Monday, 25 January 2016

Sharing the Love

Good morning everyone.
Valentines Day is just around the corner so I thought I'd share a card that would be perfect for that special person in your life.

These are the Groovi Plates that I used for this project.

Firstly I used the nested Deckle Square plate and embossed a border using the smallest ball tool.
Next I chose my sentiment and embossed the words.
If you look closely at the Rose Plate, you can see that on the rose that is positioned at the bottom of the plate, there is a perfect "heart" within the petals.
I used this to create another border within the deckle border.  Leave enough space at the bottom to put in the rose.
After embossing the hearts and the rose it was time to think about the background.  I have used the trellis plate but changed it up a bit.  I have only embossed the design in one direction.  Inbetween the embossed rectangles I have embossed a small circle.  I did this freehand but if you would prefer to use a plate, there is a perfect circle on the Border plate that came in set 1 & 2.
I have coloured the border, hearts and rose on the back of the parchment using a distress marker. I have also added some embossing on the rose to give more depth to the flower.
Please let me know what you think of the card and if any of you try this, I would love to see what you do.
Have a lovely day.
Susan x

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Floral Bouquet

Good afternoon everyone.  It was a lovely day yesterday, the sun was shining all day.  Today, however, is quite overcast and gloomy.  What better way to brighten up the day than a beautiful, bright, colourful bouquet?
This is one of my samples from Maria's last show on Hochanda.
I have used the following Groovi plates:-

Firstly, I used the nested Octagon Plate and embossed a border using the smallest ball tool.
Next I worked out my flower arrangement.  There are endless possibilities, I have made a few cards with different bouquets. 
I added a sentiment at the bottom.
My favourite part of the project now - colouring and embossing.  I have done some colouring on the back and some on the front.  I like to do both as it gives the flowers more depth.  I have used Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils to colour the design. I have also done a little embossing on the back of the parchment.
Finally I added some embossed lines within the octagon border.
I have hand-stitched the parchment onto the card.  This does take a while to do but I think it finishes off the card beautifully. 
Hope this has brightened up your day too.
Susan xx