Saturday, September 26, 2015

Using one One Sheet Wonder sketch for a set of cards

I needed several thank you cards so I decided to use one of the sketches from my OSW #4 set and used scraps I had on hand to complete them.  This process worked very well and is another aspect of the OSW technique that makes them very versatile!!
I printed several images (2.25" x 3.5") along with a variety of greetings with different fonts on white cardstock which will allow me to create several cards.  I dug through my decorative paper stash and cut several 2" x 5.5" pieces from my scraps and then went looking for coordinating cardstock for my card fronts and layering.
For my first card, I choose a floral decorative paper, a green card front and a rosy peach cardstock for layering.  After watercolouring this flower image (Arthurs Clipart) I cut a layer from rosy peach cardstock, punched a scallop oval from the center and adhered my image to the layer.  I added a bit of colour to my greeting and glued it to the scallop oval.  I glued my decorative paper to the left hand side of my green card front, added a punched border of white cardstock to the right hand side of it, adhered my layered image over the border and then used 3D foam tape to adhere my greeting over the bottom of my image.

 For my second card I choose a bright cherry decorative paper, trimmed it to 2" x 5.5", added a punched decorative border (SU) to the right hand side and glued this whole element to the left hand side of my dark green card front.  I cut a layer for my image from a scrap of red cardstock and punched the scalloped oval from the center of it.  I watercoloured both the image (Birdie Brown) and the greeting, layered them onto the red cardstock pieces and added them to my card front using 3D foam tape behind my greeting.
For my third card, I used a piece of decorative paper (2 x 5.5) I created using watercolour and plastic wrap.  I added a scallop border (SU) on the right hand side after I had added a small hole in each scallop using a small hole punch and then glued this whole element to my green card front.  I cut a blue cardstock layer for my cute turtle image (Rusty Pickle) and punched a scalloped oval (SU) from its center before adhering my watercoloured image.  I layered my greeting in the same manner and then added them both to my card using 3D foam tape.
My fourth card features a piece of vibrant decorative paper (gift wrap) which in one of my favorites!  I added a scalloped border of white cardstock which I cut using decorative scissors and to which I had added dots using a dark blue gel pen in each scallop.  I added my decorative paper and border to my navy card front, cut an orange layer for my watercoloured image (Arthurs Clipart) from which I punched a scalloped oval before adhering my image.  I watercoloured my greeting and glued it to the scalloped oval.  I glued my image to my navy card front and added my greeting using 3D foam tape.

I enjoyed this process!  I was happy to be able to use some of my scraps will still being time efficient by using one OSW sketch.  Of course, you could do the same with one sheet of 6 x 6 decorative paper and made three cards using the same sketch!!  I am loving the flexibility of this technique!!


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Birthday greetings with printed transparency

Had fun making this card!!  I started with a botched piece of alcohol ink background on glossy cardstock to which I added several colours of watercolour and some brown stamping of a vintage map collage background.  It was much improved!!  I added the layered transparency with the car (CLKER) which I had stapled and secured with a little clip with some brown ribbon on it using double sided tape.  I colour washed my greeting, layered it onto a black ribbon slider and attached the ends of the brown seam binding to the back using double sided tape.  I glued the whole element to my brown card front.  Very happy with how this one turned out especially with that rescued background.


Sunday, September 20, 2015

OSW - 6x6 - 3 cards - #5 - Sympathy, birthday and Christmas!

I worked out another One Sheet Wonder template that allows you to create three cards from one sheet of 6"x 6" decorative paper and three sheets of cardstock - one neutral and two coordinating colours which in this case was green and maroon.
I was in need of another sympathy card when I designed this template to create three cards.  At the same time I created a Christmas and birthday card because that worked pretty well with my decorative paper.  I used digital images from Beccy's Place and added greetings in Corel Draw before I laser printed them on the sheet of neutral cardstock.  I cut all three sheets of cardstock in half and folded one of each colour in half to create my three card fronts.  I trimmed the decorative paper according to the cutting template. cut my greeting/images apart being careful to ensure that I could fit all the pieces I needed in before cutting anything.  I cut three cut maroon layers (1 7/8" x 3") for my images and then cut the other pieces I would need from my scraps.   I used four of the 1" x 3" decorative paper pieces on this card gluing them equidistant from each other and the edges on the ivory/neutral card front.  I sponged the ivory strip with maroon ink after I punched it with the scallop border punch so it would better show up on my card.  I added the green strip and then glued this element over the bottom edge of my decorative paper strips.  I watercoloured my image and adhered it to a maroon layer then glued it to my card front.  I added clear dots of Dimensional Magic to the scallops and let it dry over night.  It adds some subtle dimension to my sympathy card.
Next, I worked on my Christmas one.  I glued the 3" x 3" and one of the 1" x 3" strips to a 3.25" x 4.5" layer of ivory/neutral cardstock leaving a gap in between.  I cut a piece of green cardstock 3/4" x 3.25", embossed it with a wordy Christmas embossing folder and glued it in place over the gap.  I glued this whole element to the maroon card front.  I watercoloured my image, glued it to a maroon layer and mounted it on my card front overlapping the green strip using 3D foam tape.
For the birthday card, I glued the last four strips of decorative paper to my card front (see the sketch) leaving very small margins between the edges and the pieces.  I watercoloured my image, layered it onto a maroon rectangle and mounted it to the center of my green card front.  I added some small rectangles into the remaining spaces, added faux stitching with a marker and used watercolour and my stipple stamp to add a bit of texture to them.
Really happy with how these cards worked out.  There are other variations that can be created using these elements.  If you decide to play with this template I would love to see how you created your cards!!  Leave me a link to your creations in the comments below.



