Sunday 19 January 2020


Today I have managed to find time to finish my cards for this months Twofer #23 with the prompt of hearts.

For my first card, a valentines card, I have used the hexagon cover plate die from Concord & 9th again. This time I layered it 3 times to give the dimension and I used my alcohol markers to colour the hexagons and insert them back into their spaces in the die (that was a fiddle, you definitely need patience). I filled the spaces of 2 rows with Nuvo Crystal Glaze and let that dry before adding 2 more die cuts. The hexagons under the crystal glaze were actually painted with a gold paint pen but some of them look more green. I think that must be the light reflecting on the glaze.

My heart which is common to both cards is by Creative Expressions. I heat embossed it in gold, fussy cut it and then coloured the flowers with the same colours already used. The sentiment was heat embossed in white on a snippet of white card that I coloured with my marker pen. The message inside reads on Valentines Day.

The card has quite a nice shine which shows up better on this picture:

For my second card I stamped the heart 5 times on pearlescent velum and heat embossed it with gold pearl embossing powder. My original idea was to offset the flower so it was cut off at the edge but it didn't really work, I think because the hearts are a bit big, so I decided to centre it. I originally just stuck it down in the centre but the edges curled up too much so I stuck the edges down and then got annoyed with myself because you can see the glue! It is not stuck down all round so there is some dimension. The central flower is a button that had a loop on the back which I cut off.

Again you can see the shine and dimension better here:

I also wish I hadn't added the to you message as I don't think it adds anything. Anyway it is all a learning curve.

By the way, as it is quite dark in my craft room in winter, I am having to take my photos in the conservatory which is where my succulent and cacti collection are housed during the winter. As they are all around when I take the photo some have been finding their way into the pictures recently. I hope you like them.

I am also sharing the first card at Pixies snippets playground #369

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I am off to watch Call The Midwife now.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today, I really appreciate it. 


Cat Craig said...

Hilary, I am loving that shine on both your heart cards. Good idea to make a flower for your second card and I love the non-traditional colors to your Valentine. Thank you for playing along with Twofer Card Challenge #23.

papierelle said...

Both cards are so beautiful and your die cut has a great effect!!

Mac Mable said...

Clever use of the heart Hilary and what amazing patience you have with the valentine worth it though as it looks amazing. Such a pretty and creative birthday card and the dark cardstock with the fabulous 'flower' looks wonderful x.

Jane Willis said...

Two really beautiful cards. What a lot of patience it must have taken to inlay all those hexagons!
Guest Designer at Twofer Card Challenge

Di said...

Great cards Hilary - and you beat me to it with the heart flower for Darnell's challenge! Mind you, I'm only at the thinking stage :) It's lovely seeing your plants BTW! I often take the photos of my cards in the en-suite shower room using the vanity top to stand the card on - which means I have to sit sideways on the loo to take a photo! The things we do eh?


Di xx

Darnell said...

Thud! Hilary, I cannot take my eyes off that last photo! That birthday card is worthy of a magazine cover! It's so rich and elegant both with the color and the embossed vellum! Just stunning! I also love your Valentine with the thick honeycomb cover and the way you've colored and glossified some of the rows! The heart is gorgeous! I like that it's not the usual pink and red and I think you should stage with your succulents regularly! Thank you so much for playing in Twofer's 2nd Blogaversary challenge! Hugs, Darnell

Kara Lynne said...

Your cards are gorgeous, Hilary! Such a labor of love to add in those colored hexagons and it created quite an impact, especially with the crystal glaze. It's a beautiful heart image, and I love seeing all the detail in it. So glad you captured the shine of your birthday card, what a treat! Thanks for joining in the fun with us for the Twofer Card Challenge second blogaversary!

KandA said...

Gorgeous Twofer cards Hilary, briliant heart designs with the background die on the first and wonderful flower on the second xx

Vicky said...

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Anita in France said...

The texture from the cover plate is fabulous on your Saint Valentine's Day card, Hilary ... brilliant with the shine from the glaze and from the gold embossed heart! The sheen on your flower of hearts is fantastic ... so rich and elegant ... love how those petals turn up to add dimension! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Anita :)