Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A kid's card that features a fun alien robot

For this kid's birthday card I lengthened my front with a piece of brown cardstock the same as I had used for the card holding them together using regular tape on the front.  I added my piece of decorative paper over everything which helps keep the pieces in place.  I trimmed the image, (a cute alien robot from Dearie Dolls) watercoloured it and added some copper metallic watercolour to some of his parts so he would coordinate with the decorative paper.  I added a blue layer to my image and then adhered it to my card front using 3D foam tape.  I trimmed my laser printed greeting, flagged one end, sponged the edges with blue ink and then slipped the other end under the image and adhering the flagged end with double sided tape.  It was fun to change the orientation on this card. 


Monday, November 20, 2017

Kid's birthday card that features an embossed background

For this kid's birthday card - part of a set I am making for my daughter - I decided to use embossed rectangles for my background like I did for these Christmas cards and these ones too!  I started by lengthening my card using a rectangle of green which I positioned over a piece of double sided tape which I positioned on the very edge of my card front and then trimming it to the edge of my card.  I embossed some rectangles with the circles and glued them in place on my card front leaving a gap for my greeting.  I watercoloured my image, layered it onto brown and adhered it to my card front using 3D foam tape.  I flagged the ends of my laser printed greeting and then added texture with my tracing wheel before adhering it to my card front between the background and the green strip on the bottom.  I added a few lines of texture to the green strip as well. 


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Christmas cards with triangle trees and stamped snowbanks

My daughter has been organizing her Christmas list and noted that she needed some Christmas cards for the kid's teachers so I put together some card kits to work on with the grand kids. 
I made up cards for the #8 envelopes.  Because I cut them from letter sized cardstock I had to add a rectangle to the card fronts to make them as long as the backs which fortunately is covered by the background paper. 
For this card I used a light blue floral paper which I stamped all over with a snowflake stamp in blue ink.  I glued it on my card front leaving an even border.  I stamped the greeting (SU) on a strip of 1.5" white cardstock in red ink then cut out a wavy line to create a snow bank.  I ended up using the cut off to create a second snowbank by trimming it's length and inserting in behind the first one.  I glued both ends of my first snow bank down with double sided tape to allow space in behind for tucking in my trees.  The second snow bank was just glued a bit on the bottom edge before being inserted in behind.  I auditioned all the little triangle trees and when I liked the arrangement I glued them down one at a time starting with those at the back and working my way to the front.  You can see that some of my trees are duplex which I created by gluing two leftover halves together.  The halves are the leftovers at the end of a strip of decorative paper after you have trimmed as many triangles as you can in between.  I like the collagey look of them!!  I punched a little star from yellow card stock and glued it above one of the trees using 3D foam tape.  Pretty happy with how they turned out!!  My oldest grand daughter made up a few of these in between the creation of the little felties for her teachers. 
I like that this design is flexible - the background could be stamped or not, you could use as many or as few trees as you wanted, you could use one snowbank or two. Here is one my grand daughter put together.  She is long time card maker so she just did her own thing which was wonderful!!  By the end of the day I had 20 cards ready for my daughter in a variety of colour schemes - another check in the box for Christmas preparations!!  Therese

Friday, November 17, 2017

Kid's birthday card which features a cute cupcake

For this card - part of a set of kid's birthday cards I am making for my daughter - features a cute cupcake image from Dearie Dolls.   I laser printed it, trimmed it out and then watercoloured it.  I used a pink card front which I lengthened to the right size using a rectangle of white.  I added a piece of pink harlequin paper to the top portion before adding a pink rectangle over the joint of the cardstocks using double sided tape to keep everything where it belonged.  I trimmed my laser printed greeting, distressed the top and bottom edges and then tied on a piece of coordinating ribbon before adhering it place over the pink strip.  I trimmed the ends to the edge of the card.  I watercoloured the image and layered it onto pink cardstock before adding it to my card.
Enjoying making cards for my grand children to use for their friends birthdays. 


