Die-cutting Essentials Special Edition 5 with FREE English Country Garden kit is out on 15th June!
The fabulous English Country Garden collection free with Die-cutting Essentials Special Edition 5 is out on 15th June – and it’s so summery you can almost hear the bees buzzing and smell the flowers and freshly mown grass. The magazine is bursting with seasonal inspiration for all styles and occasions, but here are a few extra bonus makes that escaped the box!
by Nicky Gilburt
white A6 card blank
Spun Sugar Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Safari Green Tonic Studios Nuvo Hybrid inkpad
Ballerina Ranger Liquid Pearls
small circle die
3D foam pads
1 Emboss a panel of white cardstock with the bower embossing folder. Place the embossed card onto a flat surface and rub the pink distress inkpad directly over it to add colour to all the raised detail.
2 Trim the edge of the embossed piece and adhere to the card front, leaving a small border.
3 Cut the archway image from the paper pack and glue within the frame.
4 Die-cut three vines from the green paper in the pack and arrange and stick down as shown, trimming where necessary.
5 Stamp the greeting onto white cardstock and die-cut with a circle die. Blend a little pink ink round the edge and attach with 3D foam pads. Die-cut flowers and a butterfly from white cardstock, apply pink ink to the butterfly’s wings and embellish the flowers with Liquid Pearls. Affix to the card front as shown to finish.
Use a firm inkpad to transform your embossed card in seconds – experiment by trying on the reverse too, for a different ‘negative’ effect
There are more of Nicky’s blooming beautiful cards in the ‘Flower festival’ feature on page 20.
by Sharon Curtis
white 11cm-square card blank
3 shades of pink cardstock
Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad
Fruit Punch Ranger Stickles glitter glue
1 Stamp the greeting in the centre of the card front using Onyx Black ink.
2 Use a circle die or round acrylic block as a guide and add a few pencil marks to create a circle around the greeting.
3 Die-cut flowers and leaves from green cardstock and various shades of pink.
4 Use scissors to trim away a few individual leaves, then arrange the leaves and flowers around the circle. Attach with PVA glue, making sure you cover all the pencil marks. Add glitter glue to the flower centres to finish.
See Sharon’s other lovely clean and simple designs using the English Country Garden collection on page 18.
Find joy in the ordinary
by Tracy Evans
white 5×7” tent-fold card blank
Vintage Photo & Worn Lipstick Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink
Potting Soil & Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Quote Chips & Tiny Attacher
Metallic Tim Holtz Kraft-Core cardstock
Titanium White DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic
rusty tin craft wire
non-stick craft sheet
1 Cut a piece of white cardstock to measure 41/2×61/2”. Cover with wood panel paper from the pack. Distress the edges of the panel with a pair of scissors and colour them with Vintage Photo ink.
2 Cut white cardstock to fit the embossing folder. Apply Vintage Photo ink to the debossed (dark side) side of the folder, place the card inside and emboss to achieve a letterpress effect. Clean the folder with a baby wipe. Spritz the embossed card with water and dry with a heat tool.
3 Die-cut the trellis twice from white cardstock, cut away the frames and adhere the panels together in the centre. Affix the trellis behind the doorway and attach the panel to the wood panel paper. Staple rusty tin wire around the edge of the embossed panel, then matt the whole piece onto Metallic Kraft-Core cardstock, leaving a narrow border, and adhere to the card front.
4 Colour a scrap of white cardstock with Vintage Photo ink, spritz with water and dry with a heat tool. Stamp the wheelbarrow image onto the coloured background with black ink and cut out. Affix to the card front as shown. Ink the watering can image with Potting Soil ink and stamp onto the coloured background. Cut out and adhere behind the wheelbarrow.
5 Add decorative moss to the bottom of the card front.
6 Stamp the sentiment onto white cardstock with Potting Soil ink, cut out and colour the edges with Vintage Photo ink. Dry with a heat tool and adhere in the doorway.
7 Colour a scrap of white cardstock with Worn Lipstick ink, spritz with water and heat to dry. Die-cut a small butterfly from the coloured card and adhere to the top edge of the doorway.
8 Take a Quote Chip, colour the edges with Vintage Photo ink, dry with a heat tool and adhere towards the top of the card front.
9 Add a small amount of Titanium White Fluid Acrylic to a craft sheet, dip a wet paintbrush into the paint and lightly flick it onto the card to add delicate splatters. Dry with a heat tool.
Need a card for those tricky-to-make-for men in your life? Find more of Tracy’s wonderful earthy, mixed-media projects on page 64.