Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Again, these are very versatile because the cardstock pieces can be any shape - stars, balloons, flowers, etc and I did use punchies on several of the background I created for my kits but die cuts would work just as well.
While I was out there cruising the internet I did find a few downloadable chalkboard backgrounds which I will play with later. It was fun to finally create cards with chalkboard greetings!!
We started with a fairly versatile sketch - a pieced embossed background, some ribbon/fiber and a layered focal element which featured digital images from Cre8tive Hands along with greetings created with interesting fonts.
For this card I embossed four silver foil rectangles with the Swiss Dots (CB) embossing folder and glued them leaving an even margin all the way around onto a gray card front. I added a length of red ribbon and tied on a short piece with a single knot to simulate a bow before adding my focal element with 3D foam tape. My focal element features a cute little nativity image from Cre8tive Hands to which I added a font greeting before laser printing onto white cardstock. I watercoloured my image and layered it onto black before adding it to my card front. Because I chose a smaller image size I have the ability to make these cards portrait or landscape regardless of the orientation of my image. For some of the kits I embossed the rectangles with different embossing folders and varied the colours to provide a multicoloured background. With a bit more work the rectangles could have been made different sizes which would have given the background a more abstract look.
Really happy with how this card turned out!! Love the image at Cre8tive Hands as well!! You can see below a couple more cards I made up at class. I have a couple Christmas ones so I can add them to my stash as I have been remiss in keeping my commitment of making them monthly. I will have to recommit and catch up!!
Trading Fabric Postcards group. I started with a fabric collage I created a while back with colourful strips of fabric. I have recently created several postcard using these fabric collage for the backgrounds. I knew I needed a bold fabric for my little birdie so I kept looking until I found this fishy fabric. It was perfect. I applied fusible webbing to a small scrap, traced the birdie sticky note I used on these cards and trimmed it out. I had enough to make two so I will have a spare birdie that will show up in a future creation. I used a punchie of the wing (paisley) to trace two wings as well out of blue fabric which I had also backed with fusible webbing. I defined the eye and the beak with a black sharpie marker and then fused it to my background. I fused a strip of green fabric across the bottom to simulate grass. I stitched all the way around the birdie several times using greenish yellow thread and stitch him legs and feet. I adhered the wing and added stitching to it as well. Really happy with how it turned out! I added a piece of batting and a white cotton backer, stitched all the way around the edge to secure all the layers to each other and then stitched around the bird in an all over pattern. I added fusible webbing to several strips of greenish yellow fabric and used it to bind the postcard. I cut a length for one long side, positioned it on the front overlapping the edge and used the iron to fuse it in place. I turned the whole thing over and fused the rest of the strip to the back. I did the other three sides to finish it off. I used the greenish yellow thread to add two rows of stitching to the binding which finished the whole postcard off very nicely. I used a small strip of white fusible fabric for my quote which I hand lettered using a black fine tipped Sharpie marker. Very happy with how this one turned out!! It is off to my partner to arrive in time for her birthday. Therese