Silhouette Scene A5

Hello crafters,

Here is a card we made before our Xmas break in our regular craft classes.

It uses Phill’s DL Silhouette Stamps with Distress Oxides to create a stunning scene card. We have also used the Essential Banner and Flag Sentiments.

The Full Card


Stage 1 – cut out all the layers needed as follows:

  • Base Card – A5
  • Layer 1 – 20.5 x 14.3cm (inked)
  • Layer 2 – 20 x 13.8cm (Embossed)
  • Layer 3 – 19 x 8.5cm (Image)
  • Strip for Banner

Stage 2 – choose 3 or 4 co-ordinating Distress Oxide Inks to create the scene layer. On our sample card we have used Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky, Evergreen Bough and Peacock Feathers.

Starting with the lightest colour at the bottom ink bands of colour across the card ensuring you blend the colours into each other.

TIP – when you have created your bands of colour use the lighter colour below to blend into the darker colour above.  Always apply the colour lightly to start with.

Stage 3 – Ink the strip for the banner using the same inks, but work fro the centre out

Stage 4 – Tear a piece of card or paper into peaks randomly to create the mountain template. Place the template over the card and use one of the darker colours to create the mountains. We used the Stormy Sky and a little Ground Espresso for the peaks.

Stage 5 -Choose a DL Silhouette Image and darker Distress Oxide. On our sample card we have used Ground Espresso and then used detail clear embossing powder

Stage 6 -Choose one of the banner stamps and sentiment stamps to create the words.  Cut this out and shape slightly and the ends.

Stage 7 – if you wish you can cut the scene layer into 3 or 4 sections as per our sample card.

Stage 8 – assemble the layers and add glitter where you wish

Other Samples…

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Hexagon Silhouette Card

Hello Crafters!

Here’s another card made by crafters at our regular workshops.

This card uses Phill’s DL Silhouette Stamps, Cosmic Shimmer Ink Misters, Pearl Lustre embossing Powder and Mica Powders. We have used the Circle aperture stencils to create the image.

Our main sample card is Decadent Bamboo and the Dandelion Daydreams Stamp.

(Made by Sue)


Stage 1 – cut out all the layers and die cut shapes as below:

  • Base Card – 21cm x 21cm
  • Layer 1 – 20.5cm x 20.5cm (Misted)
  • Layer 2 – 20cm x 20cm (Embossed)

Die Cuts:

  • Double Stitched Hexagons to create Wide and Thin frames. (The off cut from the thin frame is used for the image)
  • Orange Blossom Complete Petals
  • Various Leaf Die

Stage 2 – Choose your aperture stencil set for the main image and position the full part over the appropriate hexagon layer. (stick down with scotch tape on the back).  Use an anti-static dust bag to wipe over the card  as this stops the embossing powder sticking.  Apply Perfect Medium to your stamp quite heavily and stamp your image through the aperture. Apply the Pearl Lustre Embossing Embossing Powder and tap off the excess.  Heat the powder to set and don’t worry about any excess powder at this stage.  Leave to cool for a few minutes, then gently wipe over with a soft tumble dryer sheet to remove the excess powder.1

Stage 3 – For the flowers effect on our sample card use the Mica Powder to paint the centre of the flowers with a water brush.  Other options include wetting your flowers and tapping the Mica Powder onto them; leave to dry and then spray mist.

After this we have misted the flowers again.


Stage 4 – Ink mist the appropriate layer and thin frame using a large box to place the layers into.   Then place the centre solid piece of the aperture stencil over the stamped image and mist over this image to create the frame.

Stage 5 – shape the flowers and assemble the layers.  We have only lifted the wide frame on foam tape; everything else is stuck flat.

Other sample cards….

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Sentimentally Yours:

Cosmic Shimmer

Ranger Perfect Medium

We hope you enjoy making this card!














Stencils and Luna Paste

Hello crafters!

Here’s a card made at our regular card making workshops.

It uses Phill’s 8×8 Stencils, Christmas Sentiment Cloud Stamps, Background Stamps and Various Christmas Sentiment Stamps. We have also used The Angelina Die Frame, Classic Poinsettia and Poinsettia Additions and Christmas Leaf dies.

