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  1. Hi Craft addicts!

    Well, the sun is shining a bit and so I thought I would write about how I made these rainbow themed set of 5 small cards - all hand painted and with a variety of sentiments on the front...

    Gift Tags or small cards 2019 - Rainbow themed small 4in cards set of 5 in

    How I made this card:-

    • I first of all painted 5 different rainbow patterns on to some white card - you can use watercolour card but I used Hunkydory's Ink me card as I wanted a smooth surface!
    • I tried to keep each of the rainbow patterns so that they fitted on the front of the card.
    • Once they were all dry, I cut them out with an irregular pattern - must admit a couple of them are die cuts but I can't remember what ones they are - think they are Tattered Lace and Tonic but could be wrong.
    • I then used a variety of sentiments and after using an Anti-static bag over some black card, I stamped them on to it using Versamark ink and then heat embossed them.
    • I edged all of the backgrounds with a black alcohol marker so they stood out a bit and stuck them to the fronts of each of the cards using PVA glue.
    • I also cut the sentiments out, again using an irregular pattern and stuck each of them to the front of the card again using PVA glue.

    And there you are a set of 5 small cards that could be a gift (especially if you include some stamps) or just for your own use.

  2. Hi Craft Addicts!

    Well today's blog is another Halloween card - I just love making these type of cards as they can be bright and cheerful and yet also dark and spooky! This one is a mix of the two I think... so read on if you want to know more...

    GC 2019 - Halloween - Trick or Treat - grave at sunrise with ghost c6 card

    How I made this card:-

    • I first of all created the background using Watercolour paints - mainly Oranges and yellows (with a hint of red) - I used white super smooth card rather than watercolour as I wanted a smooth surface.
    • I put it aside to dry overnight.
    • i then cut out the Trick or Treat die (from Tattered Lace) in black card (Lynda Chapman's World of Paper) - This is a Symphony die (it creates 2 parts of a scene) and I just used the Cemetery and spider part of it. It is a large die so you will need an A4 die cutting machine.
    • I trimmed the background scene so it measures approximately 2.5" x 4.5" and then stuck the Silhouette scene to it and trimmed it down.
    • I then edged it with a black alcohol marker to cover any of the white card and glued it to the top left hand side of the C6 card using PVA glue.
    • I then cut out the Trick or Treat sentiment (from Paper Boutique by Creative Crafting World) in Orange and its' mat in black and stuck them together again using PVA glue and attached it to the centre of the card.
    • I also cut out the Ghost (from Sweet Dixie) in white card and added a small piece of black card to behind its' face and attached it to the bottom right hand side of the card with foam pads.
    • Finally, I added some Black Nuvo drops to the bottom and right hand sides of the card.

    And there you are a fun card that would be great to give for Halloween - you could also make invitations using the idea - you can buy it on my Website GC00008

    Products you may want to make this card:-

    • C6 White card (smooth) with envelope
    • Trick or Treat Symphony die from Tattered Lace 
    • Ghost die from Sweet Dixie
    • Trick or Treat sentiment mat and layer die from Paper Boutique from Creative Crafting World.
    • White super smooth card stock
    • Black card
    • Orange Card
    • Oranges, Reds, Yellow Watercolour paints 
    • Black Nuvo drops from Tonic Studios
    • Foam Pads
    • PVA glue such as Glue-it (Pinflair) or Cosmic Shimmer 
    • Die-cutting Machine
  3. Hi Craft addicts!

    I hope you had a great weekend! Today's card is one I had great fun making using mainly Sweet Dixie dies on a background I painted myself. If you want to read how I made it then just carry on reading!

