Recent Card Makes

I’ve had a good run of card making lately.  I love it when you hit on a design that can be replicated using different colours or papers to change it up.

These are wedding anniversary cards. Got three, including my own, coming up soon.

The background paper is by Magnolia.  I thought the distressed look went well with the linen textured card blank giving a kind of an antique tapestry feeling?  The stamp is a Do-crafts one.  It is fairly tricky to get a good stamp with it but I do like the text.  The background card is a mix of Bazzill and Colorbok.

Next are some birthday cards using a pennant design.  This is an excellent technique for using up those small strips of paper I always seem to end up with and odds and ends of ribbons that aren’t long enough to tie.

The papers are a mix of My Minds Eye (purple pleated ribbon card) and Kaisercraft (pearl accent card).  I just arranged them by eye and made sure the sides were equal length but I think anything goes really.  I also did a kraft style version for a teenage boy but didn’t manage to take a photo before it had to go in the post.  I think I’ll be making more of these as I get some more paper pads or double sided scrapbook papers in.

The Best Ever Craft Glue

I’ve just re-ordered some Collall All Purpose Glue as I was running low.  It’s seriously the best craft adhesive I’ve used.  It doesn’t get paper too wet so there are no wrinkles but it sticks really well.  The price ranges from around £2-£3 for 100ml so it’s quite economical too.  The cap twists to open/close and there is an inbuilt glue spreader on the lid meaning it gives a even application.

Indigoblu Flitter Glu and Nail Art Foils

Blog reader Susie asked if I’d tried Flitterglu with foils so I’ve had a little play with them and here are the results:

(left over foil sheet)

Firstly, I must apologise about choosing a bug to demo when you were asking about wedding invitations but I wanted to try with a stamp that had lots of detail and this was the first one I picked up!  For reference the stamp is a red rubber unmounted stamp by Stampo Las Vegas and the nail foils were from Special FX / Spangles.  I smoothed the foil onto the glue image using a cotton wool pad and a little bit of pressure before peeling the foil away.  I was impressed with the outcome but…. it wasn’t perfect – the foil didn’t stick in some places so it might not be ideal depending on what stamp you want to use.  There was no need to use a scoochy pad after removing the foil sheet.

My second try was using a more wedding appropriate stamp – a solid word one, again from Stampo, and using heat transfer foil this time.  It really didn’t work well at all as you can see.

I hope that helped with your question Susie.

Indigoblue Flitterglu Mens Cards

Well I’m on a roll with cards this week it seems.  I had only intended to make one mans cards and ended up not being able to choose between colour themes and made three.

First one is using gilding flakes as per my previous post.  They are the variegated green colour way by Crafty Notions but they have the odd flash of copper and gold.  Backing paper is by Calico Crafts, their Vintage Scrapbook papers, such great colours for mens cards but they also have a range for female cards too http://calicocrafts.co.uk/acatalog/Scrapbooking_Papers_-_Calico_Crafts_Vintage_Decor.html .  Labels Twenty-One Nestabilties used to cut the topper.

Second is gilding flakes again but onto velvet paper.  I’ve had my velvet paper for years and never been able to do anything with it before.  Backing paper is by Laurence Llewellyn Bowen.  I bought a taster pack from eBay and I’m glad I did as I really struggle to match them up with anything.

Third is using the flitterglu with pee wee glitters.  I think I could have done with stamping this on a darker card but it worked out okay and is incredibly glittering in person.  I’ve had the pee wee glitters a number of years so I got to use some old stash too.  Backing paper is by Calico Crafts again.  I’m not sure which variation of the circle Nestabilities I have.

I normally stamp onto white or cream cardstock so this is a big deviation for me.

Indigoblu Flitter Glu and Gilding Flakes

and a closeup

What do you think?  It’s only my second try.  The first turned out well actually but I did it on white paper and couldn’t find any suitable backing paper to tie everything together.

I’ve been after a stampable glue for a long while but all there were a lot of mixed reviews on the previous products of this nature on the market.  When I saw Indigoblu flitterglu and gilding flakes demonstrated on the TV I thought that they probably made it look quite easy but I decided to give it a whirl and it is actually very easy!  I bought mine from www.thatscraftyonline.com

First step is to spread a small blob, half a teaspoon is sufficient, of the special flitterglu onto a square of Ranger Cut ‘n’ dry stamping foam using a coffee stirrer or similar.

Use this as your ‘ink pad’ to ink up the rubber stamp.

Stamp with it as per normal and immediately go and wash up your stamp and foam.  The gluey image can sit waiting for ages so don’t worry about that until everything else is washed up!  In case you are wondering I have tried this with traditional wood mounted red rubber stamps and clear unmounted stamps with no bother.

Finally you are ready to either add some beautiful gilding flakes and press them gently into the image.  Remove the excess with a plastic scouring pad (you can use a special ‘scoochy’ but as it was out of stock when I ordered I improvised with a scouring pad and it worked fine) and don’t worry it will only remove the excess.  It’s a blimming nightmare trying to put any of the large flakes back in the pot and they are so light they end up all over the place.

Verdict: This is a fairy pricey kit to buy but the flakes themselves barely look touched so I think it’ll last a while.  If you can stamp an image then I’d say to give it a go.The glue can also be used with ultra fine glitter too and that’s probably my next project.  I’ve also got a large amount of the cut ‘n’ dry foam left so I’ll be having a play with that.  I can’t see a reason why the glue wouldn’t work with foils so I will have a go and report back on that too.

As I was using a large clear stamp I thought I’d try out using the Letterpress sandwich as a stamping block and it worked great.  I’ll be using it more often in the future.

Check out the stamps that Indigoblu have as some are really lovely.  I love Ella and the Alice in Wonderland stamp sets so I might have to put them onto my wishlist in a few months time.

A few more Birthday cards

While I was waiting for my new craft stash to arrive I tried out a Jubilee themed card using some regular Bazzill in blue and red.  It think the colour combination has turned out really well and might use some more flag colours in future projects *dons thinking cap*.

These two were made with some of my new craft stash.  I’m particularly pleased with the birdcage stamp as it has got me doing some tall cards again.  I couldn’t think how to use the butchers twine other than a simple bow so I will have to have a look on some crafty blogs to see what everyone else is doing with it and get some inspiration.

I’ve got to do some mens cards soon and I always struggle with them.

Craft Stash Additions

Look what I’m expecting in the post soon *happy dance*

Core’dinations Whitewash Cut & Emboss Pad £3.99

I missed out on this when it was first released in 12×12 sheets.  I have an idea for a Jubilee themed card using the red.

Kaisercraft Birdcage stamp £2.99

I already have a tiny bird stamp so I can layer up in different colours or maybe cut out a foam heart and use that as a shadow stamp inside the cage?  Oooh, what about a ribbon on the top of the cage.  Hopefully lots of possibilities.

Dovecraft Tea Party twine £1.99

I hope some of the core’dinations card will go with these.

 

All from www.craftsulove.co.uk who have free UK shipping this weekend.