Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Using New Products

Hello, Crafters.

As I said I would, I re-did the last Telford make-n-take I shared with you yesterday.

I was quite disappointed that changing the bottom layer of the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) didn't make much difference to the card.

I made a second one but starting with a base of Whisper White thinking that maybe, the design wasn't being helped by the fact there was no other white to tie the embossed piece to but still no improvement.

I have taken a photograph of all three cards together and posted it at the end of today's blog. The
top card is the original and the bottom two are my versions. Never mind, I tried!

I went on to make another card using some of the new products.

I wanted to use a piece of one of the specialty sheets in the NEW Affectionately Yours Specialty DSP. It's a Crumb Cake background with a gold pattern of leaves and flowers - it's really gorgeous!

My plan was a card base of Crumb Cake with a layer of Gold Foil and a top layer of Crumb Cake. Then I was going to use the specialty paper for a frame, as I have done with to today's card.

Unfortunately, when I collected all the pieces together, the gold foil and the gold pattern on the DSP were so different, they just didn't look good together! In fact, the Gold Foil made the gold on the specialty DSP look more like copper.

I decided to keep to my design plan and just change the DSP. The design I chose is on the reverse side of the DSP I chose for the Telford make-n-take.

To make my card I started with a card base of Crumb Cake with a layer of Whisper White and a top layer of Crumb Cake. I used the NEW Layering Squares Framelits Dies to die cut the photograph frame.

I stamped the sentiment, which is from the NEW Painters Palette Stamp Set, in Crumb Cake Ink onto a piece of Whisper White Card Stock and adhered it with Tombow to the back of the frame.

Then I stamped the balloon from the NEW Confetti Celebration Stamp Set in Crumb Cake Ink directly onto the front of the card.

Using the Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush Marker Pens, I coloured the long flowery stamp from the Bloomin' Love Stamp Set. I
huffed on it before stamping but I didn't get a particularly good image, so I finished colouring them in-situ. Fortunately, it turned out well!

The final stamp was to use my white gel pen to draw three small shadow lines on the balloons.

Just a quick note about this last photograph...................
I keep looking at them trying to decide which one I like best and I'm coming out in favour of the Telford card, but I'm still not happy that the bottom layer of DSP isn't more visible. Back to the drawing board with this one, I think! Any suggestions??

That's about it today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. Sorry Jan, but I still prefer the less "busy" original one ... the top photo. Sometimes, I guess less really is more? Just wondering if, in this case, the floral dap gets a bit lost with the introduction of another patterned paper. I also like the positioning of the embossing in the upper left corner. You're right ... you tried, and more often than not, you're spot on, but this time maybe the very rare exception??? Kudos for daring to try though! : -)

    1. The more I look at them the more I agree with you and I'm not sure there's an answer to it without actually changing things around. I know, I can't make a silk purse, etc. etc! LOL! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  2. I think anybody receiving any of your cards would be very pleased. Stop being so critical of yourself, you are very creative.

    1. Many thanks, Maggie. I think most of us are our own worst critics though. ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.