Saturday, 31 May 2014

Your Cards in 3D - no silly specs required!

Here are some of the cards made at the 3D workshop on Wednesday - along with some work in progress shots. The first cards shown here were made using the Sizzix Accordion die. As you can see it lends itself to a variety of occasions.

The star card - made from a triangle shape cut out of a 12 x 12 sheet of card - adds an interactive element for the receiver of the card. Click here to view a tutorial.

And finally the concertina pop out card, made from two scored square card blanks, is perfect for decorating for that special birthday or Anniversary. It's easy to score your own or you can buy the kit from pre-scored kit from Craftwork Cards.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Taking it to another dimension

At this month's workshop the theme is 3D/shaped cards. Kay will be showing you how to make a star card out of 12 x 12 card, with a few clever folds. Could even be your first Christmas card for 2014! But it doesn't have to be!

Michelle will be showing you how to create an accordion style card using a Sizzix die.

Don't forget to bring your "Showcase a stamp you like and a stamp you don't" project pages to be in with a chance of a free workshop.

I will see you in June. Have fun!

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Top tiles...

A big thank you to Kay and to Sue who did our demos last week. And very well done to Sue on her first demo for us at the club. Our theme was "Not simply stamping" so both techniques focused on using stamps in a slightly different way. The layered stamp technique is demonstrated below.

In this example two squares of white card have been cut to different sizes. The smaller square has been stuck down in the centre of the larger square using low tack tape or low tack glue. The stamp was then inked up and stamped down on to both pieces of card.

The result is as shown in this picture. The depth of the card, although not very thick, creates a white border around the smaller square where no ink is stamped. It can be left as it is...

...or both pieces can be matted and mounted on to a card blank, creating the effect of layering the stamped image. Gives a great monochrome effect when the card is matched to the ink colour too.

More examples of the technique and the completed cards. Love the black and white!

The technique can also be applied to printed papers - doesn't have to be restricted to stamping.

Sue's demo focused on creating a tiled effect from stamped images, either by stamping the image, cutting it up and then mounting it on backing card...
...or by first scoring your card in a tiled pattern and then stamping your image over the top. This worked brilliantly on the pearl glossy card. Sue also demonstrated how to use a cut out spare tile piece to mask the stamped tiles and ink up the edges with distress ink to give a shaded 3D effect to each tile.

The feather stamp worked really well and proved to be quite popular.