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Tangled waves - tone on tone for elegant cards

Tangled waves - tone on tone for elegant cards 0

Hi everyone! It is Verity here again from Pretty Little Buttonso good to be back up on the blog again. One of the items I had to purchase recently was the tangled waves stencil which is an add-on to the month inspiration kit.You can also buy this separately, and I knew I had to get it! Although the pattern resembles waves, the pattern can lend itself to a range of cards no matter if it is sea themed or not. I used it today for a tone on tone look to create an elegant card.

Tone on Tone card details:

Start off by choosing the colour for your tone on tone card. I used navy card stock and therefore I chose a navy pearlescent textured paste to go with it. Adhere the stencil down over your card panel with some low tack tape. Using palette knife, spread your paste over the stencil for a nice even consistency. I didn't use the whole stencil, I applied a layer of paste over the centre to give a rough oval shape. I wanted this to frame the stamped image later. Leave this to dry whilst working on the rest of the card. 


 To create the focal image, I created a distress oxide background with red/coral colours with ink smooshing. Coral and Navy is a great colour combination. Once this was dry, I heat embossed the dreamcatcher in Penny and fussy cut this out. This was foam mounted to the middle of the card panel. I added two small sentiments using Alabaster embossing powder on Raven Black cardstock and adhered these flat. 


 The panel was trimmed down and foam mounted onto a navy card base to give an 1/8" border. Lastly, I added a few sequins to embellish this card. 


I love how this card came out. The tone on tone of the stencil gives an elegant touch to this card and the pop of coral really works well with the navy.

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If you want, please leave a comment below - I would love to hear what you think!

For more inspiration, please feel free to pop over to www.prettylittlebutton.com   Or you can follow me on InstagramFacebook, or Pinterest.

Till next week,
Verity!
We've moved! A Trio of cards

We've moved! A Trio of cards 0

Hi everyone! It is Verity here again from Pretty Little Buttonso good to be back up on the blog again. I recently got a few purchases through the post when they were on sale, and I knew I would fall in love the 'From Paris With Love' stamp set. There are some fantastic designs in the set that go well together but can also be used on their own to create wonderful cards. I fell in love with the Tall block building and wanted to use this a focal point on a card. From this, a trio of houses and cards came to mind.  So read on and find out how you can create these too!

We've Moved card details:

For the first card, I stamped 3 of the buildings onto smooth watercolour card stock. I then used some Daniel Smith watercolours to colour in the buildings. I'm not a colouring expert, however, I will tell you how I coloured them in case you are wondering. I decided my light source was going to come from the top left of the card and therefore the bottom right would be the darkest area. I added a very light basic layer over the whole building before building the colour up from the bottom right. I added a little shading to the right and bottom sides of each window to match the shading of the building. 


Once the buildings were dry, I fussy cut these out and foam mounted on to a navy card panel. I heat embossed the decorative line form the stamp set above and below the buildings with clear embossing ink and Alabaster embossing powder. The sentiment from the True Love - Luggage stamp set was embossed and foam mounted on top of the buildings. I added a few Nuvo drops for embellishment and the panel was foram mounted onto a white card base. 


I wanted my cards to tie together, so I heat embossed 3 buildings on to matching envy card stock. Again I used alabaster embossing powder. These were foam mounted onto the white card panel, and I stamped the scroll and sentiment in Navy in. Lastly, this was foam mounted on a card base and again, Nuvo drops were added as embellishments. 


This card started out in the same manner as the first by using watercolours to colour the buildings in. I followed the same shading principles as before with the light source. Before foam mounting the buildings, I added colour corresponding paint splatter to the background with the same watercolours.  I kept the rest of the card simple as I loved the colours of the buildings against the white. 


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If you want, please leave a comment below - I would love to hear what you think!

For more inspiration, please feel free to pop over to www.prettylittlebutton.com   Or you can follow me on InstagramFacebook, or Pinterest.

Till next week,
Verity!
Botanical Banners Floral Embossed Frame card

Botanical Banners Floral Embossed Frame card 0

Hi everyone! It is Verity here again from Pretty Little Buttonso good to be back up on the blog again. It was Mother's day in the UK last weekend and I used the gorgeous Botanical Banners stamp set to create this beautiful and elegant floral frame card to give to my Mum. Only one stamp was used to create the frame which highlighted the sentiment for the card. Read on to see how it came together!

Botanical Banners Floral Embossed Frame card details:

Start off by stamping the flowers from the Botanical Banners stamp set onto a crafter panel in a soft light ink or use Brutus Monroe Clear Embossing ink. As I had planned to heat emboss this, I stamped and coloured all my images using a stamp positioner tool. However, you can use acrylic blocks and heat emboss as you go along.
If you are using a stamp positioner, stamp your first image, colour this in and then re-stamp and cover with embossing powder. However, wait until the end before you heat set. Remember to rotate the stamp for added variation. In addition, stamp several images on some scrap kraft card to fussy cut out.


 To colour the flowers in I used coloured pencils. To start off I laid a base layer of white pencil down and build up the colour with the coloured pencils. You can use the white pencil to help smooth and blend your shading.



