on Hochanda on October 30th at 6pm with a One Day Special, but you can get them now on my website with a time limited 20% off the RRP as a special introductory offer (here’s a quick link – Lavish Leaves Collection)

This is the first time that I have ever done mix and match sentiments too 🙂 You can now create your own phrases using the individual sentiment stamps and both sets work so well together! I thought it would make a nice change instead of being restricted to the phrases I put together,.. more choice, more ways to use them! (what do you think?)

*Top Tip* These stamps look amazing in autumnal colours and spring colours!! (leaves aren’t just for autumn ha ha

There will be some giveaways over on my Honeypot Crafts and Sentimentally Yours Facebook pages during my One Day Special Shows so please make sure you have ‘liked’ both of these pages to be in with a chance to win 🙂

Anyhoo, here’s a little slideshow of some of the sample cards that have been made with these beautiful stamps,.. to give you a little inspiration… 🙂

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Hope you like them 🙂

Happy Crafting!

Phill Signature 2

Stained Glass Xmas Card

Good evening!

Here is a Christmas card made at our regular card classes. Our main card has been made with Gunmetal Foundations Card, but we have included other samples made with Rich Red, Merlot and Dark Navy.

This card is made using the Stained Glass Poinsettia Die, Poinsettia Additions Die, Holly Swirl Die, Pine Cone & Greenery Die, Poinsettia Trellis Embossing Folder, Phills Sentimentally Yours Rambling Branch background stamp and Diamond Frost Fine Glitter.  It’s a stunner and so simple to do!

Stage 1 – cut out all the die cut shapes and card layers needed.  Emboss a piece of white card with the Poinsettia Trellis embossing folder.

  • Card Blank – 18cm x 21cm
  • Layer 1 – 17.5cm x 20.5cm (coloured card)
  • Layer 2 – 16.5cm x 19.5cm (white card embossed)
  • Layer 3 – 14.cm x 17.5cm (coloured card stamped with white embossing powder)
  • Layer 4 – 9.5cm x 12.5cm (white card)
  • Layer 5 – Stained Glass Die in white card  over coloured card

Stage 2 – glue the stained Glass Die Cut onto a piece of coloured card and cut off excess.  Using a quickie glue pen colour in small sections at a time fully and then sprinkle over the Diamond Frost Glitter.  Set aside to dry completely.

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Stage 3 – use an anti-static dust bag and wipe over the coloured card layer.  Using perfect medium ink up the edge of rambling branch background stamp and work around your piece of card. Heat with heat gun

Stage 4 – Assemble your layers using foam tape where you wish to add dimension.

Stage 5 – shape and add your Poinsettia flowers and other die cuts.  Add some Diamond Frost glitter if you wish. We have used Vintage Berry PVA glue in the centre of the Poinsettias on the Stained Glass section.

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The Full Card

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Here is what we used with links to our website…..

Other colour samples…

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We are always happy for you to replicate our cards in your own style.

Happy Crafting!

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Paper Fold Card

Good evening lovely crafters!

This is my first post on our new Blog site and I have to say it’s so much nicer to use! 🙂

Here is a card made a few weeks ago at our regular craft classes.  We’ve had a lot of requests for the instructions for this one, so I hope you all enjoy making this card.

This card was made using Phills Sentimentally Yours Paper Pads and Chalkboard Stamp Collection.  We have also used Sue Wilson Dies; Orange Blossom Petals and Orange Blossom Leaves, Madeleine and various distress oxides ink colours.

Stage 1 – Cut out all the layers and die cut shapes needed for your card.

  • Card Blank – 19cm x 19cm
  • Layer 1 – 18.5cm x 18.5cm (coloured with ink)
  • Layer 2 – 18cm x 18cm – embossed with your choice of embossing folder
  • Layer 4  – 18cm x 4cm (coloured with ink)
  • Layer 5 – 18cm x 3.5cm – embossed with your choice of embossing folder

Stage 2 – Create your paper fold pieces using x2 sheets of the same paper pattern from one of the 8×8 Paper Pads.  Don’t forget to glue down the folds as this makes it easier to stick the paper to the card after.

To make the instructions easier to follow I have attached a file that you can download and keep in your crafty stash!

Paper Fold Card Instructions

Step 3 – Choose a coordinating Distress Oxide ink pad and, using a smoothie, colour the edges of the first layer and strip and also the plain part of the madeleine die.   You can also colour some of your flowers if you wish.

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Stage 5 – Choose a sentiment for your topper.  You can use the same colour from your layers or the Black Soot Distress Oxide.  Some of our lovely crafters did a banner instead of the circle topper which looks just as fab!

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Stage 6 – Assemble your card layers, using foam tape where you wish to add dimension. Shape your flowers and arrange.

Stage 7 – Add some bling if you wish.  Here our crafter has used Crystal Chips Glitter Jewels.

The Full Card

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Here is what we used with links to our website…..

A sample of other colours all made by crafters in our workshops!

We are always happy for you to replicate our cards in your own style.

Happy Crafting!

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