Thursday, 26 July 2012


Friend is Like an Owl
This card was constructed by using 3 stamps from a collection called HOCUS POCUS  by INDIGOBLUE This stamp set as well as lots more from IndigoBlu are available from THATS CRAFTY ON LINE. It could be classed as a card for all levels of crafting abilities.

A4 Blank Card Made up ready for embellishment.
Print out of the backing sheet. [This is available for download by clicking on this link]……..  PAPER DOWNLOAD
A5 White Paper for Stamping the Spider's Web on
A5 White Paper for Stamping the Owl and the Wording
Dull Gold/Metallic Coloured Card Stock for Layering the words on.
Ranger Adirondack Earthtones – ESPRESSO Ink Pad
VersafineSMOKEY GREY Ink Pad
Distress Ink – TEA DYE
Distressing tool
Roll Foam Pads
Craft Mat
Martha Stewart Leaf Strip Punch. If you don't have this Punch then any Leaf/Branch Embellishment will do. If your struggling on this as well let me know and l will see if l can locate a SVG file with a leaf design that can be used in a electronic Die Cutting Machine apart from the Cricut Range.
Rounded Corner Puncher. It’s not a problem if you don't have one of these then pick any corner cutters you have in your collection or just leave as if.

Normal items from the crafting cupboard: Scissors, Heat Gun, Metal Edge Ruler, Craft knife etc..


Now then for me this is a simple card to build up as its only built up using our stamping skills to rely upon.
Taking the Spiders web stamp ink it up with the Grey ink and just stamp. Your not after a master peice on this as its just the backing sheet. Stamp off the edges as well, overlap a little. No one is going to go ‘OH LOOK THEY HAVE MADE A MISTACKE AND ITS TOTALY RUINED THE MASTER PEICE’ So relax enjoy yourself and just stamp away.

I know some crafters find random the hardest thing in the world to do. So if your not comfortable right away then try it out on scrap paper first until your happy with the direction you going.

Then remember the golden rule.. A quick blast from a heat gun not only dry's it but also fixes it.

The next part of the card is the Owl. Ink it up well with the Espresso ink and just make an impression onto your card. When that’s been done a quick blast and we are ready for the last stamping part the wording. That again is also using the Espresso Ink Pad.

Now then we now have to decide upon what size of margin we are going to leave around your inked images. I have not said you must do it this size or that size. This is YOUR CHOICE. Some crafters like a small margin around their work some a larger one. So you decided and then trim. Remember to allow for the corner’s. So l would just practice on some scrap paper first.

Taking your Distressing Tool, Pad and the Tea Dye ink pad start to build up colour onto the edges of the Spiders Web, Owl and Wording stamped images. By using a craft mat and there are quite a few on the market now this helps hold the ink and helps you move the ink onto your card. If you just laid it on some paper or a green cutting mat the ink would hold and it would not help you in the movement of the ink.

When your happy that you have reached that right amount of edging a quick blast once again…….. [Need l say any more ? lol]

The next project we need to do is make our leaf embellishment. So please its not a problem if you feel I cant do this because l don't have that punch. There are always ways round such problems. If you have a die cutting machine then send me a message and l will source out a leaf border. Or one that can be cut out for those clever crafters that can use a pair of scissors like a Ninja Warrior!

There you have it we have all the components to make our card!

Secure the backing paper onto the card followed by then Spiders Web. As you see its at a ‘Jaunty Angle’ so for those who cant do this for the fear that its not a straight line. Please try it. Relax and let that side of you that always says ‘ITS GOT TO BE LEVEL’ take a holiday.

I'm not mocking as l know from experience that some artists don't like random Some people just find it the hardest thing in the world to just be random in any aspect of life. Please just try to relax aim closely close your eyes and place onto your card.

We can relax a little with the Main Owl image as that's going to be secured into place level with the whole of the card. This then kind of dictates as to where we then place the Text . Place a layer of double sided Foam Pads onto the back of the wording and then place onto the card.

Now then all that's left is the Leafy embellishment. When you have sourced and secured your leafy ‘Branch’ secure into place making sure that when you do place it it brings together all the elements. This is a way of anchoring the whole things.

Any questions please send me a message and l will do my best to help you.

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