Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sydney Papercraft Festival

Hi there, a quick post to let you know I'm off to teach in Sydney on Friday, 31st October and Saturday 1st November, at the Sydney Papercrafts Festival . 
The class is packed with heaps of tips and techniques, using Couture Creations dies, embossing folders, and the new release Vintage Rose Garden papers.  The kits are excellent value, and include a die and embossing folder for you to keep.  Book with Scrap With Friends.

Here is a sneak peak of the class....

I'll also be demoing on the Scrap With Friends stand so drop by and say hello.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Grungy Journal Cover

Hi everyone,
It's Tina here with an Art Journal cover I created recently. 
I used the new Couture Creations Vintage Rose Garden papers, along with lots of dies and some embossing folders.
I embossed using Loren and Velvet Tea Lights Embossing Folders to create extra texture. The diecuts were given a variety of treatments including heat embossing, spraying with shimmer mists, and applying various mediums. 
I wanted a textural, grungy look so  used embossing powders in random areas.
Here's the back cover.....
I once again used lots of diecuts and layered them over strips of Vintage Rose Garden papers.
The Artdeco Lace Frame die was used as a stencil and I applied gel medium through it, just make sure to wash your die immediately.  
I used strips of Coredinations cardstock and embossed it using Velvet Tea Lights Embossing Folder, then sanded it to expose the core.
The fun thing about a project like this is that there are no rules, you can experiment and have fun, and create the project in a variety of styles such as shabby chic, grungy, or whimsical. 
Couture Creations products:
CO723249 Momento Ornamental Lace Die - Tied Together
CO723245 Momento Ornamental Lace Die  - Cappuccino
CO723722 The Van Roe Decorative Die - Beautiful Butterfly
CO723725 The Van Roe Decorative Die - Ornate Rectangle
CO723239 Madeline Ornamental Lace Die - Keys to my Heart
CO723313 The Treasures Ornamental Lace Die - Artdeco Lace Frame
CO723315 The Treasures Ornamental Lace Die - Simplicity Borders
CO723915 Merry Little Christmas - Fancy Christmas Flourish
CO723286 Elegance Embossing Folder - Loren
CO723669 Marriot Embossing Folder - Large Velvet Tea Lights

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Embossing with your dies!

Hi everybody,
It's Tina here with a couple of embossing techniques to share.
This technique works best on dies with an open center.  Die-cut as normal, leaving the cardstock in the die.

 Open an embossing folder, lay the die on top, and then place the tan embossing mat on top of that.  do NOT shut the embossing folder! 

 Layer between your cutting plates and run through as you normally would to emboss.

As you can see it has embossed the open center of the die.

....And now for a quick card that lets you get double the value from your dies.

This technique works really well with the Ornamental Lace dies.
Stack your cutting plate, die (facing the paper as normal), then your tan embossing mat, and then the other cutting plate.  Run it through your embossing machine as you would an embossing folder. 

The die will have embossed a pattern, but it won't have cut.

Mat and attach to a card base.  Attach "Celebrate" die-cut, layered over Ultimate Crafts seam binding.  Cut "Beautiful Butterfly" and embellish with some pearls and the gorgeous new Premium Adhesive Gemstones. 

Couture Creations products:
CO724019 Vintage Rose Garden paper
CO723736  The Van Roe Decorative Die - Celebrate
CO723242 Madeline Ornamental; Lace Die - Mirror Mirror
CO723722 The Van Roe Decorative Die - Beautiful Butterfly
CO723445 Elegance Embossing Folder - Extra Loren
Premium Adhesive Gemstones


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