Couture Creations DT Reveal | Nouveau Cut, Foil & Emboss Scrapbook Layout

Hi all, and welcome to my post today that includes a scrapbook layout I have created with cardstock and embellishments – and NO PATTERNED PAPER.  As an added bonus I have included a sketch with this post for all of my sketch fans out there – and yes I am listening to your requests for me to do more sketches.

I have used Nouveau Cut, Foil and Emboss Dies to create the feather, swirl and birdcage embellishments for my layout.  The pink cardstock layer has been embossed to add an extra dimension to the layers – whilst the photo mats and swirls are actually a Kraft Cardbase, because that was the colour I wanted and the Cardbase was close to hand.

I opened out the flowers and then used Pigment Powders, water and Gloss Texture Paste the colour them – before adding Aztec Gold Glitzin’ Glamour to the centres.  This technique requires quite a bit of drying time as the flowers get really wet – and they do fall apart if you play with them too much whilst they are wet. 

The best way to stick layered embellishments like this is to use 3D Glue Spots as they allow you to create dimension and stick bulky items with ease.  I like to add them to the back of the embellishments before playing with the placement so that I can stick it all together as soon as I am happy – without having to muck around adding adhesives.

I foiled the Bees and the title with Pale Gold Foil, which I love so much that I have now purchased three rolls – it just goes with any theme and all of my favourite ranges this year.

Last but not least I have my sketch for you and I would love to see your take on it, and welcome to share a picture or link in the comments.

 

Couture Creations products I have used:

  • CO725405 A4 Matte Gold Damask Mirror Foil Board
  • CO721997 Self Adhesive Pearls – Pink Blush
  • ULT200079 12×12 Cardstock – Fairy Wings
  • ULT200019 12×12 Cardstock – Ice Crystal
  • CO724849 Kraft A6 Card & Envelope Set
  • CO725839 Nouveau Delicate Feather Cut & Foil Die
  • CO725846 Nouveau Hanging Cage Cut & Foil Die
  • CO725842 Nouveau Sweeping Flourish Cut & Foil Die
  • CO725818 Go Press & Foil Metal Conversion Plate
  • CO726041 Heat Activated Foil – Pale Gold Mirror Finish
  • CO726060 Heat Activated Foil – Light Green Mirror Finish
  • CO726043 Heat Activated Foil – Peach Matte Finish
  • CO725911 C’est La Vie A Hive of Bees Chipboard
  • CO725917 C’est La Vie Frame C’est La Vie Set Chipboard
  • CO725777 C’est La Vie Paper Doilies Set (25pc)
  • CO725768 C’est La Vie Intricate Background Emboss Folder
  • CO725750 C’est La Vie Vintage Border Hot Foil Stamp
  • CO721981 Glitzin Glamour Aztec Gold Glitter Glue
  • CO724868 Anna Griffin Gloss Finish Texture Paste
  • CO725543 Mix and Match Pigment – Blue
  • CO725542 Mix and Match Pigment – Silky Gold
  • AD49538 English Roses (15pk)
  • AD49266 Jewelled Florettes (50pk)
  • CO721964 12mm Foam Mounting Tape
  • CO723817 3D Glue Spots
  • CO725032 Go, Press & Foil Machine
  • CO725159 Stainless Steel Scissors

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you enjoyed this insight into how I have created my layout and look forward to seeing your take on my sketch – have a wonderful day

Couture Creations DT Reveal | Special Occasions Decorative Embellished Candle

Hi everyone and welcome to my post today which is a Decorative Embellished Candle that would be perfect as a Gift or Special Occasion Table Setting.  The products I have used just happen to be from the new Special Occasions collection from Couture Creations.  This collection would also make the most beautiful Invitations for a Wedding, Engagement, Christening, Anniversary or Special Birthday.  

I have used a white candle that I purchased from Target, however any pillar candle in white or cream would work just as well.

I started by choosing the papers, foil and cutting dies that worked together to create a simple and elegant design.  I added Diecut’N Bond to the back of the Silver Damask Paper before diecutting it with the Swirling Banners Die.  The addition of the Diecut’N Bond makes assembly simpler and easier, and helps keep the intricate border in place.

