Sunday 26 March 2017


Happy Sunday everyone,

Happy Mother's Day and I hope whatever you are doing you are having a lovely day!

Here is a card I made as part of a set for our lovely Tracy to showcase some goodies from Dies To Die For in Die Cutting Essentials magazine.
Ingredients from DiesTo Die For
Other Ingredients
Card Stock from Hobbycraft
Design Paper from Anne Marie Designs
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads in Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry

I used this die in quite a different way by cutting the Chrysanthemums out individually and using Distress Ink to create a blended ombre effect on them.

Here is short tutorial which I hope might be useful...

 Layer the 13cm Circle Die die over the fold of a 15cm x 15cm card blank and die cut to create a circular shaped card with the fold at the top.  Using the same die cut a piece of white hammered card and fix it to the card blank.  Using the 12cm Scalloped Circle Die cut a piece of purple card and fix it to the card blank and set aside.

 From the polka dot card die cut the largest stitched circle frame.  From hammered card create a card panel with the 10cm circle die.  Set both pieces aside.

On a piece of white card blend the Tim Holtz Distress Inks in an ombre effect light to dark, Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves. Die cut a Blooming Chrysanthemum from the coloured card. Cut out the flower heads and stick them around the edge of the white card panel as shown. 

Stamp the sentiment across the centre of the card design using Onyx Black Ink.  Fix the polka dot frame to the card design.

Firmly fix the card design to the front of the card blank set aside earlier. 

Thank you for popping by.
Happy Crafting

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Don't forget to pop straight to the Dies To Die For inspiration blog to look at the lovely DT creations there, and then straight to Dies To Die For for some essential retail therapy!

Saturday 18 March 2017

Glitter and

Good Morning everyone,
It's Sue here today with something sparkly!

Last year I was asked to do a fun feature for the UK craft magazine, Making Cards.

I was asked to colour on glitter with my Copics!
This was such a fun technique I thought I would share it with you all.
Here is a photo of the ingredients I used to complete this super technique.
I stamped the image on to card with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.
Then I used a piece of double sided adhesive sheet to completely cover the card.
I generously sprinkled glitter all over the card until it was completely covered and shook off the excess.
Then I rubbed my finger in small circles all over the card to firmly fix down the glitter.
This is the effect you will have.  (Isn't this gorgeous! Don't be tempted to stop here though!  It's time to get your Copics out)!
I then started to colour this sweet image using my Copics, starting with R83 to map out my darkest area.  I coloured on the glitter in exactly the same way as usual to blend the colours and create light and shade.
The only thing I was careful with was to make sure I stopped colouring just inside the outline of the image so that the ink did not bleed into the glitter outside the image.
You will may see little bits of glitter sticking to the nib on your Copic marker.  Don't be worried by this, it is not a problem.
I simply swooshed my nib in a little pot of Copic Cleaner and dabbed it dry on a piece of paper towel.
I carried on colouring with markers R59, R85, R83, R81 until I had finished the first piece of my image, this sweet unicorn's mane.
I carried on colouring with Copics, I was really careful to stop colouring just inside the outline of the image to prevent the colour bleeding into the glitter outside.
I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial.  It would be great if you could try this technique and show your cards to us at Copic Marker Europe on Facebook.
To find us just follow the link

I coloured this pretty unicorn with some of my favourite Copic colour combinations
Mane and tail - R59, R85, R83, R81
Unicorn body - W5, W3, W1
Horn - B95, B93, B91
Ground - W3, W5, W1
Background - BG01, BG000, BG0000

Other Ingredients
Rainbow and Sentiment from - MFT Magical Dragons
Thank you for popping by.
Happy Copic colouring!
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