Saturday, 24 October 2009

A perfect day for crafting!!

Hi everyone, well I think today could be the perfect crafting day.. When the alarm went off at silly O'clock this morning I could hear the rain on the roof, looking outside it wasn't hammering it down but it was sheets of that "fine" rain that would probably drench you in seconds... Which it did!!
Now, if I crafted at home, which I don't as I spend far too many hours here then I would guess I would be laying out all my goodies and having a right old play day...

Any hoo, I just wanted to share with you some quick and simple cards I have been making this week. I really have been churning them out, so if like me you are lagging behind on your crimbo cards, these will make some quick and simple, but oh so effective ones...

This weeks lesson at Pinnacles has been Peel Offs. I've always been a fan off Medallion Peel Offs as they are amazingly effective.

The best thing about them I think is the fact that you can also use the negative part of the Peel Off as well as the positive, which makes them great value for money..

On this card I coloured the Peel Off in with a ProMarker pen (Cardinal Red (R244) before taking it off of the backing sheet. ProMarker pens are an ideal way of colouring your Peel Offs. These day's Peel Offs come in a variety of colours to match your projects, but sometimes you just can't find the colour you want, so colouring them in with a ProMarker will expand the potential of all of your Peel Offs..
I coloured the images with a coat of the ProMarker and put it to one side to dry, this was taking a while so a sped the process up by drying the Peel Off with my Heat Gun.. The first layer of colour can appear a bit wishy washy, this can depend on how hard you press, which colour you are using (dark and lights seem to work slightly differently), and also the type of Peel Off you are using I.E Gold or Silver, a shiny finish or a Matt finish Peel Off. I also suspect which way the wind is blowing may have an effect! LOL!!!

Once the first layer was dry, (in seconds using my Heat Gun) I applied a second coat. I hope you can see on the top image the difference between the Two coats. The left hand side of the top image has had the second coat and looks much darker now..
Once the coats of ProMarker had dried I proceeded to cut the "waste" images from the Peel Off backing sheet.. just cutting close to the edge. This is a great way to use all off the peel off and as I said earlier, the waste is "as" effective if not more so that the positive image... By cutting the image straight from the backing sheet will mean that your colour will always be shown against a White background. Which, for this project was ideal as I think the Dark Red against the White is a great combination. However, if I wanted a different background I could have used a Peel Off transfer sheet to lift up all the waste to be placed on a different coloured background.

Once the images have been cut around I used foam pads to layer then one on top of each other, finally adding some White swirl Peel Offs to complete the card.

On this card I used Bright Green Promarker on a Silver Peel Off.

I just really love the dimension a Medallion Peel Off can bring to a card,

but what about ringing the changes and not layering it up at all!!!

Not just for Christmas either.

The colour combinations are endless and I think these Copper ones would make great male cards!

So if you're going to be crafting today I hope you get that spark of inspo.. and have a great day..
See you soon and thanks for checking us out.


  1. Beautiful selection of Cards Andy...really must get stuck in on the Crimbo crafts...what is it now? just over 60 days 'til Christmas. Better get my skates on LOL

    Toni :o)

  2. Very pretty cards, I like the elegant look! :)

  3. came here to visit and enter for the cart give away.. I just want to say I love these cards. Great work.

  4. Those cards are gorgeous! How long did they take to make?