27 May 2012

'Right Royal' eh?

Good morning all. Did you make it through to the end of Eurovision? The lady from Albania was particularly unusual and my three thought she was wearing a plastic chair!! No reaction to her wailing from the dog either, I'm pleased to report:)

So onto more crafty things... the latest of The Stamp Man's challenges is to make a card for a queen. Hmmm, the Jubilee is everywhere at the moment but sometimes it takes a while for ideas to form.

This one started with the background, a bit of an experiment (as ususal) - I coloured acetate (previously cut with a SB Fleur de Lis square) in random patches with three different Promarkers. These were then blended by dabbing TH alcohol blending solution on top.

A quick heat set and then a diamond pattern background stamp (Dimension Fourth) was 'inked up' with the same blending solution and stamped into the blended colour. This had the effect of removing some of the ink - just a quick warning here; this gets REALLY messy and it is best to do a sample to see which stamp is going to work best.

The crown came next. Having sandwiched and heat set angel fibres and film this was then cut using a SB Labels 16 die, folded in half and glued together, embossed with a Sizzix swirl folder and highlighted with a touch of Brilliance Pearlescent Crimson. I cut up parts of SB Twisted Metal Tags and Accents, layered them over the top and added a jewel (recoloured with one of the original Promarkers). The plain white buttons were stamped with a flower centre stamp (Creative Expressions) and the same Promarker, threaded with embroidery silk and garnished with gold Pearlidoodles.

Finishing this card was then a case of M+L gold, glittered and pearlescent card (embossed and punched as required) with more gold SB Metal Accents - well there's no such thing as too much bling when it comes to royalty! Hopefully my first picture gives you a sense of the dimension created with a few foam pads.

OK, it's time to attend to the task of shopping for and feeding 'a plague of locusts' (well, three of them) so I must away!! Hope the sun shines on you today and you get to play. Hugs, Buttons x


  1. Hi Buttons, your work is truly inspired, I love the way you think outside the box and try different techniques. This is an amazing creation and love the buttons! Crafty hugs, Anne x

  2. Hi Buttons. This is a lovely piece and what stunning colours. Certainly fitting for a Royal Occasion. Your creations are fabulous x

  3. Wow Buttons! A really stunning creation here. Love the acetate idea and it looks so rich and elegant with all the gold and jewels.
    I have to admit I covered my ears at the wailing as I didn't take Graham's warning seriously and got rather a shock lol
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  4. Its lovely and regal - I particularly like the purple diamond background.

  5. This is certainly fit for a queen Buttons! I love the blended background and the way you've given your card such dimension. Vicky x
    PS I know what you mean about locusts!

  6. Absolutely regal !!! Those colors are
    rich and fab.....

  7. Very pretty! I am in awe of all the beautiful layering!

  8. This is gorgeous, love the acetate background with the diamond stamp.


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