Christmas DL Card

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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

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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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Distress Inks and Aperture Stencils

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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!

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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.

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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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Paper Pads, Daisies and DL Verse Collection.

Hello Crafters!

Here is our latest card made in our regular workshops.

This card uses Phills 8×8 Paper Pads, new DL Verse Stamps, Colour Cloud, Shimmer Shakers and Sue Wilson Dies (Daisies and Curly Fern)

Our main sample card uses the Decadent Damask Paper Pad and Decadent Teal Colour Cloud, but as always we have included examples made with other colours.

The Full Card 

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

  • Base Card – 21cm x 21cm
  • Layer 1 – 20cm x 20cm (coloured)
  • Layer 2 – 19.5cm x 19.5cm (white)
  • Layer 3 – 19cm x 19cm (Paper – front and insert)
  • Die Cuts
    • Sue Wilson Delicate Daisies Complete Petals
    • Sue Wilson Curly Fern
    • Sue Wilson Double Pierced Squares

Stage 2 – Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the reverse side of the front paper layer (Fig 1), then place a 9.5cm x 9.5cm square on the centre (fig 2) and draw around it (fig 3)  Cut along the centre lines out to the square corners with a craft knife. Turn the paper over the right way and gently fold back the flaps and stick down with a little glue. (fig 4).  When the glue is dry stick the paper layer to the white layer.

TIP – Only gently fold the flaps and keep a slightly curved inside edge.

Stage 3 – Colour your layers with coordinating Colour Cloud Inks to give a soft blended colour.  We have used Decadent Teal Colour Cloud.

Stage 4 – Colour your flowers with either the Colour Cloud or cordinating Shimmer Shakers. On our main sample card we have used Teal Ocean and Sparkle Snow Shimmer Shakers. Shape your flowers and glue together layers where you wish.

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Stage 5 – Stamp your chosen Sentiment in either black or a coordinating Distress Oxide Ink.  On our sample we have used Peacock Feathers.  We have used the Achievement Verse Stamp; main verse inside and smaller sentiment on the front.

Stage 6 – Assemble the card layers, using foam tape and glitter where you wish.   We have also added Porcelain White 8mm Pearls.

TIP – add coordinating Pearl PVA in the centre of your flowers for more interest.

Card Samples

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Gatefold Card with Gilding Polish

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Here is a card made by crafters at our regular workshops.

It uses Phills new DL Verse Stamps, Sue Wilson Octagon Dies and the lovely Chrysanthemum Die, with gorgeous Gilding Polish and Shimmer Shakers to add the colour.

Our main sample card uses colours Golden Olive and Silver Hessian, but all the colours are gorgeous!

(the ink is Peeled Paint)

The Full Card

 

Stage 1 – Cut out all the layers and die cut pieces needed for your card as below:

  • Base Card – x2 17cm x 17cm card blanks -front cut to 8 1/2 cm panel
  • Front Panels – x2 16.5cm x 8cm (use the off cut from above)
  • Embossed layers – x2 16cm x 7.5cm and x1 16cm x 4 cm for inside
  • Die Cuts
    • Sue Wilson Lavish Accented Octagon
    • Sue Wilson Double Stitched Octagon
    • Sue Wilson Chrysanthemum

Stage 2 – Choose x1 or x2 Gilding Polish Colours for layers as you wish from the photos.  This stage will take the most time, so be patient!  These colours all match beautifully, so deciding on your colours will be tricky!

TIP – if the sponge is a little dry rinse under the tap and blot the excess.  Use a blending mat to help the Gilding Polish go on more easily.  The colours will overlap, but be careful with the darker colours to make sure there’s not too much.

Stage 3 – To apply Gilding Polish to the embossed layers ensure the sponge is quite dry, by taking off all the excess polish.  Very lightly apply the polish over the embossed pieces, being careful not to apply too much pressure as this will make the polish go into the de-bossed parts.

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Stage 4 – Choose co-ordinating Shimmer Shaker colours to add interest to the Chrysanthemum Petals.  Leave to dry naturally for as long as you can, but if you get impatient dry carefully with the heat gun!

TIP – as this flower is quite delicate its best to wet the flowers first and then add the Shimmer Shakers

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Stage 5 – Stamp your chosen sentiment from the DL Verse Collection, using Distress Oxides or Detail Embossing Powder  This stamp set has matching verses and a smaller sentiment, which is perfect for the topper ans insert on this card.

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

Card Samples

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