Midweek Make: Butterfly Blooms

The dies that are included with Die-Cutting Essentials special 100 th edition are so lovely that I thought I’d share my midweek make with you.   To broaden my horizons, I went away from my usual style and opted for a grungy, mixed media style card instead.   This post contains affiliate links and I may earn a small commission if you purchase via the links, at no additional cost to you.  Thank you :-) First, I die-cut the butterflies and multiple sentiments from white card and blended ink over.   To give the die-cuts some support, I placed them back into the negative space whilst blending the colour on. Next, the backgrounds.   Using Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry , Peacock Feathers and Uncharted Mariner , I stamped a variety of background stamps from Text{ures} Wildflowers Additions stamp set and blended a little ink around the edge of the panel.   I also added a few sections from Inkylicious Handwritten Script in Ranger  Watering Can ink.   For additional texture, I app

Splendid Snowdrops

It’s Mothering Sunday in the UK today and I’m sharing the cards that I made for my Mum and Mum-in-law.    The inspiration for purchasing the Altenew Craft-A-Flower Snowdrops Layering dies was from these two cards by  Jenny and Erum . Whilst I could have cut the leaves from coloured card stock or coloured the die-cuts, I decided to make a water-coloured panel of green for the leaves whilst I was creating the background for one of the cards.   For the background panel, I started with Altenew Water-Colour paints and then added Brushos for more vibrancy, adding some salt for texture. Next, the marathon die-cutting! I think this took me about half an hour to do.   I then assembled the flower heads so I had everything ready to go. I’d had a Waffle Flower frame lying around for a while so thought I’d use that for one of the cards.   The leaves and stalks were glued in place behind the bottom edge and then glued to each other or the top or sides of the frame as they crossed each other

Anniversary Cats

Last week, we celebrated our 8 th wedding anniversary.   My card starred the Stampin’ Up Love Cats set.   I love the simple cat designs and they’re easy to fussy cut.   It was also my first go at a spinner card, which was inspired by the “head over heels” sentiment. Since they’re silhouette style images, I got the best results using a stamping platform so I could repeat stamp to get a good, solid colour.   I wanted the card to have a shaped front so stamped the first cat at the top of the card blank, the plan being to cut around him later. To make the wall, I used a brickwork stencil from Inkylicious and blended a little grey ink before adding a few splatters for extra texture. For the spinner panel, I die-cut the top using Lawn Fawn Grassy Border before marking a line where I wanted the channel to be.   I used an old Stampin’ Up punch but this could easily be done with a die or craft knife. The video I watched said that the card needed to be thick to support the mechanism s