Thursday, May 26, 2016

More Christmas cards

These were created on the way to designing these Christmas cards.  I only had two of these images so I had to come up with a different set of supplies so I could make enough card kits for my class.  I have yet to emboss my greeting on the front of these but I will come back and update my Christmas card total when they are finished and added to my stash!!  My stash is up to 29 with these two cards!!


May cardmaking - quilted labels

 I had started with another quilted card idea and some how with this sketch and design.  I started by making paper quilts by gluing strips and small pieces of coordinating decorative paper to quarter sheets of scrap paper/cardstock.  Once dry, I cut the quilts with the TH Large Label die, added a line of stitching all the way around and then embossed it with an embossing folder with a very tight design which really helps to blend the pieces and hides any minor blemishes.  I added a length of ribbon gluing both ends to the back of the label using double sided tape.  I then tied on another short piece using a single knot to simulate a bow.  The greetings are laser printed in colour and then punched with the Decorative Label punch (SU).  I punched another in a coordinating colour, cut it in half lengthwise and the glued the two halves to the back of the greeting.  Just highlights the greeting that little bit.  The oval layered greeting was cut using Oval Nestibilities.  It was really fun to make paper quilts and cards with quilting on them always seem to have such a handmade - homespun quality to them.  It was just as effective to use the card in a portrait orientation - just the greeting needed to be spun a quarter turn. Love them!! This is a very effective technique for using up scraps.  You know, those ones you have been saving because they are too precious to throw out!!

May Cardmaking - Christmas cards

I always like to create a few Christmas card kits for anyone who is wanting to get their Christmas cards made early.  In this case I used one punched border (MS) instead of two strips and put it on the bottom of the 2" x 5.5" piece of decorative paper.  I flagged both ends of a white gros grain ribbon and fold it in half keeping it aligned with double sided tape.  I then used double sided tape to adhere it to the card front.  I found these cute little wreath punchies which I had prepared a while back for another class which worked perfectly with my decorative paper.   I layered a white scallop behind them offsetting the scallops to give them more contrast against the paper.  They were adhered with 3D foam tape.  The greeting was gold embossed directly on the card front echoing the gold ribbon on the wreath.  I made 6 of these which brings my could up to 27!!
You can check out the other cards here.


May Cardmaking - flag ended ribbon and a scallop circle

Our second card featured flagged ends on the ribbon instead of the paper!! Easy to do!! Simply fold ribbon in half and trim from edges to the folded center.  Voila!!
We started by adding two small strips of coordinating paper to each long side of our 2" x 5.5" strip of decorative paper which we then glued to the top portion of our card front.  The length of ribbon was flagged on both ends, folded in half and double sided tape was used to keep them properly aligned. This element was then adhered over the decorative paper using double sided tape as well.

Next, we watercoloured the images and mounted them to the scallop circle punchie (SU) once it was dry.We used 3D foam tape to adhere the scallop over the ribbon to simulate an award ribbon - like First Prize!  The greeting was layered punchies (SU) that were glued together and then mounted to the card front with 3D foam tape.  Two were embellished with a clear glitter pen - StarDust Clear - by Sakura.

One of the cards has the focal element on the opposite side and maybe next time I will consider using a portrait orientation to see how well that works.The images are by:  cupcake and flower - Black Berry Jelly and the little toad stool - Arthur's Clipart.  

I made a Christmas version of these for anyone wanting to make a few Christmas cards.  Check it out here.


May Cardmaking - flagged ends and watercolour

 Another session of cardmaking this week!!  Three examples of our first sketch. There were several iterations before I established this sketch was the one.  

 We started with a 2" x 5.5" piece of decorative paper.  We snipped a V in the bottom of it
and glued it to the left on our card,  The laser printed images were watercoloured and layered onto a coordinating layer.  We added a border on the left hand side.  After positioning the image we added our ribbon. We laid the ribbon in place, penciled the spine with its position and used a slot punch to nip a tiny bit of cardstock which created a tiny slot for the ribbon.  We inserted one end of the ribbon in the slot and adhered the end to the inside front using double sided tape.  We did the same with the other end.  The piece we trimmed off was tied to the front with one knot to simulate a bow.  The focal element was then adhered with 3D foam tape over the ribbon.  The laser printed greeting was punched out (Word Window - SU) and layered onto a label punchie (Modern Label - SU) in the same colour as the image.  The oval greeting was cut using Nestibilities and the image is from Melonheadz.
The images are all digital : the light house - CLKER, the graphic flower - Digital Doodling and the vintage flower - Digital Two for Tuesday.  I love sharing cardmaking with my friends and it is always a good time when they come over to play!!


Special Class - circle border

 Our third card was this one!  I have wanted to make a border with circles for a while and decided I would make it happen with this card.  I cut 2.25" strips of decorative paper (top - scrapbook paper, bottom - serendipity) and glued them to the top portion of the embossed card front.  Each kit had a variety of punched circles in a few colours from which to create a border. It was fun to mix and match until you had a border you liked.  I left one of the larger ones in front so I could use it to attach my 3D element to.  Once the positions were decided I glued them down one at a time.
Then, I adhered my decorative element (punchie with a brad in the center) to the top circle.  I added some embellishing dots using a gel pen on  a few of the punchies. I layered the laser printed greeting punchie (Word Window - SU) over the coordinating label punchie (Modern Label -SU) and glued it into place and adhered it to the card front using 3D foam tape.
I did manage to find quite a few circle punchies in my stash and then filled in with new ones.
A couple more below which I have finished.  The kits are all made up!


Special Class - confetti birthday cards

 Another card for my special card class.  I embossed the right hand side of the card fronts.  I cut decorative paper strips and punched two holes in them -n one nearer the top and one lower down.  I punched borders that coordinated with them and adhered them to the back of the decorative layer being careful that the border did not show through either hole.  I added ribbon to the right hand side of the top hole and then glued this layer to my card front letting it overlap the embossed area.  Next, I added the confetti embellishments.  I added pearl dots to those on the right and little orange sequins to those on the left.  I positioned the flowers - one in each opening and one on the embossed area.  I layered my greetings and added them to my card front.   Therese

Special class - birthday cards

I had a special class this afternoon that was a prize for a fundraiser earlier this year!!  A friend and her sister in law came and we had an afternoon of cardmaking!!  Here is one of the cards we made. 
We started by gluing our backgrounds to our card fronts - the flowery one is handmade using watercolour crayons, water and a brush and some final definition with a fine tip sharpie marker (check out my tutorial here), the other is kraft gift wrap with red balloons.  I trimmed the half circle off the sides of the labels so they would fit on the portrait cards.  I added white gros grain ribbon across the middle and attached the ends to the back using double sided tape and then glued them to the card fronts.  The images (Black Berry Jelly) were watercoloured, layered onto coordinating ovals and mounted over the ribbon on the labels.  The little greetings are layered punchies.  Laser printed greetings punched with the window punch (SU) and the layer punched from the oval layer so it would coordinate perfectly using the modern label punch (SU).  I adhered the greetings with 3D foam tape.  I made up these kits after making this anniversary card.  I have made up my last kit and another card for my stash!