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Saturday, 31 January 2015

Sale A Bration 2015 Week 4 Day 6

Build A Bouquet The Papercraft Way
Today is the second half of the Berry Basket / Build a Bouquet Project
If you haven't already read it, take a peek at yesterdays tutorial to find out just how easy it is to make you own Berry Basket

And today I am going to give you a quick tutorial on making paper flowers to produce your own papercraft bouquet

Products needed for todays Project

Build a Bouquet Photo-polymer Stamp Set
Build a Bouquet Bigz Die
Spiral Flower Die
Butterfly Thinlets Die
A Selection of cardstock & Decorative papers (use up those scraps)
Big Shot with Extended Cutting Plates
Hot Melt Glue Gun 
Hot Melt Glue Sticks
Bone Folder
Floristry Wire
Green Floristry Tape

Making paper flowers is much easier than you think, especially if you use a combination of Dies and punches, but today I am just looking at Die Cut flowers and petals.

The beauty of the Build a Bouquet Die is that you get a selection of different flowers and petal sizes, plus some leaves, all in one place.

A basic flower has approximately 5 petals per flower
I decided to make some flowers using the coordinating stamp set. So I die cut the petals from Strawberry Slush cardstock, and stamped the petals with strawberry slush ink for a tone on tone effect.
You will notice that the die cuts a slit at the base of the petals., this is so you an create a rounded effect. To get the best life like effect, you want to very LIGHtLY spritz the cardstock (after stamping) and then scrunch the petal in your hands. open it back up and flatten it out. Allow the petal to dry. Repeat with all the petals. Once dry, use  a bone folder to gently curve the petals.

Now for the glue gun. Use small dots of the melted glue sticks to secure the fold at the bottom of each petal. Once you have completed this with each of the petals, you then need to build your flower by layering up the petals to create the flower, using the glue gun again.

I used Baked Brown Sugar cardstock to die cut the centres of each flower, and attached them using very tiny dots of glue from the glue gun. Add leaves to the back of each flower and secure with the glue gun. And you can see the result is something that looks like a peony or an anemone 

The next flower is using either the Pansy Punch or the pansy flower on the Build A Bouquet Die. Now these do not come with a cut already made for you, so you need to do this yourself using a pair of paper snips, (after giving the cardstock the spritz, scrunch, flatten, dry, curl routine.)
Overlap two petals and secure using the glue gun. Then use your bone folder to create some curves. The do not all have to go under ... this is your chance to play.
For the centre of the flower you could use brads, buttons, or some of the resin flowers in the Artisan Embellishment kit
I have used some retired resin floral accents, as I hate waste and try to use as much of my odds and ends of crafting supplies as I can!

You will notice roses in my Berry Basket, and these were made by using the Spiral Flower Die and gave them the the same technique of spritz, scrunch, flatten, dry and curl, If you haven't got a quilling tool, I find using your scoring stylus works just as well to get your rose started, and then I swap to rolling up the flower between my finger and thumb.

Now to build your flowers

Twist 4 lengths of floristry wire together. Fold the wire in half, leaving a loop at the loop.
Twist the two lengths together to create one strong 'stem'/ Twist Green floristry tape around the stem. Repeat for all your flowers
Turn your flowers face side down
Use your glue gun to attach the stem to the back of the flowers by adding a generous blob of glue to the loop, give it a wiggle to get the wire embedded in the glue, hold until the glue starts to set.
Repeat with all your flowers. 

There is a little extra glueing to be done for the spiral flower (rose
You will notice that there is a figure of eight shaped base to this flower. You need to glue the base of the quilled flower to the base and then attach the wire as above.
The butterfly was die cut using the new intricate Butterfly Thinlet die from the Spring/Summer catalogue. I attached the sire to the back of this in the same way as with the flowers.

Use some Floristry Tape to tape your bouquet together so you have just one short'ish stem

I place some none soak Oasis into the bottom of the berry basket and insert your bouquet onto this, then play with the bouquet to arrange it to your liking.

I stamped the sentiment (from the Build A Bouquet Stamp Set) and die cut using the Chalk Talk framelits. I created the mat by die cutting two more of the labels from cardstock, I cut one in half on the vertical, and the other in half on the vertical. Then use a tiny amount of Tombow Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to the corresponding pieces of the stamped label allowing 2-3 mm of the coloured cardstock showing. 

Once you get the hang of it (and instructions do come with the Die s), try experimenting with Filter Paper, Designer Series Papers (DSP), Vellum, book pages, tissue paper etc
I would love to hear how you get along with your own bouquets, so please do let me know

P.S. Click here for the tutorial with tips on getting the best results when die cutting intricate dies

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Happy Stamping
Kim xxx

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Friday, 30 January 2015

Sale A Bration 2015 Week 4 Day 5

Build Your Own Berry Basket Bundle

Purchase the Berry Basket Bigz Die, the Hand Held Mini Stapler and additional staples
comes to £47.65 
which means you qualify for a FREE Sale A Bration Exclusive Product!

