Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Decorative paper with a watercoloured laser printed image of a cross

I wanted a simple cross image for this Easter card so I managed to find one on a clip art site.  As I look at it now, it looks a little off center so I will have to correct that before the next time I use it.  I laser printed the image and watercoloured it.  I layered it onto brown cardstock and distressed the edges.  I found this scrapbook paper background in my stash and it coordinated perfectly so I simply added a blue ribbon that coordinated adhering the ends to the back and then mounted it to a beige card.  I embossed the greeting (SU) onto a watercoloured yellow scrap, ripped the bottom edge and trimmed the left hand side and tucked it below the ribbon adhering it in place.  I offset my focal element so it would just cover the right hand side of my greeting which worked perfectly!!! 

It is always good to be reminded of the reason for the season. 


Some fun vellum combined with some bright images

These cards both feature a vellum layer!!  The one on the left has some cool bunny vellum which I cut just slightly smaller than my card front.  I created my focal element and positioned it before stamping and embossing my greeting.  The focal element combines a bright laser printed image of Easter eggs (Anji's Antics) which I watercoloured and layered onto yellow cardstock.  I mounted the focal element to the vellum and then applied double sided tape to the back of it where I knew that it would not show through to the front and then adhered this large element to a purple card front.  You have to be really careful when thermal embossing on vellum as the vellum can warp a bit.  You can see that there is a bit of warping even if I was very careful not to apply too much heat for too long.  I am a bit out of practice!!  Really like these bright Easter eggs and I added just a bit of clear glitter gel pen to them as a final touch. 
For my next card, I mounted a hand decorated background paper (watercolour and plastic wrap) in red and pinks to coordinate with my focal image to the front of a purple card. I trimmed the laser printed image (Pixabay), ripped a piece of vellum to frame it nicely and adhered it to the back of the image using double side tape.  I applied double sided tape to the back of this element where it was hidden from the front and adhered it to my embellished card front. 


Mixed media exchange cards that feature serendipity backgrounds, die cuts and embossing

Wanting to create cards that are a bit more mixed media that my regular cards I dug out my serendipity backgrounds stash and found two in blue, green and brown tones.  These are a little less serendipity in that they feature square edged scraps instead of torn and are generally a little less layered and overlapping. They were embossed with an allover patterned embossing folder - Lattice (SU).  I die cut a leaf (TH SX) out of one and a flower (SX) out of the other.  Because these are the large dies that have three images on each die it required a bit of work.  I have several broken plates for my Big Kick which I use to allow myself more flexibility when I am cutting and embossing.  In the end, I broke one of my half plates in two to get two quarter plates so I could cut these where I wanted on them my background.  It takes a bit of working out so that you can get the small plate positioned to cut only the one die.  For the flower one I used brown heavy white core paper to cut another one and embossed it so that there was some swirls and a bird, sanded it a bit to reveal the white core and then added ink to help it coordinate with the background.  I cut a dark yellow center as well which I dotted with a gold gel pen.  I inserted the center into the flower and held it in place with regular tape and did the same with the flower into the background.  I used a border embossing folder to emboss the leaves on both sides and highlighted the embossing with green ink.  I used a bit of watercolour afterwards to make some of the leaves more solid.  For the leaf, I used the coordinating embossing folder to emboss brown cardstock with the leaf shape, added some colour and finally a bit of gold embossing powder to give the leaf added texture.  I mounted the leaf behind the hole in my background and then used a swirl embossing folder (TH) with the small plates to emboss three of the corners which I highlighted with green ink as well.  I layered these large elements onto coordinating layers (gold for the leaf and yellow for the flower) and then onto coordinating card fronts before machine stitching them all the way around.  Very happy with how these turned out and they are headed to my partners in today's mail!!!