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When your mojo goes missing….

Hello!

I know when it comes to card making I definitely have days where I just can’t put a card together no matter how hard I try. I have loads of ideas in my head but sometimes putting them together on card goes completely wrong and it can be really frustrating too. Along with wasted materials which is never a good thing. Plus your time and effort…However I have made a little chart with ideas that have really helped me when this happens and I’m going to share it with you.

I really find that this does help me when it seems nothing will work and my cards if I made one look terrible!

It can be really hard sometimes putting a design together and sometimes it’s overwhelming too especially with all the lovely products we have it’s hard to know where to start or what products to pick….

So here’s my tips:

Making a shaped card or 3D card is always fun to create and will hopefully inspire you to finish the card. It’s always handy to have your images ready to be stamped and coloured too.

Using 2-3 colours on a card design will get you thinking about what colours to use and if you want to keep it simple or add anything more to your design.

Making shaker cards is a great way to get inspired and thinking about what stamps you would like to use. You can add sequins to your shaker or even little die cuts. If you don’t fancy making a shaker card then a window card is the next best thing.

Using a large stamp as your main image will get you colouring and hopefully inspire you to push you out of your colouring comfort zone. You could try using different colouring mediums or colours that you thought you would never use. I never thought I would colour with bright colours but now I have lots of cards that use very colourful mediums and it’s only because I went out of my comfort zone. It seems terrifying when you first try this but I absolutely love to brighten up my images now.

If all else fails take a break. You could browse blogs and instagram to get some inspiration or just come back to your card another day after all crafting is meant to be fun. It’s not about using the latest stamp or most expensive colouring mediums it’s about doing something you love and enjoying it. After all that’s why we started this in the first place. We found a wonderful hobby we enjoy, and it should stay wonderful.

I hope my card tips will help you if your starting to get stuck with ideas.

Let me know if they do!

Vic

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Christmas blessings

Good evening!

I hope you have had a good day. I thought I would share this sweet Christmas card I made using the Uniquely creative polar pals stamp set. How adorable are these polar bears they melt my heart! Look at the jumpers!

I made this into a shaker card and also heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder. I have used Papermilldirect White super smooth card and Papermilldirect plain black card.

I added a few more sequins to finish the card off.

Thanks for stopping by

Vic

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Your always on the nice list

Good morning!

I have a sweet tutorial on the papermilldirect blog today.

If you haven’t seen Papermilldirect’s Materica card range I really recommend you take a look this cardstock is absolutely beautiful. Its so lovely and I have used some for this Christmas card.

To make this card you will need:

You will also need:

  • Christmas stamps
  • Copic markers or any colouring medium of your choice 
  • Vellum
  • Clear embossing powder
  • White embossing powder
  • Heat gun
  • Versamark ink
  • Grid background stamp
  • Enamel dots

Nicelist

To make your card base you will need a sheet of Clay Materica Card 250gsm. I cut this down to 4 1/4 inches and scored along the middle at 5 1/2 inches. Fold in half and you now have your card base.

I then stamped my Christmas images onto some White Card Super Smooth 300gsm and I coloured them in with my copic markers and cut them out.

I then cut down a piece of vellum and stamped the grid background stamp onto the vellum using versamark ink, I then added some clear embossing powder and melted this with my heat gun. Once this is done I added some Stick it! 3D Foam Tape 9mm to the back of the vellum and adhered this onto my card front. I then adhered down the bear onto the vellum.

For the sentiment I used a piece of Black Plain Card 250gsm and embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder. I adhered the sentiment down using some Stick it! 3D Foam Tape 9mm.

To finish the card off I added some white enamel dots.

I love how simple this card looks and you can also make a few in bulk to save you time.

I hope you have fun making some Christmas cards and you will be spoiled for choice with the gorgeous Materica range.

Thank you so much for reading

Vic

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Sweet bear Christmas card

Good morning.

Have you seen Papermilldirect’s new Sirio Colour Card? It is amazing!!! There is a beautiful range of colours and I love all of them, I used the new Cashmere Sirio Card on my project today. 