Now today, I have a 3D product for you to make. The Berry Basket is a glorious item and perfect to give as a hostess gift, favours etc if filled with goodies
This is Part One of a two part tutorial.
Today shows you how to make the Berry Basket

And tomorrow, I will be showing you how to make your own paper/card bouquet

And so both days are Photograph heavy, but it is easier with the illustrations

There is just 4 products need for today

The Berry Basket Bigz Die
Pear Pizzaz Cardstock
Handheld Stapler
Tombow Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue

Big Shot with Extension Cutting Plates
Bone Folder

Begin by running two pieces of cardstock through your Big Shot using the Berry Basket Die with the following sandwich:

Extended Cutting Plate
Bigz Die
Extension Cutting Plate

You will end up with 2 pieces to create the basic basket
2  Straight Strips, each with one score line at one end
2 Scallop strips, again, each piece is scored at one end
1 slightly tapered strip (the handle)

remove all the small pieces fromt the bases of the Berry Basket
Score each piece where they have been scored.

Add some Tombow to the base of one berry basket base and adhere on top of the other at right angles to each other.  

use a tiny dot of Tombow to adhere the straight and scalloped strips so they each make a square

Fold up the berry basket, slot the straight square over the top and secure with a mini staple in each corner.
Attach the handles to the inside of the basket as shown using a little Tombow
Slot over scallop square and staple in place with mini staples  in each corner again (missing the first set of staples)
And that is it ... Yes it is really that simple!

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Sale A Bration Week 4 Day 4

The Supplies for today's card are:
Petal Potpourri Stamp Set
Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set
Lovely Lace TIEF
Circle Framelits Die
Flower Medallion Punch
Banner Punch
Badked Brown Sugar Cardstock
Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock
Very Vanilla Cardstock
In Colour Classic Ink Pads 2013-2015 in
 Baked Brown Sugar & Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding
Typeset DSP
Basic Pearls
Very Vintage Button
Linen Thread
Tombow Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue
Stampin Dimensionals

Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
Magnetic Platform
Texture Boutique (optional)
Stampin Trimmer
Stampin Sponges

Begin By Making your card blank by trimming a piece of Baked Brown Sugar cardstock  to 21cms x 14.8cms (i.e. A6)
Next you will need your Big Shot Die Cutting Machine and Circle Framelits. You need to chose the framelit that is large enough the extend just beyond the top and bottom of the card blank, I found the scallop circle in the pack worked best. Die cut a piece of Typeset DSP  with this. Sponge the edges with Crisp Cantaloupe ink.

Next you want to die cut two circles from Very Vanilla cardstock, choosing the next two smallest dies down from the Scallop Circle. Stamp the edges of the larger circle using the the smaller Splodge stamp in Gorgeous Grunge stamp set using Baked Brown Sugar ink and sponge the edges with Crisp Cantaloupe ink.

Lastly, die cut the next size down circle in Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock and Dry Emboss this using the Lovely Lace TIEF' 

Now for the flower. Stamp one flower from Petal Potpouri Stamp set in Crisp Cantaloupe ink onto Very Vanilla Cardstock, and another from Pistachio Pudding ink.

Punch these out using the Flower Medallion Punch
Use your bone folder to gently curl the petals/leaves under, you may need to do this a couple of times.

Glue the Typeset Scallop Circle to the card blank using tiny amounts of Tombow Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue. WARNING - Do not attempt to do this with PVA glue as the cardstock/DSP with wrinkle and warp.

Now layer upthe circles using Tombow Glue, again in tiny amounts.
Stamp your sentiment onto a 1cm wide piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, and create banner ends using the Banner Punch. This will require you to insert the stamped strip of cardstock in through the TOP of the punch and guide it between the cutting blades before you punch. This allows you to make your sentiment as long as you like.
Mat (Layer) this onto a piece of Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock 1.5cm wide and create banner ends in the same way. Adhere this to the back of the  flower with a little Tombow, ensuring the sentiment can still be seen. The beauty of Tombow is that you get about 3-4 seconds to re-position before the glue sets.
Add 3 Stampin Dimensionals to the reverse of the flower and adhere to the top layer of the circles. You may need to add a Dimensional to the opposite end oof you label to stop it waving in the wind.
Finish with a Vintage Button tied with large loops of Linen Thread, and a few Basic Pearls

Happy Stamping
Kim xxx

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27 January
Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper #138635:
This paper is so much more than meets the eye! The glossy designs look great alone or they will “resist” ink, making them really fun for techniques. Try it with spritzers, brayers, sponges and more. You’ll find that this paper can be used with any style, from bold and bright to elegant and subtle. Try a technique class with your friends where everyone can play with this paper and fall in love with it like we have! With unlimited crafty possibilities, this paper is simply a must-have for everyone’s paper stash.