Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Monday, January 23, 2012


I have been neglecting my paper-crafting in favour of photography just lately, so this week I decided to make a few birthday cards. I found an attractive lighthouse scene that was on a plate of Chocolate Baroque stamps, that I bought for one of the other images on it, and this one had never been used. So I stamped it a couple of times onto coated white card. I wanted one to look like a sunrise scene, and one a sunset. For both of them I used a mixture of copics and promarkers, and then added a touch of stickles to the water.

For the sunset I matched two colours from the image to double mat it, then attached it to a pale lilac card with a strip of glittery blue sticky ribbon across it. A vertical sentiment and a silver anchor charm finished this one.

When I stamped the sunrise I accidentally caught the edge of the cut rubber with the ink, so to eliminate this I cut it out in a rough outline of the image, and matted it onto deep blue, and then cream card. I made a base card of a similar blue, and added panels of printed papers from my snippets box and a printed band of seaside images from my Faye Wittaker collection CD. I mounted the topper on 1mm sticky pads at a slight angle and found a large sentiment peel-off for the bottom corner.

The third card is a bit different. I started by adding distress ink with an ink duster to glossy white card, in layers for sky, sea and sand. I then used an assortment of Art Impressions scenic stamps to make a tropical beach scene. I added a hand drawn boat and seagulls, and cut it out with a nesties label die. The frame is some shiny jade card that I rescued from a bank brochure. I mounted this onto a pale yellow 15cm square card but it was very muted colours and I wanted to brighten it up. So I stamped the flip-flops border stamp (Great Impressions), coloured it and cut it out, and glued it under the image. I then thought that as it was a tropical scene, some tropical flowers would be good. I turned to Penny Duncan's site, as she has made cutting files and tutorials for many different flowers. Unfortunately, as from this week the cutting files are no longer available*, but I was just in time to download the bird of paradise flower, and having watched her tutorial for hibiscus, I was able to have a go at cutting my own one out. Do visit her blog. She does some inspiring work. I cut my flowers from cream heavy paper and coloured them with distress inks before assembling them. For the stamen of the hibiscus I used a flower centre that you can buy in bunches from many craft shops, and I coloured it's post with a copic marker then coated the tip with glossy accents and dipped it into yellow flocking. I am quite pleased with these flowers though I have no idea how well they will survive if I decide to post the card. I may have to keep it for a hand delivered one.

* I am pleased to say that Penny has now resolved the problem with her files and they are again available on her blog. It is well worth a visit.

I am entering these cards in the Crafty Purple Frog Challenge; Anything Goes, Stamp and Create January Challenge; Anything Goes, and to the Make it Monday Linky Party 73.


MaxineD said...

I do love your cards - the sunset/sunrise two are lovely - and I love the way you dealt with the 'oops' on the second card.

The final card is wonderful with the dimensional flowers, and the scene seems to travel way back into the sea, almost 3D. Awesome.


Di said...

All greats card Kate - I loved the lighthouse ones and then I read down and came across your stunning tropical scene - I couldn't pick a favourite if I had to as they're all beautiful. The hibiscus is so lifelike!

You mentioned using snippets - we don't play for prizes in the snippets playground but you could link up and come and play with us :) Di xx

Rene said...

What a beautiful scene card! Thank you so much for linking up at MIM and remember, to be in the running to win second prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning! Good luck,
Rene :D

*~řäđĥïķã~* said...

thanks for stopping by kate :) and what lovely cards you have here! I wish I could do such cards one day!! XX

veronica said...

They are all lovely cards Kate - you did a brilliant job on the skies with the pens, I'm rubbish if I try to do that! Love the soft skies/sand on the tropical one, it's a great scene you've created

Jean Straw said...

Lovely cards Kate, it's great to see how different the same stamp looks just by changing the colour scheme isn't it. I like the tropical scene too and the flowers are fab. jean x

Shoshi said...

Oh Kate, I simply adore these 3 cards! I love any seaside theme, and you've really captured the atmosphere in them all. I was worried for a moment when I read that Penny's files were no longer available but glad that problem has been resolved! She provides such a wonderful resource for us all! I love making her flowers.

Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog, and I'm glad you like Sheba's first card! Not well enough to do any today, but I feel a lot more confident now. I am sure you will get on fine with the Silhouette once you've had a bit more practice with it. It's all a learning curve, isn't it! Who'd have thought I would ever do anything in Inkscape, which used to scare the pants off me!!!


zehra said...

This is gorgeous, our coloring is beautiful so inspiring. I saw u at MIM, TFS

Shoshi said...

Thanks for your WOYWW comment, Kate. I'm feeling much better again today - long may it last! I managed to do the ironing, and parcel up my failed hard drive so my hubby's taken that to the post office now. I must try unmoulding the air dry clay straight away - I tried one this a.m. and it started to break so I pushed it back!! I've taken out a couple of the tiny ones. Dying to do some more mixed media work...

Keep an eye open for Lidl's coloured cardstock when it is available - it's awesome so my Black Cat cutter friends say - they had none when we went the other day. It cuts beautifully and is slightly larger than A4, and it's cheap!

Debs said...

These cards are so stylish! Love the effects! Saw them on MIM!
Big hugs
Debs X

sweetpea said...

I love these cards. Something a bit different. The colours and layouts are perfect. I saw them on MIM and was inspired Jan :)X

Paul said...

It's amazing how different the scenes look with a different sky. Saw your project on Make it Monday and had to come over and take a closer look.
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Paper Engineer said...

Gorgeous card Kate, great use of colour, well done
Lesley x