Thursday, 16 February 2012

Welcome to your new Roost by Alan Scott

This card was made by using another fab set of stamps from Artemio called Picoti Picota.

Please don’t feel you have to have all the equipment to make this card. It's the stamps that are the main focus. Also as a wonderful set of images, you can build up loads of different cards for all occasions. I will be adding more projects using Artemio stamps, so watch this blog for lots more inspiration, tips and tricks.


1 7 x 10 inch card blank

1 sheet of backing paper

10 ins of coloured ribbon cut into 2

I have used 2 layering Spellbinders dies (however if you don't have these, then you can get the same effect by using patterned scissors or if you don't have those in your crafty stash, do not despair. Draw out an oval and just carefully rip round round your drawn outline and then with a soft rubber, just remove your lightly drawn line)

White stamping paper

Coloured backing paper for the topper

Various ProMarkers or colouring medium of your choice. The only rule for this, is make sure you use the right ink pad for the correct colouring in medium. ProMarkers or the like take a PIGMENT INK Pad where as watercolouring medium takes a DYE INK Pad. 

Small hole punch or Crop-A-Dile

A6 silver mirror card

Fancy edge punch

Small corner edger (This is a must have punch. They just soften the corner of a card, so gives you the opportunity to make a different style of card design)

Normal crafty equipment/stash that we have all have and built up over the years of crafting!


Taking my scrap paper, l started to build up my scene. Like l have mentioned before, this way you can find out if you have to make any masks. When l was happy with the composition, l transferred the draft scene onto my good quality white paper.
Then using my selected ProMarkers (or what ever colouring medium you are going to use), I built up the image and gave it some colour. Now, if you
don’t have any colouring mediums like ProMarkers, you can use your Distress inks as these are water based and can be used as a painting medium. Just put some ink onto a glossy surface and using a water colouring brush, colour in.

Tip No. 1: To find an eye line to ground your image, just take a pen in an earthy colour and just draw a few lines and dots across the paper, missing out the image. This will just give you an impression of ‘3D’ so to speak.

Then taking my Spellbinders die, l selected the area that l wanted to use. I cut it out and then taking a larger die, l cut out a topper.

Tip No. 2: Take a smaller die and put it into the centre of the larger dies, so that after you have cut out the base for the topper, you have an extra topper to be used at a later date. I personally don't cut out a large topper and then use it whole - I always cut a centre out and put aside.

The backing paper l choose to use to back the white card, fortunately had a small border at the base. By careful placement, l was able to trim of the banner and then re use it as a ribbon on the card.

The sentiment was again made by picking out a type face on my computer and typing out what l wanted to say. If you are struggling to do this, please email That's Crafty! and l will put something similar onto the blog in various sizes, so you can download, print and then cut out.

The text was then placed onto the mirror card. To make this secure, as it's a clear sealed surface, you need to use a good strong clear glue. When the glue dried, I took my  Crop-A-Dile and punched two small holes at each corner. Then I threaded half of the ribbon into each hole. I tend to go in from the front - this way it covers up the hole and makes the knot a lot better (it's just my own personal preference).

The next stage is building the card. Again, just play with placement and try different angles. When you're happy, secure the components to the card base.

There you have it - a fun welcome to your ‘New Home’ card.


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