September 15, 2017

A Year of Card Techniques ~ September Blog Hop ~ Inlaid & Lifted Die Cut Cards!

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Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.
Die Cuts are certainly popular in the crafting world and there are so many from which to choose. But they can be expensive, so we’re looking at additional ways in which we can use them; specifically, inlaid and lifted die cuts.   Hopefully, we’ll inspire you to try an idea or two that we’ve shared with you.
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Die cuts are so much fun and I am sure you have plenty of dies in your stack, right? I had a hard time myself to find the right ones, but I think these examples are perfect. So how did I start with my projects?
I picked two different flower dies and one die with different sizes of lanterns and greens in it. First thing on the list, get the die cutting machine out and start cutting. I chose white cardstock and cut each item about 5x out, just in case. Next I used my Tombow liquid glue to layer multiple cutouts together. I think I ended up with three per project. Yes, simply adhered them together layer by layer. Depending on how thick your paper is you might need more or less layers.
Let's have a look at the lifted die cuts first. To make my lanterns look even more realistic, I run the dies through the machine one more time, this time I used black metallic paper. I then cut away the candle parts. I adhered the layer to the stack of whites and used a black pen to color in the edges. Be careful when you  do this or you end up like color on my white candles, yikes. Now what? I didn't want to start all over, so I ran the die again this time with some red metallic paper and added just the candle part on my white/black candle base. I finished the candle off with some gold glitter glue for the flame. 
These layers adhered together make for a nice sturdy embellishment which will give you an immediate 3-D effect. In stead of adding the different layers of colored paper you can always color everything in, that's why I cut my base elements all in white. Coloring the edges though makes a huge difference....just be careful when coloring them.
Next option are inlaid die cuttings. You simply add one die cutting into another or if you have multiple elements in a die you piece them back together after you cut them. First of are my dandelion flowers. I adhered three layers of white cardstock die cuts together. Next I cut a scalloped circle out of my card topper. I used the same die and cut a scalloped circle from watercolor paper. Then I took the watercolor circle and laid my dandelion die on top and run it through the machine again. Now I was left with my topper with a scalloped hole, a watercolor scalloped circle missing the dandelion piece. I used watercolors to color the circle in. Then I fitter my layered dandelion in the circle, colored just the stem of it and placed it inside the topper. It is a little tricky to get all parts back together, but it is worth it. My tip, use Tombow liquid glue (white bottle).
Last but not least, the poppies. All three flowers are made of three layers. Two are colored in and one stays white. The background is cut of watercolor paper and fitted back into to the topper. This time I added the flower on top and cut the ends off. I am just still debating with myself if I should add a few gold or silver sprinkles on either card. What do you think? Well like always, I hope you had fun and be sure to check back on Fridays for more details, pictures and measurements. This month we are a smaller group due to some family issues, but I think you will still enjoy the hop and bigger chance to win :-) So leave a comment and hop along. Thanks for stopping by

Now you’re off to visit with the talented Kim which always has a surprise for us. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. See you next month with another fabulous technique!

Always remember:
"Art comes from the heart.
So there is never a right way or a wrong way;
there is only Your Way."

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September 1, 2017

Technique: Stamping On Patterned Paper! - Part 2

Welcome back to "Stamping on patterned papers".... while I talked about the little more complicated card I made last Friday, today we will concentrate on a simple but also effective stamping technique.

I had to admit, it is hard to see, but both flower images had been stamped on patterned paper (3 1/2 x 4 1/4). This paper is a marbled kind of paper, so you have different shades of green (the second one is blue) in the background. It doesn't always have to be a strong design. Sometimes these kind of paper patterns work perfectly fine too :-)

First I used the green design paper and stamped my three flowers in black ink on it. The stamp set I used is one of the new Close to My Heart stamp sets called "Many Congratulations" (C1693) and contains beside these flowers some wonderful phrases for many occasions. 

Next I used my ZIG markers to color the flowers and stems in. You can use any coloring pens or pencils you have. I added a few pearl drops to the center of the flowers. Ones the drops were dry, I added a piece of ribbon to the bottom of the flower stems and secured it in the back. The bow is tied separately and added with a glue dot to the ribbon. I cut a piece of dark brown cardstock at 4 1/4 x 3 3/4 and adhered it behind the flower piece, leaving a strip of brown showing on the right and left side.

My card base is cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4 with the fold on top. I covered the front of the base in striped design paper and scored the front at 2 1/8. Make sure to use a bone folder and crease the fold so it stand up easliy. The brown piece is not adhered to the lower 2 1/8 of the fold we created, flush with the bottom and centered. (Easel Card)

To insure the flowers will stand up, I adhered another piece of brown cardstock (4 x 5 1/4) to the inside of the card. Next I cut a strip of the striped paper and added it with foam dots to the lower part of the inside of the card. This will stop the card from folding together when opened. I added another strip with my phrase on it and a little white cardstock for a note. 

The card base here is a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 with the fold on top. I covered the front of the card with dark brown cardstock and placed another piece on the inside of the card.

The patterned paper (in this case green paper) is stamped and decorated like the first one, but was cut at 3 1/2 x 5 1/2. After the ribbon was adhered, I placed two small strips of gold foiled paper along each side before the piece was added in the center of the front panel.

I added the little phrase on a scalloped oval to the upper right corner.

For the inside, I chose to stamp some of the flowers in a lighter colored ink and added a matching phrase for my card.

I hope you will try this technique yourself and let me know what you think of it. Stay tuned for more to come and for our September Blog Hop.