Galaxy Background Birthday Card by Sarah

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Have you tried inking up a galaxy background? I hadn’t given it a go yet – til now! Cover a panel of card in patches of ink in a range of colours – yellow, purple, pink and aqua. Any kind goes, I used mostly Distress Oxides, one Catherine Pooler dye ink and a generic pink pigment ink. Smoosh and blend til you’ve got no white space left. Let them mix as much or as little as you like. Only parts … Read More

Rainbow Birthday Wishes Card by Sarah

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A bit of ink smooshing from me today.   Tap your red ink pad directly onto your acrylic stamping block, roughly filling in the first inch in from the end. Spritz the inked block with a little water and press it down onto your card front with the edge of the block at the edge of the card – let the ink smoosh rightwards across the card front, sometimes it’ll bloom out further, sometimes it’ll stay about an inch wide … Read More

Sparkly Peace And Comfort Card By Sarah

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Time for some metallics and glitter! Blend up a background straight onto your card blank in green and blue inks. Add a gently curving swoosh of embellishment mousse in from each side with a tissue, then put the card aside to completely dry. Stamp and heat emboss the mandala and leaves on vellum paper. I did the mandala just in silver and the leaves in silver first, heated til only just melting, then allow to cool, reapply embossing ink and … Read More

HOLA PARTY ANIMAL CARD BY SARAH

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This could work as a general hello notecard or I’m going to give it as a birthday card I think.   Stamp and colour your animals. I used watercolours then added a bit more detail with coloured pencils over the top. Diecut them out, along with the rectangular panel from the Arrow Mat Die. Cover the back of the panel with double-sided tape and position all but one of the animals around, then stick down in the middle of your … Read More

Llama Get Well Card by Sarah

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Know someone who’s having to take some time out to get well? Guaranteed their recovery will be that bit better if you put an interactive llama card in their hands! Think paper dolls with the little tabs on their clothes so you can mix and match outfits.   Stamp the cactus in a repeat pattern of offset rows on your card blank. Diecut the frame from the Arrow Mat Die and raise up on the card front on foam tape … Read More

Peek A Boo Pets Pull Tab Card by Sarah

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The cute creatures in this stamp set were just made for popping their heads through windows or over walls. As soon as I saw them, I wanted to use them on a vertical pull tab card and thought it’d be a great opportunity to show that, although there are fancy dies that can make this kind of interactive card easier, you can do it yourself without special equipment and using any stamps you like.   Stamp out the animal of … Read More

Geometric Washi Card by Sarah

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Got a drawer full of lovely washi tapes hiding in your stash? Here’s an easy way to let some of it out to play! Cut a strip of card into triangles and wrap your choice of washi round each one. I went with 3 designs in coordinating colours. Arrange the triangles as shown, or have a play – any layout goes 🙂 Stamp a couple of textured spots in the background, carrying through the colour scheme from the tape. Stick … Read More

STITCHED BACKGROUND NOTE CARD BY SARAH

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When is a hill not a hill? When it’s criss-crossed as a sophisticated stitch-effect background.   Cut a panel of white card to fit your card blank. Lay one of the stitched hill dies across the panel diagonally as close to top right corner to bottom left corner as it’s long enough to go, secure with washi or memo tape and run through your diecutter. Move the die an inch or so out towards the bottom right corner. It’ll hang … Read More

Trial and Error Thank You Card by Sarah

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One of my new year’s resolutions is to give myself more time to play with card designs so I can try out tricky, messy things without feeling pressed for time. Bring on the mixed media! Stamp and heat emboss the largest mandala. There’s something magic about watching embossing powder transform to shiny as it reaches just the right temperature. Make sure to heat from below as well as above to minimise warping. Repeat with the next size down mandala, using … Read More

Congratulations CAS Card by Sarah

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It’s always nice to help someone mark an achievement they’ve worked hard for. When I came up with the idea for this card I was thinking of prosecco bubbles 🙂 Lay out your stamps with your sentiment at the bottom right of your card blank and a handful of spots bubbling upwards from it, very roughly biggest at the bottom to smallest at the top but mix it up a bit to make it look more natural. Pick up the … Read More

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