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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Design Tool Kit #1

One of my recent acquisitions was the Design Tool Kit #1 from Hot Off the Press.  It's a set of templates that is just great for cardmaking.  The biggest one in the set can be used to create shaped cards like the one you see here. 

I had this yellow card that I wanted to use up, and decided to make a window card with a pumpkin focal for Thanksgiving.  The focal itself is made using a Dazzles outline sticker.  I backed part of it with orange and yellow patterned paper, then used metallic chalks to color in the leaves and stem.  Spellbinders Marvelous Squares die set once again came to the rescue in matting and framing this window/focal. 

Even though the paper I used for the pumpkin had yellow in it, I found that when I actually put it on the card, the yellow really didn't come through well and didn't pull the card together as well as I had hoped.  I decided to tone down the yellow a bit with repeated stamping in two shades of brown.  Then I added some orange ribbon to help pull those colors together.  Not my best card, but it works.

Here's something else I made using the small tag template in the Design Tool Kit. One of the challenges I signed up for recently was to make a tag using ribbon/string/fiber and spritzing.  I cut my basic tag using the template, then laid string in a random pattern over it.  Next I spritzed with some Tattered Angels spray and removed the string.  I finished it by stamping snowflakes and a sentiment and adding some ribbon at the top.

The Design Tool Kit comes with 6 templates and 12 shapes - only two of which have been shown here.  I used a couple of the other ones on my scavenger hunt scrapbook page shown here.

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