Monday, 2 April 2018

Dreaming of far away lands

Hello crafty friends, I hope you had a good Easter Sunday and didn`t OD too much on chocolate. Here is a card which I  have made for the Hochanda one day special today which begins at 6 tonight. This card was the first of the samples I made and the die is called "henna easel" so when I saw it I thought of India and bright colours.

What you will need:
Crafters Companion, die`sire, create a card, henna easel dies
Sizzex, large dies, tags and backplates die
mat black card
yellow, Green bright orange and dark orange card/paper
5mm yellow pearl gems
5mm black satin ribbon
black Nuvo Drops
This is a fiddly card to make and I ended up with my fingers covered in glue.
Cut the filigree overlay from the black card using the larger of the frame dies to edge the design, take the edge die off and emboss the design.
Cut a frame from yellow card using the outer and inner frame dies, stick the frame to the overlay.
Use the cut out overlay to trace the shapes you will need to cut out of coloured card, cut out the card and stick to the back of the overlay (this is where I got covered in glue), add the Nuvo Drops and allow to dry.
Cut the easel base card from black card and using the topper overlay as a guide position the overlay dies on to the top part of the easel base card, secure with tape and cut.
Place the fold die onto the top part of the base card, secure with tape and run through the die cutting machine.
Fold the top of the base card and stick to the topper (I used Stick & Spray for this but you must remember to mask the pieces of card that you do not need to glue)
Cut another yellow frame using the inner and outer frame dies, cut the frame down at the fold line, glue onto the base card.
Die cut the additional embellishments and add the coloured card as was done for the topper, stick the embellishments onto the card using Collall 3D glue, allow the glue to dry. 
Using a graphics program make the sentiments and print onto dark orange card (you could use your stamps to make the sentiments).
Measure and cut the topper sentiment and stick into place.
Using the Sizzex die cut the base card sentiment, thread black ribbon through the holes and secure at the back of the tag, shape the tag and stick to the card using Collall 3D glue, allow to completely dry, trim the ribbon.
Stick the pearl gems onto the topper.
Definitely not a card for beginners but it is certainly an eye catcher and well worth the effort. I have made this in another more subtle colour way for the May edition of Die Cutting Essentials magazine and I think it works just as well as this "in your face" card and that is testament to the fabulous design of the die.
So believe it or not I didn't have any Easter eggs yesterday, I don't like Easter egg chocolate and from a confirmed chocaholic that is quite some revelation. I did console myself by making a ginger cake, a new recipe for me but the cake is  now almost gone so I think I can say it was a success.
I was hoping to go to the car boot yesterday and it is on again today but the weather has been so wet that I didn't fancy tramping around a muddy field, I guess that's bank holidays for you.
I will be in my craft room today as I have some samples to make for Little Clair who have a Hochanda show at the end of April if the gremlins stay away. Talking of Hochanda I will be watching tonight to see the easel dies and hopefully some of the fabulous samples made by the design team.

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