Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Freebie feather die & stamp

On the cover of one of the UK craft mags this month is a free feather die from HOTP, and on a sister mag is a matching stencil & set of stamps.  Not often I buy mags these days, freebies are generally of a poor quality but thought this was one of those dies that might one day come in handy, and at a fiver for the mag it wasn't a bad price for it.  Only bought the stamps (with the mag) after a friend said they actually stamped quite well and I have to admit they are surprisingly a better quality than some of the clear stamps I've bought in the past let alone the jelly like monstrosities that normally get given as a cover gift.

Very very quick card to make if you've kept offcuts when you've been playing with brushos.  The offcut I used was literally a strip leftover from cutting a4 into a not quite 6*6 cards (I've got loads of these) of semi gloss white card which I'd marbled with brushos at the Dec playday and left in the (huge) pile of ready to do something withs.  Not sure what colours I used but it really was just a dollop that had been missed by the rim of the dish, on a ruler and wiggled along the card.  Once diecut, I stamped using 2nd gen archival ink and gave a quick blast with the heatgun.  Background was just a very small sprinkle of lemon, violet & turquoise brushos, gently blown so they spread around the card and thinned out even more.  Misted with water, then puffed about with one of those spritzers designed for felt tips.  Once dry I stamped a heartfelt creations sentiment in black archival, matted on to navy pearl card and onto a white 8*8 card blank from Joanna Sheen that I've had a pack of for about 4 years and only used a couple.  Not sure why I've started making 8*8 cards but hey ho lol.   I curled the feathers slightly and stuck down with a few blobs of gel glue to keep the curl.  When I said very, very quick to make I'm talking maybe 10 mins tops if you have a pile of backgrounds ready to go and other than drying time not that much longer if you start with just white card.

Going to enter this into the following challenges.

Diecut Divas, anything goes. 
Happy Little Stampers, CAS with watercolouring
Natalie and Amy, All Things New
Crafty Cardmakers, old & new. 
Flonzcraft, new year new stash,

10 comments:

crafty said...

Love your card and what a lot of detail you have given about the making of it. Thanks for sharing. Mary DT at Crafty Cardmarkers and More

brenda said...

A lovely piece of artwork and great idea to use the Brusho lefrovers - must remember to keep mine, tend to bin them, tut, tut.

Thanks so much for sharing your lovely piece with us at FlonzCtaft Vintage Stamping Challenges.

B x

Michelle N. said...

Wow-love your techniques! And what great freebies to work with-I wish I could get that die! Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Diva's Anything Goes Challenge.

Loll Thompson said...

This is so pretty! I love the way you've moved the brusho colours around by blowing and with using the marker spritzer --- it looks amazing!! Those feathers are gorgeous and I love how you've added dimension with curling the edges. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Happy Little Stampers!

Ab Fab Designs said...

I really like this Sue ,love the Dimension on the feathers
Hugs xxx

Kylie said...

Wow, this is lovely! The brushos are on my 'want list' and this is why when you can make backgrounds like these. The feathers are awesome! Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers xx

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

How pretty! I love the background and the lovely feather die cuts, great design! Hazel x

Bonnie said...

Love the background and those gorgeous feathers! Wow!

Arlene said...

Gorgeous card. I love the look of the feathers and the water color treatment. Just beautiful.

So glad you could join us at Die Cut Divas.

Kim. said...

Love this card, the background looks amazing with those feathers.
Thanks for sharing with us this month at Natalie & Amy's challenge.
Kim x