Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Happy Australia Day 2016

Hello Crafty Bloggers and Happy Australia Day! I hope today is a fabulous day for all - I'll be spending a lot of it outdoors enjoying the fabulous weather that we are blessed with. And I'll try to get some crafting in too :)
Team Designer Amira has made some great Australian cards for us today. Take a look.......

Happy Australia Day everyone!!!

I wanted to stop by and share some cards I made with the theme "Australia" in mind.
Not necessarily Australia Day cards, but Australian cards that can be used for any occasion to send to family and friends both here in Aus or internationally.

I used this gorgeous Kaptain Kangaroo steel die by Cheery Lynn Designs

I tried to use a variety of techniques with this die to show you just how many different kinds of cards you can make with one die, so I will take you through each card by technique.

1- Use the die-cut

Obviously, the first thing you would think of doing would be to just cut out a kangaroo and this is exactly what I did.  

I cut him out of white card stock and did a faux-fur coat using my Tim Holt Distress ink (Gathered Twigs).

Look at his cute face !!

Here is a look at my "distressing" and a close up of the "G'day" sentiment within the die cut. You can also see that I popped him up on some foam tape. Oops, didn't hide that one too well!!

At the bottom of the card, I used my grass die to cut 3 strips of "grass" and then I layered them to make them look like Skippy was walking on lush grass (obvsiouly, NOT in the harsh bushland).

I then added a "Hello" sentiment (just in case no-body spoke Australian and didn't know that G'day was our way of saying hello *teehee*) as well as a scalloped border on the side.

2- Stencil Technique

So here, I put down the card stock that had the kangaroo cut out of and used it as a stencil.

I used my distress ink (Ground Espresso)  once again to "pounce" within the stencil until Kanga was all formed.

I also inked the bottom of the card with Mowed Lawn to give the hint of grass but then decided to put down the grass die as well (because I love that die!!!)

Did you notice the cloud??

Love cloud dies!!! I inked them with Broken China.

And the sentiments come from this Kaisercraft die set called Hello.

3. Mask Technique

This technique was a bit of an epic fail but I did manage to salvage the card. So my intention was to use the die as a mask that everything around it would be coloured in leaving a crisp white background but it didn't work too well so I covered up the epic fail with a gold Kangaroo!!

I made my own watercolour background which I really enjoyed making! Then stencilled in with gold spray mist. I then put down the Kangaroo die-cut and put on a layer of white gesso paint. The idea was that everything would be whited out and the watercolour background would show up in the form of a kangaroo but it didn't turn out that way. I tried to outline the shape but that looked horrible, so I ended up cutting another kangaroo die out of gold card stock and pasting it on top.
Note to self: "need more practice with this technique"!

Here is a closer look at my background with the gold stencilling and white gesso attempt!

And here is some fancy photography filter applied to the image!

Love how intense the colours look <3

4. Use the negative space 

In this card, I actually used the die to cut out a piece of the card I was using and then backed the inside with starry paper. I really love the simplicity that this technique offered.

Love this hello stamp. 
Its from the My Year, My Story Collection stamp set.

 5. Die-cut fill in

This was another super quick and super simple card to make. Once again, I die-cut straight into the card I was using and fitted in a kangaroo die (that I had cut from brown card stock). So instead of the die sitting on the card front, it is a part of the card itself.

I also backed the "G'Day" sentiment with polka dot paper but you could choose to leave it as a window into the inside of the card.

Add a few embellishments and the card is done!

6. Layered card fronts

The next 3 cards are all layered card fronts where I chose a paper with dimensions 1/4" less than the actually card and then layered on elements to design the card.

The following card has a bit of a a pen-pal / friendship theme going for it.

I used my little bits of endless ephemera to layer. 
This ticket, that envelope and the cut apart sentiment.

Here is kangaroo telling his pen-pals just how much he appreciates them :)

G'day mates!

This next card is a GGG card!!
Go Glitter Girl!!
I loved how it turned out!
This is Ms Kanga putting on her finest and strutting it out for the girls!

I did a cluster of embellishments at the top which I absolutely love!

And this is me attempting to be a magazine editor and photoshopping Ms Kanga to make her look glamorous !! LOL

Last card has a bit of a travel theme. 
Very simple one again.
Kangaroo die-cut and layered embellishments.

So here is my collection of cards all together.

Thank you so much for stopping by!!
Hoe you found some inspiration here.


What a fabulous set of cards Amira! I so love Ms Glitter Kanga! But really - I love them all!!

Happy Australia Day friends, have a good one!
Aunty Vera :)

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