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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Autumnal Thank You

Amy Fraser

Today I am showing you a very simple card which uses a technique which requires very minimal equipment but gives a great effect and looks beautiful!

With autumn well and truly here I have focused on natural colours and have played around with copper embossing powder. As you can see here I embossed the beautiful give thanks sentiment from the Labels to Love stamp set.

I also embossed the edges of the woodgrain dsp that I used. I wanted to give the paper a more natural and distressed vibe for this card and to really highlight the beautiful copper colour that just makes me think of autumn leaves.

This effect is really easy to achieve. I just use the Versamark ink pad and lightly scrape the edges of the paper along the pad, when I get to the corners I angle the pad towards the front of the paper a bit more to give a thicker edge. If you are careful when you do the edging you can get a very neat line but with this card the more haphazard the better.
The stamp set I used is one of my favourites from the new autumn winter catalogue. It is a really versatile set and matches perfectly with our new label punch which is perfect for gift tags! This stamp set and its matching punch are a great starter purchase as all you need is paper and ink and you can make some really effective projects.

Thanks for stopping by today. Let me know what colours you are being inspired to use by the changing weather!

Amy x

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Birthday Balloons

Amy Fraser
Today I want to share with you a card I CASE'd a while ago. So long ago I can't remember where I got it from! I just remember seeing it an immediately putting it down in my sketch book to try myself. If you are new to CASE-ing, check out some of my previous CASE the Catalogue posts here.

I have used the cute Balloon Celebrations stamp set along with the coordinating punch. This card requires very little supplies and could be really good way of using up your scraps of card. I chose Flirty Flamingo along with Calypso Coral and Basic Black as my colours as I think it gives a really good effect. I have used a retired birthday sentiment on this card but I think the stylised birthday stamp would look perfect here too.

If you don't have two shades of the same colour you can still get the same effect as I used here by stamping off first.This means you stamp very gently on some scrap paper first to remove the significant ink before stamping as usual on your card. This leaves you with a lighter shade that co-ordinates perfectly with your main colour.

I stamped on a small 11/2 inch strip of Whisper White and matted it on Basic Black. I stamped balloons in the lightest shade at the bottom and in the darker shade at the top. I then stamped two balloons using both colours and punched them out. I stamped the sentiment in Basic Black and matted it on Flirty Flamingo. I then layered all my items up. I added depth by adhering the birthday sentiment and two balloons on top with dimensionals.

I drew the balloon strings using a Basic black stampin writer - one of the most essential items in a crafters box!  I finished off the card with some sequins and Enamel Shapes on the card and to add a little extra glitter I coloured the two front balloons with wink of stella.

Next week I am going to be sharing items from the new autumn winter catalogue! The nights are drawing in and I am looking forward to lots of cosy evenings crafting away in my craft room. Where is your favourite place to craft? let me know in the comments below and why not share some of your recent makes with me?

Thanks for stopping by

Amy x

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