Memento Dew Drop Backgrounds for cards

One of my favourite techniques is simply plain inking a background, and admittedly with all the amazing products and must-haves on the market it is one of the things we do less and less. It was time to dust off the amazing little inks and make some magic with blending backgrounds.

I used my Memento Dew Drop ink pads and blended through some Celebr8 Stencils to create 3 magical cards. It is that simple. I combined the 2 colours by first blending the one colour and then the second colour for a stunning effect. Remember to overlap your ink colours when blending for a seamless effect running into each other.

I use small circular movements to pick up my ink and to blend, to get a streak-free perfect effect.
To complete my cards, I added some simple stamped sentiments in black, a few pearls and diamante as decorations and paint splats for that fun messy effect.
These quick cards are gorgeous and as a bonus I used everything I had on hand, using ink colours that I don’t always use, and stencils that haven’t been used in a while. And a stamp set that I love but haven’t used nearly enough.

How to make quick and easy Gentleman’s Emporium Cards

Welcome to today’s blog post with me Jowilna. I finally got my hands on the New Gentleman’s Emporium Range and I love it. I made some quick cards with foiled details, and let me just say that the foiling makes these cards shine even brighter.

I used my patterned papers as a base for my cards, and if you get hold of the 6×6″ paper pads they are simply perfect for making cards – no waste, no mess, no fuss.

For the sentiment on this card I cut a strip of the patterned paper and raise it using foam tape. A few pearls dresses up the card.

For my second card I used some elements from the Collection pack layered on top of a foiled frame. Note how I dropped the frame off the edge of the card for a fun look.

I repeated my use of pearls as embellishments and a few ink splats.

Quick and easy cards for all those men in our lives, but still adding some bling for good measure. Until next time, live creatively!

Products used
CO726850 Mini Cut, Foil and Emboss Die – Gentlemans Emp – In Spades (1pc) – 49 x 57mm
CO726819 Paper – 12 x 12in – Gentlemans Emporium Sheet 6 – 304.8 x 304.8mm
CO726814 Paper – 12 x 12in – Gentlemans Emporium Sheet 1 – 304.8 x 304.8mm
CO725357 Foil – Gold (Iridescent Square Pattern) – Heat activated
CO726591 Creative Detailer (inc 12 large refills, 10 small refills, 2 positioners)
CO726813 Paper- Gentlemans Emporium Collection Pack – Stickers, Postcards and Papers – 12 x 12in

Stamping and Colouring

How gorgeous is the new stamp set from Little Birdie? I simply had to colour the images as soon as I got hold of it. It calls for creating a stained-glass window card, but in the meantime, a good colouring session with some of my favourite watercolour markers did the trick.

Stamp the image onto white cardstock. I used my smooth AC white cardstock using Black VersaFine Clair ink. Then use your markers to add colour to the image.
I did add some watercolour splats once the image was totally coloured, just because she called for some magical fairy dust floating about.
And now I need to add some glitter to her, some dimensional glaze and turn her into a stunning card or use her on a layout.

Products Used
LBCR76268 Little Birdie Fairy Sparkle Clear Stamp (4.5×6.5 inch)
TVF-CLA-351 VersaFine Clair Ink Pad – Nocturne
DDOA851303 Artiste Dual Tip Pens – Brush & Marker (12 Pack) – Watercolour
DDOA851102 Artiste Dual Tip Brush Markers (12 Pack) – Pastel
AC NEUTRALS 71793 AC Cardstock 12×12 Smooth – White (10 Sheets)

Little Birdie Flowers Home Décor Piece

I found the perfect way to showcase beautiful Little Birdie flowers and this stunning paper range from Celebr8.
The gorgeous shades of purple in the paper was the inspiration behind using the strong Little Birdie Purple Passion flowers and I love how it turned out!floral circle

You can read all about how I created this project here

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Create a Gift Card Holder with foiled details

Hi everyone, Jowilna on the blog today sharing this easy Gift Card Holder using envelopes. It’s so easy to make but so clever and will really add interest to any gift.gift card envelope tag_main

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step 1 – Paint your chipboard title with some gesso and then spray with mists to add colour. Leave to dry or dry with a heat gun.

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step 2 – I had this tag that I stenciled for dimension and a blue background. I then added orange and purple mists to match my project colours.

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step 3 – Create 2 small envelopes using the Coutere Creations score board. My envelopes measure 4×3″.
Foil the outside of the one envelope and then add some embossed detail.
Adhere the 2 envelopes together by sliding the flaps inside each other and add some adhesive to adhere.

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step 4 – Decorate the inside of the envelope using some Ephemera.
Cut flowers out of white cardstock and add mists for colour. Cut extra smaller flowers out of patterned paper.

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step 5 – Adhere the envelopes to the tag using double sided tape. Adhere the title (cut up) to the envelope with the die-cut flowers.
Wrap a ribbon around the bottom of the tag and add diamante to the center of the large flower.

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Rub some copper wax onto the chipboard words for interest.

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Use dimensional glaze and add some detail to the bee only.

