Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Picking Tulips by Alan Scott

This is a card using using one element from the stamp set called ‘Vintage Nursery Rhymes 1’ by IndiogoBlu.  It shows that 1 small element can fit into a A4 card.


A4 basic card made up
A5 white stamping paper (good enough to take a water brush)
Adirondack Espresso ink pad
Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Water Brush
12 inches long ribbon
12” x 2” contrasting paper strip
Card Candi - 6 in total, 3 colours
Friskars DECKLE Scissors
A4 backing paper
Electronic cut image or topper using various edge punches/punches
Normal crafting tools: scissors, ruler, strong glue, double sided tape, ink blending tool, heat gun etc


This card is quite simple to construct. The main issue will be the electronically cut die. There are ways round this by using Spellbinders Dies or your edge punchers i.e. Martha Stewart Punches.
The main image was stamped using the Espresso ink. Then after giving it a quick blast using your heat gun just to ‘fix’ the ink. Then using the Walnut Stain ink and your water brush start to build up the image. Keeping it simple and ‘clean’ When you're happy, once again just give it a quick heat blast.
Taking you're backing paper using you're trimmer, cut it in half. As you're going to be using a strip down the centre, you can allow yourself the luxury to overlap at the sides. Saying that, you might have a piece of paper left from another project and it's not quite A4 in width. By adding a vertical stripe, you can use paper not quite the A4, be that vertically or horizontally.
After the backing paper has been secured into place, take the strip of paper and using the Deckle Scissors, just rough the edges. If you don't have these scissors then carefully distress the edges using a distressing tool or even a finger nail! (If you don't have a 12 inch strip of paper, then cut down 2 strips from a 6 inch paper collection. The join in the middle will not be seen as its covered by the topper!). When happy with the results, secure down.
Take the ornate and cut frame topper and secure into place. Here I used a good wet glue so that I could move the topper and the wet glue gave me some leeway time to do this.
After trimming my stamped image to the size I wanted, I secured that into place. I put the card to one side, to let the glue ‘cure’.
Armed with my ink blending tool, I started to lay down a light layer of the Walnut Stain ink onto the card edges. Once again I gave this a quick blast with the heat gun after it was completed. This is done to help dry ‘wet’ ink. That way you don't transfer inked areas to another part of your project.
Take the ribbon and tie a knot in the middle. There is no rule that states a ribbon has to be flat or have a bow included. This way the ribbon gives you a bit of detail. Place strong double sided tape at each end and then secure into place.
Now then, the last part of the project - placing our Card Candi. These are great little bits of card. They come in so many colours that you're going to find something for any project. I recommend you can build up a large tub of them for just when ever you need that little embellishment. I have about 12+ in different colours and finishes. Plus they are very very well priced for what you get!
So there you have a card made up from a small stamped image (okay smallish stamp!)
Any questions please send me an message and I will get back to you a.s.a.p.
Happy Crafting


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