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Kid's birthday card that features a cute little cat

Another card for the set I am preparing for my daughter.  I am using #8 envelopes.  I added a rectangle of the same pink cardstock to the front flap of this one, held it in place with regular tape and then glued my full length piece of decorative paper over the top which helps reinforce the join between the two pieces.  I did add a length of turquoise ribbon to the decorative paper before gluing it down and then tied on a short piece with one knot to simulate a bow.  I trimmed my little greeting giving it flagged ends and then added some texture with my pattern tracing wheel before adding a bit of colour to the edges.  I glued it over the ribbon using 3D foam tape.  I watercoloured my laser printed image (Dearie Dolls) of a cat with a wedge of birthday cake.  I added two triangles to two of the corners and then glued this focal element to the top portion of my card over the ribbon and above the short piece.  This simulated bow works well because you can slide it along and put it just where you want it after you have tied it. 


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Kid's birthday card with a cute little mouse

Another kid's birthday card for my daughter that features a cute little mouse with a cupcake.  This is a digital image from Dearie Dolls which I laser printed on white cardstock, trimmed out and watercoloured.  This card front was a bit short as well so I added my decorative paper and then used double sided tape to glue a strip of brown in place to finish off my card.  The decorative paper was a sheet of scrapbook paper which I stamped and embossed with copper embossing powder.  I watercoloured the image, layered it onto brown and mounted it to my card front.  I trimmed my laser printed font greeting, flagged the ends and sponged all the way around with brown ink before adhering it to my card front.   I had little brown hearts left over from these Christmas cards sitting on my desk so added one to the greeting. 
I am enjoying creating single cards again.  I have teaching Christmas card classes lately which entails lots of cards that use the same sketch. 


Christmas and all occasion cards in a kit

I had a request for a set of card kits that contained six Christmas cards and six all occasion cards.  Having just finished a Christmas card class it was easy to find a few extra kits.
I included 6 of these cards from the class. 
I used a decorative font to create a large word element - JOY - which I colour printed to coordinate with the paper I had chosen and added a coordinating card. I coloured the letters using shimmery watercolour in a soft silver colour.  I used 3D foam tape to add the little silver star punchie.  When you check the link you will find that I made a wide variety of colours in this card kit so all the ones I included are different. 
For the all occasion cards I combined two card sketches that I have recently used in my classes.  I used the four rectangle background that was featured on these cards and I added the image and ribbon combination that I used as a focal element on these cards.   I trimmed four rectangles (2 5/8" x 1 7/8") and embossed them with a large dots embossing folder and glued them to a black card front.  I watercoloured the little lady bug image (Black Berry Jelly digital ), layered it onto black, added the folded ribbon to the back using double sided tape and finally adhered this focal element to my card front using 3D foam tape.  I did not add any greetings to this set of cards so they can be used for any occasion. 
Making cards from purchased kits is so quick and easy and a wonderful option for anyone not wishing to purchase lots of equipment and supplies!! 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Exchange cards - fun Christmas trees!!

I needed a couple of cards for my card exchange this month and being as I am sort in Christmas card mode I made them with that theme!!  I perused my card inspiration file and found one I have been wanting to try for a while which features a quarter sheet of decorative paper layered on a coordinating card and a focal element made of the same cardstock featuring a die cut opening and a greeting.  I found one sheet of this 12"x 12" decorative paper in my stash and decided to use it to make six cards - two for my exchange and a few for my Christmas card stash which has suffered a lack of input in the last few months.  Here are the first three I put together.  I was very happy to find cardstock that coordinated so nicely with it.  I cut the decorative paper to 4" x 5.25" which I layered onto my card fronts.  Next, I cut the front layers to 3 5/8" x 4 7/8" and die cut this little tree out of them.  As you can see there are quite a few options of how that can be done.  I stamped my little greeting (SU) in dark green and I manually embossed them with the Swiss Dot embossing folder (CB) and hammer to ensure that my greeting did not get embossed.  My inspiration piece had rhinestones included in the greeting and I was hoping to do the same but I did not have any small enough so I used a clear glitter gel pen instead to add a bit of sparkle.  I may consider adding glitter glue on the next ones.  I adhered  this layer to the front of my card using 3D foam tape to add depth to the opening. The decorative paper could have had a small pattern which would have worked a bit better but I am happy with how they worked out!!  To are off to my partners in tomorrows' mail.