Showing posts with label Brides flowers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brides flowers. Show all posts

Friday, February 12, 2010

oh, those ProvoCraft Asian folders

For a while I was holding out, several months actually, not purchasing any more embossing folders from ProvoCraft. That ended up changing after I was given some of the Asian designs over the holidays.

Here are some of the cards that I've made with them....


This card was made using first the Kimiko folder on some Core'dinations card stock. I turned the folder over and debossed the image then sanded it to remove some of the black and bring out the color underneath, leaving the image nicely outlined. I then ran that through again, this time inside the Bamboo folder. I sanded that again to remove the black. The sentiment was cut out using my Slice.


For this card I again pulled out the Bamboo embossing folder. I then added a few of the lanterns from the Lanterns folder at the top. The stamped image is by Inkadinkado and accented using Spica glitter pens. The sentiment is by Verve.


For this last card I did some double 'bossing. I debossed my white card stock layer using the Plum Blossoms embossing folder and applied the Angel Pink Memento ink DTP. I then embossed that piece using the Kimiko folder and accented the embossing using Memento London Fog ink. I like the way that the kimono took on some of the blossoms. The sentiment is again by Verve. I embellished using Brides flowers that I also embossed using the Plum Blossoms folder.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

scalloped frames with edge punches

A couple of posts ago, I showed the cards that I'd sent to Inkadinkado for their free stamp giveaway. MaggiLiz commented: Lovely cards. I have a question concerning the second card "Warm Wishes" I love the scalloped frame - but did you do that - was it a template or? It looks terrific.

It wasn't made with a template but with a border punch. Now I didn't come up with this idea. It's one that I'd seen while reading blogs, and I decided to see if I could do something similar. Naturally I hadn't taken note of any of the details, just the look. Oh well. More adventures. :-)

Here's what I started with....


That's a piece of scrap card stock, white card stock, and the Scalloped Scallops edge punch by EK Success.


I just wanted to show some of the measurements. When you punch, you're left with a 3/16" border.

The punched out area is 1 7/8" wide. I checked these to get an idea of what size to make my square because I don't remember how big I made the other one. Hey, it's been almost a month! LOL! But you need a square that's bigger than 2 1/4" on a side or you'll end up with a plain square frame because the inside scalloped part won't be connected at the corners.


This is a square that's 3" on each side. All I did was center the card stock in the punch using the silhouette on its base (I made the exposed design look symmetrical. That's what the arrows are pointing at.) and then I pressed the lever. I did that for each side.


This shows how squares of a couple of different sizes look. You can use any size that you want so long as you center your punch on the side that you're punching.


You can also use a corner puncher to add a little more interest to your frame as I did with the Fiskars scalloped corner punch up above.


You don't need to limit yourself to a square shape either. I made this rectangle frame by using a 3 1/4" by 5 1/4" piece of card stock. I punched the short sides as I described before. The long sides were punched twice.


And that's a quickie card that I made with a couple of the freebie Inkadinkado stamps and the rectangular scalloped frame. I stamped using Memento dye inks. The embellishments are Hero Arts bling and a Brides flower.

Don't forget--there's still time to get your cards in for the free stamp giveaway. They need to be postmarked with today's date, so just take 'em with you if you're procrastinating and mailing off your tax returns later tonight, too. :-)

Thanks for the comment and the question MaggiLiz! Hope that answers your question. :-)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Got Chipboard?

Wow, I didn't realize the level of interest that there would be for this idea of making your own embossed borders! So, okay. I've read through the comments (Thanks, all!), done a little more thinking about this, and I've made another card using a chipboard border for embossing.

Here it is....


The stamped image and sentiment are from the Penny Black Garden Friends clear stamp set. And I thought that the hedgies were cute! But even though I might be a little premature with the sentiment, it does feel like spring here today in the midwest. Ahhhh!

I used Memento inks for the stamping and to color the Brides flowers which were originally white. I used Memento markers to color the chicks and flowers. The bling are hot fix crystals. And of course, the embossed border was made using another partly home-made chipboard shape.

Here's where it came from.