The products I used are:

You will also need:

  • Christmas stamps
  • Memento ink
  • Copic markers or any colouring medium of your choice
  • White embossing powder
  • Versamark ink
  • Heat gun
  • Twine

Merry

For the card base I used a piece of Cashmere Sirio Colour Card 290gsm which I cut down to 4 1/4 inches and I scored this at 5 1/2 inches and folded in half. As this card is so stunning I wanted it to be the main focal point of my card. I stamped my images onto some White Card Super Smooth 300gsm and coloured them in with my copic markers.

I then used a piece of Scarlet Cumbria Colour Card 270gsm and heat embossed the sentiment using white embossing powder. Once this was trimmed down I used some Stick it! 3D Foam Tape 9mm and adhered this at the bottom of the card. I then cut out my images and adhered these above the greeting with some more Stick it! 3D Foam Tape 9mm.

To finish off the card I added some twine at the top.

I am really excited about the new Sirio Colour Card, the colours are so lovely and the quality is amazing as usual! I really hope you have a look at the colour range you will not be disappointed.

Have fun making this Christmas card, you can use this simple design for any card you can just change the greetings and stamps.

Thanks for stopping by

Vic

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Holly jolly Christmas and a bonus Halloween card

Good morning.

Happy Halloween!!! I am on the papermilldirect blog today with this Christmas card tutorial.

I am making this fun shaker card today and I am really enjoying the new Sirio Colour Card which is what I used for my card base as its a beautiful blue and I immediately knew it would be great for a Christmas card.

The products I used are:

I also used:

  • Christmas stamps
  • Copic markers
  • Memento ink
  • Acetate
  • Window die
  • Sequins
  • Ribbon
  • Beads

Jolly

For my card base I used a piece of Blu Sirio Colour Card 290gsm which I cut down to 4 1/4 inches and scored at 5 1/2 inches. I folded this at the crease for my card base.

I then stamped all my images and the greeting onto some White Card Super Smooth 300gsmand coloured them in with my copic markers. I then cut all these out and placed them aside for later.

I then die cut the window die using some White Card Super Smooth 300gsm and adhered this down onto the acetate using some Anita’s PVA Tacky Glue 60ml. I set this aside to dry and I then cut down a piece of Marine Blue Smooth 240gsm. Once the window die is dry I added Stick it! 3D Foam Tape 9mm all around the edges and placed the sequins inside. I then adhered down the Marine Blue Smooth 240gsmpanel onto the shaker panel and adhered this onto my card base using some Stick it! 3D Foam Tape 9mm.

After this step all my images and greeting were adhered down using some more Stick it! 3D Foam Tape 9mm.

I added some ribbon at the top and to finish the card off I adhered down some extra sequins and gems using Anita’s PVA Tacky Glue 60ml.

I hope you give this shaker card a try and be sure to have a look at Papermilldirect’s new Sirio colour card its amazing!

So as it’s Halloween it would be rude not to share a card with you.

Enjoy your day!

Vic

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Happy birthday

Hello! I’m up on the papermilldirect blog today with this tutorial.

I love using different colour combinations on my cards and I thought the gold and white looks elegant but also fun with the bear and chick images.

The products I used are:

You will also need:

  • Birthday stamps
  • Birthday die
  • Copic markers
  • Memento ink
  • Enamel drops
  • Twine

Bear

To start with I used a piece of White Card Super Smooth 300gsm. I trimmed this down to 4 1/4 inches and scored at 5 1/2 inches for my card base. I then trimmed down some Super Mirror Finish Card- Gold and adhered this onto my base using some Stick it! 3D Foam Tape 9mm. After this I trimmed down some White Card Linen 255gsm and adhered this onto the Super Mirror Finish Card- Gold panel.

I then stamped and coloured my images onto a piece of White Card Super Smooth 300gsm and cut them out. I adhered the images onto my White Card Linen 255gsm.

I added my happy stamped sentiment to the top of the card and die cut the word birthday using some White Card Linen 255gsm and Super Mirror Finish Card- Gold. I adhered these together with some Anita’s PVA Tacky Glue 60mland then adhered them onto the card with Stick it! 3D Foam Tape 9mm.

To finish off the card I added some twine and Enamel dots, feel free to use any embellishments that you have at home.

I love this colour combination and the texture from the White Card Linen 255gsm really adds a touch of elegance to it.

I hope you enjoy making this card and trying some white and gold colours.

Thanks for popping by,

Vic

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Watercolour card

Good morning.

