Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Personalised No Support Eclipse Card Video

Hello, Crafters.

Yesterday morning, I was online at 8 am - on the dot! - so I could register to go to OnStage in Telford on 7th April 2018. 

Registration went smoothly, and to cut a long story short, I'm really thrilled that five ladies in my team have all registered as well!  

When hubby and I arrived home from OnStage in Solihull last November, hubby went online, and booked four rooms at the hotel next door to the railway station for 6th - 7th April 2018!

At the time I thought I was being overly optimistic, but I'm thrilled we're using all four rooms!! 

Needless to say, because we had booked the rooms so early, we were given an excellent rate!

I'm so excited that I'll be meeting three more of the ladies in my team - at the moment we're online and telephone friends!
After a happily hectic day of phone calls, texts, private messages and emails, I eventually managed to make today's video!

Very surprisingly, I only did one take, and it really flowed! 

As well as showing how to make an eclipse card without using Dimensionals, I also wanted to experiment with making the letters more visible.

I love the concept of eclipse cards, but frequently the letters just cannot be seen. 

Do you remember the card I made for hubby's birthday last November - it looked as if I'd missed one letter off, and misspelt his name! LOL!

During the video , I wanted to see if I could "highlight" the letters one way or another. 

As always, I made a card before starting videoing, and decided to highlight the letters by sponging them using a Dauber and Whisper White Craft Ink.

I did this on the Emerald Envy card and it's definitely the one I like the best. 

I remember making a video three years ago- published on 15th March 2015 - that included making some flowers from the Flower Shop Stamp Set and the co-ordinating Pansy Punch. 

The video is called No. 50 - Velvety Flowers, because that's the effect the white sponging gave the flowers, and I think it's quite similar with the letters.

I used Fresh Fig for the card in the video, and at the end I painted the letters with my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen. 

As usual, the glitter isn't showing up very much in the photographs, but it is very prominent in real life. 

I'm not so happy with the effect of the glitter, but I wonder if that's because it doesn't look right on a masculine card? I'm not sure.

On the Dapper Denim card I shared yesterday, I painted the letters with our Fine Tip Glue Pen, and learned something really interesting about this product. 

Although I've never heard about this, I wonder if you have? 

I started on the last letter first - I tend to read magazines starting at the back page too! LOL! - but I found the flow of the glue became really slow by the time I reached the bottom of the right-hand "leg".

I couldn't understand why this would be, but I had to leave it for while as it was dinner time, so I replaced the lid and left it.
When I came back, and resumed painting the letters with the glue pen, the flow of glue was back to normal! 

I thought it was strange, but I was happy!

After a while, the flow slowed down again, so I assumed it must be getting clogged.

I tried clearing it with a pin, but it was too fat for the fine tip. 

The only thing to do was to put the lid back on, and hope the pin that's in the lid would do the trick!

I tried again, and it worked beautifully. 

When it happened a third time, I immediately put the lid back on, removed it virtually straight away, and the flow was back to normal. 

Have you ever experienced anything like this when using the Fine Tip Glue Pen?

Out of the three cards, my favourite if the Emerald Envy with Craft White Ink sponging; second is Dapper Denim with the Fine Tip Glue Pen;  and finally it's the Fresh Fig with the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen. What's your favourite?

My top priority for jobs to be done today is my accounts! I had a reminder from my accountant yesterday telling me I only have fifteen days to get my tax return in or face a fine - that's good money I could be spending on my craft products - so accounts it is! ☺ Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. I like both the blue and green cards with the blue winning the ribbon (by a very narrow margin!) The one with wink of stella might be better on a feminine card - imagine if you put a coat of glossy shine on top of the glitter. Thinking of gloss, I wonder if heat embossing the letters with a clear gloss would work.

    1. Hi, Jean. I love your idea of heat embossing the letters with Clear embossing powder. I imagine it would be a lot quicker and a lot easier! I'm very unsure about the Wink of Stella exactly for the reason you say! I've had pleasure adding your name to my January 2018 prize draw! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.

  2. Ooooh, that's a tough call. I do believe you're right in that the green does show up best of the three, but I am just so partial to blue, I'm going to go with that one. The WOS does seem to show up on the Fresh Fig one best in these photographs, at least on my computer screen ... they're all just super! What an amazing birthday card to give your grandson! He'll be SO impressed! I can't imagine anyone not being thrilled to bits, frankly! Looking forward to the video now! TFS!

  3. Hi, Geraldine. The green is my favourite, and then the blue! I'm definitely unsure about the Wink of Stella! I hope you've had a chance to see the video and that you enjoyed it, too! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.

  4. Hi jan love all these cards and the changes you made to make letters stand out . I find it hard to make a masculine card and these are fab love your blog it’s so honest

    1. Hi, Daisychain. I find masculine cards a challenge, too. I'm so pleased you enjoy my blog and appreciate the honesty! Many thanks. I've had great pleasure adding your name to my January 2018 prize draw! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.