Friday, 15 September 2017

A spooktacular four of a kind

Hi everyone and happy Friday! 

I have another week guest designing for Daring Cardmakers and the theme is the number four of a kind.

I immediately thought about ATC's and the brand new Tonic Studios Halloween Collection. 
ATC Sent with Love
ATC Smile
An Artists Gift
Witchy Bits Set
Haunted House Insert Die
Spooky Sentiment
Spooktacular Sentiment
Coffin Treat Box
Deluxe Adhesive
Aqua Flow Pens
Glimmer Paste - Amethyst
Mixed Media Paper
Watercolour Paper
Patterned Paper for your ATC Box (I used G45)
Various distress inks

To make: 
Cut out some watercolour card rectangles an lay down colour from your Aqua Flow pens direct to the card for bold colour. 
Make backgrounds on mixed media card with distress inks. Some of these I've used and some just didn't work out in the end. I've put them away for another project. 
Cut out 8 of the haunted house inserts (2 for each ATC). 
Cut out cardboard for all the backs of the ATC's for sturdiness and interest. 
Use Tonic ATC dies as well as simply cutting out 2.5" x 3.5" pieces.
Select your colourway, die cut and assemble. 
Even with the cardboard backs all 4 ATC's fit easily into the Box. 
And the finished 4 of a kind with the ATC Box to house them all in. Aren't they fun? Hope you like them as much as I do! 

It would be fab if you popped over and saw my friends at Daring Cardmakers challenge blog here. The Design Team are wicked awesome and they have a new challenge every Friday. This weeks inspiration is fantastic! 

Lots of love and hugs. 
Jennifer x 

Sunday, 10 September 2017

It's an elemental card

I have not been on much lately - life has a habit of needing attention sometimes. 

My friends over at Daring Cardmakers Challenge Blog asked me to guest design for them and this was my first card, although I hadn't blogged it. 

The challenge WAS 'Elemental - any three from the below collage'. My choice was colour, feathers, Herringbone. 

I have a habit of making smaller sized cards and this A2 is my favourite size. 

The colourway is lush and knew straight away what I wanted to make. 

I covered everything in gesso and Nuvo Embellishment Mousse for a pretty, delicate and textured feel. 

 The Julie Loves Sweet Petite Collection was used - Gingham Paper and 'Thank you for being wonderful sentiment' which really sets the whole card off.
I added die cuts, MDF laser pieces and a fab embossing folder.
The card is finished off with more Indian Gold Nuvo Mousse around the edges, some White Gloss Nuvo Drops, and twine. 

Short and sweet from me today - and hope you like it :)
My second challenge card is here and is a really cool bookshelf card and bookmark to celebrate International Literacy Day. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and see you soon. 
Lots of love and hugs
Jennifer x

Friday, 8 September 2017

International Literacy Day - Book Card

Hello there! Gosh, it's been a while but I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things. Let's kick off Friday with an awesome card and a couple bookmarks to celebrate International Literacy Day.