Our main sample card uses  Chipped Sapphire Oxide, Snowflake Trails Stencil, Christmas Sentiment Cloud, Snowflake Background Stamp and Snowflake Sentiments Stamps.  The Luna Paste is Moonlight Storm.


Stage 1 – cut out all the layers and die cut shapes are below

  • Card Blank – 21cm x 21cm
  • Layer 1 – 20.5cm x 20.5cm (inked)
  • Layer 2 – 19.5cm x 19.5cm (stencil)
  • Layer 3 – 14.5cm x 14.5cm (inked)
  • Layer 4 – 14cm x 14cm (stamped)
  • Border strip
    • 14.5cm x 2.5cm (inked)
    • 14cm x 14cm (stamped)
  • Die Cuts
    • Sue Wilson Angelina Frame
    • Sue Wilson Classic Poinsettia
    • Sue Wilson Poinsettia Additions
    • Sue Wilson Berry Bough/Christmas Floral Stem

Stage 2 – Choose your 8×8 Stencil and Luna Paste and paste the 19.5cm layer.  Leave to dry.

Stage 3 – Choose a coordinating Distress Oxide Ink and ink the appropriate layers and parts of the Angelina die frame as you wish.  Ink the poinsettias as you wish

Stage 4 –  Stamp one of the Christmas Sentiment Clouds and apply clear embossing powder to make the ink shiny and stand out more.



Stage 5 – Choose a background stamp for the border layer and ink as above.


Stage 6 – Assemble all the layers and add glitter as you wish

Other card samples…

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Sentimentally Yours:

Sue Wilson Dies:

Cosmic Shimmer Luna Paste

Ranger Distress Oxide Inks

We hope you enjoy making this card


Easel Card with Silhouette Stamps

Hello crafters!

Here’s our latest card made in our regular craft classes.

This card uses Phill’s Sentimentally Yours Silhouette Stamps, Essential Banner and Flag Sentiments and Essential Sentiment Labels.  The Dies used are Sue Wilson Double Pierced Circles and Caribbean Border, Corner and Tag.  We have also used Shimmer Shakers and Luna Paste.

Our main sample card colour uses the Gardeners Work Stamp with Iced Spruce and Scattered Straw Distress Oxides. The Shimmer Shakers are Bright Sunshine and Grass Green.IMG_6659

Stage 1 –  Cut all the layers and die cut pieces needed as follows.

  • Card Blank – 21cm x 14.5cm
  • Easel Layer – 21cm x 14.5cm – x1
  • 1st Layer – 20.5cm x 14cm x2 (Inked)
  • 2nd Layer – 20cm x 13.5cm x2 (Embossed)
  • Long strip to stamp banner
  • Die Cuts:
    • Double Pierced Circles – two sizes – x4 of each
    • Caribbean Border and Frame
    • Caribbean Tag and Frame

Stage 2 – Apply the shimmer shakers to the 4 large circles and plain frame die cuts. Leave to dry

Stage 3 – Ink the 1st layers with two coordinating oxide inks. Stamp up the banner and sentiment and cutout. Stamp the smaller sentiment on to the Tag.

OPTION – we have used clear embossing powder over our oxide inks.

Stage 4 – To stamp the images onto circles we have inked sections of the stamp then pressed the card downwards and rubbed the back.  This allows us to choose which part of the image are shown.

Stage 5 – glue together the inked and embossed layers onto your base card.  Don’t forget the top part of the easel has an extra plain layer that needs attaching to the base card.

We have then rubbed Luna Paste very lightly across the embossed layer just to add a bit of detail.

Stage 6 – assemble all the remaining parts of the card

Other samples….

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DL Silhouette Stamps

Hello crafters!

Here’s our latest blog post.  This card was made at our regular craft classes.

It uses Phill’s DL Silhouette Stamps, Essential Sentiments Labels, Stencils, Crackle Paste, Distress Oxides, Versafine Black Onyx Ink and Luna Paste. We have also used the new Feltmark card in Raven Black.

This card looks beautiful in Landscape or Portrait!

The Full Card


Stage 1 – cut out the layers needed for the card as follows:

  • Base Card – 20cm x 17.5cm
  • Black Layer – 19cm x 16.5cm
  • White Layer – 18.5cm x 16cm
  • White Layer for Stamping Image – 17cm x 14.5cm
  • Double Pierced Frame – Raven Black Feltmark Card

Stage 2 – Choose a stencil and two coordinating colours of crackle paste.  Apply the lighter colour first, but only in small sections.  Then apply a smaller amount of the darker colours and merge into the lighter colour slightly.  Set aside to dry.

