Friday, 21 July 2017

Rice Paper and Die Cuts

Hi there crafters, Jan here today.  I'm having a nice break from work at the moment and enjoying the time to craft.  Shame about the weather though.
Today's card is carrying on with the Rice Paper and Shabby Chic look, there are lots of  Rice Paper to choose from on the website.
Using  a 7" X 7" White card blank I placed the  Rice Paper over to see where I wanted the image to be.
Once that was decided I turned the whole thing over and traced around the card using a small paint brush and some water to get that lovely frayed edge from the rice paper.
Keeping the spare Rice Paper to one side to stamp some flowers onto and decoupage later.  This is the image I wanted before I started to embellish.
First of all I stamped the gorgeous flowers heads from the Imagination Craft Clematis Elements Stamp Set (on sale at 29% off)  onto the spare Rice Paper using Versamark and Wow Bright White Embossing Powder, and stamped the large flower head twice and the smaller flower head five times.  I know I've been using these flowers a lot lately but I do think they make a gorgeous decoupaged flower, especially stamping on the Rice Papers.
I then cut the Craft Emotions - Branch With Blossoms die as follows:
Branch - White Card - Once
Blossoms - Lilac Vellum - Twice
Leaves - Pale Green Vellum - Twice
Branches - Pale Green Vellum - Several Times
For the lilac and green vellums I used Pure White Vellum and coloured them up using markers letting them dry before die cutting.
I then placed one small flower inside a larger flower using Cosmic Shimmer Glue.  I arranged them on the card where I thought they looked right and glued all the elements onto the main card once I was happy.
Here's a little close up of the Craft Emotions - Branch With Blossoms die, which I added a tiny gem to centre.

I thought it needed a little sentiment so stamped a few words from the Imagination Crafts Art Stamp set - Time to Celebrate cutting them at a jaunty angle and backing with some coloured vellum and 3D them onto the card.

Quite Shabby Chic I think, hope you enjoyed the blog today and thanks for dropping by as usual.
Love Jan -x-

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Vintage and Pretty with Imagination Craft's Rice Paper

Hello all, Martina here! How are you doing? Crafting lots? The kids break up this week and then it's several weeks of mayhem! Not sure how much crafting I will have the energy for in the evenings - unless someone would like to borrow my 4?!? Let's hope the weather is kind to us all...

This month we are looking a different ways to use the HUGE collection of Rice Papers from Imagination Crafts. It was only recently I found out that there are 100s of designs to choose from, and with them being so versatile it can be hard to know where to start (not to mention that quite often I just want to stroke them and not use them anyway!)

Last week I used some Rice Paper as a backing paper on some MDF, so this week I thought I would use some as a backing paper on some card, building up layers and adding more treasures from my stash to bring it all to life.

Using the Rice Paper Pattern 448 with Magi-Bond Decoupage Glue, I covered my card topper with the section of paper that I wanted to use. I saved the rest for another project.

Once dry, I inked the edges of the paper with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink to bring the eye in. I also fixed some ribbon from my stash onto the card to add some different texture (in the photo below I tried one option with tying the ribbon, but I went with another idea in the end, as I did not want to obscure the words).

Using some Brown Archival Ink I stamped and die-cut some flowers (these were Heartfelt Creations Sunkissed Fleur, but whatever you have in your stash will do!)

I then water-coloured the petals with Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. Whilst they were still wet, I shaped and scrunched the flowers up.

Back to my card topper and I had sorted the ribbon arrangement, but also decided to add some more detail with some Topaz Starlight Paint through an Imagination Crafts Stencil. Now in all honesty, I had stuck the ribbon on and then decided to add the paint, so had to remove and start again, but obviously a WISE person would do this more logically...

Now for some more texture using one of my favourite products...SPARKLE MEDIUM!!! I used Welsh Gold Sparkle Medium through the PaperArtsy PS006 Stencil straight onto Acetate. I LOVE this stencil, it is amazingly versatile and a definite 'must' in anyone's stash, it also looks great when cut out (even I do say so myself...see later on!)

Once I had cut my leaves all out, I fiddled about (as you do) and came up with my final arrangement.

I hope you like my finished card, I think it turned out well in the end! The Rice Papers really do most of the work for you, it is up to you how much you want to add to them!

See you next week,

PA Stencil PS006 (ELB) Acetate SheetsMagibond Decoupage GlueRice Paper Pattern 448 Topaz SLWelsh Gold SM Spun Sugar - Mini

Friday, 14 July 2017

Rice Paper Easel Card

Hi there all, hope you're all doing ok.

Today's little card is another easel, I'm enjoying making these at the moment.  But this time going a bit shabby chic with the Imagination Crafts Rice Papers and my take on last Friday's workshop.

So using the materials from the class pack I cut out the large butterfly roughly then glued onto some white card using the Imagination Crafts Magi Bond, I love this stuff, then cut it out and left to one side.

Next I chose a few elements from the rest of the Rice Paper .

