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Monday, October 17, 2011

More sample cards

Here are some more photos of the sample cards I made for Joanna Sheen's Classic Melody stamps.

I used glossy card for the grand piano, Martha steward edge punch for the decoration and the keyboard has been embossed. I layered the pages on the little book to create a 3D look to it.



I got the idea for the pop up piano keys from the internet HERE but I changed it a little to make some of the white piano keys look like they are playing a tune.

The keyboard was stamped with versafine ink and then I covered the whole lot with versamark and used clear embossing powder to give a nice shiny look. I embossed the butterflies with white embossing powder and inked with milled lavendar distress ink. I don't know if anyone will notice that the bodies of the butterflies are made up of treble clefts. Lol.. The paper and letters are from the Rose garden Papermania pad and I made the rose to match.
The musical background was stamped with a stazon ink pad onto a piece of wide cream ribbon. I cut a small piece off for the pocket and tied the longest piece into a simple knot. I poked this through a small hole in the shirt then layered the black card for the jacket on top. The pinstripes are created with a clear stardust pen. The smaller mini easel with the gramaphone stamped keeps the larger easel suit upright.
I used my own foiled crackled background and some lovely wallpaper on the base of the card. I stamped the gramaphone onto cream card using distress inks to age it and I embossed another one in white onto some Papermania paper then die cut the bauble shape - I triple embossed it to give a lovely shine. Most of the edges have had stickles rubbed sparingly to add a little sparkle. The keyboard, book and charms all added with the Anna griffin holly to finish it off.

.. and here's the last one of the samples.

I hope you have enjoyed reading today's post. I really enjoyed making these cards and I am really pleased with how my designs can be used as rubber stamps.
Thanks for visiting
See you soon..
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

'45 record in sleeve' sample card

It seems that the 45 Single single record card was a big hit on the launch of the Classic Melody Stamps on C&C TV yesterday. It was alot of fun to create after quite a bit of trial and error Lol... in the end I cracked it and I can't wait to share with you how I made this card. First of all here are some photos.


I used a real 45 single vinyl record and sleeve as a template to make my card. All the stamping and aging was done with Tim Holtz Distress inks. Here's how I made it.
  • First make a round card by drawing around the record but leaving a small part for the joining fold in the card from black card. If you are lucky enough to own a Grand Caliber machine or something similar, then you could simple use a cirle die to create a circle card. I haven't got one so mine is all cut out with scissors Lol.
  • Cut 2 more seperate circles the same size as the card out of black card. These will be textured and stuck to the front and back to look like the record.
  • To add the realistic vinyl texture I used a glaze medium in gloss by Daler-Rowney. I applied it to each circle with an old art paintbrush so that it left lines. I went round and round the circle leaving lines. Once dry it really does look and feel like the grooves in a record!.
  • I added smaller circles to each 'record' to look like a label. I used the computer to print Happy Birthday around the edge and stamped the gramaphone first and then masking it when I stamped the piano, the 45 today in freehand.
  • Using the record sleeve as a template to make one for the card was fun and easy to do.

I hope this inspires someone out there in blog land to have a go at making your own single record and sleeve. It can be such a personal card to give someone special in your life.
Have fun and I would love to see your cards.

I will be back tomorrow with some more sample cards with info on how I made them.
Hugs for now.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

FREEBIE for Musical heart card





Hello,
Did you watch the Classic Melody stamps being launched on the TV? What a fun and enjoyable hours viewing I've just had.
As promised, here is the background graphic that I used for the musical heart card on the left. Please feel free to use on your card projects. Click on the image to bring view the larger jpeg and save to your computer.


I used various sized heart shaped spellbinder nestabilities to create the hearts and then stamped the piano keys onto each one with momento ink. To give the black keys a raised look, I used a versamark pen to highlight them and covered with clear embossing powder... it needed 2 coats of this to give a lovely glossy shine to them.
I will be popping in over the weekend to add pictures and details of the other sample cards I made for the show. I hope you enjoy using this freebie.
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Friday, October 14, 2011

Joanna Sheen's Classic Melody Rubber Stamps



Here's a sneek peek at my latest designed stamps for Joanna Sheen. They will be on sale this weekend on Create and Craft TV and on Joanna Sheen's website. I will post pictures of my sample cards over the weekend Plus.... I will be making the background image used on the piano hearts card available here on my blog as a freebie on Saturday. Watch this space!!
See you soon..
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