    GC 2019 - Halloween - Happy Haunting owl, bats and coffin on hand painted b

    How I made this card:-

    • I used Sparkle watercolour inks from Spectrum Noir to create the background (mainly blues and greens for the sky and the grass) and left it to dry.
    • Whilst it was drying, I cut out the Owl several times (from the Moonlit Owl and Bats Die set from Sweet Dixie) in black card (Lynda Chapman's World of Paper).
    • I also cut out the Coffin (from Sweet Dixie again, this time their Filigree Coffin set) and the Happy Haunting sentiment (from the Happy Haunting set), all in black card.
    • Once the background was dry, I stuck it to front of an A5 white (landscape style) - the fold is already at the side rather than the top). I used PVA glue but you could use a wet glue such as Collall too.
    • I then stuck the Owl on to the top of the left hand side, again using PVA glue.
    • I wanted to give it some dimension, so I glued the Owl to some Kraft card and cut around it, stuck it to another of the black die-cuts and then added it to the existing Owl using foam pads.
    • I used PVA glue to attach the Coffin to some Orange card, cut around it and added it to the bottom right hand corner with some foam pads.
    • I also used PVA glue to create the sentiment, sticking it to the same Orange card as the Coffin, cut around it in an irregular way, stuck that to some black card, cut around that using the edge of the orange card.
    • As the Coffin was slightly raised, I used a double layer of foam pads on the left hand side of the sentiment and single one on the right and added it to the card over the Coffin.
    • Finally, I added some more bats to teh scene to create a bit more atmosphere.

    And there you are, a bright and cheerful but spooky card for Halloween - you can buy it here on my website GC00007. After I had made it, I did think this would make a great scene for a Box frame or MDF plaque...

    Products you may need to make this project:-

    • A5 Landscape white card with envelope - Lynda Chapman's World of Paper from Creative Crafting World
    • Sweet Dixie Filigree Coffin die set
    • Sweet Dixie Happy Haunting die set
    • Sweet Dixie Moonlit Owl with bats die set
    • Sparkle Watercolour ink bottles from Spectrum Noir from Crafter's Companion (Blues and Greens)
    • Black cardstock - Lynda Chapman's is great for die cutting
    • Orange cardstock - I used the Citrus Burst set from the Core Collection from Create & Craft
    • Kraft card
    • Collall All Purpose glue
    • Cosmic Shimmer or Glue it Glue (Pinflair)
    • Foam pads
    • Die cutting Machine - I used my Baby Blue (3" mouth) for most of these items - the only one I needed a larger machine for was the Owl die - A5 or A4 machines will do such as the Gemini Junior and Snap machine for A5 or Gemini and Cut n Boss for A4
  4. Hi Craft addicts!

    Still having great fun making cards for Halloween and here is the latest  one - very simple to make but is quite stylish (in a ghoulish sort of way).... To find out how I made it look below the pic!

    GC 2019 - Halloween - BOO, Boo skull and crossbones 7x5in black card - PB,

    How I made this card:-

    • I first of all used the Spider's Web stamp from the Haunted House Stamp set from Rare Earth and stamped it directly on to each corner of a 5" x 7" black card (from the Core Collection by Create & Craft) using Versamark ink. I had used an Anti-static bag first to get rid of any grease etc.
    • I then covered the webs in Silver Embossing Powder and heat set them.
    • Once I had completed them all, I putto one side as I needed to cut out the Skulls circle frame out - this is the main die from Lynda Chapman's Paper Boutique Love the Bones of You set from Creative Crafting World.
    • I cut it out in white card and attached it to the centre of the card using PVA glue.
    • I then stamped out the Skull (with the candle) on to some white card using Gina K Obsidian Black ink and coloured it in using grey and a yellow alcohol markers. The stamp is from the Hubble Bubble set again from Rare Earth.
    • I felt it needed some form of sentiment so I stamped out the Boo on to some white card 3 times using Versamark ink and like the Spiders Webs, added some Silver Embossing Powder and heat set them.
    • I cut around them and stuck them to the Skull frame circle using PVA glue.
    • Finally, I added some foam pads to the Skull and Candle topper and placed it in the middle of the card.
    • I also added a white insert inside so there was room for a message.

    And there you are a spooky card for Halloween that is simple to make!