Sunday, 5 December 2010

A New Challenge For Me?

Fairydoodler Card
I had an e-mail last week from Gayle who works under the name of Fairydoodler creating lovely online digital designs.  As she isn’t a crafter, she asked if I would perhaps work with her designs to look at ways that they can  be used in card making etc. I am a little apprehensive, as this is very new to me, but I have said yes…… nothing ventured and all that. 
For this card I have taken an image from one of Gayle’s sets - “A Very Green Christmas” and fiddle farted about  with it using Publisher (which I find the easiest programme to manipulate images for my crafting). I’ve simply  cropped, copied and pasted to make a sheet of images to create a simple decoupage card.
Fairydoodler Card 1
I’ve mat and layered the main image on white, silver and navy card and then added a bit of faux stitching. Then I have decoupaged his hat, mittens, scarf and little bird.  To complete the design I’ve added the sentiment, punched snowflakes, a few gems and some micro glitter on the snow and sky.
Picture 231
I love that Gayle has used subtle, slightly different colours to what I would usually go for, and I also love the detail in the scarf and gloves.
hankie box
Freebie Alert ......
To see more of Gayle’s designs click on the link below where there is a freebie to download.
But, if you don't want to sign up to the Aimee Asher site you can follow Gayle's new blog:- where the freebie is available there too

Nothing Fancy About My Decoupage

In answer to Nicollete’s question.
Nicollette: Helen, what is your process for decoupage?
To be honest Nicollette I don’t think what I do is really decoupage, it’s just my way of adding a bit of dimension when I use a printed image on any of my cards. But, I’ll run through what I have done in the card below for you:-
  • Find image, decide which bits I want to stand out and then put together an A4 sheet of everything I need, (plus a few extra, in case my cutting out is a bit shonky). I use Publisher to do this, cropping, copying and pasting the images.
  • Print off.
  • Put main image on the card (after matting and layering etc.)
  • With the snowman I have cut out and used two images of the hat and gloves, one of the bird, and two of the scarf adding an extra layer for the centre bit – no descending shapes etc. like proper decoupage – it’s very, very basic.
  • I put them together using Poundland foam sticky pads that I cut down.
  • That’s it really, except I add twiddly fiddly bits, like flat back gems etc for extra bling.
Hope this helps – sorry I can’t help with the technicalities of using Publisher, it’s something I have taught myself and is just too complex to go through each stage.