Monday 22 February 2010

Tim Holtz at the NEC Birmingham

Guess who we met at the NEC this weekend?

It doesn't get much better than this...

Mum, Tim and Me

What a fantastic Guy.
A HUGE talent and so willing to share his knowledge.
Isn't it obvious that he absolutely loves his work.

No Ego - just a fantastic sense of humour and a wonderful personality.

We managed to snap a few samples of his work to show you.
 He just makes everything look so effortless

This was made by Tim's friend, Karen - isn't it fabulous! 
The flowers are grungepaper, covered in printed paper then inked with the Rangers new colours.

Grungepaper holds it's shape, so when the petals are curled they stay put.

You can visit Tim's Blog here: Tim Holtz - Live the life you've imagined...

Still pinching ourselves!
Janet and Elaine

Tuesday 9 February 2010

Fairy Diorama Card with Tutorial

The definition of 'Diorama' is 'a three dimensional model, usually of a landscape'

For this card I used a fairy stamp, stamped using VersFine (Onyx Black) and coloured using marker pens.
It was made from just two sheets of UK A4.

My measurements are in millimetres but for those of you who prefer to work in feet and inches - there is an excellent tutorial written by Diana Gibbs on Splitcoaststampers.

When folded flat this card will fit perfectly into a standard C6 envelope.

Here's How to make it:

You will need to cut two pieces of card measuring 190mm wide by 105mm high. These will form the back and the front of your card.
Full details are as follows:
A) Score line 40mm from edge
B) 110mm between score lines
C) 105mm high
D) 190mm wide

You will also need to cut one piece measuring 150mm wide by 105mm high. This will form the middle panel.
Full details are as follows:
B) 110mm between score lines
C) 105mm high
E) Score line 20mm from edge
F) 150mm wide

The next stage is to decorate your three panels:

1) Back panel - I stamped the flowers and leaves in VersaFine then spritzed the whole panel with Cosmic Shimmer Mists purple violet and peacock green.

2) Middle panel - this aperture needs to be smaller than the front panel aperture  
  • Stamped round outer edges using the flowers and leaves.
  • Fairy stamped to the centre left.
  • Coloured using marker pens.
  • Aperture cut roughly following the outer leaf and flower stamped images
3) Front panel - this aperture needs to be larger than the aperture on the middle panel
  • Stamped round outer edge using flowers and leaves
  • Coloured using marker pens
  • Aperture cut to roughly follow the leaf and flowers stamped images

The fairy wings were stamped again. coloured, cut out and decoupaged onto the middle panel fairy. Glitter highlights were added to the front (3) and middle (2) panels.

Gluing the card together

Run glue or double sided tape down either side of the middle panel (2) flaps and fix to the inside sides of the back panel (1).

Run glue or double sided tape down the reverse of both front panel (3) flaps and attach to the outsides of the back panel (1) side flaps.

 That's it!
Thanks for stopping by!
Elaine x