Thursday, 28 April 2016

Tonic Studios | Purple Cross

I don't usually do religious cards - aside from Christmas - but since I got the faith dies from Tonic Studios I am in a religious crafting mode.

This Cross is one of my favourites as it is Verso and a very good size for both small cards such as A6 folded or larger ones.

I used the Tonic Studios Religious New Life Cross and the Mixed Oval Layering set.

I chose this colour scheme inspired by the colour of easter in Seville.

I used satin ribbon, and secure it first on the front with a foam pad under and then either side on the back.

It brings memories from my favourite Easter back in Seville. It was such an experience!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Tonic Studios | Thinking of You Card

I have been making more cards using Tonic Studios dies for Create and Craft USA. This time using their brand new Faith range which is beautiful imagery that is perfect for any religious occasions as well as other secular ones.

I have used: the beautiful Intricate Window die, the Thinking of You (Miniature Moments) sentiment die and as a base the Deco Trellis base die set.

Like I usually do for a shaped card, I die cut two identical pieces, and on just one I score it on the left edge at about 2cm or just under 1". Then I glue that tab to the other piece to create a single folded card that has an edge all around.
I then die cut the same shape but this time I use the inside die that cuts all the intricate squares inside the card and gently coloured it with distress brown ink.

The main event is the window, and here I did a bit of paper piecing. The best way to do this for me is to die cut each colour at a time, then before even lifting the excess paper around the die cut, I use Washi tape to keep all the small pieces in place. Then one by one I created the coloured window. I love this technique, its very therapeutic. 

Finally I added the sentiment.

I hope you like it!

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Blog Hop | Color Life by Quim Diaz from Coses d'Scrap

Today I am super excited to be able to participate in a very special Blog Hop to celebrate the wonderful new products designed by my friend Quim Díaz from Coses d'Scrap alongside some of my crafty friends including AlbertoQuimElenaGerry...
This is the card I made. I wanted to go colouring, cardmaking and with my minimalist style to showcase the versatility of this collection.

I will let you in to a little secret. I love colouring, but I always find it a challenge to find easy to colour images and many times I don't get a perfect impression when I stamp on watercolour card. 
So these bold printed watercolour papers ready to colour are perfect for me!

I selected the Nature Life pack of 12 x 12 papers printed on watercolour thick paper.

You can learn more about the whole the products from Colorlife here.

I love that the papers are designed so that there are a lot of elements in them, perfect to trim them to create smaller pieces as well as leaving them all in the 12 x 12 paper. I trimmed the that sakura branch and trimmed to fit inside the frame, but then I changed my mind and did not use the frame but layered in to a card. Typical!
I just love the poppies in the bottom as well, so it was a tough choice between them all.

I was lucky enough to be gifted in February the whole set of Distress Markers and I hadn't had a change to use them for a project, so this was the perfect occasion to use them.

As I used Spun Sugar which is already a very light colour, with water even more so, I used the soft felt brush nib directly to the paper.

Then I blended the colour using a water brush. I recommend strongly to get the best quality water brushes you can afford, as there is a huge difference between the cheaper and more expensive ones. I kept an acrylic block near by to use as a palette, scribbled some ink with the marker

Using the fine nib, I added little dots where the shadows should be inspired by the real flowers, like almond tree blossom, that have that sort of dots on them.

To add even more darker dots I used the Fired Mahogany marker. Because the paper is still very damped, the dots bleed slightly so the effect is quite beautiful and random.

Then, I coloured the branch using Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap (just for the accent dots).

For the leaves I used Shabby Shutters marker, though I did not used it direct. I scribbled it on to the acrylic block and with the watercolour marker I coloured it pcking each time the colour form the block.

For the dots effect I used Crushed Olive Distress marker.

Then, I used Tonic Studios Nuvo Glue Pen, which is a dual glue as it dries to a clear tacky finish which is perfect for the next step.

Of course, gilding flakes! I love them! Once the glue was tacky, I placed with my fingers the Nuvo Gilding Flakes, press down to make sure there was contact, and then rub off the excess with a stencil brush.

To add a sentiment, I used one of my sentiments of the Big Sentiments set with Versafine Black ink pad.

Then I attached it to card and added a little bow butterfly using grey bakers twine on the top right corner.

I just love the dot effect! And those flowers are so pretty.

I hope you like it!

Be sure to visit all the bloggers in the blog hop!

Paula Pascual ( That's me!)

Thanks Quim for letting me play with your fabulous new collection!

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Paperartsy | Guest post

You know I love Paperartsy products so its always a joy to be asked to do a Guest Blog Post for them. This time the them was resists!

Click here to see the full post at their blog with detailed instructions.

I hope you like it.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Tonic Studios | Electric guitar card with Nuvo drops

Today I am back with another card that features the Nuvo Crystal Drops from Tonic, this time I wanted to create a masculine card using also a die from the Musical collection from Tonic, called Electric Guitar.