I prefer to use Embossing, Foil & Glitter Tape to adhere the layers that don’t have the Diecut’N Bond.  I also find that adhering each layer separately prevents buckling – which will occur if the layers are stuck together prior to adding them to the Candle.

I foiled two identical embellishments with Matte Gold Foil and a limited release Hot Foil Stamp to hide the join in the band layers.  If you would like to purchase this Hot Foil Stamp which is part of a three piece set please contact your local Couture Creations Stockist.

I added Adhesive Pearls to the two embellishments before adhering them together with the Embossing, Foil & Glitter Tape – making them easier to glue to the Candle in the next step.

Helmar 450 Glue is super strong and takes some time to dry, allowing for a bit of movement to get embellishments into the perfect spot before they dry.  This benefit also requires some patience as the creation process really needs to stop until the 450 Glue is dry before moving the Candle around.

Whilst waiting for the Glue to dry the Butterfly layers could be assembled using 3D Glue Spots and Foam Tape.  The Foam Tape is between the solid layers and the 3D Glue Spots are the best choice for sticking the Butterfly to the Candle.  There are two solid layers and one lace layer to the Butterfly – using the same papers as in the other elements of the Candle. 

It was really exciting as the elements came together and the finished Candle took shape – just the drying Glue was holding up the process.

Couture Creations products I have used:

  • ULT157908 Special Occasions Adhesive Pearls
  • CO726402 Special Occasions Silver Damask Foiled A4 White Paper
  • CO726403 Special Occasions Gold Damask A4 White Paper
  • ULT157928 Special Occasions Layered Butterfly Decorative Die
  • ULT157943 Special Occasions Swirling Banner Decorative Die
  • CO725403 A4 Gold with Draft Lines Mirror Foil Board
  • CO721964 12mm Foam Mounting Tape
  • ULT157644 Diecut’N Bond
  • CO723894 7mm Embossing, Foil & Glitter Tape
  • CO723817 3D Glue Spots
  • CO726218 Seaside & Me Heat Activated Foil Pack (Matte Gold)
  • CO725032 Go, Press & Foil Machine
  • CO725159 Stainless Steel Scissors
  • H00043 Helmar 450 Quick Dry Glue 125ml

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you enjoyed this insight into how I create Decorative Embellished Candles – have a wonderful day

Couture Creations DT Reveal | Seaside & Me Card with Custom Coloured Hot Foiling

Hi everyone and welcome to my post today which is a Card I have created with the Seaside & Me collection and Custom Coloured Hot Foiling.  

I have used a 5″x7″ Card as the base onto which I have layered scrap papers and Ephemera pieces that I have left from several other Seaside & Me projects.  

The feature of this card is the Hot Foiled Chipboard Sentiment that is featured in the video below.  I have layered Vintage Gold Matte and Transparent Blue Hot Foils on the Chipboard Sentiment to get a custom Aqua colour to match the ribbon on the card.  NOTE: The top layer must be transparent for this technique to work!

I have used a layered foiling technique on the Starfish that I will share in a future post and video.

I have distressed all of the layers on the card, except the starfish and the Chipboard Sentiment.  I have also used Foam Tape between many of the layers to get a more dimensional finish to the card.

We would love to see what Custom Coloured Foiling you come up with…..

Couture Creations products I have used:

  • CO725816 Cream 5″x7″ Card & Envelope Set
  • CO726196 Seaside & Me Patterned Paper #03
  • CO726195 Seaside & Me Patterned Paper #02
  • CO726151 Seaside & Me 6×6 Paper Pad
  • CO726152 Seaside & Me Ephemera Set
  • CO726218 Seaside & Me Heat Activated Foil Pack (Transparent Blue)
  • CO726178 Seaside & Me Starfish Hot Foil Stamp
  • CO725355 Vintage Gold Matte Hot Foil
  • CO725702 Chocolate Mirror Hot Foil
  • CO726188 Seaside & Me Chipboard Sentiments Set
  • CO725032 Go, Press & Foil Machine
  • CO725159 Stainless Steel Scissors

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you enjoyed this insight into my Custom Coloured Foiling process – have a wonderful day

Couture Creations DT Reveal | Seaside & Me Inchie Card with Hot Foiling

Hi everyone and welcome to my post today which is an Inchie Card I have created with the Seaside & Me collection and Hot Foiling.  I especially love my card today as I have used a background Hot Foil Stamp to create the feature squares on my card.  

