I mentioned that there was unspeakable issues with my first attempt at this type of card. One of the issues that I could not overcome is that the design of the cover die resulted in very small pieces being left at the point where the lacy design folded over to the back of the card. There was no way it was going to lie flat and look nice. I may try it again using acetate behind the lacy parts to have something to glue the bits to, but for now that is a no go.
Happily though I did a variation that will definitely get mailed to someone. As in Jennifer’s card there is a blank top folding card inside that a photo could be tucked into, or be used for the annual highly anticipated holiday letter where seemingly everyone but you has earned a new degree, went around the world or discovered the cure for cancer.
This card acted like many watercolour cards I have done. It was ugly, until suddenly it wasn’t. Probably still wouldn’t be the one I would choose to send to the Queen or even Prince Charles 🙂 , but it does have some charm. Funny how I needed triangles as my stamp again, but at least this one from Concord and 9th was adaptable to the task.
This card using the Paint Resist technique as demonstrated by Shari Carroll came together quite easily. I had a large background stamp of trees, so I decided to stamp this in Pewter Distress Paint. I then added the distress ink background wash and trees as Shari did in her sample. I added the diecut deer from Impression Obsession to the front of the card.
If struggle and hard work ensures good results, then my card would be a Picasso. Working on this card is pretty much all I have done today, and my craft room mess emphasizes this. Trouble started early, when I realized that I didn’t really have any stamps sets with triangles on them for trees. In fact, the only stamp set I had with varying sizes and solid and outline images was my circles set from Simon Says Stamp. No problem, I say to myself…………..I will make snowmen instead of trees. This proved problematic as well, as the graphic elegance of Laura’s card was impossible with snowmen as the image. They are just cartoonish, and that is all. No problem, I will make a fun version of the card. More problems arose with ink selection, blah blah blah. I finally got the card made, albeit with much darker colours than I intended, but then I went to embellish. I found great little hats in my stash, but they were too big for the snowmen heads. Yikes.
I started over, this time picking snow man heads that fit the hats and worked backwards from there. This time, I liked the results and the holographic cardstock that I used to frame the card finished it off nicely. The only remaining problem is that the camera doesn’t play well with shiny, sparkly things. The card is actually nicer that it appears in a picture.
Supplies: Lots of Dots Stamp Set from Simon Says Stamp, Recollections glitter embossing powders in Mauve Blue and Green, Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp dye inks, hats from Happy Howlidays Lawn Fawn, Glasses and bowtie from Stylish Simon, DCWV holographic cardstock, Happy Holidays sentiment stamp from Be Joyful stamp set from Simon Says stamp
I had so much fun making my light up card yesterday, that I wanted to make another one. This time I made a card that fits the criteria of the Wild Card class and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge so I could link it to both.
Simon Says Stamp is featuring Memory Box this week and the theme is Halloween. I have a great Bat Cave die from Memory Box so it was great for the theme and lent itself to a light up card as well.
I think the card turned out really well.
Memory Box Bat Cave Cutout, Tim Holtz Halloween Cutouts stamp set, Tim Holtz Distress Paint, Unknown orange embossing powder, Recollections vellum, Scotch 3M foam tape, Papertrey Ink LED light, micropore tape, Simon Says Stamp top folding card base, Scor tape.
Just when you thought card construction couldn’t get any crazier than Days 1 to 4, it does! Day 5 has cards that light up with circuits and everything. I had seen some tutorials of cards with lights on the internet before and had taken an interest in Chibitronics. So far I had not gone so far as to press the “in my cart” button. That changed today, but that is a story for another day.
I decided to make a card that lights up using a small LED light I had gotten in a kit from Papertrey Ink. Finding the little lights that I had stored in a very special place, took about two hours, but finally I came up with them.
If I were to do this card over again I would have doubled up on the foam tape to make the light more diffused. Generally though, I like the card and you can’t say that the sentiment isn’t “spot on” for the theme.
