Thursday, 11 April 2013

Simples .....

Good morning, peeps!  I hope you're all having a great start to the day!

Today I thought I'd show you a couple of cards that I'm currently teaching at workshops for Samuel Taylor. In fact, there's only one workshop left now at the Brighouse store on Saturday 27 April.  It's always hard to come up with something new that will interest people sufficiently to attend a workshop.  These two cards focus on techniques so the design of the cards themselves is kept fairly simple.  Also, I do like stamps with a floral design (as regular visitors may have noticed!!) and I thought it might be nice to celebrate Spring with some seasonal flowers.

Here's the first one:

These tulips are paper pieced then shaded with coloured pencils to give the image some depth and dimension.  I also like making shaped easel cards, which are not as mysterious as some people might think.  The stamps come from a set by Woodware, available here.  The pink 'frame' to the picture is created with one of the wonderful newer Spellbinder dies called Floral Ovals.

and this is the second card:

The basic card for this one is even simpler, just a basic A5, but I always think that matting and layering brings an elegant shift to any card and the technique this time is watercolour using Ranger Distress Inks - specifically Dusty Concorde and Forest Moss.  You could also use watercolour pens for this technique but, for me, nothing reacts with water better than Sir Tim's Distress Inks!  This is another Woodware stamp called 'Grape Hyacinth' (never refrain from stating the obvious, Diane!!)  It's another design from the talented Jane Gill and being in the style of botanical illustration, I thought that this one was perfect for the watercolour technique.  The plant label at the bottom is cut from another of the newer Spellbinders, this time it's Enchanted Labels 28.  This is just the smallest die in the set and is fairly plain but the larger ones are just wonderful.

Thanks for looking today and I'll hopefully see you all again soon.  Some more goodies from Sheena should be arriving today, so watch this space!



  1. Hi Diane
    These are really beautiful cards. I love flowers too. They will be a huge hit at your workshops I'm sure. It's really hard to try and find different things for workshops isn't it, although I think people just enjoy crafting together whatever they are making. I'm still relatively new to workshops but am loving the challenge.
    Looking out for my Sheena goodies too today!!
    hugs Lisax

  2. Beautiful cards as always Diane, especially the hyacinth one. I do hope you feel better soon. Get Brian to rub some Vic on your chest, lol,x

  3. Maybe that should have read Vick....


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