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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Color Burst Mother's Day

I'd been wanting to play with my Color Burst again.  I used one color - Merlot - though it looks like several when you add water!  I tried sprinkling the Color Burst & some Perfect Pearls on heavy watercolor paper, then spritzing with water and a sheer shimmer sparkle spray.  That turned out pretty, but darker than I had been thinking I wanted & the Perfect Pearls didn't blend in as well as I had hoped. 

A bunch of colored water had run off the first project onto my craft sheet, so I took more watercolor paper and laid it on top to pick up color.  I kept diluting the remaining colored water with shimmer spray & laying papers on top, getting progressively lighter shades. 

Finally, I tried pouncing the color from the craft mat onto the watercolor paper with a make-up sponge.  That gave a much softer look - especially since it was also the most dilute.

After all were dry I stamped & heat embossed several images with fine white powder.  I used stamps from two HOTP stamp sets - Lacy Things and Tags & Trims.  To get the look of lace running beneath the roses, I first heat embossed the roses.  Then stamped the lace & added powder.  With a small brush, I removed any powder that was on top of the original heat embossed area before heat embossing again.

The card at the top of this post was made from the very first watercolor paper I had prepared, and the inside paper is the next one.  The tag & extra rose on the front are from some paper somewhere in the middle of my process and you can see it's a bit lighter.  Here's the inside:

I made another card from the lightest one's created.  You can see how different it looks.  Even though the same materials were used to color it, they were much more dilute, so the color is much more pastel.

I added a touch of darker pink with an alcohol ink pen.  Here's the inside of this one:

I hadn't intended to add the panel on the left side, but when I decided to outline the front in the darker pink, it bled through - this was my solution.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Diamond Top Kitty

This card was created for a challenge on the Paper Wishes Message Board - here. Instructions were given in the 2nd post for creating a card with a diamond topper.  

I made mine half an inch shorter (because of the dimension of the pot I had already made), so my instructions below reflect that:
  • Start with card stock 5" x  9"
  • Score in half lengthwise (2 1/2").
  • Score the other way across one end at 2 1/2"
  • Turn your card stark over so you can mark on the back.  Mark it at 3 1/4" at the center fold and 4 1/4" at each side (so marks on sides will be 1 3/4" beyond the 2 1/2" score line)
  • Still working from the back, score lines between these 3 marked points.
  • Still looking at the back of the card stock, we'll fold the 1st 2 folds as valley folds (mountain folds from the right side), and then carefully pinch the other two as mountain folds (valley folds from the right side).
  • Crease all folds well with a bone folder.
  • Decorate it!
I decided to make my card look like a kitten was popping out of a pot.  The pot was die cut using a Spellbinders die (Flower Pots) and shaded with chalks.  The cat was created using Stampendous Pop-up Kitties stamps & dies - colored with chalks, fine-line Sharpie, & a little Smooch Ink (see more details in a previous post - here).  The "grass" was hand cut from green glimmer paper, and the butterflies (here and on the inside) were purchased at a dollar store.  I cut away a little of the diamond so it wasn't sticking out below the cat's head.  The sentiment is Dazzles.

For the inside, I inked around the edges with a mix of Dried Marigold & Aged Mahogany Distress Inks so it would blend with the outside of the card.  With the little "roof" that pops out when you open the card, I decided I wanted to create a banner below it.  For that I took a strip of the same card stock that was used for the pot, folded it in the center and 1/2" over at each end, and attached it to the card as shown below - so it pops out when the card is opened.  This leaves me with plenty of room for my message.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Cat Thank You

Today's card is a quick thank you card for one of the many cat lovers in my life - made using one of my card kits as described in a previous post here.  The patterned card stock is from a small DCWV stack.

FOCAL: The focal was made as described in this post, using stamps from JustRite's Grand Sentiments (frame & sentiment) and Inkadinkadoo (You're Purrfect Cat).   I used clear embossing ink & white powder for the border & a dark pink ink with clear embossing powder for the image & greeting.  Focal was cut using a die from Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Nine.

FRAME:  Because my card stock came from a 4.5" x 6.5" mat stack, it was just the right size to allow for a white border around it on the front of my 5" x 7" card.  I cut it into a frame by cutting the center out, using the same die used for the focal.  I popped the frame on the card using dimensional tape and my card front was finished.

INSIDE:  I didn't take a picture of the inside, but I used the piece that was left over from cutting the frame (inside piece) and cut another frame using a smaller die from the same set to cut the inside of that piece out - perfect for framing my inside message.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Pressed Flower Thank You

This card was made for a friend who does a lot with pressed flowers.  This pressed flower printed paper (HOTP) isn't nearly as nice as the real thing, but I thought she might appreciate the thought at least!  

BACKGROUND: I didn't have much of the printed paper left & wanted a bit for the inside as well, so I ended up with a strip that was perhaps 2" wide on the front of the card.  I found some old-fashioned lace that I thought went well and added along the border (for the inside as well - see below).

