Sunday, April 23, 2017

A card from a kit with velllum and handmade paper

I made up this card from a card kit from my last class.  I love the handmade paper background for this card and used the colour scheme to colour the image using peach, pink, green and brown.  I coloured on the back of the vellum which mutes the colour slightly and protects it from being rubbed off.  I used an embossed label punchie as the mechanical means of attaching the vellum to the stitched handmade paper background.  I used double sided tape to attach the vellum and another piece to attach the whole thing to the background.  This whole element was adhered to the brown card front using a glue stick.
This one is off to a special person having a birthday very soon.


Collage backgrounds for two special cards

I created these backgrounds last week.  I started with some watercolour/plastic wrap pieces that I created a while ago and was motivated to add some clear embossing to them.  I chose a solid petals background stamp which I stamped in clear ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  It was interesting how the paint was affected by the embossing - seems to have altered the colour below the embossed areas.  Next, I added some stamping - a script stamp in a coordinating colour and a little postage cancellation from the same set.  
I needed two special cards this week so I used them to create what I needed.  For the left hand card, I adhered the background to a red card front, added a fun polka dot ribbon across the front and added a layered round greeting when I tied a short piece to it to simulate a bow.  The little greeting started with a round tag (CB), next a 1 1/8" vellum circle and finally a round stamped greeting (SU).  I simply included the hanging cord in the single knot of the "bow".  The focal element is a laser printed digital image from Melonheadz of a cupcake with a star.  I watercoloured the image and then followed that up with shimmery paint for a very elegant finished piece.  Once dry, I layered it onto yellow card stock and mounted it over the ribbon using 3D foam tape.  
For my second card, I adhered the background to a green card front, added a gros grain ribbon gluing the ends to the inside and then mounted my focal element using 3D foam tape.  The fish image is one I got in a swap!  I coloured it with shimmery paints and watercolour.  I added the background just using my paint brush to add the details.  The image was layered onto brown before being mounted to my card.  I added a laser printed layered punchie greeting on the lower left.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

A fun guy card

This card started as a sample for this class but when I failed to cut the decorative paper accurately I was forced to abandon it and start over.  It has been sitting on my desk and I decided that I would reinvent a sketch for it.  So I added a ribbon across the front of the layered decorative paper and then created a large focal element that features an old time bicycle along with a fun greeting!!  I watercoloured a bit of a shadow for the bicycle then I layered it onto brown.  Next, I cut a blue rectangle that would accommodate both the image and the greeting (Desert Diva) which I colour washed a bit to coordinate with the image.  I added a short piece of a die cut zigzag border in between which I found on my desk.  I used 3D foam tape to adhere this large element to my card front.


Friday, April 21, 2017

A card from a kit with a few extras

I created this card using supplies from a card kit I created for this class.  In the process of creating it I was inclined to include a few extras such as adding strips both above and below the greeting, sponging the edges of the laser printed greeting as well as using 3D foam tape to highlight it and embellishing the leaf with clear dimensional paint!!  These fun upgrades created a unique card that has a bit more texture than the original.
It was fun to add a few more touches to this card from a kit.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Mother's Day cards reusing calendar photos

Both of these cards feature my sister's photography!!  She creates 4" x 6" calendars every year that feature her photos and I always get one for Christmas which sits on my desk all year long.  These photos are both from one of her flower ones from several years ago.  I trimmed the photos from the calendar pages and mounted them to coordinating cardstock layers which I had embossed with border embossing folders (SU).  I used the coordinating border die to cut the bottom edge of the pink one.  I could have done the same on the other but I had not left enough room to make that work.  I added coordinating ribbon across this layer gluing the ends to the back with double sided tape.  I added a little sponged tag greeting on the blue one with a silver brad and tied on a piece of white fiber which I tied in a bow.  On the left hand one, I used a punched greeting created using a digital frame (SU) with a font greeting in the center.  I punched a circle to fit the circle size and sponged some pink ink into the center after placing the hole over it.  I placed the punchie over this area and sponged green ink all the way around the edges.  I added some clear rhinestones over the circle then mounted the greeting over the ribbon using 3D foam tape.  I glued these large elements to coordinating card fronts.  Love how these turned out!!  