My table is already set for Canadian Thanksgiving tomorrow, but it is the only place with a dimmer switch on the lights!
Simon Says Stamp Watts up stamp set, Light bulb washi tape from stash, Led light Papertrey Ink, Simon Says Stamp Card Base and Scor Tape
So I am on to Day 4 of the Online Card Class Wild Card.
I actually had a practical reason to make a card today. My Grandson Max turned 12 and I needed a Birthday Card for the occasion. He got his own cell phone as his birthday present from his parents. I phoned him to wish him a Happy Birthday and reminded him that Grandma was just a phone call away, should he need me.
To emphasize this event and my message, I made him a special birthday card. Now, there are two things wrong with this card. One is, he is probably not aware that phones used to come with curly little cords tying the receiver to the phone base as per my background. The second thing is I am sure he has no idea who Carole King is, or that the sentiment is a quote from the the song “You’ve got a Friend” (James Taylor). No matter, Grandma had fun making it and she means the sentiment. So ok, in the winter he has to call Phoenix, but I WILL be there.
Taylored Expressions Let’s Chat stamp set, Dienamics Blueprint 27 die, Pretty Pink Posh, Papertrey Ink and Doodlebug sequins, Foam tape, Simon Says Stamp Ink. WeR Memory Keepers Fuse Tool and plastic, Hero Arts card base and Scor Tape
I am more than a bit behind in creating cards for the Wild Card Class. They are all fun cards to make, but I wouldn’t be trying to submit them to the Take Ten magazine where the submissions are to take ten minutes or less to make.
This card was pretty simple to make because I had the Lawn Fawn pop up die to make the snowy hills and the Lawn Fawn Tree border die to put with it. What took the longest was to colour the Dachshunds. They are often an odd combination of browns that were a bit difficult to blend with the Copic markers.
As in the class lesson, I wanted to keep the outside somewhat simple which helps keep the inside of the card the focal point, but I also wanted the outside to be attractive on its’ own.
I think it turned out quite well.
Lawn Fawn Happy Howlidays stamp set, Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside and Stitched Tree Borders die, Copic markers, Neenah cardstockm Glitter Ritz, Simon Says Stamp Woodgrain cardstock, Imagine Crafts Sparkle spray, My Stik tape runnerm Simon Says Stamp Fog cardstock, Doodlebug Dotted Vellum, Simon Says Stamp Snowflake and Seasons Greetings die, Stampendous Embossing powder, Ek Success Snowflake Border Punch, Zig Two Way glue and Scor tape.
When I started out this morning I thought I would get a few things done. Little did I know that casing Kristina’s pull out card would become my life’s work!
I am hoping that the Queen of England is on my Christmas card list, because nothing less than royalty is worthy of this card after the number of hours put into it.
Nothing really went wrong in the construction, it just has a lot of steps. By the time, I got to the point of painting the poinsettia, my hands were shaking with nervousness. It is rather hard to watercolour small images when your hands are shaking.
All is well in the end, as I liked the result.
Besides blood, sweat and tears, Heartfelt Creations Sparkling Poinsettia Swirl stamp set, Heartfelt Creations Celebrate the Season stamp set, Strathmore Bristol cardstock, Hero Arts acetate, Stazon ink, Versafine ink, Zig Real Brush Markers, Bo Bunny Glitter Paste, Wink of Stella glitter pen, Unknown black glitter paper, Neenah 110 lb cardstock and Scor tape.
I am enrolled in the new Wild Card class. In this class the emphasis is on unusual cards as to shape, dimension, interaction or the like.
Today, I started out by making a shaped card with a 3D box for it to sit on. I have started to think about Margaritas as it is getting to be time to head down to Rio Mirage Cafe in El Mirage. So ok, it is 2400 km to get there, so I won’t make it in time for Happy Hour today….but soon my friends………soon.
Avery Elle Margarita Glass Die, Avery Elle Happy Hour stamp set, Kaisercraft Basecoat patterned paper, Scor tape