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Saturday, 15 September 2018

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, it's time to share our monthly crop of time-saving and stash-busting projects created by the Design Team. The following cards and projects have been created in fifteen minutes or less, and aim to inspire you to make something that looks eye-catching and unique. Whether you start from scratch with a blank piece of card, or rummage through your left over materials as a starting point, you can rustle up a card with a few basic supplies for that last minute Birthday surprise. If you want some ideas for batch cards; Weddings, Christmas cards, or craft fairs, we can give you lots of ideas. Check out some of our previous posts for more inspiration. So, grab a cuppa, and enjoy what we have to share with you this month.

Most of our cards have an Eastern feel this month, as we are sharing designs from last month's TV shows on Hochanda. The lovely Pat has created two pretty cards for us. She used a flower from the Indian Textiles stamp set, which she stamped and watercoloured using Distress Inks and a waterbrush. She then added the background using more Distress Inks and a waterbrush. An image from the Nature's Paisleys stamp set was added to the corners and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. She completed the card by redefining the outline and detail of the flowers with a permanent black fine nib pen.

To create her second card, she stamped images from the Nature's Paisleys stamp set using brown Distress Ink and heat embossed using clear embossing powder. A further small image from the Indian Textiles was stamped and embossed using silver embossing powder. The script stamp from the Paisley Elephant stamp set was partially stamped using blue Distress Ink. Distress Ink was blended over the background. The sentiment was stamped and embossed with silver embossing powder onto coloured vellum.

Zoe has created some fabulous mail art for us on the following two envelopes.

Who would not want to receive one of these in the mail? She has simply masked the address panel before adding colour and stamping the images. 

Her final project uses black embossing on black card for a very dramatic finish.

Two bold cards by Anne next, her first uses a shaped coloured card, and she has used Versamark Ink throughout. The border and sentiment were embossed using gold embossing powder, and the smaller motif had mica powder brushed over the top. She picked out some details in the border with a dark pink sparkle pen and purple glitter glue.

For her second card, she stamped the border directly onto the card using StazOn, (she used a glossy card base). She then stamped the images with an ink which when heated became tacky, but you could use a suitable glue instead, and then added gilding flakes. Finally she added black sequins.

A quick card from Julie next. She told us that she very bravely stamped this by eye using a clear acrylic block, and did not do any extra lining up. If you are nervous, you could draw some fine pencil lines to help. (I often put guide lines on the reverse of my acrylic block to show where certain parts of the stamp are, using a marker pen. These can be wiped away when I am finished.)

A dreamy card by Penny next, she has used a mask on drawing cartridge, and added diluted brushfulls of Distress Ink. She spritzed more water over the card, creating a wash. She dried the background with a heat gun, and removed the mask, replacing it with the matching stencil, and blended ink through it.

For her second card, she stamped the elephant onto drawing cartridge, and added a mask over the top. She stamped the paisley image over the top, removed the mask, and then painted the elephant. She added a border using gold pen. A ribbon and bow were added to complete the card.

I stamped and embossed an image from the Nature's Paisleys stamp set several times onto coloured vellum, using Versamark and gold embossing powder. I cut the images out to form 'petals'. I chose one of the other images from the stamp set, and after loosely laying the petals onto a card blank, decided where I wanted to stamp the image, to create leafy sprays. I stamped the image using green ink, and then adhered the petals to the card. I added a blingy centre to complete the flower, and stamped a sentiment from the Paisley Elephant stamp set to complete the card, using the same green ink as before.

Rachel has created three fabulous cards for us, the first using gesso as a resist, and applying Distress Oxides over the top. She has simply stamped the images and added white highlights.

She has stamped the background using black ink, stamped the focal image, which has been painted, cut out and decoupaged. The plain black and white background looks so sharp and crisp, a real tribute to the quality of Sue's designs and the stamps themselves.

Rachel's final card has been stamped in various colours of Distress Ink, and painted with the inks as well. The monochrome colours work really well with this design:

Magda has created a mixture of projects for us this month, and the first one is really delightful. She has stamped and watercoloured a small panel using Distress Inks, which she has attached to a hessian wall hanging.

Her second project was created in exactly the same way, but she has left this one as a card:

Magda's next idea would be sure to win anyone over- little packages of chocolates! She has created a Distress Oxide background, stamping a small flower, which she has coloured with markers.

She has stencilled a background, using Distress Inks, adding a stamped image, and placed the sentiment on 3D foam.

Finally, a set of ATCs, she has created Distress Ink background, adding stencilled embossing paste, and stamped images.

Finally here are a few cards from Brenda, she has placed a mask onto a card blank, adding two colours of Distress Ink, and stamping, before removing the mask.

She blended Distress Inks with glycerine before stamping the images with black ink.

She stamped the main image once, then covered the image with a sticky note and stamped the top part again to extend it, and stamped the tiny flower a few times onto the stems. She stencilled some brick work onto the background using Distress Ink.

She stamped using Versafine black ink, doodled a border, and added orange Liquid Pearls.

Finally, she created a Distress Ink background and added some stecilling. She repeat stamped the paisley image with black Versafine. She added a sentiment panel and an organza bow.

We hope that you have enjoyed this month's selection of cards and projects. We will be back next month with another post full of inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by,


  1. Stunning cards from all the ladies this month, can't believe they only take 15 mins

  2. These are so beautiful and inspiring x

  3. Some fabulous ideas here, thank you.

  4. Absolutely wonderful cards from the team, fabulous inspiration, Kate x


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