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Mother's Day cards created from renovated card fronts

These cards reuse card fronts though there was a bit more work involved than just layering.
For the top one I trimmed the image using a decorative label (SU) then I trimmed off the sides as they were distracting from the heart image.  I used my handmade stamp positioner to stamp a greeting (SU) on the lower right hand side.  I added a pink silk ribbon and tied on a short length with a single knot to simulate a bow. I layered this element to the back portion of the card which featured pink stripes.  Fortunately it covered a printed panel at the same time.  I trimmed that out and layered it to blue cardstock then to an off white cardstock layer before gluing this whole element to a pink card front.  I did distress the outer edges of the blue and off white layers with my distress tool (SU).  Happy with this card!
The lower left hand card, I trimmed out the framed floral element then cut out two of the embellished corners from the card.  They fit perfectly side by side on my pink card front!! I did add a pink ribbon before adhering the floral image in place.  I used a laser printed digital image (SU) of a label to which I had added a greeting for my greeting.  The printed greeting was h I die cut with the smaller version of the one I used above.  I punched a hole that coordinated with the center portion of the greeting and sponged some pink ink in the hole.  Next, I covered this area with the punchie and sponged all the way around with ink until I was happy with the colour.  I mounted it over the ribbon with 3D foam tape.
The right hand card below had a butterfly with a clipped wing on the right hand side once I had trimmed the floral image to fit my yellow card front.  I decided to trim it just a bit more so I could add a dark brown layer in between which highlights the punched border (SU) I had added on the bottom edge.  To cover up the butterfly I trimmed a printed greeting with my decorative label punch (SU) and then I punched an orange one to highlight it.  I layered them, trimmed the right hand side and then added a little yellow bow using heavy thread which I tied on.  Once I glued it in place I glued this layer to the brown one and stitched around the edges avoiding the floral elements which were very close to the edge.  To finish off my card I glued this large element to my yellow card front.  

My stash is growing and I am loving the cards I made!!  


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Mother's Day cards from card kits

I made up these two card from card kits that I have on hand from a while back.  For both of these, I cut the decorative paper twice - once vertically, once horizontally though I did angle the second one a bit which created a different effect.  The pieces are glued to the layer leaving a bit of room between them and all around the edges then it is glued to the coordinating card front.  Both of these have layered greetings created from round digital images.  The round greeting image is one I found on The Spruce.  I added a silk flower and some leaves with a sequin and brad to the one on the left which I had laser printed as is. On the right hand one, I digitally added a little flower digital image from Meljens Designs before laser printing and watercolouring it.  I sponged both with a bit of colour before layering them onto coordinating scalloped circles which I cut using Nestibilities.  I added dots on the pink one using a silver gel pen.  Cards from kits is always very quick because part of the work is already done!!  Nice to have a few of those on hand.        


Friday, April 14, 2017

Mother's Day cards created reusing card fronts

Mother's Day is coming and I am preparing a few cards for my stash.  I decided to see how many I could make reusing old card front which have been donated to me.  
For the first card I trimmed out a floral element then gold embossed a greeting on the lower left, added a pink foil layer and glued this large element to a light blue green card.  I added a beautiful pink silk ribbon gluing the ends to the inside of the card and tied on a short length with a single knot to simulate a bow.  I slit the spine of my card to insert my ribbon before gluing.  
For the right hand card, I pretty much repeated the process.  I trimmed the beautiful rose image, silver embossed a greeting, added a silk ribbon with a simulated bow and glued this large element to a coordinating red card front.  
For the center card it was a bit more complicated.  Once I had trimmed out the floral image there remained some writing on the top right hand side so I created a "patch" that coordinated, layered them and punched both layers at the same time.  Next, I positioned my patch in the opening and taped it into place on the back.  I added a small silk flower over the area and secured it with a rhinestone brad.  Next, I wanted to add a ribbon down the right hand side so I removed the flower/brad and ran the ribbon between the tines of the brad and reassembled the embellishment.  I glued the ends of the organza ribbon to the back of the layer and tied on a short length to simulate a bow.  Like how that worked out!!  I had no greetings that would fit in the open spaces so chose to punch a hole and mount a small sponged greeting to the back instead.  I added dots all the way around using a silver gel pen.  I glued this large element to a coordinating light blue green card front.  
Some times reusing a card front takes more time than creating from scratch but it is nice to be able to reuse those beautiful images.