Wednesday, 9 December 2015

How to create a Floral card using Lynnda's Leaves Stamps

Elaine here with a quick post on how to create a flower (or two) using the Beech Leaves from the LYNNDA's LEAVES set of stamps premiered on Hochanda TV recently.

I know leaves can be either green or any autumnal shade but I wanted to do something different so decided to go for Copper Beech leaves.  I sprayed some red paper with JUBILEE RED PURE COLOUR and added a light misting of VINTAGE BLUE PURE COLOUR to get that rich deep colour.  I gold embossed both the large and small leaves and then painted over them with Glorious Gold Ink in a Bottle.

Then the fun began.....I glued them in a circle to form a wreath, I cut them up and lay them diagonally across a card, laid them out as falling leaves but it all looked horrible.  In the end (a week later!!)  I just used 5 leaves interlocked at their base and finished with a gold brad to create a flower.  Same with the smaller beech leaf too!

The base is some cream leather card and I've stamped the Mountain Ash with the two lighter shades from the TRIPLE MEADOW GREENS  PIGMENT INK pad and the Fir Sprig with the darker shade (both from the same Lynnda's Leaves set).  To make sure they framed the flowers nicely I just picked the flower up, stamped, placed it down again and checked where the next leaf should go etc.  The card is just finished with a sentiment from the FRIENDLY WORDS set cut in the shape of a beech leaf at either end and mounted.

I love the deep red of the leaves against the bright greens and hope you do too.  It goes to show Lynnda's Leaves don't have to be just for autumn or leaves for that matter!!

Elaine xx

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Retro Roses Card Tutorial – Oak House Studio Stamps

Hi Everyone

MJ here once again.  Today I wanted to share another little stamping project I made for Oak House Studio’s recent shows on Hochanda.  I hope you caught them, Lynnda was great.

Here is an easy card for you and I hope you like it.

dec 4 15 1

What I Did

  1. Take a 6” x 6” square of watercolour card and a 6” x 2” strip too.
  2. Next I used Bottled Sunshine, Pumpkin Pie and Jubilee Red, an ink blending tool and a spritzer bottle with water in it.
  3. Start by spritzing the card with a little water.  Then I added some bottled sunshine in 3 areas of the square and then added some Pumpkin Pie.  I blended them together with my foam until I was happy with the result. Repeat for the strip.
  4. Next  I chose 3 stencils (a mix of Andy Skinner’s and Finnabair stencils).  I inked through the stencils with Jubilee Red ink using the ink blending tool.
  5. Using the rose stamp I put a little of the Brazil Nut ink onto a piece of cut and dry foam and used that to ink the stamp.  Stamp randomly around the pieces.
  6. Take the circle cluster stamp and ink with Versamark ink.  Next lightly mist the stamp with water (by using the Versamark on the stamp first it holds the water in place on the stamp).  Stamp onto card, hold for a few seconds, lift off and blot with kitchen roll.  This will give you a ghosting effect.  Repeat all over. 
  7. Mount the square on to black card and  glue to front of card.
  8. Mount the strip onto black card and glue to lower half of card front.
  9. Colour a scrap of watercolour card with the inks.  Stamp sentiment on using Brazil Nut ink.  Mount on to black card.  Attach with 3D foam.
  10. To finish take some bandage. Put some drops of inks onto a craft sheets.  Spritz the bandage/Cambric with water and then dip into the inks to colour.  Dry.  Make a bow.

What I Used

Oak House Studio – Pure Colour Chemistry Inks
in Brazil Nut/Bottled Sunshine/Pumpkin Pie/Jubilee Red

Oak House Studio – Rose Stamp Set

Oak House Studio -Texture Elements

Watercolour card

We hope you have been inspired.



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