Stage 3 – Ink the background layer with three different colours of Distress Oxide.  Take time to blend them smoothly into each other and apply lightly top start with.  We have used a circle die to create the moon and held it in place whilst we inked.  We then splashed water onto the background.


Stage 4 – Ink a strip of card in the same colours to create the tag.  Choose a tag shape and stamp with the Versafine.  Then choose a matching sentiment and stamp.

Stage 5 – choose your DL Silhouette Stamp for the background layer.  You will need to lift this up from the bottom of the card to make sure you can see the image behind the frame.  We used Versafine again and a stamping platform just in case we missed a bit!  We rubbed Moonlight Silver over the moon to create the shimmery effect.

Stage 5 – Assemble the layers, using foam tape to lift the frame.  We also rubbed Luna over the crackle paste.

Other colour samples

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Sentimentally Yours:

Sue Wilson – Double Pierced Rectangles

Cosmic Shimmer:

Palette Knife

Distress Oxides

Versafine Black Onyx Ink

We hope you enjoy making this card!


Christmas DL Card

Here is our latest blog post.

This card was made using Phills DL Christmas Collage stamps, Christmas Verse and Sentiment Duo. Our Crafter’s chose to use either snowflake dies or poinsettia dies on their cards.

Our main sample card uses faded jeans and peacock feathers distress oxide ink colours, but as always we have included samples made with other colour ways.

The Full Card


Stage 1 – cut out all the layers and die cut pieces needed as follows:

  • Base Card – 21cm x14.5cm
  • Inked Layer – 20.5cm x 14cm
  • Stamped Layer – 19cm x 9cm
  • Embossed Layer – 19cm x 4cm (two pieces)
  • Inked Layer Inside – 14.5cm x 2cm (two pieces)
  • Inside Verse Layer – 10cm x 11cm
  • Die Cuts
    • Snowflakes or Poinsettias/Holly

Stage 2 – ink the background layer with your two chosen colours of distress oxides.

Stage 3 – colour the snowflakes or poinsettia die cuts. We have made our snowflakes shiny by pressing them into perfect medium and covering with clear embossing powder then heat.

Stage 4 – choose a DL Collage stamp and ink up with two distress inks colours. Press very firmly to ensure even coverage or use a stamping platform. Some of our Crafter’s then covered the image with clear embossing powder and heat set.

Stage 5 – ink the stamp again and stamp the two inside strips.

Stage 6 – choose a Christmas Verse stamp and ink with your two colours.

Stage 7 – assemble the layers, lifting the embossed layers with foam tape. add glitter where you wish and either pearls or pearl PVA in the centres.

Other colour samples

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DL Stamps and Shimmer Shakers

Hello crafters!

Here is our latest blog post.

This card is made using Phills DL Collage Stamps, 8×8 Stencils, Clear Texture Paste and Shimmer Shakers.  The dies we have used are Sue Wilson’s Mosaic Bauble Background, Delicate Daisies and Splendid Swirls.

The Full Card

Uses Ice Blue, Warm Copper and Sparkle Snow Shimmer Shakers. Tumbled Glass and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Inks. Diamond Trails Stencil. Masculine Paraphernalia Stamp.

Stage 1 – Cut out all the layers and die cut shapes needed as below:

  • Base Card – 21cm x 18cm
  • Layer 1 – 20.5cm x 17.5cm (colour)
  • Layer 2 – 20cm x 17cm (stencil)
  • Die Cuts:
    • Mosaic Bauble (Full Rectangle Frame, Plain Outer Frame, Mosaic Outer Frame, middle rectangle)
    • Delicate Daisies
    • Splendid Swirl

Stage 2 – choose an 8×8 stencil and two coordinating Shimmer Shakers. Apply the clear texture paste through the stencil and tap over the shimmer shakers whilst the stencil is still in place. Remove the stencil and add more shaker if needed. Set aside to dry.

Stage 3 – use the same two shimmer shakers and colour the plain outer frame and delicate daisies. Set aside to dry


Stage 4 – choose a DL Collage stamp and two coordinating Distress Oxide Ink Pads and stamp the middle rectangle piece


Stage 5 – assemble all layers using foam tape where you wish and glitter

Card Samples

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Mixed Media – My Way!