The dimensions of the card layers are:

  • Base – Square Card Base from CO724846 Cream Square Card & Envelope Set
  • Layer 1 – 5 1/8″ square of Seaside & Me Patterned Paper #5
  • Layer 2 – 5″ square of Seaside & Me Patterned Paper #2
  • Inchie Base – 1 3/8″ squares of Seaside & Me Patterned Paper #12
  • Inchie Layer 1 – 1 1/8″ squares of Seaside & Me Patterned Paper #5 raised on foam tape
  • Inchie Top Layer – 1″ squares of Square Card Base Hot Foiled using transparent blue in CO726218 Seaside & Me Heat Activated Foil Pack using CO726187 Seaside & Me Swirling Seas Hot Foil Stamp

I find that cutting the 1″ squares of card before foiling them helps to maintain the random nature of the Inchie backgrounds.  And I also know that I will have enough card for all nine, as sometimes the best planned piece of cardstock can be just short.

I like to apply the tape and foam to the Inchie layers and assemble them prior to adding any embellishments – so that I can audition the layout of my card as I create each element.

The crab and little shells are all fussy-cut from the papers in the CO726151 Seaside & Me 6×6 Paper Pad, as the scale is more fitting to and Inchie card than the elements on the 12×12 patterned papers.

I have used the copper foil from the CO726218 Seaside & Me Heat Activated Foil Pack with the CO724184 Seaside & Me By The Seashore Hot Foil Stamp and a spare Square Cream Card Base to create a custom foiled cardstock that I then fussy-cut the shells from.

I used and embossing tool and foam mat to shape the Crab, Shells and Starfish that I fussy-cut from papers in the 6×6 Seaside & Me Paper Pad.

I love using the CO726188 Seaside & Me Chipboard Sentiments Set, and with a little effort they can be transformed in so many ways.  This time I started by using a brown pen to colour the engraved letters on the two sentiments I intended on using.

I have then Hot Foiled them with CO725351 Silver Matte Hot Foil to disguise the grey of the Chipboard – bear with me there is a method in my madness.

And finally I have Hot Foiled the Chipboard Sentiments with the transparent blue in CO726218 Seaside & Me Heat Activated Foil Pack – which doesn’t look as nice when foiled directly over the grey Chipboard.

The results speak for themselves with a crisp brown lettering and the same beautiful blue foil as the Inchie squares.

Couture Creations products I have used:

  • CO724846 Cream Square Card & Envelope Set
  • CO726198 Seaside & Me Patterned Paper #05
  • CO726195 Seaside & Me Patterned Paper #02
  • CO726205 Seaside & Me Patterned Paper #12
  • CO726151 Seaside & Me 6×6 Paper Pad
  • CO726218 Seaside & Me Heat Activated Foil Pack (Copper, Transparent Blue)
  • CO726187 Seaside & Me Swirling Seas Hot Foil Stamp
  • CO724184 Seaside & Me By The Seashore Hot Foil Stamp
  • CO725351 Silver Matte Hot Foil
  • CO726188 Seaside & Me Chipboard Sentiments Set
  • CO725032 Go, Press & Foil Machine
  • CO725159 Stainless Steel Scissors

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you enjoyed this insight into my Inchie Card process – have a wonderful day

Couture Creations | Seaside & Me Card featuring Hot Foiling

Hi everyone and welcome to my post today which is a card I have created using the Seaside & Me collection – with a softer more feminine feel.  To achieve this softer feminine feel to the card I have used a peach ink that tones with the beautiful papers and a simple set of embellishments that I have created with Hot Foil, Chipboard and Ephemera.  

I have used foam tape to layer the elements in the embellishment cluster to add texture and dimension to the card, without making it cluttered and heavy.

I have gently distressed the edges of the papers prior to inking them to help soften the edges.

After foiling the sentiment chipboard I have coloured the letters with a brown pen and sanded the surface – once again softening the edges and helping it to co-ordinate with the rest of the card.

The flowers were left from a previous project and complimented the Seaside & Me collection without taking over or competing for the star role.

I have used the Medallion cutting die as a Hot Foil Stamp to create the background embellishment for the cluster on the card.  I use two pieces of cardstock (not thick) as shims when putting the Hot Foil Platform through my Go, Cut & Emboss Machine to help ensure that the foiling works perfectly every time.

I always audition the pieces I am using during the creative process – helping me to ensure that each piece is in the perfect place and fits the overall design.  The sentiment just didn’t work above the cluster, and had to move.

The Copper Hot Foil from the Seaside & Me Hot Foil set was the guiding influence in my choice of the edging ink colour – which I applied with a Sponge Dauber (a very well used one at that).

I did make some Pigment Powder into a watercolour solution that I used to add some shimmer to the embellishments I created, helping them to work well together.

Couture Creations products I have used:

CO726205 Seaside & Me Patterned Paper #12
CO726198 Seaside & Me Patterned Paper #05
CO726195 Seaside & Me Patterned Paper #02
CO726152 Seaside & Me Ephemera Set
CO726218 Seaside & Me Heat Activated Foil Pack (Copper)
CO726193 Seaside & Me Chipboard Flourishes Set
CO726188 Seaside & Me Chipboard Sentiments Set
CO726176 Seaside & Me Seashell Hot Foil Stamp
CO726168 Seaside & Me Medallion Cutting Die
CO725034 Foil Me Hot Foil Set (Silver)
CO725032 Go, Press & Foil Machine
CO725159 Stainless Steel Scissors

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day

Couture Creations | Seaside & Me Scrapbook Layout featuring Hot Foiling

Hi everyone and welcome to my post today which is a layout I have created for you along with a process video that will give you an insight into how I create my layouts.  This layout is very clean and simple, allowing the photograph to be the star of the show.  This particular photograph is of me when I was a teenager fishing with some friends on the Boyne River.  

I started my layout by cutting paper for the layers and working out which pieces from the Ephemera set I wanted to use.  I have cut the borders from the shell and coral Ephemera pieces prior to inking them.  My process video actually starts after this when I painted White Acrylic Gesso onto the background paper, mostly to save you watching me for a whole day.

I have used scissors to distress the paper edges before inking them with a sponge dauber and brown ink.  Fussy-cutting titles I have Hot Foiled is one of my favourite layout embellishments at the moment, especially when they are inked and raised on foam mounting tape.

I have used two different types of Glue Dots to attach the flower and charm, making them into easy to apply stickers.  The Seaside & Me Ephemera set is actually printed on similar paper to the patterned papers in the collection, so they blend beautifully with the patterned papers – and can be inked cut and foiled as well.

As mentioned I also created a process video whilst I put my layout together, in which you will occasionally see a little hand with a pink sleeve (Amelia-Ann) off to the right helping Mummy to create…..

Couture Creations products I have used:

CO726205 Seaside & Me Patterned Paper #12
CO726196Seaside & Me Patterned Paper #03
CO726198 Seaside & Me Patterned Paper #05
CO726195 Seaside & Me Patterned Paper #02
CO726152 Seaside & Me Ephemera Set
CO726234 Seaside & Me Charms
CO726218 Seaside & Me Heat Activated Foil Pack
CO725830 Everyday Sentiments Hot Foil Stamp – Life is Beautiful
CO725032 Go, Press & Foil Machine
CO723828 Non Stick Craft Mat
CO725159 Stainless Steel Scissors
CO724871 Acrylic Gesso – White

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day

Couture Creations | Sea Breeze Scrapbook Layout

Welcome to my post today which is a simple and elegant layout I have created with the Sea Breeze collection.  The Sea Breeze collection of papers and embellishments are timeless and still remain popular even though they were released some time ago. 

This design would also look just as stunning created with either the C’est la Vie or soon to be released Seaside & Me collections.

I have blended some turquoise ink over the edges of the Hot Foiled and fussy-cut title – which I have created with a piece of patterned paper and deliberately taken from the Go Press & Foil early so that it had a softer finish that didn’t compete with the photograph.

Many of the Couture Creations collections have coordinating embellishments and charms which are perfect for tucking into a cluster of flowers and ribbons.

The strips along the top of my layout are 5.75″x1.5″ and are cut from the Seabreeze 6×6 paper pad.  The thin strip of paper along the bottom of these strips is the barcode from the background patterned paper.  The strips are stuck 1″ from the top of the layout and the photograph has been double-matted with patterned papers from the same paper pad.

Below are linked images of some of the products I have used….

        

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day

Couture Creations | C’est la Vie Scrapbook Layout featuring Nouveau Dies and Hot Foiling

Welcome to my post today which is a layout and process video I created with the Couture Creations C’est la Vie collection and some Hot Foiling.  I have used a full sheet of paper for the background and lots of scraps to make up the rest of the layout.  

I used the Nouveau collection Bodice Cut, Foil and Emboss die with pink Hot Foil and a Metal Trinket to finish the left-hand embellishment cluster.

I have also Hot Foiled the chipboard title and flowers with the same pink foil and the Go, Press & Foil Machine. 

Really this layout is very simple to re-create as it uses minimal paper and embellishments, allowing the photograph and Hot Foiling to be the superstars.

Below are linked images of the products I have used….

                  

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day

Couture Creations | Seaside & Me Card with Hot Foiling

Hi Everyone, and welcome to my post today which is a card I have created with the soon to be released Couture Creations Seaside & Me collection.  I have used a 6×6 paper pad and Kraft A6 Cards & Envelope to create my card, along with the beautiful Silver Hot Foil that comes as a bonus when you purchase a Go, Press & Foil Machine.  

I have kept my card design clean and simple to make the Silver Hot Foiling the hero.

I started by Hot Foiling the Angel Fish Hot Foil Stamp with the Silver Hot Foil onto the bottom left-hand corner of the envelope I intended to use.  You will need to use a single piece of cardstock as a shim when Hot Foiling Envelopes as they are very thin.  You will also need to make sure that as soon as you remove the envelope from the Go, Press & Foil Machine to open the envelope, or it could seal shut. 

It is also essential to make sure that your envelope cools fully before removing the Hot Foil sheet.

I think that the resulting embellished envelope speaks for itself, however I am a super fan of Hot Foiling with the Go, Press & Foil Machine.

My next experimental technique with the Go, Press & Foil Machine that I love using to create that extra Pop of Foil on my projects is diecutting a shape from cardstock or patterned paper (as in this case) and then Hot Foiling it with some texture.  For this card I have used the Seaside & Me Branching Coral cutting die and the Swirling Seas Hot Foil Stamp with the Silver Hot Foil that comes with the Go, Press & Foil Machine.

I find that Die-cutting prior to Hot Foiling gives a cleaner and less damaged finished embellishment.  As I have used patterned paper to cut the Branching Coral I have once again used a single piece of cardstock as a shim – adding the bonus of a slight emboss to the finished design.

I have also used the Go, Press & Foil Machine to apply the Silver Hot Foil to the chipboard banner words (which I then distressed) and another Angel Fish on patterned paper (which I also fussy-cut and matted before raising on foam tape).  I have also used some of another A6 Kraft Card that I had previously cut apart with the Scaley Embossing Folder on the front of my card.

Below I am going to share some linked images of the products I have used….

                  

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Couture Creations | Seaside & Me Treasures Scrapbook Layout with Bonus Sketch

Hi Everyone, and welcome to my post today which is a layout I have created with the new release Couture Creations Seaside & Me collection.  I have used a 6×6 paper pad to create my layout, along with three shades of cardstock and some Hot Foiled Chipboard from the Seaside & Me collection.   

To unify the layers and elements on my layout I have distressed and inked all of the edges.  After layering my background pieces I have mixed the Pigment Powder with Acrylic Gesso and some water and flicked it over the background with a fan brush.

I used a sander to slightly scuff the Hot Foiled Chipboard pieces before adding some ink with a sponge dauber – helping these elements to unify with the other distress page elements. 

The Seaside & Me paper pad includes some fun elements and images that are perfect for fussy-cutting and adding to projects with foam tape.

As a Bonus today I have created a sketch of my layout, and would love to see what you create with it too…..

Well I guess that is it for me today, except to share some linked images of the products I have used….

               

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day