Le Petit Jardin Quick and Easy Cards

Thanks for joining me on the Couture Creations Blog today. Today I am showing you how I recycle all those foiled left-over pieces that are just so amazing.
I simply can’t bare throwing away all those beautiful foil left-overs away after creating foiled elements. So I always have a plan to use them and turn them into quick cards.
Take a look how I use those pieces together with the Le Petit Jardin range to create my quick and easy cards.

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step 1 – I can’t bare to throw away my left-over pieces once I have filed elements to use. So as a typical crafter and maybe a bit of a hoarder I keep them and use them.

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Step 2 – Adhere these pieces onto smooth white cardstock using a glue stick. Cover the area on your cardstock using glue, and then place the foiled piece onto the glued area and smooth it out with your palm.
step2Step 3 – Trim the cardstock piece to size and then add embossing using an embossing folder and your Go Cut and Emboss machine.
TIP: I like adding the embossing for 2 reasons. It adds interest, but it also forces the foil even tighter onto the cardstock ensuring it won’t come loose ever.
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step 4 – Stamp a sentiment onto the front of your folded card in black ink.
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step 5 – Matt the foiled and embossed piece onto some patterned paper scraps.
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step 6 – Cut out some extra foiled flowers and adhere them to the top of the foiled background piece.
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step 7 – Adhere the foiled piece to the card above the sentiment.
step7Finish off your card with some paint splats and diamante.
And in a few easy steps you have recycled some of your foiled left-overs and created a gorgeous set of cards.
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Until next time thanks for visiting
Jowilna x
Couture Creations List of Materials
CO725447 Le Petit Jardin – Double Sided Sheet 02
CO725449 Le Petit Jardin – Double Sided Sheet 04
CO725455 Le Petit Jardin – Double Sided Sheet 08
CO 725422 Le Petit Jardin Hotfoil Stamp – Arizona Poppy
CO725355 Go Press and foil machine
CO 725692 GoPress Heat Activate Foil – Sea Breeze (Iridescent Digital Pattern)
CO 725385 GoPress Heat Activate Foil – Gold (Mirror Finish)
AD49576 Le Jardin Stamps
Black ink, cards, buttons, thread, diamante

Beautiful Handmade Foil Card.

You can create some amazing effects with the GoPress and Foil. Add some additional details to the foiling for an even more stunning effect!
For this card, I added some inking on top of the foiling with some amazing results.
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step 1 -Heat the Curling Motif Stamp in the GoPress and Foil.

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step 2 – Once hot, add the green foil, cardstock and a shim. Roll the platform through the GoCut and Emboss.

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step 3 – Remove the cardstock from the platform to reveal the hot foiled image.

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step 4 – Stamp some wording onto a strip of cardstock using VersaFine Clair ink in brown. Trim the sentiment to fit onto the card.

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step 5 – To add colour to my background, I misted the foiled piece with water and then sprinkled it with Walnut ink crystals and then misted again with water. Leave the ink to dry.

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Trim the background to fit onto the front of a folded card. Add your stamped sentiment to the middle of the foiled image. Finish off the card with an inked chipboard heart.

The inking on top of the foiling looks amazing. You could also ink before foiling the card and it will also look great. The foiled image creates a beautiful home for the sentiment to sit on.

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Liquid Drops 3D Pearls – Jowilna’s Favourite Things

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One of my favourite products from The Wholesaler is the Liquid Drops from Couture Creations. Now in the traditional sense I am not the type of crafter that will make little pearly drops using this medium – somehow it just doesn’t make sense to me. But the product is a favourite of mine for creating mixed media backgrounds.

The product offers a beautiful pearly effect perfect for creating a variety of projects.

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step 1 – You will need a variety of colours – the more colours the better for me.

step 2 – Use any piece of white cardstock that you have handy. I always keep my scraps from other projects and even pieces that I have tested colours and effects on. These are great for creating beautiful backgrounds.
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step 3 – Add some Liquid Drops onto your cardstock.
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step 4 – Use a palette knife or old credit card to smooth out the pearls randomly onto the cardstock.
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TIP: Leave some thicker parts and spread other areas out really thin for a nice coloured but translucent effect.

step 5 – Add a second colour to your cardstock. I generally leave the pearls to dry for a few seconds in between layers.
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Keep on spreading colours over the white areas. Create a patchwork using the different colours to make a rainbow effect.
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step 7 – I used a piece of cardstock with some stencilling on as well as a cleaner piece with more white areas, you can clearly see the difference between the two pieces of cardstock. Both give an amazing effect but with totally different looks.
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And that is one of my all-time favourite effects using one of my favourite products ever – Liquid Drops.

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Anna Griffin Mix and Match Pigments – spectacular backgrounds.

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Today I am sharing an idea of how to use your Pigment powders in a really versatile way with a technique I developed.
It is one of those techniques that is so versatile you can use it on cards, layouts, for backgrounds, to die-cut elements out of and even on your mixed media projects.
These versatile pigments by one of the designers I admire most Anna Griffin and who I had the honour of meeting way back in 2004 are simply amazing.