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Notice how the colours all look so amazing together – shades of purple, orange, pink and copper.
How easy is this little gift card holder – now simply slip a gift card inside the envelope (or two) and make someone’s day really special.
Products used
CO 726526 Butterfly Garden 12 x 12 Paper Pad (24 Sheets)
CO 726540 Butterfly Garden Ephemera
CO 725697 GoPress Heat Activate Foil – Copper (Mirror Finish) – 125mm x 5m
CO726578
Chipboard – Butterfly Garden – Bee Happy Sentiment (1pc)
Until next time – happy crafting Jowilna x

Mother’s day cards in 5 minutes

Happy mother’s day to all the moms out there! Thank you for all you are and do for us.
I created these quick cards using Kaisercraft Paper and Collectibles and a few stamps.
For this card I used my GoPress and Foil machine with an Anna Griffin Embossing folder to create the gorgeous background. A collectible flower and a stamped image with diamante finishes off this quick card.card1

For more card ideas head on over to the Kaisercraft blog for inspiration.

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This card uses only a few elements from the Collectibles pack and a stamp. I added some paint splatters and diamante and in 5 minutes I created a beautiful card.

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I love making these quick and easy cards – not only am I using up some stash, I can make someone’s day special with a beautiful card and message.
Until tomorrow – have a creative day! Jowilna

Project Life Scrapbooking – why it makes sense

I love Project Life Scrapbooking – when i first heard about it i was totally sold on it. It just makes so much sense.
It has taken years to convey my passion for it, and to ignite the fire in others, but I happy to say I have manged to do it!
But why? For some one like me the everyday little things really are the big thing – and simply put thats why.20190504 sneak peak JNPL

It’s not about the huge things, the dressed up special occasions where you compete with the Jones’s. It’s the real hard core good, bad and ugly things that count.
And those are memories that we all have. Its the dressed up fake lets pose for a happy family photo that doesn’t make sense. But this, this is what its really like in my life.
Its the story that when someone looks at my album, they can relate to me, know the real me – not the one that puts on a brave face everyday to portray something false to the world.

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Yes its raw, and maybe a bit too honest for some people, but its real. Its where my hopes and dreams and special moments are captured right alongside the sadness of real life.

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Each month I do a project life class at Short Cuts craft, and each month I see how more and more people get it – how you can add loads of photos into an album,

But where you also have permission to tell the real life behind the masks (scenes) stories of your heart.

My story matters if only to me – that’s all that counts. And this is the way I love telling it.
Will it ever replace my normal scrapping – heck no – its an extension of my art and memory keeping – and I love it all!

Trusty All-Purpose Inks

When you love your inks as much as I do, then running out of a specific colour is an absolute train smash. It’s a little like a 2-year-old throwing a tantrum in the middle of a store and they don’t realize that it’s really not that bad. In my case it was when I ran out of Walnut ink crystals – my go to for anything and everything.step1

But luckily the tantrum only lasted a few seconds and I made a plan.
Because I know how inks will react, I could recreate the effects and colour of walnut ink crystals almost to a T with things I did have on hand. My trusty All-Purpose inks!
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I used old papers that I needed to colour. Lightly misted them with water. Then add some Lemon Yellow and Truffle All-Purpose inks with a pipette and misted with more water. I did this all over a plastic tray and let the ink drip off the paper.
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Eventually, I just started dipping the papers into the ink collected in the tray, lifted them up and then placed them on my craft sheet to dry.
The mixed yellow and brown ink created the perfect light brown ink that mimicked my favourite walnut ink crystal brown.
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The initial inked papers in yellow and brown also created an amazing look that has quickly become a stunning favourite effect of mine.
Now to head off and use these beautifully coloured pages on my next project.
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There is always a plan to made when you have inks – so tantrums are totally unnecessary. But creativity is always the answer.

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Products Used

Combine foiling and 3D Dot kits for a beautiful card

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Step 1 – Decide what papers you want to use from the Butterfly Garden range. Trim off the barcode strip and trim a panel to fit onto the front of your folded card.

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Step 2 – Use double sided tape to adhere the panel to the front of the card. Then adhere a strip of the barcode above the strip on the panel. Add some paint splats onto the background.
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Step 3  – Die cut some flowers from patterned paper Butterfly Garden Sheet 4.
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Step 4 – Foil some square frames using copper foil with you Go Press and Foil, and then die-cut the frames for a perfect cut.
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Step 5 – Use a 3d Design to create an image for your card. Dot & Do 3D Push Out Kit – Vintage Flowers – Purple Birds
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step 6 – Assemble your card using the background, foiled frame and 3D element. Finish off with some diamante and dimensional glaze.
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When you combine all these wonderful elements together to create a card, you can create some really interesting.
Foiled and distress bits and pieces layered on die-cuts with a beautiful 3D element – what more can you ask for.

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And in a few easy steps you have created a great card, and with the right sentiment it would be perfect for mother’s day this month (in South Africa)

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Until next time – I hope you are inspired to use your stash together and for different things.

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Two Souls Wedding Tags – Kaisercraft.

“How gorgeous is this Two Souls range. Instead of making wedding cards I enjoy making tags these days that can be attached t gifts and flowers. They are quick to make and can be just as detailed as a card.” JN

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You can download the full instructions from The Kaisercraft blog on how I created these tags.

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PRODUCTS USED:

 

PAPERS: TWO SOULS Collection: PP1065 Paper Pad
KC PRODUCTS: CT958 | Collectables, SB700 | Silver, DD635 | Decorative Tag, DIY Cuts machine, T315 Double Sided Tape, T303 Foam Tape, T225 Kaiser Cutter, T317 Craft Scissors, T330 Die-Release Tool