Thursday, February 09, 2017

Concertina heart borders for cardmaking!

More concertina borders for my cards!!  I used decorative paper for these ones and cut them with the smallest heart on the large Tipsy heart die (SX).  I measured across the largest part of the die and fold a concertina (back and forth) slightly smaller so when I cut the stack the hearts would remain attached.  Just like making a string of paper dolls or snowflakes when we were kids.  Instant border!!!  I used my heart border on these cards combining them with decorative paper, a bit of embossing and lace and greetings.  I will be experimenting with different shapes!! 
I made two like the one on the left for my partners on the card exchange and the one on the right uses the two left over ends of the borders I had created which is why there is an edge through the middle of one of the hearts.  I embossed the area below the hearts and used a coordinating laser printed greeting with a bit fiber on the left hand ones.  I added lace to the other one using double sided tape to adhere it to the card front and a layered oval greeting.  

Reusing a card front to make a card

 I have had a variety of used cards donated to me to reuse so I went through to see what I could find that could easily be translated into new cards.  This little dragonfly notecard was the perfect size for reusing to make an A2 sized card.  Just cut the back off and I had a card front.  I wanted to embellish it a bit and felt it needed some texture so I used some Dimensional Magic to highlight the two large dragonflies and the dots.  As you can see on the closeup - the clear dimensional paint cracked a bit.  I expect it was when I added weight to the surrounding areas when I saw that the paper was warping so if you are going to try this weigh your paper at the very beginning which will allow the paint to dry on the flat paper.  I used punches to weigh it down around the wet dragonflies.  It is what it is!! After the paint was dry I added faux stitching all the way around with a deep purple fine tip marker and added a trimmed laser printed vellum greeting near the bottom gluing both ends to the back of the layer.  I glued this whole element to a purple card front.  Pretty happy with how it turned out!!  Reusing cards is a good way to get started in cardmaking and allows beautiful cards to have a second life!!