Thursday, 19 July 2018

Quick Colouring Techniques

Hi guys this weeks theme on the blog is colouring techniques, since it’s the last week of school for my little man I had seven teacher cards and message sticks to make. I know a lot right! So here’s my tips for some quick colouring.
Honestly these didn’t take that long to make up I chose an image that was quite simple with no fiddly little details, it’s also an easy one to fussy cut too which saves a ton of time! I used a production line to prep my cards and message sticks. I began by die cutting all the bases I used post it tape to tape my inside scalloped rectangle and inside scalloped circle dies together so I could easily cut seven identical ones. Then I used the Thanks die from the Thank and Thank You Dies set to cut out 14 thanks dies out of card and fun foam and for the message sticks I cut out 7 of the outline of the thanks die in cardstock and fun foam.
When all the die cutting is done its time to stamp out all the images I used this cute boy dressed as an apple with the worm from the new Fruity Friends Stamp Set alongside the stack of books from the Live, Love Plan set.
I choose to use a simple colouring palette this really helps cut down on time all the reds are the same 3 colours same with the greens. Starting with the reds I coloured all the apples up first using the darkest red on the edges then working my way to the lightest this will add some dimension and shade making it look more 3-D. Then whilst we have to reds out colour up to of the books in each stack the shadow is at the edges its a small area so be careful on how much dark you put down. I use a flicking motion with the tip which helps blend easier. Doing the same with the greens I coloured up the worm, the other two books and the leaf on the apple. Then do the same with the face and hair by colouring the same things all at once as opposed to colouring up the whole image then moving onto the next we save so much time not recapping pens and finding colours again.
The oxide distress inking took no time at all I began by shading all the frames on the rectangle in cracked pistachio alongside the back panels (I cut these out of scrap cardstock)  that fit behind the circle cut out. I also distressed the back panel with a spritz of water.
The last thing to colour up is the thanks diecut I used abandoned coral going heavier on the bottom and lighter towards the top to give it an ombre look.
The first thing I did was foam tape the back of the card making sure I added tape where the cuts were like this...
Do this to all of the pieces of card then attach them to the cracked pistachio rectangle adding some double sided tape to the back of the rectangle then they are ready to attach to our card bases. I attached the boy, books and worm using more foam tape and stuck the die cut thanks on top of the die cut fun foam thanks then glued them onto the card using ranger multi matte medium. That's the cards all coloured up now its time to make the message sticks I used double sided tape to stick the white background piece to the fun foam piece then a glue pen to stick the thanks die cut on top. Then you just glue these on top of skewers using a glue gun and you can then cut the skewers down to size I used my tiny snips I use to cut my dies apart.
Thanks again for taking the time to read my blog its much appreciated and I will catch you next time!
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Friday, 13 July 2018

CDD July Release Roundup!

The July release is now live in the shop and I have to say CDD rocked it again. I had such a hard time picking my favourites to colour up! The new collection of Stamps, Die and Stencil is a perfect addition to your stash for making those summer themed cards.The Skatin By stamp set is great for masculine cards which I know for me is always lacking in my stash.
This release I chose to colour up the Skatin By and the Good Friends stamp and
used the stencil alongside them.
 Here's another look at the cards I made...

The Skatin By set is super fun and the stencil just works perfectly with it. I chose the girl bunny for this card with some orange and pink oxide inks to give it a feminine feel but add some greens and blues and that cute little ram and you have a whole different feel to your card. The skateboarders are also great for creating interactive cards like pull tab slider cards. 
The Good Friends stamp set is something straight out of a childhood storybook Mr Toad and Beaver  look like they have some crazy adventures together, I cant wait to see what you guys have them getting up to! A soft watercoloured scene with the new torn paper die would look beautiful especially for younger children’s birthday cards.  I hope you liked my cards and thank you for taking the time to read my blog. You will find lots more inspiration by clicking on blog hop links below...

