Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Shrink Plastic cards

I made these three cards for the cardmaking club session on 12th Jan. The theme was shrink plastic, something I love playing with!

The first card I made was with a gorgeous Dimension 4th bear that I did on clear shrink plastic. You can see the image clearly on either side, so I've put him reverse side up to make him face the other way to the full sized bear. I stamped the large bear onto plain white card with black memento, coloured him in with brown promarkers and cut him out. I've slotted him behind the stripy border so he looks like he's sitting on something and not floating in thin air. The papers are Nitwit freebies I got in an old issue of Creative Cardmaking magazine.

My second card is using this beautiful girls head stamp. I stamped her onto white shrink plastic and coloured her with gold and pink mica powders before cutting her out, punching a hole (I usually forget this bit!) and shrinking. For the main image I've embossed with detail gold embossing powder, then painted her hair with mica and a damp paintbrush. I punched my flowers out of pink vellum for a delicate look and used gold sticky gems for the centres (I used a tiny dot of glue in the centre of each flower to attach them to the card, this was then hidden by the gems). The background paper is from the 'Mothers Day' digikit for CraftArtist.

My last card is using one of my favourite stamps - a maple leaf from the Poetic Prints collection by Hero Arts. I stamped it onto frosted shrink plastic with a chalk ink pad and cut around the image before shrinking. The ink didn't dry even after shrinking, so I've attached it wet side down with some pinflair glue gel. I used the same stamp and five different coloured inks to make a border two thirds of the way across the front of a 6x6 cream card blank (using a mask made from the maple leaf image stamped onto a sticky note and cut out). I then cut around the edges of the leaves, revealing the inside of the card, which I covered with a paper from the Cocoa Latte digikit from CraftArtist/Daisy Trail

Saturday, 21 January 2012

My winning entry in Penny Black category for Cardmaker of the Year 2011

I used two of the stamps from Penny Black's 'Micey Day' clear stamp set to make this card.

After stamping and colouring in the toaster image, I cut a slit along the line where the front piece of toast meets the toaster. I then mounted it onto some brown card using narrow double-sided sticky tape around the outside edges only, so there was space to fit something into the slit I had made.

I cleaned the stamp and re-inked just the top of one piece of toast with a brown Whispers pen. I stamped four of these onto white card and then made them into complete pieces of toast with the fine end of the same pen (I made the fourth one extra long as the bottom half needed to fit into the slot I made in the toaster). I coloured the toast in with promarkers and then stamped 'with love' onto the long piece with versamark ink and chalks. I punched a small hole in the top right hand corner and tied some raffia on. I then fitted it into the slot in my toaster with just the top showing, so that it could be pulled out to reveal the message.

I stamped the teacup image onto white shrink plastic and coloured it in with whispers pens.

I made each flower by punching 2 daisies out of pearlescent white paper and layering them up with a pink gem.