Couture Creations DT Reveal | Special Foiled Butterfly Layout

Hi everyone and welcome to my post today where I am going to be sharing with you a lovely layout I have created that features two of everyone’s favourite things – Butterflies & Foil.

I have started my layout by die-cutting a huge pile of Butterflies from Diecut’N Bond that I had folded over on itself so that I had double-sided sticky Butterflies. Due to the intricate nature of the Die, I used this was a slow process – and if I am truly honest Naomi-Jon cut them for me and she wasn’t very happy about the mess or the difficulty in getting the little sticky bits out of the Die.

I then stuck the Butterflies on the background before using scraps of foil (I have a whole tub of them) to foil them randomly. I find that choosing a foil colour (Gold Iridescent Squares) as the finishing colour helps – and this finishing only involves burnishing the foil onto the Butterflies so that any gaps of adhesive are coated.

I sprayed and flicked some mists over the Foiled Butterflies before adding the photograph, embellishments and the “Special” Title I die-cut from Gold Mirror Foil Board using one of the new Delightful Sentiments Cut, Foil & Emboss Dies – Yes I used a Foil Die as a Cutting Die, because they produce the most beautiful embossed finishes.

Happy Creating and have a Wonderful Day

Couture Creations products used:

  • CO725695 Heat Activated Foil – Champagne
  • CO725357 Heat Activated Foil – Gold Iridescent Square Pattern
  • CO726050 Heat Activated Foil – Cyan Iridescent Triangular Pattern
  • CO725407 A4 Mirror Foil Board – Matte Gold Lines
  • Butterfly Garden Butterflies Mini Die
  • ULT157644 Diecut’N Bond
  • ULT200034 12×12 Cardstock – Cressida
  • ULT200086 12×12 Cardstock – Royal
  • ULT200001 12×12 Cardstock – Snow White
  • CO726966 Delightful Sentiments Cut, Foil & Emboss Die – Special

Couture Creations DT Reveal | Scoring Board Rosette Canvas Part 3

Hi and welcome back to the third post for my Rosette project – which is by far the most exciting for me as I am sharing with you my discovery of how to add foil to a Canvas background, Rosettes and almost anything else.

Now don’t misunderstand me here this technique does not apply the foil perfectly or in a set or controllable pattern. It is very Random – and a bit Mixed Media looking – just my thing.

The secret ingredient is my Craft/Travel Iron (or you could use your regular Iron if you don’t mind it getting a bit dirty) – and as you will see from my video below foil scraps. I am always looking for ways to use my foil scraps being the daughter of someone who’s mantra was: “Waist Not Want Not”.

Here is my short Video showing you how I have added foil to my Canvas background and Rosettes:

Happy Creating and have a Wonderful Day

Couture Creations products used:

  • CO725695 Heat Activated Foil – Champagne
  • CO725357 Heat Activated Foil – Gold Iridescent Square Pattern
  • CO725691 Heat Activated Foil – Chocolate Copper Mirror Finish

Couture Creations DT Reveal | Scoring Board Rosette Canvas Part 2

Hi and welcome back to the second post for my Rosette project – which is a Canvas with a Heart of Rosettes.

I used my Couture Creations Heat Tool and Super Sparkle Embossing Powders to recolour the brads for the Rosette centres. I used Copper followed by Gold Super Sparkle Embossing Powder so that the finished brads had more depth and colour variance.

I have used Helmar 450 Glue to adhere the Rosettes to the canvas so that they wouldn’t fall off when the canvas was hung on the wall.

I have a short Video for you showing how painted the background with a mix of Gesso and Liquid Drops 3D Pearls:

I know I haven’t told you how I got foil onto my Canvas background and the Rosettes – which was an absolute game changer for my foiling repertoire that I am going to share with you here in a couple of days.

Happy Creating and have a Wonderful Day

Couture Creations products used:

  • CO725342 12×12 Scoring Board
  • CS11215 Dimensional Magic
  • H00042 Helmar 450 Quick Dry Glue
  • CO724871 Acrylic Gesso White
  • ULT157649 Liquid Drops 3D Pearls – Pharaoh
  • CO723978 Heat Tool
  • CO724989 Super Sparkle Embossing Powder – Copper
  • CO724988 Super Sparkle Embossing Powder – Gold
  • Butterfly Garden Patterned Papers

Couture Creations DT Reveal | Scoring Board Rosette Canvas Part 1

Hi and welcome to my post today where I am going to share with you how I create Rosette Flowers using my Couture Creations Scoring Board, some paper scraps and Dimensional Magic.

I start with paper strips cut using these measurements for the three sizes of Rosettes I like to create:
9 1/4″ x 3/4″
9 3/4″ x 1″
10 1/4″ x 1 1/4″

I have discovered the hard way that if you make your paper strips too short or too wide that they just don’t work, or look nice either.

