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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Woodsy Wonderland


I recently purchased all the Woodsy Wonderland sets from Heartfelt Creations and couldn't wait to start playing with them.  I purchased them in part because I thought they'd be a great addition to my Stampscapes Scences.  I haven't tried that yet, but have used all of the stamps & dies to create some fun pieces to play with and look forward to seeing what I can do with them.  Here's my first card using them:

CARD FRONT: I made the entire scene like a card topper cut just a bit smaller than the card base.  After it was complete, I added it to the card front with foam tape.
  • Background - The background is a piece of sky from one of the 12 x 12 scenes in their paper set.  I added green chalk near the bottom - using torn paper to help me form some hills on the right hand side.  Then I inked around the entire piece with a dark blue ink.
  • Trees & Deer - stamps used for these were from two stamp sets - "Woodsy Treescapes" and "Woodsy Critters".  After coloring them with watercolor pencils (and blending with a water brush), I cut them out with the matching dies "Woodsy Landscape" and "Woodsy Critters".   I added dimension by bending them a bit and gluing parts of them directly to the card topper & raising other parts with foam tape.
  • Sentiment & Finishing - The sentiment was cut from the coordinating paper.  It was a bit too yellow for the colors I had chosen for my scene, so I changed the color a bit with some green chalk.  The ribbon vine was purchased from Paper Wishes.

INSIDE:
  • The inside border was created in much the same way as the card front - but was glued directly to the inside of the card.  The word "Thanks" was a tag cut from the coordinating paper.  The "With Gratitude" stamp was from a HOTP stamp set called "Tiny Words & Images".

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Card Structures from Card Blanks

Realizing that I have a tendency to create mostly standard open to one side cards, I asked myself why that was when I so enjoy more interesting structures.  I realized that a good share of the reason is that most of the time I'm in a hurry and I don't want to have to spend a bunch of time or create my card bases from card stock myself.  So, I've decided to make a list of card structures that I can easily make from standard card blanks!  Hopefully this will help me increase the variety of structures that I use, and perhaps will help you as well!
  • Gate Fold & Interlocking Gate Fold - Pictured at the top of this post, we see an interlocking gate fold card.  To make a gate fold - don't fold along the center score line.  Place the open card blank in front of you horizontally (the center score line is now running vertically).  Score each side in half vertically.  Fold along these new score lines (only) and you have your basic gate fold card.  To make it interlocking, all you need to do is make sure you have a frame of some sort for your focal.  Glue the frame ONLY to the right side of the card, and the focal ONLY to the left side.  You'll see that these then interlock as you close the card.  Make sure an additional elements are added to only one or the other side as well so they don't glue your card closed!
  • Cut Away - For this type of card, you simply cut away some of the front of the card.  This can be done with a straight line, or a more decorative one. 
     
  • Folded Panel Card - Unopened, this card looks similar to a cut away card, but it's a bit more interesting when opened.  Simply score the center of the card front and fold it back forming 2 panels - one on the outside & one on the inside of the card.
  • Aperture Card - For this card, simply cut a hole in the card front (a die is great for this!) so that a feature from the inside of the card shows through.
  • Center Step Card - This card requires 2 cuts with a craft knife and a couple of extra score lines.  Instructions can be found here.
  • Dual Side Step Card - This card also requires 2 cuts with a craft knife and several score lines.  Instructions are here.
     
