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GILDING FLAKES AND ACETATE
Sorry no pictures for this one as it's a project I did at GDT for Chocolate Baroque back in April.

Materials used.
Acetate
Double sided adhesive sheet
Gilding Flakes
Stamp of your choice
Black ink pad
6x6 square card blank
Card for matt and layering

1.  Cut a piece of double sided adhesive sheet a little bigger than the stamp you'll be using and peel away one side of the protective backing and stamp your image onto the sticky side. You can stamp onto the acetate if you prefer, but I prefer to stamp onto the sticky side of the sheet as there's less chance of slipping with the stamp.

2.  Place your acetate over the adhesive sheet and over the stamped image,  press it down firmly and trim to required size.

3.  Peel away the other side of the protective backing on the double sided adhesive sheet and cover with gilding flakes.  Gently rub off the excess flakes .  Your topper is now ready to add to your card.

4.  Take the card blank and cut your matt and layering card to the required sizes.


5.  Stamp and heat emboss the left hand side using another of the stamps from the set.  Add the acetate topper and you're done. 

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ACETATE FRONT CARD



I made this style card for the first time this week and I'm sure it's one Debbi came up with a while ago, so credit goes to Debbi Moore.
Here's what you need
3 pieces of card - 1piece measuring 5x5 and 2 pieces measuring 5x4
1 piece of acetate measuring 5x5
a topper and embelies of your choice.
Sorry forgot to add the acetate to the pic.
Score the 2 smaller pieces of card at 1, 2 and 3 inch mark and fold as in the picture.
Add your choice of backing paper to the larger piece of card and attach the folded pieces to the sides, at the back, with double sided tape.
Add your choice of topper to the centre piece and decorate the front pieces of the folded sides (this is the part you will see from the front of the card)
Put some double sided tape down each long side of the acetate.
Now attach the acetate to the folded card sides to the inside of the front fold.  Add your sentiment to the bottom of the acetate, on the front side. Add anymore embellies and your done.
Front view of finished card
Side view of finished card.  The papers, image and sentiment I've used on this card are taken from the Debbi Moore Designs Evergreen CD.
These cards can be made at anysize you wish, just make it to suit the topper you'll be using.

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EMBOSSING WITH BRASS STENCILS AND EMBOSSING PASTE

I love this technique and used it for alot of my Christmas cards last year. Hope you enjoy it too.
Here's what you need.
Craft mat
Piece of card
Embossing PasteBrass Stencil
Pallet Knife
Glitter
Masking TapePlace the stencil on top of your card and tape the stencil to your craft mat on all 4 sides, using the masking tape. I like to tape it to the mat so it can't move around when applying the paste, you can tape it to just the card.Using the pallet knife take some embossing paste, I prefer to use the back of the knife for this.Spread the paste over the stencil.Remove all the excess paste, you see the paste stays in the holes in the stencil.Carefully remove the masking tape from 3 sides of the stencil, make sure you don't move the stencil or you'll smudge the embossing paste!Take hold of the bottom edge of the stencil and carefully lift it towards the taped edge of the stencil, a bit like turning the page of a book. Undo the last piece of tape and clean your stencil straight away in soapy water.Place your embossed card onto a piece of scrap paper, being careful not to catch the embossing paste as you move it around.Now take your glitter and sprinkle it over the embossing paste, giving it a good covering. You can use more than one colour glitter, just add one at a time, making sure to remove the excess before changing colours.Remove the excess glitter to reveal your finished stencilled image. Leave to dry for 24 hours then mount onto your card.
You can colour the embossing paste with acrylic paints, then you don't need to use glitter, I've done this too and it's just as effective, but the glitter is great for your Christmas cards.
ENJOY!
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COLOURING WITH DISTRESS INKS

Here's what you need, sorry I forgot to take a pic.....
Selection of Distress Inks
Water Brush or Paint Brush and Water
Water Colour Card
Choice of stamp
Versafine Ink Pad
Piece of Kitchen Roll

Stamp up your image and start with the skin.
I use Tattered Rose for skin and start by applying a light covering over all skin areas, try not to get your card too wet. I dab of any excess water onto the kitchen roll as I go.Go back and add more of the same shade, but now start where shadows would be and as the colour runs out blend in so you don't get a hard line where the colour ends.

Continue blend the skin till you're happy with the shade adding more colour to the shadowy parts.Once you're happy with the shade of the skin, move on to your next colour and start to add the colour starting again in the shadowy parts, pushing the colour away to the lighter parts. Don't be frightend to leave some parts of your image white where it'll be lightest, you can always colour these very lightly as you go along.
Carry on adding more colour where you think you need it, blending all the time.You can't really blend the colour on the smaller partsColour her hair in just the same way, blending all the time.You can always go back and add more colour so if you're not sure whether to add more, leave it and go back to it when you've finished.

I think the secret with colouring with Distress Inks is to get the amount of water on your brush right and remember to blend the colour, pushing the colour to the lighter parts of the image as you work.

Don't give up if you don't get it right first time, just keep on practising, after all, practice make perfect, doesn't it?
Have Fun!

