Saturday 30 April 2016

Tonic Studios | Baptism Font card

Another religious card I made for the Tonic Studios on Create and Craft USA
It fits on an A6 envelope, so it is small, but pretty!

For this card I used:

To create the font I die cut it first using silver mirri card. Before lifting it from the die (once die cut through the machine) I place on the back washi tape all over so that all the bits would stay in. Then I die cut the font again using light kraft card, this time letting all the intricate bits fall off, and glue them both together. I used Ivory Seashell Nuvo Crystal Drop to add pearl details.

To colour in the light kraft card, I use Distress inks (Broken China, Gathered Twigs, Peeled Paint) and apply it with soft cheap powder make up brushes which gives a much softer, air brushed effect than using the cut and dry foam or foam applicators.

In the inside, I simply attached the die cut element. You can see some of the colour thorugh from the distressing on the front. I like that subtle look, I hope you like it too!

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.
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