Hi Everyone

It’s funny isn’t it,.. how we think we can’t do something,.. until we have a go. (this is a long post, but hey, it’s the first one I’ve done for ages! ha ha)

That’s just like me and ‘mixed media’,.. I NEVER thought it would be ‘my thing’, although I do use lots of different products in my card making like paints, waxes, ink misters, pastes and so on… and there are no rules that say ‘mixed media’ has to be dark and gloomy,.. which you’ll never really see from me,.. even when I do my collage stamps,.. they’re pretty ha ha

So, I’m going to take you on a little mixed media journey with me, as I learn how to apply all the skills I already have (and learn new ones!) into what we call ‘mixed media’, but done my way.

Mixed Media – in my mind, is quite simply using different textures, products, materials, techniques and styles to create something unique.. there’s no right or wrong, just what you want it to be,.. for me,.. that’s pretty 🙂

I have created 3 canvasses now, two that I created for my Crafternoon Tea Workshops in our Nottingham and Sheffield Honeypot Crafts stores and one that I finished yesterday, that I have lovingly spent a long time getting right (it will be part of my festive dining room decoration for years to come!)

You can see my Crafternoon Tea Workshop ones over on My Pinterest page, these are 8×8 canvasses, which felt ‘safe’ to start with as it’s my favourite size of card!

This one I’m going to show you is a 20″ x 12″ canvas,.. see, I got brave after the first two and went bigger!

I found that preparation really is key, getting the base textures right and planning (you know I like to be organised!) my embellishments etc

I have two textures on my base, one created from Soft White Texture Paste (absolute must have)(the woody look, done first) and the other from our White Crackle Paste (added after), here’s a little close up of them both..

Once both layers were dry, I painted with White Gesso – twice, to make sure it was covered thoroughly 🙂

Poinsettia Canvas 2Poinsettia Canvas 1

You will also notice the fab little white balls, these are artsy stones by Crafters Companion and fab for adding texture, even easier to paint your chosen colour! These were dropped into the texture paste when it was still wet so that they set into it as it dried,.. I did lose a few on the painting stage, but it didn’t matter 🙂

Then came the familiar part,.. die cutting loads (as you’d expect from me) of poinsettias,.. I used one of my older Spellbinders sets as it gives me a single petal that I can build up to make the large poinsettia in the middle..

I’ve used my own brand pearls (love these!) for the centres of my poinsettias and gave the red pearls a little whitewash too 🙂

Poinsettia Canvas 3

Now, and I will admit this, I am slightly (ok, not slightly) addicted to the air dry clay and moulds, which is how I created the baubles and holly and letters for this project.. it’s amazing! Honestly, if you have never tried it, please treat yourself to a pack of clay and a mould and have a go,.. it’s so easy and they are so light!

So, clearly I had fun with the moulds, but more importantly, it meant I could use our Cosmic Shimmer Chalk paints to make them whatever colour I wanted.

For the letters, I painted them red and washed some white over that after they had dried,.. the white baubles are also painted white, then I made a pva glue wash (water and glue mix), painted them with this, then covered them in Diamond Frost glitter,.. by doing this, it meant I kept all the detail of the holly leaves 🙂

Now, you wouldn’t believe how much trouble I had finding the pine cones!, but I did,… on the park where we walk Rufus ha ha, these were given a light whitewash too with the white gesso (must have!) as opposed to chalk paint (it’s just a little bit stronger in colour)

The layout took some getting right,.. I did (if I’m honest) have to make 5 more poinsettias!) and then just played around until I was happy where everything went, then stuck everyhthing on (little tip for you – take a photo of your layout before you start sticking it together, you can check the photo as you go along)

(I used my trusty Cosmic Shimmer PVA Glue for everything except the pine cones (used my hot glue gun)

And here it is (finally, I hear you say)

Poinsettia Canvas

I really hope you like it,.. I absolutely love it, love the techniques, love the products, love the style, love the whole process and finished result!

I have already started my next one and will take photos step by step so I can do a step by step post for you next time, if you’re like me, you like to see how things look as we go along… 🙂

You’ll also notice, there is no metal on this canvas,… that was by design, but the next one… well,….