I then took the ready cut background card and glued them randomly into place using the Imagination Craft Magi Bond.  I left that all to one side to dry off.

Next I prepared the easel in the normal way by taking a 7" x 7" card and folding the front in half then cutting a piece of white card the same size as the card to add the image to and would be the upright of the easel card.

The base of the card I cut a another piece of silver mirri card the same size as the supplied piece and covered it with some Imagination Crafts Rice Paper leaving a border of silver showing.

I went back to the main feature of the card and embossed using the Crafter Companion 3D Regal Swirls Embossing Folder.

Very nice, these 3D folders are brilliant.

To make the embossing stand out more I used Antique Linen Distress Ink, the same way as in the class, and lightly blended the colour avoiding the Rice paper elements.  So rather than use the foils I thought I'd give it it's drama by just using Sparkle Mediums.  I went over the whole image with Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium Silver Dollar then Blue Moonstone using my finger to apply the medium which gave it the occasional foiled look anyway .  I did the same on the wings of the butterfly.

I decorated the butterfly with the little embroidered sample and added the flower we had in our packs.

I matted all the layers together by first placing the main image onto the blue basic Bazzil card stock then onto the silver mirri before sticking all onto the upright of the card.  Then using double sided tape and a little cosmic shimmer I set the upright into place.
The last things to do where to add the easel block that makes it stand up, so cut a piece of the same basic Bazzil card and 3D it placing it about a third of the way up the base of the card, then added a little sentiment.
I then wanted to use the Imagination Crafts Clematis Elements stamp set to create 3 flowers, so I glued some Rice Paper onto some white card, leaving to dry before stamping 3 large and 3 small flower heads with Versafine.
I cut them all out and glued the smaller flower head inside the large, shaped them with a ball tool and place a blue gem in the centre of each.  I don't like throwing away any waste so I cut out two little butterflies and placed them on the base of the card to finish it all off completely.

Well that's it for today, I hope you enjoyed the blog today, I must admit the Rice Papers are one of my favourites to use and there are so many to chose from, you could use any to create a card like this weeks.

Back again next week
Love Jan -x-


Thursday, 13 July 2017

Rice Papers, Florals and Foils with MDF

Hello all! Martina here with a post explaining how I made a very simple MDF hanging piece. First thing's first though, how are you all? Crafting lots? Enjoying some sun? I had the chance to chat to lots of friends at Friday's class, finding that although we have so many different reasons for taking up our crafty hobby, the main one seems to be escapism! I do enjoy a good natter at the classes, it is so nice to meet like-minded people and others that don't think I have totally lost the plot when I say I like sniffing paper...

Anyway, in case I lost you there for a moment...back to business, I promise!

I started my project with some MDF Hearts. I used a large one for the top, as that's where my message would be, and then found two others. Using a Crop-O-Dile I punched holes where I needed them to be later on (to be able to attach them together with ribbon). I then painted them all with  DecoArt Media White Gesso. They did not need to be totally white, (one coat is fine) as Rice Paper would go on top (but you do want a light base for this to go on, so that the gorgeous detail shows).

Once the MDF was dry, I painted Magi-Bond Decoupage Glue onto the hearts and onto the back of some of the Imagination Craft's Rice Paper Pattern 435.

Once the glue was dry, I used an old nail file and filing downwards, removed the excess paper from the edges. This leaves a lovely seal with a distressed edge.

Where the hearts had open sections, I sliced into the gap with a craft knife and then used a very small file!

Now for the gorgeous foiling. I chose a couple of corners and a sentiment from the Crafter's Companion Delicate Details Transfer Foil Set and used Raspberry Pink Foil over the top. Now I will admit here, Rice Paper and foils are not an ideal match. The fibres in the Rice Paper and the glue in the transfers tend to argue with each other. At first I was a bit concerned that the transfer would not be perfect, but when I applied the foil and it was slightly patchy, I thought it was cool! Even if you go a bit mad with rubbing the lolly stick on the foil and you leave pink scratches, it still looks effective!

Now for the pretty bits! Using some flowers, (colours picked from the Rice Paper and matched as well as possible!) I fiddled, tweaked, twisted and generally faffed until I had created some little arrangements I was happy with...

Before sticking my flowers in place, I wanted to tidy up those distressed edges and make the piece a little more 'vintagy' (yes I know that's not technically a word!). Using my finger and some Imagination Craft's Bronze Alchemy Wax, (I blimmin' love this stuff!) I added some wax to the edges of each heart and a little to the hearts themselves.

A hot glue gun to fix the flowers...

Some ribbon to hang them all, and we're done!

Hard to see the wax and the shine of the foil in the photos, but the effect is cool! I will see you next week for some more 'faffing'!


MDF Hearts - Set of 2 Magibond Decoupage GlueRice Paper Pattern 435 Delicate Details - Foil TransfersRaspberry Pink - Foil RollBronze AWX Media Gesso - White