Urban Mermaid Designs

Monday, 12 October 2015

Mini Paper Parasol and Tag Project

Sharing a little red and black paper parasol and tag that I made with some scrapbooking supplies.

To make a paper umbrella or parasol, the basic method is to fold a paper circle into 8 segments.
You can then glue a rod or thin pencil wrapped in ribbon to the centre.
I added a red voile ribbon to the handle to finish it off.
To make the Victorian style frill, I edged it the parasol with adhesive lace tape which I cut up into pieces, so it curved round the circle more easily. I also put a little on the tip to match.

There is a similar tutorial here, It's in Portuguese, but the photos are a good guide and you could use Google Translate if you wish to try this at home. http://ateliedovlady.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/guarda-chuva-de-papel_25.html

The tag is a rectangle of matching scrapbooking paper matted on black cardstock.
I used a cute edge punch on the sides and stamped a "dream a little dream" sentiment.
The matching flowers I created from my stash and used a "dress it up" button for the centre.

Paper - Docrafts Papermania Sew Lovely
Stamp: Autumn Leaves - Word Flourish
Black adhesive doily/lace tape - Hobbycraft
Heart lace border punch - Hobbycraft

We Love 2 Create -  Anything Creative/Mixed Media 
Craft Stamper - Take a Technique 
Stamps And Stencils - Make it 3D with a Hop 
 Bizzy Bec - Anything Goes

Steampunk Stamping Project

 Today I'm sharing a monochromatic steampunk mixed media piece using a lovely Santoro Willow stamp as my starting point.

Santoro Willow - 6 x6 papers, wooden shapes (birds and cog), Metal cogs and clear stamp.
I stamped the wooden cog and coloured the birds with inks and Pinflair gold Buff It.
I stamped the girl and used the cog stamps for the background along with a few others from my stash.
The key is from the Willow stamp set and is stamped onto gold card and fussy cut out.
Centres of the cogs are various metal brads (Chronology).
Girl's skirt is from a Kanban Steampunk stamp onto vellum.
Time Holtz Distress Inks
Brown Cardstock - Papermania
Gold Edging- gold embossing powder on Versamark

Little Claire Designs - Favourite Stamp (15/11)
Bizzy Bec - Anything Goes (5/11)
We Love 2 Create -  Anything Creative/Mixed Media 

Craft Stamper - Take a Technique
Rubber Dance - October Challenge Colours

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Gilded Lily Castle Card

Today I am sharing a 3D card made with the Gilded Lily Collection by Graphic 45.
This is a beautiful Marie Antoinette and Versailles inspired paper and embellishment collection. There are lots of Madame Pompadour and courtesan vintage illustrations to cut out. There are also 3 matching stamp sets by Hampton Art. It's a great kit for altered art and mixed media projects, as well as traditional card and scrapbooking makes.
I loosely based the structure of the card on Deneen Treble's castle template. You can find the template here: 

 The roses are made from the Gilded Lily co-ordinating Patterns and Solids Paper Pad (a must have!) and Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Floral dies by Sizzix.
These are small dies, which will also fit the Spellbinder's Sapphire. They are so much fun to make, using the included quilling tool, and give a lovely shabby chic rose result.

 The cute bling button is glued onto a piece from the chipboard set and holds an envelope from the Pockets and Tags set. The bling is from a co-ordinating elements kit exclusively by Fotobella. They also do lovely metal trinket packs which they hand-pick to co-ordinate with their Graphic 45 ranges.
 Detail of the back panel, for a personal message. I used the Tim Holz Tattered Florals again in the 3 sizes here and a card from the Gilded Lily journalling card pack.

I also cut out a royal carriage using a Tattered Lace die and added some characters from the paper pad to make a coach fit for a princess. The wheels are gilded with Viva Decor Buff It.

The gentleman was originally holding a cane, so to add some Rococo romance, I gave him a paper bouquet instead!
The tile effect on the roof was achieved with Prima Elementals Stencil in Scales (12") and texture gel. I then coated the gel in Wow Embossing Powder Vintage Romance and heat set. This is a beautiful new powder in a peachy-pink base with gold shimmer. It is similar to Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Powder, but is paler with a less glossy finish. I love the Vintage Wow powder range and hope to post some swatches as there are very few online.

 This is the card when laid flat. I could've kept embellishing this card, as it was so much fun to make, but it was for a birthday, so I had to stop! :-)

Graphic 45 Gilded Lily Collection
Wow Embossing Powder - Vintage Romance
Ranger Clear Texture Medium
Prima Elementals 12 x 12 Stencil - Scales
Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Florals by Sizzix
My Minds Eye - Madison Avenue Lost & Found 6 x 6 Paper Pad - flag
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tattered Rose
Pearl ended stick pin for flagpole.

Creative Inspirations - 329 Anything Goes
Live & Love Crafts - 40 Pink
Country View - 32 Add Some Texture
Die Cuttin' Divas -  235 Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Take Your Pick
Stamps & Stencils - make it 3D
The Craft Barn - People
Inky Chicks - Think Pink