Sunday, 25 May 2008
I made the card itself using two sheets of lemon A4 card. I scored along and folded each piece of card about 1cm from the edge to create a spine, decorated the spine on the front of the card with ribbon, then stuck the two pieces of card together along the spine with strong double sided tape. I found that the easiest way to get the two pieces of card correctly positioned was to hold them parallel and upright (landscape) on a flat surface with the edges to be adhered at the top. It's easy then to manoeuvre the sheets together to exactly the right position - in fact a lot easier than it sounds from the description :-)
The decoupage design was matted onto toning paper then mirror card (highly reflective, as you can see!), I also edged the design with straight border peel offs. A birthday greetings banner and a couple of gem stickers completed the card.
When making up the decoupage, I found that there is unfortunately a design flaw with this particular sheet - there are too many elements for the second layer of the design and some of the pieces on the same layer overlap. The sheet can still be made up but some of the pieces needed trimming, and I found it better to omit some altogether.
As a result, this sheet and another Photopics sheet with a similar problem (I checked all the other Photopics designs in stock, and these are the only two affected) have been re-homed to the newly created 'Adored - but slightly flawed!' section of Clearance at Foil Play. The publishers have promised me updated sheets without the design flaws, but I'm not sure when these will arrive (as I'm still waiting also for outstanding items from an order placed in March, it may be some time!).
- chinese scenes;
- insects and flowers;
- tigers; and
I've also done some housekeeping and tidied up the oriental decoupage section of the website today, to make all of the oriental sheets at Foil Play easier to find.
Saturday, 24 May 2008
There are four different die cut decoupage sheets, each containing three separate step by step decoupage projects. As the sheets are die cut, no scissors are needed, just pop out the individual design elements and layer them up with foam pads or silicone adhesive to create beautiful toppers for your card and craft projects.
Match-It sheets are something new and different! Each decoupage sheet is designed for use with matching embossed transparent peel off stickers (available in a choice of gold or silver). Place the matching peel off sticker over the printed design on the sheet to create a gilded and laminated effect, decoupage around the edge of the peel off and apply to your craft project.
The Match-It peel offs and decoupage sheets are available individually at Foil Play, so that you can select the colour peel offs of your choice to match with each decoupage sheet, you may also wish to use the peel offs on their own, without the matching decoupage sheets.
Cicely Mary Barker was born in Croydon on 28 June 1895. She suffered from epilepsy as a child and remained physically delicate for most of her life. She was unable to go to school, so she was educated at home and spent much of her time on her own, reading and drawing.
Cicely was influenced by the huge popular interest in fairies which developed from the Victorian enthusiasm for fairy stories and epitomised by the immense popularity of J M Barrie's Peter Pan in the early part of the 20th century. Published in 1923, Flower Fairies of the Spring was well received by a post-industrial, war-weary public who were charmed by her vision of hope and innocence, which seemed to evoke a less aggressively modern world. Queen Mary did much to encourage the vogue for fairy paintings during the 1920s by frequently sending postcards depicting fairies to her friends.
Cicely Mary Barker always used real-life models for her paintings. She always asked the child model to hold the flower, twig or blossom of a particular fairy, for she wanted to be sure of the accuracy of her depiction of the shape, texture and form of the plant. Her only alteration was to the size, she enlarged the flower to make it the same size as the child.
Cicely continued to paint until her eyesight began to fail her towards to end of her life. She died on February 16, 1973 at the age of 77 years old.
- Oriental dragons, ladies, vases and borders and corners;
- European travel;
- Baby words, suitable for cards or scrapbook pages; and
- Wedding cakes & celebrations
Sunday, 18 May 2008
There are eight different sheets featuring these lovely goth fairies. Each sheet is die cut, so no scissors are needed. All you need to do is pop out the numbered project pieces and layer them up with double sided adhesive foam pads or silicone adhesive to create beautiful toppers for your card and craft projects.
I have also stocked up on other Reddy die cut decoupage sheets, including Toreads, Faerie Poppets, Dream Tide Fairies, Angel Whispers and Morehead.
Friday, 16 May 2008
The designs will now be featuring in a show at 9.00 am on Sunday 18 May, so check out the show if you'd like to see these great new designs demonstrated on screen.
Saturday, 10 May 2008
Each high quality A4 decoupage sheet contains a three panel image, with co-ordinating backing paper and greeting panels. You cut out the image panels and mount them with foam pads on the background paper to produce an unusual triptych effect.
The designs available so far feature animals, ranging from cute to witty and just plain gorgeous. They are suitable for many occasions, including birthday, congratulations and anniversary.
Stack-Its sheets produce toppers with a 3D pyramid effect for your card and craft projects. You cut out all the different sized shapes of the image, then layer them on top of each other with foam pads, starting with the largest at the base and the smallest at the top. Self adhesive foam pads are recommended rather than silicone adhesive for this particular type of decoupage, as they provide more even spacing between layers.
There is a huge variety of new designs to choose from:
- animals - kittens, puppies, wolves, horses, tigers, panda, peacock, hedgehog, dolphins;
- hobbies and sports - darts, bowling, football, snooker, pool, horse racing;
- Native American Indian;
- transport- hot air balloons, cars, cycles, motorbikes, sports cars, trains;
- scenery - cottages, river scenes and fabulous sunset scenes; and
- vintage designs - tram, cars, houses, people.
Sunday, 4 May 2008
Concept cards featured as part of a recent TSV on the QVC shopping channel. There is a wide range of cards available, in both foiled and non-foiled finishes, for a variety of occasions.
Each pack makes one finished card, with extra die cut elements to use on other projects. The sheets are die cut, so no scissors are needed - all you need to complete the card is your choice of adhesive.
If you are new to card making, the packs will enable you to make stunning cards quickly and easily. For experienced crafters, the packs can be used with other products, to create cards on a more advanced level.If you'd like to add a little extra sparkle to your cards, why not add a bit of Kanban Bling - mixed colour packs of 3mm or 5mm round self adhesive sparkly gems.
There is a huge selection of die cut foiled toppers to choose from, many of which are particularly suitable for male cards.
The designs available include:
- sports (football, golf, rugby, cricket, cycling, extreme sports, horse racing);
- hobbies (music, drinking, playing cards, gardening, rambling, martial arts, snooker, darts); and
- transport (motorcycles, ships and cars).
There is a choice of die cut toppers featuring Egyptian Icons: Tutankhamun (of course!), Bastet, Queen Nefertiti and Egyptian Goddesses along with a choice of co-ordinating backing papers, card and self adhesive ribbon borders.
I made the card above using the Bastet die cut toppers. One topper is matted and layered on mirri card and toning card. I have decoupaged the cat only from another identical topper, and mounted it on top with self adhesive foam pads.
I embellished the edges of the card with metallic moon confetti, and mounted a gold moon under Bastet's collar with an adhesive foam pad, to add a little extra dimension.
The background of the card features the Egyptian Icons backing paper, whilst the foiled border with gold hieroglyphics is taken from the middle of the Bastet die cut topper sheet.