Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Union Jack Seventy

I've been thinking about making this card for days - I've picked up lots of inspiration that's been firing my mojo and it's been a bit of a challenge putting it all together!

The top priority was to make a birthday card with a big 70 on it, and after seeing this weeks Runway Inspired photo where the fabric colours and the strap pattern of the model's shoes made me think of the Union Jack I wanted to add one to my card somewhere.

I played around with some ideas for a bit but didn't come up with anything until I saw this weeks Sketch Saturday, and everything just kind of fell into place

I started off with some water colour paper and laid a background muted colour wash, then while it was still wet stamped the Union Jack in more water colours so that it kind of bled and the colours ran around a bit, then left it to dry.
Meanwhile, I got out the craftRobo for my second attempt and used some thicker paper this time to cut out the numbers... it worked much better!  The sentiment was cut from the computer too.
Finished it off with a selection of sequins and gems.

I'm also entering the Friday Mashup - Birthday Themed Project (sorry, I wanted to use the twine too, but couldn't work it in!) and Papertakes Weekly Challenge - New Year, New Stash (I used my new CraftRobo for the second time ever and it's the first time I've used the Union Jack stamps)

Monday, 6 January 2014

Adventures with a Craft Robo

Happy New Year!
I've been busy playing with my new toys!
I cut out the sentiment with a Craft Robo.  It turns out that using normal computer paper is a bit too thin and it sticks to the carrier sheet a bit too well, it was quite tricky to remove the words but as it was my first try I was determined to see it the whole way through and use it on a card.
I stamped the circles (Paper Smooches - Pot Pourri) directly onto the card - I had to be very careful to line them up and mask the edges properly).  The white lettering didn't stand out very well  against the background so I mounted them onto some black card first which I hand cut.  Finished it off with the gold sequins and a thin black border.

Entering this into
Colour Q #222

and Paper Smooches - wk 1 Anything Goes

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