Personalised Christmas Cards 2017

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Keepsake Birthday Card And Box


Do you ever make keepsake cards?  I was asked if I could make a special card for a Mum's 65th birthday,  today I have a tutorial over on the papermilldirect blog with details of how I made this large 18cm square card with a matching decorated box to present it in.


To make the card blank I used a sheet of papermilldirect A3 white linen card and  pink, spring green and amber lustre pearlescent card for the dies and layering.  The dies were Sizzix, the stencil and butterfly were Memory Box.

The sentiments were computer generated and printed onto the stencilled background before layering onto the prearlescent card.  This was matted onto the card blank before adding the embellishments. 

The dies were arranged on the card, a jump ring added to the birdcage and a few sequins to finish the card.


A box was made and decorated to match the card, I fastened a ribbon down the center of the base with a two inch overhang to help lift the card from the box, it was then lined with tissue paper which had been stencilled with the distress inks.

I always keep A3 and 12" x 12" card in my stash for creating projects that cannot be made with a sheet of A4 card, and for use with my Silhouette cutting machine.  You can buy a pick and mix box of A3 card or just a pack of 10 sheets  in the Papermilldirect shop.   

Friday, 10 August 2018

Daring Cardmakers Nautical Challenge



Hi everyone, another Friday and time for another Daring Cardmakers challenge.  This week the theme is hosted by Shabneez and the theme is "Nautical".  


I had two ideas for the challenge and could not make my mind up which to go with so made both.  My first idea was to use a Stampers Anonymous compass stamp, cut out an array of stars (as sailors used to navigate by the stars) an anchor sailing element and a few sketchy seagulls flying round.


I used papermilldirect white hemp card  for my card blank, white linen card for the background and navy plain and daffodil yellow plain card for layering.


My second idea was a wood background with a ship's wheel and a red white and blue theme.  I used a papermilldirect  7"x5" white hammered card blankbuff plain card for embossing, navy plain card, red plain card and white hammered card for layering, knotted butchers string with a flag sentiment above a die cut sentiment and two cut out seagulls. 


I used a 3D embossing folder for the wood grain and cut the ship's Wheel and seagulls on the Silhouette, stamped a wood grain pattern onto the wheel and added some red and white cotton detail.

I am guest designing again this month at Daring Cardmakers and would love you to come over and join in the challenge, such a lovely theme with lots of possibilities from ships to sea creatures and more.

Sylv xx

Monday, 6 August 2018

Blue Feather Birthday Card



Good morning friends and followers.  I have another card today using the Go Press and Foil machine, my card today has a plain letterpress sentiment highlighted with blue distress ink.



I seem to be gravitating to blue colours at the moment and thought the previously coloured die cut feathers would look great on papermilldirect white linen card 255gsm layered onto buff smooth card 255gsm and added to a pale turquoise card blank. 


I letterpressed the birthday greeting onto a white linen square and blended blue distress ink over the card to highlight the greeting.  The feathers had been coloured with blue and brown distress inks, these were added above the highlighted sentiment and sequins and a string bow added.

The white linen letterpress panel was layered onto buff card then onto a pale turquoise card blank and a white paper insert was added inside the card.

Now I am getting to grips with the foiling machine I will be using it more especially for my Christmas cards this year.

Thank you for popping by xx