Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Scrapmatts Card & Tags {Beautiful Memories - Love - Adore}





Sharing my post that went live on the Scrapmatts blog HERE today!

Hi there everyone!  Helen here with my Scrapmatts work for this month!!
I have a mother's day card to show you, using the CB1170 Wicker Chair 02, the beautiful CB4056 Ornate Frames 13, plus a teeny offcut from the CB8005 Layered Frame 03.
 I'm sure you can see how much fun I had creating this card!  I started off with a square card blank which I inked up & stamped.  I then applied some rub-ons in opposite corners & began layering up my elements.  I used a die-cut doily (Cheery Lynn French Pastry Die), some Prima sentiments (cut from a sheet of Prima Paper), a whole Prima vine that I cut up, some Etsy stick-pins & some seed beads.  
For the ornate frame (window piece) at the top/base layer of my card I left the chipboard raw but sealed it with Ranger Glossy Accents for a lovely tough sheen.  For the offcut chipboard piece I simply painted it black, and for the chair in the forefront I painted it with white acrylic paint, rubbed it with bead gel from Golden, then inked the edges with black ink for a 3D effect.  I sealed the entire card with glitter varnish.
I made a couple of sweet gift tags using the tag blanks CB3009 Tags 05 which I covered with patterned paper on the front & painted up at the back.  
These little beauties took a while to make as I loaded them with loving detail :)  
I used an offcut from CB8003 Clocks 10 & leaves CB5087 Leaf Spray 09 (2 sets).  I inked up the clock part with bronze distress stain & brown inks then sealed with a glitter varnish & I sponge-painted the leaves with white, yellow & 2 shades of green before sealing with gloss multi-medium.
I really layered things up on these tags, starting with paper & paint, followed by a doily, the chipboard pieces (I also have the 'negative' piece of chipboard from around the clock hands placed under my giant flower so as not to waste it!), then the flower & metal sentiment.  I also scattered some seed beads for extra texture & dimension & sealed everything with multi-medium to keep everything in place.  I adhered all my elements using my hot glue gun as it's the strongest adhesive and best for off the page projects that get extra handling.
Here's my next tag, which I worked on simultaneously, switching up my elements a bit.  I used the same tag base & leaves & another offcut from the ornate frame used on my card.  I went for brighter Spring colours on this one & added a corrugated paper circle in place of a doily, an extra layer of patterned paper, some seed beads again & this time I used a wire sentiment 'love' & added a couple of metal heart embellishments & a strip of lace.
I did some finger painting on the flower, corrugated card circle & the edges of the tag to blend all the colours & elements together.  
When it comes to what techniques to use on chipboard I vary mine a lot depending what mediums I am working with at the time.  I have several baskets lined up at the back of my work counter, that hold paints, varnishes & various mediums so everything is very accessible for me & not a hassle to dig about to find.  
This helps a lot as I have what I need on hand, together with some rags, sponges, brushes & old credit cards for application.
Lastly I have a layout to share with you featuring the awesome new Ornate Frame CB4060 Ornate Frames 17.  I painted the frame black, sprinkled black glitter onto the wet paint then adhered a tiny bling dot to the centre of each flower shape, then sealed the entire piece with Ranger glossy accents.  
This gives a high sheen look & is also a very tough & durable finish for off the page projects too.  
I hope you've enjoyed viewing my projects today & that I've inspired you to be advernturous when it comes to how you treat your chipboard.  
There are no rules, just break out your mediums & enjoy experimenting!!

21 comments:

Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow Helen, this card is just amazing. A little piece of art and should be framed. You have also photographed it so creatively. The gift tags are also just so so beautiful.
Love the layout as well, as always.
Hugs
Desíre
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

You are just soooooo amazing!! I love love love love all of these!!! LOVING those hearts on your last one!! Beautiful!!!

Juliana said...

WOW! Each one of these is so amazing! You can ROCK some chipboard!!!

Keren Tamir said...

Wow Helen. You make the best backgrounds.!! Those tags are fantastic!! I also love that cute card and I already told you how much I love that LO.

Helen Wallace said...

I really like all the projects and my fabourite is the Layout of that gorgeous girl..Love the black frame and the hearts :)

Kelly Foster said...

What a stunning array of projects here, Helen, wow!!! You're rocking it!!!

Debra Lovell said...

WOW! What a gorgeous card,and the tags are awesome!! "Happy Spring"

Bellaidea said...

wow, what a lovely card and work with chipboards!

Lizzy Hill said...

Toooo much to take in & Such a RICH VARIETY of projects...I think your card is a stand out, too.... & that black 'frame' around your DD on the last LO....lovely!!!!

Sandi Smith said...

awesome job rockin the scrapmatts...every creation is stunning!

Gayle Price said...

So many beautiful creations !! All with your amazing attention to detail........no wonder your gorgeous daughter is the same.........nail polish matching her iphone. xx

yyam said...

Oh wow! Yummy textures and layers. Awesome projects Helen!

Kim Price said...

Stunning creations Helen and I love your use of colour - especially your tag with the brights. Fabulous.

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Fabulous work Helen!

Vicky Varvadouka said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!! I love the happy bright colors and all the details and mixed media work!!!xx

Kim said...

your attention to detail is always amazing!!

Mitra Pratt said...

DELISH pieces! Really love that chair card and the very lovely tags you made!

Sweet glossy finish on that frame too, I am loving that look at the moment!

Marjie Kemper said...

Such pretty projects! Love the layered gift tags.

Lynnda said...

WOW WOW.... how can I not love your creations!! Helen these are so beautifully done!!! hugs..x

Val Thorpe said...

OMG you are such a busy lady. :) Love all of your projects but I think the fave for me is the layout of your DD.. love that her nails match her phone... @@ that made me very happy :) the frame around her is perfect :D

Sandie Edwards said...

Each of your creations is unique and totally gorgeous, but I sooo love your card Helen!!!