Monday, 30 August 2010


I am currently doing sample cards using the Cottage Cutz dies from Craftywitch so expect to see quite a few cards featuring them for a while. I will occasionally slip in a stenciled card. Todays effort is the chickens die.

If you can't read the writing the first one says 'We're expecting!' and the second one says 'Happy Birthday from one old chook to another!'. Insted of cutting tiny pieces of the design with different colour card I did them all in white then coloured them with Copic markers. Quicker than cotton tips and pigment ink.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

This is the Cottage Cutz 'Giraffe' die done in soft pastel colours. I shade all the pieces using pigment ink before I piece them together. Sometimes the area I am shading is big enough for me to use a finger dauber but smaller areas I use either a stencil brush or cosmetic cotton tips. The difference between cosmetic cotton tips and ordinary cotton buds is that one end is pointed so I can get into very small areas and do highlights with white ink on the smallest pieces. If I can get away with it I use adhesive beads for eyes rather than fiddling with tiny cut out dots. Only the head has been raised with foam squares. I print my sayings on my computer. This was inked around the edges so that it stood out from the background.

My very first post

I started this blog at the request of a few of my customers. I think it's a great way to keep everyone I know up to date with where I am and what I'm up to as far as work is concerned. Knowing me I won't be able to stop myself from adding a few personal notes every now and then about my family. However, my main aim is to show new products, share ideas and display pictures of my work. As soon as I get the hang of this I'll be posting pictures of the cards I have created using Cottage Die Cutz.