Technique – heat embossing

Featuring heat embossing

Mixed winter berries

Hello There!

There’s a cool colour combo over at the Color Throwdown this week – coral, red, green and grey. Not necessarily the most traditional festive combo, but I knew I wanted to create a festive card with them, so I pulled out an older Woodware stamp and got to work.

I used a light grey card base to stamp the image in green ink; I added some clear embossing powder on top to give the image a little more ‘body’. Then I coloured each dot using my prismacolor pencils before I added some Nuvo Jewel drops on top. To finish off the card I added a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp/Gina K Stamptember collaboration set.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

Advice from a Snowman

Hello everyone!

Today I’m playing along with the current challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches – it’s a fabulous sketch and perfect for quick and easy cards.

As soon as I saw the sketch, I knew I wanted to use the fabulous new Snowman Advice stamp by Newton’s Nook. I thought I could pair it with some snowman patterned paper, if I had some…. so I went to my paper mountain and found at least SIX different snowman designs! Honestly! SIX!!!

I just had to choose a Basic Grey design. Isn’t it cute? I miss Basic Grey so much. I have many fond memories of being in the Craft Barn in Lingfield back in the day, choosing 12×12 sheets from their new releases…. at least I still have my own Basic Grey mini paper mountain in my craft room!

Anyway, onto the card. I embossed the wording and then blended Altenew and distress inks over it, before wiping the excess from the embossing.

I cut a rectangle of patterned paper and adhered both to my card base. Super quick and simple! I may use this design for some of the Christmas cards I have left to make!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Swirled Heart

Happy Sunday everyone!

Today I’m playing with the elegant colour palette for this week’s challenge over at the Color Throwdown – silver, black, grey and white.

This combo is perfect for festive cards, but I decided to take a break from Christmas cardmaking and opened up my brand new Flowing Hearts Stencil by Altenew.

I’ve been looking for a reliable replacement for my Nuvo embellishment mousses which have completely dried up and can’t be resuscitated with any of the suggestions online…. I’ve been testing out Cosmic Shimmer luna paste – I absolutely LOVE it! Very easy to apply and super shimmery! Plus a gorgeous range of subtle colours.

Once the luna paste was dry, I added a few of my new Nuvo Matte drops and a heat-embossed sentiment, also by Altenew, to complete my card.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

Day 25 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2018

Hi everyone!

I’m playing along with Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event again this year.

The sponsor for Day 25 was Hello Bluebird. This is quite a new company that has some really cute critter stamps! I have to be really strong whenever I see their product as I’d love to get a set, but I know I’d probably just look at it as I don’t tend to use many cutesy images.

There was so much inspiration from the designers. I particularly loved Francesca’s CAS pom-pom tags, but unfortunately didn’t have anything suitable in my supplies (HOW?? I HAVE SO MUCH STUFF!!), so chose Caly’s fabulous pink and purple tag as my inspiration.

I started off by embossing snowflakes from the Simon Says Stamp Lots of Snowflakes set and a sentiment from a Simon Says Stamp/Avery Elle Stamptember 2016 collaboration. I then blended the same distress oxide inks that Caly used (Abandoned Coral and Wilted Violet) over the tag. I rubbed the whole tag with a cloth to remove any ink from the snowflakes and then added a few splatters of water.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Day 19 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2018

Hi everyone!

I’m playing along with Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event again this year.

The sponsor for Day 19 was Jillybean Soup. I do have some of their embellishments and stamps, but nothing suitable for a festive tag, so I decided to use Hero Arts stamps for my take on Lindsay M-P’s pretty tag.

I embossed the tree stamp from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero November 2017 kit with some Stampendous glitter embossing powder that I’ve had forever! I then used the die to partially cut the tree and cut around the top of the tree by hand as the die cuts a hole at the top, which I didn’t want.

I lightly blended some distress ink over part of the tag base and the used a Sizzix embossing folder to create the background texture. I added some Stickles to the embossed snowflakes and a sentiment from Hero Arts to finish off my tag.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Day 16 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2018

Hi everyone!

I’m playing along with Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event again this year.

The sponsor for Day 16 was Ellen Hutson. I loved the design and colour palette that Kelly Griglione chose for her fabulous tags and decided to base my tag on hers.

I created my background with the Ellen Hutson Strings die and then added some handmade paper tree die cuts that I’ve had FOREVER! I embellished them with some Nuvo glitter drops and then added a sentiment from the retired Ellen Hutson Time to Sparkle set.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.