Monday, 11 January 2016

Captain Scarlet...

Happy Monday,

I thought you might like to see one of the card I made especially for the demo day on Saturday with Julia.  I always try to make at least one new card for each demo day I do so that the people coming are guaranteed to see something new.  As it happens I had all my DT cards for January and February as well as some I have made for the scoming days so there was a lot of newness to see!

For this card I cut the mini circles striplet three times parallel to each other in apiece of Coconut white foundation card.  As I cut each one I ran a thin line of Fired Brick distress marker around each of the circles that are visible through the die ( where the embossing would be ) Then I shaded over the die with fired brick distress ink and a smoothie.

I then cut a wide foam using the double pierced rectangles set A in the white.  I then cut a narrower frame in Scarlet foundation card using set B which is designed honest within set A perfectly.  I foam mounted the scarlet frame over the white one and added this above the circles background.  To add some shone I added acetate behind this which adds another dimension to the background as well as stabilising it.

Next I cut the smallest oval plain die from the Grace tags and frame set along with the filigree section that matches.  I stamped the sentiment, from my Louts clear stamp set, in the centre and shaded the piece whilst in the die with more of the fired brick.  I then cut a base for the stamped image using just the outline die in scarlet foundation card.  I foam mounted this into the centre of the background and added a larger double sided satin bow in white and a thin bow in red to match.  I finessed with a couple of stick pins I made to match using Sue Wilson's stick pin elements sets.

I finished by adding the whole piece to a few layers of the white and scarlet to make the finished card.

Don't forget Phill Martin is back on Hochanda today at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and last chance at 7pm.  Julia watts and I are travelling over to Hochanda today to make some Promos with Phill for the upcoming CE takeover Weekend at Hochanda this weekend.  Julia, Phill, Lisa and I will be taking over the channel form 8pom Friday until 8pm Sunday so expect lots of demos, Sale Bargains and people popping up to say hi in the wrong shows lol!

Card Size: 7" x 8"
Colours: Scarlet  & Coconut white
Dies:Circles mini striplet, Grace Frames and Tags
Inks: Geranium Archival Ink & Fired Brick distress markers & Ink


  1. Hi John
    what a stunning card love the colours and the dies thank you tracyw

  2. Hi John.
    Thank you a brilliant card. So looking forward to the weekend shows.
    take care Kitty.

  3. Morning John, a lovely card today, your amazing. I am looking forward to the weekend on Hochanda, I am going to put a 'do not disturb' notice on my front door and another on my email inbox, and turn off the sound on my mobile, so I have all weekend to watch in peace.....................yeah right..........I bet someone comes round or rings.......

    Anyway talk again tomorrow.

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  4. Hi JOhn,
    This weekend sounds good fun! I will be watching - if I get some peace. Ha Ha !
    No chance the grandkids are here this weekend. Must set the record button.!
    Love the card - love this die as it is so versatile for men and ladies.Lovely card.
    See you on telly!
    Anne M xx

  5. stunning card love the colours and I have the dies one of my favourites

  6. Hello John, this card is amazing, love the colours. This striplet is topping my striplet wish list at the moment, as I think it will be great for male cards. Have a good day. Bx

  7. Good morning John this is a stunning card. It sounds like it will be fun at the weekend. I hope that I will be able to watch as many shows as possible. Have a great day today. Hugs Jackie

  8. Morning John,
    Wow I love this card, I haven't used my circles striplet yet, have been busy with babysitting and other stuff.
    I am itching to give this a try will have to wait until later this week as I'm babysitting most of the week.
    Have a great day

  9. Gorgeous card, I got this die for Christmas so many thanks for more inspiration.


  10. Stunning - love that background die!!

  11. I keep saying this , i do love the striplet dies ,i really do .
    Super card again today John, and the older i get { another Birthday soon } the more i love this sentiment .
    Take Care
    Elaine H X

  12. Love this sentiment.... Love the card!

  13. Eh up John
    The colour isn't grabbing me today but the design is super. The circles do have more of a masculine feel so I may have to get this one.
    Will try and get custody of the remote control for the weekend lol!
    Have a great day.
    Ang x

    Ps....did you have one of those 80s music video smoke machines going when you
    took the photo lol?