I'm a guest designer over at Daring Cardmakers Challenge Blog - and this week is, you guessed it, International Literacy Day!
My card has used a heap of mediums and there are lots of pictures to show you some of the detail. 
Hopefully my card resembles a shelf of books! There are lots of images you can cobble together to get your book, it just takes time to find them and to create each spine. I definitely think it was worth it and had such a fun time making these projects this week. 
Initially, I started off making 2 large bookmarks which measure approx 5"x 2.75" and 4" x 2.75". I punched a hole for the ribbon and then went to town with my Nuvo products, Gold and Copper Embellishment Mousse, and Gold Crystal Drops. 
After these were made, I had an even better idea so got to work on a book shelf card with a detachable bookmark. Although it took a few hours to complete, it looks amazing. 
My first book spine I used my Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolour pencils and Gathered Twigs Distress Paint. 
My second spine incorporated Nuvo Mousse - Indian Gold, Fresh Copper and Cosmic Brown, as well as Dark Walnut Crystal Drops and my white watercolour pencil. 
The third spine was embossed and sanded very lightly. I then used Indian Gold Nuvo Mousse, Gold Crystal Drops, Rusty Hinge Distress Ink and Mustard Seed Distress Paint. 
My final spine is a piece of mixed media card that I stamped using the Tonic Mandala stamp in Nuvo Hybrid ink - Acorn Brown and Spiced Marmalade Oxide Ink. 
Once dry I began layering up Indian Gold and Cosmic Brown Nuvo Mousse along with some of my Nuvo Alcohol pens (Black, 463, 465)and more oxide stamping. I then added Black Aqua Flow ink around the edge and brushed inwards. 
Using my printer I simply typed out International Literacy Day a few times and adhered. 
I used more Mousse before finishing off with a black watercolour pencil, a Copic fineliner and Black Crystal Drops. 
Once dry I popped some hessian cord through the loop and stuck onto the card with a small piece of velcro (which you can peel off gently). 
I didn't want the spines to lie flat so concertina'd a few strips of card on each one to give it a 3D look and gently rolled the spine over my distress paint bottle. 
I finished with a really cool 'trust the magic' stamp at the bottom of the bookmark - and yes, I am a Harry Potter fan. ;) 
Voila! It may have taken a while but I really think it's such a lovely effective project. I've said it time and time again, but the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse is absolutely amazing and you can use it on practically anything. 

I hope you've enjoyed my blog post and projects today. If you want to join in the challenge, you can head over to the Daring Cardmakers blog HERE

Until next time
Lots of love and hugs
Jennifer x 

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

USB Digital Crafting using Watercolours (yes it can be done)!

Hi there!
Today I thought I’d do something a little different and make a few cards using Craftwork Cards USB’s. For this tutorial, we will stick to the basics, which is simply - click and print. 
Materials you will need: 
Craftwork Cards USB Sophisticate – Sentment / Inspired Illustrations –Sunflower 
Craftwork Cards Digital Card – white
Neenah Sand Cardstock (OMG I LOVE THIS)
White Cardstock or Card blanks
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
White Gel Pen#
Nuvo Aquaflow Glitter Gloss Pen
Craft Perfect Cardstock
Faber Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolour Pencils
Nude Clean Colour Pen
Step 1
Simply open the page you want and hit print. The only adjustment I had to make was the button which said ‘fill page’. I changed this to ‘shrink to fit’ and printed.
I’ve used the sand card stock for the purpose of this tutorial as it is different to the standard white we usually print off of. As we are using a digital image, take care when laying down colour with water as the ink may bleed. If you’re gentle, this won’t be a problem. I initially used a nude Kuretake Clean Colour Pen to cover all the petals.
Add Cadmium Yellow mixed with a little water. Let dry completely after each colour as this will protect your paper and keep your colours vivid.
Now add Dark Chrome Yellow to your petals, following the shading in the image. You can add a few layers of colour here, remembering to allow to dry completely before adding more. This is essential to keeping your paper smooth looking.
Now add Dark Cadmium Orange to the petals over a couple layers. Take your walnut brown and fill in the centre of the flower and filling in some detail throughout your flower. 
Use Earth Green Yellowish and Light Green for the stalk.
This is the time when you may want to tinker with highlights and shading with the colours already used – I fiddled with it for another 15 mins or so before the colours looked ok for me.
Once completely dry, try not to go as completely insane with the white gel pen as I have! 
I selected a sentiment sheet from the Sophisticate USB and once again just printed, cut out and mat and layered everything up and popped on to a 5.5” x 4.25” Card blank. Having decided on autumnal cardstock for the border, I adhered everything together and voila!
Using the same technique and colours on white cardstock, you see that the Craftwork Cards Digital Card holds up just as well. Look how vivid the sunflower is!
Again I used the white base but this time it’s another 5.5” x 4.25” card. 
Here is a close-up so you can really see how well the colours blend and that the original printed image is still there.
You can really see the individual layers of colour up close. I finished with flicking some Nuvo Aquaflow Glitter Gloss over the card for a little shimmer.
The finished Standard 6” x 6” Craftwork Cards card blank – sunflower card.
The Trio as a set.
Hope this gets you thinking about digital crafting and using different mediums. I didn’t think using watercolours would be possible with a digital image but I gave it a go and made three neat cards. 

