Thursday, February 01, 2018

January Cardmaking - decorative paper and 3D embellishments

For our last card I always try to make it the easiest one!!  
For this one I used a decorative paper for the backgrounds - either a full quarter sheet or two coordinating pieces to create the whole.  I added a layered greeting that coordinated and trimmed the ends to four inches.  

The greetings were laser printed and layered onto coordinating cardstock.  At this point on some of them I added texture with my pattern tracing wheel!!  I tied a ribbon using a double knot on the one end that had room.  I glued the greeting to the card over where the papers joined or wherever looked good on the ones that whole backgrounds.  I created small 3D embellishments that were created using punchies or die cuts.  The butterfly is a die cut (QK), the bird is a layered punchie (SU), the left hand one is a silver foil flower die cut treated with alcohol inks with a sequin and brad  (TH) and the last one is layered punchies with a sequin and a brad.  These were added with double sided tape or 3D foam tape.   What a versatile design!  By changing the paper and the greeting you could make a card for any occasion.               Therese

January Cardmaking - washi tape, embossing and a large greeting

I have been playing with washi tape so created some cards for this class to make use of what I had created!!  You can check out my washi tape experiments here.   It was fun to use double sided tape and tissue paper to make washi tape!!  With a bit more coordinating options after my creative session I chose three short lengths for each of my cards.  I flagged the ends but you can see that others are just ripping them.  I overlapped them just slightly and varied the lengths of them as well.  I created digital focal elements using a digital frame for the Deco Label thinlit set (SU) and filling it with a font greeting and some single elements from image fonts.  After applying the three pieces of washi tape I did some manual embossing around the edges using  the Swiss Dot embossing folder and a hammer.  I coloured my focal element with watercolour.  I mounted the background to a coordinating card, added the focal element using 3D foam tape and to finish off the card added three coordinating sequins using double sided tape.  I really like these cards!!  I created this other one using a fussy cut greeting instead of adding a die cut and adding a watercolour background before putting on the washi tape.  I will be trying some with stamping as well. 


January Cardmaking - a cute little truck filled with fun!!

Last time our cardmaking group met one of the girls wanted some Valentine cards for her grandsons that featured trucks filled with hearts!!  So I spoke to my sister, Sylvia, who has a little truck stamp and die set and we got together to stamp and cut a few.  We stamped in black and embossed in black then die cut them.  The set includes items you can put in the back like the tree on this first card.  I did a bit of research on line to see what others were putting in the back of their pick ups.  Hearts, gifts, pumpkins, eggs, dogs, etc so I came up with a few images that would be suitable including backhoes and so on.

So for my first card I started with a light gray card and glued on a piece of swirly blue paper to create a sky. I added a torn white strip to simulate a snowbank because I was creating a Christmas card.  I added some stippling on the bottom and a bit of brown watercolour to simulate a winter road.  I chose a little red truck and coloured in the tires with black marker and the windshield, headlight and hubcaps using a clear glitter pen.  I did add a bit of colour to the fenders on the back and front to add a bit of definition and depth.  I used double sided tape to adhere it to the front of my card leaving the back without glue so I could add my little tree.  I used the stipple stamp with green ink on the tree before tucking it in the back of the truck.  I added a layered greeting - laser printed words punched with the Word Window punch (SU) layered onto a red Modern Label punchie.  I added it to my card using 3D foam tape.
For my second card, I use a black card front and added a blue paper at the top and then a green torn strip to simulate a tree line.  I added green scribbles with three different colour pencils on the bottom edge to simulate grass in the ditch.  I used a white gel pen to add a dashed line to simulate pavement.    I glued my embellished red truck in place with double sided tape and then went about adding items into the back.  I had printed off a little dog so I fussy cut it and then added four balloon punchies adding strings with a fine tip Sharpie marker.  I love how it worked out.  To finish off my card I added a small laser printed font greeting with a flagged end.
I am look forward to adding more fun stuff to the back of the other trucks!!         

Here are some of the trucks filled with hearts!!!!  I have left off the greetings so that they can be customized for the recipients!!  The hearts are die cuts in two sizes  (CB) which used up a few scraps from my red scrap buckets.  I like that the hearts are all different colours!!!

Valentine cards with some awesome decorative paper hearts

I am working on Valentine's Day cards and found these beautiful hearts in my decorative paper stash!  I have been hoarding them for many years though I have used a few over the years.  There originally were nine on the 12"x 12" sheet.  I have used up the last of them and I am very happy with the beautiful cards they made!!
The hearts were cut from the sheet to about 4"x 4".  As luck would have it I found a coordinating piece of decorative red harlequin paper in my stash!  I trimmed a couple strips of about 1.25" and added a piece to each heart.  I used a variety of ribbons to cover the joint before gluing this layer to my card fronts.  For the first one, I simply added a little gold die cut heart and I was done!!  With no greeting it is a bit more versatile as it can be used as an anniversary card as well.  The next two are very similar in that I added a gold embossed vellum greeting with torn edges.  I attached them to my card fronts using two tiny gold brads.  A short length of ribbon tied to the one on the card simulates a bow.
 For the last two, I added a heart embellishment which was created by layering two heart die cuts - one from red velvet paper and the other from gold packaging.  On the left hand card the joint was so seamless that I did not have to cover the joint with ribbon.  I simply embossed my greeting on the bottom strip and added my heart embellishment with double sided tape.  For the other I added an embossed vellum greeting along with the heart embellishment.  I love how these turned out!!