  • Easel Card - Fold on the normal score line.  Then simply score the card front in half and fold as a mountain fold.  With the card horizontally oriented, attached your embellishments to the bottom half.  Add something on the inside that will hold the card when the card front is folded back in a mountain fold as you can see in the picture below.  Instructions for this card are here .
  • Triple Easel Card - Fold on the normal score line.  Then score and fold the card front in half (just like for the basic easel).  Now, with the card front facing you, draw 2 vertical lines the same distance from the edge and cut on these lines just to the center fold line (see 1st picture below). It's not as easy to see in the picture as I had hoped, but you see a mountain fold in 3 pieces - two narrow ones on the sides and a larger one in the center.  This time we're adding 3 panels to the front and 3 things on the inside of the card to hold them in place.  Note that this card works best if the two side holders are set a different distance from the center one (example, in this case the flowers holding the side panels are farther out than the sentiment holding the center panel). Instructions for this card are here.
  • Gap Card - For this one you slice out the middle of the card front and replace it with something else - like die cut words or decorative pieces.  In this case I used a die cut strip to replace it.  You can read more about how I did it here.
  • Gate Fold Window Card - No example yet! Make it like a gate fold, but before you add your background paper, put a die cut side up on the center of the inside of the card (tape in place).  Close the card & lay your background paper on top (tape in place - may want it to be slightly smaller than the card itself so there is a bit of a border around it), and send it through your die cutting machine.  You now have a decorative window cut out of the front of your gate fold card & your paper (so you can more easily add it to your card front - if you wish you can trace along the edge of the die on your paper & fussy cut to give you a narrow border).  Obviously, whatever is in the center of the inside of your card will show through.
  • Latch Card - This card is similar to the basic cut away card - except that there is a "latch" (small embellishment on foam tape) that holds the card closed and a couple of score lines near the latch that help make the card easier to open and close. Instructions here.
  • Lattice Window Card - Basically this type of card has a window cut out of the front with lattice covering it.  Usually the lattice is put behind the window (requiring more finishing on the back side of the card) but for this card I put it on the front - and extended it beyond the window.  More details here.
  • Penny Slider Card - This card is actually easier than expected.  Simply make a card topper with a slot, use a couple of pennies with a piece of foam tape between them for the slider and attach the topper to the card front - more details here.
  • Next Card -

Monday, September 4, 2017

OSW3 #7 - One of a Kind


This is the last of the cards from my third One Sheet Wonder.  I had thought to stretch it to another one, but decided 7 cards was enough this time.   This is another 5" x 7" card using the Honeysuckle Artful Card Kit (HOTP).

CARD FRONT:
  • Background - The background on this one was a piece of red glimmer paper that was embossed using a Spellbinder's M-Bossibilities folder called "Framed Petite Labels".  Some of the dots look white in the picture, but that is just because of the way the light was reflected off the glimmer paper. I took a strip of black paper and ran it across under the focal.
  • Focal - The focal is two die cuts from the kit - a fancy frame and a large bee - glued one on top of the other and attached to the card.
  • Border & Sentiment - The border at the bottom is one of my two remaining strips of patterned paper from the OSW with a narrow strip of black paper glued across it.  The sentiment started as a cut-out piece, but it already had a sentiment that I didn't want to use, so I cut it out and used the outer part as a frame, glueing it to a piece of glossy white card stock.  Then I stamped the sentiment (from JustRite's "You Are The Best" stamp set) in black StazOn.  This was added with foam tape.

INSIDE: 
  • On the inside, I simply layered several scraps - my last piece from the OSW, a strip of black and a narrower strip of red embossed that had been trimmed from the piece on the card front.  Last, I added a cut out sentiment from the kit.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

OSW3 #6 - Bee Happy


The 6th card in this 3rd One Sheet Wonder set is a standard card - easily made with the 3 pieces of patterned paper I had for this card.  I added extra pieces from the Honeysuckle Artful Card Kit.  

CARD FRONT:
  • Background - The background is a red honeycomb pattern from the kit, narrowly matted in black.
  • Border - The wide border is a piece of black measuring 5 3/4" x 2 5/8" with the patterned OSW pieces glued on it.
  • Focal & Embellishments - The beehive is from the kit & added to the lower right corner with foam tape.  The sentiment is a cut out from the kit, glued across the border & background as shown.  The red flower and bee are die cuts from the kit that are added with foam tape.

INSIDE:
  • On the inside I have another piece of the red honeycomb paper matted in black forming a border along the bottom.  A cut-out sentiment from the kit finishes it off.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

OSW3 #5 - Penny Slider


The 5th in this One Sheet Wonder set is a penny slider card - really a pretty easy card structure to make.  Once again, I'm using elements from the Honeysuckle Artful Card Kit.  

