Thursday, 10 May 2018

Joanna Sheen Cardmaking Collection


Hi everyone.

So spring finally seems to have arrived since I last blogged and in fact here in the UK, we have just come to the end of our second mini heat wave of the year. It lasted all of three days so let’s see what happens with the next one!

It seems like the perfect time to review a fantastic crafting resource that I came across recently. If you are not familiar with Joanna Sheen, she is one of the leading experts in the crafting industry and brings us some fantastic products at great prices through her website www.joannasheen.com

In conjunction with Practical Publishing International Ltd, who publish a number of very popular craft magazines, Joanna recently brought out another of her fabulous Cardmaking Collections and this one was on the theme of florals, particularly spring florals.


I treated myself to the collection with a voucher I had for Joanna’s website but even without the voucher, it would have been incredible value for money. As well as a glossy full-colour magazine packed with inspirational craft project ideas, many of which came from Joanna herself, the following items were also included:

·       daffodil die with four different sections
·       jug of flowers embossing folder
·       5-in-1 stencil with centre and corner panels
·       set of 12 acrylic stamps
·       paper pack including background papers, sentiments, toppers and images.

Everything came in a beautiful box as well. What more could any crafter want?

I usually aim to do three projects (my magic number) for a blog post such as this but I could have done many more if time and space had allowed. If you are looking for something to boost your crafty mojo and if you can still get hold of this collection, I can highly recommend it. Everything was very easy to use and very inspirational.

Here is what I came up with using all the main items from the collection in one way or another.





Picked especially for you

What you will need:

  • daffodil die, stamp set & paper pack
  • mdf circular plaque
  • black, yellow and white cardstock
  • gemstone
  • black inkpad
  • PVA glue
  • foam tape
  • die-cutting machine

How to make it:
1.       Cover the mdf plaque with green background paper and ink the edges with black ink.
2.        Die-cut three daffodil heads from white cardstock, three centres from yellow cardstock, three sets of stems from black cardstock and six “trumpets” and leaves from white cardstock. Use foam pads to attach the daffodil heads and centres to the plaque, then stick the leaves and the rest of the die-cut pieces in a spray formation. Attach the gemstone to the base of the spray.
3.        Stamp the sentiment onto white card, cut into individual sections and attach to the plaque with foam pads.


Top Tip: When attaching the daffodil stems to the plaque, leave the tips of the stems unglued and curl them up slightly for a more realistic effect. 








Happy Birthday

What you will need:
·      jug of flowers embossing folder & paper pack
·      white 5x7 ins card blank
·      yellow linen cardstock
·      kraft cardstock
·      happy birthday sentiment
·      seed pearls
·      gold, bronze, brown and red inkpads
·      gilding wax
·      sanding block
·      PVA glue
·      foam pads
·      die-cutting machine


How to make it:
1.   Cover the front of the card blank with kraft cardstock.
2.   Emboss an A6 piece of yellow linen cardstock with the embossing folder and trim it to size. Sand the embossed cardstock down, then add gilding wax and different coloured inks to the raised sections of the embossing. Ink the edges of the embossed cardstock with bronze ink.
3.   Cut out a slightly larger piece of script-patterned paper, ink the edges and adhere to the card blank. Attach the embossed cardstock on top.
4.   Cut out three sections of the flower image leaving a white border all the way round. Arrange the flowers on top of the embossed cardstock as if they are in the jug. Attach with foam pads.
5.   Ink the edges of the sentiment with bronze ink and stick it onto the card blank with foam pads. Attach three seed pearls on either side.

Top Tip: Don’t be afraid to get messy and use your fingers for applying gilding wax and inks to the embossed cardstock. You get a much more “vintage” look that way.






Best Wishes

What you will need:

  • stencil and paper pack
  • white 7x7ins card blank
  • gold pearlescent cardstock
  • best wishes sentiment
  • self-adhesive pearls
  • gold and bronze inkpads
  • blending sponge
  • PVA glue
  • foam pads

How to make it:
  1.  Cover the front of the card blank with a piece of patterned paper from the paper pack.
  2.  Cut a slightly smaller piece of script-patterned paper from the paper pack and place the stencil on top of it. Using the blending sponge, apply gold ink through the corner panels on the stencil and bronze ink through the centre panel. Remove the stencil, then add more ink to the script-patterned paper.
  3.  Trim a piece of gold pearlescent cardstock so that it is slightly larger than the script-patterned paper. Attach the pearlescent cardstock to the centre of the card blank with foam pads, then stick the script-patterned paper into the centre of the pearlescent card.
  4.  Cut out the rose image from the paper pack leaving a white border and attach to the centre of the card blank with foam pads.
  5.  Ink the sentiment with bronze ink and secure to the corner of the card blank with foam pads. Attach three pearls to finish.
Top Tip: If you don’t have any pearls that match the colour of your card, you can re-colour them by placing each pearl face-down onto an inkpad. Attach the pearl to your card, then seal the ink with a tiny amount of Glossy Accents.  


Until next time, happy crafting!



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