Cardmaking, Paper Rose Design Team

Stitched Hearts Valentine’s Day cards – Paper Rose

Hiya lovelies! Welcome to my second Paper Rose post for this month! It’s been a super busy week here with lots of back to school appointments and supplies shopping, for both my daughter and me! This time I’m sharing 3 gorgeous designs utilising the Small Stitched Heart die set and a single stamp… plus playing with my new-to-me toy, Dylusions Shimmer Spray.

To Make these 3 cards you will need the following:

  • Paper Rose Small Stitched Hearts Die set
  • Paper Rose Hello 4×6 Clear Stamp Set
  • Die Cut machine
  • 2 12 x 12″ sheets of smooth white cardstock
  • 1 x 10.5cm x 14.5cm piece of smooth black cardstock
  • Dylusions Shimmer Spray in Cut Grass, Polished Jade and Calypso Teal
  • Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Gold
  • Distress Ink – Black Soot
  • Small paintbrush and water spritzer
  • Tiny Hearts Embossing folder
  • Glue
  • Silver Bling Gems
  • 3 x A6 folded cards with envelopes.

To start with take one sheet of white card stock and cut yourself four 10 x 14cm panels. Keep the offcuts and put them to one side. Take the second sheet of white and cut two 10.5 x 14.5cm panels. Take three of the smaller white panels, pop them into a box and spray them well with a mix of the three dylusion shimmer sprays. Once dried, add touches of the gold shimmer spritz and allow to dry completely. From one of the sprayed panels I’ve then cut 6 medium and 5 small hearts, and from the leftover white cardstock I’ve cut 5 small hearts.

For Card 1 I’ve take the last 10x14cm panel and with some watered down black soot distress ink, given it a bit of a splatter effect by tapping a paintbrush on my finger across the page. I’ve then used the “i love you” sentiment stamp from the Hello 4×6 Clear Stamp set and stamped to the right hand side in between splatter marks.

Using 2 of the medium and 5 of the small stitched hearts cut from the coloured panel I’ve arranged them in a way I like then attached with foam tape to give it a bit of dimension. I’ve finished the card off with some silver bling gems in several sizes.

For Card 2 I’ve used one of the coloured 10 x 14cm panels and have run it through my die cut machine in a tiny hearts embossing folder. I’ve then attached the 5 white stitched hearts cut earlier to the right hand side with foam tape, stamped the same “i love you” sentiment onto a small piece of white cardstock and rounded the corners, again attached with foam tape. I’ve finished it off with two small silver bling gems.

This technique will work well with all types of embossing folders, I tested it on my swiss dots and snowflakes folders as well and they turned out great!

For card 3 I’ve taken the remaining coloured panel and added four 3.75cm squares in white cardstock in a window style fashion, leaving room underneath for the i love you sentiment to go below. I’ve dabbed my paintbrush with the watered down black soot ink again to give the panels a bit more dimension. After that has dried I’ve added the remaining 4 medium coloured heart panels onto the squares and the “i love you” sentiment piece using foam tape and finished off again for assorted silver bling gems.

These 3 cards are perfect for Valentines Day, anniversaries etc… however if you swap the sentiment out for one of the others in the stamp set you’d be able to use these designs all year round!

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Colourscape Studios is now OPEN!

Hooray! Just a quick heads up that my Etsy store has now reopened and I’ll be stocking new items every day this week! Check out the images below for old stuff coming back and new stuff that will be joining my offerings!

Cardmaking, Paper Rose Design Team

Outback Australiana Cards – Paper Rose

Hiya lovelies! Welcome to 2019!! We just flew back from Adelaide on Monday and it was an amazing trip, was wonderful to see the extended family and enjoy Christmas together! Popped into to see the lovelies at Paper Rose while I was there so I thought today I’d start off my Design Team role with one of their signature die sets from the Australiana range. This range is so uniquely Australian and I’ve not seen anything on the marketplace like them! Speaking of Australiana, Paper Rose also have the most adorable range of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie stamp and matching die sets so if you’re a May Gibbs fan, check those out too!