  14. Lovely card John, love the circle striplet.
    Looking forward to the fun and games this weekend!

  15. Morning John, A gorgeous card !!
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  16. Hi John,

    Another stunning card, love how you have done the background with the striplet.
    Looking forward to view Creative Expressions all weekend wow! There will be a few recordings this weekend lol!

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  17. Good morning John. This looks stunning in 'real life'! I tried having a go yesterday but couldn't get the position of the striplet quite right so your picture has come just at the right time. Thank you.

  18. Wow, stunning card John. I love how you've inked the striplets, and it works so well with the scarlet frame.
    B xx

  19. Stunning card, love the colurs

  20. Morning John, what a absolutely stunning card today xx

  21. Morning John,
    A great card, love the way you have used the striplet, I haven't got this one, that may have to change.

  22. Good morning John don't know about a smoke machine I think a lava lamp would be appropriate! This is my favourite die from the latest release, so useful. Love from Jackie xx

  23. Morning John, a beautiful card I do like this striplet must get it when I get home really sorry I am going to miss your weekend on Hochanda but I am enjoying the sunshine.
    Nancyd xx

  24. Love this card. May have to borrow Jan's die!

    Anne (Northampton)

  25. Hi John love the dies you have chosen .Your card is stunning. Sorry I will miss your shows at the weekend will be away for 10 days and no internet. Gloria (Sidcup) xx

  26. Again, I like the use of the striplet die even if the colour doesn't grab me. The inspiration to try a variety of colours is there though.


  27. I've just treated myself to this Striplet and what a genius idea to draw a circle within the die before removing it. Another idea to try. I'm not sure about the colour choice but it may well be how my screen is showing it

  28. It's such a pretty card. The colour combination is absolutely fabulous. Thanks for the inspiration.

  29. Love it - I got this die for Christmas and a bit stuck with what to do with it, now I have inspiration - fab card and colours xx

  30. Hi John, love this card. It was great to see how you used it on Saturday, I might have to get this die as it look fun to make cards with. Will have to record some programmes coming weekend. Great you guys have the whole studio.
    hugs Maria x

  31. Hi John,
    this card is right up my street. I love the colours and the way you've used the dies. Must try inking through the striplets.
    Hugs, Rose

  32. Hi John a lovely card, this striplet is on my very long wish list.

  33. Hi John,

    What a gorgeous card, I really love the colour it's better than blue haha! ! Not that I'm supporting the red side of the city of Liverpool or anything lol!!

    sorry not been on much but pain, my mood and a migraine have all got in the way recently. Finding it very hard to get motivated.

    Linda xx

  34. Have just treated myself to this die but haven't tried it yet so you have inspired my to try something like this. Thank you

  35. Hi John, stunning work, beautiful dies and design, Kate x

  36. Love it John, this is another of those dies on my wish list. Looking forward to the weekend.
    The cold continues to make me feel awful and it's very hard to talk because of the costochondritis, such a nuisance. I would love to craft but can't even sit up.
    I hope everyone else is ok.
    Wishing good things to all xxx

  37. Hi John, nice card I like it!!!
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy Lynda xxx

  38. These striplet dies are so versatile, another beautiful card John...luv Ursula xx

  39. Beautiful dramatic card. I think I'm going to have to get that mini circles striplet - it's so different.

  40. fab card, I really like that die as it is going to be so great for mens cards too.
    Love the bold colours you have used too.
    look forward to all the shows at the weekend.

  41. Love today's card John. I have always liked this striplet die as I think it is a bit retro and is perfect for blokey cards. I wouldn't have thought of using this sort of colour scheme though - very dramatic.

  42. Hello John

    Lovely scarlet card today and love the use of the narrow ribbon.

    So looking forward to seeing you all on Hochanda. Maybe I will sit all week-end and watch you instead of doing boring housework and washing!!!

    Lol Barbara W xx

  43. Hi John,
    Beautiful card, I love the scarlet colour and the striplet is quite different but I really like it, good to have something different.
    Thanks for sharing,

  44. Hi Teamie. Love the rich colors, pretty double bows, fun stick pins embellishing and that gorgeous background.