' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: August 2019

Friday 30 August 2019

Another Deer

As promised I am back with a second Christmas card for my Crafts U Love DT post. The Studio Light deer image had so much success in my first make I used it again in this simpler card.

This time I stamped the image on glossy paper and added inks with Distress foam to create a sky and snowy hills background using masks cut from paper.
After the first stamping with Memento black, with the stamp still on the Stamping platform, I cleaned it and inked some of the falling snow with a Versamark embossing pen and stamped over the black impression. I then embossed with White Glitter EP.
I cut the image and a mat with the Couture Creations Bracket Frames die set.
I used 2 papers from the Studio Light PPSL19 pad to decorate the front of my card base and cut a label using Julie Hickey Designs Layers, Frames & Banners Die Set with both white and red cardstock  using the inside of one and the outside of the other. I added Nuvo Drops on all the pierced holes of the scalloped label frame and, since I had it at hand, I couldn't resist adding some on the brownish dots of the paper.

A closer look at the shine and textures:


Studio Light A6 Paper Pad - No.119
Studio Light Essentials Clear Stamp Set - No.391
Tonic Studios Nuvo Stone Drops - Gold Rush
Memento Inkpad Tuxedo Black
Memento Dew Drop Inkpad Danube Blue and Summer Sky
Versamark Pen
WOW! Embossing Glitter - White Twinkle
Couture Creations Cut, Foil & Emboss Nesting Die Set - Bracket Frames

Do have a look at the other stamps Studio Light have released for this Christmas, they are just as great as the Deer, you can find them here.

Should you purchase any of the products I have used on this card, select  'Design Team'  in the 'where have you seen us' drop down so we know we have inspired you!

Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the The Artistic StamperSSS Monday Challenge (my S is for snow),  Addicted to stamps,  and SSS Wednesday challenges.

Thursday 15 August 2019

Christmas, deer

Too soon for Christmas? Hmmm… I like doing some Christmas crafting closer to the date to enjoy the general festive feeling, but, if you plan to make elaborate cards, the earlier you start the better. Because, making cards under time constraints feels less like fun and more like work!

Today's inspiration post for Crafts U Love is such a card: it's an interactive card, made with the Square Spinner die, and has 3 decorated sides.

You will notice that the card is oriented in portrait mode and although I have not seen any like that online there is no reason why it shouldn't be done. The interactive part pops out below rather than on the right side when the card is opened but otherwise it works in the same way.

For the mechanism I will send  you to Karen Burniston herself and this video.


1. First work on the front panel of the card.
- If you want papers on the inside, start by sticking them in place, then die cut the opening with your chosen shape die.
- Die-cut the opening from the paper to place on the outside of the front panel and stick down.
- add any flat decoration at this stage to the front cover

2. Decorate the inside back panel with the desired papers.

3. Die-cut, prepare and stick down the Square Spinner mechanism (refer to Karen's video)

4. Place the focal image and the spinning element on the mechanism

5. Add any dimensional details to the front now.

I wanted to my card to be slightly larger than A6 which did make things a little bit more difficult as a whole sheet of  paper didn't cover my card entirely, however this pushed me to come up with a more creative design.

The papers I used are from the Studio Light PPSL19 pad, which has a festive feel but a fresh contemporary black, white and gold colours scheme.

The deer image is from the Studio light essential Stamp set No.391 stamped with Versafine for that solid silhouette look. I picked out some of the falling snow with the Nuvo Drops latest incarnation, the stone texture, in gold.

I also used it on the front to add a heart and pearls. As you see the finish when dry is rather matte and grainy too, like a mix of paint and fine sand. This thicker texture requires a bigger nozzle and for that reason it would be difficult to write with the Stone Drops unless you used big letters.

And in action as demonstrated by my not so glamorous but helpful assistant:


Studio Light A6 Paper Pad - No.119
Studio Light Essentials Clear Stamp Set - No.391
Tonic Studios Nuvo Stone Drops - Gold Rush
Karen Burniston Spinner Square Pop-Up Die Set
VersaFine  – Onyx Black inkpad

Should you purchase any of the products I have used on this card, select  'Design Team'  in the 'where have you seen us' drop down so we know we have inspired you!

I will be back for another Christmas creation at the end of the month, I hope you will come back to check it out.

Thank you for visiting today,
I am entering the Craft Stamper challenges.

Tuesday 13 August 2019

Textured Gents

Today is my turn to inspire you to enter our Country View Challenge on the theme, "Textures" chosen by the lovely Miriam.

My make is effectively a pendant to my first inspiration make, it's here if you missed it, but this time I used more masculine colours and embellishments and, of course, 2 different techniques for textures.

On the left, I used dry embossing with 2 embossing folders (Cuttlebug script and X-Cut Chronology  Clocks) directly on the greyboard (after applying the gesso). Although the standard die-cutting machine sandwich needs to be adjusted for the thickness of the greyboard it will still emboss beautifully.

On the right I applied grungepaste with a knife and stamped into it with a bricks stamp (Katzelkraft) and a lead window design from a Prima Finnabair stamp set (Finnabair cling Trust the Magic). Whilst I was doing it I decided to throw in a bit of Infusion powders before the paste dried.

I then sprayed the Infusions and let the colours run down and merge into each other taking care of the right hand side colours.
For the left hand side, I used Distress Oxides all over in Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick and a little Walnut. To highlight the  texture a bit more, I added standard Distress ink in Walnut on the high points of the embossing. I didn't get the depth of colour expected but I forgot how gesso has a tendency to suck the dyes from above layers!

I flicked some water and some black paint to finish the background.

The focal image are 2 Paper Dolls I combined on top of torn vellum pieces, mat and die-cuts.
Finally I added some cardboard cogs I had painted and rusted previously.

Your turn to create something textural to enter our Country View Challenge and be in with a chance to win a £20 voucher to spend on craft stash!

Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the Craft Stamper TIMICreative Artiste, SanDee & amelie's Steampunk, We Love To Create  challenges.

Thursday 1 August 2019

Textured dolls

A new Country View Challenge is kicking off today and the theme, chosen by the lovely Miriam, is Textures. The world is your oyster... so many ways of creating textures and so much fun to be had!

Today I used stencils to create the main textures, first with texture paste and the chicken wire stencil and then for added dimension, I added embossing powder on top of the texture paste through the Prima doily stencil.

But going back to the beginning... I created the background on a heavy cardstock panel which I gessoed and stuck a piece of fabric like material on the right.

I painted a large portion of the panel with Prima Texture Paste Clear crackle for fine texture.

The stencilling came next and when dry I used the heat gun on the embossing powder (Seth Apter, Emerald Creek Baked Texture in Vintage Beeswax.

I then applied Paper Artsy Frescos paints all over the panel which revealed the crackles.

A bit of stamping with archival inks finished off the background.

The focal point is a cluster around a Tim Holtz Paper doll, one of the largest in the set. Behind is a doily, aged with Distress inks and a Vintage ad from a Prima Ephemera pack. Under the dolls' feet are 2 die-cuts. I created a cluster with a piece of muslin, 3 flowers made with the Prima Fairy Garden Mould and sprayed with shimmer sprays and some micro beads, the whole held in place with acrylic gel medium.

Once again this project didn't turn out the way I had envisioned but I had a lot of fun making it and so will you when you join us in the Country View Challenge! Plus there's a £20 voucher for grabs, just saying...

Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the We Love To Create, SanDee & amelie's Steampunk, SSS Wednesday and Bleeding Art challenges.