Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 50 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Wednesday 5 April 2017

Bizzy Bec's DT - Stencil from Dies + NBUS

(Please excuse poor quality of pictures, inadvertently had camera on VGA setting, not 8MP!!)

Well, we blink and we're into the fourth month.. April is here! ๐Ÿ˜Š
We've certainly had an excess of April showers, but think the song on April showers is for northern spring, not our southern autumn!
Time, too, for ANYTHING GOES Challenge over HERE at Bizzy Bec's ...please do pop in you might win that monthly prize, which Bec so kindly gives!!!

Warning, picture-heavy, wordy post!!! Loads of step by step. ๐Ÿ˜Š
Trying out two new techniques here, one I've heard of, but not seen step by step. Other is brand new "a let's see if this works?" inky idea! Googled it, but couldn't find anyone else doing it.
First a peek of my card... its a shimmery beauty in neutral shades. Made a simple layout so as to showcase the techniques.
Step 1: make a stencil, with any shape or outline die. Used a cereal packet for this as knew I'd be throwing it out. Step 2: tape down mask on cardstock, cut to size.
Step 3: Took a new cheap style kitchen sponge, folded in half and stapled a handle on the folded sponge - for dabbing Cosmic Shimmer Flitter glue over card, lightly and evenly. Knew from before a) use a throw away sponge (couldn't wash out properly)
b) With stencils:
Do NOT apply glue with brush (i) gets too thick (ii) with brush it's easier to go under stencil outline.
A light coat with sponge is best.
Dabbed dots of glue in screen holes. Spread it adding more as needed. Then leave for 20 to 30 minutes to set, nice and tacky. If do straight away it's not as good, glue moves as you rub flakes around (mm, wonder how I know?).
Step 4: Add flakes of choice. I put under it a piece of copy paper, to save excess, and pushed the leaves on with finger tips and then rubbed in circular motion to firmly attach them.
Once satisfied, then buff it up to fine finish with a large, flat, soft brush (again circular motion is best). Phew, a gorgeous stencilled outline done!
Distress Inks on Gloss cardstock
Step 5: This was my " let's see if it works?" idea. Techniquely it's not good idea, I suspect, like a lot of things I try ๐Ÿ˜Š as Distress Inks aren't meant to be used with gloss! They are water based and not quick drying at all on gloss card. I found all it takes is perserverance. Collected the colours thought I'd like. Two green small pads + three ink droppers, see colours on photo one pink, brown and three greens.

Smooched on gloss card  two small green DI pads and splotted the DI reinkers, then brayered away.. yes, just smooched it around with my Brayer ..just a little.
Step 6:
Using heat tool I dried the ink.  As they dried enough, I also dabbed with tissue excess off and made some interesting patterns.
Then splattered the gold and pearl paints (Fintec Pearl Watercolors ) over the cardstock and heat dried some more. Left overnight in our airing cupboard to dry. Covered it with cling wrap, but just to protect it more than anything else, as all pattern was already on it by now and set. (note below: colour fades to more subtle shades as it dries properly.)
Final stage: Then assembled the card base, die cut MB fresh foliage die, double- layered it. *TIP* Think I've seen it somewhere else, but couldn't believe how easy this made the layering.
Cut top layer from inky gloss card. Add double sided adhesive to white cardstock, diecut leaf again. Then carefully take off die piece from cut white cardstock. Leave all pieces intact. Peel from the top the sticky layer, and insert the layer the gloss die cut into the tacky shape. Easy peasy! then lift out carefully ... Love it.
Pre-order Frantic Saharan Screen Panel Die
Memory Box Fresh Foliage Die
Impression Obsession Greeting Dies
Distress Inks 
Cosmic Shimmer Egyptian and Silver Gilding flakes. 
Cosmic shimmer flitter glue
Finetec Pearl Watercolors
Shaped the leaves between my finger and thumb, then added the die cut to the base with silicone glue. Used some gold and jute twine, and "thanks " from Impression Obsession greeting die set.
Phew!!!! well done if you've stayed till the end. You wouldn't think a CAS card could be so complicated. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Now dont forget to pop over  HERE at Bizzy Bec's and check out the other DT gorgeous creations.. and pop by Bec's store.. for the month of April she has storewide a whopping 25% off  her already extremely low prices!!
May God bless your day wherever you may be .. and please say hi, so I know you've been by!
Shaz in Oz.x 

"In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the angel of His presence saved them: in His Love and in His Pity He redeemed them; and He bare them, and carried them all the days of old." Isaiah 63:9
{Emphasis mine}

Linking up to: 
Also this card is for the NBUS challenge and the snippets playground .. y'see my NBUS, or acc. to Darnell "Not Used Before Schtuf" is the lovely much admired (by moi) MB Fresh Foliage die and the Cosmic silver glitter flakes (which were sent by mistake, so was sent correct item and told to keep these too ๐Ÿ˜Š). 
Snippets are pieces of cardstock in gloss, white and gold, the white base was new, everything else, including the cereal box is snippety!
1. April Fool's Boo-Boo Hop and NBUS Challenge #11! (no booboo here, but do have one if can join it before 11th)
2.Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets.
3. 1.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes -    


Betsy said...