I liked Heidi's idea of using Grungeboard cutouts, but I didn't relish the thought of trying to cut them with my craft knife. That did make me think of that pack of chipboard shapes that I'd picked up some time back when I saw them on clearance at Joann's. Pictured above is one of the sheets from that pack.


This is the one I decided to work with, even though curves can be a little trickier to cut. Notice that you actually could use the frame that you're left with when you've removed the shape. Either keep those straight edges, or use that fancy two colored pencils and a rubberband tool ;-) to trace the outline--just run the one pencil on the inside this time instead to trace.


I followed the steps that I described yesterday, so up above you see the tracings on my chipboard shape.


Here I've cut out the traced area. I thought about using the inside and the outside together, sandwiching the cardstock or paper in between as I've done previously. That's why I sandwiched them here. I didn't do that yet though. I did smooth all of the edges by sanding them down a bit. That way the fit won't be too tight if I do decide to do that later. That also makes the edges nice and smooth for embossing.


This is how I arranged my stack. I flipped it so that you can see the layers, but I turned it back over when I put it through the Big Shot. So from the bottom up going through the machine I had: the multipurpose platform open to Tab 1, clear cutting plate, chipboard border, card front that I'd misted with water (Thanks for the reminder, Jennifer!), silicone embossing mat, clear cutting plate, shim.


After running it through, this is the design that was embossed on my card front. I thought it looked pretty good even without using the other pieces of chipboard, so I didn't take this further today. You could certainly make your own embossing folder (like the plastic ones by ProvoCraft, Sizzix, and QuicKutz) by reassembling the pieces and sandwiching them inside a transparency folder, gluing the border to one side and the outer and inner pieces to the other. Much like what I did here and here. And similarly, yes, Sandi, I think you certainly could use precut chipboard shapes like hearts or stars to emboss a card front. The only thing I might do is anchor the pieces on another piece of chipboard or cardstock. The silicone pad is really compressed and sort of oozes between the rollers of the machine as it's rolled through so it would shift the shapes unless they're held down.

Hope everyone's enjoying as lovely as day as we're having here! Time for me to get out and enjoy it. :-)

Monday, January 12, 2009

even more Sizzix textured impressions cards

I just had to play with more Sizzix textured impressions folders. Here are some of the cards that I made with them today. To see more information about these folders as well as the other cards I've made with them, just click on the Sizzix textured impressions label at the end of this post.


The background embossing was made with the Dots & Flowers textured impressions set. The large flower is from one of the Thank You sets. The sentiment is by Hero Arts.


The background embossing is from a Cuttlebug A2 folder. The embossed sentiment was made using a textured impression folder from one of the Thank You sets. The die cut is a Spellbinders Label 1 die.


The card front was embossed using the Argyle textured impressions folder. Again you can see that it covers the entire front of the card from edge to edge. The sentiment was also made using a textured impressions folder. I embellished with hot fix crystals.


This last card was also made with one of the Thank You textured impressions sets. I distressed the embossing and then embellished with a Brides flower colored with Memento dye inks.

Friday, December 05, 2008

more holiday cards

Die cuts and embossing folders can make creating holiday cards go quickly. Here are some of the ones that I made today.


I pulled out a number of supplies that I'd been wanting to use, but hadn't had time to pull out. Up above, the deer die cut and the embossed deer image and its frame are both by Sizzix. The latter is one of the new XL embosslits. The tag die cut is by Cuttlebug. The stamped images are by Making Memories and stamped using Memento dye ink. I embellished with some Distress Stickles and Brides and Prima flowers.


For this card I used the Cuttlebug Snowflake A2 embossing folder for the card front. The snowman and his accessories as well as his embossing were all done with the Cuttlebug Snow Fun combo. The sentiment is by Sizzix, and the snowflakes were made using a Martha Stewart snowflake punch.


This last card is one that I'd been wanting to try for a while. I love the simple elegance of the Lace Tree image--this is a Cuttlebug A2 embossing folder. I wanted a simple sentiment and decided to go with the fairly understated "With Love" embossing border. The bling is 2mm size rhinestones. I love these because they're so small and understated. I have to laugh though because when you end up using so many of them I'm not sure how understated that really is! LOL! But I do like the way it turned out. :-)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

more with Cuttlebug holiday embossing folders

I've had these Cuttlebug holiday embossing folders for quite a while. Since I managed to carve out some time for card-making, I was determined to use some of them.

