Monday, September 17, 2018

Thank you card - cherry blossom digital image, embossed white core layer and a bit of ribbon

This card features a digital image from KISSPNG, a new digital image site I discovered in the last few days!!  I colour printed the image, trimmed it to size and distressed the edges.  I mounted it to an embossed layer in the same peachy colour as the flowers.  This was white core cardstock so I sanded it a bit to highlight the embossing which is a nice floral design (SU).  I adhered the image to the embossed layer, added a small piece of brown folded  ribbon using a tiny black brad and glued this layer to a dark brown one which I had trimmed with scallop decorative scissors.  I pierced each scallop with a push pin - an easy way to add texture to this card.  I mounted this large layer to a white card front and added a small laser printed greeting (Desert Diva) which I had flagged and sponged in brown to finish off my card.  Love how everything works so well together!!             Therese

Serendipity hexagons, sequins and a colour printed greeting

I made this card for a lady who has not been able to participate in our card exchange this time around but as a enthusiastic cardmaker she certainly would appreciate a card!!
I have been gifted some new craft supplies by my sister though we might yet work out a trade.  One of the items I received is a Hexagon die by Sizzix!!  The die cuts six at a time and they are the perfect size for cards!!  There has been a serendipity challenge on Splitcoast Stampers and I have been inspired by what others have done so I dug out my little bag of serendipity papers - I have made some ahead when I had the time and it has come in handy.  I chose several pieces that coordinating somewhat and cut as many little hexagons as I could out of the pieces.  Next I decided on a five hexagon layout - there are a lot of options - and chose the five from my little collection that would work best together.  I chose a yellow card front and stamped it with the Worn (SU) background stamp using brown ink.  I added some stippling with my little stamp (SU) and a warmer brown ink.  Next, I sponged the edges of my hexagons with brown ink and adhered them into place using a combination of double sided tape and white glue leaving the bottom one until last so I could glue down my greeting before put it into place.  The greeting is colour printed, trimmed and flagged and sponged a bit.  I had decided to embellish with sequins so I dug out the bag and auditioned quite a few until I had what I thought worked best.  I used glue dots to adhere them into place.  Still thinking it needed a bit of something I added some drops of clear dimensional paint on the card and drops of gold glitter on the hexagons.  With those in place it was just a matter of waiting until they were dry and the card will be on its way to her.   Therese

Saturday, September 15, 2018

A birthday card that features a bluebird, organza ribbon and an embossed background!

A friend of mine asked for a birthday card for her bluebird loving friend which featured a blue bird.  I found this bluebird digital at Clipground which I laser printed on white cardstock and watercoloured.  I pieced a layer of scrapbook paper which coordinated and added an organza ribbon before adding my blue bird.  I mounted this layer to an embossed (CB) beige layer which was mounted to a blue card.  To finish off my card I added a small greeting (digital from Desert Diva) which I laser printed, flagged and sponged before adding it with 3D foam tape.    Always fun to challenge myself to create custom cards!   Therese

Thank you card with a fall leaf, fiber and a stamped greeting

I always like to acknowledge the kindness that others have bestowed on us!! 
This card features a stamped leaf which I watercoloured.  I trimmed it down, pierced the edges with my tracing wheel, tied on some green fiber and mounted it to a dark red layer of cardstock.  The green fiber adds a bit of texture.  I glued this large element to an embossed (leaves) brown card front and added a small stamped greeting on the lower right hand corner. 


Sunday, September 09, 2018

A birthday card that features a large birdcage embellishement, a small greeting and some embossed papers

Another card for an upcoming birthday!!  This one features two pieces of embossed cardstock for the background.  The top one has the embossed areas highlighted with coordinating inks.  The bottom piece is white core cardstock which has been embossed with a script embossing folder and sanded to reveal the white core.  A fun technique!! They are adhered to a brown card front and a strip of green cardstock which has been embellished with my tracing wheel has been adhered to where they join.  I added a little gold embroidery thread hanger to this beautiful printed bird cage embellishment before adhering it to my card front using double sided tape behind the printed areas.  I finished off my card my slipping a small distressed and sponged laser printed greeting us under the edge of the green strip to the right of the large focal element.     Therese

Saturday, September 08, 2018

A fun image for this pink and green anniversary card

I created this image after a fun day in the snow creating hearts with my boots!!  I found this boot image on CLKER and thought how fun it would be to create a heart with it.  I duplicated the image in Corel Draw, overlapped the two and laser printed the image.  For this card I watercoloured the boot heart and layered it with green and pink cardstock.  I found this fun background which I created using a laser printed text background which was over stamped with a handmade "rubber leftover" background stamp.  I added a green border punched (SU) strip to the back of the background before adhering it to a coordinating pink card front.  I added a length of lace which has both ends adhered to the inside of the card using double sided tape.  The focal heart element was added to the card using 3D foam tape and the greeting was slipped under the image and the lace and trimmed on one end which is concealed below the lace and the other was trimmed to the edge of the card.    I added a little clear rhinestone to finish off my card.             Therese

Thursday, September 06, 2018

A large chalkboard greeting, a few heart punchies and some ribbon for this anniversary card

I am trying to get ahead of the curve and preparing my cards for next month while I have a bit of time this week.
This anniversary card came together fairly quickly.  A piece of colour printed digital paper for the background glued to a coordinating card front.  I added the gold ribbon gluing the ends to the inside of the card using double sided tape. I found this chalkboard greeting in my stash and adhered it with 3D foam tape and then added two embossed heart punchies above it with 3D foam tape as well.  Thinking it still needed a bit of something I tied a piece of gold embroidery thread to the ribbon to create a bit of dimension and texture!!!!              Therese

Monday, September 03, 2018

Love this quick and easy technique and made a few more cards!!!!

This is my third set of cards using this technique!!!!!!  Check out the first set here. I combined large digital greetings from Desert Diva's blog with digital images from CLKER electronically in a layout program (Corel Draw) and then laser printed them onto white cardstock.  After cutting them apart I sponged them in appropriate colours.  I enhanced all of these images with watercolour to add definition to the images.  I like the way the sponging gently fades to nothing before touching the greeting.  What a versatile technique!!  Won't be the last time I use this for making some quick cards for myself or giving as gifts!!  Therese

Friday, August 31, 2018

Birthday card that features a die cut butterfly, a digital image and a punched greeting

Am getting back in the swing of things after a few weeks of other summer activities!!  A card for a friend having a birthday very soon!! 
I started with a piece of colour printed digital scrapbook paper and adhered it to a coordinating card front after trimming it to size.  I added a coordinating length of gros grain ribbon cut at an angle on the bottom edge and folded over the top and secured with double sided tape.  I watercoloured the laser printed digital image from Melonheadz adding some shimmer to the bee's wings. I layered it onto a layer of green white core cardstock and distressed the edges before mounting it to my card front with 3D foam tape.   I found a coordinating greeting punchie in my stash and mounted it below the image and centered on the ribbon using 3D foam tape.  I added a champagne coloured die cut butterfly (SX) on the corner of the image using double sided tape.  I cut a bunch of these when I was visiting my sister last time.  As a final touch I added clear dimensional paint to the bee and laid it flat to dry.  Like the look!!      Therese