Sunday, 26 October 2008

SOS Cards for Forces in War Zones

Here is one of many cards I have been designing for the SOS charity. A simple yet effective card, using printed backing paper to cover the front of the card. Found a really sweet angel picture from a collection and mounted on silver mirror card, below is a verse that was on plain paper but to make it all match I used alcohol inks and blended them together, using caramel, cranberry and latte. Then mounted on silver mirror card. To add a finishing touch I tied on a length of satin ribbon in cream colour.
This charity is really important to me, I understand what it is like to have a family member overseas at Christmas time and in dangerous areas of this World. My brother was in the Falklands during the war and in Cyprus when there was trouble with the Turkish and Cypriats. It takes a few moments of my time to put a card together, so far I have made around 9 cards to send to the charity for service men and women to send back home to their families, a couple I am personally sending to them as a gift of Christmas cheer and support.
Remember our service men and women they do a dangerous and brave job, they are not supported enough by this country, they need our support and need to know we are behind them and that we care.
Enough said!

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Christmas Tag

I designed this tag for a competition that was held in a craft forum I belong to. I wanted to use the same size and shape as that of the Gothic arches I had created. Using various background papers torn and edged with inks, I printed out a photograph of a lady with a violin and decided to make her into a angel using butterfly shaped wings. These I inked with alcohol inks and edged with silver pen. The Wording I found in a book of verses for Christmas and used different coloured food dye and let the colours merge into each other. This was the effect that I ended up with.
To complete I added a pretty gold and glittery woollen thread to match the colours of the tags theme.
Really enjoyed making this tag, you can also add poems or a verse on the backs of them. May make some more of these for present tags.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Autumn Altered Note book

I wanted to make a altered note book for my friend so got down to designing. First I covered the book using quite thick scrapbook papers from the Once upon a time range. Then added some lace down the side. The picture I found on the internet ages ago and thought I could make something with that. The frame is made from pearlised card then embossed using the cuttlebug folders, I quite liked the effect of this folder. To get the frame to look a bit like brass, I used alcohol inks, cranberry and caramel and blotted them on using a felt applicator. You can use tiny pom poms. Then added some bronze stamping ink. I heated the ink to help it dry then stamped all over with clear stamping ink. Then added clear embossing powder and heated once again. I repeated heating and stamping until I was happy with the results. From the same piece of card I cut out corners and attached them to the book. Also using same card I made a name tag. Down the side of the book I attached some fibres, and spaced them out along the spiral holder. Then using a domino of which I had already altered and matched with the same photo, attached using the fibres and attached small gold beads and then greek beads. I was happy with the end result as was the person I made it Really enjoyed making this project.
Happy Crafting