This is a card that I made the other day....


For this card I used the Christmas ornament folder for the background. The sentiment is part of the Joy & Cheer folder that was double Cuttled with the familiar Swiss Dots folder. The poinsettia is by Prima and the wreath was made from a combination of red Brides flowers and branches punched using the Martha Stewart branch punch. I accented the sentiment with Memento dye ink.

Friday, November 14, 2008

holiday ornaments

A few weeks ago I couldn't resist a clearance item that I'd found at Target--a bucket of thirty 2" diameter tins, the kind that are used for bridal or baby showers, for only $4.99. I didn't have a specific idea in mind at the time, but I knew that I could somehow fashion some ornaments out of these.

Here's what I came up with....


These are two of those tins. I'd embossed some sparkly cardstock using some holiday Cuttlebug folders, Winter House and Lace Tree. I cut 2" circles with my Martha Stewart circle cutter and then accented the snowy parts with Stickles in the ornament on the left and Liquid Pearls in the one on the right. The foreground image was made with the Martha Stewart train punch, and I added the smoke with a thin layer of Liquid Pearls.


This is a close up view. The sentiment is by Verve Stamps using Memento dye ink.


This is a close up of the second ornament. I attached the hanger by punching a couple of holes at the top with my Crop-a-dile. The embellishments are Primas and Brides flowers. The winter houses layer was popped out from the background using pop dots to give more of a 3D effect. Again, the train was made using Martha Stewart's train edge punch.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

the flocking to flock

Flock has been around for a while, but it seems to be making a comeback. It's fun stuff. When I've used it in the past, it's mainly been for my winter cards, using white for snow. I've expanded into using some other colors now.


For this card I used yellow flock for the duck and colored the rest with markers. I used the art deco
Fiskars corner edger to embellish the layers, as well as Robin's Nest dew drops.


Here's a closer view of the flock. I need to practice a bit, getting that glue into tighter spaces can be tough. At the same time, it's also easy to go outside the lines. Can't win! LOL!


I used both black and white flock on the skunk and colored the rest with markers. I used my Sakura Glaze pen on the raindrops. The Cuttlebug Bloom Dots embossing folder embossed my green strip. Memento dye inks turned my Bride's ivory flowers into bright yellow ones.


And here's a closer view of the front of that card. I love that fuzzy look!

The stamps were all by Clear Dollar Stamps and stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The yellow flock is from Stampendous. The black and white are from Cornish Heritage Farms.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Altered Brides(?!)

Sounds like that should be a headline for one of those weekly papers that you see as you go through the checkout line rather than a stamping blog post title. LOL! Caught your attention though, didn't it. ;-)

Quite a while back I posted that I'd seen a couple of new colors of Brides flowers at Michaels, pink and blue. I managed not to buy those, figuring that I could color my own cream and ivory flowers whatever color I wanted. I didn't need buckets of those single colors. Then the other day I heard that they also had black/silvery ones. Yikes! That was tempting! Fortunately my M's didn't have them. Okay, let's be honest--two of my M's didn't have them. Whew! Saved from an impulse buy, though I did have a couple of 50% off coupons.

Now I'd not gotten around to coloring any flowers. The ivory and cream colors were working fine for what I was making. But the subject has come up again over at the Gingerwood stamping forum. Susan mentioned alcohol inks as a way to color them. Today, di chimed in that she'd stamped some with text using India Ink and that they turned out fabulous. I had to pull mine out and try altering them.


Here are my altered Brides. The one in the top left corner is an unaltered Brides flower, aka table confetti. For those who haven't seen these, they have a pearlescent sheen and are embossed. Very pretty as is, which is why I hadn't felt compelled to do anything to them. At least I hadn't until today.


This is a closer view. I didn't end up using alcohol inks for these. I used my Memento dye inks. They are very fast drying and I love the colors! I just tapped the pad directly on the flower to color the whole thing. On some of them I stamped the flower's center. I used swirl stamps and dot stamps, text stamps and flower stamps. So many possibilities!


