Saturday, 29 November 2014

How 3 months flies by when you're having fun .....

3 Months on the Oak House Studio Design Team ....

And so my term ends .... I am and always will be grateful for the opportunity Lynnda gave to me for my very first time on a Design Team but I will not be a stranger to the Inkspired Facebook page and will continue to blog on my own Blog page.

Oak House Studio products are a definite favourite of mine and I will also continue use them and spread the word of how good they are actually are, so many out there haven't heard of Oak House Studio or if they have they don't have the products so let's all take the time to spread the word .....

Thank you for Looking 

Love Doreen x

Friday, 28 November 2014

Poinsettia and Holly Block Stamp- Happy Christmas

Layered card using the Poinsettia and Holly Block. 

Sheet of acetate
Card stock - white
Black archival ink pad
Twinkling H2o's - other options colour chemistry acrylic ink
Glitter glue
Foam pads

1.  Stamp image onto acetate.  Tip - ink up your stamp and place face up on your table. Transfer your stamped image gently by placing your acetate on top of the inked stamp -use a brayer to add pressure.

2.  Stamp image onto white card stock twice.

3.  Cut out the poinsettia from one of the images to make a window.  Paint the holly and the border - I used inktense water colour pencils.

4.  From the second image paint and cut out the Happy Christmas.

5.  Take your base card and cut a square the same size as the poinsettia (I don't have a punch so I drew around the inside of the square which was cut to make a window and used a craft knife to cut it out)

6.  Place your acetate image over the window make sure it fits over the cut out on the card stock - adhere to card using double sided tape - (this should be done on top of the card.

7.  Add foam pads to the back of the holly frame and add carefully on top of the acetate.

8.  Add the "Happy Christmas" block to the top of the holly frame using foam pads.

9.  To finish off add some glitter to the edge of the "Happy Christmas"

Trying to photograph images on acetate is difficult so you will have to try and imagine that you can see through the poinsettia.  I have stamped the whole image onto acetate using a black archival ink.  After it had dried I used some twinkling H2o's to paint the image on the back of the stamped image.  I then added some glitter (on the back - the H2o's will bleed so do this very lightly).  I added some glitter to the center of the poinsettia on the top (front).  


Thursday, 27 November 2014

Tis the Season to be Jolly

Elaine here with another card for the Winter Challenge - for this I've used the Christmas Tree and the Block Frame stamps.

I started by spraying some stamping card with Citrus Lime Ink in a Bottle and added some Green as Grass Pigment Ink.  Once this was dry I stamped the Christmas Tree twice and embossed with Midnight Sparkle embossing powder.  I then cut alternate layers (with a section above) from both trees and fastened it together with foam pads to create the decoupaged tree. 

You can just use the Christmas Tree flat but I love the movement it gives to the card. I decorated it with gems and a glittery star on top.

For the background I've silver embossed the Block Frame and then stamped and coloured in the boxes - Tis the Season (on some leftover sprayed card)  and fa-la-la-la-la from the Deck the Halls set and the Music stamp.

Hope you like my project and have been inspired to join in with the November Challenge - full details are on Facebook - the Oak House Studio page and the INKspired group.  There's a prize to be won so why not give it a go!!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Winter / Christmas Photo Frame

Christmas Card with internal Photo Frame

Product used in the making of this card were ;
Colour Chemistry Bottled Inks Regal Claret,Citrus Lime and Glorious Gold
Colour Chemistry Ink Pads Spring Green, Forest Green, Green as Grass, Valentine, Fired Brick, Slate Grey and Powder Blue.
A Piece of Acetate cut to fit inside frame
1mm thick double sided foam pads or tape 
Pale Blue Vellum
Fluffy Stuff 
A blank Scallop edge 8 x 8 card
and Stickles or glitter.

Firstly I cut a blank piece of card and rounded of the 2 corners to fit inside a blank 8 x 8 scallop edged card. Tear the vellum to make hills, stick onto card. Use a wet wipe dipped into the powder blue and slate grey ink pads then randomly dab onto card turning in the fingers to fill the sky area. Then take the Beech tree and stamp onto card, then I used the Oak to stamp the other trees. Add the fluffy stuff and heat to make snow, then apply the stickles to the fluffy stuff but do not cover completely. Leave to one side to dry.