I am always amazed at how labor-intensive your cards are. I would have never looked at that card and thought about all the steps that went into creating it to be so beautiful. Thank you for showing us and educating those of us who don't make cards. Have a wonderful day my friend.
Blessings, Betsy

scrappymo! said...

This is a beautiful, glimmery and charmingly creative card! Thanks for walking us through the steps to create one too!

Valerija said...

Wonderful card, love the shiny colours.
Valerija xx

Kathleen said...

Really gorgeous card, fabulous background and love the way you have placed the leaves.

Kath x

Jean said...

A really beautiful card Shaz, I love the effect of the gilding flakes applied through a stencil. Thanks for showing us how.
Jean x

cuilliesocks said...

Absolutely gorgeous card Shaz, love the gilding flakes through the stencil, it's a beautifully designed card, Kate x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Amazing card and thanks for all the steps, love the gilding flakes effect you have had using them through your stencil! I have to buy gilding flakes! :)
Great background with the DI and paintson glossy papers and lovely design with this dimensional branch of leaves and the twine! Fab work!

Karen Letchworth said...

Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your wonderful art with us, Shaz. I prayed for you today as I stopped by to leave this comment. I know that you love the Lord, Jesus Christ, with all your heart. I praise God and thank Him for you, and for your support of our little blog ministry. I pray that His PRECIOUS and HOLY name will be glorified through your efforts in the blogging community. I'm so grateful for you.

Word Art Wednesday

kiwimeskreations said...

What a beautiful card Shaz - thanks for all the detailed steps too. Yes, CAS can be rather more difficult than lots of layers!

Darnell said...

Oh, my word, Shaz, this is utterly spectacular! You couldn't possibly send that in the mail; it has to be kept or given to someone who will frame it in a shadowbox and hang it on a wall!! It is definitely not simple by any means. You put a ton of time and effort and skill into making this masterpiece!! Thank you so much joining in my NBUS Challenge #11! Mwah!! Hugs, Darnell

debby4000 said...

Gorgeous, beautiful card
Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Stunning! I love the look of those metallic flakes! I have never tried the distress ink on the glossy card, but why not? You got very interesting results because of it! Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

BoลผenA said...

O, wow!! Stunning card. Beautiful shine of gilding petals. Thank you for sharing the technique. Spectacular effect!

Marilyn Mathis said...

Gorgeous card. So much work went into this creation. It gives me ideas, but I don't know if I can do that many steps without messing up somewhere. Thanks for the tutorial. Hugs.

Berina RGA said...

Such a beautiful card! I adore our patience for trying out new things. It has definitely paid off well.

Brenda said...

Wow, wow, wow! Your card is so beautiful Sharon! The flakes you put on are so beautiful and I love that stencil you used. Just a stunning card my sweet friend! Hugs, Brenda

Sue - said...

Oh my Shaz that is so so pretty! The glossy inked card just goes perfectly with the flittered background.

Janet Christensen said...


Conniecrafter said...

Just stunning, love that idea for the background and your lovely leaves die, great ideas and such a wonderful outcome on both. I think that is my problem I don't wait long enough to put on the gilding flakes, I would love to give this a try!!
They were saying we were in a mild drought last month but we have had so much rain it must be good by now I would think.

Ginny Maxam said...

What a beautiful card Shaz and thanks do much for the tutorial!!
Ginny M

Di said...

Wow Shaz - this is fabulous. Loads of work and what a great result too! I adore my MB Fabulous Foliage die - so useful for so many projects.

Thank you for coming to play!


Di xx

Brenda in IN said...

Wow, this is just stunning. I love the gold flakes and using that cereal box as a stencil is very cool. Great tip for sure.

Verna Angerhofer said...

This is super gorgeous! I love the background on which you added the rest of the elements. And, I love the shimmery look, the colors and design.

Verna Angerhofer said...

I'm following you too.

Carol said...

Another great card Shaz, I bought the flakes ages ago, still haven't gotten around to making a card with them. Looks like I'll have to give it a go after all your tutorial has shown me.

Crafty Hugs, Carol x

loz said...

Gorgeous card Shaz. i love how you used a die cut to stencil the background..Loz

Craftychris said...

What a fabulous step by step, thank you! Cool techniques and the finished result is absolutely beautiful! Love all the shimmer and shine! xxx

sharon said...

Beautiful card!!! I love the Cosmic Shimmer Gilding flakes and find them so very easy to use with minimal waste. I use a small scourer to to attach the flakes, I haven't tried my fingers.
The Leaves are gorgeous!!!!
Enjoy the Easter break.
sharon :)

Pia S said...

Several great tips here and your projects here are beautifully shiny and glossy. Beautiful! happy Easter!

Cathy said...

Stunning card Shaz, thankyou for sharing how you made it, so many great tips to learn from! I'll be trying the sponge with the flitter glue and stencil for sure - it looks amazing, Cathy x

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