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Name: Beverly Cottrell
Location: Catterick Village, Richmond, North Yorkshire
Interests: Stationery | Illustrating | Photography | Wanderlusting | Collecting Paper Ephemera | Fluffy Felines | Tea + Milk + One Sugar | CAKE! | Video Games | Star Gazing | Vocaloid Music | Zakka
Saturday, 14 November 2015 @ 19:24
Pencil us in!
Gary and I are tying the knot next year so I jumped at the opportunity to design some Save the Date postcards, which presents a little personalised pencil to remind our guests to jot us on their calendars!
The postcard features a blush pink watercolour effect on Tintoresso Gesso paper. The mini personalised pencil, that features our names and wedding date in gold foil, is held in place with Gold Glitter Washi Tape (much better and less fiddly than ribbon). The envelope is slightly transparent, where the material has a very similar texture to tracing paper, and it also has the benefits of being waterproof!
This was such a fun Save the Date stationery to design! I hope to create many more (other people's wedding stationery, of course!). If you are looking for creative and playful stationery for your big day, I can be of assistance!
Labels: blush pink, creative, design, glitter, gold, gold foil, ideas, mini pencil, personalised pencil, playful, postcard, save the date, texture, Tintoresso Gesso paper, washi tape, watercolour, wedding stationery
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 @ 18:30
I was approached by the Royal College of Pathologists to design and laser cut award trophies to be presented at the first LabSkills Africa conference. They came across a blog post featuring my laser cut microscope I made back in my uni days and requested the same design but in a durable material. The material that got the green light was Perspex Cast Acrylic 5mm in Silver (MT 9870).
A sample was to be produced before the approval to manufacture a larger quantity. Since I had no immediate access to a laser cutter, I outsourced the cutting and engraving to Cut-Tec, a wonderful spot crammed with all things laser, in Barnsley. The sample was produced and approved for the rest of the units to be made.
Having worked with paper and cardboard the majority of my laser cutting life, affixing layers of those materials is simple. Acrylic sheets require a more potent adhesive. The adhesive I used was Liquid Solvent Cement from Hindleys. The consistency is similar to water and best applied with a syringe. This binds the layers of acrylic very well and took less than a couple of minutes to dry (by air). It also dried clear, which was a huge benefit, but gave off a lot of fumes - so make sure you work in a well ventilated area when using it!
Here are further photos of the finished trophy:
Handy tip: Using WD-40 and Hob Brite on a microfibre cloth is effective in removing minor scratches and residues of adhesives on acrylic (thanks, Tony!).
Labels: acrylic, adhesive, award, Cut-Tec, design, LabSkills Africa, laser cut, laser cutting, layered, liquid solvent cement, microscope, perspex cast acrylic, Royal College of Pathologists, silver, trophy
Monday, 22 June 2015 @ 14:35
Hello, hello and welcome to another one of my Soap Tutorials to make Paper Confetti Soap! Those of you who know me understand my obsession with stationery and all sorts of paper ephemera... so I did a little bit of research into soluble paper to use with the Suspending Melt and Pour Soap Base, kindly provided by Stephenson Personal Care (thanks, folks!).
Let the tutorial begin!
I used Aquatics Cold Water Soluble Paper, which I purchased online from Barnyarns - you should be able to purchase water soluble paper from art and craft stores. This paper is generally used by quilters and creative embroiderers. It dissolves rapidly in contact with cold water and is environmentally friendly - its texture is like watercolour paper but much thinner.
Fill in the cut pieces with the colour of your choice - bright, bold colours are the best! Sharpie pens are the ideal candidate to colour in with... Copic pens work too. Please avoid using water based pens (obviously!). Oh, and make sure you put some sort of cover on your table when colouring in as the ink will seep through - you wouldn't want to be making marks your lovely furniture!
Now cut those coloured in pieces into little shapes - triangles are the easiest and quickest to do, but you can also hole punch dots or use a shaped punch... just go wild!
Cutting the soap base into cubes allows them to melt quicker. Place the soap base cubes in a microwavable bowl and put it in the microwave on low power for 2-3 minutes. Keep the microwave attended when in use and check often to see if all the soap base has melted. Please handle with care as the melted soap base will be super HOT when melted!
This is optional if you would like to add fragrance, but a splash of Fuzzy Peach adds a sweet touch.
Gently stir in the colourful confetti until it's dispersed as evenly as possible.
I went for the traditional rectangle soap mould, but experiment and have fun with silicone moulds as they come in a variety of unusual shapes! Leave to set for 2-3 hours... the waiting time will be reduced if left to set in the fridge (1-2 hours).
As you use the soap the soluble paper will dissolve when it comes in contact with water. It won't clog up your sink as it dissolves completely when soaked and rubbed in your hands. It's a fun-looking soap that people, young and old, would enjoy to use... just make sure you make a large batch of them!
Labels: colourful, confetti, craft, ideas, Melt and Pour Soap Base, paper, party, soap, soap making, soluable paper, step-by-step, Stephenson Personal Care, suspending soap base, tutorial, wedding favour
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 @ 12:33
I have taken the plunge into designing wedding stationery!
I would like to thank my sister, Michelle, and her husband-to-be, Frank, for giving me the opportunity to design their wedding invitations for their big day. They requested the design to be minimalistic and classy, as well as a touch of gold.
The main invite features hot foiled dots on thick Colorplan Bright White stock. The dots give a slight debossed effect that adds texture to the invites, which makes it ooze with quality and luxury. The other sections of the invite (excluding the RSVP) were printed on Conqueror High White, which is a much smoother and lighter stock. Both the paper stock used are not bright or a cold white, but best described as ivory white.
I thoroughly enjoyed my first attempt at creating wedding stationery and the feedback has been amazing, not to mention the squeals of excitement down the phone when my sister received them (took a week for my eardrums to recover)! The only way is onwards and upwards, as I hope to engage myself in conjuring even more designs for the big day of many happy couples in the future.
Now that I feel like I can ace minimal and classy... I fancy creating one a bit far out and quirky!!
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 @ 17:39
I was asked by the lovely Valerie from Thwaitedale Cottages to design a fresh new leaflet for her Chapel holiday cottages located in the quaint village of Thwaite. The images displayed on the leaflet are from the photography shoot I took in the height of Summer (please see previous blog post: The Chapel Thwaite: Commercial Photography Shoot).
The design was created as a tri-fold leaflet that would utilise the brochure holder outside The Chapel. Once the final design was approved we discussed printing options and settled with 170gsm offset paper, as it has a nice quality weight to it, as well as a fresh change from the reflective gloss paper.
I'm over the moon when I get positive feedback from my clients saying that they love the designs of their new leaflets... there's no better feeling than job satisfaction! I thoroughly enjoy making bespoke designs and deeply appreciate my clients that let me unleash my creative flair ~ thank you!
If you are a business, large or small, looking for commercial photography and/or brochure design to breathe excitement and life into your products or premises, feel free to contact me!
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