Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bokeh Background

Dawn of Wplus9 design studios demonstrated a fantastic bokeh background technique way back in August. You can check out the original blog post here or the YouTube tutorial here.  I used her technique to create the background for this card using broken china, tumbled glass and pumicestone distress inks.  I think sponged on Brilliance moonlight white ink through a stencil I made by punching and die-cutting  lots of different size circles into a sheet of acetate. I know there is not much peaking out now but it really is pretty.  Over the background I have placed the memory box orchard tree frame cut from basic white cardstock. In the tree I have placed a couple of sweet little birdies from a Wee Stamp set from Whimsy Stamps which came from with Australian Simply cards.  The Fairy is another Wee Stamps design from Whimsy Stamps called the Silver Fairy.  I think she is just gorgeous. The birdies and the fairy were coloured with copics, fussy cut, given some shape and stuck down with silicon. I put silver glitter on the fairy's wings.  This is a super fine glitter called reflection from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  It is so fine and glittery gorgeous. Once you glue it down it wont come off (I just used some PVA) it has an almost velvet texture. The foliage border behind the fairy is from another free stamp set from Australian Simply cards from Indigoblu.  This was stamped and embossed on vellum with white detail embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  It certainly does an excellent job of getting the detail, even the tiny little thin stalks and stems in this image. The sentiment is from Kaisercraft and it was stamped on a die from a Wplus9 set called circle stackers 1. Thank you for looking.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges

Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Challenge 77 - Two or more images

Sparkle n Sprinkle Creative Challenges for November

Saturday, November 22, 2014

LOTV November Challenge

I was lucky enough to be the winner of the Christmas in July blog hop at Lili of the Valley. I won 12 of their adorable rubber stamps. The sweet image on the card below "A time to care" was one of these. I coloured the little angel and her birdie friends with distress markers and a waterbrush.  I was trying to channel Fleur of the  LOTV Design Team, her colouring skills are absolutely amazing. I certainly didn't attain her level of skill but I'm happy with the results. I cut out my stamped image with Spellbinders labels one and mounted it on some kraft card cut out with spellbinders decorative labels one and embossed randomly with Opals Snow Gum - a ultra thick embossing powder.  The patterned paper is from a Kaisercraft 6 inch paper pad called Christmas Collections, I'm not sure if it is still available. I love the vintage look and thought it went well with the image. I created the border by cutting out four strips with the EK success snowflake border punch. The little Kraft tree are cut using a Marianne Designs die and embossed with the same powder.  The foliage was cut from white and pearl cardstock using a mixture Whimsy Stamps and Joycrafts dies and punch bunch punch.  The sentiment is from a Kaisercraft set simply called Christmas sentiments and was stamped using a detailed white embossing powder from  Sparkle N sprinkle on a label from  Kaszazz (a Stampin Up style company here in Australia).  Thank you for looking.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenge

Lili of the Valley - Merry Christmas