FOCAL: Focal was stamped on a die cut piece using a stamp from JustRite's Grand Sentiments.  I used the same ink to ink around the edge of the die cut and to ink the entire area of the die cut I used for a mat (dies from HOTP set called 6 layered labels & 2 swirls).  Because I ended up with some stray ink when I stamped the greeting, I added a little butterfly sticker to hide the mess.

INSIDE: For the inside, I had a narrower border done in a similar way as on the front - and added a larger butterfly sticker from my stash:

Thursday, April 27, 2017


I love the way this card turned out!  The panda is made from suede paper & FlowerSoft, so just begs to be petted!  Using the back of the card stock for my extra pieces meant that if the back of the piece was visible, it blended perfectly with the rest of the card.

  • 12" x 12" piece of green card stock from DCWV Texture & Finishes stack (used for all but the panda itself (sometimes used the plain white back side of it & inked it).
  • Small piece of Black Suede paper from HOTP (big enough to cut out the panda)
  • Small piece of cream colored paper (big enough to hold panda)
  • Small piece of double-sided adhesive (big enough to hold panda - I used some from Elizabeth Crafts)
  • Ivory FlowerSoft
  • Very fine white glitter
  • 2 dies from Spellbinder's A2 Card Basics A
  • 1 die from Spellbinder's Labels Thirty-Two 
  • "Thank You" stamp from JustRite's Antique Autumn Tags One
  • Tea Leaves ink by VersaMagic 
  • Sponge Dauber
  • Printer & Light Box
  • Painter's Tape (to hold dies in place - & to hold card in place for printer)
  • ATG
  • Sakura Quickie Glue roller ball glue pen

CARD BASE/BACKGROUND: For basics on constructing the card base check out this previous one made using the same measurements.  For this card I used card stock from DCWV Texture & Finishes stack for both pieces and cut my openings with a die from A2 Card Basics A.  Before joining the two pieces of card stock together, ink the middle of both pieces where they will be visible when the card is opened (using a sponge dauber & ink pad - Tea Leaves by VersaMagic).  

FOCAL MAT: Using the reverse side of the rectangular piece that was cut from the "outside" card piece, ink the edges (again with Tea Leaves ink) and attached it to the card as you can see in the picture.

PANDA: Cut the panda from the Black Suede paper - including the eyes & nose.  Place the small piece of double-sided adhesive on the small piece of cream colored paper.  Smooth in place, then remove backing & add the panda.  Fussy cut around the panda and discard the sticky remnants before moving on to the next step.  Then, add Ivory FlowerSoft to fill in the white places on the panda - except for the eyes.  Use very fine white glitter for the whites of the eyes.

BAMBOO: Cut from the same card stock as used for the card base - using bambo die that comes with Scruffy Panda.  Cut some of these into smaller pieces to create the effect shown.  To glue these small pieces use Quickie Glue glue pen.

GREETING: On the reverse side of card stock piece that has been cut & embossed with Labels 32 die, stamp "Thank You" using stamp from Antique Autumn Tags One.  Ink around the edge.

INSIDE MESSAGE: Cut & emboss a piece of card stock using a die from A2 Card Basics A. Ink the edges.  Create your message in a Microsoft Word document (or similar software program) and print it to ensure it is the right size.  Place this paper on a light box and arrange your card stock piece on top, looking through to ensure it is lined up the way you want it.  Hold it in place with painter's tape (I placed it on my clothing a couple of times to ensure it wouldn't be too hard to remove later) and send it through the printer again so your message is printed on the card.  Glue in place as shown (picture doesn't show printed message, but shows where it would be).  Finish with a bit more bamboo, prepared as before.

Here's the card closed up and ready to go into the envelope for mailing (it really is rectangular, but was trying to open so looks a bit strange):

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Card Kit Swap Number Two

Today's card is another from the Card Kit Swap on the Paper Wishes Message Board.  This is the one made from items my swap partner sent to me. I wasn't smart enough to take pictures of the materials that came in the kit, but the list of items are: Focal image & sentiment from HOTP "Butterflies" stamp set (old one), stamped with StazOn Jet Black ink, Queen & Company Ribbon, 3 pieces of paper from the Double-sided Rhapsody paper pack from HOTP (2 that were 5" x 6.5", and one that was 5" x 5", and 12 red jewel Dazzles for embellishments.  

Since I decided not to use the ribbon for this project, and only used 1 piece of 6.5" x 5" paper and just a little of  a second one (none of the 5" x 5" at all), I have plenty of supplies left over for making another card!  

As I look at the card, I wish I had matted the black dotted paper with the red paper instead of just die cutting a couple of embellishments, but I can't do anything about that now!

Anyway, the rules were you could only add ink & shimmer (like Wink of Stella) to the supplies sent for your card.  

BUTTERFLY: Not having many standard alcohol ink pens, I used red & black Sharpies to color in my butterfly.  Then I went over the entire wings with Wink of Stella (which doesn't show up well in the picture. I then fussy cut around it, leaving a little white showing around the antennae so they would hold up better (and show better against the background!)

SENTIMENT: At first I thought about using a die to make the sentiment into a tag, but as I played around with the pieces, I realized I liked it as a stripe across the front of the card.  So, I cut it into a strip 2" by 4 5/8".

