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Sunday, September 21, 2014

3 x 3 Minis - Part 1

This next series of cards combines two fun things - mini cards and swaps! Swaps can be fun for at least three reasons: 1) It's fun to get things in the mail! 2) They inspire you to do things you might not have done otherwise, and 3) You get new ideas as you see what you get from others in the swap. Miniature cards can be a lot of fun because even when you do special techniques and add details they don't take long and you can feel like you accomplished a lot.

Today's card is one of ten different 3"x3" cards I made for a swap - I'll be showcasing the others over the next few days.  Since the swap was on the Paper Wishes Message Board (hosted by Hot Off the Press), most of the supplies used were theirs. All ten cards started with a printed card base from Hot Off the Press (sold in packs of 10 cards - quite inexpensive).  This one came from this pack:

I found I could get two 3 x 3 cards from one of these printed cards. 

The focal was made using the "Small Cupcake" mini stamp set from HOTP.  I stamped it first on white card stock, colored it using sparkly gel pens and chalks, then embossed the edges with an embossing stylus.  It still didn't have the dimension I wanted, so I stamped the image again, colored it, fussy cut pieces of it, and popped them up with foam tape.

Most of the cards I left blank inside, but for this one I fussy cut some candles from scraps of the card and glued them to the inside of the card:

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Mini Thank You

I had so much fun making Mini cards for that swap, that I looked around to see what else would work for them. This one started as a piece of glittered card stock from a 4.5" x 6.5" mat stack (DCWV "All Dressed Up"). I cut it to 3" x 6" and scored it to form the base for this 3" x 3" card.

The Focal was stamped with JustRite Stamps from "For All You Do Vintage Labels Three" and cut with the matching die.  This was mounted with foam tape on a mat cut from a silver glimmer paper with a die from Spellbinders "Decorative Labels Twenty-Seven".

The butterfly was from a set I got at the dollar store.  Some of the sticker sat past the edge and I didn't want it sticking to the envelope, so put a touch of baby powder on it to get rid of the "sticky".

Friday, September 19, 2014

Mini Envelopes

Over the next several days I'll be showcasing some 3" x 3" mini cards (you can see one peeking out from behind the envelope in the picture above).  First, though, I'll show how I made the envelopes.

Supplies: plain white paper, my Martha Stewart scoreboard, a paper cutter, scissors, bone folder, and my trusty ATG gun.

I first cut the paper into 5 1/2 inch squares.  Then, using the envelope adapter on my scoreboard, I laid it as shown below with the corner at the 6" mark.  I scored along the 4 3/8" line and then rotated and did the same for all 4 corners (I drew pen lines along the score lines so they would show up in the picture!).

Next I creased well along these score lines with a bone folder and then cut out the little triangles formed in the center of each edge, rounding the corners a bit as you can see in this next picture:

I did that for each side, and then folded the edges in to form an envelope.  I decided to trim the upper edges of the side flaps so it would be easier to slide the cards in and out.  As you can see here, I trimmed from the corner of the flap to the upper corner of the envelope on each side:

I folded the side flaps in, gluing them together where they overlapped, then folded the bottom edge up and glued it in place. I used my ATG for the adhesive since I can control it easily to avoid getting glue on the inside of the envelope.

Usually, I just use my ATG gun to seal the envelopes, but since these were going for a swap, I decided to try a "Lick and Stick" glue that is supposed to dry and then let you moisten it to activate the glue - just like a store-bought envelope. I don't remember where I got it, but this is the glue that I used:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thanksgiving Minis Part 10

Today's cards are the last of the Thanksgiving Minis (for now at least - they're SO much fun to make)!  Though these look complicated, they were very easy FOR ME because I used what started out as a 12" border I had received in a swap (thanks KarenLiz!).  It's really hard for me to use things I've gotten in a swap - especially when I cut it up like I did with this one.  It feels like I'm desecrating someone's work or something - but since she had sent 3 borders that were all basically the same, I figured I could save two of them & just use this one. :)

Anyway, I can't tell you exactly what tools she used, but can tell you in general how the border was made.  She started with a strip of brown patterned paper - 2" to 2 1/2" wide and used a border punch along one edge.  She then took a much narrower strip of light colored paper (maybe 3/4" to 1" wide) and used the same punch along one edge.  She shaded this one a bit - not sure if she used chalks or ink - then layered the two on top of each other.  Next she added some die cut leaves in different colors - some of which she had shaded once again.  Then she added a few little orange dots of something - not sure what they are but they are about the thickness of foam tape.

As you can see, I cut pieces of this border for the two cards on this page and then finished them up with outline sticker greetings that I colored to coordinate with the card.  The one on the first card is a Dazzles sticker from a sheet of black Tiny Words and Phrases.  I'm not sure where the ones I used on this next card came from.

Now I just need to make 21 envelopes for all these Mini Thanksgiving cards!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thanksgiving Minis Part 9

Here we have a pretty simple Thanksgiving card.  I like it's nice clean look.  It's another mini, and this time for my focal I used a picture of a pumpkin that I printed and fussy cut.  I thought it looked nice with the printed ribbon border.  The focal is matted on a white piece of paper that was cut and embossed using a Spellbinders Scalloped Oval die.  The greeting is made with Dazzles stickers (Tiny Words & Phrases in black).

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thanksgiving Minis - Part 8

Today we have 3 more Mini Thanksgiving Cards.  These ones all make use of outline stickers - most of them Dazzles brand from HOTP.  The focal sticker on this first card is not from HOTP, but I'm not sure where I got it.  It was stuck on a piece of brown patterned paper and then fussy cut around it.  It is matted on a die cut piece of brown patterned paper (die from Spellbinders Persian Motifs & Accents).  There's a ribbon with leaves that forms the "ground" the turkey is walking on, and Tiny Words & Phrases Dazzles were used for the greeting at the top (colored with a Sharpie).

Next up is another one with a tag (downloaded freebie from HOTP) on which I stamped a greeting (Melissa Francis Holiday Greetings) and added a couple of Dazzles (Autumn Scrapbooking).  I added a border with brown Dazzles (63 thin line border).

For the background of this third card, I took a piece of patterned paper (DCWV Mat Stack) cut to size & inked around the edges. The focal is simply a Dazzles Sticker (Autumn Scrapbooking from HOTP).

Monday, September 15, 2014

Thanksgiving Minis Part 7

For most of these minis, I just used a plain color for the background, but for this one I chose this striped paper to add more colors and interest.  The paper was from a DCWV Mat Stack.  The focal is a combination of elements: a gold embossed leaf I picked up from somewhere, a decorative die cut I got using a die my sister-in-law owns, and a metallic embossed tag that I fussy cut out.  I stamped a greeting on this using a stamp from JustRite's Antique Autumn Tags One.  The card was outlined with a black mini-border from HOTP's Dazzles - 63 Thin Line Borders - in black this time.