Mosaic Background Card

Hello crafters!

Here is our latest blog post.

It’s based on a card that our good mate Julia Watts showed us at our recent Craftathon in Nottingham.

It uses Phill’s Essential Montage Stamps and Distress Oxides to create the background layers. The die used are Sue Wilson Caroline Frame and Tag, Orange Blossom Leaves and Petite Vinery Leaves.

The Full Card 

Faded Jeans and Shaded Lilac

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

  • Base Card is 17cm x 17cm
  • Layer 1 – 16.5cm x 16.5cm (inked)
  • Layer 2 – 16cm x 16cm (eventually)
    • x3 A5 pieces of card (trim to 14cm wide)
  • Die Cuts
    • Caroline Die (solid frame, lacy frame and topper)
    • Orange Blossom Flowers x 5 (plus small stamens if you wish)
    • Petite Vinery Leaves x 1
  • x2 sheets of A4 paper

Stage 2 – the first stage is to create the x3 background pieces that are used to make the mosaic layer.  To do this you need to do different things to each piece of card.

  • Piece 1 – simply wipe over the two ink pads onto the card to create a dragged effect

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  • Piece 2 – pat out the two inks onto a blending mat, spritz with water enough to see water droplets. Gently press the card piece into the lighter colour first picking up sections of ink colour. Then do the same with the darker ink, but don’t pic up as much colour.  This should create a splattered effect

 

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  • Piece 3 – create the splattered effect again, but when fully dry stamp images all over the piece using the two ink colours. Cover quite a lot of the card otherwise you will not see the images when it is cut up. Keep the card portrait style

 

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Stage 3 – Ink the background piece of the die cut topper and colour your flowers.  Ink the edge of the plain square layer

Stage 4 – Stamp your sentiment on the small topper with ink or embossing powder

Stage 5 – to create the mosaic background, cut the A5 pieces into 2cm strips length ways (keep portrait style).  You should end up with 3 piles of card in 2cm strips (dragged, splattered and splattered/stamped)

Stage 5 – using a piece of A4 paper in landscape style glue each strip in order from left to right trying to keep the strips straight and butting up to each other.   Set aside to dry fully.

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Stage 6 – working in portrait style cut the sheet into 2 cm strips lengthways to make a big pile the same

Stage 7 – using another piece of A4 paper in landscape style stick the first strip across the top of the sheet end to end.  Stick the next strip one square in (it will hang one square off at the end).  Stick the next strip another square in (it will hang off two squares at the end).  Then start the process again from the end of the paper, moving 1 square then another square.  Keep going until the sheet is filled.  Set aside to dry fully.

Stage 8 – when the mosaic sheet is dry trim to 16cm x 16cm.  Glue this layer flat to the inked square and then to the base card.

Stage 9 – shape your flowers and assemble your card. Use glitter and pearls if you wish!

Other colour samples….

 

 

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What we used with links to the www……..

Karen Signature

 

Folded Card – Bohemian Stamps

Hello crafters!

Here is our latest blog post.  We have received so many requests for instructions to make this beautiful card.  It was designed by the lovely Joanne who works in our Sheffield store.

This card uses square card blanks, Phill’s Bohemian Stamps, Sue Wilson Grace Die and Orange Blossom Petals Die and Ditsress Oxides (our favourite ink for versatility) and Opal Polish

The Full Card

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Aged Magohany and Tea Dye Oxide

Stage 1 – cut out all the layers and due cut shaped need as follows:

  • x2 square card blanks 15cm x 15cm
    • Layer 1 – 14.5cm x 14.5cm – inside layer stamped
    • Layer 2 – 14cm x 14cm – pull out polished
    • Layer 3 – 13.5cm x 13.5 cm – pull out stamped
    • Layer 4 – 12.5cm x 12.5cm – pull out polished
    • Layer 5 -12cm x 12cm – pull out stamped (top image)
  • Sue Wilson Grace Die
  • Sue Wilson – small orange blossom petals in open and closed
  • Piece of rbbon

Stage 2 – cut the front of each base card diagonally from the outside corner to inside corner to create the fold over.  Using the off cuts, take off 1/2 cm from both straight edges to create the stamped layer for the fronts.

Stage 2 – use the opal polish to colour all the appropriate layers (2, 4). We have also used the polish on the fold over fronts and on the inside top edge of x1 card blank. Add polish to the solid flowers and edge of the die cut topper.

Stage 3 – use Phill’s Bohemian stamps to decorate the remaining layers as follows:

  • Corner Stamp on front off cuts
  • Elements on inside layer 1 – this is behind the pull out card on the photo.  You only need to stamp halfway down. You could also use the full background stamp for this layer.
  • Elements on layer 3 – you only need stamp around the edge of this layer as you see very little.  We also stamped off the edges.
  • Flourish or Banner stamps on layer 5 – we also used clear embossing powder to make this image stand out more.
  • Sentiments on topper – we used clear embossing powder as well

Stage 4 – assemble the layers.  We stuck layers 4 and 5 together and then added the ribbon on the back of this before we stuck it down to layer 3 and 4.

REMEMBER THESE LAYERS PULL OUT OF THE CARD

Stage 5 – to glue the folder over down firstly decide which fold will be front and behind panel. Open out both folds and apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom edge only of the behind panel. Close this fold and hold in place so the glue grabs. For the front panel apply a thin layer of glue along the bottom edge again and then make a  triangle of  glue where it will cross over with the behind panel and stick down.

Stage 6 – stick on the topper and flowers on and add glitter if you wish!

More card samples…

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We hope you enjoy making this card as much as we did in our workshops!

Here’s what we used with links to the www….

Karen Signature