CARD FRONT:
  • Card Topper - Cut a piece of card stock just smaller than the front of the card.  It should be pretty sturdy card stock, so you might want to glue 2 pieces together.  On the back of this piece, measure 3/4" and 1 1/4" from the top and 3/4" from each side, forming a long, thin rectangle.  Using a 1/2" circle punch or die, cut either end of the rectangle.  Then, using a craft knife, cut along the lines that connect these circles.  Now you have a long ovalish rectangular cut-out.  Set the card stock it in place on the card front, and lightly draw around the inside of this cut-out with a pencil.  Stamp a sentiment in this drawn oval.  
  • Border & Sentiment - Cut a rectangular piece of red embossed glimmer paper that is 5" x 1 3/4" and glue it to the card topper.  Then attach the 3 squares of patterned papers as shown (from OSW).  The sentiment is a cut out from the kit that I backed with a piece of black paper and then glued to the border.
  • Slider - You'll need two small coins (I used pennies) and foam tape.  Cut a circular piece of foam tape - 1/4" to 3/8" in diameter and place it in the center of one of the small coins.  Then cut several pieces of narrow foam tape and place them on the back of the topper about 1/4" above & below the slot and then a third across the bottom.  Then fill in with foam tape as needed to hold the topper well. If you wish, you could use slightly thicker foam tape to attach the topper than you used for the coin so it can slide easier.  After all is ready, hold the coin with attached foam tape under the slot and add the other coin above the slot so the foam tape and slot edges of card topper are both sandwiched between them. Cover the top coin with an embellishment of some kind (here I used a large bee from the kit).  Now attach the topper to the card front with the prepared foam tape and make sure the slider slides.

INSIDE:
  • Border - Mat the longer piece of patterned paper on a slightly larger piece of embossed red glimmer paper and then on a piece of black paper that is 5 1/4" x 1 7/8".  
  • Finishing - Add the small bee & create a "flight path" using small pieces of Dazzles or other black stickers. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

OSW3 #4 - Lattice Window

My 4th card in this 3rd set of One Sheet Wonders is a lattice window card - again using the Honeysuckle Artful Card Kit (HOTP).  Usually this type of window is made with the lattice attached from the back of the card and just covering the window itself.  For this one, however, I chose to have more of the lattice & put it on the front of the card.  It probably would have been better to have something a little less busy showing through the window as well - but I wanted flowers that my my bees would like! :)

CARD FRONT:
  • Window - Starting with an A2 pink card base (with white on the inside), I chose a die from JustRite's Vintage Labels Two set to create the window.  I centered it on just the card front (I briefly laid the OSW piece on the bottom to help for the vertical placement), taped it in place & ran it through my Grand Calliber.  (I went ahead and embossed the piece I cut out, figuring I could use it on another card.)
  • Background - I cut a lattice piece from a dark red glimmer paper using the "French Lattice" die from Cheery Lynn.  This is an A2 size die so fit the card front beautifully.    I glued the lattice in place over the entire card front (using my Sakura quickie glue pen - love that thing!).  Then I glued the patterned paper in place near the bottom of the card.
  • Sentiment - the oval piece was a cut out from the Kit and then stamped with a stamp from "Janie's Girls" stamp set (HOTP).  The "Bee-n" was added by hand with a fine black marker. 
  • Frame & Borders - The card still needed more definition at this point, so I added two strips of black paper to form a border between the patterned paper and the rest of the card front.  I also added a frame around the window - created using the die from the window & the next larger one taped together on black paper & die cut.  The bee is a die cut from the kit.

INSIDE:
  • The flower & bees on the inside are die cuts from the kit.  I didn't add much else because I want room to write my message.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

OSW3 #3 - Latch Card

Here's the 3rd in the series of One Sheet Wonders Set 3.  Again, with the one sheet wonder pieces, I'm using other elements from the Honeysuckle Artful Card Kit (HOTP) as well as other things from my stash.  

CARD FRONT (& Inside that shows through to the front!!):
  • Background - The card (5"x 7") is basically a cut-away card as I started by cutting approx 1 3/8" from the right edge of the card front.  I embossed a 5" x 7" piece of black glimmer paper using a Darice folder called "Damask".  This I then cut into 3 strips just wider than the patterned pieces to serve as a mat (with lots left over at the top).  At the "join" of the patterned paper to the black piece, I put pieces of a red border that was included in the kit.  Then I glued the largest piece to the card front.  Before adding the piece to the card back, I scored it at 1 1/8" and 1 1/4" from the right edge (2 score lines to make opening and closing the card easier).
  • Sentiment - I cut out the shape for the sentiment from the printed greetings page and then matted it on black card stock.  I stamped "Bee Happy" from the HOTP Small Stamp stamp, and hand-wrote "Don't Worry" above it.  Then I added it to the front of the card using foam tape.
  • Bee Latch - The bee forms my latch to hold the card closed.  You can see that his wing (and actually a little of his head) overlaps the card front.  He is attached with foam tape to the inside of the card.

