Heat transfer vinyl

Remnants from a ‘remake the outdoor blinds’ project have been transformed, thanks to heat transfer vinyl …

This premium vinyl is much better than the economy version I have used before and I am surprised how well it melds into the canvas fabric. Let us see how the boat flag survives its outdoor life.

The other projects created from this crafty session with the trusty scan n cut (the whale is a standard supplied svg) will remain a Christmas surprise for the lucky few!

‘It’s the season – to be making cards

I have been recycling an old Lesley Anne Ivory perpetual diary into cat cards and decided to put the Christmas cats into one bundle.

These images just need matting onto card before adding to the A6 card front. I cut the ‘Merry Christmas’ and bow, using papercraft society November kit dies, from the mat card before sticking the image on to it.

Finished with some sequins or gem stones these now make a cat lover’s Christmas kit. Think I like the non traditional colours best.

Always make multiples

If you are going to make a card make multiples. It makes sense even if you give away the spares. Most time is spent gathering supplies and planning layouts rather than the assembly, so three takes hardly any more time than one.

Here I used some ancient craftwork cards antiqued papers matted on some papermania textured cardstock (bought in a handy A5 colour block). I cut the sentiment – dovecraft– and Sheena botanicals flowers from the mat before sticking it on the card base. Only the edge of the mat shows and the paper is good quality – plus this keeps the impact subtle, just what I want for a sympathy card. Two cards were embellished with Candi buttons, but not sure if that makes them too fussy.

Mind your head, dangler

A low newel post is a peril for taller visitors to our home so I tend to dangle seasonal ‘creations from it to avoid bumps. This month’s version uses one of my less used die sets.

The pirate ship die alone is 4 inches square (about 10.5 cm) so works well as part of a dangler.

Each element from the set was cut from card two or three times and stuck together to give it some stability and to sandwich in the thread hanger. I tried to use most of this fun Docrafts die set but couldn’t quite work the palm tree, desert island or octopus into this version. Next time maybe.

Christmas card get ahead

Stashbusting Christmas paper means gathering all potential festive supplies together. This encourages me to use new combinations. Here I have used residual A5 card bases with dies that from past magazine purchases and I even recycled elements from cards we received over previous years. Embellishments of adhesive gems that seem to accumulate complete a batch of cards. Inside I have heat embossed a simple greeting so they are ready for boxing and gifting.

More card casing

 

this time from Joanna Sheen cardmaking collection…

The shadows are achieved by masking and effects by pulling up the ink with water – useful practice.

I thought I would be using the die and stamp set from this mag but got sidetracked by an article on blending distress oxides with the stencils that came in the kit. Here are my two ‘casing’ efforts.

Diy wreath builder

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I cut a stencil from acetate to make a wreath builder,  saving myself money and extending the use of my new Craftwork cards flower stamps.

The stencil is merely two 4 1/4” squares, one rotated 45 degrees to form a star shape. The scan n cut did it’s stuff and I popped out the star leaving a place holder to rotate stamping paper around so that repeated stamping in a stamp positioner is neatly aligned. (See Gina K wreath builder if you want the original at £10.99)

For this card I used my distress oxide inks and filled the centre with fussy cut flowers from the papercraft magazine kit.

Papercraft magazine challenge

3884CB10-3A26-45DB-A194-34E8014A8F4CIt may look like I have only made 5 cards, but I have worked my way through the magazine, tried out the stamps, dies and stencils and ‘cased’ these cards so far.

The challenge now is to use up the remaining tags, fussy cut flowers and papers that I have prepared. Meanwhile they sit with my other Craftwork cards kit remnants waiting for a second burst of enthusiasm.

This magazine was a bargain from Craftstash bought with birthday money (justifying paper addiction here). Will keep my eyes peeled for issue 2…

Clean and simple cards for men

The hardest cards to make…

The greetings were printed from the laptop on photo paper. The metal embellishments did all the work on those cards. I cut out the stamped flintstone image with the scan n cut, coloured it with whatever pens came first to hand and stopped myself embellishing beyond a few enamel drops.

I stuck to my objective of making at least two similar cards at a time and now have some masculine cards ready