Another close up view of the flowers--I was trying to catch the sheen. The black ink was Archival black ink. The white is the new Adirondack snow cap pigment ink.


One more view because you can see some of the pearlescent sheen, particularly on the reddish flower. What I really like about using the Memento ink is the fact that it colored the flower but preserved the sheen. There's a light blue flower with the darker flower stamped on it. I'd colored that one with chalk ink, and as expected, it has a more muted, matte look. The pigment ink for the text was also thick enough that the flower lost that pearlescent look where the words were stamped, but it did make the text stand out a bit more, so that worked out fine.

So yay! Brides flowers can be colored and stamped on in lots of fun ways! Now I don't have to feel like I need to go out and buy any new colors. Woo hoo! The only problem is that I now realize that there are some colors of Memento pads that I would really like to have. LOL!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Wish Big!

I hadn't realized it, but that was an appropriate sentiment for not only my card, but for this post. :-)

I wanted to use the last of the new Sizzix Movers & Shapers dies that I'd bought. This is Kit #4, the Note Card Envelope. This came with an XL die that lets you cut out the envelope shape. It's scored and has the flaps so that all you have to do is fold it and glue it together. There is also an opening in the die similar to the card dies that allows you to place the add-on dies to cut out shapes, if you want to.

Here are some of the details. The finished envelope with the flap closed measures 3 1/2" by 5". The cutting surface of the die from cutting edge to cutting edge is 4 3/4" by 11 1/4", so again, you'll need to use cardstock or paper that's longer than the standard 8 1/2" by 11" to use this die. You'll also need the XL cutting plates. If you're a Cuttlebug user, these plates are currently too wide to fit through your machine. You can use your B plates and run the die through twice, but you'll get a bit of folding where the edge of the plate gets pressed into the cardstock or paper. You could get away with it if you make that happen at your fold.

This card envelope is designed to be used with the card kits that make the vertical and horizontal note cards, kits 2 and 3, respectively. I assume that those work the same way as the horizontal A2 card kit that I've described before (card kit 1), but just a smaller size. Personally, I'm not sure that I see the need for the note card dies. I don't think they have any special edges. They just have the advantage of being able to place the add-ons. You could cut your own note cards though and use the add-ons without the XL die.

This is probably a good time for me to mention that if you want to read more about my experiences with the Sizzix Movers & Shapers dies so far, including using them with the Cuttlebug and using add-ons without the card die, look at my sidebar and check out my drop-down menu for Tutorials and Info for the Big Shot and Cuttlebug.


The yellow envelope was made using the note card envelope card kit. I used the flower add-on to cut out the window. The Martha Stewart Simple Scallop border punch was used to embellish, then I added some bling. I'll mention here that the die worked nicely, but did cut through the cardstock at one of the crease lines, just a 1/2" at one spot, but that was a bit of a disappointment.

I cut the notecard myself to fit the envie. The stamped image is by the Memory Box Company and colored with Copic Spica pens and the Inkssentials opaque white pen. The sentiment is by Cornish Heritage Farms and stamped with Versafine ink. Again I embellished with the Martha Stewart border punch. I also used the die cut from my envelope and a Brides flower to embellish.

And here's the card envelope with the card placed inside....


I thought this was a fun and cute card die. I didn't have any card envelope dies in my arsenal, so I thought I'd invest in this one and try it out, particularly since it's a bigger size. Except for that issue with the crease line being cut, this worked nicely. I'm going to tinker a bit and see if using the crease pad might help as far as that problem goes. It'll be fun to use some of the other add-ons with this kit for even more effects.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Interesting shopping day

I had a number of errands to run today. Since one of my stops was near Michael's, I dropped in to get a look at the new Martha Stewart border punches. That store only had one and since it was very much like my Fiskars Lacy Days of Summer punch, I managed to pass on that one. I'd heard that some folks had seen some of the new Primas at M's. Mine didn't have any. I did see those buckets of Brides flowers though, this time in pink and in blue. I talked myself out of those since I figure that I can color the ones that I have if I need them to be a specific color, but if you're interested in bright pink or blue flowers in large numbers, check that out.