I score the strips with my Scoring Board and the included stylus/folder every 1/4″ along the length, which needs to be an odd number of spaces so that the Rosettes can be glued together with enough strength not to fall apart.

On the topic of not falling apart – is what to adhere the Rosettes with – Dimensional Magic (nothing holds as well with the springy forces at play with Rosettes).

I have a short demonstration Video for you showing all of the above steps and more, sorry there is no talking as I was at work and Amelia-Ann was giving me corrective instructions because 4-year-olds know everything.

You are probably wondering what I am going to do with a big pile of Rosettes made with beautiful Butterfly Garden papers…….you will have to return in a couple of days to find out.

Happy Creating and have a Wonderful Day

Couture Creations products used:

  • CO725342 12×12 Scoring Board
  • CS11215 Dimensional Magic

Couture Creations DT Reveal | Gentleman’s Emporium | Scrapbook Layout

Hi and welcome to my post today featuring the recently released Gentleman’s Emporium collection. I have used this wonderfully masculine range of papers to create a layout featuring a photograph of my oldest son – Milton. I don’t often Scrapbook the Instax photographs my children take however this one took my eye and just needed to be included in our albums.

I started my layout by tearing some of my favourite papers from the collection, stamping the cool Gentleman’s Corner stamp (hundreds of times) to make a centre border and then sticking it all together before splashing around some water and mists.

I used my Go, Press & Foil Machine with Dark Matte Finish Maroon Hot Foil and the Art Deco Flourish and Quartet Frames Cut, Foil and Emboss Dies to create the feature embellishments. I created other embellishments for my layout with the Gentleman’s Timepiece stamp, fussy-cut elements and the largest frame from the Quartet Frames set as just a cutting and embossing die.

I used edging ink, some paper scraps, lots of foam tape, wax, sequins and beads to complete my layout. I love how a few simple bits and pieces in coordinating tones can come together and create a cohesive layout that has a lot going on whilst being so very simple to execute.

Thank you for stopping by today and have a wonderful day

Couture Creations products I have used:

Couture Creations DT Reveal |Butterfly Garden | Framed Butterflies

Hi and welcome to my post today which is a quick and lovely project that would make a perfect gift for Mothers Day – which happens to be just around the corner here in Australia.

As you may have realised the Butterfly Garden collection has lots of Butterflies on the papers and the ephemera that are perfect for fussy-cutting to use on projects like this.

I layered my favourite paper from the collection with some off-white cardstock and gold glitter cardstock to create the background. The “Life is Beautiful” sentiment came from the Ephemera pack, and with the addition of some foam dots it was the perfect finishing touch to my frame.

The actual frame was in my stash of to-do’s for quite some time and with the application of some Embossing Paste, White Gesso and Gold Gilding Wax it became the perfect home for my creation.

Thank you for visiting today and have a wonderful day

Couture Creations products I have used:

  • CO726526 Butterfly Garden 12″x12″ Paper Pad
  • Butterfly Garden Ephemera Pack
  • CO723780 3D Foam Dots – White
  • ULT200001 Cardstock – 12″×12″ – Snow White
  • CO725345 Glitter Paper – 12″x12″ – Vintage Gold
  • CS11215 Dimensional Magic
  • CO725159 Stainless Steel Scissors

Couture Creations DT Reveal | Sympathy Card

Hi and welcome to my post today where I will be sharing a quick and simple to create Sympathy Card. It is never easy to create a Sympathy Card and I find that if I keep the design and colour scheme clean and simple I am much happier with the outcome and the process is a lot more enjoyable too.

I have used two A6 Cream Cardbases and one A6 Kraft Cardbase to create this card. At less than 40 cents (Australian) for a Cardbase and Envelope the 50 packs make a lot of sense and the cardstock is superb for diecutting, embossing and foiling. As with all of my creations I have created all of the elements/embellishments before even attempting to assemble any part of the card.

Essentially all my card is comprised of is:

  • a Cream Cardbase
  • a Kraft rectangle that is 1/4″ small all around
  • a Cream rectangle that is 1/8″ small all around
  • a Cream rectangle I have embossed
  • a piece of twine
  • a Kraft Sweeping Botanical I have Cut, Foil & Embossed with Pale Gold
  • a With Sympathy sentiment that I have diecut from Cream and Kraft
  • and finally three gold sequins

Thank you for visiting today and have a wonderful day

Couture Creations products I have used:

  • CO723931 Cream A6 Card & Envelope Set
  • CO724849 Kraft A6 Card & Envelope Set
  • CO725909 Lavish Ballroom Sweeping Botanicals Cut, Foil & Emboss Die
  • CO726041 Heat Activated Foil – Gold (Pale Mirror Finish)
  • CO725768 C’est la Vie Embossing Folder – Intricate Background
  • CO726109 With Sympathy Sentiment Mini Die
  • CO725032 GoPress & Foil Machine
  • CO721964 12mm Foam Mounting Tape
  • CO725159 Stainless Steel Scissors

Couture Creations DT Reveal |Le Petit Jardin | Blossom Layout

Hi and welcome to my post today where I am sharing a layout I have created with the beautiful Couture Creations Le Petit Jardin collection.