For the background I used the Sew Pretty Pinhole Nesting Layering Circle die set. All of them, but not at once! I did a couple of dies at the time, making sure to attach them securely on to the card with low tack tape (using two pieces of tape at two opposite ends of the die).
That created an interesting texture as well as provided me with a good guideline for the Nuvo Drops, which in this case are done with the Liquid Mercury drops.

I did a bit of paper piecing for the guitar, but left those two lines so that you could see the red coming through. I inked the background using colour sprays, Dylusions and Tim Holtz Distress. 

The message is from my Everyday Tab Messages stamps set (available from Craftie Charlie here).

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Tonic Studios | Nuvo Crystals drops used as stencil paint

Today just a quick and simple card that I made for the New Nuvo Crystals shows for Tonic Studios  at Create and Craft USA.

I die cut one of the Simply Screens Clematis Vine out of thick paper and then used it as a stencil for the colouring. To colour it in, I used two colours of the New Nuvo Crystal Drops, English Mustard and Rhubarb Crumble.

I put some of the drops on a piece of acetate to use as a palette, and then I used a soft make up sponge to dabb small amounts of the the Drops through the stencil created into the card. I make sure to blend in the colours both in the make do palette and on the card.
Once I lifted the stencil I added the drops in the centre, dropping first a drop of the Rhubarb Crumble and then a tiny one of the Mustard one.

Then I die cut the message - from the Have a Beautiful Day Circle Frame - out of white card and then coloured it using the make up sponge and just Rhubarb Crumble.

I hope you have a beautiful day!

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Tonic Studios | Floral card using Nuvo Crystal drops and floral dies

Last week I had the chance to play with the Nuvo Crystal Drops from Tonic in preparation for the shows at Create and Craft USA. And I will be honest, I was truly surprised at how good and versatile these are. You see, I have used some similar products in the past, but I have never achieved a good result. With these, straight out of the bottle, bam, perfect 3d dome effects every time!

But making beautifully domed embellishments is not the only thing you can make with them, you can actually use them as paints. In fact all the colour elements of this card have had the Nuvo drops treatment over them.

The obvious use for the Nuvo Crystal drops is to add three dimensional dome like dots, perfect for the centres of the flowers. Here I used Ivory Seashell that creates perfect pearls of practically any size you would want! (I would say that 1cm or 1/2" in diameter is about as big as I would go.)

But I also used the Nuvo Drops to colour in the die cut flowers, which were die cut out of plain white card using the Entwining Trellis Buttercup and Daisy set. I used Violet Galaxy for the flowers and Bottle Green for the inside bits. I used a make up sponge I dabb small amounts of the Bottle Green Nuvo Drop making sure that I blended it nicely all over the card.

The green circle was die cut out of a green card, but the shade was wrong for the green on the flowers that I already done. Using the Bottle Green Nuvo Drop i covered the whole area.
You can see the beautiful pearlescent sheen through out, thanks to the fact that both the Violet and the Green are pearlescent drops.

The Cherish the moment is part of the Sew Pretty  Cherish the Moment Rectangle Frame
 and the circle of the Have a Beautiful Day Circle Sew pretty set.

If you like to put pearls and enamel stickers, you should give the Nuvo Drops a try!

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Crafty Beggars in the house

On the 22nd of March, at 8pm I was on the Crafty Beggars show on the Community Channel with Vegan Cakery and Paul Adamiec.

I talked about how I use die cutting to recycle old maps, books and more for my crafty projects! It was a fun day back in October when we recorded it, but I still have fond memories from it.

Tune into Community Channel via the following TV platforms:

Freeview 63 / Freeview HD 109 / Sky 539 / Virgin 233 / BBC iPlayer /
freesat 651 / TVCatchup / TV Player / TV Guide / YouTube / BT Vision

Monday, 21 March 2016

Tonic | Rocking Horse New Baby Card

Another baby card I made for last weeks shows at Create And Craft USA for Tonic Studios using this time the rocking horse.

In this card, the horse (and the whole soft turquoise circle) does rotate, creating a rocking horse.

Between the layers, either side of the white circle that has a small aperture just above the centre, there are two pennies glued to each other with a circle foam pad.

The sentiment is from the same Baby Rococo collection from Tonic. I just put a bit of washi tape on the back to hold the glitter. Yes, washi isn't the strongest tape so some glitter may fall over, but this card has been to manhandled quite heavily and still has the glitter perfectly in place. If you are concerned that it will fall off just use the red tape on the back.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Tonic | Music notes birthday card

This is a quick card I made last week using a couple of  Tonic Studios dies for the shows at Create and Craft USA. I rarely do monochrome cards using just black and greys, but I quite like this one.

The musical sign is the Treble Clef from the Music Rococo collection.
The pattern in the background was created using the Simply Screens Honeycomb die.
The sentiment is from my Big Sentiments stamp set.
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