Sunday 22 April 2012

Simply Special

Hello and today’s card features a number of different techniques, but hopefully combined into an elegant, classy card – as that’s was my aim! So can you spot all the techniques? Look for:

Paper piecing ● Ribbon threading ● Distressing ● Embossing ● Digital Die Cutting ● Manual Die Cutting ● Glittering ● Spritzing ● Flower embellishing ● Accenting ● and (of course) Hat Pin Making!!!!

Card Recipe:
Stamp: Kanban
Colouring Mediums: Encore Ultimate Metallic Ink Blue, Brilliance Black Pigment Ink, Promarker Pens, Tattered Angels Glimmer Spritz
Paper & Card: K&Company Elegance Shimmer, Stardream Opal
Tools: Spellbinders, Silhouette Cameo, BigShot Pro, Anna Griffin Ribbon Punch, The Crafter’s Workshop Mask
Embellishments: Berisford satin picot ribbon 10mm, Berisford double satin ribbon 10mm & 3mm, hand-made beaded Hat Pins, crystals, pearls, mulberry cherry blossoms, pearl-ended stamen

To make this card, using my Silhouette Cameo, I cut the card base from stardream cardstock, and the flourish background & birdcage on K&Company Elegance Shimmer. This is the first time I have tried an entire background die-cut, it was a bit fiddly to then marry the flourish with the backing card shape but worth it.  The ribbon-edged border was cut from more K&Company Elegance Shimmer with an Anna Griffin ribbon punch and threaded with 3mm double satin.

I then embossed an offcut of stardream card through my Big-Shot Pro using my Crafter’s Workshop Paradise Mask as an embossing folder. Once embossed, this offcut was paper-pieced together with an offcut of coordinating K&Company Elegance Shimmer patterned paper and the join was covered by a strip of picot edge satin ribbon, then die-cut with Spellbinders Labels 1.

I didn’t have the right colour ink to coordinate with the soft greys in my patterned papers, so I first stamped my Kanban image with Brilliance Pigment Black onto spare paper, and (without cleaning the stamp), re-inked with Encore Ultimate Metallic Ink Blue. The residual black toned the blue down to a soft blue-grey – perfect! The stamp image was then faux cut from the smaller Labels 1 die.

To ensemble, I mounted the flourish background onto the backing card and inked the edges with Pro-markers. Next, a strip of picot-edged ribbon went across the lower middle horizontally and the threaded ribbon border was added vertically and the edges trimmed to shape. The stamped image was mounted onto the paper-pieced mat, and this was mounted onto the card, ensuring that the picot edge ribbon on the mat aligned with the same ribbon on the card.

The bird-cage was distressed with Promarkers, glittered and embellished with a rhinestone crystal before being tucked behind the mat along with hand-made hat pins.

I added cherry blossom flowers, rosebuds, pearl-ended stamen, flat-backed crystals and pearls and a double-satin ribbon bow. Finally, the entire project was spritzed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Spritz, for a subtle shimmer.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Ribbon or Twine
 Hope you like this; do leave a comment if this has pleased you.

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Saturday 7 April 2012

Decorative Hat Pins - Next Steps

In my Tutorial, Creating Hat Pins, I covered the basics of making your own Hat Pin embellishments (You can view a video demonstration on Creating Hatpins on my Youtube channel here linkS to youtube.)
I know that many of you have enjoyed the pleasure of making these lovelies, so I would now to take you through a little more advanced techniques, although these are still so very easy to make. 

In this tutorial, using 3 different Hat Pin "Recipes", we will look at:

• Different types of pins, including domed-head, pearl-head and rhinestone head
• Using a variety of beads including pearl, crackle glass and rhinestone rondelles
• Using Bead Caps and Spacer Beads
So we will be looking at the “Recipes” for making the following Hat Pins

Step-by-Step Instructions for Making Hat Pins

For more detailed instructions on Creating Hat Pins, visit my Step-By-Step guide or watch my video 

However, a quick reprise:- gather your materials plus clear glue, a toothpick, an egg cup and a small piece of waxed paper. Dab small dots of glue to the pin and thread on your beads. Leave to dry.
To make more detailed Hat Pins, all you need to do is widen the variety of materials used, and then think about texture, colour and composition in the making of your Hat Pins.
 Recipe 1 – Pretty In Pinks
• AB Rhinestone Headed Florist Pin
• Round Tibetan Silver Spacer Bead
• Tibetan Silver Bead Cap
• Dusky Pink 8mm Glass Pearl Bead
• Tibetan Silver Bead Cap
• 8mm Rhinestone Rondelle Spacer Bead
• 4mm Dusky Pink Glass Pearl Bead
• 4mm Pale Pink Glass Pearl Bead
• Clear Crystal Spacer Bead

Recipe 2 – Blues & Teals
• Silver Tone Dome Headed Pin
• Round Tibetan Silver Spacer Bead
• Tibetan Silver Bead Cap
• 8mm Blue Crackle Glass Bead
• Tibetan Silver Bead Cap
• Round Tibetan Silver Spacer Bead
• 4mm Teal Glass Bead
• Square Tibetan Silver Spacer Bead
• 4mm Teal Bicone Bead

Recipe 3 - Bridal
• Bridal White Tear Drop Pearl Headed Pin
• Round Tibetan Silver Spacer Bead
• Champagne 4mm Glass Pearl Bead
• Tibetan Silver Bead Cap
• 8mm White Glass Pearl Bead
• Tibetan Silver Bead Cap
• 4mm Champagne Glass Pearl Bead
• Silver Mini Bead Cap
• 6mm Champagne Glass Pearl Bead
• Silver Mini Bead Cap
• 2 x 4mm White Glass Pearl Bead

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