Thursday, 28 May 2015

Creative Expressions Thursday

Hi My lovlies

Here I am back again and this time I have another card made from our Phil's Decadent Damask collection, this is my last card with this collection this month as next month sees another set of goodies to make with ..

Next month.... gosh we will soon be in June, can you believe how fast this year has gone, I am stunned by how quick time seems to dash at the moment.

Today is My lovely daughter Mandy's 25th Birthday and I hope you will all join us in wishing her a Happy Birthday. She has grown up into a very fine young lady , smart , intelligent and beautiful and kind, what more could I ever wish for, Happy Birthday my baby, I am so so proud of you... xxx

Now moving on to today's card, I went for the Happy Anniversary sentiment in the Occasions sentiments pack of stamps and decided to do a little tone on tone embossing I hope you like it,

Something very different from yesterday again isn't it?. I thought it looks very elegant and regal even and as the name suggests these colours really do look very Decadent.
I have a little step by step for my lovlies today so keep reading to catch this little how to.

So to start I took a piece of red Foundations card and ran over it with my anti static pad, I rested it on top of another piece of scrap card as we are going to stamp off the edge , it always looks prettier than finishing the pattern before the edge and certainly more professional in my opinion.

I took the largest icon in the decadently Damask Icons and Corners little pack of our Phil's stamps
this time and used my perfect medium ink pad and Clear detail embossing powder from Cosmic shimmer of course as it brings up every detail and really looks good tone on tone on any of the card we use.

Begin off the page as I said and work your way across, you can do it super even if you want that regimented wall paper look or just wing it as it were, I did the later as I know Id be adding extra things atop it and some of the pattern would be covered. Once they are all stamped out with the sticky embossing ink dunk it in the detail embossing ink and heat set and this is what it should look like, You can do whatever coloured card you choose (for instance gold or silver for a wedding anniversary or a particular favourite colour card for say a purple lover etc, Once done I wanted to add a ribbon around the ends of the card and I chose black seam binding for this one.

I ran a strip of double sided  strong tape over and around the back of the card, attached the ribbon at the back of one side and then began ruching the seam binding, it is so easy with this ribbon as it is so thin and pliable and also sticks very easily being so slim. Once you get to the end wrap the ribbon around the back and you are left with lots of little loops which stand up from the backing so we need to stick them down, I did that with a tiny dot of cosmic shimmer on the underside of each tiny loop and holding it to grab for just a second or two.

Mount this piece onto some black card with a very thin border to show from the front.

I decided as I have not done this in a long time to have a double milk mat and layer of card and pierce the edges of the smaller piece as it always finishes a card and gives that elegant feel that goes with this Damask print so very well.

This is how it looks at the moment , at this stage it could even be turned into several hanging chandeliers I think for a themed card and in these colours it could even be a theatre invite or something with a hidden treat even.
Set aside for now then as the base is complete.

I looked through my spellbinders dies and found this gorgeous little piece with the raised embossing
with just a couple of cut outs too, so I cut out two one in black and one in milk card., I used some Worn lipstick distress ink and a very light hand too on the raised areas to highlight the pretty pattern too I added the black one below the white one and offset it just slightly so you can see  a tiny part of the black but enough to make it look elegant without crowding it.
I also had these small square pieces with the inverted cut out corners so I stamped my sentiment and embossed it quickly with the clear detail embossing powder again and then heat set. I again used a little of the worn lipstick Distress ink on the edges very subtly but enough to add a flush on the card. i added the double mat I cut out first with one layer of foam , what you cant see here is there is actually a  hole in the centre of that first piece so I added three layers of foam to the back of our sentiment piece and added it to the card, and it raised the centre just the perfect amount.

After adding the sentiment piece to te base , I decided to keep the rest pretty simple and do a triple bow and maybe some pearls and of course it all had to match.

The bow I kept quite large and added a red dazzler to and I used 8mm earls in black for the corner and stopped there haha. ( walk away)  sometimes that is the hardest part... well for me anyway lol..

The finished card again.

Ok my lovlies I hope you have a really great Thursday , I can already see its gonna be a lovely day

all my love


  1. Morning Kim,
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MANDY, I hope you have a lovely day.
    Kim, your card today is another beauty, very decadent in look and colourway, it conjours up l'amour !! haha.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  2. Happy birthday Mandy have a lovely day it's mine on Monday 1st June. The card is stunning kim I love it the colours brilliant thank you for sharing love always nanna June xxxxxx

  3. Happy Birthday Mandy - have a wonderful day - Mum is so proud of you dear.
    Lovely stunning card Kim, love the colourway -
    Carol xx X for Mandy

  4. Hi Kim,
    now this is the card for me. LOVE the colours, and it is so elegant.
    Happy birthday to Mandy.
    Hugs, Rose

  5. This is a very lush card Kim, just right for an Anniversary card, in fact it would be perfect for a Ruby wedding anniversary. Happy birthday to Mandy, it was my birthday on Monday this week and it's my daughters on Sunday.

  6. This is gorgeous Kim and truly decadent! I love the colours and the clear embossed background stamping really pops and the black ribbon is divine. Hope your daughter had a great birthday. x