So far I've only seen the Icky Sticky Stuff Remover that I referred to in an earlier post at my local grocery store. It's not a national chain, by the way. According to the ISSR site, hardware stores would be another place to look. While I was at World Market though, I came across Earth Friendly Products' Orange Plus Cleaner. I didn't even realize that they carried cleaners like that there! Now before I'd found the ISSR, I'd been thinking that this Orange Plus Cleaner had possibilities as a non-toxic blending agent for magic colored pencil from what I'd seen online. You can read the MSDS for the concentrated form. I hadn't followed this up because it looked like it was available mainly in health food type stores, and there wasn't one listed on their site that was close to me. Its main cleaning agent is orange oil, so again this seemed to have possibilities for breaking down the wax in colored pencils and allowing for movement and blending of the pigments. This is not an artist grade product, but it has a better safety profile than the odorless mineral spirits, so if the former isn't an issue for you, then this may be another possible alternative. I did a very quick test to see if it would work on Prismacolor pencils, and it did seem to. I'll try to do a more formal test with photos at some point for the sake of comparison. The 22 oz bottle of ready to use spray cost about $3.99, so I figured that I'd buy it and test it. Kitchen cleaner had been on my shopping list today anyway, so I was going to be able to use this whether it worked or not.

All in all, not a bad shopping day, eh? I may not have found what I originally set out to find, but I did manage to find something fun and craft-related to bring home with me when all was said and done. :-)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy Happenstance

Ahhh, sometimes it's so much better to be lucky than good. LOL!

I was experimenting with my Cuttlebug A2 embossing folders. Yes, again. ;-) I was trying them in combination, similar to the double Cuttling that I described a while back, but also taking from my more recent creative Cuttling experience. I hadn't been going for this look specifically, but I like the way these two folders came together.


I used the D'vine Swirls and Birds & Swirls embossing folders to get this look for my card front. I accented with just a bit of ink to bring out the design, added my sentiment from Outlines Rubber Stamp Co and embellished with a Brides flower and some ribbon. I intentionally left this card very simple to show how these two folder designs look together.

I'll be describing how I did this a little later. Stay tuned! :-)

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Spotlight Cuttling

Okay, so maybe technically this should just be included with creative Cuttling, but I thought it was kind of neat and deserved a "spot" of its own. I can think of a number of ways to use this. Here's one example:


The stamp images are by Rhonna Farrer/Autumn Leaves and stamped with chalk inks that I colored and accented using Copic Spica glitter pens. The flowers are Brides flowers with Liquid Pearl centers.

Now for the spotlight part of this--I used the Cuttlebug A2 Swiss Dots folder in my Big Shot to make the three embossed "spotlights" in the border. I used the technique that I described in my creative Cuttling in detail post--take a peek there for photos and step-by-step instructions that you can adapt to your machine. For this look in particular I used some of those Bazzill Basics chipboard 1" circles that were popular a couple of years or so ago. I stacked them in pairs, which made them conveniently the same thickness as one of the two clear plates that I use to make my embossing sandwich for these folders. This meant that I simply eliminated the bottom plate, put my folder (with the cardfront inside and the rest of the card tucked behind it) directly on my platform. I put the chipboard circles on top of the folder where I wanted the dots to be embossed, covered that with my clear plate and ran it through my Big Shot. That was it! I accented with score lines using my Scor-It.

Now you could use just one pair and run it through several times, placing the chipboard circle pair wherever you want the embossing each time. Alternatively you could use several pairs and put them all on the folder at the same time, cover them with your clear plate, and emboss them all at once. I did glue my circle pairs together, by the way. I didn't want them slipping off each other as they went through the machine. I also did this using some of the Bazzill Basic chipboard squares. I'll post that card when I've finished it. I was having a tough time calling squares spotlights anyway. ;-)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

More punch fun

I decided to make another card using the leftover Basic Grey Sultry cardstock pieces that I'd cut into the other day. I also wanted to use some new clear stamps and another Fiskars border punch that I hadn't tried out yet.


The stamps are by My Favorite Things. I colored the image with colored pencils. The border was made using the Give It a Swirl Fiskars border punch. I embellished with Brides flower confetti and accented the centers with Diamond Stickles.

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