INSIDE:
  • To finish off the inside, I simply added another strip - using the smallest patterned piece & black strip & adding a bit of red border as before.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

OSW3 #2 - Gap Card

Today's card is the 2nd in my OSW3 set of cards - again using patterned paper & tags from the Honeysuckle Artful Card Kit from HOTP.  This one uses the parts labeled #2.  

This type of card is called a "gap" card because we cut a GAP out of the front of the card and replace it with something else - in this case the black die cut you see here backed by vellum.

CARD FRONT:
  • Card Base - This used a standard A2 red card base.  However, I drew horizontal lines 1 3/8" from the top of the card front & 1 3/8" from the bottom of the card front - and then cut along those lines.  This gave me a little flap at the top and 2 more pieces.  I set the piece from the middle aside and glued the die cut (Sue Wilson's Snowflake Mini Striplet) to the front lower edge of the flap at the top and to the top edge of the remaining 1 3/8" piece I had cut off the front.  This gave me a full-sized card front again - though you could see through to the back through the die cut. 
  • Borders - the three strips of patterned paper I had were just a hair long for the card, so I trimmed them to size - saving the larger one for the inside.  I matted the two smaller ones on black paper with a narrow margin & glued them above and below the die cut as you can see in the picture above. 
  • Sentiment & Finishing - I stamped a sentiment on the coordinating die cut that came from the kit.  The stamp was one from JustRite's "Because I Care" set.  Because the surface of the die cut was a bit shiny, I stamped with StazOn to be safe.  The I tied a bit of ribbon through the hole and attached it in the upper left corner.  The ribbon bow you see in the lower center of the card, actually got moved more to the right in the finished card.
INSIDE:

  • I matted my remaining piece of patterned paper on black and then carefully glued it near the bottom of the card where it wouldn't show through the die cut.  Then I decided I didn't like two things about the die cut.  Any message would show through it - and the back side of it didn't look finished.  So, I fixed both problems by backing the die cut with vellum and then gluing 2 black strips of paper over the join on the inside.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

OSW3 #1 - Triple Easel Card


This is the first in my 3rd set of OSW cards.  In addition to pieces from the OSW template using that one sheet of busy patterned paper (shown in this post), I used additional items from that same Artful Card Kit (Honeysuckle ACK from HOTP).  

I started with a card base that was 5"x 6 1/2" when folded.  Then I scored and folded the front in half horizontally and folded it as a mountain fold - like I would for a basic easel card.   

Next, I measured 1 3/8" from each side of this folded card front, drawing vertical lines on the whole of the horizontal card front.  Then I cut along these lines, so my card base looked like this:  


I used the 3 pieces of patterned paper from my OSW (marked #1 on the OSW3 template) as the inspiration & start of my design. 

CARD FRONT:

  • Sides - I cut 2 pieces of black card stock that were 1 1/4" x 5".  To each, I glued one of the smaller patterned paper pieces to the bottom part of this black card stock, allowing for a small margin on all sides.  I glued a smaller pieces of pink paper (1" x 1 5/8" - from the ACK) at the top of each of these black strips.  Deciding a bit of black between the two patterns would look best, I cut a narrow strip of black paper and glued in place between them.  Finally, I glued these black strips to the bottom half of the side fronts, leaving a small bit of white border on the side edges.
  • Center - Once again I cut a piece of black card stock - this time 3 1/2" x 5" and glued my remaining piece of patterned paper the same as for the sides.  This time, however, instead of adding pink patterned paper, I added a die cut tag from the kit, and cut the black card stock away where it was showing above the die cut.
INSIDE:

