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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Enjoy Your Special Day!

  • Glossy Cardstock
  • JustRite Stamps & matching dies (Grateful Heart Vintage Labels Two)
  • Black detail embossing powder
  • Smooch inks (Ocean Soul & Lucious Lime)
  • Aqua Painter
  • Patterned Paper (from Rosemary & Thyme paper pack - HOTP)
  • Teal and Aqua cardstock
  • Green glimmer paper 
  • Cutting Die - Elegant Labels Four, Gold Labels Four
  • Outline Stickers
  • Black StazOn Ink
  • Sentiment Stamp (JustRite Vintage Rose Medallion)
  • Embossing Ink
  • Fine Black Embossing Powder
  1. Create focals for front & inside of card as follows (I started with a pre-fab where I had already had done the alcohol ink and heat embossing with black):  Die cut the shapes first.  Then using alcohol inks (Stream & Opal Mixative) on the felt covered aplicator pounce all over the glossy side of the cardstock to create a nice mottled background.  Stamp with embossing ink & heat emboss with fine detail black embossing powder.  Color with Smooch inks.  For the flowers, just add color along the shaded areas, then brush over it with the aqua-painter water brush to create the look you see here.  Similarly for the inside focal, add color around the sentiment and then use the aqua-painter to lighten and shade a bit (see picture below).
  2. Create matted layers with teal, aqua, green, and patterned paper.  Note 1: When matting a piece this size, I usually use a die and cut out a shape from the inside of the mats that will not be seen anyway.  (For the teal, I just happened to choose the die from Elegant Labels Four and then decided it would make a great mat for my focal!). Note 2: The patterned paper was from a 6" x 6" pad of paper - and the space I wanted to cover was longer than that.  I cut the width I wanted, then cut the length in half horizontally.  This allowed me to place the paper where I wanted it, knowing the gap would be covered by the strip of teal I ran across behind the focal.
  3. Before I added my matted focal, I realized much of that teal mat would be hidden behind the focal, so took a Gold Labels Four die and cut out the center, embossing it and setting it aside to be used inside the card.
  4. After I had the front put together, I realized I really wanted a sentiment.  I remembered some outline stickers I had with a rounded "Happy Birthday" and decided to use that.  Unfortunately, it was silver and I wanted black.  I usually cover outline stickers with alcohol ink if I want a different color, but I didn't have black alcohol ink.  I suddenly thought of my black StazOn ink pad.  I just rubbed it across the sticker before removing it from the backing page.  Worked great!  For the word "Mom", I used a JustRite stamp with embossing ink and black embossing powder.
  5. For the inside, I used the sentiment I had prepared and matted it in much the same way as I had the one on the front of the card:

There you have it - a quick and easy card thanks to making those focal elements ahead of time! 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Christmas Inspiration: Wishing You Joy

Here's another Christmas card to inspire us to get some made ahead.  It came together really quickly.  Materials used:
  • JustRite/Spellbinders "Antique Labels One" dies
  • Spellbinders "Poinsettia" Dies
  • JustRite "Noel Christmas Ornaments" stamps
  • CheeryLynn "Grateful Lattice" die
  • Hot Off the Press "Red Jewel Dazzles"
  • Red silk flower from my stash
  • Red ink
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Grand Caliber Die Cut Machine

  • Background - I cut a 1/4 sheet piece of red paper with the Grateful Lattice die and glued it to the white card base using a glue stick. 
  • Focal - The silk flower was adorned with die cuts from the Poinsettia die and some Jewel Dazzles.  
  • Sentiment - I cut a piece of white glimmer paper using an Antique Labels One die.  Leaving the paper in the die, I lightly inked the edges using a sponge applicator dipped into the stamping ink, using a circular motion for a softened edge, then removed the die to show the remaining white frame.  Finally, I stamped the sentiment red ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Make Your Own Card Making Kits!

When I needed several cards quickly, that Hunkydory kit was so helpful that I decided to think about making my own.  I started with a variety of pre-made focals, and started going through my papers to find coordinating papers.  Then I put my gathered "kits" into envelopes that are organized by occasion (birthday, thinking of you, sympathy, congratulations, etc.).  This should make it much faster to pull together cards when I need them in a hurry.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Hunkydory Anniversary Card

For the outside of this card, I put together the papier tole with foam tape, saving a couple pieces for the inside of the card.  I die cut a piece of pink patterned paper (JustRite Antique Labels One) and outlined it with a silver metallic marker.  Then I added the printed tag (from Hunkydory) - adding the combo to the card with foam tape.

For the inside, I started with a piece of patterned paper.  I put together the saved pieces of papier tole, mounted it on a piece of silver, then a piece of pink vellum (cut with Fair Isle Spellbinder's Die) and then matted on a piece of white embossed paper (M-bossibility). The sentiment is an outline sticker.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

HunkyDory Birthday

Continuing with my quick cards from the Hunkydory kit, here's another birthday card.  Everything except the card base itself and a pink ink pad was from the kit.  I used the ink pad to run along the edges of the paper to ink them a little.

Friday, March 7, 2014

HunkyDory Pyramid

Here's another HunkyDory quick card.  This one is a pyramid papier-tole type embellishment that was matted on a pink die cut piece (mulberry paper, 5X7 Elegant Labels Four from Spellbinders).  The little sentiment tag was also from the HunkyDory kit.

For the inside, I just added a piece of the coordinating paper:

Thursday, March 6, 2014

HunkyDory Quick Card


When I looked at the calender this month I realized I had quite a few cards that needed to be made and QUICKLY!!!!   That's when I pull out products like this HunkyDory card making set that I received with a craft magazine subscription.  It's a gorgeous set with butterflies and flowers, papier tole and other decorative elements, and gorgeous coordinating papers.  

For this first card, I paired the papier tole and patterned paper with a die cut (Spellbinders Labels 27) that was inked and accented with a outline sticker sentiment (Dazzles from HOTP).

For the inside, I used another piece of the patterned paper, adding a small flower from the papier tole for a bit of interest.