Tuesday, 31 January 2017

NBUS arty flowers

The lovely Darnell is running another NBUS challenge. 
The NBUS - I put a die set on my Christmas List and my son not only bought that but chose this one in addition. What's more, it's exactly the kind I would have chosen myself. 

The optional theme - Apparently yesterday was national Bubblewrap appreciation day. Who knew? 
I also didn't know that there was a list of National days. I've missed 'spaghetti', 'bubble bath' and 'cheese lovers' day but today is  'Inspire your heart with art day'.
So that settled it,  I decided to go arty. 

I've also, not exactly cased but, 'been inspired by' a card of Cornelia's here. (Cornelia's cards are amazing. I don't pretend that mine are in the same class but I loved the colours on this one). That was last week's theme but I'm always a bit slow on the uptake. 

I've also tried out a new technique.
Does that cover all the bases? I do want to have a go with bubble wrap one day.  

So the new, to me, technique is to gently tap the dies with Versamark before embossing, not cutting, with them. Watch here but beware it will waste the rest of your day.  
I then heat embossed in gold, wet the paper and sprinkled on brushos. 
The candi in the centre is also coloured with Brusho.

What I've learnt - be careful if you are going to tape your dies down. This was my first attempt.

Oops. I brushed off all the powder and didn't emboss this one. I added brusho in the same way but there was not the same definition without the heat embossing. I had another go without the tape.

With a brush and some powder I went round the grooves and added some more colour. The card is ok but not as good as the first one.

I've used:
Leane Creatief  Flower 008 dies
Yellow and orange brushos
Craftwork candi
Paper smooches sentiment

I'm also hopping over to the Playground as I've used snippets. 

 It seems that Jan 9th was 'clean off your desk day'. I'm a bit late but I've just been crafting on the windowsill as there is currently no room on my desk so will get on to that pronto!
Take care and have a lovely crafty week. x


  1. Well first Alison what a lovely son you have. Your card is absolutely gorgeous and I love those happy colours too. I really found your instructions interesting and must try this. Barbxx

  2. Fab colours and what a gorgeous die this is. I did the video and had squirreled the idea away to go and try it out. Love how you have used your brushos on the background and as both your cards show they will never come out looking exactly the same. Hugs Mrs A.

  3. What beautiful colors on these flowers. I want to give the bubble wrap a try one day, too.

  4. A lovely card and a great new technique.
    Kath x

  5. Hi there! got sidetracked by your link watching those techniques embossing with dies.....my to do list gets longer!! anyway I love your card, so fresh and arty!

  6. Beautiful card Alison - and I did giggle bout your crafting on the windowsill :)


    Di xx

  7. I love your arty card with its beautiful bright sunshine colours. Thank you for the info on how it was made, I'll definitely be giving this a try, so thank you for your inspiration. Happy crafting, Sandra x

  8. What a cool technique! Must try that. Such a lovely, summery card, April xx

  9. I like a woman who trains her son up right! Well done, Alison! And well done covering absolutely ALL the bases of NBUS Challenge #10 and the options! Your process was fascinating and the results are gorgeous!! I've bookmarked the link as I don't have all day ATM. I appreciate you sharing the link! Hugs, Darnell


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