Thursday, February 11, 2016

An elegant black and white Christmas card

This card features a laser printed image on vellum.  I had printed several of these for cards a while back and I had this one Christmas one left.  It is a swirly Christmas tree by Kate Pullen which I combined with Merry Christmas in a fun font and printed it on vellum.  I layered the vellum onto silver foil and trimmed it leaving a slim margin of the silver foil showing.  If the foil you want to use is very thin consider gluing it to paper or cardstock before trimming it to size. I attached the vellum to the silver foil using four silver mini brads strategically placed on the tree. I layered the tree element to a layer of black cardstock to which I also attached a piece of silver ribbon (glued ends to the back ) an added two layered snowflakes to the center with a tiny silver brad.  I glued this whole element to a large white card front.
Love the elegant look of this monochromatic card!!


Valentine's card featuring an embossed metal tag

I created this card for DH for Valentine's.  I started with a piece of decorative paper I made a while back.  It is a page of music which I stamped with a harlequin background stamp (SU) and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I painted it with red watercolour and cleaned off the embossed areas once it was dry.  I mounted it to a a black layer, added a strip of black paper with deckled edges, overlaid a strip of gray seam binding and turned the ends over the edge securing them with double sided tape. I stapled both ends as well to repeat the colour of my focal element and then glued this large element to my red card front.  I created my focal element using an old foil baking pan which had been washed in the dishwasher too many times and also had some holes in it. I cut the pan into pieces using utility scissors and used one of the sides to die cut my tag (SX).  I turned it over onto a piece of fun foam and used a pencil to create the textured design.  I started by adding dots along the outside edge, next I added the frame on the main body along with the swirls around the hole.  Next, I turned it over and positioned my felt heart embellishment and traced around it with pencil.  I embossed the line with my pencil and then used a popsicle stick to create a depression on the inside of the heart.  After that, I turned it over again and added all the swirls and dots around the heart inside the rounded frame.  To create a bit of contrast I sanded the embossed areas on the front side which made them shinier than the rest of it. I love this embossed metal tag!! I added a length of red seam binding trimming the ends neatly, added my heart in the depression I created with a large glue dot and used 3D foam tape to secure it to my card front.  I embellished my little laser printed greeting with watercolour and used double sided tape to adhere it into place after it was dry. Really happy with how this card turned out!
I have added an embossed metal tutorial here!!


Packaging for gift certificates for a fundraiser

 I am donating some gift certificates for classes to a local fundraiser and was wanting to find a colourful 3D presentation for them. Here is what I came up with and I am very happy with how this project worked out!!
I printed my gift certificates on a half sheet of white cardstock.  I scored a piece of acetate and a piece of cardstock at 1" and at 2.5".  I stapled the two inch flaps to each other near the bottom which created a slot in which I inserted my gift certificate.  I printed a "Creative Play Date" header for each one and added green grass die cuts to the back using double sided tape.  I positioned the header on the front of the acetate and pulled the cardstock up in behind until it made a good footing and stapled it on both side through all the layers.  I inserted punchies between the grass and the cardstock to add a bit of dimension and colour!!                  Therese