The colours I used are
Tattered Rose - Skin
Victorian Velvet - Dress
Dusty Concord- Shoes, beads and mirror
Tea Die and Vintage Photo - Hair
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FLOWERS 1
I've been making flowers for wedding cakes, out of sugar paste for alot of years now, so thought I'd try them in paper, after all it's a very similar technique. I had a look on the internet and found a few good tutorials and also found one that used a sizzix die, that I already had, so that was my starting point. One tutorial I came across was by Michelle who makes various paper flowers and they're always so lovely.This is my version of the flowers.1. First of all you'll need to get a few tools together. Here's what I use:-
Thick paper of thin card or patterned paper, glue, scissors, tweezers, ball tool, embossing mat, ink pad if you're going to colour the flower, and flower die or punch. If you don't have a suitable die or punch, you can always make your own template which will work just as well.
2. Cut out4 flower shapes, 2 large and 2 small.
3. Cut down between each petal, but not all the way to the centre. This is get a bit more movement in the flower.
4. Colour your petals if you're using plain coloured card. I use distress ink and Cut n Dry foam, and just distress the edges. You can use anything to colour your petals, try stamping on them too, anything goes!.... lol. You need to colour both sides.
5. Place the side edge of a petal (where you cut) between the tweezers and gently turn inwards, this makes the petal curl. Do this on the right side of each petal, then turn over and do the other side.
6. Place your petals on the embossing mat, with the right side facing and rub the ball tool over the center in a circular movement and give is a press down, this makes the petals turn upwards.

7. Place some glue on the wrong side in the centre, do this on 3 sets of petals, then build up your flower by placing one on top of the other. Once you've got them together, give them a final push down with the ball tool.
Finish off by sticking a gem in the centre. When the glue is dry you can tweek the petals around a bit till you're happy with the final shape. I add some greenery once I've attached the flowers to the card.
There are few variations of this flower which I also use, I'll add the photos soon.
I hope you find this little tutorial helpful and if you make them I'd love to see, so pop and leave a comment so I can go over to your blog and take a lookie.
Have fun!
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FLOWERS 2
Here's another flower tutorial for you. These are really easy to make and I would think everyone will have all the equipment for them. 1. Here's what you'll need to make these flowers. Glue, scissors, quilling tool, circles of light weight card or paper- plain or patterned, and something to colour the circles if you're using plain paper. I used distress inks and apply it with Cut 'n' Dry Foam. I use nesties to cut the circles and prefer the smaller size, but that's just a personal thing.2. Colour your card however you choose, you could use ProMarkers/Copics if you want them to match your card perfectly.3&4. Starting at the edge of the circle cut a continuous line to the centre5. With the quillng tool, place the end of the cut circle into the slot on the tool.6&7. Roll the tool so that the paper winds round the end, continue all the way till you get to the centre.8. Release the quilling tool and tuck the centre of the circle underneath, this is where you'll glue the flower.9. Now pull the centre towards you to loosen the coil, fiddle about with it till you're happy.10. Now add a blob of glue to the centre bit and push it together between your thumb and finger, so your thumb is pressing into the top of the flower.And that's it! You can play around with different size cirlcles and the depth at which you cut, I keep the depth narrow due to postage costs..... lol They're also nice with a bit of glitter added around the top edge.
ENJOY!
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FLOWERS 3
This one is made using the Retro Flower punch. I know alot of you will have these punches in your stash, if not I'm sure you can make it with any other flower punch or die cut.

1. Here's what you need.2. Add a bit of colour to your flower shapes if you're using plain card or paper. I like to use distress inks for a suble shade.
3. Carfully cut down into each petal on all your layers.4/5. Once you've cut them all, fiddle with them a bit to make the petals stand up.
6/7. Add a blob of glue to the centre of each layer and repeat with all the layers.
8/9. Finish off with a gem in the flower centre, I should've used a bigger gem really. You can fluff the petals us more once you've attached it to your card.
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GIFT BAG
I saw a gift bag similar to this being made on Create & Craft and thought I'd have a go at making my own. I couldn't remember the instructions, so just went for it. I made this just big enough to hold a box of Maltesers and an envelope with some money inside. For the top I used the xxl Go Kreate dies on my new toy, the Grand Caliber from Spellbinders.

Cut a peice of card to 81/4 x 10 inches and score at 4 & 6 inches across the width of the card and score down each side at 1.2 inches.
Cut along the 4 and 6 inch scores up to the 1.2in mark.Fold along all the score lines.
Fold in the sides, which will overlap just a little bit.
Glue the side together, I used a very narrow double sided tape.
Now for the top.
Cut a peice of card measuring 61/2 x 91/2. and score at 31/2 and 71/2 If you're using grand nesties or Go Kreate xxl dies for this you'll need to adjust the size accordingly.
Fold along your score lines, and check it fits your base..... lol. Now is the time to decorate your bag.
Place some double sided tape on the inside of one half, this will be the back of your bag.
Attach the top to the base on one side.Use a small piece of velcro for the fastening.
Add a piece of ribbon, sorry I forgot the pic, to the top. I cut a small slit about an inch in from either edge, and slipped my ribbon through them and used a small amount of silcone to attach the ends of the ribbon to the inside of the lid.