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Q Due to a long-term ill­ness, I’ve been mak­ing cards as a hobby for many years and I love it. A good friend has asked if I will sell my cards at a lo­cal craft fair and I’d love to be able to cre­ate some­thing unique. Do you have any tech­niques to sug­gest? Mar­garet Cross, Bur­ton A As win­ter is nearly over, why not cre­ate a stun­ning se­lec­tion of flo­ral cards and en­velopes for your craft fair? We love mak­ing our own top­pers by lay­er­ing up die-cut flow­ers or mak­ing our own flow­ers us­ing sil­i­cone moulds, as shown above. The beauty of mak­ing your own flower em­bel­lish­ments this way is that you can cre­ate the ex­act colour you want by com­bin­ing em­boss­ing pow­ders – and also adding glit­ter! Sim­ply melt the pow­ders in a foil pot, pour into a sil­i­cone mould and leave to har­den. This pretty card was made by our de­signer Julie Kirk who used sil­i­cone moulds for both shapes of flower and even the leaves. She added them to the card in a clus­ter – a sim­ply stun­ning ef­fect! Clever colour­ing QI love stamps but I’m never 100% happy with my coloured-in cre­ations. Do you have any tips or tricks to make coloured in stamp de­signs look amaz­ing with lit­tle skill re­quired? Mandy Ser­combe, Bas­ingstoke A Colour­ing is a knack but once mas­tered it’s su­per easy to get great re­sults, Mandy! Try colour­ing by mov­ing the pen or pen­cil in small cir­cles – no mat­ter what medium you use, this tech­nique tends to work best and keeps your colours even and not streaky. Lay­er­ing colour medi­ums to­gether can also work well – for ex­am­ple, if you use mark­ers, add some colour­ing pen­cil on top to add di­men­sion. Or, if you use pen­cil, ac­cent it with glit­ter pens. For the quick­est and eas­i­est re­sults with a great fin­ish, we’d rec­om­mend gel pens. Ex­pert Sarah Hur­ley uses Sakura pens – their Gelly Roll range in­cludes clas­sic colours, metallics, sparkle and paint ef­fects and more. They are easy to mas­ter and come in a range of ef­fects guar­an­tee­ing stun­ning re­sults!

Cre­ate unique flo­ral em­bel­lish­ments with sil­i­cone moulds

Above: It’s worth tak­ing the time to learn how to colour in stamped de­signs per­fectly!

Left: Use up your empty mince pie pots to melt em­boss­ing pow­ders into to make your own em­bel­lish­ments!

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