Until next time
Lots of love and hugs

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

August Win & Tonic Challenge - Just Me And My Cardboard

Hey hey hey - it's time for another Win & Tonic Challenge! And I've been messy and festive. 

The August challenge is so cool! The theme is something festive and automatically makes me think metallic. I'd just received some AMAZING Nuvo Embellishment Mousse and was perfect for this project. 
The winner is selected randomly so everyone has a chance of winning! And what will you win? Only the BRAND NEW Dimensions - Christmas Cracker Treat Box Die Set! 
Something Festive: you are free to make whatever you want, and as long as it has something ‘Tonic’ on it and has a festive feel you are eligible to enter as many times as you want. 

How to enter
At the bottom of the Win and Tonic blog post you will see this button.  

There is a Facebook Group you can join and simply upload your entries there. They will then be added to the competition. 

You can enter as many times as you want but please note we only accept NEW CARDS - we don’t allow backlinking. 

There is fabulous inspiration on the Win & Tonic Page from some very talented ladies so be sure to check it out - and enter. 

My Project - Cardboard
I've been saving it up and today decided it was time to give it a whirl and design some Christmas home decor. I love how it turned out and the photos don't capture the full beauty of the metallic finish from the Nuvo Mousse. I hope you like it and it really was super easy to make! 

Tonic Materials:
12 inch Guillotine - 152e
A3 Glass Cutting Mat - 352e
Tangerine Die Cutting Machine -138e (my orange beast)
Star Layering Die Set
Christmas Sentiments Seasons Greetings - 1405e
Craft Perfect Chocolate Brown - 9025e
Craft Perfect Ultra Smooth Media Card - 9565e
Nuvo Ink Pad Acorn Brown - 213n
Deluxe Adhesive - 200n
Embellishment Mousse Fresh Copper - 809n
Embellishment Mousse Cosmic Brown - 810n
Embellishment Mousse Indian Gold - 802n
Embellishment Mousse Black Ash - 811n

Other Materials
Craftwork Cards Hedgerow Stamp
Thick Corrugated Cardboard
Art Basics White Gesso
Acrylic Paint Thinner (you could also use water)
Palette Knife
Rubbing Alcohol 
Golden Regular Gel Matte 
Jute Twine
Hot Glue Gun
Paint brush
Mini Foam Pads
Jute Ribbon
Heat Gun

When using the mousse, do not use your fingers or water. Instead wipe a palette knife with rubbing alcohol to remove the amount of mousse you need. Also substitute water for acylic paint thinner.
I use rubbing alcohol and a palette knife to ensure bacteria doesn't get into my pot of Nuvo mousse which may create mould. The same goes for sticking your finger into the pot of mousse.  
Of course you can use boiled cool water but in my opinion acrylic paint thinner reacts better - it has an oilier finish and you also don't have to worry about any bacterial contamination.

Step 1
Using a guillotine, cut out any size cardboard you want your project to be (mine was A2). Gently tear away some of the top layer so you have the corrugated layer visible. Gesso. 

