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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Woodware Challenge - 3D delights

Oh, I love 3D......here I am using flowers of course. These are a little different from my usual flowers made from paper because they are punched from card stock, shaped and stuck to polystyrene balls. So you get this amazing round flower and it's very easy to construct.

I have embossed a piece of cream card and trimmed it to the size I want for my background. I have then cut in half (using a sharp craft knife) three polystyrene balls (Woodware FPC-Balls) and have stuck five halves to the embossed card using a good blob of PVA glue. Allow that to dry while you punch lots and lots of red (or blue) flowers from textured card using the Woodware punch 826-26 lilac blossom.

Each flower will need very severe cup character using the mat and shapemate tool. Cover a polystyrene ball with PVA glue and stick the shaped flowers onto it starting at the base and working your way up. Then stick more on top of these flowers to cover any gaps. Once the glue is dry you wont see it! Add some leaves and arrange on your base card.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

My Fascinator!

You all seem to have liked my floral hat! The template is from Artemio, pay attention girls, this is a Woodware product! The code is VIGR112, a huge template (12" x 12") with two daisy designs on it.
I think my hat looks huge in this photo but actually it's not, just the angle of my camera (took my own photo).
If you are struggling to find these Artemio templates and they do loads of them, first check out the Woodware web site for all the designs and codes and blog for ideas or contact The Stamp Man in Skipton to see if they can get them in for you.
Should the demand be there maybe I could do a class making these 'titfers' (thanks June!). It's so easy, great fun and such a cheap hat for a wedding!!!
If you want to try it on, see me in Birmingham on the Woodware stand in February or at The Glitter Pot!

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Woodware Challenge - Artemio Template Teasers



Judith has sent us all a different template from Artimio. She sent me the flower one (very nice of her) and this is what I came up with, something different - Ascot here I come!

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Woodware Challenge - Cool, cool colours



I'm fed up with winter so I've made some cheery little flowers in cool colours to brighten your day. These are Everlasting flowers and one of the most popular flowers we make in a beginners floral punch craft class.
Use the multi ray sun punch from the Leone Em range of punches and punch seven suns from white 80gsm paper. Colour each with powdered chalk and shape each flower with the character shaper tool giving the shapes cup character. See the Leone Em books for this technique. Layer them together and finish with the FPC1-01 stamens punch. Fabulous!
For the stems I have used my Essential Birthday set of stamps JGCL519 and a Blue Breeze Kaleidacolor ink pad. Add some little punched leaves (shaped of course) in contrasting blue card.
A touch of turquoise glitter glue in the centre of each flower just adds that little something special.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Woodware Challenge - Handbags at dawn

I got a new handbag for Christmas by Cath Kidston...it's fab-u-lus!
Here I have created a handbag card using one of the Woodware handbag shaped cards (which are not stocked now but if you still have a pack you can use one of the cards to make a template for the future!).
The stamped fastener is from Woodware JGCL522 Jewel Garden which I have embossed in gold and have coloured the flowers in using Mica paint palettes from USArtQuest. Woodware tiny pearls and gems are used to add some bling.
Woodware peel off borders are also good for adding detail around the edges.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Woodware sketch challenge

Do I have any creative juices left?

I've made dozens of cards from my new stamps over Christmas and New Year so this sketch challenge is a real challenge for me today!!!

I'm using a Magenta cling set Happy Birthday.

The image has been embossed using a black VersaFine ink pad and clear embossing powder. Then I've used a small amount of powdered chalk applied with a ball of cotton wool to the background then I have used coloured pencils to colour the image in. I've only used three colours, red, green and black.

The girls from Magenta colour their stamped cards so well and I have picked up lots of tips from them over the years such as the use of white crayon over darker colours to blend and add highlights, very effective.


On the allotment

On the allotment
Another stamp inspiration?