Now (I’m off to play with my new stamps,.. my last new release of 2018 and they are AMAZING!!!)

(you will see them at Ally Pally if you’re coming or on Hochanda at the end of September)

Happy Crafting!

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Sentiment Cloud and Ovals

Hello crafter!

Here is our latest blog post.

This card uses Phill’s Sentiment Cloud Stamps and Rubber Background Stamps, along with Sue Wilson Double Pierced Ovals, Orange Blossom Petals and Whimsical Leaves.

The Full Card


Stage 1 – cut out all the layers and die cut pieces needed as follows:

  • Base Card – 21 x 15
  • Layer 1 – 20.5cm x 14.5cm (inked)
  • Layer 2 – 20cm x 14cm (embossed)
  • Sue Wilson dies:
    • Double Pierced Ovals Set A
    • Orange Blossom Petals
    • Whimsical Leaves

Stage 2 – choose two coordinating Distress Oxide Ink Colours. Our sample card uses Ripe Persimmon and Tea Dye.  Using a Smoothie, ink the 1st layer and middle oval alternately with the two colours. Ink your flowers in the lightest of your two colours. On our cards we have also added colour to the leaves, but have kept it quite pale.

Stage 3 – choose a rubber background stamp and ink alternately with the two colours onto the largest oval, making sure you come in enough. Our sample card uses Leafy Background Stamp.


Stage 4 – Use the darkest ink colour to stamp the background stamp onto your flowers.

Stage 5 – choose a sentiment cloud and use one or two colours to stamp the smallest oval.  Apply Clear embossing Powder if you want a shiny finish!

TIP – to get the sentiment in the right place we have inked the sentiment cloud stamp and pressed the oval layer down onto the stamp and rubbed it gently.


Stage 6 – assemble your layers and use foam tape and glitter where you wish!

Here’s what we have used with links to our website if you wish to purchase any items…

We hope you enjoy making this card!

Karen Signature

Other card samples….

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Distress Inks and Aperture Stencils

Hello Crafter!

Here is a card made at by crafters at our regular workshops. Remember, all our featured cards are made by people from our classes.

It uses Phill’s new aperture stencils with normal Distress Inks and his DL Verse Collection on the inside and outside of the card.   The dies we have used are Sue Wilson Starlight Daisy and Curly Fern.

This is a simple, but lovely card!

Stage 1 – cut out all the layers and die cut shapes needed as below

  • Base Card – 19cm x 19cm
  • Black Layer x 2 – 18cm x 18cm
  • White Layer x 2 – 17cm x 17cm
  • Sue Wilson Dies:
    • Starlight Daisy – all three flowers
    • Curly Fern

Stage 2 – choose three Distress Ink colours and one of the aperture stencil shapes.  On our main card we have used the Oval Aperture.  Use Scotch Tape to hold the Aperture Stencil in place on the white card layer.   Start with the middle colour first and ink across the aperture, taking off the excess ink, and blending the colour towards the upper and lower sections a little.  Then use the other colours and blend towards the middle ensuring that the colours overlap to keep the edges soft.

On our sample card we have then splashed the ink with water to add some texture and interest to the background.  If you do this make sure it is really dry before you stamp the image and verse.

TIPS – If you start your blending off the aperture this prevents any hard lines from the smoothie.  Colour the inside aperture much paler than the front as this will have a verse stamped on it and we need to read it! We have also used the darker colour on the bottom section so that we can see the image if we accidentally ink too dark!


Stage 3 – colour the flowers in the same three colours.

Stage 4 – Stamp your chosen image slightly off the aperture shape with Archival Jet Black Ink.   This means we can paint inside the image if we need to.  We have used Chocolate Baroque or Lavinia Stamps on our cards.  Then stamp the sentiment on the front and matching verse on the inside aperture.

TIP – to paint the image tap the ink pad onto a blending mat and pick up the colours with a waterbrush.  On our main sample we have continued the same colour from the aperture into the image.


Stage 5 – re-apply the aperture over the shape.  You then have two options… 1 – you can go around the aperture with a black fine liner pen or 2 – go around the aperture with a quickie glue pen, remove them stencil and add Diamond Frost Glitter.

Stage 6 – assemble your layers and flowers.

Card Samples

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We hope you enjoy making this card

Karen Signature