  • Border - I decided to create a bit of a border using more of the pink paper matted in black.
  • Side Easel Stops - To hold the easel pieces in place when opened, like at the top of this blog entry, I added 3 pieces that were adhered with foam tape.  Two were small pink flowers - die cuts from the ACK.  These hold the side pieces and you'll see that they are farther forward than the center one.
  • Center Easel Stop - This started as a blank tag from the kit - that I stamped with portions of two stamps to get the sentiment that I wanted.  One came from a HOTP set called "Heartfelt Greetings".  The other was from a set called "Sending My Love" from Our Daily Bread.  After cutting it out and stamping it, I thinly matted it on black card stock (so it would be sturdy enough to form my easel stop) before adding it to the card with foam tape.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Dual Side Step Card


The dual side step card is a little more elaborate, but can easily be made using a card blank.  I thought about creating my own measurements to use the card blank as it comes, but that would have made for really challenging measurements.  So, I cut the card down from a 6.5" x 5" card to a 6" x 4.5" card and used the measurements found on Becca's blog. Here's the process:

Card Base: 
  • Cut your card base down to make a 6" x 4.5" card (6" x 9" when open - DON'T FOLD IT YET).
  • Placing the open card vertically in front of you, measure in 1 1/2" from each edge and draw a light vertical pencil line.
  • Still using a light touch with a pencil, mark these pencil lines as follows: 1" down from the top, 2" up from the bottom.
  • Now, using a craft knife, cut along the vertical lines between your 1" & 2" marks from the previous step.
  • Turn your card horizontally with the 1" mark on your left.  Now you'll be drawing light vertical lines with your pencil that go between your two pencil/cut lines from the previous steps.  Measuring from the left edge, draw these at 1", 2", 3 1/2", 5" & 7".
  • Score along the lines drawn  in the last step.  
  • Fold along these score lines starting from the left: mountain, valley, mountain, valley, mountain.  Fold the outside edge in a mountain fold at the card center (usually this score line is already there in a prepared card blank).  Now your card is ready to decorate.
Decorating: the remaining directions assume you are looking at the card as it is in the picture above
  • Background - From a HOTP Card Maker's Personal Shopper, I found a piece of paper that had these dots on the left, a border in the center, and yellow paper on the right.  I trimmed it so there was 1" of the border attached to the dots.  I glued this to the front of the card base with the border at the bottom, and cut around it.  Taking pieces that were cut off, I cut them to fit the front of the two "steps" in the middle of the card and glued these in place.  The remainder of the border was attached to a yellow piece of paper.  I cut this off with about an inch of the yellow to form a border on the inside of the card (no picture of this).
  • Focal - The focal scene is created using stamps I got free with a Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine subscription.  I stamped them on white card stock with black Versafine ink.  I colored the ground and the dogs with chalk.  Then used watercolor pencils to add the rest of the color, blending some with a water brush & some with a clear Wink of Stella for added shine.  After fussy cutting  around them, I attached the people to the back step and the dogs & flowers to the next step.  After taking the picture, I realized I didn't have as much dimension as I wanted, so I removed the flowers & re-attached them with foam tape.
  • Sentiments - Both sentiments came in the kit.  The larger one was mounted on white card stock for additional stability as it hangs out in front of the scene.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Folded Panel Card


I've been exploring easy card structures I can make using standard card blanks.  Here's one where the card front is folded back forming two panels - one hidden on the inside - so that half of the inside shows through.

This is what it looks like when opened:


Card Base - Simply score a line dividing the card front in half vertically & fold as a mountain fold.  The pre-scored line will be folded as a valley fold.  

Panels - I cut paper from a HOTP Cardmakers Personal Shopper kit - so about 3/8" of the white base card shows all the way around.  Rather than using paper to mat all of these, I drew a dark purple line around them using a ruler & one of my Zig Scroll & Brush Markers.

Border - narrow piece of paper from the kit.  I drew a dark purple line on either side as for the panels, then matted with white & dark purple before adding it as you see here.  Because of the way the card is constructed, this border is seen whether the card is open or closed.

Focal - The focal is a panel from the kit.  I cut it with a narrow white border & then matted it on dark purple.

Butterfly Embellishment - from the kit - matted with white & then purple.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Nearly OSW Toyshop Window #8


For all the cards in this set that I'm calling "Toyshop Window", I used something from at least 1 of the 3 pages of the 3-page Toyshop Window coordinating set from the Hunkydory Christmas Classics Luxury Card Collection.  I often added stuff from my stash - including tags from the Hunkydory Essential Book of Christmas Sentiments 2016.

