As I've mentioned before, I love being part of Craftmania's Design Team, as it means I get to do something I love (and have for many years), but I also get to share it with you.
The excitement of "happy mail" never fades and I always look forward to the next new release!
However, for those of you who have purchased previous Hand Picked By Jamie Kits (or those of you who may still be tempted lol) we feel it is nice to revisit them, and give you that little extra inspiration....
So today, I am taking you back to create a card with April's - Hand Picked By Jamie Bundle!!
As with all my tutorial Blog posts, you will find the Shopping List for this project at the bottom of the page.
Even though we are heading into autumn... I am very much in the mood for Spring colours, as you may tell from my card above. How lovely is this lemon?! Perfect for most occasions, but as you know in the card making world, we are very much moving into the theme of Birthdays,' so this is my card focus today!!
So to begin with, you will need your Creative Expressions Cross Stitch Pin Point Embossing Folder which you are going to use to emboss a sheet of white card. Once you have embossed your sheet, cut it to the size of approximately 13.3cm x 13.3cm square.
For your next step, you need your Lemon Meringue Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud Blending Ink which you are going to use to colour your card.
TIP - Whether you are a pro or a complete beginner, my personal recommendation for blending, is to use either a Creative Expressions Blending Smoothie or a Vaessen Creative Blending Brush. I find these both allow you to apply and blend your ink onto the card easily, giving an even coverage and without creating lines.
For your matt and layers....
Now you need three sheets of white card which you are going to cut at the following measurements :-
Sheet one - 14.5cm x 14.5cm
Sheet two - 10.2cm x 10.2cm
Sheet three - 13.5cm x13.5cm
Once you have cut them to size, colour sheets one and two with Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud Blending Ink in the Lemon Meringue. Sheet three leave white.
At this point, you need to get a white 7x7 Card Blank.
Stick the larger plain yellow square on your blank card and add your mat and layers (as seen in my photo above). Glue your embossed yellow square on top.
Now you are going to add the detail and focal point of the card with Sue Wilson's New Zealand Wellington Die Set. Cut the larger element of the die (without the outer edge) in white card, along with the two plain centre pieces.
Then cut around the die with a paper trimmer, and also use a corner punch to round off the corners. Now take the large yellow centre square and add Foam Pads to give a little height and depth. (If you find that the corners show underneath, you can easily snip those off as well). You can add Foam Pads on both centre pieces if you wish, and you have the option to use different depths of tape eg. 2mm / 3mm).
For the next step, we are going to colour the final centre square and also add our sentiment.
Get your smallest pieces of card which is going to sit in the centre, and colour with your Blending Ink.
Take your John Lockwood "Happy Birthday" Stamp (from your Bundle) and using a Distress Oxide Ink Pad in Spiced Marmalade, stamp out your sentiment.
Again, trim off your white edges like I have done in the photo above.
When dry, lightly brush over with your Lemon Meringue, and pad in the centre.
Now anyone that knows me, will tell you that I love flowers..... so here I wanted to use flowers that had layers. Here I have chosen Sue Wilson's Finishing Touches - Heart Leaf Flower Die Set.
Using my dies, I cut out -
Four large flowers
Three medium flowers
Three small flowers
I coloured all of these again with my Lemon Meringue Colour Cloud Blending Ink so they matched perfectly with my card's background. In the centre of the smallest flowers, I dabbed with my Distress Ink Spiced Marmalade. You could also add a coloured gem or pearl if you wish.
To add to these, of course you need your leaves, so I cut three leaf / stems in white card.
Now it's time to bring it all together, taking all your flower and leaf die cuts.
Shape them using either a pair of tweezers, or an embossing tool.
Glue your flowers together - you should have two large flowers and one small flower.
Adhere to your card, tucking the leaves in as you go....
TOP TIP - If you are new to making flowers, you can usually find guidance on most of Creative Expressions packaging on the enclosed card insert. These are great for help and inspiration.
For the finishing touches, I made a lovely yellow bow, which I think is quite pretty.
Again, if like me you find these a little fiddly, then Jamie has a brilliant and quick
YouTube Video Tutorial - Learn The Technique Of How To Tie The Perfect Bow.
Glue your bow onto your card..... and you are done!!!
I hope you have enjoyed my blog post and hopefully it has given you some more inspiration to make some more cards. Please do share your makes with us on our Facebook Group -
Lynn :-) x