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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

3 x 3 Minis - Part 10


This is the last of the ten 3" x 3" mini-cards that I made for a swap.  I decided to make this one a Christmas theme, using a plaid card I got from HOTP and cut to size. For the focal I used a stencil I purchased from Paper Wishes.

I have quite a few family & friends who like cats, so I like making cat cards, but was not sure how this stencil would work out.  I started with a piece of white card stock, taped my stencil to it, and applied white dimensional paint just for the greeting, the eyes, the fuzzy parts of the hat, and the cat's paws (yes, those are two paws by her face - hard to tell, huh! - maybe we'll just say she's wearing a collar! LOL).  Anyway, before the paint dried, I added white fun flock to the tassel and brim of the hat, and ivory Flower Soft to the paws, leaving the greeting and eyes as they were.

After everything was thoroughly dry, I cut a rectangular shape using my paper cutter with a fancy blade. I put the stencil back on top and used chalks to color in the rest of the image.  Then I added a bit of chalk around the sentiment to help it show up better.

Next I took a green pen and outlined the leaves, adding some vein lines; and then used a red pen to outline the hat, berries, the letters in the greeting, and the outer edge of the focal.  The fuzzy parts of the hat weren't showing up as well as I liked, so I outlined them in pencil and then ran a pencil line around the cat's "face" to help better define it.

Finally, I added just a couple of dots of green stickles to make her eyes glow.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

3 x 3 Minis - Part 9


This quick card started as a 3" x 3" card cut from a HOTP "Tie Die" card base.  For this card I decided to round just the upper corners of the card.

For the focal I cut a 2 1/2" square piece of white cardstock and stamped images and sentiments using purple ink and the small stamp set "Just a Note" from HOTP.  The border was longer than I wanted, so I covered a portion with a sticky note while I added ink (removing it before actually stamping) so the printed music would have a white border all around it.

The large note was stamped on a separate piece of card stock, trimmed around the edge, and attached with foam tape.  After rounding the upper two corners to match the base card, I inked the edges and attached my focal with foam tape.

Monday, September 29, 2014

3 x 3 Minis - Part 8


This card started with a "Confetti" card cut to make a 3" x 3" card base.

For the focal, I used another HOTP small stamp called "Pocket Watch" and stamped the watch and sentiment onto a 2 1/2" square piece of white card stock. I stamped the images with Versamark ink and then added copper embossing powder and heat embossed it.

I colored the images with chalk and a little bit of gel pen for accents.  Then I drew 2 colored lines around the edges of the card to help tie the colors together.  I decided to mat my focal on a yellow piece of card stock - cut with a wavy-edge paper trimmer.  I glued everything in place and my card was complete.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

3 x 3 Minis - Part 7


I think this card is my favorite out of the 10 mini-cards that I made.  I love sparkle and this card has LOTS!

I started with another 3" square card cut from a larger "Green Marble" card from HOTP and a hummingbird stencil I had purchased from Paper Wishes.

For the focal, I traced around the stencil onto the backing paper of a double-sided adhesive sheet and cut around my traced lines.  Removing the backing from one side, I attached this to a piece of white card stock.  Next, I removed the other backing paper and carefully placed the stencil on top of it, lining up the edges carefully.  Now I was ready to add glitter!

I started with the fuchsia color and added it to the flower and breast of the humming bird.  A little got in surrounding areas of the flower and bird, but I didn't care about that - as it helped give a more blended look after I added the green to the rest of the stencil areas. If I had wanted clear demarcation between the colors, I would have used a piece of backing paper to cover the areas that I didn't want fuchsia. 

After making sure I had the green and fuchsia where I wanted it, I removed the stencil and added white glitter to cover the rest of the exposed adhesive. Then I cut around the edges, adhered it to my card, and trimmed top and bottom.  LOVE IT!

However, I wanted a little extra and wasn't sure what to add - then thought maybe a sentiment would complete it.  I cut out two little hearts - one from a scrap of the green marble and a smaller one from a piece of white.  Using a stamp from HOTP "Tiny Words and Images" stamp set, I stamped the greeting in green ink on the white heart and then inked the edges. I attached the white heart to the green with foam tape and then added them to the card to finish the look.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

3 x 3 Minis - Part 6


I've had these "corrugated brown" cards (HOTP) for some time and challenged myself to find a way to use one of them as I made my mini cards.

For my focal, I wanted to use a cat border stencil that I had gotten from Paper Wishes - not sure who actually made the stencil.  I decided to stamp some flowering branches using HOTP tiny stamp set called "Cherry Blossom" as a background to set the scene for my cats.

Next, I used chalks with the cat stencil to get two cats at the bottom of the card.  I decided to use a white gel pen to add eyes and a pencil to draw whiskers and really liked what that added.

Then I took a green pen and drew in some "grass" around the cats.

I found the flowers I had stamped in pink really stood out more than I wanted them to, so I toned them down a bit by going over them lightly with a greyish chalk color.

Looking at my focal, I decided I wanted a sentiment, so chose another from the HOTP "Tiny Words and Images" set and stamped it in green.

Finally, I rounded the corners of both the focal and the card base and inked the edges of the focal with black ink before attaching the focal to the card with foam tape.

Friday, September 26, 2014

September Christmas Inspirations

This card isn't my favorite, but reminds me of a Christmas wreath.  The back layer was cut and embossed with Elegant Labels Four in dark green suede paper.  The red was cut with a Labels Four die and embossed with a Gold Labels Four die.  The green leaves and red berries were cut and embossed with the Poinsettia die and the berries were enhanced with Jewel Dazzles.  The sentiment (HOTP stamp) and frame (JustRite stamps "Antique Christmas Tags One") was stamped in green on white paper and cut with the matching Antique Tags One dies.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

3 x 3 Minis - Part 5


One of the things I like about paper crafting is that I never know how something will turn out until I do it.  This card was another surprise for me.  It started as a plain 3 x 3 card cut from a "Green Marble" card from HOTP.

Using a 2 1/2" square of blue printed paper I got from HOTP and one of their small stamp sets called "Flower" I stamped the sentiment and flower in black ink.  Then I simply colored parts of the image with gel pens and also used them to draw around the edges of the blue square.

Since the green marble paper had white in it, I decided to mat the blue square with white.  Using my paper cutter, I cut a 2 3/4" square with a wavy edge to serve as a mat and glued the blue square to it.  Then I decided to add some white gel pen to the flowers to help tie the focal and mat together better.  Wow!  That REALLY made those flowers POP!

I attached the matted focal to the card with foam tape for dimension.