Monday, February 01, 2016

January cardmaking - embossed and sanded backgrounds

This set of cards featured solid core cardstock which has been embossed and sanded to highlight the embossing.  The core of the cardstock is a different colour so sanding the embossed pattern brings out the details.  On this pink card, the effect is more subtle because sanding removes the shimmery outer coating to reveal the true colour of the cardstock below. I added a length of white seam binding before adhering the background to the black card front.  I layered the colour printed butterfly to a black layer and trimmed the one side with decorative scissors before adhering it over the seam binding on the card front using 3D foam tape. The greeting is laser printed, punched with an oval punch and then layered onto a black oval punchie SU).  Finally, I tied a short length of seam binding to the on on the front of the card to simulate a bow!
You can see the sanded effect better on these two cards which have a lighter cardstock as a core.  The sympathy card's greeting features an oval punchie (SU) inserted into an oval ribbon slide (CB).  The greeting on the green card is a window punchie (SU) over a modern label punchie (SU) in a coordinating colour.  I embellished the trimmed edges by piercing them along the curves or in the scallops with a push pin.
Again, this kit was fairly flexible in that the card could be made up in landscape or portrait and the elements could be added in a variety of positions.
All the images are from Graphics Fairy except the butterflies which I do not have any credit information for.


Valentine's cards

Valentine's cards!!  Check out the other kits from this set of cards here. Again, a variety of layouts using the same elements - an embossed background, some fiber, embossed die cuts and punchies and small laser printed greetings. I used two swirl embossing folders - one from Cuttelbug -D'vine swirls and the other is from Tim Holtz - Sizzix.  The other is CB - Musical Flourish.  The larger hearts are embossed die cuts and the others are punchies both by Stampin UP!
The colourful heart punchies are from serendipity paper I found in my stash.  They worked very well to add a bit of punch to these cards.  The other two are stamped hearts which coordinate with the heart punch also by SU.
You can see that it is easy to change up the orientation of the card along with the position of the focal element and the greetings to create a variety of sketches.
I combined white and red fiber for these cards choosing to tie on a small piece of the red onto the white just below the hearts except for one.  That one also has a layered punchie greeting to change things up a bit.