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Creating a Birthday Card Stash

Hi guys this week we are sharing tips on how to make quick birthday cards for your stash. I think this card has to be one of the quickest I've ever made and you can easily switch the colours and dancing critter stamp to make them all a little different.

I started by creating a background on Bristol smooth cardstock using Seedless preserve and Picked Raspberry oxide inks. I blended in stripes diagonally and then spritzed with water to give it some added texture finishing off with splatting a mix of perfect pearls and water.
I then cut out a base using the Fancy Frame Dies and cut out a circle just off centre using the Inside Scalloped Circle Dies. I used the Twinkle Toes Stamp set for my image and sentiment, the Dance and Twirl Birthday Girl worked perfect around the circle. I chose to colour up the elephant stamp but any of the animals would work as well. The ostrich would look great with a bright yellow and orange background!
To add some extra dimension I added some foam tape on the back of the base of the card remembering to get the join where the circle die cut out the fancy scallops then it’s ready to mount. 
I mounted it on grey sporty paper and then straight into my base of my card and it’s finished! I hope you enjoyed my tutorial for today.
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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Summer Holiday Cards

Hi Guys it's Design Team member Natalie here and I'm going to show you how to make this cute summer unicorn card.
We are going to start by cutting out the base rectangle using the crazy stitched frame dies, next I took out the die again and drew round the inside of the frame. Using these lines I took my ruler and craft knife and cut out the rectangle in the middle. We are going to use this inner rectangle to create our scene. Using the small wave die from the Ocean Borders Die set we are going to cut out two sets of waves the top one around 1/3 of the way down and the second one just a little lower. Putting these aside we are going to cut a sun out from the top portion using the small circle from the Stitched In Circle Dies.
You should end up with something that looks like this...
Then its time to colour in our background using oxide inks I used salty ocean for the waves. I inked them up separately so I could leave the top of the waves white this will add definition between the two and will give the impression of sea foam. The sun was inked with carved pumpkin and the sun rays with squeezed lemonade alongside the Bright Horizons Stencil. You just have line your stencil as shown and for the other side flip your stencil over.

That fabulous Unicorn is part of the Summer Vibin Stamp set I used the same colours I used in the background and added some pink and green to the mix. The citrus colours make for a great summer card.
Now that everything is coloured up its time to stick it all together including putting it back into the frame. I made sure to add double tape to all the cuts so they were nice and secure. Then stuck it onto a base card. 
The last few things to add were the sentiment which I inked in black and highlighted with a white gel pen. The last touch to add was a bit of Wink of Stella to add some shimmer and sparkle I added it to the unicorns mane and tail and to the whites of the waves. I hope you like my card and I can't wait to see your Summer Holiday Cards!
Crazy Stitched Frame Dies

Salty Ocean Oxide Inks

Carved Pumpkin

Squeezed Lemonade Oxide Ink

Bright Horizons Stencil

Ocean Border Dies
Stitched In Circle Dies
Summer Vibin

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Old Favourites

Hi Divas its Natalie on the blog today and I'm going to showcase an old favourite stamp set today. I chose the Spare Parts stamp set to create this fun anniversary card.

I started by cutting out the base layer using the crazy stitched rectangle dies and on another sheet of card I created a stencil for the heart using the Nested Heart dies.

Take out the heart frame and save we are going to use that to frame the heart later on. Then place the stencil over the base card in the centre. I used the worn lipstick and abandoned coral oxide inks to ink up the heart and then spritzed with water to create a distressed look then I added the frame to finish off the heart.

I added the I'm Nuts and Bolts about you sentiment using the misti to make sure i got a crisp black.  I coloured up the robots using a simple colour scheme then went over their eyes with a copic liner and added white dots with a gel pen.

I fussy cut and stuck them onto the heart using foam tape to make them stand out.  Then finished up with a few nuvo drops to finish the card off.

Worn Lipstick

Spare Parts

Abandoned Coral

Nested Hearts

Crazy Stitched Frames

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Same card three different looks!

