Wednesday, 28 December 2016

If you left it too late to send Christmas cards...

...join the club!

Train strikes, work deadlines, college work, my best girls back from Uni.  A perfect storm of extra-busyness meant somehow I didn't manage to make cards in time to send this Christmas, but I still really want to keep in touch with neighbours and distant friends.  Well - Christmas Miracle - I don't have to go back to work till 3rd January so I decided to make some New Year's Cards instead.

It's a simple design that uses some super-sparkly wallpaper samples I was given and some large number die cutters.  I set up a production line - making a satisfying 23 cards in just a few hours in front of Strictly Come Dancing and Gogglebox; and here they all are...


I didn't have enough rhinestones so I just used a hole punch to make some inexpensive embellishments out of scraps of sparkly paper.

I'd love to see your new year's cards in the comments below!

Sunday, 14 February 2016

A bit more wow with marbling...

About a year ago I blogged on some experiments with shaving foam printing.  This evening I had another chance to explore shaving foam marbling with re-inkers and I have a few more insights to share with you!

1) You can make a swirly background (maybe a second or third print) and then "paint" the ink onto the shaving foam with a fine paint brush or skewer, placing it very specifically rather than just using the dropper.  It seemed to work best with sparing amounts of ink; otherwise it will smudge when you wipe the foam off the print.  I just stirred some deep spirals into some pink blobs and made roses - some of them came out lovely, just had to be a bit selective with my heart punch!

2) I wanted a more detailed liquid effect so I tried a cornflour solution and it worked a treat.  I blended a teaspoon of cornflour in a small mug of boiling water, and poured it into a shallow dish (about 5mm deep). When I started to drop the blobs of ink they spread and looked like coral. Then I spread it in lines back and forth. The smoothness of the cornflour was really effective and I got this using two shades of blue:


The second time I blended the cornflour with cold water and microwaved it.  This made a terrible mess in the microwave, and the first print was rubbish:

But I stirred what was left around and the second print was very pretty if rather gentle.

With the cornflour I felt I needed to rinse it off with gently running water, but the photographic paper I used held the ink colour very well.

3) Finally, you can really bring out the lovely effect of the marbling by carefully cropping the best bits of your prints and mounting them on some cardstock that brings out one of the colours,

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Do you hate....

...people?

No?

Me neither. But Linda and I laughed our heads off when we saw a cross stitch saying that. Something about the juxtaposition of gentle sweet cross stitch with such a miserable statement. So I made her this for her recent birthday. It still makes me giggle, hope it does the same for you:


I freely admit that this wasn't my idea: I saw it on Pinterest and followed the link to http://www.thehoopandneedle.com/shop/ but it's in the States and as usual I had left it to the last minute, so I decided to stitch it myself.