Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's card for a special guy

I have been on a Valentine's card kick lately and I thought I should make DH before moving on to other things!  He loves music so I like to include that theme on his card.
You may recognize this background from my Christmas thank you cards.  I saved this one aside especially for this card!!  I sponged the edges and layered it onto an ivory quarter sheet which I had trimmed to leave a small border when I put it on an A2 card.  I forgot how slowly this paper absorbs ink so you can see that I mucked up the top right hand corner a bit.  Oh well!  I punched a heart hole in this background, penciled in a line, added the reused red and gold ribbon gluing the ends to the back and then stitched the line to make the heart look like it was hanging.  Next, I added a short piece of ribbon and tied it with one knot to the one on the card.  There was writing (ferraro rocher) on the back side so I was careful to not make it show.  I die cut a little heart (CB) out of duplex cardstock, embossed it with a swirl embossing folder (TH-SX) and then sanded it until some of the white showed through the red.  It did not coordinate with the ivory all that well so I sponged the white with a little yellow ink just enough to tone it done and have it coordinate better.  I positioned my background on my card and glued my little heart into place and then stitched it there.  I lifted the two sides so they would be dimensional.  I glued my background in place on my red card front.  I wanted a subdued greeting so I colour washed a white laser printed oval greeting punchie with yellow to help it coordinate with the card and then sponged the edges with red.  I adhered it to the front of the card using 3D foam tape.  Very happy with how it turned out!!  Therese

Heart cards - another option for the Plethora of Hearts card kits

I have a few card kits from my last class and I decided to see what I could do to provide a bit of variety to the layout.  You can check out the ones I made for the class here and the few I made after that with yet a different heart arrangement.  Very nice to have such a flexible card kit!!!
For this card I chose four of the hearts from the kit and added four smaller ones which I cut using a small heart die (CB).  I lightly glued the large hearts in place on the right hand side, positioned the smaller ones on top and then snuck the greeting in between the two bottom hearts.  I stitched right through all of them and the embossed background using white thread in my sewing machine.  Really like the look!!  I trimmed the far edge of the greeting and used a small piece of double sided tape to adhere it to the background then glued this whole element to the black card front.  The little red heart I glued close to the greeting!!  Fun to play with card kits!!             Therese

Cute dog and kite card for a little boy

A card for a little boy having a birthday!!  I chose this little dog with a kite (Melonheadz) image for this card.  I watercoloured it to coordinate with the background I had created from several layers of decorative paper.  I have used this image many times before but only today did I notice that the dog has a bow on its head.  It got painted yellow for today but I will have to see if there is another available with out the bow. If not, I expect I will digitally remove the bow and save it so I can use it for boy cards in the future as I have in the past.  Amazing that I never noticed that before!!
So I watercoloured the image, layered a green ribbon over my card before gluing my image to the decorative background.  I colourwashed the punchie greeting (SU - Decorative Label) to coordinate and attached it with 3D foam tape to the right of my image.   It is fun to have little ones in the extended family so we can make these cute cards.  Therese

Images framed in decorative paper on these cards

I made up a few more cards from the card kits from my last card class.  It sure is handy to have card kits on hand!!  You can check out the original cards here.  These feature several images which I watercoloured - the light house - Bird's cards, the daisy - Beccy's place and the cute little birds - Birdie Brown.  The 3/4" decorative paper strips were cut to fit and glued to form a frame on the coordinating card fronts.  I glued in the coloured images and then added the embossed banners with a bit of fiber knotted to them.  I will be adding these cards to my stash!!