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Sunday, October 25, 2015

couture Creations blog 2

Sweet bicycle card 
By Sue Smyth 

Hi Bloggers, today I have a quick easy card for you 
with a spring touch.

Cut out the largest label from a 14 x 14 cm cream cardstock base.
Make sure you have the folded edge inside the cutting edge
of the die so it remains intact and there 
you have a neat folded base.
Trim off one on the ends to give the card a flat base

Cut the next size down with patterned paper, adhere to front of 
card base and fold semi circular shape up. Attach to front of
card with a little 3 D foam tape.

Die cut a scalloped circle and nested circle from cream and 
pale green cardstock.

Die cut a bicycle from cream cardstock, add glitter
to areas of the bike.
Also cut a small piece of lace from pink cardstock, ink edges
and adhere to bottom of card. 
Adhere all pieces in place and decorate as above.

This card can be made almost from scrap cardstock and papers.

Couture Creations materials 
Nested labels die
Scalloped Circle Nested dies
Circle Nested dies 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

megs garden sampler

Victorian Sampler 
By Sue Smyth 

With so many images to choose from in the mini album kit 
 and I wanted to use them all one the one project.
So I decided to alter a frame and do 
a sampler, layering and adding dimension 
to each panel.

Alter the butterfly trinket, swipe white gesso over top.
Add dimensional magic to the centre and sprinkle 
with micro beads.
And yes I fixed that pearl strip above that has moved
I like to add a little extra glue to these strips so 
they stay put more.

To colour a small paper rose, take a small stiff 
bristle brush and dab into a pink/red stamp pad.
The gently stipple the brush to the centre of the 
Old dry stamp pads work the best to give just a hint of colour.

You may have seen this before, I love to add a dimensional
frame with small pearl strips.
Just snip them into sections of 2 or one pearl and 
adhere along the edge with a clear setting glue.
Use a pointed tool to nudge the pearls into place.

Ink each panel and adhere to light weight cardstock
to add strength.

Play with the arrangement of your panels until you are happy
then adhere them down. I have
then altered an old plastic frame for them all to sit in, 
this will make a lovely gift for someone this year.

Materials used 

Happy Crafting 

Sue Smyth 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Imaginarium for October

Happy Halloween Hat and Gorgeous Gold 
By Sue Smyth 

Halloween is always a fun time to decorate
 and make something unique and arty to keep.
You may have seen my altered Gothic books, this
time I wanted to do something to match them.
A 3 D witches hat to match seemed a great choice!

I have decorated a small witches hat before, but it is amazing
how as your skills improve,products grow, and your tastes 
change the different look you will get.

To save time, most of the chipboard is sprayed with 
matt black spray paint.

I then rubbed gold metallic paint over a lot of it
and used it to decorate the front of the hat. I have
added in a skeleton like my book, with wings and feathers around him.

For the peacock feather I have used 3 colours of liquid pearls,
Blue,purple and green, to colour the black
chipboard feather to give dimension and shine.
The other feathers are just dipped in black glitter after they 
are coated with dimensional magic.

Here is a mini tutorial on how to alter the hat base.

Spray paint the hat black for a good base to work from,
Apply strips of tissue paper over the hat with gel medium.
Make sure to pleat and scrunch the tissue to give a
great texture. 

When dry, paint thoroughly with purple paint.

When dry paint with black gesso, this time paint roughly
so that some of the delicious purple shows through!

Use a brush to apply Inka gold graphite paint, all over the hat 

Then use a brush to apply turquoise or lime green glittery paint.

Then apply metallic gold paint over top of that to give 
a rich depth of colour.

Here you can see all of the colours showing through. I have then sprayed
the whole hat with gold glitter spray.

Then to start building the decoration, I have used the wrought

And added a border to the back, to attach further decorations to.
To bend the border, dampen a little with water and bend
with your fingers, then allow to dry in shape.

Gorgeous Gold Layout 
The next project I have for you is a gorgeous layout featuring 
gold foil board.
This is a sheet of 12 x 12 gold foil that I could not
resist using as my base.

My flowers are just old fluted ones I found on a hat with 
lovely textured centers. Of course
I have altered, sprayed and painted with gold paint to 

I have kept the colour palette limited, only adding red so the main star is the 
gold background  

Rub over the chipboard with red Inka Gold,
I have added this also, to some black and 
cream fussy cut butterflies. Also double emboss
the leaves with gold embossing powder for a polished look.

After rubbing over the gold paint (see tutorial below)
highlight areas with red and copper inka gold.
Blend together with your finger tip.

A small photo, die cut will fit nicely into the centre
of the clock. I have also sanded the edges 
for a rustic look.

One simple word is all you need for a title, paint with
matt black spray paint.

This is another photo of the layout without so 
much of the reflection, You will notice that 
I have added a few mica shards around the top of the layout
for added glimmer and interest.

Place foil board on some concrete and press down 
with your hands to create a lumpy pitted surface.
Sand edges and over the surface a little too.

Adhere selected chipboard to the foil board with
gel medium, allow to dry.

Paint entire surface with black gesso, allow to partially dry.

Rub off excess with a wet wipe, apply more
pressure in areas that are stubborn

Spritz with a gold glimmer mist, partially dry
and rub off excess over the foil area.
Then rub over with gold metallic paint and 
decorate as above.

A sweet Christmas treat. 
I have used the mini bird cage to make a mini Christmas decoration.
Spray with matt black spray paint,
 Dampen the top of each cage and bend into shape.

Adhere around a resin frame or piece of black chipboard
that matches the size. 
Tie the top eyelets together.
Rub over with gold paint
Decorate with trinkets, pearls, and rhinestones.
Chipboard used 

Happy Crafting