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Welcome to my Blog, here I will share insights into how I make particular cards using various techniques & trends.
I exhibit at a few craft fair events throughout the year and I will advise where & when these take place in this section.

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New Cut & Emboss Folder

10/04/18

This is my new cut & emboss folder which is now my favourite crafty item! It's from Crafter's Companion (Butterfly Kiss) and only needs one pass through the die cutting machine to both cut and emboss at the same time. I've made this aperture card and after masking the edges blended with distress inks and used gilding wax to highlight the frame. The die partially cuts out the butterfly wings to allow them to lift up and create depth.
This is finished with matching coloured paper topped with a gold satin Happy Birthday on the inside leaf to show through the aperture.
(I'm also experimenting with an Xcut Christmas cut & emboss folder...............it's really too early but I couldn't wait to play with it!)

Easter - Kiddies Make & Take

24/03/18

Another make & take event this time for Easter. A simple design based around wooden laser cut Easter shapes which were coloured and mounted onto an ink stencilled background. I also used a felt adhesive backed butterfly for the third panel.
The 3 panels were then layered onto a turquoise card which was finished off with a stamped Happy Easter greeting.

Mothers Day - Make & Take

03/03/18

This is a card I designed for youngsters to make at a local Make & Take event for Mother's Day. I used a Wild Rose Studio stamp which was coloured using watercolour pencils with a paint brush and a clear Sparkle pen. The image was matted onto a copper mirror card, which in turn was placed onto a larger embossed background.
The flower was die cut in alternating copper mirror card and plain white card using a "Build a Flower" cut & emboss die and assembled. It was finished off with a "Love" word die and a gem.

Happy Valentine Day

14/02/18

My latest project was to make a different style card for Valentines Day. The end result is this photo showing a concertina type greeting card. I started with a 12"x12" double sided rose patterned card which I cut into 3 equal strips and folded with alternate mountain & valley folds. These were then joined into one long piece with the two ends being decorated with a Martha Stewart edge punch which also creates a slot for the ribbon. The letters were stamped onto a plain red card, cut out and attached to the heart decorated (stencilled & coloured) background. These 10 toppers were then layered onto red mats and attached to the main concertina card. The finished card is folded together, tied round with red ribbon and presented in a hand made matching box.
This design is good for any greeting by using the appropriate number of panels.

Sheep Tales

21/01/18

This card has been individually created for someone who adores all things sheep! After stamping, cutting out and colouring some sheep images I've used fabric paint to create a woolly texture. I allowed these to dry over night and then used my heat gun to 'fluff up' their coats.
I have covered a centre step shaped card with marble effect paper and used a butterfly border die to decorate the two sides. The Happy Birthday greeting has been die cut from pearlescent card and layered onto blue mirror card. The sheep have been assembled using a mix of foam pads and glue to achieve a three dimensional effect.
This is a photo of the finished card.

Happy New Year

03/01/18

A New Year with a new website to display and sell my handmade cards.
It's a lighter and fresher approach to the previous TinaAnn Cards website.
I start my blog by sharing one of my New Year cards which I have sent to friends and family, they also doubled up as Christmas thank you cards!