Saturday, September 23, 2017

White on white with a colourful image/greeting combo

I have been wanting to make a card using white on white for quite a while and I decided to try it with this large card for a friend who will be 98 this month!!  I started with a large white card, trimmed another white piece just a bit smaller, cut it into four pieces and embossed each piece using a different embossing folder.  I glued them to my card front leaving a bit of a margin all the way around all the pieces and in between.  I added a piece of green rafia on the left portion using my slot punch to create a bit of an opening on the spine.  I tied it around the card front an double knotted it on the front.  I layered a colour printed image from Vintage Fan Girl  that features poppies with a greeting, trimmed it and layered it with green before adding a white layer.  I adhered this focal element to my card front using 3D foam tape positioning it just over the raffia and covering the joint of the four embossed rectangles.  Really happy with how this one worked out.  I will be using this sketch again for my upcoming classes.      Therese

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Another leather leaf on a collage background - birthday card

I need another birthday card so I decided to create a collage background with a few of the supplies on my desk - decorative paper, collage scraps, leaf punchies, mop up paper, book page scraps, ATC, etc.  I used a scrap of cardstock as a base and glued all my elements on until I was happy with the layout.  I added a bit of watercolour to help incorporate all the elements.  I trimmed it to size and mounted it to a rust card front.  I added an embossed strip of mustard coloured cardstock and mounted my stitched leaf over it using double sided tape.  I tied some green raffia to the stem and added a bit of glue to adhere those two elements to the card.  I trimmed a laser printed greeting and layered it onto an embossed piece of orange cardstock, flagged both of the ends and tucked it under the mustard strip.  Love how it turned out!!


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Large card made reusing some elements from a used commercial card

I needed a large card for an upcoming birthday and started with a birthday cake image I found on a commercial card that was donated to me.  I trimmed the image from the front of the card and created a layered greeting using a scalloped circle, a laser printed greeting (The Spruce), a couple of flower punchies, a sequin and a tiny white brad.  I added a short piece of coordinating organza ribbon before adhering my greeting usind 3D foam tape.  I cut a large purple card front and trimmed on of the other layers from the commercial card to fit on it with an even border all the way around and added a white layer to hide the words.  I added my yellow focal element over it using 3D foam tape.  Really liked how this one turned out but was not sure if it was original enough for the purpose I was intending to use it for.  So this one may go to by stash!!

I made another large card using gorgeous ribbon and a leather leaf for my daughter's birthday but forgot to get a photo so I cannot share it here!


Monday, September 11, 2017

Fun cards from kits

I made up these two cards from kits I made up for this class in May.   I used ink cartridges from the colour printer and glossy photo paper to make up the fun decorative paper and then I printed images on them using the printer.  These digital. images are from Melonheadz.  I combined them with some fun sayings for some fun cards!!  I trimmed the images and layered them onto the yellow layers which were printed with the greetings and then mounted them to the stamped card front.  They were stamped with pink ink using a script background stamp (SU).  I did use a bit of watercolour to add a bit of intensity to parts of the images to give them more dimension.    Therese

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Hammered botanicals background with silk flowers and seam binding

I made a special card for my god daughter's birthday!!  I used one of my hammered botanicals for the background and found coordinating silk flowers and vintage seam binding in my stash.  I added a bit of coordinating watercolour around the edges of the background where the white was distracting and glued the 5" x 8" piece to a lightweight green cardstock.  I added a piece of purple seam binding across the length and glued the ends to the back of the layer.  On the right over the seam binding I added a layered greeting which consisted of an oval punched laser printed digital image (Birds Cards), a coordinating purple oval and an oval of vellum which I trimmed with scalloped decorative scissors.  On the left above the seam binding I added three dark purple silk flowers to which I had added tiny iridescent white sequins with tiny black brads.  I tied a short length of the same seam binding in the middle using one knot which nicely simulates a bow and positioned it where it looked like it belonged.  To finish off my card I glued this large layer to the front of a large white card (5.5" x 8.5").   I hope she enjoys it and the little treats I have included inside.  

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Exchange cards with bleached backgrounds and labels with greetings

I set out to make a couple of card for my exchange group and ended up with three!!  All of them feature navy blue background paper that was stamped with bleach when I was playing a while back.  I cut each of them to 4" x 5.25", embossed them with an embossing folder and glued them to the front of a card.  I added embossed labels (TH) which have been sponged a bit with coordinating ink, some ribbon and laser printed round greetings ( Netty's Cards).  I also added some punchies/die cut elements to add a bit of texture to each of the cards.  It was fun to make all the cards different with pretty much the same sketch!!
On the first one I added my background to a blue green card and sponged the ivory label with several inks until I got the colour I was looking for.  I embossed it with a gears embossing folder and positioned the center so the large gear with be featured.  I die cut the greeting and the blue/green layer using Nestibilities.  I used a punch to remove the middle of the greeting and reveal the embossed design which I added to the blue/green circle.  It needed a bit of something so I added a rhinestone which I coloured with Sharpies to get the right colour.  I punched slots on each side and inserted short lengths of navy ribbon gluing the ends to the inside front of my card.  I die cut a flourish, trimmed it into three and embellished the label with them just tucking them underneath where they looked good.  For my second one, I glued my background to a purple card, sponged my ivory label with purple ink and added a length of coordinating ribbon over it.  I die cut the laser printed digital greeting and a coordinating layer and mounted them with 3D foam tape over the ribbon.  I punched a hole in a scrap of paper and sponged the center of the greeting with a bit of purple ink.  The little butterfly punchie was just enough to finish off my card.
For my third card I glued my background to a green card.  I sponged the embossed ivory label with green ink and die cut a hole from the middle.  I punched two small holes in each end and inserted a navy ribbon.  I mounted the label to my card front and adhered the ribbon ends to the inside front of my card.  I sponged my die cut greeting, added a green circle into the center and added a small gold flower sequin with a tiny gold brad before mounting it over the ribbon over the hole I had die cut in the label.  I added a stamped and punched butterfly (SU) to which I wrapped and tied gold embroidery thread to create the antennea.  I used a tiny piece of double sided tape to adhere it to my card front.
So two of these are off to my swap partners and the other will find its way to my card stash!!


Saturday, September 02, 2017

Sympathy cards from kits

I made up these two cards from kits I made up for this class.   The card fronts are stamped - the green one with a blue ink using a script stamp (SU) and the blue one with bleach using a worn background stamp (SU).  The digital images (CLKER) were printed on the coloured ink backgrounds then trimmed to fit on the coordinating layers which have colour printed greetings on them before being mounted to the card fronts.  Quick and easy cards from kits!!       Therese

Friday, September 01, 2017

Cat card

 I made this card for my sister who had to put down her cat this week.  It is always hard to have to let go of a pet who has been part of the family for so long!!  It is a loss.

I used cat fabric for the background and stitched it on so she can remove it and use it as she wishes.  She is a quilter so she may consider making herself a mug rug or coaster with it which can remind her of her special buddy.  I added a little grass die cut at the bottom cause you know that cats and grass belong together.  I layered tow coordinating tags and stamped "thinking of you" on the top one and simply hand stitched it on so it could easily be removed.

This card fits in a #8 envelope.