Saturday, 1 August 2015

Background Check - Day 6

Hello Friends,

I'm feeling quite sad that this is the last day of the Background Check class :( !  I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed it.  Just in case any of the teachers are taking a look at my little blog, I'd like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to them.  They are inspiring, inspirational and one of them just makes me smile (in fact, she cracks me up)!  What a great team!

So after watching all the videos of the teachers making their cards, with all the backgrounds made over the last two days, I decided to start with one of the backgrounds I haven't actually shared with you (because I thought I'd messed it up, I didn't feel the embossing was deep enough)!

I'm really pleased with the card though, it just goes to show that we shouldn't give up on something we thought wasn't quite as good as we'd wished!...

To make the background, our teacher used a large die which she used with a rubber mat to emboss the design into the card, in a letterpress type of style.  I looked for a similar die and couldn't find one, but I did find these.... really good and very talented friend, Keren Baker, bought these for me as part of my birthday present (bless her)!  So whilst they were still well held onto the backing sheet, I ran them through my die cutting machine with a piece of card and my rubber mat.  I felt the design was okay but felt the need to try again adding ink.....well you can see from the picture that the inked one didn't turn out quite as perfect as I'd have liked ;)!

I hope to come back and share some more cards soon.  I have many backgrounds needed to be turned into cards, but before I make any more, I need to clear up my work space.....desk/floor/shelves/top of my cupboards and my husband needs feeding ;)!

Thanks again for popping in to see what I've made and for all the comments from my previous posts.

Thanks again also, to the ladies who organise such inspiring and fun On-line Card Classes :)!

Happy crafting.

Carole x

Background Check - Day 5 (Embossing Paste)

Hi Friends,

I'm back with another background learned from one of the lessons yesterday, over in the classroom at On-line Card Classes!

For this background I used good quality watercolour paper, which I brayered with ink.  I then stenciled embossing paste through a stencil to get this effect.....

I photographed it both landscape and portrait, not sure which way I like it best!  I can't wait to see how our lovely teacher turns her piece, like this, into a card later.

Hopefully, by time I learn how to make this into a card, it'll be dry ;)!

Catch you later.

Carole x

Background Check - Day 5

Hello Friends,

I'm feeling a little behind with my homework from my On-line Card Classes class, Background Check!

Here are just a couple of quick backgrounds....

These were two ideas that Kristina shared with us.  The one on the left is made using my scoring board.  I scored random lines diagonally and then brayered over the top with a light blue ink (Soft Sky, by Stampin' Up).  The one on the right was made by using part of an embossing folder at the top of the card, then I turned the card and used the same embossing folder on the bottom section.  To make it easier to line up and as my scoring board was on my desk, staring at me, I scored a couple of lines as guides as to where I'd like the unembossed section to be ;)!

Hope you find time to craft today.  I hope to get some time to make some more backgrounds later and a couple of cards, when the class comes in at 2 p.m. ;)!

Happy crafting and thanks for popping by.

Carole x

Friday, 31 July 2015

Background Check - Day 4 Embossing Diffusers


As promised I'm back with another background technique that I was reminded of, in the Background Check classroom.

We got out our diffusers, it took me a while to find mine.  They were in a hard to get to cupboard in a basket with all the unloved die cutting items I no longer use!  In fact only one, out of the three in the packet, had been opened - whoops!

I tried all three diffusers with different embossing folders.....

....and then I made my own.....

I made one using my Silhouette Cameo, it's so easy to make your own using the Silhouette.  I designed the file and cut it out 6 times and simply layered one on top of another.

Another great day in my craft room, using what I have!

I'm just lovin' it!

Thank for popping by again.

Carole x

Background Check - Day 4

Hello Friends,

Day 4, over in the On-line Card Classes, Background Check classroom was all about using our die cutting machines for our backgrounds.

I knew I'd be able to bring in my Silhouette Cameo at some point ;)!

I decided I wanted to do something with hexagons, did a little search of my cutting files and found one I thought would be great as a background.  I went onto make my own hexagonal card shape base.  Here are some pics of what I've cut, I will decide what to use to make the card on Saturday after seeing what those clever ladies in the classroom make!

For the patterned die cut, I used one of the backgrounds I made from earlier in the week, one that wasn't all that great and would otherwise have been thrown away!  It makes me so happy to be able to use it now.

Thanks for stopping by, I will try and pop back later with some of the other ideas I've gained from the classroom.

Happy crafting.

Carole x

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Background Check - Day 3

Hello Friends,

I'm back with another card made from one of the backgrounds I made with the inspiration from Kristina from On-line Card Classes.

I thought I was cheating (or getting ahead) a little bit by making this background onto a base card!

...well I was wrong ;)!  What Kristina did with her background like this, was to make a card a little bit like this.....

It's another card I'm really happy with, it looks so much better in real life!

I hope to catch you later with more cards and backgrounds.

If you are interested in signing up for the class, click the link on my sidebar.

Thanks for popping by and happy crafting.

Carole x

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Background Check - Day 3

Hello Friends,

Just before I tied up my work space I decided to use the last water coloured background I had left, so here is another card very similar to the ones I posted earlier...

Thanks for popping by.

Carole x