April 29, 2021

Stampin' Up! Blended Bloom Card

Today I decided to make some cards with one of my favorite rubber stamps, the Stampin' Up! Blended Bloom Flower. It's a fairly large image, 2-7/8" across, and is a nice outline image that is great to emboss before coloring. I began by stamping several flowers using Versamark then embossing them with white embossing powder. I wasn't sure which color I wanted the flowers to be so chose rose a CTMH Lagoon Blue stamp pad to match the color of the base card. To apply the color I used a blending brush (love those!) and blended the color from the center out, trying to make the center of the flower a little darker than the outer parts. With colored pencils I colored in the very center of the flower with yellow. I stamped three leaves, embossed them in white, then colored them in to add to the flower. I then cut the flower and leaves out.
I had seen a card idea on Gina K's Youtube site that I liked so decided to use it as a template. I made a base tent card 4-1/4" square out of a Lagoon blue card stock. I then cut a piece of 3-7/8 square white card and stamped my greeting at the bottom. Using a swirly embossing folder I embossed the top part of the white card and then backed the card with black card stock. I adhered that layer to the base card then added my Blended Bloom flower to the top, having half of the top go above the fold of the card.

February 26, 2021

Thinking of You Splitcoaststampers Card

I love the Splitcoaststampers website. I'm a member and do have a gallery there (Cvheart2), but haven't participated in a fun card challenge in a while. I especially like the Teapot Tuesday weekly challenge because you can make a card to send someone who could use an uplifting thought in the form of a handmade card. I was surprised to find that this past Tuesday the card we would make would be sent to a fellow teapotter. What fun. I decided to join the challenge and made a card I had made before using the Spellbinders Shapabilities Shells Duality die.

To make the background I die cut 4 of the shell heart strips. I then inter-laced them together and added them to a white 5-1/2" x 7" base card. I added tiny pearls to the top of each shell heart then added a white ribbon and bow. I stamped the SU 'Thinking of You' sentiment using Versamark ink and embossed using white embossing powder. I then die-cut the saying and attached it to the card.

February 22, 2021

Crane Asian Theme Card

I seem to be stuck on making square cards with an Asian theme. Today I made one using some of the pretty Washi origami paper in the same style as the last card but added a gold-embossed stamped crane for the main image.

The blue background paper seem to pop when I added the dark blue ribbon.

"just because" Stamp - Stampin' Up!
Crane Rubber Stamp - Judi Kins
Gold Paper - Recollections Gold Foil Paper
Embossing Powder - Recollections Detailed Gold

February 12, 2021

Cherry Blossoms Card

I absolutely L-O-V-E Japanese Washi paper. The prints are so bold and graphic and it makes wonderful backgrounds for handmade cards. My favorites are the bold blues, so today I decided to make a card using a sheet of 6" x 6" blue washi with cherry blossom graphics. The cherry blossoms on the paper are outlined in gold, so I added gold accent paper to my layers to make it pop.

I began with a 5-1/2" square card. I trimmed my Washi paper to a 5-1/8" square and added it to the front of the card. I then added a white layer (backed with gold paper) to the bottom half of the card and stamped my sentiment on the right side. Above the sentiment I added 3 gold brads. Next I glued on a piece of pink card (embossed) to the left of the sentiment. I then added a piece of white (backed with gold) for the main image placement with a pink ribbon bow towards the bottom. I made a fan (using my Cricut Expression) with the top out of the same Washi paper and attached it using foam tape to raise it off the card. This card layout is one of my favorites.

February 10, 2021

Screen Divider Card

A card that can stand on it's on and be displayed...what fun. I came across this card on YouTube and just had to give it a try. I had already decided I wanted to make an Asian-theme card this month, so it worked out well. I began by making the base card (you can find measurements and scoring directions on YouTube for making an 11" screen and a 12" screen) then punched the bottom (making the 'legs') with my SU label punch. I then cut white layers to adhere to each panel and embossed them with an embossing forder before gluing them on.
Using my Cricut Expression and the PAGODA cartridge, I cut out the Asian images I wanted for the card. I also die-cut the word 'friend' and stamped a small label that reads 'Just for You' for my sentiments. Decorating the panels was the fun part and I loved how it turned out. I'll definately will be making more of this type of card.

December 23, 2020

Winter Birthday Snowflakes

I occassionaly go to Pinterest to get inspiration for cards I want to make. I recently purchased a snowflake die set and wanted to make some birthday and New Year cards using snowflakes in the die set. I immediately went to Pinterest to get ideas and one particular card popped out. It was a card made with curvy (raised) borders at the sides and cascading snowflakes at the center. I decided on a 5" x 5" base card in blue. I die cut the wavy side borders (stamping the sentiment on one of the borders) and attached them with foam tape to raise them off the base card. After die cutting the snowflakes, I attached them down the center and added self-adhesive blue rhinestones to their centers. Simple and easy.