Monday, 28 September 2009

Happy Birthday From All of Us!

Well, haven't I been a naughty blogger? What with one thing and another I've not been posting as often as I should. As usual, life has just got in the way! I'm going to make a concerted effort to be a good blogger from now on, so please forgive me.

I thought I would start my return to blogging with a little explanation of how I made this card which features in Clare's Corner of the September issue of Docrafts Creativity! Magazine. As you can see I took pictures at the time of making this to show you how I created it, so I suppose the thought was there!

First of all, I created the main centre panel of the card using my fantastic Quickutz (TM) Silhouette SD Machine. I used a number of images, available through the Quickutz Silhouette Website. I just LOVE my Silhouette machine, there are loads of new die cut images available every week on every conceivable subject, and I just love looking through them all as they are so inspiring!

Now for the purple panel on the left hand side of the card. As you can see it's a negative of the pink patterned part of the card. Firstly, I created an extra row of the pattern on the silhouette SD and placed it onto a panel of purple core'dinations (TM) cardstock that I previously distressed using a sanding block. Then I used the waste portions from the pattern and stuck them down using repositional adhesive and moved the row of pattern down until the whole panel was filled with the waste 'diamonds'

I then applied clear pigment ink using a Clearsnap (TM) Watermark ink pad, and then clear embossing powder.

It was then time to remove the waste 'diamonds'. You can remove the diamonds before you apply the powder, but sometimes there is a little residue adhesive left, and the powder can easily stick to it. I find that once the powder is heat set, the adhesive is easily removed. Whatever works for you! (the brown sheet is just a Teflon baking sheet which I use to protect my cutting mat from the heat from my Heat Tool.)

The powder was then heated until the powder melted. I make sure that as soon as the powder starts to melt, I move to the next area to avoid burning the powder.

This final picture is just to show you the finished look that is achieved. I love the way that even though the card has been sanded, a glossy, and almost darker look is achieved where the embossing powder is applied.

And there you have it....that wasn't as painful as I thought - my return to blogging that is. I hope you found that helpful and check in again soon to see what I've been up to. I'm going to try for at least every day from now on!

Thanks for coming by!

Love, Clare x


Unknown said...

Welcome back Clare, I have been hooked to QVC tonight love the TSV names for penguins...mmmmm, LOL, Hugs Avril xx

Milliesmarvels said...

Welcome back!! Fab card and thanks for the embossing powder method, I will have to try that :-)

SallyB said...

Hi Clare... lovely card and some great ideas! the background paper looks really good with the embossing.
So..have you been watching Doc Martin? Sorry to say I think I have missed the plot a bit..Did know... in the last series. When? It was all a bit too subtle for me...I need bodices ripping open! Great to see Port Isaac looking so good...we are booking up for a week next year!

Merry said...

OH How clever are you...this is such a wonderful scene on the card.

Anonymous said...

Great to see you back here!

Rachel x

Sarpreet said...

i loved the card when i saw it in the magazine, and i thought you created that panel was actual card stock! i am very inspired, and thank you for sharing