Today was one of those days where what looked simple and quick, just wasn’t.
The tutorial was presented by the queen of rainbows and blending Laura Bassen. She did not disappoint, as her cards were stunning. As Shakespeare would say, “the fault lies within yourself”, meaning me. First of all, using the word MOM posed a challenge as the alphabet die only has one “M”. I had the devil of a time lining the letters up when they had to go through the cutter in separate passes. Then just when I wanted a smooth white card front, it seemed that every scratch on my plate embossed itself on my card front. When I finally got one card to the stage where I was going to glue the card front to the base, I inadvertently pressed the card front to my media mat. It did not want to come off without a struggle, which resulted in some bends and folds in the card front. This card had to be set aside until my attitude improved. In the meantime, I completed the other two cards. I liked how they turned out. The alphabet die set I used comes with both the shadow and the letters with the holes which makes it very versatile. As usual, the glimmery satin rose gold cardstock looks very elegant in real life, but loses something in the photography. When I look at the card here in the picture, it seems it needs more, but when I look at the card itself sitting on my desk, it is perfect with no additional embellishment.
When I turned my attention back to that pesky first card, I decided to cover the bend and folds as best I could as I didn’t want to start over. The bends and folds were big enough that no little cluster of gems or enamel dots were going to fix it. What to do? My Gemini Foil Press was sitting on my desk from another project so I decided to use that to make some simple but elegant flowers. I think the resulting card remain CAS with a touch of elegance from the foiling.
Whew, that was hard work today.
I have been playing with some super fun products from Gina K. One of the sets starts with a butterfly stamp. Now, I am thinking that a butterfly image is probably one of the first stamps I ever bought. There has been a few more purchased over the years. After all, you can’t use a frilly lace butterfly on a Tim Holtz masculine tag can you. No of course not. There has also been a couple of “buyer’s remorse” bug/butterfly images that I have bought over the years. One such stamp set includes some really botanical looking moths and dragonflies. Are you kidding me? I hate those things. I hate the time of year where the moths take up residence in my newspaper that has been placed in my mailbox. I mean really, they must be hovering about, just waiting for the paper person to put the paper in my mailbox at 6:00 am, and then they dive in for a snooze. It takes me a while to get over a buyer’s remorse item, so it takes a special stamp set to get me to buy that type of image once more. The Gina K butterflies stamp set is just such a stamp set.
This is a card that looks difficult but isn’t. It is easy to line up the images for stamping and super easy to add the foiled backgrounds. You just need an inexpensive laminator to adhere the foil to the cards. If you want instant elegance, with a “How did she do that?” look on a card, give Gina K foil products a try.
I will be entering this card into the Stamplorations THINGS WITH WINGS challenge:
I made another variation on the card I did for the Altenew Wedding Challenge.
I like this one even better but once again the lovely glitz of the purple foil does not show up well in the photo.
Supplies: Altenew Majestic Bloom stamp and die, Deco Foil in purple, Laserjet printer, laminator, Simon Says Stamp Congratulations die and card base and Scor tape
Since the time I began this blog, it has been made very clear to me why the internet is called the “Web”. I have been introduced to several “new to me” blogs, through lovely comments left on my blog. That is a huge plus for me, but it has meant that everyday I spend more and more time entangled in the web searching through blogland. I actually had to push back my self imposed rule “you must be out of your PJs by 11:00 am” till noon! Just terrible :-).
Anyway, I have been following Karla who is on the design team for Pretty Cute Stamps for a while, only to realize today that she is the same Karla who wrote a blog post for Scrapendipity Way of Life which is a blog that I have been following for a long time. See, the web is tightening and thus the reason for needing to change the PJ rule.
The point of all this is that I discovered that my friend Selena, at Scrapendipity Way of Life is having a challenge to create something crazy. Well “crazy” is one of the things that comes easy to me so I had to enter.
I have been foiling a lot of cards lately, so even the Crazy Birds got a treatment.
Supplies: Tim Holtz Crazy Birds stamp set, Art Impression Say it stamp, Hero Arts Guess What stamp set, Deco Foil, Copic Markers, Copic Airbrush System, GBC laminator, Brother laser printer,
Someone told me when I worked at the Royal Bank that I was “an early adopter of new technology”. Well I guess I am, because I do like to try out new techniques in the scrapbook world too. Recently, I started experimenting with the foiling trend. There are many ways to add foil to your cards and layouts, but in my humble opinion, only one way works effectively and consistently. I can say this because I don’t have any retailers looking to me to sell their products or affiliate links……………………..heck I don’t even have any readers! Well actually there are two ways. One is to buy cardstock already foiled. As someone who has spent a small fortune on equipment to do my own foiling, I can tell you that buying already foiled cardstock is the cheapest option. A truly addicted cardmaker would therefore not choose this option. The one way that does work if you want to add customized professional looking foiling to your cards is with a laser printer, laminator and of course transfer foil sheets. If you have a laminator but not a laser printer, Heidi Swapp makes tags, banners and cards with ready to go designs on them. You just add foil and run them through the laminator, and presto you have beautiful foiled accents ready to go. Doing this technique has a magical quality to it…………………much like the first time one tries heat embossing and watches that messy powder turn into something, shiny, sleek and beautiful on your card.
Supplies: Clearly Besotted Fancy Feathers stamp set, Wplus9 Coming Up Roses stamp set, Simon Says Stamp Butterfly Tendrils die, Paper Smooches Hello die, Acetate, Deco foil, Heidi Swapp foil, Simon Says Stamp With Sympathy die, Cheery Lynn Happy Birthday die, X-pressit cardstock, Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set, Neenah 110 lb cardstock, scor tape.