Take a piece of stamping card and cut to fit inside the card comfortably leaving room on the left hand side to allow for access to put photographs in. 
Leave a half inch border all round and cut out the centres using a craft knife or die cutting machine if you have one. Do not glue the acetate in place until you have decorated the frame using inks in spray bottles and then stamp on top once dry,

Take the acetate and using a double sided tape apply to frame. Using the foam tape apply it to the top, middle and bottom borders of frame and to the right hand vertical side of frame do not put any down the left hand or middle vertical borders. Line up carefully and stick to the inside of the card. Then put the stamped front onto the card using glue.

I checked the aperture was ok and stamped onto a scrap of card to check the fit for the photographs that this card was requested for.

This card was a bit of a challenge for me as I had never made anything like it before but I think it has worked quite well all things considered.

The Big Christmas Collection of stamps is on special offer this week at Oak House Studio and a very useful set of stamps it is too !

Thank You for Looking

Love Doreen 

Friday, 21 November 2014

A grungy Christmas

Hi everyone!

Here's the card I had fun doing today and think it makes a nice alternative to a traditional Christmas card.

Products used:

First I sprinkled some Watercolour Powder Paint onto some Stamping Card. Now normally, you would then spray with with water, but for this one I sprayed it with some of the gold ink in a bottle, which made everything gold and sparkly! It looks absolutely glorious, and I would recommend it if you have never tried it. I then randomly stamped some of the stamps from the Big Christmas Collection (a very useful and versatile set) in first, second and third generation using the Midnight ink. Finally I went around the edges with Forest green, using a sponge. This card took no time at all but has a very 'arty' feel to it. If you've never tried anything like this give it a go!

This tag was made using similar techniques:

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Christmas Card Workshop using the Ponsettia and Holly Block

Love this stamp, so versatile. You can use it as is and colour each section, cut bits out and layer them as I did with the main card (I like doing this as it is very forgiving)! Alternatively you can just cut out sections to use on their own as I did for the little mini card below. The Holly Scroll Border makes a lovely complementary background too. I'll be using this big stamp for my last Christmas workshop of the year and the ladies who've seen the stamp can't wait - neither can I. And I can finally use the words Mulled Wine and Minced Pies without wincing!!. Have fun with yours. Suz xxx
Products used:
Holly Scroll Border on the background
Red ribbon from my stash, stickles glitter glue in the middle and a holly punch 
Wink of Stellar over the flower.

Products used:
The Ponsettia from the block above 
French Mint spray ink in a bottle for the background green/blue
French Wine and Vintage Burgundy spray inks to colour the flower .
Gems and gold backing card from my stash.
Wink of Stellar over the flower.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Frosty Double Daisy

Hello fellow crafters, it's Clare here with more winter ideas. I didn't go for the obvious choice of stamps on this one. I chose one of my favourite stamps, Double Daisy and decided to give it a touch of winter.
For this card I used:

First of all I stamped Double Daisy and the sentiment in Oak House Studios wine pigment ink pad and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I then randomly went over the leaves of the double Daisy with a white wax crayon to cause a resist to create a frosty effect. Out came the lovely inks in a bottle and I continued to paint the Daisy with my red shades. Once Daisy had been painted I decided I wanted a splash of colour behind it. I mixed my green colours to create a wash for behind the flower. Finally after matting and layering I added a smattering of glitter to complete a frosty finish.

Good luck with your winter challenges. There is still time to get your entries in and be in with a chance of a wonderful prize.

Happy crafting,
Clare x x x

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

A very quick & easy tag tutorial.....

Hi everyone, Barbara here again, with a very easy tag tutorial.....
While doing some 'winter' themed projects for the November challenge, I unearthed some stamps I hadn't used for a while....CHRISTMAS WREATH SET

I have lots of Oak House Studio white tags, but typically couldn't find them for this project, so had to cut some....
1)  I stamped the branches using Green Oak inkpad, and the sentiment using black inkpad.

 2) Using Spring Green inkpad I stamped the cluster of holly leaves from the Christmas Wreath set, randomly over the branches.

3) I then mixed some Green Oak inkpad with Peridot acrylic ink together to make a darker shade, and over-stamped with a single holly leaf.

 4) I painted in a few holly berries with Valentine Red inkpad and an aquabrush.
When they were dry, I dotted 'Glossy Accents' over the berries, to give them a bit of shine.

5) A bit of red metallic cord, and done!

I liked the effect so much, I made a couple of cards to match....
Well, that's all for now, catch you soon,
Don't forget to get your entry into the Winter Challenge....
There's a fab prize of £40 for the winner!