Step 2
Rub your palette knife with rubbing alcohol to ensure there is no bacteria on the knife. 
Use the clean knife to remove some of the mousse and place onto a glass mat
Now using your fingers or a sponge cover your cardboard with mousse. It dries pretty fast but give it a quick blast with your heat gun if you don't want to wait. I used all 4 colours listed above in various layers. The more layers I added, the more 'metallic' it looked.                                                                
Step 3
Trim a a piece of mixed media (or stamping) card about half an inch smaller than your cardboard as you want a sizeable border. 
Ink up the Hedgerow stamp (or any script stamp you have) with Nuvo Acorn Brown Ink Pad (which is waterproof and awesome!) and stamp in a pattern which will allow the script to be visible once your cardboard star is adhered. 
Step 4
Let the ink dry for a minute or two or give it a quick blast with your heat gun. 
Using the leftover mousse(s) you used earlier and should still be on your glass mat put in a few drops of acylic paint thinner. Now I know a lot of people use water but in my opinion the paint thinner reacts better - it has an oilier finish and you also don't have to worry about any bacterial contamination. Once you have a nice consistency, pick some up on a paint brush and flick onto your card. The take the end of a pencil and dip it into your mousse and add a few marks for some added interest. 
Step 5
Let dry naturally as you don't want your heat gun to bubble your mousse. This should only take about 5 minutes. Whilst you're waiting for the mousse to dry, cut out your Seasons Greetings Sentiment 8 times, 4 white, 2 brown, 2 black. Adhere one black and brown together, with a very minimal shadow - repeat so you have two. Take two white sentiments and adhere together, repeat. Now using your Mousse, create an ombre effect on both white sentiments. You need to make sure each layer is dry before adding another otherwise it will all blend into one colour. Using your darker sentiments, adhere - giving a shadow effect. 
Adhere your laargest star and sentiment to the card. For all cardboard I used gel medium, for the sentiment I used Deluxe adhesive. 
Attach a small jute twine bow to the top of your star
Step 6
The card needed more texture but I didn't want to busy the background so decided to cut out 2 more stars to sit on top of the largest star. I used the same process with the mousse, drying, layering more mousse until the right colour was achieved.
It was still missing something so dug out a sheet of copper metal and die cut 2 small stars. I attached these with gel medium to the smallest star for added depth. For me, it's the little details which really make a project. 
Step 7
Taking Black Ash  Embellishment Mousse, I went around the very edges with a mini foam pad - this really brought the whole thing to life and made it pop. This close up really shows the depth and colours used. 
Step 8
The other 2 stars were adhered with gel medium and the edges lightly distressed with Black Ash Embellishment Mousse. 
Step 9
Finally, some jute ribbon was adhered to the back of the cardboard with hot glue and another piece of cardboard adhered with gel medium. This isn't essential but I wanted to cover my back as this is being posted to someone. 
And voila! You have a gorgeous metallic Christmas decor piece. It was so easy to make and it looks absolutely stunning in real life. 

I really hope you like this project of mine and I highly recommend this Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - it's absolutely amazing. 
I was also surprised how well the cardboard worked and will be using it on a few more projects to see what happens....

Lots of love and hugs

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Junk Journal

Hi there! 
I blogged a challenge card earlier today, which you can see here. I had a lot of fun as their Guest Designer for the week. However, one card wasn't enough and so I made two - and it still wasn't enough - and started getting crazy and throwing things together and ended up making a junk journal! 

What's a junk journal? Actually, I have no idea as I've never watched a tutorial on one nor read about them. But I know they exist. And I'm sure there are some stunning ones out there that are precise and symmetrical and even pretty - none of which the one I made is, haha I literally grabbed what was around me and put it all together. 

My main components focus around the front cover and Tonic Studios Aqua Flow Pens, Dies and Crystal Drops. 
I used lots of different backgrounds I had already made for another project but it never materialised. And lots of of scraps, ribbon and twine. I really have no idea what I'm going to do with it - maybe change the binding to something more sturdy but to be honest with you, it's absolutely fine as it is. I really adore the rawness of it all and it's taught me quite a good lesson - not everything needs to be perfect and there is beauty in imperfection. 
So how did this project come into being? Well, I made a challenge card, and you know how it goes, I just let go and before I knew it I was punching holes, cutting, snipping, gluing and binding a little journal! 
Just some of the pretty pages inside. 

The journal isn't complete - it's just the base so lots of fun to be had to add embellishments and additions. 

Side view
The front/side view
Ta-da! And that, my friends, is how not to make a junk journal - haha.
Have a great day and catch up soon 
Lots of love and hugs

A spooktacular four of a kind