CARD FRONT:
  • Background - the Background was embossed with a Craftwell embossing folder called "Decor Circles.  I turned it to the back & lightly traced around the frame - then cut between the inside & outside lines so that the embossing is just on the outside of the frame.
  • Frame & Tree - The tree is cut with a Paper Artist die called "Fancy Christmas Tree" (HOTP).  The frame is a die cut from the Hunkydory set.  I added the frame to the card front with foam tape & then arranged the tree carefully so part of it is behind the frame, and part is in front.  I finished it with several red Jewel Dazzles for ornaments.
  • Sentiment - another from the Essential book - added with foam tape. 

INSIDE:
  • Borders - The inside has border strips cut from the patterned card stock from the kit. 
  • Little Tree - This is cut with another Paper Artist die - from the "Truck O'Goodies" set.  To this I added small jewel Dazzles for decoration.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Nearly OSW Toyshop Window #7


For all the cards in this set that I'm calling "Toyshop Window", I used something from at least 1 of the 3 pages of the 3-page Toyshop Window coordinating set from the Hunkydory Christmas Classics Luxury Card Collection.  I often added stuff from my stash - including tags from the Hunkydory Essential Book of Christmas Sentiments 2016.

This card is an interlocking gate fold card.

CARD FRONT:
  • Background - Each side of the card front has a piece of card stock from the kit - cut so there is a narrow border of the card base around it.
  • Right Side - I glued the focal die cut (from kit) to JUST the right side of the card front
  • Left Side -  I glued the frame die cut (from kit) to JUST the left side of the card front - then added a sentiment from the Essential book to the top of it with foam tape.

INSIDE:
  • Background - both the center window & the borders on the sides were cut from the same piece of patterned card stock (from kit) and attached as you see here. 
  • Small Poem - from the die cut sheet - added to the right inside of the card as you can see.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Nearly OSW Toyshop WIndow #6


For all the cards in this set that I'm calling "Toyshop Window", I used something from at least 1 of the 3 pages of the 3-page Toyshop Window coordinating set from the Hunkydory Christmas Classics Luxury Card Collection.  I often added stuff from my stash - including tags from the Hunkydory Essential Book of Christmas Sentiments 2016.

The picture of this one doesn't show real well because the bird & greeting are red holographic stickers (I think they were Dazzles, but don't find them listed on Paper Wishes website & don't have the packaging anymore).  

CARD FRONT:
  • Background - a strip of patterned card stock from the kit was glued to the lower part of the card front.
  • Focal - The cardinal is a sticker (as mentioned above).  Actually it is several stickers as each gold line outlines a piece of it! I colored the eye with black Enamel Accents and the beak with Sundance Smooch ink (actually added a touch of enamel accents with a pen to shade the beak a bit near the face.
  • Sentiment - the Sentiment is the word "Joy" from the same sticker sheet
  • Embellishment - in the bottom left corner, I've added a bit of holly.  The outline was from the same sticker sheet as the rest.  I backed it with green glimmer paper & added red Jewel Dazzles (HOTP) for berries.

INSIDE:
  • Border - narrow strip of the same card stock as used on the front - with another holly embellishment (made the same way as on the card front).

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Nearly OSW Toyshop Window #5


For all the cards in this set that I'm calling "Toyshop Window", I used something from at least 1 of the 3 pages of the 3-page Toyshop Window coordinating set from the Hunkydory Christmas Classics Luxury Card Collection.  I often added stuff from my stash - including tags from the Hunkydory Essential Book of Christmas Sentiments 2016.

CARD FRONT:
  • Background - The top part of the background is card stock from the kit; the red at the bottom is glitter fun foam from the dollar store.  Between them I have a piece cut from scraps from the die cut sheet and a dark green grosgrain ribbon from my stash.
  • Focal & Frame - The die cut focal is from the kit and glued directly to the card front.  The frame is cut from the leftovers of the die cut sheet - and added with foam tape.
  • Sentiment - from the Essential book 

INSIDE:
  • Border - a strip of the patterned paper is matted on a scrap from the die cut sheet & then a piece of the glitter fun foam
  • Sentiment - from the Essential book - with a scrap of ribbon from my stash.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Nearly OSW Toyshop Window #4


For all the cards in this set that I'm calling "Toyshop Window", I used something from at least 1 of the 3 pages of the 3-page Toyshop Window coordinating set from the Hunkydory Christmas Classics Luxury Card Collection.  I often added stuff from my stash - including tags from the Hunkydory Essential Book of Christmas Sentiments 2016.  This card actually has quite a bit of sparkle on it - which doesn't show well in the pictures.