Hi guys it’s Natalie on the CDD blog today and today I’m going to to create a card using dies to make a background. I love succulents and the four cacti dies at cdd are the perfect size to create a background. Originally I was just going to do an inlaid die cutting technique which is the card in the forefront of the image but then I couldn't resist mixing it up a little with the back two.

To begin with I cut out four base cards using the crazy stitched frame dies three with normal cardstock and one with Bristol smooth. Then we are going to cut out the cacti I tried to make the pattern random but so the same die didn’t end up next to each other. The dies I used are the three cacti from the South West Border Dies and the cactus die.

Make sure you save all of your pieces we are going to do an I lay die cutting technique on two of the cards the other one you can take out the pieces and save them for another occasion.
The first card I coloured in the cacti with copic markers taking them out first I find it easier to colour them you don’t get colour where you don’t want it!

The second card I mounted the whole card with the die cuts in onto black card and then used a watercolour technique with distress inks over the die cuts but in a loose technique so it looked messy.

The last card I took out the die cuts and discarded them for a future project then took the Bristol smooth cardstock we cut and water coloured the background with the same green distress inks we used on the previous background. I added foam tape to the back of the card we die cut and mounted it on top of the water coloured piece. Then mounted this onto black cardstock.

After colouring our cacti backgrounds its time to add the sentiment and finishing touches. I cut out nine happy die cuts so that we could layer them on top of each other so we would have three layers of three. Then I white heat embossed the word birthday from the Wishful Thoughts stamp set onto some black cardstock and cut it so that it was a thin strip. Then finished off with some black nuvo drops.
That’s my three cards for today using the same die cut background to make three different cards I hope you like it!

Happy Die
Cactus Die
Wishful Thoughts
South West Border Die
Nuvo Crystal Drops Ebony Black
Crazy Stitched Frame Dies

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Creating scenes with Dies

Hi guys its Natalie on the blog today and I want to show you how to create a scene card using your dies as stencils. They are perfect if you would like to create a one layered scene card but are nervous about drawing in the details yourself. I chose to create a garden scene with the Somebunny Stamp set and to create my background I used the Rainbow Die, Outdoor Landscape 2 Dies snd the Garden Border Dies.

I started by making the base of my card using the Inside Scalloped Rectangle Dies once cut take out the middle part from the frame as we don't want the frame to get ink on it and place the frame to one side. Taking the middle part its time to lay out our scene I cut out the garden border for the soil and the little picket fence from the Outdoor Landscape 2 Dies from some scrap paper so  I could lay them out with the clear stamps of the bunny and carrot house to make sure I have things in the right positions.

Once you have everything in the right place then its time to draw  around everything ready to colour in. Try to lightly draw the images in so that they are easier to rub out later on.. Now its time to stamp out the bunny and carrot house I decided to try out some no line colouring so I used the antique linen distress ink to stamp these out as its a light neutral colour. The last thing to add to the scene is some clouds you just need to cut out one cloud and then you can move it around a place a few randomly in the sky.

Then its time to colour up the image I used some warm greys for the picket fence, clouds and bunny making sure the ears are darker than the cloud to distinguish between the two. I used the same oranges on the carrot house and the carrots and again using the same greens on the carrot tops and bow tie. Then a few shades of blue for the sky and brown for the soil. I like to keep my colour pallet limited so that you focus on the image and your eyes aren't distracted by all the colours. Try and avoid colouring over the pencil lines so either draw up to them or rub them out lightly first as once the marker is over the pencil you wont be able to rub it out.
Once I was happy with the colouring it was time to stick the frame back together and place it on some warm grey cardstock. the trick I use to easily stick the frame and base together is just placing them together upside down and then running the tape runner along the joins this enables us to easily stick it to the grey cardstock. Then its just time to stick it to your card base and its all finished up! I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial today and I look forward to seeing all your one layer scene cards!
Rainbow Die

Outdoor Landscape Dies 2


Inside Scalloped Rectangle Die

Garden Border Dies