Author Archives: Elaine Parker

Dovecote and Cross Card Tutorial by Elaine


Today  I would like to share with you a card I made using the Dovecote stamp set.

  • white card
  • Hobby Art watercolour card
  • Coloured card
  • Dovecote stamp set
  • Versafine Ink Pad
  • acrylic paint
  • Funky Foliage Stencil
  • Driftwood Stencil
  • Brayer
  • Distress inks for colouring and inking
  • scissors
  • cross template
  • Media gel plate oval
  • Corner punch
  • 3D Foam Tape

Firstly I cut out the cross from white card I have a template for the cross, you can save and use.

Cross Template PDF


I Inked the  smallest cross with scattered straw distress ink,then using the driftwood stencil over the top I added frayed burlap through the stencil.
















Then using the larger cross I inked it with walnut stain, then layered the two together. then i set the cross aside









I next cut a piece of white card  4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches

For the next step we need the Media gel plate , the card, acrylic paint, brayer and the foliage stencil also a damp cloth or baby wipe. remember we need to work quickly as the acrylic paint starts to dry fast on the plate.

Add a drop of paint to the media plate I chose a soft blue but you can use any colour you like. Using the brayer roll over the paint and spread it out over the media plate, next add the foliage stencil over the plate and wipe away the paint through the stencil. remove the stencil the press down your cut card on top of the gel plate to transfer  your image.























We now have the background to the card.

Next is to stamp out the Dove images from the Dovecote set onto Hobby Arts watercolour card  with the versafine ink. I then used distress inks to colour in my images. using scissors I cut them out.

















I chose a coloured card stock similar to the colour of the acrylic paint I used. I cut it slightly larger than the background card, using my corner punch i rounded off all the corners and layered them up and using some 3D foam tape I positioned the cross.










I stamped a sentiment onto some white card inked around the edges then added it to the card using 3D foam tape. I used the lovely words from Hobby Art’s  Irises  Stamp Set. Then positioned and added the doves and dovecote and finally I glued the card onto a card blank.

I hoped this inspires you



Vintage Style Easter card Tutorial

Hello , Elaine here, I hope everyone is staying safe and well in these uncertain times.

I was looking through  some of my older Hobby art sets and was inspired to do a vintage style Easter Card project for you all.


  • Kraft Card
  • Coloured Card for Mats
  • circle Dies
  • Coloured Pencils
  • 3D Foam Tape
  • Craft Knife/ Scissors
  • Stamps

I cut a piece of Kraft Card  17x 11 cm’s . Using the Hare stamp from the  March  Hares  Stamp set I stamped onto the  centre of the card using  Memento – Rich Cocoa Ink Pad.

I next selected 2 circle dies to cut out a frame of Kraft card that fit on top of the hare. I used my Marianne basics dies and selected the 2 largest dies.

Next I cut a smaller piece of Kraft card and using the same ink I stamped some Daffodils into 2 bunches from the  Spring Scenes stamp set. I then fussy cut the daffodils using scissors.

You should now have stamped Hair Stamped and cut out daffodils and a die cut circle.

Now its time to colour, I used my Prismacolours, the shades are used are shown in the photograph.

Once the Images are coloured its time to assemble the card. using a craft knife I carefully cut around the top of the Hares ears . I placed the hare onto a foam mad and using my embossing tool I carefully shaped the ears to give them some dimension. I used some Walnut stain distress ink to edge around the frame. I added some 3d foam to the back of it and carefully placed it over the Hare and behind his ears.

The next step is adding some 3d foam tape to the back of the daffodils, I lined them up to the bottom of the card and positioned them over the top of the frame.

Next I stamped the “Happy Easter” from the Spring has Sprung  stamp set onto a die cut banner that was edge inked and placed it above the hare.

Final step is to mat onto some coloured card I chose a soft vintage yellow and again I inked around the edges of the kraft and yellow card and placed it onto a card blank.

Crafty Hugs

Elaine x







Highland Cattle

Hello everyone,

Elaine here with my very first Hobby Art Blog Post using the lovely new February  stamp set Highland Cattle.


I started by taking a 5×7 card blank and a 5×7 piece of patterned paper and  I used an oval die to cut out an aperture from both.


I then used the larger thistle stamp to stamp on to the frame using black memento ink.


I cut out a piece of stamping card to fit into the inside of the card a little smaller than 5×7,

Then I stamped out the cattle images to build up a scene also using memento black ink  and popped it under my aperture to check how it looked.


Now to colour in the stamped images.  I started with the background first and using my promarkers  I started at the sky and worked down to the grasses at the front.

Then I coloured in the cattle added a matt and glued it into the inside of the card


COW 10

I stamped out a couple of the Thistles onto some stamping card and coloured them in along with the thistles on the front aperture. I cut out a couple of flags from the patterned paper and inked around the edges with some dusky concorde distress ink.


I also inked around the aperture then glued it onto the front of the card, I then fixed the flags to each side at the top of the card and using some 3d glue gel I added the thistle heads, and here we have the finished card.