Today I am going to show you how I watercolour onto White Card Super Smooth 300gsm. I love using this trick as White Card Super Smooth 300gsm is not a watercolour paper but we can still watercolour with this technique.

You will need:

You will also need:

  • A heat gun
  • Embossing ink pad
  • Black or clear embossing powder
  • White embossing powder
  • Watercolour paints or watercolour markers
  • Circle dies
  • Flower stamp
  • Sequins or drops to decorate

Pmd1

For my card base I used a piece of White Card Linen 255gsm which I cut down, scored at the top and folded in half for my card base. I love the texture of this cardstock its absolutely beautiful. I then stamped my image onto a piece of White Card Super Smooth 300gsm.

This is how I emboss my image so its safe to use watercolour paints or markers:

1) Stamp chosen image onto White Card Super Smooth 300gsm

2) If you have used a clear embossing ink pad sprinkle black embossing powder over the image. If you have a black embossing ink pad you will need to use clear embossing powder.

3) Heat set your image with a heat gun

4) Once all the powder has melted you can now use your watercolour paints. The paints wont run as the embossing acts as a wall, however you will still need to be careful not to add to much water onto your image.

Once I coloured my image in I used my heat gun to dry the watercolours and cut the image out. I then used some more White Card Super Smooth 300gsm to die cut two circles to give me a frame. I then adhered this down onto my card base using Anita’s PVA Tacky Glue 60ml. I also adhered the flower image down using some Stick it! 3D Foam Tape 9mm.

For the sentiment I heat embossed some white embossing powder onto a piece of Black Plain Card 250gsm and adhered this down to my card base using some Stick it! 3D Foam Squares (940 pcs).

To finish off the card I added some pink drops which I adhered down using some Anita’s PVA Tacky Glue 60ml.

I love using this technique to watercolour and it blends so well onto the White Card Super Smooth 300gsm.

The beautiful stamp is by Uniquely creative it’s called you….calyptus.

I also used Uniquely creative essential stamp set 2018 and the Essential die kit 2018.

I hope you give this technique a go and have fun!

Thanks for stopping by

Vic

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A cheesy birthday

Good Morning,

I thought it would be fun to create a card for someone who is a big fan of cheese!

To make this card you will need:

You will also need:

  • Animal stamps 
  • Cheese stamp
  • Black ink
  • Copic markers
  • White embossing powder
  • Heat gun

Cheese

To make the card base I used a piece of White Card Super Smooth 300gsm which I cut down, scored and folded in half. I then used a piece of Pale Turquoise Plain Card 240gsm which I cut down for my card front. I heat embossed the sentiment using some white embossing powder and I then added some Stick it! 3D Foam Tape 9mm to the back and adhered this onto my card base.

I used another piece of White Card Super Smooth 300gsm which I stamped all my images onto and coloured them in using my Copic markers. You can use any colouring medium that you have.

I then cut all my images out and adhered them onto my card base using some Stick it! 3D Foam Tape 9mm.

Feel free to add any embellishments if you want too.

I hope you have fun making a cheesy birthday card!

Have a lovely week!

Vic

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A jolly Christmas

Good morning!

Have you made a start on your Christmas crafts yet?

I will show you today how I created this Christmas card.

You will need:

You will also need:

  • Christmas stamps
  • Copic markers or colouring medium of your choice
  • Gold embossing powder and a heat gun
  • Sequins
  • Twine

Pmd5

To make my card base I used a piece of Navy Plain Card 240gsm. I trimmed this down and scored and folded this in half. I then cut down a piece of White Card Linen 255gsm. This has such a beautiful texture. This was then adhered onto my card base using some Stick it! 3D Foam Tape 9mm.

I then stamped and coloured my images onto some White Card Super Smooth 300gsm and cut these out. I adhered them onto my card front using some more Stick it! 3D Foam Tape 9mm.

For my sentiment I stamped my greeting and heat embossed some gold embossing powder onto some White Card Super Smooth 300gsm. I trimmed this down and added this onto my card using Stick it! 3D Foam Tape 9mm.

I then added some twine and adhered some sequins using Anita’s PVA Tacky Glue 60ml.

I hope you feel inspired to make a Christmas card today!

Thanks for stopping by

Vic