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Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Wednesday 25 September 2013

Plenty Of Bling For Rudolph

Well here we are it's the 25th of the month again which means it's Rudolph Day on Sarn's blog Stamping for Pleasure and here is my offering this time.
I have used one of my newest Chocolate Baroque Christmas stamps. There are several to choose from, I have this lovely bauble one and a Poinsettia one.They are huge stamps about 5.5 inches square, I have cut the sides off this time (from the image not the stamp!!! ) and just used the middle part. I began by stamping onto white card with Versamark ink and embossed with WOW gold embossing powder, and then coloured with Promarkers. When the colouring was done I filled in the background with a very pale marker, and trimmed the sides, and then mounted onto gold mirri card. I cut some of this lovely red glitter card to fit the front of my base card and wrapped the Christmassy ribbon round it in both directions and the stuck it to the card. I cut circles for the greeting with Nestability dies and coloured the centre to match the main image and stamped and embossed the greeting which is also from Chocolate Baroque.I then added the coloured panel to the card and then the  greeting on thin foam pads and tied a short length of ribbon at the side.
Now I am going to link this up at Stamping for Pleasure.
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Tuesday 24 September 2013

Autumnal Quintiles

The theme for our quintiles swap at Chocolate Baroque this month is Autumn Days. I actually made these a little while ago to make sure they were done in time as I had my sister to stay with me for a few days, so I hope I can remember how I made them.

                                                                                                                                                                 I did this one first using torn copy paper and duster brushes with distress inks to create the landscape.  The cloudy effect in the sky was achieved by brushing blue ink against the edge of a die cut flower and moving it around and overlapping between inking. This technique was shown to me by a friend who had discovered it while inking petal edges to layer up into a flower.I think the die she used was a Spellbinders.
Having got my background, I inked the tree stamp with distress markers in autumnal colours and stamped it to the left adding a little stamping of the leafy edges of the tree stamp in the bottom corrner  to ground them a bit. In the right hand corner I used the leafy corner stamp inked with distress inks, I think I used forest moss, rusty hinge and wild honey, and then added clear embossing powder and heated it to give a bit of a shine. Both the tree and leaf stamps are from Chocolate Baroque and the word stamp and the birds are Inkylicious. To frame the tile I inked the edges with vintage photo distress ink.
  The back ground on the second one was first brayered with distress inks, I'm sorry I can't remember which ones exactly. I over stamped with the same leafy corner stamp with Brilliance pearlescent beige and galaxy gold in opposite corners. The poppy head image was  stamped with Memento rich cocoa ink and I added a little colour with coloursoft pencils. The poppy stamp is Chocolate Baroque and the quote I think is Stamp Addicts, I have had it for ages.  Again the edges are finished with vintage photo shading.                                              

I am entering this at ---
Fashionable Stampers Challenge - Autumn Colours.
Make It Monday - Anything Goes.

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Saturday 21 September 2013

Blue Butterflies

I can't believe that it's nearly a month since I posted anything! Where did all that time go?! It's not that I haven't made anything but I just haven't got round to blogging. Some of my time was taken up with preparing for, and then enjoying a visit from sister.
Anyway today the postman delivered this lovely new die from Joanna Sheen's signature dies range. As soon as I spotted it this week it shot to the top my "must have" list. This afternoon I just had to try it out so took a piece of  Imaginations blue shiny card and my Cuttlebug and cut away. I must say that it cut absolutely perfectly first time and even came out of the die easily too. It occurred to me that it would also make a good mask, so I cut it again from some scrap card. I placed it onto some white card as a mask and used a duster brush to apply Brilliance ice blue pearlescent ink through and around it. I then placed the blue die cut slightly off set over it and stuck it down, and added a few random dots with blue Stickles glitter glue. I used a Memory Box die to cut a fancy edge on a piece of matching blue card and then mounted the butterfly panel onto it, and then onto a white base card. I added the small sentiment stamp to finish.

I am entering this at, Crafty Bloggers Network - Things With Wings
                               Through Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

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