I started my layout by matting my background paper on Plumberry Cardstock and a coordinating patterned paper from the Le Petit Jardin collection. I then decided on my photograph, embellishments and title – which I then foiled with the Go Press & Foil Machine and Petal Pink Hot Foil.

I created the Dark Purple flowers in the embellishment clusters with the Arizona Poppy Hot Foil Stamp, Petal Pink Hot Foil and Go Press & Foil Machine.

After I had put my layout together I scattered some pearls and gems in coordinating colours near the embellishment clusters. I keep leftover pearls and gems in a drawer on my desk so that I can add a mixture of colours to any project without having to interupt my creative flow.

Thank you for visiting today and have a wonderful day

Couture Creations products I have used:

  • CO725436 Le Petit Jardin Patterned Paper #1
  • CO725447 Le Petit Jardin Patterned Paper #2
  • CO725450 Le Petit Jardin Patterned Paper #5
  • CO725456 Le Petit Jardin Patterned Paper #9
  • ULT200085 Cardstock – 12×12 – Plumberry
  • CO725701 Heat Activated Foil – Petal Pink (Pearl Finish)
  • CO725422 Le Petit Jardin Hot Foil Stamp – Arizona Poppy
  • CO725942 Le Petit Jardin Cutting Die – Morning Flourish
  • CO725955 Le Petit Jardin Chipboard – Grow Bloom Blossom Set
  • CO723828 Non Stick Craft Mat
  • CO723817 3D Glue Dots
  • CS11215 Dimensional Magic
  • CO725032 GoPress & Foil Machine
  • CO721964 12mm Foam Mounting Tape
  • CO725159 Stainless Steel Scissors

Couture Creations DT Reveal | Bee Happy Butterfly Garden Mixed Media Canvas

Hi and welcome to my post today where I have created for you a fun Mixed Media Canvas using Butterfly Garden Chipboard, Hot Foiling and a soft Watercolour background. I have used a favourite photograph of Amelia-Ann in her ‘Happy Place’ – the Garden – feeding her chickens and wearing ‘Play Clothes’. What more could a 4-year-old want?

I started by applying a rough and patchy coat of Anna Griffin Embossing Paste all over the background and sides of the canvas. After this, I used a paintbrush, Mists and lots of water to create a multicoloured Watercolour background. I find that having a clean painting cloth (a cloth nappy actually) on hand helps to mop up any areas that end up too dark for my liking.  The Embossing Paste doesn’t have to be dry before you add the colour however it all needs to be thoroughly dry before you can adhere anything to it.

To foil the Bee Happy sentiment with both Gold and Cyan I placed the foil carefully where I needed it to be. This was quite fiddly getting the bees legs the right colour and making sure that the title was all covered. The effort was worth it as the results speak for themselves.

I added a touch of glitter and shine to the Bee wings by coating them with Dimensional Magic before sprinkling them with fine white glitter. This needs to be left to dry for a while as it tends to want to slide off the foiling.

I finally finished embellishing the bees by detailing their bodies and legs with a watersoluble pencil (Stabilo ALL) and then activating it with a tiny amount of water. This gives detail without overtaking the softness I wanted with my canvas.  

I used a palette knife and Matte Texture Paste to adhere all of the elements to the canvas including the glitter cardstock, chipboard, gauze and flowers. I find that the Matte Texture Paste has a super strong hold and gives projects like this longevity and dimension.  

Thank you for visiting, happy creating and have a wonderful day

Couture Creations products I have used:

  • CO726575 Butterfly Garden Chipboard – Beehive & Bees set
  • CO726578 Butterfly Garden Chipboard – Bee Happy sentiment
  • CO726050 Heat Activated Foil – Cyan (Iridescent Triangular Pattern)
  • CO726041 Heat Activated Foil – Gold (Pale Mirror Finish)
  • CO725032 GoPress & Foil Machine
  • CO724870 Anna Griffin Embossing Paste – White
  • CO724867 Anna Griffin Texture Paste – Matte
  • CO725343 Glitter Cardstock – 210gsm – Baby Blue
  • CO724864 Fine Glitter Collection (24pc)
  • CS11215 Dimensional Magic