Fussy cut out any additional images and foam mount onto the card panel. Stamp and heat emboss and sentiment and foam mount the panel on a white card base. Lastly embellish your card, I used nuvo drops but sequins would work just as well. 


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If you want, please leave a comment below - I would love to hear what you think!

For more inspiration, please feel free to pop over to www.prettylittlebutton.com   Or you can follow me on InstagramFacebook, or Pinterest.

Till next week,
Verity!
Embossed resist watercolour Butterfly background

Embossed resist watercolour Butterfly background 2

Hi everyone! It is Verity here again from Pretty Little Buttonso good to be back up on the blog again. I love to incorporate watercolours into my cards when I can and I thought the Butterfly Sentiment 2.0 stamp set was perfect for an emboss resist technique. I wanted to to use the st to create my own dreamy background paper for a bold sentiment to sit on. Whatsmore, Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder works amazing well for emboss resist techniques. So, let's get started!

Embossed resist watercolour Butterfly background card details:


Trim a piece of Smooth watercolour cardstock to your desired size. Prep the surface with an antistatic tool to prevent powder sticking elsewhere then where you stamp.  Select 2 butterflies from the set and repeatedly stamp this across your paper in Clear embossing ink. A stamp positioner is useful to speed this up and to align the stamps straight. However, you can still do this with acrylic blocks too.

If you are finding it difficult to see where you have stamped, cover with embossing powder as you go along. However, don't heat set this until the ned, to reduce the level of warping. 

 

Once you have heat set the background, adhere the card panel down with some low tack tape to a flat surface. I use the tape to create an even white border to frame my pattern piece. This adds a mat layer without any additional bulk. 

I wanted a subtly ethereal look to my background and therefore I generously coated the paper with water. This meant when I added drops of colour it would blend seamlessly and be quite diluted. This all helped to produce a soft subtly ethereal background. For the watercolour paints, I used a Daniel Smith watercolor dot chart to apply a variety of colours. 


I allowed the background to dry naturally whilst I worked on the remainder of the card. Next, I die cut a sentiment with a die from my stash out of Raven black cardstock and black fun foam. To add a shiny dimension, I heat embossed the card die cut in Raven Black embossing powder several times and adhered on top of the foam die cut. I stamped an additional sentiment on Raven black cardstock with Alabaster embossing powder.


When the card panel was dry, I foam mounted this onto a black cardbase and added my sentiments. Lastly, I embellished with a few white Nuvo drops. 

 

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If you want, please leave a comment below - I would love to hear what you think!

For more inspiration, please feel free to pop over to www.prettylittlebutton.com   Or you can follow me on InstagramFacebook, or Pinterest.

Till next week,
Verity!
Congrats on your new home!

Congrats on your new home! 1

Hi everyone! It is Verity here again from Pretty Little Buttonso good to be back up on the blog again. I have a created a beautiful CAS card using the True Love Luggage stamp set. It is cute little set with some great sentiments to mix up and use of several different cards. 

Congrats on your new home card details:

To start off, trim a piece smooth watercolour cardstock down to 1/4" smaller than your card panel. You need to stamp the image offset to one corner in Raven Detail Ink. On another piece of card, stamp this image again - you will fussy cut this out later so you can use a scrap of watercolour cardstock. 


The Raven detail ink is great for watercolouring in once dry. However, if you prefer Alcohol markers to colour in, you can also use these with the ink. I had decided I was only going to cut out the two figures and foam mount these onto the card once finished. So when colour in, I didn't colour the figures in on the card panel, or the suitcases in on the stamp on the scrap of cardstock. I used a Daniel Smith watercolour dot chart to colour the scene in. 


 Once all my paint was dry, I fussy cut around the two figures. Where the outline overlapped colour areas on the card panel, I added a little extra colour to the cut-out for seamless blending between the pieces.  To finish the card, I embossed a sentiment from the stamp set onto a strip of Raven cardstock and foam mounted onto the card. Added score lines to background at 3/8" distance for additional interest. Lastly I added a few holographic sequins to embellish. 

 

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If you want, please leave a comment below - I would love to hear what you think!

For more inspiration, please feel free to pop over to www.prettylittlebutton.com   Or you can follow me on InstagramFacebook, or Pinterest.

Till next week,
Verity!
Travel More Worry Less

Travel More Worry Less 0

Hello Friends, Waleska from craftinglovew here today to share with you my Monday Blog with one of the sweetest and newest girls from the When Grow Up Collection Pilot!!!
CARD DETAILS:
For my card today I wanted to create a fun background for the cute pilot girl.  To make the background I used the new Grunge Shapes stamp to give the look of travel stamps around the background, I stamped them with  Brutus Monroe Embossing Ink and  Penny Embossing Powder (my absolutely favorite from the Brutus Monroe embossing collection) I also added other shapes with Raven Embossing Ink.
To give the same embossed look to the pilot girl I also used Raven embossing ink for her and colored the girl with markers.  I added blue oxide ink to the bottom part of the card and added water.
Finally I sponged the edges of the card with embossing ink and put Penny Embossing powder for a grunge look!! I love the end result with this two new stamps together.
I hope you have a great starting week! and remember to:
"TRAVEL MORE AND WORRY LESS"
Waleska
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