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Mothering Sunday 2017

Happy Mothering Sunday to all the Mothers in the world!

My Mum loves Boston Terriers, and if she wasn’t caring for my aged Birman cat I think she would have a little pack of rescue Bostons. As Mothering Sunday is all about Mums I wanted to create a card that would make her smile, and I know Bostons would do just that! Art Impressions created an exclusive stamp for #STAMPtember2016 that I bought in this haul, so it was just made for a card for my Mum.

I bought a paw print clear stamp from Hobbycraft YEARS ago and I have used it in scrapbooking etc. but I can’t remember if I’ve ever used it on a card. I wanted to use it on the background to create my own patterned paper, so I cut a piece of Neenah Classic Crest card to 5×7 inches and got out my VersaFine Onyx Black, Versa Mark ink, Lucky Limeade, Sahara Sand and Island Indigo inks and stamped randomly over the card until it was covered. The VersaMark ink was sprinkled with Stampendous! Vivid Orange embossing powder and heat set using my heat gun. once the paw print patterened paper was done I attached it to the card base with double sided tape.

I stamped the AI Bostons onto Neenah Classic Crest card and coloured them with my Spectrum Noir alcohol pens. There are several colour variations of Bostons, so I tried to create one red Boston and one lilac Boston, with the remainder being the traditonal black and white.

Once I had coloured the Bostons and i was happy I trimmed down the card to 6 cm x 7 inches so it would go over the patterned paper, but still show enough of it behind.

For the sentiment I used the lili of the Valley circular sentiments clear stamp with VersaMark ink and the same Vivid Orange embossing powder and because I don’t have a circular die that fits I fussy cut around the edge. I wanted to try to create a ‘dog tag’ out of my circular sentiment so I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch a hole in the Boston panel and in the circular sentiment and then set a white eyelet in both. I used a short length of Hemptique twine in teal to continue the colour theme to attach the sentiment to the Boston panel.

To attach the Boston panel to the patterned base I added thick foam tape to the back of the panel and adehered it in the middle of the card.

 

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When is Mother’s Day in your part of the world?

Climb every mountain high

Hi! This is my second card for today. So I didn’t leave myself enough time to make this card… So the sentiment has been stamped SOOOOO badly – it was my second go at the sentiment as well, but I had to go with what I got – I’m not proud of it at all, it’s dreadful!!!

As I said in my previous post I wanted to have positive sentiments on all the cards I’m making for my friends as they all seem a bit disheartened at the moment. My friend LOVES skiing and has just come back from a skiing holiday with friends, so I wanted to reference this in some way with her card. She is very active and loves to try different outdoor activities like dirt bike riding, hiking etc. so this sentiment is so apt for her.

I’ve had the Tattered Lace ‘Scene Stepper’ die set for ages, but never got around to using it. There aren’t any YouTube videos on how to use it, so I’ve taken loads of pictures so if you have the die set you can get some inspiration.

First I die cut the main die from some Stampin’UP! 80lb Whisper White card stock. I folded and burnished the card, and found that the crease lines for the side steps had almost cut through the card (note to self – always use heavier weight card stock for the card base!!). I must admit I didn’t have any heavier white card stock at home and no time to go shopping for any either, so I used some sellotape to hold the crease lines together!

I die-cut just the section I wanted to go inside the back of the card from ‘Pool Party’ card and trimmed it so it would be just smaller than the actual card. I also die-cut the rectangles to go on the two sides, front and ‘scene’ inner section from the same card stock. To create the mountains I used the mountain die in the set and cut several times from ‘Smokey Slate’ card stock. For the two side rectangle sections I used the same rectangle die that I had used for the blue card to cut out mountain bits to make them exactly the right size.

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I stuck the mountains to the blue sections with Nuvo Glue Pen. To create snow on the mountains I used Liquid Pearls by Ranger in ‘White Opal’. I then set the sections aside to dry.

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Whilst waiting for the liquid pearls to dry I started on the sentiment panel. I was planning to use the sentiment ‘climb every mountain high’, but I don’t have that as a sentiment, so I decided to try to make it out of my alphabet stamps, one is the Stampendous! ‘Typewriter Alphabet’, the other one I don’t have the details for any more. I stamped using VersaMark ink and Stampendous! embossing powder in ‘Sterling Silver Metallic’. So… the first time around I stamped the ‘mountain’ in the wrong place, so I hadn’t left enough space between it and the top of the section to stamp ‘climb’ and ‘every’, so when I realised this I started again, but still got ‘mountain’ in the wrong place!!! So it’s too far to the right… I had to stick with this one though because I had run out of card stock to die-cut another rectangle. (I need to buy so much SU! card stock when I get some money!!)

When I came to stick the sections on to the card base I realised that some of the glue I had used to stick the mountains on to the front panel had gone on the blue and become all grubby 😦 I tried to rub it off, but it just made the whole thing worse!! I didn’t have enought time to do it all again, so I just had to stick it to the card base. This is the worst card I have made for a very long time, and I hope my friend doen’t think the quality of the card refletcts on how I think of her…

 

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I must be a very bad/disorganised friend to have left things so last minute to have made such a bad card for my friend!!! Maybe you can learn from my mistakes and make sure you use heavier cardstock and give yourself more time!!!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Two of my friends have birthdays today, so I have two cards to share this morning (you can probably tell I was in a bit of a rush to post them on time from the rushed photography!!)

