Thursday, 25 June 2020

Sending Tons of Love

Today I am sharing a card and matching tag that are part of a set I was commissioned to design and make for issue 196 of Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine using the gorgeous Hero Arts Colour Layering Blue Whale stamp set


I created the inked background with Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans and Broken China distress inks, adding a few flicks of water to resemble bubbles.  The sentiment was heat embossed in white onto a piece of black card and added to the bottom right to provide balance with the black boat stamped in the top left corner.

The blue whale images were stamped using 3 different layering stamps in 3 different colours.  I began by stamping the main solid image in Sand Beige.  I then stamped the next image on top  of the first stamped image using Aegean Blue, and finally the detail image was stamped in black ink.  The beige and blue inks I used are pigment inks and so I made sure that each layer of stamping was completely dry and 'set' before applying the next (I used a heat tool to dry and set the ink).  If the pigment ink is not quite dry when you stamp a new layer on top of it, you may find that the stamp will lift some of the previous layer of ink, which will potentially leave you with a patchy mess!


The Hero Arts colour layering stamps come with a layered stamping guide in their packaging.  This includes suggested ink colours as well as a detailed guide of the order to stamp the layered images.  I definitely advise practicing layering the stamps on scrap paper to get a feel of where to position each layer before stamping your final image.  Additionally, a stamp positioning tool can be really helpful when stamping layered images as it allows you to position the stamps exactly where you want the image to be before inking and stamping.


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Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Knitted Love

Happy Wednesday!  As many of you know, I have been lucky enough to design and make cards for several different UK craft magazines over the past 9 years.  Today, I have a trio of cards to share that I made for issue 32 of Die-Cutting Essentials magazine using the adorable SugarPea Designs Knit Wit stamp and die set.  The brief was "3 Cards for Women" using the colour pallette of pinks, golds, taupe and black. 
 

For my first card, I created a repeating pattern panel using the wool images.  The stamp set comes with two cute face stamps, so of course I had to use them!




I love the knitted heart image and thought it went perfectly with the "You keep me from unravelling" sentiment.


Finally, I used all the images from the stamp set for my third card, adding some shaded Copic colouring this time, as well as creating an ombre effect when colouring the knitted heart.  I love that the "With Love" part of the sentiment is stitched - it's those little details that make this stamp set so fantastic!



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Monday, 27 January 2020

SugarPea Designs Mermaid Kisses

Hi everyone!

Just thought I'd pop by with a very quick post to show you a SugarPea Designs card I made a little while ago for one of our instagram hops.

I used the Mermaid Kisses stamp set and its coordinating Mermaid Kisses die set, along with one of our newer coverplates - Scale Cover Plate die (that I happended to design, hehe!). 


I cut a circle aperture from my stitched rectangular panel, placed the die cut Scale coverplate behind the aperture and then backed this with some glitter paper.  The sentiments are from our Everyday Sentiments stamp set and they were cut out with the coordinating Sentiment Strips die set.

The mermaids were coloured using Copic markers and I used the colourless blender to help achieve the texture on the mermaid tails.


https://sugarpeadesigns.com/products/sugarcut-scale-cover-plate

https://sugarpeadesigns.com/products/mermaid-kisses

https://sugarpeadesigns.com/products/sugarcut-mermaid-kisses




Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Thursday, 23 January 2020

SugarPea Designs Jan 2020 release: Day 4

Hi everyone and welcome to the fourth day of the SugarPea Designs January 2020 release sweet peeks!

We hope you’ll join us this week as we share Sweet Peeks for our NEWEST products, available to purchase in the SPD Store from this Friday, January 24th at 6PM EST.

Today we are sneak peeking 3 brand new products that I had the privilege of illustrating/designing - Jukebox Jive stamp set and its coordinating Jukebox Jive die set, together with a standalone Rock n Roll Jukebox die set
 

I used the checked stamp from the Jukebox Jive stamp set along the left and right edges of the card front to create detailed edges.  The checked stamp is actually shorter than the height of a regular A2 card, so I used my MISTI to help me perfectly repeat stamp the image so that the checks covered the edges of the card front seamlessly.

I created the die-cut jukebox using the Rock n Roll Jukebox die set and different coloured card.   When I was designing this die set I wanted it to be really detailed, so there are lots of different little pieces included.  It was so much fun piecing everything together and watching it come to life piece by piece!   I added a little bit of Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to the light tubes to create a little more dimension and interest.



New products we are showcasing today:




PLEASE NOTE
All new product release links will become active Friday, January 24th at 6pm EST when the release goes live!


Would you like to win a $15 Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs store?  All you need to do is leave a comment on today's post over at the SugarPea Designs blog.  You have all week to comment. 

Thanks for stopping by today! See you tomorrow for our last day of sneak peeks!

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

SugarPea Designs Jan 2020 release: Day 3

Hi everyone and welcome to the third day of the SugarPea Designs January 2020 release sweet peeks!

We hope you’ll join us this week as we share Sweet Peeks for our NEWEST products, available to purchase in the SPD Store from this Friday, January 24th at 6PM EST.

Today we are sneak peeking the oh-so-cute Pandamonium stamp set (illustrated by Becky Pearce) and its coordinating die set, along with a couple more products that I designed/illustrated  - another new stencil called GeoTriHex and a standalone scene die set called Bamboo Garden.





New products we are showcasing today:






PLEASE NOTE
All new product release links will become active Friday, January 24th at 6pm EST when the release goes live!


Would you like to win a $15 Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs store?  All you need to do is leave a comment on today's post over at the SugarPea Designs blog.  You have all week to comment. 

Thanks for stopping by today! See you tomorrow for our next day of sneak peeks!

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

SugarPea Designs Jan 2020 release: Day 2

Hi everyone and welcome to the second day of the SugarPea Designs January 2020 release sweet peeks!

We hope you’ll join us this week as we share Sweet Peeks for our NEWEST products, available to purchase in the SPD Store from this Friday, January 24th at 6PM EST.

Today we are sneak peeking the gorgeous Wheelie Amazing stamp set and its coordinating Wheelie Amazing die set.

For my card, I used the colours from the latest challenge CTD76 at Color Throwdown - teal, navy and mustard.  I think this is such a lovely and elegant colour combination.  


The Wheelie Amazing stamp set contains a lovely mix of solid images (such as the bicycle frame and wheels) and line art images.  I stamped the bicycle frame in mustard ink and the 2 wheels in grey ink before cutting them out using the coordinating dies.  The 2 flower baskets were stamped in navy ink then coloured with Copic markers, and I also added some colour to the seat and handlebars of the bicycle using a navy marker.  The teeny tiny banner was stamped in grey ink before adding a sentiment using navy ink (the stamp set includes 3 different sentiments that fit inside the banner).


To create the stitched white panel, I simply cut out an A2 sized stitched rectangle using the largest die from the Card Front Element Builder die set, then placed the longest edge of the same die across the bottom of the panel and selectively die cut it to create the angled stitched edge.  The scalloped navy edge was created using the scalloped rectangle die from the Birthday Journal Card die set, and the striped paper is from our Spots & Stripes - Brights paper pad.



New products we are showcasing today:



Other previously-released products that I used for today's card:





PLEASE NOTE
All new product release links will become active Friday, January 24th at 6pm EST when the release goes live!


Would you like to win a $15 Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs store?  All you need to do is leave a comment on today's post over at the SugarPea Designs blog.  You have all week to comment. 

Thanks for stopping by today! See you tomorrow for our next day of sneak peeks!