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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!