For some reason all of my friends feel a bit down at the moment – maybe it’s just the time of year. They are all looking at their lives and wondering “what’s the point of it all?” and “Why am I bothering?”, so I wanted all of the cards I give them to have positive messages to hopefully give them hope to keep going.

The first card I want to share is a masculine card. Some cardmakers find men hard to create cards for, so hopefully this will help inspire you for a masculine card – either a birthday or good luck or congratulations card.

I started with some watercolour cardstock by Crafters Companion, my Distress Inks and round blening tools. The Distress Inks I ended up using were: Mustard Seed, Picked Rasperry, Evergreen Bough, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot.

First off I added some areas of Mustard Seed, Picked Rasperry and Evergreen Bough to the watercolour card, just in random areas, and not covering the whole piece of card.

Next I added some Faded Jeans around the edges of the card and around the more intense areas of colour to make the night sky. After the Faded Jeans I went over the card with lots of Black Soot to darken the card and only leave a few areas of colour.

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Then I used a fan brush dipped in water to create splashes on the card, which I dabbed off with some kitchen roll. This created the appearance of stars. I did end up with too much water on one area, so I dried it and went over some of it with Chipped Sapphire and Balck Soot to bring back the appearance of the dark space with only a few stars.

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To add more stars I used a small round shaped brush to flick Gesso mixed with water over the card. Once the card was dry I removed the Washi Tape from the corners and went over the corners in Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot.

For the sentiment I used VersaMark ink and ‘Seafoam White’ embossing powder by Papermania. The stamp set is by Stampendous called ‘Typewriter Alphabet’.

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I die cut some of the smaller stars from the My Favourite Things ‘Lucky Stars’ Die-namics set from white card stock. I also used the Crafters Companion ‘1″ Alphabet Contemporary Uppercase’ dies to cut ‘stars’ from white card. I adhered them all to the watercolour card with Nuvo Glue Pen and then attached the panel to the front of a cream C5 card blank with roll-on glue.

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I really like the way this turned out, and I would definately try it again, maybe with different colours on the base to change things up.

There are several YouTube videos on different ways to create this look including from The Craft Bunny, K Werner Design and Scraps and Stamps. Check them out!

Happy Crafting everyone!!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Hey Ghoul-friend!

I saw this greeting in a stamp set somewhere, I couldn’t justify getting the stamp set, but I have alphabet stamps, so I wanted to make it with my alphabet stamps.

My last blog post hinted that I was stressed and rather unhappy and as a crafter I know that colouring is a really good way of de-stressing. I printed off a lot of Hannah Lynn digital stamps onto Neenah card stock months ago thinking ‘I’ll print these now so I’ve got them for when I need an image for a card.” well, they are all still uncoloured, so that went to plan! Never mind, I had the images and so I wanted to colour in ‘Priscilla’ for my card, because she looks like a very cool witch.

Spectrum Noir Pens used:

Dress – LV1, LV2, LV3. Petticoats and hat band – CG3, CG4, LG5. Gloves, shoes, hat and bodice – BGR1, BGR2, BGR3, IG10. Broom – CT2, CT3, CT4, GB8. Eyes – IB1 and True Black. Skin – FS1, FS2, FS3, FS5, FS8. Hair – EB3, EB4, EB6, TN7. Sky – TB8, stars – blender.

DSC01465I used the circular ‘waste’ from the thank you card I made a few weeks ago to create a mask for the moon behind Priscilla. To make the stars in the sky I pressed the colourless blender pen to the card and just let it pick up the colour from the card and repeated on the same spot until the colour had gone. I then added some wink of stella white glitter pen over the stars to make them slightly sparkly.

DSC01466Next I layered the image on some silver mirror board and used my perfect layers tool to cut a 1/8″ border, then I made another layer of lime green card. It was only at this point that I went to see if my image and layers would fit on the C5 card base I had been planning to use… It was far too big… err… plan B! The mats and layers would fit on an 8″x8″ card base, but with lots of white space. I compared the colours in the image to some card I had and Elegant Eggplant card seemed to be the best colour match so I cut a piece of that to go on the front of the card and attached the layers on with roll-on glue.

Then I needed to create the sentiment, so I took some more of the lime green card I had used for the layering of the image and took my Waltzingmouse Stamps ‘Victorian Alphabet’ set and stamped them in VersaMark ink and heat embossed with ‘sterling silver’ Stampendous! embossing powder. I trimmed the sentiment so it would be the same size as the green layer and attached it to the front of the card.

DSC01467I really wanted to stamp a few bits inside the card too so I grabbed my Waltzingmouse Halloween stamp sets and found the sentiment from ‘Midnight Feast’ and the bats from ‘Halloween Party’. I stamped the sentiment in Elegant Eggplant ink and the bats in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

DSC01469You know how you look at a ‘finished’ card and think ‘nope, not quite right. Needs something more.’? Well I looked at this card and thought it needed a ribbon or some sequins or something, but where to put it? So I settled on putting on some rinestone gems for extra stars on the image.

DSC01471I just adore this image!! I love Hannah Lynn’s art work and I will try to colour more of my digi stamps so I can use them in future cardmaking projects.

Wishing you a Happy Halloween this weekend. I’m going to be watching the Rugby World Cup final (my Australian cousin lives nearby so we’re going to the pub together to watch it on a big screen).

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree