Couture Creations | Foamiran Flower Card with Bonus Video

Hi Everyone, and welcome to my post today which is a card that has a Foamiran Flower on it, and as a bonus I have created a video showing how I have created this flower.  My video is a warts-and-all affair where I show how I use imperfect and torn flower layers.   

I have used two cream cardbases in the creation of my card – one for the base and the other has been used for the embossed layers and the Hot Foiled Sentiment.  I have also incorporated a Cut, Foil & Emboss Feather from the new Nouveau collection in my card.

The Hot Foil colour I have used is the new Pale Gold Mirror finish from the new release Hot Foil colours range.  And yes I have fussy-cut around the Hot Foiled ‘Celebrate’ Sentiment and then raised it from the surface of my card using tiny pieces of Foam Tape. 

I share in my video how I alter brads to use as Flower centres that co-ordinate with my projects – so I never have the wrong colour flower centres because I make them co-ordinate with this technique.

I also share in my video that there is no shame in using some strategically placed glue to dictate how a flower sits on a project.

So without further discussion here is my Foamiran Flower Tutorial video, which you can also find on YouTube——>here.

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

                      

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Couture Creations | Bonus Mothers Day Card featuring Hot Foiling

Hi Everyone, and welcome to my post today which is the bonus Mothers Day Card I shared last week that I created with the leftovers from my Hot Foiled Patchwork Scrapbook Layout —->here

I have simply used three of the leftover 1.5″x1.5″ Hot Foiled squares, a layer each of White and Vervain cardstock, a clump of blue roses and one of the beautiful chipboard titles from the C’est la Vie collection.

The pink foil on the title and the blue on the centre square are two of the 16 new release Hot Foil colours.  There is also an awesome new Case available to store your Hot Foils in.

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

                       

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Couture Creations | Hot Foiled Patchwork Scrapbook Layout

Hi Everyone, and welcome to my post today which is a layout I have created using Embossing Folders and Hot Foil combined.  Collette Mitrega has a wonderful tutorial video on the Couture Creations Blog explaining how to using Embossing Folders with the GoPress & Foil machine ——> here.  

I started by cutting all of the layers for my layout – and don’t forget that if you can’t see it then it may not be there.  Meaning that I have cut the middle out of the pink and white cardstock layers that are behind my main white cardstock background.  Once I had cut what I needed I cut my scraps down and proceeded to Hot Foil various co-ordinating colours of Foil with four of my favourite embossing folders (listed below).

Whilst I had my GoPress & Foil Machine going I used it to foil the Chipboard title which is from the recently released C’est la Vie Couture Creations collection.  To unify all of the layers, embellishments and foiled squares I have inked everything with a lilac ink and a sponge dauber. 

The Hot Foiled squares are all 1.5″x1.5″ with even gaps all around – that I have eyeballed because I didn’t want to have pencil marks on my layout that needed to be removed.  I know that the Hot Foiling isn’t perfect on every square, however I am happy with this as it brings a lovely softness to the layout.

I had some scraps leftover from my layout and have used them to create a bonus Mothers Day Card using another chipboard title from the C’est la Vie collection.  I will share this card with you later in the month.

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

                   

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Couture Creations | Foamiran Flowers Scrapbook Layout

Hi Everyone, and welcome to my post today which is a layout I have created with a photograph from Milton’s Prom using just two colours – white and silver.  I have used the new Couture Creations Foamiran to create the cluster of flowers and an Amazing Hot Foil Stamp on Silver cardstock for the title.   

I started my layout by mixing White Gesso and Silver Grey Pigment Powder with water to create a silver flicking liquid, which I also used with a sponge dauber to edge the background and colour the centres of the Foamiran flowers.

The Hot Foil Stamp and the beautiful Hot Foil I have used are both new release products.  Like all of the other feature products I have used on my layout I have images and links at the end of this post, along with a process video that my wonderful son Milton helped me to edit (it was originally three hours long). 

I have used two shades/textures of the metallic silver cardstock as the layout was very flat with a single shade/texture – a handy trick when using a limited palette on a card or layout.

As I mentioned earlier I have a process video to share, and I hope you enjoy this peak into my creative process.  Please note that I will be sharing several videos dedicated to creating with Foamiran, as the process is highly edited in this process video.

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

              

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Couture Creations | Cést la Vie | Life is Beautiful Card

Hi Everyone, and welcome to my post today which is a simple but effective tri-fold card that I have created with two A6 Kraft Cardbases and the lovely C’est la Vie scraps I am still using.   

I started my card by altering the flowers which were originally white – by mixing some Pigment Powder (Red) with White Gesso and then painting the flowers.  Once the flowers were dry I then spread some Dimensional Magic in the centre and coated it with gold glitter (this took quite a while to dry).

This photograph shows how I have backed the Birdcage cut from Kraft (cardbase) with a scrap of pale blue C’est la Vie patterned paper. 

I just love the Embellishments that come with the C’est la Vie collection, they truly add a touch of elegance to any project.

The title for my Card was on one of the patterned papers in the 12×12 paper pad, and there is also a smaller version in the 6×6 paper pad which I have already used on another project.

If you would like a pattern (pdf) showing the measurements for the different layers and base of this card please leave a comment on this post – and we will email it to you.

Well I guess that is it for me today, except to share a list of the products I have used and I would love to hear your thoughts on this different way of sharing what I have used (or how I was previously sharing the full line-up of Couture Creations products I was using)…..

Some of the products I have used: 

       

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Couture Creations | Faux Painted Embossed Background Scrapbook Layout

Hi Everyone, and welcome to my post today which is the layout I created with the background from my Tuesday Tip post last month.  

If you missed what the background looked like before I cut and embellished it, here it is.

I have diecut the L’Aquarelle Butterfly from a cardstock scrap with Diecut’N Bond on the front, which I have then covered with Turquoise Super Sparkle Embossing Powder before melting it with the Heat Tool.

I have used my Go, Press & Foil machine to apply the word Celebrate and it’s little banner to a scrap of white cardstock, before fussy-cutting them and embellishing the banner with silver glitter.  It is always best to Hot Foil the smooth side of textured cardstocks as it is difficult for the foil to adhere in any cardstock grooves. 

I have put together a little video showing how I have created the internal border on my layout, matted my photograph and then adhered the background layers together with a minimum of heartache.

Products I have used: CO721964 Foam Mounting Tape – 12mm x 4m | CO721985 Double Sided Tape – 6mm x 50m | CO723817 3D Glue Spots (½” x 1/8” x 75 pieces) | CO724824 Go Cut & Emboss Machine | CO725032 Go Press & Foil Machine | CO723973 Paper Trimmer | CO724917 Be Merry & Classic Glitter Assortment (3 vials) – Silver | CO725159 Precision Stainless Steel Scissors | CO723623 Sponge Daubers (6pcs) | CS11215 Dimensional Magic | CO725034 Hot Foil Set – Foil Me 5 pack (pink) | ULT158102 Hotfoil Stamp – Sweet Sentiments – Celebrate Bunting (1pc) | ULT157786 L’Aquarelle Designs – Widespread Butterfly Decorative Die | ULT157644 Diecut’N Bond (25m x 12cm – 82ft x 4.72in) | ULT200001 Cardstock – 12×12 – Snow White (250gsm) | ULT200071 Cardstock – 12×12 – Bubblegum | ULT200081 Cardstock – 12×12 – VervainCO724037 2-way Glue Pen – Jumbo tip (35g) | CO723978 Multi-Purpose Heat Tool | CO725003 Emboss Powder – Pastels – Super Fine – Pastel Lilac with Holographic Silver Glitters | CO725002 Emboss Powder – Pastels – Super Fine – Pastel Pink with Holographic Silver Glitters | CO724996 Emboss Powder – Brights – Super Fine – Candy Razzberry | CO724997 Emboss Powder – Brights – Super Fine – Candy Aqua | CO724993 Emboss Powder – Super Sparkles – Super Fine – Turquoise | CO724293A Flowers – Tie Dyed & Jewelled Florettes (3cm) – 20 pieces 

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Couture Creations | Cést la Vie | Life is Beautiful Layout

Hi Everyone, and welcome to my post today which is another layout I have created with the fabulous Couture Creations C’est la Vie collection.  I have kept this layout very simple and mostly used scraps from other layouts and cards I have created with this collection. 

I started my layout by freehand cutting a heart template from the cover of the 6″x6″ paper pad from the C’est la Vie collection.  The cardstock that the cover is made from is thicker and glossier than other cardstocks, making it perfect for creating a template that will last for many uses and wet media products.

I then used a matching ink with a sponge dauber and the Intertwined Stencil over the handmade heart template. 

I love how this technique creates a heart in the background that supports the other layout elements without stealing the show from the photograph and journaling.

To finish my layout I created a layered photo-mat from patterned papers, and a journaling block with Hot Foiled Chipboard and a patterned paper scrap.

A select few simple embellishments completed the layered look of the layout without adding unnecessary clutter and fuss.

I applied Dimensional Magic to the fussy-cut Butterfly which I then sprinkled with the lovely Be Merry White Glitter that I love to use in most of my projects.  I actually don’t think I have a single butterfly left in either of my C’est la Vie paper pads as they are a beautiful way to finish a layout or card.

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

Products I have used: 

CO721964 Foam Mounting Tape – 12mm x 4m
CO721985 Double Sided Tape – 6mm x 50m
CO723817 3D Glue Spots (½” x 1/8” x 75 pieces)
CO724824 Go Cut & Emboss Machine
CO725032 Go Press & Foil Machine
CO725737 Cést La Vie 12″x12″ Paper Pad (24pgs)
CO725738 Cést La Vie 6″x6″ Paper Pad (24pgs)
CO725355 Heat Activated Foil Gold Foil (Vintage Matte Finish)
CO725830 Everyday Sentiments Hot Foil Stamp – Life is Beautiful
ULT200087 Cardstock – 12″x12″ – Ivory (216gsm)
CO725917 C’est la Vie Chipboard – C’est la Vie Set (2pcs)
CO725764 C’est la Vie Cutting Die – Collection of Ferns (2pcs)
CO725776 C’est la Vie 3D Trinket Embellishments (4pcs)
CO725773 C’est la Vie Stencil – Intertwined (5″x7″)
CO724917 Be Merry & Classic Glitter Assortment (3 vials) – White
CO725159 Precision Stainless Steel Scissors
CO723623 Sponge Daubers (6pcs)
CS11215 Dimensional Magic

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Tuesday Tip | Faux Painted Embossed Background

Hi Everyone, and welcome to my Tuesday Tip post today which features a background I have created with Embossing Powders and the Jumbo tip 2-way Glue Pen from Couture Creations. 

I started with five colours of Embossing Powder that I liked together, the Jumbo 2-way Glue Pen and a piece of White Cardstock.  I didn’t use an Anti-Static pad with this technique as I wanted the effect to be more casual and painterly – however if you were looking for a clean and crisp effect I would recommend the use of an Anti-Static pad.

I used the Jumbo 2-way Glue Pen to draw random lines/swipes on the background – which I was happy to say mimicked paint strokes.  I then sprinkled the entire tub of the first Embossing Powder over the background.  After tilting and tipping the cardstock to get some Embossing Powder stuck to all of the glue I tipped the excess onto a piece of folded A4 paper.

Next I heated the Embossing Powder with the Multi-Purpose Heat Tool until it was melted, but definitely not burnt. 

I used the folded A4 paper to funnel the excess Embossing Powder back into the tubs after finishing each layer.

I repeated the above steps with the other four colours of Embossing Powder until I was happy with the coverage and flow of colours.  Some of the colours caught on previous layers, and I didn’t mind this as I wanted an Arty-Painted effect.

Well I guess that is it for me today, except to let you know that this background is the feature of one of my posts coming up in March and to share a list of the products I have used.

Products I have used: 

ULT200001 Cardstock – 12×12 – Snow White (250gsm)
CO724037 2-way Glue Pen – Jumbo tip (35g)
CO723978 Multi-Purpose Heat Tool
CO725003 Emboss Powder – Pastels – Super Fine – Pastel Lilac with Holographic Silver Glitters
CO725002 Emboss Powder – Pastels – Super Fine – Pastel Pink with Holographic Silver Glitters
CO724996 Emboss Powder – Brights – Super Fine – Candy Razzberry
CO724997 Emboss Powder – Brights – Super Fine – Candy Aqua
CO724993 Emboss Powder – Super Sparkles – Super Fine – Turquoise

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Couture Creations | Cést la Vie | Life is Beautiful Layout

Hi Everyone, and welcome to my post today which is a layout I have created with the C’est la Vie collection.  I have dissected a sheet of patterned paper to create the two borders for the layout, and then added additional torn strips, foam tape, Dimensional Magic (on the butterflies) and Glitzin Glamour (along the border design) to finish them off before adhering them to a plain cardstock background. 

I have hot foiled the “Life is Beautiful” Hot Foil Stamp onto the same cardstock that I have used for the background, before fussy cutting it to create the title.  The leaves and hearts I have scattered in the background were cut from scraps I have had left from other C’est la Vie projects.

The little red berry-like flowers were created with 3D Liquid Pearls sprinkled with white glitter before they dried.  I have also used pearls and bling scattered with my embellishment clusters to help support the delicate feel of the layout.

When I tore the edges for the inital borders I carefully fussy-cut around the butterfly, flowers and stems that hung over the edge.  I didn’t want to lose them, and I didn’t want them to have a clunky torn edges – so out came my Precision Scissors which make fussy-cutting easier and more accurate.

The additional butterfly that I fussy-cut from some scraps and coated with Dimensional Magic helped to balance the design and draw attention to the photograph.  This isn’t the best photograph of our girls, however it is the only one I have of the two of them together at Amelia-Ann’s Christening so it couldn’t be left out of our albums.  

Products I have used: 

CO721964 Foam Mounting Tape – 12mm x 4m
CO721985 Double Sided Tape – 6mm x 50m
CO723817 3D Glue Spots (½” x 1/8” x 75 pieces)
CO724824 Go Cut & Emboss Machine
CO725032 Go Press & Foil Machine
CO725737 Cést La Vie 12″x12″ Paper Pad (24pgs)
CO724156 Adhesive Gemstones – Crystal 2mm (424pcs)
CO725376 Adhesive Pearls – Cream 2mm (424pcs)
ULT157229 Jadene Cutting Die – A Touch of Style
CO724269 Secret Garden Cutting Die – French Bicycle
CO725034 Hot Foil Set – Foil Me 5 pack (blue)
CO725830 Everyday Sentiments Hot Foil Stamp – Life is Beautiful
CO721981 Glitzin Glamour Glitter Glue – Aztec Gold
ULT157659 Liquid Drops 3D Pearls – Rouge
CO724917 Be Merry & Classic Glitter Assortment (3 vials) – White
CO725159 Precision Stainless Steel Scissors
CS11215 Dimensional Magic

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Couture Creations | Cést la Vie | I Love The Little Things You Do Layout

Hi Everyone, and welcome to my post today which features a scrapbooking layout I have created with the beautiful new Cést la Vie collection of papers, embellishments and chipboard. 

I started my layout by cutting, inking and distressing 2″ squares from the Cést la Vie papers, most of which were scraps and leftovers from other projects.  You will need 24 squares in total, however you could leave off the ones hidden by the photograph and embellishments.  I found that faint pencil lines dividing the layout in half horizontally and vertically helped to layout out the patchwork design neatly.

I have inked the white doily so that it didn’t clash with the soft creamy tones of the papers.  I also foiled the chipboard ferns and title with Matte Gold so that they too complimented the papers better.  As I create the elements for my layout I like to embellishment them (ie ink and/or distress), add tape to the backs and then place them (not stick them) where I think they will go – which may or may not change before I do any sticking.

The pink frame is from a page in the 6″x6″ Cést la Vie paper pad, which also had some of the flowers I fussy-cut printed in the centre.  The rest of the fussy-cut flowers and butterflies came from a variety of the Cést la Vie papers from both the 6″x6″ and 12″x12″ paper pads.  

Well I guess that is it for me today, except to share some close-up pictures of may layout and a list of the products I have used.

Products I have used: 

CO721964 Foam Mounting Tape – 12mm x 4m
CO721985 Double Sided Tape – 6mm x 50m
CO723817 3D Glue Spots (½” x 1/8” x 75 pieces)
CO724824 Go Cut & Emboss Machine
CO725032 Go Press & Foil Machine
CO725355 Heat Activated Foil Gold Foil (Vintage Matte Finish)
CO725737 Cést La Vie 12″x12″ Paper Pad (24pgs)
CO725738 Cést La Vie 6″x6″ Paper Pad (24pgs)
CO725739 Cést La Vie Diecut Ephemera Set (43pcs)
CO725777 Cést La Vie Paper Doilies Set (25pcs)
CO725918 Cést la Vie Chipboard – The Little Things Sentiment
CO725916 C’est la Vie Chipboard – Ferns Set (3pcs)

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