To Make these 3 cards you will need the following:

  • Paper Rose Farmer and Boy Die
  • Paper Rose Wheat Field Border Die
  • Paper Rose Small Happy Birthday Die Set
  • 3 white cardstock panels measuring 10cm x 14cm – Use your preferred blending cardstock such as Neenah, or go slightly textured using a smooth watercolour paper
  • 1 sheet of black cardstock (textured or smooth, it’s up to you!)
  • Blending tool
  • Distress Ink in the following colours: Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Spiced Pumpkin, Abandoned Coral, Fired Brick, Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, Broken China and Faded Jeans
  • White ink, small paintbrush and small piece of card.
  • Black archival ink
  • Glue
  • A small circle cutout and removable tape (to mask where the moon is going) and inks to highlight the moon if you wish (I used a touch of Antique Linen and Hickory Smoke on mine)
  • 3 x Backing cardstock if desired and A6 folded cards with envelopes.

To start with I grabbed my black cardstock, and cut 3 Happy Birthdays, 3 Farmer and Boy’s and 2 Wheat Field’s. Once they were cut I then started on my backgrounds, which I blended onto smooth(ish) watercolour paper panels.

Panel 1 consisted of Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Spiced Pumpkin, Abandoned Coral, Fired Brick distress inks. On panel 2 I used Broken China and Faded Jeans and on panel 3 I used Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, Broken China and Faded Jeans. For panels 1 and 2 I used black archival ink as the silhouetted hills/land behind the die cuts as it gave me a darker finish than black soot distress.

After the inks dried, I took my Wheat Field die cuts and cut them down to the size I was after for each card and attached those with my Art Glitter glue. As you can see above, there’s only a small section used on this card, but I like the middle section where the wheat has a lot of movement so used this on both cards 1 and 2.

I then attached foam tape to the back of the farmer and boy die cut over the top of the wheat and stuck it over the top to give it a layered look. After attaching the farmer and boy, I took the 3 happy birthday die cuts and glued each word together so that they sat up approximately the same height as the farmer.

For card 2 after the ink had dried I set up the wheat in a similar fashion to card 1, however this time I lined it up across the bottom. I then only used the boy die cut by trimming him away from the rest of the scene and attached him with glue next to the wheat field piece.

In card 3 I created the moon by masking off a circle using a scrap piece of paper and repositionable tape. I blended my distress colours over the top and then discarded the scrap paper leaving a white circle… but as the moon always has a hint of grey to it from earth I decided to add a little touch of hickory smoke and balanced it with antique linen. Once dried, I used one of the smaller side pieces from the wheat field die cut to make a small focal point in the corner. I then double stacked a farmer trimmed from the die cut set and placed him to the other side of the card.

Finally I added cardstock backing to cards 2 and 3 and added the panels to a notecard.

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Coming soon to the Colourscape Studios shop

Hello friends! Happy Wednesday to you all 😀 A very busy week here with lots of school functions, a Christmas market Thursday night and my daughters last day of year 1 (!!) on Friday so a short and sweet post today to share a couple of the new lines that will be hitting the Etsy shop once I’m back to work on January 8th!

Yay foil cardstock!!  Available in Pink, Blue, Rose Gold, Silver and Gold, lots of shiny goodness will be hitting the shop during the first week of reopening.
The sweetest range of boys birthday and baby shower cards are coming, I love this woodland themed paper from Kaisercraft!
Another from the “pile of stuff I didn’t get around to uploading this year”. my tropical themed confetti packs! Available in the flamingo, monstera leaves, fern leaves, pineapples and cocktail glasses (although those can be omitted for a kids party), large and small rounds or hearts. Matching gift tags are coming too!

If you’re a Brisbane local, make sure you come say hi to me this Thursday night at TYS’s  Christmas Mini Market, there are some amazing makers coming along, as well as two food trucks, our neighbouring Indian restaurant and of course, the amazing skills of the TYS staff making fab coffee and soda’s, and a range of sweet treats as well!

Best markets! Also Best coffee 😉 
Simple Sundays

Simple Sundays – ‘Watercolour’ Distress Ink Technique

Hello friends! A fun, slightly addictive technique to play with today featuring a pretty butterfly stamp, a couple of colours from the Tim Holtz distress Ink range, a water spritzer and my ever faithful Ranger Black Archival Ink.

