Hello everyone, from chilly Wisconsin! After the last few blogs, I decided I wanted something a bit easier, and since I had just received a bunch of supplies to try, I dove right in! Here’s some of the supplies I received to try out, in return for my honest opinion, which is: These are AWESOME! Check it out:
The card kit is from Reddy, and I love decoupage kits that are pre-cut. The pens are the Spectrum Noir Metallic, and the stamps are from Crafter’s Companion. To those of you who might be saying, I thought you were going to do an easy one? How are you going to use all those in one blog?! Well, I asked myself that same thing, and think I came up with a pretty inventive way, besides, you all know by now I like a good challenge!
Let’s take a better look at what all comes in the kit, it really is a great one. You get 12 cards & envelopes, two sheets of butterflies, four sheets of flowers, two sets of labels and two sheets of peel-offs, along with a ton of foam dimensionals. It is truly a bumper pack, and the fact that there’s nothing to fussy cut? Bonus! Here, take a look:
So, where to start? I admit, I was a bit overwhelmed by all the supplies, so I did what I always do: picked one thing. I got a card, matched some flowers and a few butterflies, and within about ten minutes—yes really, only 10 minutes!!—I had a nice card made. It was nice, but then I started thinking there had to be more. I decided I really liked the look of the peel offs around the edges, so while I watched TV, I added borders around a few more of the cards:
Isn’t that pretty? It is, but still, it seemed like it needed more. I remembered watching Leonie on one of her shows, how she always uses black ink pads, or any colour, doesn’t have to be black, along the sides of the card. I tend to get covered in ink when I try that, so then I remembered Barbara Grey using a pen on the edges, and thought, Yes! I can do that! So, I did, to almost all the cards using my newly acquired Spectrum Noir Metallic pens:
Yes, I went over a little bit, but no worries, that’s what the flowers and butterflies are for! Having the peel off borders made it very easy to put a pen border on. Out of five cards, that was the only mistake I made, so I highly recommend putting the borders on before using pens. These pens are a dream to use, very smooth and didn’t dry out every three seconds. I used the brush tip because that was easier to use with this technique (for me) than the fine point.
Now it was time to shape the flowers and butterflies. After doing a couple quick cards, I decided to pop out the rest of the flowers and leaves that were left on one sheet and prep them all at the same time. The directions in the kit said to use my scissors to shape the flowers, and I did try that, but was more comfortable using my shaping tools and mat
I don’t know if you can tell, but the purple tool is actually a quilling tool from Crafter’s Companion. I find that to be the easiest way to shape leaves, and using the barrel, was able to “curl” the butterfly wings almost perfectly! The only drawback I found in this kit was there weren’t any sentiments. Not that big of a deal since I have plenty of stamps, so decided to try to emboss a few stamped sentiments.
Then I remembered I’m terrible at embossing, but really wanted to make the sentiment I chose from a set of Altenew stamps, “You make my heart bloom” stand out and broke out my Perfect Pearls. I will be doing a separate blog on that, but suffice it to say, I spent several hours playing around with different ways of using them. I think they turned out great! I used Perfect Medium on the Crafter’s Companion flower stamps to make a background on cardstock, and stamped my sentiment in Memento tuxedo black. I used a soft paintbrush to pick up the Perfect Pearl powder and taped it onto my cardstock. Then, using a mini spray bottle, I sprayed it with water, a lot of water (next time I’ll use watercolour paper) and using a different paintbrush, quickly spread the water all over and blotted it off with a paper towel, and got a great resist look. Here is that whole process in pictures:
I will definitely be using this technique again!
I had everything ready: the flowers & leaves shaped and stacked using the dimensionals, cards all ready with shiny, metallic boarders, and sentiments cut from cardstock and vellum (I did a different resist method on vellum with a dry brush and a light mist of water to set the medium). For those of you, like me, that might not know what foam dimensionals are, here’s an example. It’s a tiny, square piece of foam that has adhesive on both sides, which make it perfect for decoupaging.
After this, it was just a matter of building up the cards, I love the 3D aspect of these cards:
Some cards I did very little to, and even though this might seem like a long process, the actual time I spent putting the cards together (and not getting distracted by technique) was not more than about an hour.
Here are all of them together.
I really enjoyed using this card kit, and look forward to trying out more kits like this in the future. They have definitely earned a place in my crafty arsenal! I hope you will give them a try and let me know what you think of them, and please post any you make! I would love to see your creations, and any tips/advice is always welcome. My next blog will be on the many techniques and ways to use Perfect Pearls and Cosmic Shimmer Shakers. Until then, thank you for spending some time here, and I look forward to sharing some more ideas with you all in a week or so. Until the next time, happy crafting!