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I used three different shades of my pigment powder to create a shimmering background for my card, but also used the same technique and then die-cut matching feathers to use as accents on my card.
How beautiful is the shimmer
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here’s a quick step by step on how to achieve the look
step 1 – select the 3 colours of pigments you want to work with.
step1step 2 – Add a small amount of pigment onto a palette.
TIP: I just used some plastic packaging so that it would be easy to just recycle and throw away once done.
In Johannesburg where i shop, we have had these amazing little spoons for years and i always have those on hand – perfect for these types of scooping needs.
step2step 3 – Squeeze some clear adhesive onto the pigment powder. I used my Tombow Mono Aqua for this – the perfect glue for this technique.
I was never really a fan of the Aqua version of this brand – even when i first started working with Tombow back in 1999 but over the years it has become one of my favourites used for the right application
and for techniques it is amazing, just like its popular brother – Mono Multi.
step4step 4 – Use an old gift card or palette knife to mix the powder and glue together. At this point you can add some more glue or more powder.
You might want to add more glue if you need it to spread further.
step5step 5 – Spread the pigment mix onto white cardstock using the same card. The card enables you to spread it out smoothly for a nice clean and even finish.
Mix the three colours one at a time and apply them to your cardstock next to each other and slightly overlapping and blending into each other for a seamless look.
step7step 6 – Leave the pigment background to dry, then die-cut feathers out of the one sheet, and use the second sheet as your card background.
step8I used a tone on tone effect for my card, lining up the same colour die-cut feather onto the matching portion of the background on my card.
The delicate feather die works perfectly for this – it shows the texture and effect of the pigment beautifully.
detail3I hope you are inspired by this easy to do technique using products that you have at home – just another unique technique from my table utilizing your products in more than one way
for some stunning effects.

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The pigment powders are distributed by The Wholesaler here in South Africa, designed by the fabulous Anna Griffin.
For a more comprehensive description on this technique and pigment powders, you can download the technique article PDF below.
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Until next time – shine on!

Couture Creations | Sea Breeze generic card.

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I am honored to be guest designing over at Couture Creations this month. And what better way than to be using their stunning range of Sea Breeze papers and elements.
I also got to play with the new release of the Anna Griffin Mixed Media products.
For this card I used some of the Sea Breeze elements but turned it into something a little more generic – it just goes to show that you don’t have to create something beach-y
with this range of papers. But instead I created a beautiful card in shades of blue and green.
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step 1 – Create a background for your card using acrylic paint in blue, green and brown. I added the paint in layers using a rubber brayer.
step1step 2 – Once the background is dry, trim i8t smaller and adhere it to the center of a folded card.
Use the Anna Griffin Secret Garden Stencil and white embossing paste and add a design to the front of your card.
I added some sand to the paste to create a textured paste for variety.
Leave the paste to dry.
step2step 3 – Use 3 shades of blue ink to add colour to your textured design.
Cut out the boy image from the On the rocks patterned paper.
Adhere the chipboard element to the card, and add the boy using foam tape overlapping the chipboard element.
Tuck some blue thread under the boy and add some flowers and diamante to finish it off.
detail2step 4 – Cut the frame from the On the rocks paper and separate the edge. Adhere the strips to the front of the card to form a corner.
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I love how this card turned out – a cute boyish card that can be used for any special occasion.
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The Wholesaler is the proud distributor in South Africa of Couture Creations products.
Products used:
Anna Griffin Secret Garden Stencil
Anna Griffin Embossing Paste
The Sea Breeze Collection

Secret Treasures dies by Couture Creations

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I am a paper scrapper at heart – so there’s something really special about being able to create elements using just paper for cards and layouts. Above anything else I choose to use paper on my layouts with a few smaller embellishments, but ultimately paper rules my creativity. So naturally when I create dies is one of my favourite elements to include. I can use small scraps of paper and cardstock to cut different elements out of to add as accents on my layouts, I can add different techniques to plain pieces of cardstock and I can dress them up or down as much as I like to. For my layout I chose to emboss my die-cuts – this enabled me to pick up on the beautiful and dramatic turquoise-green in the patterned paper I used, and also the neutral brown I used as my matting to ground the elements. I used three different dies on this layout to add to my outdoorsy feel. I used the beautiful rocking horse die, tiny birdies and the beautiful large leafy die – all of them perfectly fitting into the design in their own unique way dressed up in a shiny new coat of heat embossing.

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Die-cut your elements out of plain white cardstock of medium weight

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Cover the entire element with a layer of Versamark ink. Press the ink pad repeatedly onto the
die-cut for an even cover of ink. Work on a sheet of scrap paper for the inking part

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Move the die-cut onto a clean sheet of paper. Cover the die-cut with a layer of embossing
powder and shake off the excess powder

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Heat the element using your heat gun until the powder is fully melted. Leave to cool down
before handling the die-cut. You can add another layer of embossing for a smooth finish

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Tips and hints

  • Embossing two or more layers will give you a really smooth finish
  • You can decant your embossing powders into small plastic tubs with a plastic spoon making it easier to use. I store my powders this way so that I can easily return the excess powder into the container. Spooning the powder onto your elements over the tub also makes for less waste
  • The golden rule of embossing can be applied to most embossing powders – when it goes shiny, it is done heating.
  • Once an element has been embossed, the embossing powder needs to cool down before handling. If you touch it while the embossing is still hot, you will leave your finger print behind with a really unpleasant burn