Life Is A Journey | Handmade Card

Hello! Today’s the day we are back on Create and Craft TV for a double length mixed media show with Mark! (More details below!). Today’s inspiration is one of the gorgeous show samples created by Ali Carubia, featuring our fabulous BREAK FREE stamp set with our TIME TUNNEL stencil…

Happy Tuesday!

I’m sharing a card made for today’s TV show! It’s perfect for Autumn, with bonfire coloured daisies and a Catherine wheel inspired background – things I remember from years gone by.

daisy stamp | spiral stencil | monochromatic card | handmade | stamping


Spray the back of the Time Tunnel stencil with stencil spray and leave to dry for a few minutes.

Cut a piece of white card to just over 6″ x 6″ and stick the stencil on firmly.

Pour a little black gesso onto a saucer or an old foil tray – away from your craft mat (as it gets everywhere!).

Load up your stencil brush with a little black gesso and apply to card in a upright pouncing motion, so the paint doesn’t slip under the stencil. Go over any white bits you have missed.

Peel the stencil away from the card, the centre bits are quite delicate so you may need to rotate your card and peel away in sections.

Put your stencil in some water!

Create a colourful background using the the yellow, orange and red distress oxide inks.

Squish some ink onto your craft mat and spritz with water, pick it up on some white card and dry with a heat gun.

Take the Visible Image Break Free stamp set and stamp the flower head onto your coloured card with black versafine ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

You will need 4 flower heads for this card.

Stamp and clear heat emboss 2 vases and 4 flower stems onto scraps of white card.

Cut these all out – I left a border around the flower heads and vases but cut the stems very close to the embossed lines.

Snip between the petals so you can manipulate them later.

Trim any mucky edges off your black and white spiral card and fix it onto a larger piece of black card with a border of about 1/4″ around, and then onto a white 7″ x 7″ card blank.

Colour the 4 flower stems with green and a little orange oxide ink.

Snip out the inside of one of the vases leaving the water line in place.

Colour both of the vases with a little pale blue ink for the water and light grey alcohol pen on the glass.

Glue the complete vase to the bottom right hand side then glue the stems. Don’t worry too much about what the top of the vase looks like as that will be covered by a flower head.Fix the second snipped vase over the first with pva glue, so that the stems are trapped underneath the water line.

Add a shadow to the bottom of the vase using your grey alcohol pen, to ground it to the card.

Use a white gel pen to add some highlights on the petals.

Shape the flowers using a ball tool and the palm of your hand/foam mat to give them a bit of dimension, curl a few of the petals forwards, away from the rest before attaching the four flower heads to your card using 3d glue gel.

Apply some Star Dust stickles to the centre of the flowers.

Stamp the ‘Life is a Journey’ sentiment from the Just be Happy set with black versafine ink onto white card, and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

Matt this onto black card with about 1/8″ border

Attach the sentiment to the bottom left hand side of your card using foam tape or 3D glue gel.

Stand back and admire your finished work!

Here is my completed card šŸ˜Ž


I am really happy with this one!


Daisy Stamp | Vase | Smashed | Break Free Stamp Set | Visible Image

just be happy | listen to your heart | life is a journey | sentiment stamps

time spiral stencil

  • Stencil Spray (Crafter’s Companion Stick & Spray)
  • Distress Oxide Inks – Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Barn Door, Broken China, Mowed Lawn
  • Versafine Onyx black pad
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • White gel pen
  • Light Grey Alcohol pen
  • Star Light Stickles
  • Black gesso
  • Stencil Brush
  • Heat gun
  • White card (300gsm) and Black card for matting & layering
  • 7″ x 7″ white card blank
  • double sided tape or pva
  • 3D glue gel

I hope you have enjoyed this project.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Ali xxx

Awesome card Ali! Loving your bonfire coloured daisies against the striking monochrome background! Great choice of sentiment and another brilliant tutorial.. thank you AliĀ ā™”

You will find more of Aliā€™s gorgeous cards over on her blog.


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Time Flies | Bird Stencil

Hello! We are back with more awesome NEW stencils inspiration today. Jane Tyrrell has got her hands on our brilliant Time Flies design to create an incredible canvas full of gorgeous texture…

Today I am sharing my first make with the very appropriately named new stencil Time Flies

time flies | stencil | crow mask

I must admit time really is flying by and we find ourselves approaching the last week of July. This new stencil comes with the mask of the bird too, so you have 2 ways of using it. The words and bird can be also be used separately by masking them off but I thought that for a first make I would use the whole stencil to make a really bold canvas.

This is what I got up to..

I sprayed a mix of antique lines, vintage photos and ground espresso distress stain sprays onto watercolour card.

I then added Prima rust effect paste through the bird part of the stencil including the little birds above the letters I and E.

I used gold embossing paste through the “time flies” words on the stencil.

Once everything was dry I added some shadows under the letters using a Vintage photo distress marker.

and I finished off with some splatters of gold ink.

Here is my finished piece..

bird | time | stencil

with a couple of close ups..

and one final shot..

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Bye for now,

Jane x

This is amazing Jane! The texture and tones are just perfect for this stencil, the bird looks incredible and we are loving how that gold embossing paste looks on the TIME.. Ā Thank you! ā™”

You will find more of Janeā€™s inspiring cards and projects over on herĀ blogĀ  …Jane will beĀ celebrating her blog’s 10th Birthday this Sunday so make a note to pop by for a chance to win someĀ gorgeous goodies on Sunday!


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