CARD FRONT:
  • Background - This one is a little hard to see.  The background is created using two strips of card stock from the kit.  Then I added Wink of Stella to the card itself in between the strips & on the patterned card stock.  It wasn't trying well on the glossy card stock, so I added some Kaleidoscope embossing powder & heat embossed it.
  • Focal - The dog is a die cut from the kit
  • Sentiment - from the Essential book - matted on two layers of paper - with foam tape between them.  

INSIDE:
  • Frame - cut from the leftover die cut sheet.  I then put Wink of Stella all around the outside of the frame for a sparkly background (leaving the space inside the frame for my message when I add it.
  • Sentiment - from Essential book.  Mat was cut from the blue with a die (Paper Artist "6 Layered Labels & 2 Swirls" - HOTP) cut & matted on gold paper using a narrow margin.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Nearly OSW Toyshop Window #3


For all the cards in this set that I'm calling "Toyshop Window", I used something from at least 1 of the 3 pages of the 3-page Toyshop Window coordinating set from the Hunkydory Christmas Classics Luxury Card Collection.  I often added stuff from my stash - including tags from the Hunkydory Essential Book of Christmas Sentiments 2016.

CARD FRONT:
  • Background - The background is a piece of Hunkydory card stock cut a bit smaller than the card front so the white of the card frames it.
  • Focal - Focal is one of the die cuts from the kit
  • Greeting - is from the Hunkydory Essential book - added with foam tape. 

INSIDE:
  • Border - The border is cut from a strip of the same card stock used for the background.  The sentiment is a die cut from the kit.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Nearly OSW Toyshop Window #2


For all the cards in this set that I'm calling "Toyshop Window", I used something from at least 1 of the 3 pages of the 3-page Toyshop Window coordinating set from the Hunkydory Christmas Classics Luxury Card Collection.  I often added stuff from my stash - including tags from the Hunkydory Essential Book of Christmas Sentiments 2016.

CARD FRONT:
  • Background - This background is scraps from the die cut sheet, cut & put together the way you see in the picture. 
  • Focal - The words "Merry Christmas" are from a Paper Artist cutting die set by the same name. (HOTP)
  • Embellishments - die cut holly & vines from Spellbinder's Holly Accents & Holly Motifs die sets. With the die cut still in the die, I added chalk - then added Jewel Dazzles (HOTP) for the holly berries. 

INSIDE:
  •  Border - a strip from the die cut sheet, another die cut from Spellbinder's Holly Accents, and a greeting from the Hunkydory Essential Book of Christmas Sentiments 2016.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Nearly OSW Toyshop Window #1


For all the cards in this set that I'm calling "Toyshop Window", I used something from at least 1 of the 3 pages of the 3-page Toyshop Window coordinating set from the Hunkydory Christmas Classics Luxury Card Collection.  I often added stuff from my stash - including tags from the Hunkydory Essential Book of Christmas Sentiments 2016.

CARD FRONT:
  • Background - glued piece of striped paper (from set) in upper area of card leaving a narrow white edge around the top and sides.  Added a piece of green grosgrain ribbon at the border between it and the rest of the card front.
  • Focal - The green tree was cut with a Paper Artist cutting die called "Fancy Christmas Tree" (HOTP).  It sits on a border strip of card stock cut from the top of the die cut sheet.  The sentiment tag is one from the die cut sheet.  All of this is glued to a piece of red metallic tag board that is attached to the card front with foam tape for dimension.

INSIDE:
  • Background - As you can see, I took a small strip of the striped card stock & added a touch of the green ribbon at the bottom, gluing the whole thing in place on the left side of the page.  I added a piece of the red metallic tag board at the bottom.
  • Sentiment - From the "Essential Book of Christmas Sentiments 2016"