Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Wreath Tutorial

Hi everyone,
I've created a special wreath to decorate my home for Christmas this year, and wanted to share this tutorial with you.

Wrap a styrofoam wreath with fabric of your choice. (I cut strips of organza approximately 7cm wide)
Cut Holly & Berry Flourish in red and green Coredinations Glittersilk cardstock and trim green die-cut and layer as shown.
Cut two of Christmas Star from white and silver Coredinations Glittersilk, and layer with the silver stars in the center.
 Adhere Holly & Berry Flourish on top.  Attach to top of wreath.
Cut Christmas Fir Trees from white and green Glittersilk cardstock  and add a little "snow" using white paint or medium.  Cut Reindeer's Sleigh from red Glittersilk.  Cut a piece of acetate and attach to back of wreath.  Adhere trees and sleigh.  Spray acetate from behind with white mist to create a snowing effect.  Allow to dry then spray with a clear coat varnish, or fixative so it won't wipe off.
Cut two Holly Branch Flourish and attach to bottom of wreath.  Embellish with red Gemstones. 
Cut Merry Christmas and attach to acetate.
Cut four Christmas Branch from green Glittersilk cardstock and bend fronds up a little to create dimension and attach.

And you are done! 
Here's a few more close-ups....

Couture Creations products:

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Christmas Fir Tree card

Hi everyone!
It's Tina here, with a fun Christmas card for you to make! 
I used the Christmas Fir Trees die, and cut three each of both the dies.   I cut one of the larger die in white and discarded the center piece.  I trimmed the lower layer off one of the green pieces to create a different size tree.
The white piece was layered over the large green tree and some Glitzn' Glamour added.


The smaller size trees were all cut in green, folded in half and layered to create a 3D Christmas tree effect.  I also added smears of white paint and Silver Glitzn' Glamour to create my "snow".  I also sprayed the Vintage Rose Garden paper with some white shimmer mist for a wintery effect. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Dies and Jac paper!

Hi there everyone, it's Tina here with a little trick for using dies with Jac paper. 
If you are anything like me, you have a stash of products hidden away that you bought but haven't really used.  For me one of those things was Jac paper, which is basically sticky on one or both sides. 

Diecut the three largest Nesting Vintage Signs (Largest two from paper, the other from Jac paper)

 Layer these together.  To adhere the Jac paper, peel protective backing to expose the adhesive. 


Expose the top layer of adhesive and using the Love Abounds die as a mask, sprinkle glitter over the top, rubbing lightly to ensure it sticks securely. 


 Tap off excess glitter, remove die and cover with a contrasting coloured glitter, and repeat the process.

Attach all layers to a card base and embellish with a chipboard sentiment.

And here's another card I made using the same technique with microbeads.
Couture Creations products:
CO723290 Elegance Embossing Folder - Damask Flourish Embossing Folder

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sydney Papercraft Festival

Hi there, a quick post to let you know I'm off to teach in Sydney on Friday, 31st October and Saturday 1st November, at the Sydney Papercrafts Festival . 
The class is packed with heaps of tips and techniques, using Couture Creations dies, embossing folders, and the new release Vintage Rose Garden papers.  The kits are excellent value, and include a die and embossing folder for you to keep.  Book with Scrap With Friends.

Here is a sneak peak of the class....

I'll also be demoing on the Scrap With Friends stand so drop by and say hello.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Grungy Journal Cover