I saw this technique being used by the Distress Master himself but he was using the Distress Crayons, which I don’t own yet. So I decided to try and see if it worked using the mini ink pads and I think they’ve turned out pretty well.

It’s a very simple process, and pretty addictive once you start! The first thing you’ll want to do is decide on the colours you’re going to use for your butterflies. In my examples I’ve made one with Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed and Twisted Citron, and the other was made from Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade and Twisted Citron.

Next, place your stamp onto your stamping platform or acrylic block, and add your colours to the stamp in small patches and making sure the stamp is flat, give it a couple of spritz’s of water until you see a few coloured beads forming on the stamps surface. Then flip it over and stamp onto your watercolour paper and lift straight off. You’ll find that if you leave the image down too long it will start to bleed too far which you don’t want. Give your stamp a spritz of water and clean off with an old rag/cloth. Dry your stamped image with a heat tool, or leave until completely dry.

Once your watercolour is dry it’s going to look like a bit of a mess, but don’t worry that’s all part of this technique! Take your stamp and stamp it in archival black ink, and then stamp over the watercolour image. This will give you a bold outline with the colour coming through from behind. In my examples featured here, I’ve finished my butterflies off by fussy cutting them, before blinging them up with a gold shimmer pen to give them some real sparkle!

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Big News Everyone!

Hello friends!  Big omg-I’ve-been-bursting-to-tell-someone exciting news to share today! Paper Rose – who are one of my favourite die/stamp companies that I like to purchase from – have chosen me to be a part of their 2019 Design Team! I’ve had to sit on this for a bit now (and it’s been killing me lol) but today is announcement day so yay! Starting next month, I’ll be sharing a few projects each month that you can craft along with, using the gorgeous range of goodies from Paper Rose!

Paper Rose are awesome, I met the wonderful women behind the company at the Scrapbook and Paper Craft Expo here in Brisbane earlier this year after stalking my friendly neighbourhood papercraft shop owner 😀 If you’re an Adelaide/Hills local and love paper craft or sewing (they stock a range of fabrics too), head up to Hahndorf and visit them at Unit 5, 76 Mount Barker Road.

Gift Bags, Gift Tags, Simple Sundays

Simple Sunday – Gift Bag and matching tag from scrapbooking paper

Hiya all! Today for Simple Sundays I wanted to share this gorgeous little treat bag and matching tag I’ve made from just normal patterned scrapbooking paper.  You can adapt this bag to Christmas treat bags, Wedding bonbonnieres, or as I’ve shown below, party favor bags. 

To start with you’ll need the following goodies:

  • 2 pieces of 6×6 patterned paper- single sided design
  • 50cm of ribbon/twine; cut into one 20cm length, and one 30cm length
  • Glue
  • Bone Folder
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Score board

To make the box: Take your two pieces of patterned paper and score these at 1.5″ on 3 sides, and 1″ on the 4th side, which will make your folded edge detail. If you’re using a directional paper make sure to make the 1″ side the top so your design is standing up correctly. Once that’s done, pop your scoreboard out of the way as you’re done with it.

Fold your 1″ side over so that it creates the folded edge detail. Then burnish all 1.5″ sizes in the opposite direction as this will make up your box. On the first piece of patterned paper you’re going to cut the two bottom corners off, and with the second piece, you’re only going to cut the two lower horizontal flaps. Both of these are shown in the next image.  Keep the two square offcuts as you will need them for your matching gift tag.

After cutting off the corners you then need to take the first piece and glue the flap down  on the second piece of papers bottom flap as shown.  Tuck the side flaps in and attach one half to the tabs to the side, and then the second half and you end up with a little box like below. At this point you can decorate the bags however you please, however I’m keeping mine simple today 😀

Next  use your 30cm piece of ribbon to create the handle for the box. Tie off the ends and snip off an excess ribbon.

To make the gift tag: Take your two little squares of left over patterned paper and glue them together, making sure that one side is left white. Punch a hole in a corner of your tag and attach your ribbon. Cut off any excess.

And there you have it, the cutest little matching bag and tag set, made in less than 20 minutes!