BACKGROUND: I didn't want to just cover up my dotted paper with the sentiment as I wanted some for the inside of my card, so, I cut 1" off the bottom to create my bottom strip, then 2" that I would use on the inside of the card.  I trimmed all pieces to 4 5/8" wide.  Saving the 2" strip for the inside of the card, I glued the remaining pieces in place on the front of the card and added the sentiment strip.

EMBELLISHMENTS: I realized I really wanted JUST black, red, and white on my card, and the Jewel Dazzles had a gold ring around them.  SO, I colored over it with my black Sharpie.  I cut two red decorative pieces from the red paper using a die from the Spellbinders Twisted Metal Tags & Accents die set.  You can see how I used these from the picture.

INSIDE: The inside is pretty simple - I cut my 2" strip into smaller ones for top & bottom & added the 2nd red embellishment I had die cut.

Here's another view of the finished card:

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Card Kit Swap

Today's card was created for a card kit swap hosted by the Paper Wishes Message Board.  The idea for this swap is that you create two "kits" as defined (a focal, a certain number/size of papers, ribbon, embellishments).  You make a card from one kit & send the other in the swap and see what your swap partner makes with it.  

This kit started with the Hunkydory Vintage Blossom Topper Card Kit - since I just happened to have 2 of them. It contained a card base & envelope, the focal, 3 small round coordinating embellishments, a border embellishment, gold-edged ribbon, 2 pieces of coordinating card stock from the kit (one was 6 1/2" by 5" and one was 5" x 5", and a 6 1/2" x 5" piece of rust-colored glimmer paper.

I thought today I'd describe the evolution of my card.  Often with this type of focal I might separate & use the frames elsewhere, but for this card I decided to keep it intact and use it for the center of a center step card.  I started by turning my card base into a center step card base:
  1. Modify a standard card base by carefully centering the focal on it and drawing lines either side - 3/4" from the bottom of the card & extending 3/4" beyond the score line for the center fold.  
  2. Cut along these lines with a craft knife.  
  3. Score from top of this cut line to the edge of the card on both sides.
  4. Score again from the bottom of the cut line to the edge of the card on both sides.
  5. Score again 3/4" above the last score line (#4).
  6. Carefully fold along the score lines - all are mountain folds except for the last set of score lines (#5) which are valley folds.
  7. Decorate!
I knew I wanted the rust-colored glimmer paper on the bottom & sides of the focal - BUT I couldn't just cover the front of the card with it - I didn't have enough paper in the kit.  SO, I cut three 3/4" strips lengthwise and glued them to the bottom & sides of the card.  Here's another view of the card front:

I had thought to use the yellow border strip on the bottom & sides of the card, so carefully aligned a couple of small pieces with the bottom of the focal so I'd have enough left over to use on the sides of the card.

Before I glued it all down, I wanted to make sure I was set for the inside of the card, so I moved to that:

I used one of the colored card stock pieces for the center, but it was only 5" wide, so I needed something on the sides.  I thought the rust-colored glimmer paper would be great on either side, but by this time I had realized that I wanted to mat my little circular sentiment on a piece of that paper and I didn't have a lot left.  Since I only needed the strips to be 4 1/4" long instead of 6 1/2", I cut carefully so the remaining 2 1/4" was left intact for my sentiment mat.  I also cut some off the top of  the inset piece so the flower border would align with the bottom of my card.

It looked good, but a little unfinished where the patterned card stock and paper met.  SO, I decided to use the ribbon as a border between the two - finished it off nicely.

Then I went back to the card front, glued the rust-strips in place, then held the focal in place so I could align the little border pieces correctly.  After attaching them, I attached the focal, lining it up carefully so it's side edges were aligned with the side edges of the center step & the top of the cutaway corner aligned with the top of the 3/4" strip at the bottom.  Then, I carefully trimmed away the upper corners of the card to match the curve of the focal.

I cut my mat for my circular sentiment & cut the corners to mimic the corners of the focal.  I did that by carefully lining up one of the corners of the mat with the corner of the focal (just so happened there were inner lines on the focal frame that gave great lines to match my focal to), and drawing a light pencil line on the mat along the curve of the focal.  I repeated this for all 4 corners & then cut the corners.

The sentiment was added with foam tape for a bit of dimension.  I decided that adding the yellow/gold border along the sides of the card made for too much yellow.  So, instead, I added a bit of the gold-edged ribbon.

As I set the card up, I realized the rust-colored edge at the bottom wasn't as sturdy as I'd like, so I used the leftovers I cut from the patterned card stock on the inside of the card to piece together a strip across the back of it (which you can see at the top of the picture of the inside of the card).

Adding anything else that I had in the kit, just made the card seem too busy, so I stored them away for a future project.  If I'd had a bit more ribbon I think a bow under the sentiment piece would have been nice - but I didn't have any left, so couldn't test that. :)

Update: Here's a link to pictures of the card my swap partner made:  It looks like our different cameras made the colors look quite different, but the WERE made from the same materials!!:)