Hi everyone,
It's Tina here with an Art Journal cover I created recently. 
I used the new Couture Creations Vintage Rose Garden papers, along with lots of dies and some embossing folders.
I embossed using Loren and Velvet Tea Lights Embossing Folders to create extra texture. The diecuts were given a variety of treatments including heat embossing, spraying with shimmer mists, and applying various mediums. 
I wanted a textural, grungy look so  used embossing powders in random areas.
Here's the back cover.....
I once again used lots of diecuts and layered them over strips of Vintage Rose Garden papers.
The Artdeco Lace Frame die was used as a stencil and I applied gel medium through it, just make sure to wash your die immediately.  
I used strips of Coredinations cardstock and embossed it using Velvet Tea Lights Embossing Folder, then sanded it to expose the core.
The fun thing about a project like this is that there are no rules, you can experiment and have fun, and create the project in a variety of styles such as shabby chic, grungy, or whimsical. 
Couture Creations products:
CO723249 Momento Ornamental Lace Die - Tied Together
CO723245 Momento Ornamental Lace Die  - Cappuccino
CO723722 The Van Roe Decorative Die - Beautiful Butterfly
CO723725 The Van Roe Decorative Die - Ornate Rectangle
CO723239 Madeline Ornamental Lace Die - Keys to my Heart
CO723313 The Treasures Ornamental Lace Die - Artdeco Lace Frame
CO723315 The Treasures Ornamental Lace Die - Simplicity Borders
CO723915 Merry Little Christmas - Fancy Christmas Flourish
CO723286 Elegance Embossing Folder - Loren
CO723669 Marriot Embossing Folder - Large Velvet Tea Lights

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Embossing with your dies!

Hi everybody,
It's Tina here with a couple of embossing techniques to share.
This technique works best on dies with an open center.  Die-cut as normal, leaving the cardstock in the die.

 Open an embossing folder, lay the die on top, and then place the tan embossing mat on top of that.  do NOT shut the embossing folder! 

 Layer between your cutting plates and run through as you normally would to emboss.

As you can see it has embossed the open center of the die.

....And now for a quick card that lets you get double the value from your dies.

This technique works really well with the Ornamental Lace dies.
Stack your cutting plate, die (facing the paper as normal), then your tan embossing mat, and then the other cutting plate.  Run it through your embossing machine as you would an embossing folder. 

The die will have embossed a pattern, but it won't have cut.

Mat and attach to a card base.  Attach "Celebrate" die-cut, layered over Ultimate Crafts seam binding.  Cut "Beautiful Butterfly" and embellish with some pearls and the gorgeous new Premium Adhesive Gemstones. 

Couture Creations products:
CO724019 Vintage Rose Garden paper
CO723736  The Van Roe Decorative Die - Celebrate
CO723242 Madeline Ornamental; Lace Die - Mirror Mirror
CO723722 The Van Roe Decorative Die - Beautiful Butterfly
CO723445 Elegance Embossing Folder - Extra Loren
Premium Adhesive Gemstones

Friday, September 12, 2014

Using the "Scraps"!

Hi everyone, Tina here with some creations to share with you using the scraps from my die-cuts.
 I love the Artdeco Lace Frame die, not only because it's such a great design, but the scrap pieces are such cool shapes. I just knew I had to create some mixed media pieces using them. I die-cut some thin chipboard for extra dimension, and arranged the shapes in a pattern on my tag.

I applied Modelling paste through the die, using it as a stencil, then washed it immediately.

Once dry, I sprayed my tag with various mists.

I diecut and heat embossed a section of the Artdeco frame.

 This was inlaid over the misted modelling paste design.

I cut two of the Beautiful Butterfly and a Fancy Christmas Flourish , which was heat embossed.

And a few more close-ups!

I also used the Artdeco Lace Frame on this mixed media journal cover, which I'll be teaching as a class in October. 

 I added Cappucino Ornamental Lace die, Beautiful Butterfly, and Fancy Christmas Flourish, before spraying and adding other mediums.

Couture Creations products:
C0723313 The Treasures Ornamental Lace die -Artdeco Lace Frame
C0723245 Momento Ornamental Lace die -Cappucino 
C0723722 The Van Roe Decorative Die -Beautiful Butterfly
C0723915 Merry Little Christmas Intricutz die -Fancy Christmas Flourish
C0723973 Glitzen Glamour - Violet


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