Friday, May 27, 2011

Free Digi Stamp

It's been awhile since I created a free image to share, so I made this one today.

You can download the image for free by clicking here.

I printed the image onto Express It blender card and coloured it with Copics.  The diecut behind the image is a Spellbinder die.  I've also used a Spellbinder Impressabilities to emboss the card and strip of mauve cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by today.  

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New Home

Here is another new cutting file that I recently made.  The file can be purchased now on my website  It will also be available over at Die Cut Designer.  

Monday, May 23, 2011

Carnation Tutorial

Earlier this month I shared a project - Carnation Bouquet. Here is the complete tutorial to make the carnation flowers.

Materials Used:

Cutting Files: Carnation & Leaf Set
Bazzill Basics Paper-White, Hillary & Dark Green
Ancient Page Inkpad-Coral Red
Style Stones Inking Brush
Mini Mister with Water
Hot Melt Glue Gun
Prit Gel Adhesive
Glue Stick
Paper Ribbon

Instructions to make flower heads:

Step One:

Open your carnation flower cut file.  Ungroup the individual flowers and then copy the largest one so that you have two of this one.  Re-arrange the flowers to maximise paper usage and then regroup.
Resize the group of flowers to desired size.  I resized so that the largest flower is 8cm (3 1/8”)
Each group of flowers makes one individual carnation head.  Cut out desired number of flowers.

Step Two:

Using the ink pad and inking brush, edge each of the petals. 

Step Three:

Spray each of the petals, using the mini mister.  Turn over and spray on the other side.

Step Four:

Crumple up the petals into a small ball and then carefully unfold.  Using your heat gun, dry each petal.
I would do step three and four on two petals at a time.  Repeat until all petals have been done.

Step Five:

Using a stylus and a mouse pad, indent the centre of each petal. 

Step Six:

Stack the petals one on top of each other, making sure the petals are offset.  Start with the two largest and work down to the smallest.   Secure each layer with adhesive. 

Instructions to make the stems:

 Step One:
Open the Carnation Leaf file and cut out two sets of the three different size leaves for each flower.
Paint these with the green paint if desired and set aside to dry.

Step Two:

Take a small ball of paper clay and attach it to the end of the skewer, shaping it into a flower base.  Allow to dry completely.

Step Three:
Using the paper ribbon wrap the skewer starting at the bottom.  Secure with adhesive.  I used a glue stick for this as I was able to run it over the paper ribbon at both the start and end.

Step Four:

Paint with green paint and allow to dry. (I haven’t done this in the photos due to time constraints)
Step Five:
Curl the leaves using scissors as you would if you were curling gift wrap ribbon.

Step Six:

Starting with the largest pair of leaves, hold in place near the bottom of the skewer and wrap with some paper ribbon to secure.  You only need a small piece for this about 7.5cm (3")  Once again I've applied some glue from a glue stick to the ribbon.  Continue to place the remaining two sets of leaves on the stem in the same manner, using the mid size ones next.  Touch up with paint is desired.

To finish your flower, attach the carnaton head to the stem, I find hot melt glue works best for this.  Arrange the petals to give a more realistic look to the flower.  I bend the bottom petals down to hide most of the paper clay. 

After my flowers were finished I decorated a glass vase and arranged them securing them with some foam in the bottom of the vase.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and find it useful.  I hope to be making tutorials a regular feature on this blog.
If you would like the cutting files used in this tutorial they are available for purchase both on my digi wesite and over at Die Cut Designer.  If you like the project but don't have an electronic cutter I have kits available over on my website

Thanks for stopping by today.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Welcome Baby

Here is a card made using one of my newest cutting files- "Welcome Baby"  The file can be purchased on my wesite Platypsus Creek Digitals.  It will also be available on Die Cut Designer.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Pirate Hat Card

I created this cutting file today as I need something pirate themed to go with this stamp I was using for my other blog.   You can download the cutting file for free by clicking here. File is in svg and scut2 format.  The paper is my own digi paper.  You can download it for free as well by clicking here.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Just Because

Here is a card I made last night. The medallion is another new cutting file. The file will be available from both my website and Die Cut Designer.

The stamp in the centre is from JustRite.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

More New Releases

Here are a couple of cards I made yesterday using a new stamp design and a new cutting file.

On this first card I've used the new stamp Birdcage which is now available for purchase on my website.  I've also used an element from from the cutting file Fleur De Lis Set.  This will be available in the next day or two over at Die Cut Designer.

On this second card I've used another element from the new cutting file.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Carnation Bouquet

Here is what I created using two of my newly released cutting files.

Here is a close up of the flowers:

The tutorial to make this project will be posted here shortly.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

New Cutting Files

Hi there.  Just thought I would share with you some news regarding my cutting files.   I am now a designer for a website called Diecut Designer.  You will find lots of fantastic cutting files for sale here, from a number of different designers.   I've just released two new files for sale over on the site.  You can see a small preview of the new files below.  

I will have a tutorial using these new files posted here in the next few days.
Thanks for stopping by. 

Sunday, May 1, 2011

A New Blog and a New Stamp Design

Welcome to my new blog. I decided it was time to give my digi range a blog all it's own. I will continue to post some projects made using my digi stamps over on my other blog for a while, but hopefully I will have everthing moved over here in the not so distant future.

I thought I would design a new stamp to feature on this first post of the new blog. The image will be available from my digi shop from tomorrow. The image also includes the wording stamp used on the card.
This was such a quick and simple card to make. No colouring or cutting out. Quite a change from my usual cards.