Sunday, 23 July 2017

So delicate and feminine

Here is a card that I made ages ago but I needed to wait until after my friends birthday as I was giving her a pink version of this card and didn`t want to spoil the surprise. I have to confess that this embossing folder isn't the one that I have listed for you to use (here is a spoiler alert), this folder which I have used was sent to me because I was working on a feature for the next Crafters Inspiration magazine and it is slightly smaller than the one you can buy.
what was used:
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Chic Butterflies dies
Woodware sentiment stamp
blue card
cream base card
Pebio, Empire Gold gilding wax
black Versa Fine ink pad
The background paper is the time consuming part to this card but it is a technique that is easy enough and just needs to be done in advance as the card needs to be left to dry.
Cut a piece of Sheena card in half and using the Aqua Pens make a line of each colour along the longest side of the card. Turn the card over and using a wide brush apply the water to the card. Turn the card to the right side and using the wide brush apply the water to the front of the card starting at the coloured edge and dragging the colour up to the opposite edge. Repeat this process until you are happy that the colours are blended and then allow the card to dry.
Cut the dry coloured card to a size that will fit the embossing folder and run through the embossing machine. Further cut the card to neaten the edges and with your finger lightly apply the gilding wax.
Use a left over piece of coloured background card to stamp the sentiment onto.
The rest of the card is straight forward die cutting and mat and layering from here on.
I used a combination of double sided tape and some wet glue to stick the embossed backing to the mat and layered gold card. This was for two reasons, firstly the gold card is slippy and will eventually give up its grip on any tape stuck to it and also the 3D embossing folder makes such a deep impression that tape alone will not form a proper bond. I do not use only wet glue to stick large areas as I find wet glue bends the card when it dries. 
I absolutely adore all the elements on this card, the embossing folder, the gilding wax, the gold card and even the Butterflies.
My friend loved her pink birthday card and I thought it quite a fitting card as she saved me from a particularly big moth that took a shine to me. I don't like things fluttering around me and this moth actually landed on me, my friend allowed it to go onto her hand so she could put it in the bushes, a very brave lady in my estimation.
I was all set to go to the local car boot this morning but it poured down with rain last night and as the car boot is in a big field and the sky still looks full of rain I think I might pass on it today and see if next Sunday is a better day. I love car boots and the one I go to at Hemswell has an indoor market with a very well stocked craft stall and a ribbon stall outside, but apart from the crafty stalls I just love to browse and try to bag a bargain. Talking of bargains I found quite a few craft things on sale at one of my local charity shops and bought a couple of embossing folders. I am finding more and more paper craft appearing in the charity shops but of course its all about being in the right place at the right time but still always worth a look in just in case.


  1. What a beautiful card. I have never found any craft bargains in charity shops but do buy books and jigsaws

  2. Gorgeous card, love the 3 colours on the background so pretty :)
    Hugs Kaz xx