Thursday, September 22, 2011

Cardmaking - September - butterflies!!

I love the little butterfly borders on these cards!! A friend of mine has the punch (MS) and she punched a whole bunch of long borders for me!!
I embossed the background using my newest embossing folder Musical Flourish from Cuttlebug!! When gluing the border to the layer I chose to just lightly tap my glue stick to the back side of it then lightly pressed it to the embossed surface. Swiping the glue stick just adds glue to the holes yielding a messy card front. Added a short piece of ribbon, a colour coordinated stamped and punched butterfly (SU) with a mini black brad and glued the entire layer to my colour coordinated card front. Added a little greeting to one using some 3D foam tape.
Love the contrast between the black and the other colours! Worked well with both the bright or softer pastel colours!!

Have a few swaps to work on so watch for more in the next few days!!


Cardmaking - September - spring easel

Just love this cool little easel card!! It is created using a tutorial I found at SplitcoastStampers!! You can find the Spring Card tutorial here! They use larger paper but somewhere online I had seen i
nstructions for using a piece that was 8.5" long but when it came time to actually create a sample I could no longer find the tutorial but I did figure it out. You need to use a piece of paper that
is twice as long as it is wide. So I used cardstock that was 4.25" x 8.5" which created a card that is 4.25" square and fits into a regular A2 sized envelope. Using 5.5" x 11" would create a 5.5" inch card and 6" x 12" would yield a 6" square card. So create what works best for you!!
You can see from the top photo that the card stands
very nicely!! You can write a small greeting on the area directly below the image if you pull it open. To get your card to stand you may have to burnish the bottom flap fold very neatly!!
Once you have created the four folds you simply trim off the two top corners of the card to create your diamond shaped front. It took a bit of thinking when creating images for these cards because they had to be on a diamond shape (square on its point). The little teapot is a digital image from CLKER and the flowers are from digital stamp sets that were available from StampinUP during Sellabration last year!!
So a little cutting, foldi
ng, colouring and gluing - the result is a cute little card!!
I really like the easel idea so I may be using it later on for mounting a larger card front!!

NOTE: Here is another spring card I created yesterday! Added clear dimensional paint to the wings!! Love the way it turned out!!


Cardmaking - September - chalkboard

What a cute little chalkboard card!! It is a real chalkboard!! I created it using some chalkboard sticky backed poster paper I purchased at Michaels. So fun!!
I die cut the frame using the large frame (SX) die though I did fold the cardstock in half before cutting to ensure that the frame would fit the width of the card. The original size is about a quarter inch short. I embossed the die cut frame using the distressed lines embossing folder (CB) which gives it the wood texture I was looking for then rounded the corners. I mounted the chalkboard piece to the back of the frame, removed the backing and adhered the entire element to the front of a white card. I printed the apple and leaf (digital stamp from ABCteach) and cut them out. Created a stem using a scrap of brown cardstock and mounted them all to the card front using 3D foam tape. Added the greeting using chalk!! The cool thing is that it can be erased and a new one written in!! I included a little post it note in the card kit to be included in the card informing the recipient that they can use the card front as a little chalkboard!! Would be cool in a locker or on the fridge for leaving little notes!!


Cardmaking - September - leaves

Fall is coming!! We get back to our regular schedules - for me that is my regular cardmaking classes!! Great to see familiar faces, some new ones and get back to cardmaking!!
We started the evening with this card. It features an embossed background which I distressed around the edges with my distress tool and also aged with watercolour. I used my Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves die to cut the leaves - two of them from my own handmade paper and one from fabric paper which I created earlier this week. I embellished the handmade ones with watercolour to give them a bit more dimension. Layered them onto my embossed layer, added a double knotted raffia accent and glued it to my card front. Would make a great card for a fall birthday or for Thanksgiving!!
The fabric paper was able to withstand a lot of folding and bending as I did my best to not waste any of it when I was die cutting my leaves!! If you are needing sturdy paper for anything, fabric paper is a great option. I have included more information on the fabric paper posting so check it out by clicking the link above!