Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Lifting off with TiddlyInks Tiny Dancer

Hello again, and welcome back.

Today I am featuring another one of the beautiful digital stamps by Tiddly Inks. Its called 'tiny dancer'.

When I got up this morning, I had this idea in my head to design a card around this little beauty, surrounded with stars and dots, done in shades of blue and enhanced with foil and glitter. This may not be true to the sketch but its very close.

Just yesterday, I put my paper collection in order in the hopes of making it easier to select paper when I have to make cards. Its a work in progress but it helped me find these papers I didnt remember I had.

The dancer is painted using kuretake paints from what I have on my palette and I added purples and light blue and just a hint of silver. I cut her out and used double sided tape to adhere her to the card. The starry background is from the clear cuts collection by Bella Blvd called Stars white. I also made some designs on the white cardstock with a stitched die by Simon Says Stamp.

Behind the clear cuts transparency, is black paper which I adhered to the card front for the starry night. Then I die cut a circle to represent the earth from a piece of paper I had in stock for years. I cant remember the brand but this is probably the last remaining piece. I also die cut some stars from the set 'bundle of stitched shapes' from Simon says Stamp and adhered it to 'earth'.

Here is the card again.

I hope you like it and I know you will want to check out the stamps at www.tiddlyinks.com

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Using Glossy Accents to add more depth to cards

Hi there and welcome back.

Today I want to share with you a card I made using the technique of adding glossy accents to create more depth to the card's look. The stamp I chose is from Tiddly Inks wonderful collection of Digital Stamps. Its a very playful stamp called 'Awww Thanks'.

What I love about this tiddly ink stamp is the idea of carefreeness and playfulness which as adults, we wish we could capture once more. Remember the days of running everywhere barefeet without any thought and when every flower, wild or not, was just beautiful? That's what this stamp reminds me of and I was trying to capture that essence.

To make the card, I first printed the downloaded image onto white cardstock. The lines on the trousers were made using the 005 Micron Pen. I then painted her, using Kuretake paints which I had left on my palette. I have different shades of browns, yellows and blues on my palette which I often mix together sometimes adding other colours as I go along. The red for the flowers was No 30.

When the image was completed, I fussy cut around the shape and added Ranger's Glossy accents to the clothes, the centres of the flowers and the eyes of the girl to give her a sort of doll-like finish. While she was drying, I began work on the background.

For the background, I used papers from DCWV Year Round Paper Pack. I die cut the grass out of one of the green sheets glued it on top of the paper with the cloud design. The fence was die cut from one of the brown sheets and I adhered it with double sided tape. Once the girl had completely dried (I left it for at least an hour in front of the fan) I double backed the image with the double sided tape so she would stand out more than the fence. I added strips of the brown paper around the edges of the card for more emphasis.

Hope you enjoyed this simple card using glossy accents and I look forward to seeing you on my next blog.

Please leave me a comment on your thoughts.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Cards with Picture Windows

Hi there and welcome back to Sweet Cherry Designs.

Hope you enjoyed the mixing of patterns in my last blog and I hope you were able to get a better understanding of it. If you haven't, I do intend to do more pattern mixing with more information as to making your cards a little more cohesive.

Today's card has pattern mixing but also the element of a picture window.

You're probably thinking this looks difficult but its actually not.

The tools and materials used were 8.5 X 11 Cardstock, patterned Paper, Circular Dies, Big Shot machine,Paper Cutter, Crafter's Companion- The Ultimate Tool, Stamps, Paints and Patience.

Firstly, I die cut a semi circle using the circular dies from MFT Die-namics. I placed half of the die on the cardstock in a landscape position(the other half was on the cutting pad) and ran it through the big shot machine.

I then proceeded to score the entire card into 3 parts, the first which was diecut , I scored at 2.75 in and then turning around the card to the opposite side I scored at the 2.75 mark. I went back to the big shot and die cut the semi circle on the opposite side so when I put them together they were a match and made a full circle.

Just to go back a bit. To get them lined up, I fitted the die in the first semi circle cut I made and traced where the semicircle cut should be on the opposite side by drawing in pencil, an inner and an outer line of the die on the card stock. Then I taped the die onto the cardstock between the two lines I had drawn and cut a 2nd semi circle. Now they line up as a full circle. Thats' your window.

I then proceeded to stamp and paint the image from Stampendous- Cling Hearth Nap and painted it with my Kuretake paints which is still on my palette from a previous painting I did.

To cover the white cardstock opening I cut the pretty paper from Die cuts with a view. Its a paper pack called 'the year round stack'. Using my pattern mixing skill I used plaid and stripes to coordinate together. Plaid on the outside and stripes on the inside because you do get a view of the stripes on the inside against the backdrop of the plaid so you have to ensure that your choices of paper go together.

The paper was cut to 5.5 and then I die cut a circle in the middle of it using the same circular die. I then cut through the circle thus cutting the paper in half so it would fit over the semi circles made for the opening of the card. I then glued the paper down and trimmed off the edges added glitter strips at the bottom of the outside of the card and a red bow on the inside of the card for added effect.

Hope you like my picture window card and I look forward to seeing you at my next blog.

Please be sure to leave a comment.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Mixing patterns

Hi there welcome back.

Hope you enjoyed some of my adventures in Grenada. I must admit I had a ton load of fun but I missed my card making.

In today's card I am demonstrating the use of different patterns as well as warm and cool colours.

I picked the large print stripes and matched it with the small dots and to add interest I matched the cool blue with warm yellow dashes on which the foreground was matted. Now the stripes and dots are from the same paper family which often makes it easier to match styles. The paper with yellow and white dashes ties in because I use the same colour family from the foreground.

In terms of the foreground I used the two owls from the clearly besotted 'woodland kisses' and the leafy branches from doodle blooms altenew. Using copic marker E57, I widened the branches and also added a few more. The hearts are also from 'woodland kisses'.

The images were stamped using distress ink vintage photo and then painted using kuretake paints.
Hope this helps you to mix patterns better as well as in making your cards look more cohesive.

Have a great day card making....

I would love to hear your thoughts so please leave a comment at the end of the post!