Thursday, 20 October 2011

Card made with revitalised paper and Spellbinders

Crafty Tip - Revitalising old or uninspiring papers

Like all Crafters I have a number of old and dog eared papers that I really don't think I'm going to use.  This is not really my idea, I wonder how many ideas are really new, but I was pleased to win a competition recently by mentioning it and am going to pass it on here,  A long time ago I saw someone using cosmic shimmer sprays to change the look of paper and have done it many times to create original papers for card making, scrapbooking and book covers.  Check out the mini book page for more ideas.

First protect your table and any nearby walls with plastic bin bags, this really gets messy!
Choose your papers, you can use quite lightweight ones.  Spritz them lightly with mica sprays of your choice, at the first stage I just used one colour.

Screw the papers into tight
balls then smooth out and spritz with plain water, respray with mica spray adding a second colour if you like and scrunch and again. By this time the paper will be quite damp so unravel carefully.

Lay out to dry and voila, some nice new crunchy papers with a fantastic sheen.  You might want to iron them before use but I like the rumpled texture,  I think running them through a die cutting machine or embossing folders will be fun.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011


Autumn is finally here and today we harvested the last from the allotment in time for Halloween.  Hopefully I'll be posting some of our halloween crafting soon but in the meantime here are a few cards I've made this week.

The dress is from a kanban steampunk stamp, the floral paper is the last from one of my favourite stacks and the roses made with Tim Holtz glassine papers.  There is a second hatpin but it seems to be hidden by the bow.
Hopefully the first of many Polkadoodles cards, the papers and images are scrummy.
The Wedding card below was made with one of my new U Mount stamps that I won in a recent competition.  As the comp was crafty tips I think my next one will have to incorporate the tip that won me the prize.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Special Christmas cards

I love the Creative Expressions Christmas stamps and wanted to make something special with them.  I made one background using Alcohol inks on mirror card, for the the other I used the pointsettia stamp and distress inks.

Mixing it up

I wanted to play with so many things this week.  I've made this card using spellbinders, vintage ribbon, a new KanBan steampunk stamp, Tim Holtz Glassine paper.  There is still space for a sentiment but I'll leave that untill I know who the recipient will be.  Unfortunately the picture doesn't show the areas highlighted with my lovely new bronze mica flakes.