Wednesday 11 March 2009

Cut Out Topper Card

Cut Out Topper Card.
This is a lovely card with the added interest of cutting out the back pannel of the card instead of just plonking a topper on!
The Purple Cow Creative Cutter has been put to use here and it is one of my 'new' favourite things! lol

Equipment and Materials Used:
1 White DL Card
Purple Cow Creative Cutter
Penny Black Critter Party Acrylic Stamps
Black Stazon Ink Pad
Dovecraft Primary Brush Markers
Koi Fine Water Brush
Black Tie Bazill Bling Cardstock
White Cardstock
Woodware 2" Scalloped Oval Punch
Co-ordinating Patterned Paper
Woodware 1" Butterfly Punch
Silver Stickles
DS Tape and Foam Pads


Start of with a DL sized card.
Measure on the back of the card and in from the left or right (depending on which side you want to have your topper) and mark with a pencil at 2cm and 9cm.

Measure down 4cm from the 2cm mark and the 4cm and join together to draw a 4cm x 7cm rectangle.

Open the card out and cut the lines where you drew the rectangle, but NOT on the crease of the card.

You should then have a flap that will fold up and this will be the base for your topper.

Cut a 6cm x 12cm piece of white card and stamp your images and colour them in or stick your choice of topper onto it. (I have used the Penny Black Critter Party acrylic set and waterbrushed with the Dovecraft Brush markers)
Mat this onto a co-ordinating piece of cardstock and cut around to leave a small border (about 5mm)

Take the piece of 8cm x 21cm piece of co-ordinating paper and the piece of cardstock the same size and place them on top of each other exactly.
Using the Purple Cow Creative Cutter, cut through both pieces at the same time, freehand, to create the symmetrical wave pattern on both pieces. (This does take some practice, but it is worth it. Try on some scrap paper first, until you get the pressure right.)

Stick the waved cardstock to the bottom of the card with DS tape (Or glue if you prefer) and then do the same with the co-ordinating paper, making sure to move the paper down so you get a symmetrical border with the cardstock.

Punch out two scalloped ovals, one in white cardstock and the other in a co-ordinating colour.

Stamp your greeting onto the white piece and 3D with 3D foam pads or silicone glue on top of the other scalloped oval, then just off centre the bottom piece so it gives a shadow effect.

Use 3D foam pads or silicone glue to stick your topper onto the card, making sure it is lined up with the pop out flap at the top of the card.

Add a punched out butterfly or daisy if you wish.

Glitter up with Glamour Dust or Stickles and...

Put the kettle on!... You earned it!

I have measured these cards to make sure they fit into a standard C5 envelope.

Happy Crafting!


Saturday 7 March 2009

5 Panel Zig Zag Card

I said I would start adding photos of my cards and here is the first one!
I first made this 5 panel Zig Zag Card for the January Craftathon day, I did a yellow and white daisy version and the class (which have now been named my 'Honeypotters'!) did a beautiful version with red and pink hearts for Valentines Day.

This is how we made it!....

Equipment and Materials Needed:
1 12x12 Sheet of Bazzill Cardstock
DS Tape
Corner Rounder Punch (one with a removable guard, the Dovecraft one is perfect)
Regular Daisy Punch
1" Daisy Punch
1.5" Daisy Punch
2" Daisy Punch
White/Irridescent Glamour Dust or Stickles
Butterfly Stamps (I have used a Penny Black Butterfly Stamp)


Trim the Bazzill Cardstock to a 30cm square (Bazzill is always a little bigger than 30cm).
Cut the Bazzill to 17.5cm x 30cm.

Score both pieces of the Bazzill at 10cm sections so you end up with two pieces of Bazzill with 3 x 10cm vertically scored sections.

Place the two pieces of card textured/bling side face up, with the 17.5cm piece on the left and the smaller piece on the right.

Place DS tape/glue on the reverse of the left panel of the smaller piece of card. I prefer to work with DS tape, but use whichever you are comfortable with.
Overlap the left panel of the smaller piece of card over the right panel of the taller piece of card and stick.

Here comes the fun part…
Draw a pencil line from the top left corner of the taller piece of card, making sure you go just under the second joint where the two pieces are stuck together, follow the pencil line down to where it naturally ends on the smaller piece of card (usually about 9 to 10 cm from the bottom). You will have to do this in two stages if your ruler is only 30cm long. Then trim off with scissors or a craft knife.

Take the guard off your corner rounder punch and starting from the top of the card, place the punch to the very edge of the card, as far in as it will go and punch your first ‘scallop’. Move the punch down the card so that the edge of the second punched out area overlaps very slightly with the scallop you have just punched out and punch again…repeat this process until you get to the end of the card. If you have done it right, you will have a lovely deep scallop border. (This does take a bit of practice so I suggest trying it out on a piece of paper first…I find it easier to work with the punch upside down so you can see clearly where you are going). Once you have done this, fold and concertina your card so you have the Zig Zag shape.

Ink the edges of the scallop with black ink or colour of your choice.

Next fun part…
Punch out the daisies in the co-ordinating colours of your choice and glue them together in any combination of sizes you like. I like to mix and match the different sizes to give added interest to the card. I also recommend using a maximum of three co-ordinating colours so your card doesn’t look too busy with colour. I also recommend only using three of the largest size daisies.
Then stick the daisies to your card, starting from the back, tallest, section. I start with one of the largest daisies on the corner and add the smaller ones around it, forming a kind of back to front L shape design on the card as this is the area of the card you will see when it is stood up.
Make sure you stick some daisies with 3D foam pads/silicone glue to add dimension.

Then, stamp the butterflies with Moonlight White Brilliance Ink and then…

Use stickles glitter glue or the glamour dust on the daisies to give them the sparkle they need.

Put the kettle on! You've earned it...

These cards do take a while to do, but the results are stunning.

Happy Crafting!


Friday 6 March 2009


And welcome to my new Blog!
I have had so many people who pop into the shop ask me why my card designs are not on the Honeypot Crafts website to inspire them that I just 'had' to have this Blog. It made more sense to maintain the designs and card inspiration (I hope!) side of things away from the consumer website so, here we are.
Knowing me, I will play around with the colours and background until I am 100% happy with them so don't be surprised if the colours change in between your visits lol

I will start uploading some of my card designs over the weekend so please pop back and have a look,... tell me what you think, and especially tell me if you are inspired...then I will know I am doing my job properly!

I will also use the Blog to let you know about all the new products that I have ordered for the shop...those that know me know that this is a weekly event as I just can't resist new goodies, just like any crafter ;o) and to also let you know about up and coming events that will be held in store, our March Craftathon!

Until next time....

Take Care and Happy Crafting!