Monday, 22 November 2010

More gilding

I thought I would have a go at some more gilding, so I made another picture for Christmas. I chose images that face each other so they'll look good on the mantlepiece. It's really hard to get a decent photograph as it's so dull today, and they are also highly reflective, but it is a lot better up close.

Again I used the kit I bought from HERE - it's well worth the money as you get plenty of gold leaf (25 sheets, this 6 x 4 design took 1½), brushes and enough paint in several colours to do dozens of designs.

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Saturday, 13 November 2010

Christmas is coming...

am I allowed to say that? I have to admit that I'm not a fan of tinsel at Christmas, but I think my house can sometimes look a little bare and less than festive. I am always trying to come up with something more personal to add to my collection, and having decided that I would try my hand at Verre Églomisé (glass gilding), chose a reindeer to get me started.

I was surprised how easy it was after reading how tricky gold leaf can be to use, and although I used imitation gold leaf which is thicker it was still so easy to tear.

This is where I bought the kit if you're interested in having a go: Gold Leaf Supplies

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Thursday, 7 May 2009

Charisma Cardz Sketch Challenge

I really enjoyed doing this sketch challenge at Charisma Cardz although the colours look really dull in the photo, it's actually quite a bright card in real life.

I started with a green base that's actually a nice bright colour. I matted the dp - not sure where it's from - on some brown cs for the main panel, and ran some mossy green Core'dinations cs through the cuttlebug with the swiss dots folder. The picture is a digi-stamp (I used the ready coloured one) and the sentiment is computer generated. I finished it with another strip of brown cs with a sticky ribbon, and some peel off dots coloured using peel off markers.

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365 Cards - I Want Candy

I struggled a bit with the 365 cards challenge today, I had nothing that would really 'work'.

It's only an A6 card so I didn't have quite so much space to fill, so I started with a pink layer, with K&Co Sweet and Sassy paper on top of that. I embossed some white card with the Swiss Dots folder and cut the sweet out of some more K&Co paper. I added a page pebble and some ribbon, and the sentiment is computer generated.

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Wednesday, 6 May 2009

365 Cards - Think Pink

Today's 365 cards challenge is to include 'a whole lot of pink', which wasn't too hard for me as I am going through a pink phase at the moment. I started with a dark pink base, with a layer of pale blue cs, and a layer of paler pink. The strips of paper are from the K&Co 6x6 packs Sweet and Sassy and Belle. I paper pieced Vicky's dress using paper from the same pack and coloured the rest with Promarkers. I layered her up on the same colours of cs as before and added the green ribbon. I finished it with the flower with a 10mm Dovecraft gem in the centre.

The inside uses the same cs again and is finished with a strip of dp.

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Tuesday, 5 May 2009

365 Cards - A Hard One!!

I really struggled with the 365 Cards challenge today - to include the sentiment 'You are there, and I am here'.

I've had this Inkadinkado stamp pretty much since I started stamping, and rarely use it but thought it would work well for this challenge. I stamped it on white card with black Stazon and watercoloured it, before mounting it on various layers of brown and white cs and Scribble Scrabble dp. I paper pierced one layer. The base of the card is brown cs with layers of the same papers, and the strip across the middle is punched using a Fiskars border punch layered onto white paper. The ribbon was out of a bargain box so no idea who makes it, and the sentiment and the box it is in is computer generated.

The inside uses the same Scribble Scrabble paper, and again the sentiment is computer generated.

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Monday, 4 May 2009

365 cards - Day 65

The challenge at 365 cards today was a Mother's Day card which, being in the UK we've already had this year. The card I came up with just says 'For You, Mum' so it could be used any time - for Mother's Day, a birthday or just because.

The base is 6x6in purple cs, covered with the paler green from the Papermania Boutique 8x8 stack. The purple dp is from the same stack. I used the same combo for the strip in the centre, and added the computer generated sentiment printed on white cs. The image - Tulip bowl from Sketching Stamper - was coloured using Whispers markers and mounted on the same purple cs as the base. I'm not sure about the flower, but it's there now, and it's staying put!

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