Birthday card: Faux leather

Happy birthday

What:

I love this faux leather paper technique and it was perfect for this particular friend’s birthday. It’s really simple and very effective: spray both sides of the cardstock with Ranger ink refresher, work in, crumple, dust with Perfect Pearls, and leave to dry. Finding the video of someone demonstrating this technique led me to locate myself a copy of the unfortunately out-of-print book it came from — Paper Transformed by Julia Andrus — which is full of interesting paper effects that I really must have a go at. Too many new things to try!

Supplies:

  • stamps:
    Get Stamping magazine – cosy Christmas
  • dies:
    Clearly Besotted – happy word die
    Clearly Besotted – birthday word die
  • colour:
    Caran d’Ache – supra colour soft
    Perfect Pearls – perfect pearl
  • embellishments:
    Papermania – Sparkling Stars – Assorted Brights
  • paper and card:
    Derwent – black drawing paper

Birthday card: Belated

Belated birthday card

What:

If the person I made this for lived in the UK, it would have arrived in time. Unfortunately, they’re on mainland Europe so I knew it wouldn’t, hence the “belated”. In future I’ll try to keep better track of what day of the month it is.

Supplies:

  • stamps:
    Clearly Besotted – mini basic banners
  • dies:
    Clearly Besotted – mini basic banners die
    Clearly Besotted – post it stamp die
    Sizzix – framelits – circles 2
  • colour:
    Versafine – imperial purple
    Sakura – Gelly Roll – purple
  • embellishments:
    Anita’s – gemstone wheel – multi-coloured pearl – white
  • paper and card:
    Prima – paper pad – cartographer
    Lili of the Valley – paper pad – bonnets & bowties

Birthday card: Bookworm

Birthday card

What:

I wish I’d given myself a little more time to work on this; I would have done the sentiment differently, or at the very least made sure it was properly centred on the card. I am, however, happy with the way the colouring turned out. The Dove blender pen smooths the pencil nicely without losing all the texture.

Supplies:

  • stamps:
    Clearly Besotted – book worm stamp set
  • dies:
    Clearly Besotted – book worm die collection
    Clearly Besotted – happy word die
    Clearly Besotted – birthday word die
  • colour:
    Distress Ink pad – peeled paint
    Caran d’Ache – supra colour soft
    Dove blender pen

Birthday card: Flowers and twine

Birthday card

What:

Another card created in the process of learning techniques and trying out different styles.

Inspired by:

Petal Parade at Made with Sparkle

Supplies:

  • stamps:
    Clearly Besotted – sweet little sentiments
    Clearly Besotted – leafy accents
    Hero Arts – floral
  • colour:
    Distress ink pads
    Memento – tuxedo black
  • embellishments:
    The Homemakery – lovely baker’s twine – hello cupid

Birthday card: Stamped labels

Birthday card

What:

Created to see how easy it would be to stamp on a sheet of labels and rebuild the image on cardstock. It was a bit fiddly to get started repositioning the individual labels, but I was happy with the final result.

Supplies:

  • stamps:
    Paula Pascual – all year round
    Penny Black – round and round
  • colour:
    Distress ink pad – peeled paint, wild honey, tumbled glass
  • embellishments:
    sequin

Card: Father’s Day

Father's Day card

What:

Father’s Day card

Inspired by:

Video: Gradient Stencil Inking at Jennifer McGuire Ink

Supplies:

  • stamps:
    Paula Pascual – all year round
  • dies:
    Sizzix – framelits – circles 2
  • stencils:
    That Special Touch – chicken wire mask
  • colour:
    Distress ink pad – peeled paint, old paper, tumbled glass, shaded lilac
    Cosmic Shimmer – embossing powder – silver shine metallic
    Cosmic Shimmer – embossing powder – arctic black aurora
  • embellishments:
    Papermania – sparkling stars – assorted brights

Birthday card: Honeycomb die-cuts

Birthday card

What:

A birthday card for a partially sighted friend, so a bit of texture was called for.

Supplies:

  • stamps:
    Papermania – chronology (cogs) stamp
    Andy Skinner Stamps – steampunk accessories
    Bo Bunny – sentiments stamp
  • dies:
    Sizzix – Alterations framework honeycomb die
  • colour:
    Distress ink pad – old paper
    DoCrafts – copper metallic ink pad