I fell behind a bit at the end of last week. I had no energy left after being done with work each day. The weekend has helped me recover somewhat, and I’ve been doing some catching up on the cards I had wanted to make and share over the days I missed. Not all of them, but some! I still have a little bit more catching up to do, but I’m hoping I won’t fall behind again on the upcoming workdays.
Card 1 – Hooray Burst
My first card is a very die cutting intense design. I started by die cutting a now retired MFT banner die (this swag die looks similar in design) from snippets of card in a multitude of colours. I actually cut a full rainbow of colours, but in the end I didn’t need as many as that.
I trimmed a white panel of card to a little smaller than my card base and lightly marked the centre with pencil, then began arranging my die cut triangles. At the centre the triangles form a circle, but as I moved further out the design becomes looser, almost like a burst. Once I had everything laid out I picked them up all with some Press N Seal. I am frugal and have been reusing the same piece over and over, but after this I scrapped it and have cut a new piece to use as it wasn’t holding the pieces quite as well as it should. I put glue on the back of all the pieces, flipped it over again and pressed it onto my panel to adhere all the pieces into place. I then used my tweezers and glue again to more securely adhere any pieces that were loose.
My sentiment is also die cut. I used MFT’s Hooray die. (This die is also now retired, but they have many other great options of word dies.) I cut it from a snippet of white and a snippet of black, adhering the two together very slightly offset so that the white edge shows just a little behind the black word. I then adhered it to the centre of my panel, adhered the panel to a black card base, and my card was complete.
Digi Choosday Craft Challenge – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
My Favorite Things Camp Create Day 4 – Background Bonanza
Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Snippets
Simon Says Stamp Monday – Birthday Celebration
Through The Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
Card 2 – Blue Hugs
Card number two started as a large snippet of watercolour paper smooshed with leftover blue Distress Oxides from one of the cards I’d made last week. I often like to smoosh leftover ink onto watercolour paper rather than letting it go to waste. I cut a piece of it with one of the Never Ending Rectangles from Kat Scrappiness, then embossed it a Fractal embossing folder. I adhered it with double sided tape to a blue card base, and managed to get it very wonky.
Rather than starting over I decided to try to make the wonkiness look intentional. I used two more of the Never Ending Rectangles to cut a frame of white to go within my embossed panel, and adhered it down at an angle counter to the angle of my background panel.
For my sentiment I used the Luscious Script Hugs from Poppy Stamps. I cut the top layer from another piece of the smooshed paper, and the shadow layer from white. I then adhered them onto the panel to complete my second card.
Challenge Up Your Life – Circles
Kat Scrappiness Challenge – Friendship and At Least One Kat Scrappiness Product
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Summertime Blues
Card 3 – Elegant Matchbook
My third card is one you may have already seen if you follow me on Instagram, as I shared a progress picture of it in my Stories. I started by creating a matchbook style card base. This is in essence a top fold card, where the bottom is also folded up so that the top piece tucks in behind the bottom panel, opening like a matchbook. I’m sure I’m explaining that badly!
I had a piece of striped paper on my desk leftover from some stamping for another of last week’s cards, and I trimmed it to fit on the bottom upturned panel of my card. I then used my (brand new – it just arrived this week, and it’s the first time I’ve used it!) We R Memory Keepers Magnetic Staple Board to add a staple into the striped panel, to make it a bit more secure when tucking the top panel into place. When adding the staple, I had the top panel untucked so that I could use it to help me ensure that the staple wasn’t too high up.
For decorating my design I decided to use a floral die from Tonic. This particular die doesn’t seem to be available any more. It’s the first time I’ve used it and I wasn’t entirely happy with it. It’s a little too fiddly and delicate, and even with a metal shim there was a spot that didn’t fully cut. Anyway. I cut it from a snippet of black, then traced the open areas onto Tonic Gold Pearl Satin Mirror card. I fussy cut the pieces out and adhered them behind the openings to create a black and gold floral element, which I then adhered into place, on my card base, hiding the staple. If I were to make this style card again I would not use such a delicate die, as I’m worried the flower will end up broken if the matchbook part is opened and closed too much!
I decided to again use the Luscious Script Hugs die for my sentiment, cutting from the same cards as I’d used for the floral element. I then finished off the design with a scattering of coordinating gold sequins.
Craft Roulette Challenge – Matchbook Card, Any Colours, Flowers, Random Item on the messy desk
Crafter’s Castle Challenge – Anything Goes
Crafty Chefs – Use A Die Cut and Add A Sentiment
NBUS Challenge – Never Before Used Stuff (the flower die, and the staple board)
The Flower Challenge – Use A Die
Uniko Challenge – Flowers
Card 4 – Simply Sweet
I masked off one edge of my fourth card and randomly stamped the food images from various Heffy Doodle stamp sets. Removing my mask I added colour very simply to the design. I didn’t add any shading, and intentionally used white space in some areas of the colouring to give the look of a highlight. I edged the patterned panel with a Clear Pink Glitter Pinstripe Peel-Off, stamped in a sentiment from Heffy Doodle, and as a finishing touch added a trio of pink Love From Lizi enamel dots.
A Perfect Time To Craft – Anything Goes
Classic Design Challenge – Anything Goes
Heffy Doodle Challenge – Easy Peasy Coloring
Krafty Chicks Challenge – Use A Stamp
Try It On Tuesday – Keep It Simple
Card 5 – Narwhal
The final of the cards I’m sharing today took quite a while to make. I started with a white card base and ink blended onto it with Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon and Stormy Sky Distress Oxides. I used a narrow blending brush (shaped more like a “l” than the “0” that most seem to be) and started at the edge, sweeping the colour in towards my chosen highlight centre point. I did this first with the lightest shade, then worked through to the darkest, creating the look of sunbeams coming through the water.
Creating the shadowy frame was a bit of trial and error. In the end the easiest way to do it seemed to be direct to paper with Catherine Pooler’s Midnight ink. I used the same ink to stamp the various seaweed and coral images from Lawn Fawn’s Mermaid For You around the edge of my frame.
I stamped the narwhal from the same set onto a snippet of X-Press It Blending Card, and coloured using Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. I wanted really dark shadows as the light source is coming from above, and we’re viewing from below. I used IG8, BGR4, and then TB2 for strong highlights where the light is hitting. I also used IG8, IG6 and IG2 for the horn. Once I was happy with the colouring I fussy cut the image out and adhered it onto the card. I decided to forgo a sentiment on this one.
Addicted to Stamps and More – Make Your Mark
Just Add Ink – Just Add A Frame
STAMPlorations Summer Challenge – Anything Goes
The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge – Coloring
The Sisterhood Of Crafters – The Ocean Is Calling
Quite a variety of cards, right? And I’m almost all caught up! I really hope I’ll have time and motivation to create and share tomorrow too. I guess you’ll have to come back to see if I manage!
| Charlotte E (Lady Joyful) |