Monday, September 14, 2015

More stash busting cards!!

 While my sister, Sylvia, was visiting a few weeks ago I decided to continue to create cards with the supplies my other sister left here.  She is always very busy at the beginning of the school year and knew she would not be getting any more card made for a while so I encouraged her to leave the supplies and I would continue to work on them as I had time.

I am really enjoying making these large cards.  It is fun to go digging through the paper stash and find something interesting and then create any thing I want!!!

Made a few Christmas ones this time and used up some pieces left over from the last session!!


Friday, September 11, 2015

OSW template - 3 cards using a 6"x 6" piece of decorative paper

 I have been playing with One Sheet Wonders in a effort to have a template I like for preparing kits for a cardmaking session I am teaching later this month.  Here is the latest one I have been working on.  With this template you can create three different cards using a 6" x 6" piece of decorative paper and three sheets of cardstock - one neutral and two different colours that coordinate with the decorative paper.
I printed my images (Digital Two for Tuesday) and my greetings onto my white cardstock before I cut it apart to create my cards.  I cut off the bottom to create one card front and then trimmed my images (2.25" x 3.5") and finally punched out my greetings using an oval punch (SU).  I trimmed my decorative paper into three strips of 2" x 6". Then I cut the other two sheets of cardstock in half ( one green, one deep purple) and used one of each to create my other two card fronts.
For my first card, I watercoloured the lily image and cut a layer for it from the other half sheet of green cardstock.  I punched a scalloped oval (SU) from the middle of it to layer under my greeting before gluing them to each other.  I watercoloured my greeting and glued it to my scalloped oval.  I glued my strip (2" x 5.5") of decorative paper near the left hand side of the purple card, added a strip of white cardstock which I cut from the white scraps, trimmed with decorative scissors and then pierced with a push pin to the right of my decorative paper strip.  I added my layered image overlapping the decorative edge and glued it into place.  I glued my layered punchie greeting below it.
The card went to the family of a neighbour who passed away last week.

For my second card I trimmed my 2" x 6" strip in half crosswise which gave me two identical pieces (2" x 3").  I glued one to the lower left hand corner and the other to the top right corner of my green card front.  I watercoloured my image and cut a layer for it from the other half sheet of purple cardstock.  Again, I punched a scalloped oval from the center of it before I glued my image to it.  I watercoloured my greeting and layered onto the purple oval.  I glued my layered image offset enough to the left to allow enough room for my layered greeting on the right hand side.

For my third card, I watercoloured my image and greeting and layered them as I had the previous one using purple cardstock scraps.  I positioned my decorative paper allowing enough room to add two strips of green cardstock which I cut from scraps.  I trimmed both of them using decorative scissors and glued them above and below my strip of decorative paper (2" x 5.5").  I added dots in the scallops using a white gel pen. I glued my layered image to the left hand side and added the layered greeting on the right centered on the lower strip of green.
Very happy with how these all turned out!!  I have more sketches floating around in my brain for this OSW template.

I have provided the cutting template for the decorative paper, the three card sketches, a supply list and some basic instructions.

This One Sheet Wonder template only uses one 6" x 6" piece of decorative paper and three sheets of cardstock to create 3 handmade cards!!   You can easily buy just what you need at your local scrap booking store and have your three cards made in a couple of hours.  If you have a stash of paper and cardstock,  you can shop at home!!

Good luck with creating some cards with this template and I welcome you to leave me a comment with a link to your creations!!


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Birthday greetings with gold embossed tulips

Another birthday card!!  I watercoloured the gold embossed image of tulips and added a red layer.  I colourwashed the laser printed greeting punchie and layered it onto a red scallop which I punched from the same piece I layered on the tulips - always matches perfectly when you do that!!  I glued my decorative paper to my red card front, added a gold ribbon gluing the ends to the inside of the card and then layered on my image and greeting.
Another card for a special person!!


Monday, September 07, 2015

Birthday card with alcohol ink background

I love this card!!  It features a polished stone background that I made quite a while ago on which I stamped a script background stamp in rose.   I added the rose organza ribbon to it and adhered the ends to the back using double sided tape and then glued the whole element to my blue card front.  I mounted my watercoloured greeting (Black Berry Jelly) to a red layer and mounted it to the front of my card over the ribbon using 3D foam tape. To finish it off I tied a short length of the ribbon with a single knot to the right of my greeting.
It will be off to a very special person come the beginning of September.