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Sunday, 22 April 2012

Opus Gluei Challenge #129 Use flourishes in your project.

My turn this fortnight over at the Opus Gluei challenge blog.
You can interpret this theme in two ways;
either use a flourish(es) in your project 
or create a project based on what makes you flourish as a person.
I chose to use physical flourishes on the cover and behind the flowers inside a box card for my MIL.
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Kaisercraft Gypsy Sisters papers 6x6inch pad.
Roses are Spellbinders, Spiral Blossom One cut from Pearl Centura card (Crafter's companion) and sponged with Distress Inks in Victoria Velvet and Aged Mahogany. The Distress inks come out paler on this pearl card and have a lovely subtle sheen. 
These spiral flowers are much quicker to make than the alternative method of cutting varying size 6 petal flower shapes and cut out some the flowers petals, and layering up the flowers. 
With the spiral roses you just need to wind it up from the outside inwards and bung some strong glue on the rounded center to hold it together. The rose you make is quite deep. The depth of the ones I make are 2cm.
The leaves are Hero Arts 3 leaves cling stamps on the pearl centura card using black Brilliance ink which gives the right impression on this card.
 To colour the leaves I first brayered with Adirondack dye ink in meadow (it takes a few hours to dry properly) and then highlighted along the leaf veins with Pine Needles Distress Ink using a Ranger cut n dry pen nib.
Crafty Individuals flourish stamps in Aged Mahogany on the background paper behind the inside roses.
The girl facing the sea is an ISC stamp coloured with watercolour pencils.
The fancy tag on the front is from the Spellbinders Fancy tags two set. 
The flocked flourish on the from of the card is one of the Kaisercraft papers.

To get the depth right on the box to fit my roses, I cut a 10cm wide strip of white card that I scored every 1cm. ( You glue 4 concertina panels together to make the rectangle shape. I used white PVA glue for this.)
This gives you a 2cm deep box. 
So the middle panel dimension of your card needs to be 2cm wide.
The other dimensions depend on what side card you want to make.

Craft Stamper has a picture tutorial done by Debbie Dolphin for a box card on page 46 of the August 2011 edition of the magazine. 
I used this article to understand the construction, but used different card dimensions with the help of my trusty calculator and my one braincell when it was around the front. 

Happy creating with or without a braincell and/or calculator!

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Opus Gluei Challenge #128 What else do you know?

The lovely Kristen has chosen this fortnight's Opus Gluei challenge and it is to use a technique in your project that you haven't used for a while.

I haven't paper pieced a stamped image with designer's papers for ages so that is what I have done with this Mollie Bloom beach hut stamp in this easel card.
The chicken is hand drawn on designer papers and the sky is tumbled glass distress ink with a turquoise mica powder mixed with water sprayed on the top.

Now can you guess what the chicken is supposed to be sitting on?
Now it may look like a box but that is where you would be wrong see, as it is in fact a raft -  allegedly. *cough*
If you are wondering why I have put a chicken on a raft in the sea, well why not, I like chickens and they lay lots of eggs and it's Easter... so I think they deserve a holiday by the seaside.
So as I'm sure you can do better than a box masquerading as a raft for this challenge please join in as I'd love to see it!

Happy Creating!